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Distraction, relaxation and exercise

At the Máxima Center, there are numerous places where you and your child can relax. Your child is free to move around the hospital and can explore, for example, the park, the different play areas and the teen lounge. There is a school, a discovery area and several gardens, including a sports garden.

For a handy overview of all our facilities, click here.

A moment outside the center

When you want to relax alone or with your family in a different environment, there are a few options nearby.

Loaner bikes
As a parent, you can borrow a KiKa bicycle. You can arrange this downstairs at the information desk. The Kanjerketting cargo bike can also be borrowed. Send an email to info@kinderkankernederland.nl.

Oostbroek Estate
On Oostbroek you can take lovely walks through grassland, deciduous forest and marshland. There is also a monastery garden and a store. You can walk there from the Máxima Center in ten minutes. The Vereniging Kinderkanker Nederland has an office in Landgoed Oostbroek as well.

Botanical Gardens
In the botanical gardens of Utrecht University there is a lot to discover about flowers. Children can do a treasure hunt, climb the rock garden and watch tropical butterflies. There are regular activities. The gardens are within walking distance of the Máxima Center and are wheelchair friendly.

Opening hours: 1 March to 1 December from 10.00-17.30.

At the Utrecht Science Park there is a SPAR (Heidelberglaan 1b) and in De Bilt (about 3km) there are several supermarkets and stores.


In the Máxima Center you will also meet volunteers. They give information, show the way or walk with you. They also help with activities, such as reading aloud in the children's library and theater performances.

Camera crews and photographers

You may occasionally come across camera crews or photographers in the Máxima Center. We make clear agreements with each camera crew and photographer beforehand about the footage they will be taking. Parents and children who are filmed or photographed are always asked for prior written permission. No recordings will ever be made of you or your child without permission.