So you may ask yourself what are the things to do in Helsinki? Winter months can get very cold in Finland, and your little ones might too young to enjoy the traditional saunas but need a break from the great outdoors. No problem, whether they are interested by the city’s history or love interactive museums, Helsinki offers plenty of indoor activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. However, the summer months opens up to amusement parks, outdoor swimming pools, beautiful parks and much more.
So let’s explore all the great things to do in Helsinki with your family:
1. Finnish Toy Museum
Toy and game museum located in the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo, less than 30 minutes from the city centre by public transport.
Here you can learn about the history of toys and games in Finland from the late 19th century to today. Fun for both grown-ups, who will love going down memory lane. And also for kids who will see how toys have evolved over the years. There are also regular workshops and a play area.
Opening Hours: Tue, Sat, Sun 11am – 5pm ; Wed, Thu, Fri 11am – 7pm
2. Museum of National History
This museum is not just about stuffed animals and skeletons. It is a great experimental and educational museum set in a beautiful old building in Helsinki’s city centre.
The permanent exhibition offers you 5 different sections through which you can interact and learn about Finnish nature Animals, history of life, dinosaurs bones and more. Fascinating place to visit as a family.
Amazing underground playground for kids that has been renovated in 2016. It is conveniently located in the city centre and open all year round. Mostly for kids age 3 to 14 years old.
There are all sorts of activities from the huge adventure maze to trampolines, bouncy castles and more. Indoor fun at its best.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am to 8pm
4. Fire Museum
Your kids will love this activity from arrival when they are being given a plastic fire helmet before the visit. The museum is located in a beautiful old building, home of a fire station that is still operational.
You will learn about the fire and rescue service in Helsinki as well as the history and development of ambulance services and emergency medical services.
Opening Hours: Open to the public Wednesdays and Sundays only from 12 noon to 4pm – and closed in the summer from end of June to end of August.
Visit Website (only in Finnish)
5.Heureka Science Center
Finally, this fantastic interactive exhibition centre for the whole family, where is it all all about science learning through play and experiments.
Heureka has permanent exhibitions as well as themed ones that change regularly. All showcasing different physical phenomena, which can be tested using one’s entire body.
The science centre also features a planetarium where you can enjoy a unique visual 3D experience without glasses. All the films shown are in Finnish but you can get headphones with English translations.
6. Linnanmäki Amusement Park
Linnanmäki is above all Finland’s oldest theme park. Featuring over 60 different attractions, 3 children’s playgrounds and in addition, dozens of arcade games. The park has also a Panorama with a view of Helsinki from 50 meters high.
Not afraid to be sugar high? Then head to the Cotton Candy School. You can learn how to transform the fluffy sugar into delicious cotton candy.
7. SkyWheel Helsinki
Located in Katajanokka on Helsinki’s southern harbour, this 40-meter-high SkyWheel offers fantastic 360° views of the city. Each cabin fits 4 people, with a full ride taking around 10 minutes.
In others words, the perfect way to see the city from higher up.
8. Suomenlinna a Maritime Fortress
Jump on a ferry from Market Square and head to the Unesco World Heritage Site called Suomenlinna. It is certainly the most popular attraction in Finland but also the most impressive one.
With its cobbled streets, tunnels, to walk around the fortress is to sum up quite magical. Beyond the walls you’ll also find museums, open-air theatres, glass and ceramic factories.
The kids will also enjoy visiting theToy Museum with old toys from the 19th century.
If you get tired or hungry, there are a few places to eat around the island. From small cafes to finer dining including traditional Finnish dishes.
Address: 00190 Helsinki, Finland
9. Vintage Tram Ride
About experiencing a 20-minute tour of the city centre like in the olden days.
It is a short ride, perfect to rest the little legs of your youngest ones whilst exploring the city.
However, this is a summer activity operating during the weekend and the tram won’t run during bad weather.
10. Allas Sea Pool
Finally, this is the perfect activity to enjoy traditional Finnish wellness. This family-friendly swimming and sauna centre is located right next to the Helsinki’s Market Square.
There are indeed three open swimming pools located on the pool deck, floating on top of the sea. The sea water pool, warm water pool and children’s pool are all open.
Please note that Allas is open every day all year round, however keep in mind that the children’s pool is closed during winter.
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