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This section is still rather embryonic and will be updated as time goes on. Watch this space!


This is where we are collecting child-specific items which come to us, whether shops, commerce or local attraction: it's pretty much as it comes!

  • Children's hairdresser Kinderkoppies on the Kempenaerstraat - Sandra, who runs this, has worked for years cutting children's hair and a year or two ago customised an extension at the back of her house to start her own tiny and totally private little hairdresser's salon. It is utterly friendly and unthreatening to the very young child, and Sandra will cut your child's hair swiftly and expertly while s/he is held in thrall by a dvd (which you can check out first!). There are toys and books for those waiting, and drinks for the children and for the accompanying parent. Moreover, her prices are WAY lower than anything else locally. She only works on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so do book early (via the website).


There are supermarkets at both the Kempenaerstraat and the Lange Voort, with the excellent open-air market (fruit, veg, cheese, fish, butcher and a whole stall devoted to potatoes, among others. And the organic chippie, Karel's Biofriet, with the best chips in town) every Tuesday at the Lange Voort. In the same location are single bakers', cheese and fish stalls on several other weekdays to add to the shopping variety. Late shopping night is Friday, and both shopping centres (particularly the Lange Voort) regularly have interesting events like book fairs, antiques markets, general car-boot type sales, you name it. The variety is startling; at Lange Voort there is a yearly pancake festival run by the local Scout groups, and a massive mussel cook-in in September. The bouncy castle fair on the Kempenaerstraat in August is very popular.

  • Bookshops : Rijnlandse Boekenhandel on the Lange Voort are worth a visit; friendly, with an excellent selection (also English) for such a small shop. They'll order anything for you, and at you can order for next-day delivery at home. On the Kempenaerstraat de Kler is also not bad.


This is on the Lange Voort, upstairs next to the Hema, and is great; friendly staff, free membership for children (as in Leiden), reading aloud to children on Wednesdays and generally a wonderful resource to have - use it! It's open Mon-Fri afternoons from 2pm, late (till 8pm) Mon and Fri and otherwise till 6. On Saturdays it's open 10-4. Website is


The health centre (for baby/child preventive care) is in the Gemeentecentrum at Lijtweg 9, just by the Lange Voort. There are several doctors' practices in the area and if you ring any one you will be able to register or directed to the appropriate one (it's usually allocated by postcode). There are chemists at the Lange Voort and on the Kempenaerstraat and over the canal in Haaswijk at the Boerhaaveplein.

Community centre

The Gemeentecentrum at Lijtweg 9 (just by the Lange Voort) is where all sorts of activities and classes are held. Many of these are run by the organisation Stichting Evenementen ,

Town hall and police

The glorious old Gemeentehuis (this used to be an insane asylum, which knowledge always helps me keep my cool if faced with some peculiarly Dutch paperwork or unhelpful official) is at Rhijngeesterstraatweg 15, telephone 071 519 17 93, see for opening hours. The police have a desk here for non-emergency matters, open M/T/Th/F mornings 9-12.30 and Weds evenings 6-8pm.


Collection is fortnightly as in Leiden, with general waste ( restafval ) alternating with GFT, compost. In addition to the usual paper/glass bins at shopping centres, in Oegstgeest your plastic will also be collected from your house every fortnight. Use the special bags, available free at the town hall and often at supermarkets, the library etc.. Paper will be collected by UDO sports club from your doorstep (!) on the first Monday evening of every month; just put it out (in tidy bundles, bags or boxes) after 6pm.

More will follow on schools, childcare, parks, playgrounds ... and whatever you are interested in. Mail us at if you have special requests or ideas!



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