FALL WEEKEND EDITION
I love to visit Stockholm with kids. Sweden has a special place in its heart for cultural experiences created just for children. Because of the paid maternity/paternity leave it's big business to cater to young audiences. Art events, plays, comic book libraries, and museums galore! But if you only have a weekend in the city, and young children to entertain, which are the sights you don't want to miss?
Don't miss: I thought it'd be a hit with my 3-year old, but I didn't know I'd have to drag him out of the Spårvägsmuseet (Street car museum) a whopping 4.5 hours later. If your kid loves to climb in and out of vehicles, as most preschoolers do, this is your Mecca.
Eat: The museum has a cafe, including a nice area for those who want to bring a packed lunch.
Bonus: Catch the small ferry from Slussen to Djurgården (30SEK for adults) if that's where you're headed next. Even short boatrides add to the adventure.
Don't miss: Junibacken, a storybook playhouse for children with an exciting story ride, 2 plays and singing time every day. Well worth the hefty entrance fees. You're even allowed to leave the museum for a couple of hours and come back for more play the same day. Perfect, since this island has a lot to offer, or if you want to take a lunch break elsewhere. Skansen is a large outdoor museum with plenty to discover for those with high energy levels. One of the few museums where you can run like the wind between sights for hours! The newest addition is a spacious mini-zoo for the youngest visitors.
Eat: Either at one of the museums, or at the charming Rosendahl's garden café. If temperatures allow, the island offers plenty of picnic spots.
Walk (or run) to the petite island Skeppsholmen on the tiny bridge that leads to it. Check out the old boats along the walk to Moderna Museet. Family Sundays with tours and workshops for ages 2-6 and 4-7.
Eat: The top floor of the museum has a great view and its lunch restaurant a family friendly menu.
Don't miss: This part of the city is a fun walk in itself with winding streets, candy stores and passageways, and can begin or end with the change of the royal guard (Mon-Sat 12.15, Sun 13.15) outside the royal palace. Check the schedule to see if the guards are on horses or whether they'll be performing music. At Polkapojkarna you can watch as candy canes are made by hand, and shop canes in just about any possible size. The perfect little pit stop along the way.
Eat: Under kastanjen, a decently priced café serving an uncomplicated menu, and plenty of options suitable for children. It's in a quiet neighbourhood, off the main tourist streets. Tell the kids to be on the lookout for a large golden Pretzel (Kringla)!
Don't miss: The great outdoor playground in Humlegårdsparken, with swings, play houses, sand boxes and more. Staff, bathrooms, bicycles and toys are available 11-17 on weekends.
Eat: NK Lunch in the shopping centre NK serves regular Swedish lunch dishes (maincourse, salad buffet, bread) fast and easy. Perfect for a late meal is Sweden's favourite hamburgerchain Max, where patties are 100% Swedish beef, and dieting parents can choose no carb burgers or grilled chicken salads among their many options.
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