Every year at the end of August there's a big dance festival called Mysteryland. It's actually more than only dance, it's also theater and lots of other entertainment. Even if you're not so much into dance music it's still a great event to visit.
The day starts at 11 in the morning, and the festival ends at 11 in the evening. Big advantage: you're not wrecked, because it finishes at a decent time.
Another big plus is the location. First of all it looks beautiful, and second of all it's easy to access by both public transport and by car. You either take a train to Hoofddorp Station and from there a bus, or you take a train to Haarlem Station and after that a bus.
Hoofddorp is vert close to Amsterdam. Just about a half hour with the train because you DO NOT want to go with the car. Hoofddorp is on the other side of the main highway from the dutch airport Schiphol. Very handy by the way when we go abroad.
Hoofddorp has a very diverse serie of houses varying from large to small, apartments of all sorts and everyone can find something they are looking for. They haven't forgotten the green side of the city as we have a few large recreational ponds that can be used for swimming, windsurfing or just enjoying the beautifull view. There are plenty of other options like a golf course , several football clubs also for women, hockey, baseball you name it, we most probably have it.
The most important option is the possibilty to run around this nice, green city.
The Historic Museum Haarlemmermeer describes the history of the Haarlemmermeer. In the museum are a lot of things like prints, old documents, reconstructions and decors tell a story about life in the Haarlemmermeer from 1852 when the land was drained untill this very moment.
April 1 - October 1 Tuesday - Sunday 13:00 -17:00
October 1 - April 1 Saturday - Sunday 13:00 - 17:00