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Experience Stockholm with kids

Sweden’s beautiful capital Stockholm offers a wide range of exciting activities for all the family. Visit a child-friendly museum, a constructive creative workshop or say hello to Vikings. Here are seven family friendly things to do.

It’s easy to navigate round Stockholm with children and there’s no shortage of activities to suit the whole family. Maybe you’re already family with beautiful Djurgården and its popular visitor attractions such as Skansen, the ABBA museum, Vasa Museum and Junibacken. Here are seven other fun things to do together. If you have to take a bus, an adult goes free with a child in a stroller. 

Photo: Scenkonstmuseet

Unleash your inner creativity

Take a creative step into the world of theater, music and dance. In a former army bakery, between the royal stables and the Royal Dramatic Theatre, is the relatively recently established Swedish Museum of Performing Arts. In addition to exhibitions on earlier, contemporary and futuristic performing arts, there are around 20 interactive experiences that cast the spotlight on the creative capacity of visitors of all ages. Pose in front of a digital stage make-up mirror, dance to music, take a sound check, mix your own songs in a sampling booth or let your children play dress-up in the costume wardrobe. The museum also houses the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.

Scenkonstmuseet

Sibyllegatan 2, Stockholm

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Free entry on Wednesdays.

Photo: Tekniska museet

Play around with technology and computer games

The most popular of all the child-friendly museums in Stockholm (a long list) is probably Tekniska museet (Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology). Here, bright sparks of all ages can let their science and technology fantasies run wild and investigate how things work. Such as in Play Beyond Play – a 1,000sqm area with advanced computer gaming stations and fantasy filled gaming environments. In the MegaMind exhibition, you can experiment on smart ideas, while very young children can play and learn in Teknoleket. The museum restaurant Tekniska by Pontus, focuses on vegetarian and vegan food, but you're welcome to bring your own picnic.

Tekniska museet

Museivägen 7, Stockholm

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Free entry from 5-8pm on Wednesdays.

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A walk with magical views

Stockholm has many beautiful vantage points, many of which are hidden gems even to locals. One such is Monteliusvägen with its picturesque small houses. The 416-meter road winds along Mariaberget above Söder Mälarstrand. Take the metro to Mariatorget, walk up Blecktornsgränd, turn right onto Bastugatan and then follow the signs. Let young legs rest while you enjoy the enchanting views across the city. Take a coffee break on one of the benches and terraces or stop off in Ivar Los Park with cute old-time houses and wooden farm animals in the playground for children to explore.

Monteliusvägen med Ivar Los Park

Enter via Bastugatan/Skolgränd

Playful 19th Century miniature Söder

Bryggartäppan is one of three parks with play areas on Södermalm (Ivar Los park and Anders Franzéns park are the other two). The park is a throwback to what Södermalm looked like in the late 19th Century, inspired by author Per Anders Fågelström’s “The City of my dreams”. Here, amidst fruit trees and lilac bushes are hand-built child-size timber houses (including a slide through the window), swings, see-saw, sandbox and maze etc. A delightful cafe, Kafé Täppan in the middle of the park, opens from late April, where you can quell hunger pangs with delicious pastries, waffles and ice cream.

Bryggartäppan

Bjurholmsgatan 1, Stockholm

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Photo: Fjärilshuset Haga Ocean

Tropical rainforest

In the middle of beautiful Hagaparken is Fjärilshuset (the Butterfly House). This large rainforest like greenhouse is heated all year round – and is home to over 700 free flying butterflies of all colors. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see a butterfly emerge? In the Haga Ocean section, requiem sharks, guitar fishes and other colorful tropical fish swim around in the largest sea aquarium in the Nordic countries. There’s also a fascinating exhibition on the great white shark next to the aquarium. The café has a large outdoor eating area that’s open in spring and summer, serving lighter lunches, coffee and other beverages.

Fjärilshuset Haga Ocean

Hagaparken, Solna

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Creative workshop and play room at sea

Shipping, boats and maritime environments are the theme in the Sjöhistoriska museet (Maritime Museum) creative workshop Ruskpricken. In the workshop, kids can make their own shipping, boat and water-based creations using the various materials provided. Cost Skr50 per child. The new playroom, Blubb, is suitable for children under 7 accompanied by an adult. Explore an underwater world with submarines, fish, wrecks and Baltic Sea sagas amidst the seals. The museum has a cloakroom, picnic room, WC, diaper changing room and breastfeeding room. The creative workshop is open most weekends and the playroom is open during museum opening hours.

Sjöhistoriska museet

Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24, Stockolm

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Eyeball Vikings

What was life actually like in the Viking Age? Quell your curiosity in Wasahamnen, where you’ll find an interactive exhibition about the myth-enshrouded history of the Vikings. What was it like to be a young Viking and what was a Viking raid like? The cost of entry includes a ticket for Ragnhilds saga, an 11-minute video of a Viking voyage in the year 963. The saga and audio guide to the Vikings are available in Swedish, English and seven other languages. On weekends, you can meet and greet living Vikings when special children’s activities are arranged, such as tasting the food Vikings ate.

Vikingaliv

Djurgårdsvägen 48, Stockholm

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Last edited: February 22, 2019

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