Rollerblade or Bike in Vondelpark
You can easily and inexpensively rent Rollerblades or bikes at the entrance of Vondelpark, an immense, clean and safe public recreation area in the center of Amsterdam. Unlike Golden Gate Park or Central Park in the U.S.A., busy streets and traffic don't crisscross the meadows and forests. You'll only have to share the paved trails with cheerful and courteous Dutch bikers and Rollerbladers. Don't be surprised to see fashionable ladies in high heels and big purses zoom past you on their old-fashioned, one-speed bikes.
Eat Your Heart Out
Kids experience a country through their stomachs. Few children can resist the traditional Dutch pancake lunches, snacks of thin, buttery waffles made with layers of syrup, chocolate milk (as popular as soda pop here), Italian gelato (ice cream) and the famous Dutch chocolate. It is even possible to be a dough-tossing chef and make your own pizza -- or one for your parents!
Look out for Pirates
Learn about Holland's rich maritime history, from ships and canals to great explorers. Visit the 18th-century ''Amsterdam'' Ship and Maritime Museum to see costumed seamen fire cannons, sing sea shanties and sew sails. Kids see first hand what life was like aboard a vessel that transported tea and exotic spices from China and Japan during the Dutch Golden Age.
A Doll House Fit for a Princess
In the Rijksmuseum, you can climb steps to peer into the ornate rooms of two beautifully furnished, multi-storied dollhouses. Tiny dolls sit in ornate rooms with walls of silk, Italian marble floors and party tables set with miniature silver and embroidered napkins. Telephone: 020 6747047