The park was named after George Maduro, a Jewish law student (Leiden Uni.) from Curacao, who served as an officer in the Dutch Cavalry and died in a concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 29. After World War II, Maduro's parents provided the capital (some say seed money) to start the Madurodam project. In fact Madurodam is considered by the Maduro family as a monument in honor of their only son.
We have been to Madurodam a few times already (with our visitors), and to me it's just the place to experience being a giant :D But my dear son (DS) really love the place, in fact most kids love it!! Maybe the small buildings and trees etc make them think that those are toys !!! Moving trains, boats, ships, plane taxiing at the airport, cars skidded on the runaway are just so fun for them !! You can get a mini Mars chocolate from the chocolate factory, just insert 10 cents and a lorry will come out bringing your piece of Mars bar!! At the clog factory, you can get a small ceramic clog by inserting 50 cents (i think, actual price I forgot) and a lorry will come out and bring you a clog souvenir !! You can even witness a ship caught fire and is later doused with water !!
It was April 2009, and there were lots and lots and lots of tulips of various shapes and colours !!!!
Couldn't resist the temptation.... just had to be among the flowers :D