1. Pedal a four-seater canal bike around the waterways.
2. Ogle a Van Gogh (or revere a Rembrandt) at either the Van Gogh Museum (vangoghmuseum.nl) or Rijksmuseum (rijksmuseum.nl),
3. Climb the 85-m-tall tower of Westerkerk church for a pigeon’s-eye view of the city.
4. Find out what makes your brain tick, discover how to purify water and uncover the science behind adolescence at the hands-on technology museum, NEMO (e-nemo.nl). Designed in the shape of a ship’s prow, Amsterdam’s largest science museum (pictured right) contains five floors of interactive exhibits, with themes ranging from’The search for life’ and ‘Codename DNA’ to ‘Amazing constructions’, ‘Teen facts’ and ‘Future Fuel’.
5. Travel back in time as you board the replica Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam and discover other maritime treasures at the Scheepvaart Museum (scheepvaartmuseum.nl).
6. Cycle out of town to Amstelpark to see the well- preserved De Rieker windmill, built in 1636 and a favorite subject for Rembrandt.
7. Marvel at the tragic, yet inspiring, story of Anne Frank at Anne Frankhuis (annefrank.org), the secret annexe in which the Jewish teenager and her family hid from the Nazis for 25 months during the early 1940s.
8. Discover what it was like to live on a houseboat in the old days at the Houseboat Museum (houseboatmuseum.nl).
9. Cook up a feast at KinderkookKafe (kinderkookkafe.nl), where kids get to prepare, cook and serve meals.
10. Run wild atTunFun (tunfun.nl), a subway-turned- adventure playground for one- to 12-year-olds.