You might wonder which things you could do in Copenhagen with your kids. Copenhagen is the perfect place for a family city break, with more than 125 playgrounds across the city and many family friendly activities.
The Danish are famously welcoming to families – the capital city has one of the best reports of work/life balance in Europe, and some of the happiest children too.
And if it raining, don’t worry, there are plenty of things to do indoor in Copenhagen too. What are the best ones to do with your kids?
We’ve researched and found these great activities to do in Copenhagen with your kids. Let’s go!
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1. National Aquarium Denmark
Only 8 kilometres / 5 miles from the Copenhagen City Hall Square, “Den Blå Planet” (the Blue Planet) is above all, Northern Europe’s largest aquarium. That is to say, with its unique whirlpool-shape, it offers a unique experience for the whole family!
Having water on all sides giving the impression to be directly in the sea. But if being surrounded by water gets overwhelming, you also have the choice to experience the aquarium from above the water line.
This world class science centre is laid on 3 floors with 18 interactive exhibitions about science and technology. There is also an interactive rooftop with science shows and a restaurant if you feel having lunch during your visit.
“Experimentarium” believes that “knowledge and curiosity come alive with a hands-on approach”. It is showing how science can be interesting whilst having fun! One of our favourite activities for kids in Copenhagen.
3. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Louisiana is certainly an amazing museum full of contemporary art exhibitions. It has its own three-storey Children’s wing called Louisiana Børnehus. In addition, they offer open workshops daily where children aged 4 to 16 can paint, draw and sculpt.
For example, explore also the artists’ working methods and expressions.
All activities for children are based on the museum’s current exhibitions and the Louisiana’s Collection.
On the other hand, it is located 25 miles of the City and children up to 18 years old benefit from free entry.
4. Children’s Museum at the National Museum of Denmark
Set in the National Museum, there are no “Do no touch” signs in the children’s area. Therefore it offers interactive exhibitions and displays to bring history to life.
For instance, the kids will be able to dress up as 19th-century school children, ride on a Viking ship and defend a medieval castle.
If you take them to the rest of the museum, watch out for the “Boredom button”, designed to bring the museum to life.
The museum restaurant, Smör, offers child-friendly food and delicious pastries.
5. LEGO Store
Finally, opened in 2010 in the centre of Copenhagen, this is the flagship store for the brick brand. It is not a big store, but it will certainly be heaven for your little (and less little…) LEGO® lovers.
Arranged in three main parts, you’ll find the interactive area at the the centre of the shop. It gives you and your kids a chance to build and use your creativity with LEGO® products.
Most importantly, there are also some sets here that are exclusive to the Copenhagen store and cannot be found anywhere else. It will surely be hard to resist!
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6. Tivoli Gardens
Famed for being the second-oldest amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens offers a vintage wooden roller coaster (Rutschebanen), award winning gardens and a beautiful concert hall.
If you can, stay until night time when the gardens come to life with thousands of twinkling lights.
This is simply a magical place, with something to entertain all ages.
Another amusement park, and this time, the oldest in the world! Located in Dyrehaven woods (10 minutes from Central Copenhagen), this amusement park first opened in 1583.
Offering 32 rides, from rollercoasters to carousels, this is sure to be a fun day out for the whole family. Best of all, entry is free! You can then buy wristbands giving you access to a certain number of rides.
8. Red Bus Copenhagen Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour
These red, open-top buses can be spotted all over the world, and they’re popular for good reason. It’s a really convenient and flexible way to sightsee, especially for little kids who can’t walk too far.
In Copenhagen you can choose between the Mermaid Tour or the All Lines Tour. In addition, both will stop at many of the top Copenhagen highlights including the Little Mermaid, Tivoli Gardens and the Zoo.
Most importantly, it’s free for children under 14 years old.
9. Open Air Museum
Also known as the Frilandsmuseet, this is one of the biggest and oldest open air museums in the world. It recreates more than 50 historic farms, mills and houses, from all over Scandinavia.
Covering a huge period of history, from 1650 to 1940, this place is sure to fascinate all ages. Also, the kids will love the horses, chickens and animals wandering around.
Entrance to the Open Air Museum is free for children up to 17 years old.
Address: Kongevejen 100, 2800 Lyngby
10. Copenhagen Family Tours
Why don’t you explore Copenhagen like a local on a typical Danish cargo bike. This is the perfect way to enjoy a guided tour through the city, as a family.
The guides at Copenhagen Family Tours are friendly and knowledgeable.
They will show you all the highlights, as well as less touristy spots, at the pace you want. Moreover, bikes are perfectly secure with belts and helmets provided.
11. Canal Cruise from Nyhavn
There is no better way to fully discover the city of Copenhagen on a boat cruise, especially on a sunny day. The journey lasts about 1 hour and departs from Nyhavn, the famous harbour and canal with colourful houses.
The boat allows you to check out all the different landmarks of the city and of course you will pass by the Little Mermaid.
We heard from the grapevine that the boat guides are rather funny and talk in English too!
12. Copenhagen Zoo
Situated in the Frederiksberg district, the Copenhagen Zoo is a very well maintained habitat for more than 4,000 animals. You will get close and personal with pandas, chimps, giraffes and many more species from all around the world
You can easily spend half a day in the zoo and morning visits are recommended to beat the crowd in the afternoon.
Finally, you can have lunch break at the cafe before heading to the next excursion trip.
13. Danish War Museum
Visiting the Danish War Museum in Copenhagen is a great way to learn and understand how the country of Denmark has positioned itself in terms of defence and military forces in the world since the 16th century until today.
The museum is set on two levels full of weaponry, military artefacts and clothes. You will be able to go back in history and admire many war ships miniatures models as well as real tanks outside the museum.
A visit to Copenhagen wouldn’t be complete without a walk to Kastellet, the famous citadel that sits right inside the town. You will find a charming windmill surrounded by a beautiful park that includes a playground with a little fort.
Kastellet is probably one of the most preserved fortresses in Northern Europe with 17th and 18th century buildings full of red and yellow colours.
15. Zoological Museum
Last but not least, if your children are interested in animals, you must visit the Copenhagen Zoological Museum which is part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark.
There are massive dinosaur skeletons exhibitions where your children will spend a lot of time for sure. Also, plenty of furred animals and fossils that you can discover during your journey.
The museum is fairly big, so expect to spend 2 to 3 hours inside.
I hope you have found this guide useful during your holiday in Copenhagen. The capital of Denmark is one of our favourite city breaks in Europe as we felt safe and happy to spend a few days there. As any capitals of Europe, there is lot to see so make sure you plan your day in advance depending on the weather and also how much walking you want to do with the kids. Happy Travels!
15 Fun Things to Do in Copenhagen with Kids
- National Aquarium Denmark
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
- Children’s Museum at National Museum of Denmark
- LEGO Store
- Tivoli Gardens
- Red Bus Copenhagen Hop On Hop Off
- Open Air Museum
- Copenhagen Family Tours
- Canal Cruise from Nyhavn
- Copenhagen Zoo
- Danish War Museum
- Zoological Museum
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