Amsterdam continued

day 34 (10/5)
woke up early and jumped on a metro to the city center. guessed our stop and got it correct as we had just a short walk to the NEMO Science Museum. we arrived just after opening and it was quite empty. we spent nearly 4 hours in the museum as it’s designed for children and the kids had a blast with the hands-on activities (see photos for more). we played on computers; played with electricity; learned about genes and DNA; investigated secret codes; took lie detector tests; examined finger prints; and much, much more. as we left, many people had arrived and the place was packed. but we had hours of nearly having the giant building to ourselves. also, today was less than 1/2 price for admission so that was a pleasant surprise.

we had lunch on a main street and then headed to Madam Tussauds Wax Museum. by this time it was raining and we had to stand out in line for about 15 minutes to get in. yuck. but our rain coats worked well. the kids really enjoyed seeing the famous people and learning more about them . . . and taking photos with them. i have placed many of these photos on our site so be sure and check them out. for example:

we were tired after the museums but we had time to grab a heated Stroopwaffles (it’s basically a thick waffle with toppings of your choice — e.g., chocolate). mmmmm. did i say “mmmmm” yet? it was great. it was still raining so we shopped a bit and bough the kids some socks as the weather is cooler and we didn’t pack many. after this, we headed back to the hotel to rest for a short spell before dinner. we decided to eat in our neighborhood and then came back and did homework with the kids for the remainder of the evening.