When the boys both leave for school in the morning, Darcy is a bit sad that she can't go with them. She is an active toddler and not in a daycare or preschool yet. Im constantly looking for fun things to do in Amsterdam with her during the week to keep her entertained. Today we went to the OBA, (the Amsterdam Public Library) to have a look at The Mouse Mansion (muizenhuis) made by Karina Schaapman. Since one of our neighbours gave us one of the books, our kids are big fans of the adventures of Sam & Julia.
The Mouse Mansion is located downstairs on the kids floor of the OBA. The Mouse Mansion is three meters high and has more than 100 tiny rooms. Starting at the bottom, the mice have their workspaces. There are little work areas for a shoemaker, distillery, textile factory and a toy maker. Coming up a couple layers, there are lots of little shops, such as a bakery, fabric store, clothing store, even a baby nursery. Coming up the house is the living spaces where all the little mice families have their little mouse houses. The tiny apartments are furnished with tiny beds, baths, living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and dressing rooms.
The attention to detail of The Mouse Mansion is incredible. The longer you look, the more things you notice. Darcy was stuck to the window pointing and naming every object she could. The Mouse Mansion is nice to visit for kids, but i think most parents can also appreciate the craftsmanship that went into this little village packed in one big house.