A Serious Trip through History
No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without going to the Anne Frank house, the hiding place where this teen wrote her world-famous diary, symbolizing Jewish suffering during World War II. I realized that even young children grasp the tragedy of the Holocaust when seven-year-old Austin asked, ''Mommy, where would we hide if this happened to us?'' To avoid a long wait outside the museum during the summer, plan a late dinner and make your visit after 6pm when the line is shorter.
IN THE DUTCH COUNTRYSIDE
Miniature Magic Outside Amsterdam, families of all nationalities flock to the largest miniature city in the world: Madurodam. Windmills turn, ships sail, canal boats float between charming houses and modern trains traverse the city. With its over 1,000 models, a family can spend half a day seeing a cheese market, the queen's royal procession and a tiny woman sunbathing (topless!) on an Amsterdam rooftop garden.
Holland's Version of Disneyland
Efteling Park, the charming Dutch version of Disneyland, is a not-to-be-missed, clean, non-commercialized amusement park. Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, lovable gnomes and other storybook characters are all here. Kids with nerves of steel can ride roller-coasters with passages that go both in the dark and upside down.