Traveling with children may sometimes prove to be more than challenging. How do we visit a museum without the kids getting bored? Which café is kid-friendly or what fun activities are there to do, so the youngsters enjoy the trip as much as we do? If questions like that keep popping up in your head, stress no more. This list will give you enough choices for your trip to Copenhagen.
Louisiana Museum offers a special area for kids four to 16 years old, where special workshops take place every day from 11.00am until 5.30pm. The little ones have the chance to explore artists’ and architects’ working methods and expressions through painting, drawing and sculpting. The specially designed wing offers a great variety of materials and combines play with knowledge. Keep in mind that children under six years old must be accompanied by adults. After the workshop, kids and adults can soak up some sun and enjoy a great view of the Øresund strait at the museum’s café.
Little scientists will be fascinated with a visit to Experimentarium. The science center offers high quality exhibitions that guests are allowed to touch, play and experiment with. With this innovative approach to science, Experimentarium is anything but boring. Children can challenge themselves with mathematical and logical problems, learn how much energy is required for our daily habits or travel through the tunnel of senses and discover how smell, sight, hearing and touch evolve through time.
The National Museum of Denmark is located in the 18th-century former Prince’s Mansion | Courtesy of National Museum of Denmark
The children’s museum, in the National Museum of Denmark, will travel kids back in time and offer an insight into Danish history. With “Grandma’s Wardrobe”, girls can dress up with old-fashioned frocks and aprons, while boys can try a sailor suit from the 1920s. They can even experience a classroom from back in the day, with staff playing the role of old-fashioned school teachers. Explorers, who are dreaming of long journeys, can find themselves on a viking boat and those who want the full experience can even get dressed up in the great warriors’ costumes. The exhibition is suitable for children from four to 10 years old.
Visit the National Gallery of Denmark on a Sunday and take a tour in the collections with your little ones or let them explore the world of art in the special workshop. Children can experiment with various types of material and under the assistance and guidance of experienced artists, create their own painting or sculpture. Those who want to test their skills in drawing can enter the sketching room and take inspiration from sculptures. Families with children from six to 10 years old can spend some quality time playing board games related to art.
In the Children Working Museum, young ones can learn through play. They’ll find out what the life of children was like from the late 1800s to 1980. They can work at the grocery store, write at a typewriter or play in an apartment of the 1930s. Special sailor suits are provided to those who are in the mood to dress up, while others can experience a school dance from back in the day. The exhibition is suitable for children from three to 12 years old.
A visit to Tivoli Gardens amusement park is a must-do for every family. Even if you’re not in the mood to go up on a 45-meter tower and be propelled to 2.5 G-force or to take an upside virtual reality ride, you’ll still find plenty of activities that are suitable for all ages. Take a stroll around the spectacular garden with different themes that create a unique scenery and smell the flourished bushes and perennials. Or, take a picnic while kids challenge themselves at Petzi’s World, a play area with 40 activities.
Denmark is the birthplace of Lego, so a huge Legoland park couldn’t be missing from the scenery. The amusement park offers plenty of activities for adults and children of all ages. This spot has more than 50 attractions and rides, a one-day excursion may not be enough. It is located at Billund, approximately three hours from Copenhagen, but there are buses that stop right outside the park.
DGI-byen swim center will certainly keep youngsters busy for several hours. It has five different sized pools so everyone can enjoy some moments in the water. Located just next to Copenhagen Central Station, this place makes getting there more than easy. Plus, the area is full of cafés and restaurants, where you can enjoy a refreshment after you’re done with bathing. Last but not least, while kids play in the pool, adults can revel in the heat of the sauna or get a 30-minute massage. DGI-Byen, Tietgensgade 65, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 29 80 00
At Paint and Chat café, adults can enjoy a warm cup of coffee, while kids create their own unique cup using colorful oil pastels and brushes. The concept behind the atelier-café is to boost creativity and offer a place that is pleasant for people of every age. No matter if you’re a professional or a beginner, this place inspires you to choose the material you like the most and create a unique souvenir you can take back home.
How does the idea of cuddling with a cat while you’re drinking your coffee sound? If the answer is “one cat is not enough”, check out Café Miao. There you’ll be enjoying the company of 10 cats. Miao Hansen opened the café in 2014 and Copenhageners loved it. Guests can stay as long as they like in the café and enjoy their cat-shaped meals while a bunch of cats rub up against their legs.
On a sunny day, an excursion to Jægersborg Dyrehave, which is just half an hour away from Copenhagen, is the perfect day trip for young and old. The deer park is a huge forest, where approximately 2000 deers live among the woods. Plus, somewhere in the middle of the forest stands Bakken, the oldest amusement park in Copenhagen. Whether you’re in the mood for an adventurous ride or a relaxed picnic in the Danish nature, Dyrehave is the place to be.
The best thing about summer in Copenhagen, is that the locals can finally enjoy all these great parks and playgrounds around the city. It is worth it to take a break from sightseeing and spend one day relaxing at a park or at a playground where kids can fool around, while you’re soaking up some sunlight. Fælledparken or Kongens Have ( The King’s Garden) are two great parks in the middle of the city but at Nørrebro Park, you’ll also find a small playground. If you want to catch a glimpse of the sea, you can always head down to Amager Beach.