Swedish Storybook Wonderland
Welcome to a little’s wonderland! There is a Moomin (Finnish cartoon) village to explore; ‘Storybook Square’ full of little play houses from Swedish stories + characters; Pippi Longstocking’s house + horse; and a train ride through Astrid Lindgren’s classic tales. Grab a coffee + feed the kids in the café, but be prepared for the enticing gift shop they strategically make your kids walk through. Also, it can be uncomfortably crowded on the weekends + after school so aim for the off hours if you wish to survive. Best for kids under 10 years old.
Play + Learn Zone
Voted Sweden’s Museum of the Year 2016, The Swedish National Museum of Science + Technology has something for all ages. The basement houses the original kid’s play area that is best for the youngest ones. The recently added Megamind space on the ground floor is full of different interactive activities to keep both parents + kids busy. A big perk is the café that is set in between the two play areas so the kids can run free + the parents can chill with a coffee, worry-free of their littles escaping.
Said to be the most visited museum in Scandinavia, the Vasa is special because it is one of the only salvaged 17th century ships almost fully intact that remains to this day. Vasa sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage + was not seen again until 1961 when she was lifted from the bottom of the Swedish sea. For both kids + adults it’s cool to see such a large piece of history up close.
A Family Must
If there is one place to take the kids when visiting Stockholm it’s Skansen. It’s an open-air museum taking you through 5 centuries of Swedish history, with houses, farmsteads, people dressed in period clothing + the oldest wooden church in Sweden. Checkout the zoo, aquarium + beautiful views of Stockholm along the walk too.
Rides + Lines
Stockholm’s version of Six Flags with rollercoasters, high flying swings + a free fall ride for those who dare. There are rides for all ages, games galore + several restaurants. Come prepared to spend money + wait in line.
Bowl + Chill
Bowl with the kids, have a burger + fries and drink a beer. It’s not Netflix + Chill, but it’s an activity for the masses. They have bowling shoe sizes for all ages, including toddlers, neon lights + decent music. The food is not amazing, but life’s not perfect…
A Little’s Souvenir
Mini Rodini is a Swedish childrenswear brand that is hip, environmentally friendly + great quality for the price. The founder is an illustrator who creates playful designs each season that add some Scandi flair to your child’s wardrobe. They have 2 shops in Stockholm, are sold in NK + select retailers, and sell online. For those that live abroad it’s a unique souvenir for your littles to sport back home.
A Swedish brand specialising in adding flair to your feet. The kid’s designs are fun (and not cheesy), colourful, durable + great quality. Especially for the boys who have less opportunities to go wild with their fashion, this adds a bit of fun to their wardrobe. They do socks for all ages so there’s something for the whole family too!
Central Park + Play
For a central park in Östermalm to escape the city streets look no further than Humlegården. With a large playground, skateboard ramp + summer café, it’s a good city park especially for those with littles in tow.
Play + Art
If you need a place to let the littles loose in Norrmalm go here. The playground is large + has hills for them to run up + down until their heart desires. There’s also a Swedish contemporary art museum, Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, right there in case you can break away for a quick art tour or coffee in their café…
Swedish Natural History Museum
North of central Stockholm is the Swedish Natural History Museum featuring the usual dinosaurs + fossils, along with a focus on Swedish nature + history. There are discovery areas + trails for littles to learn + play, and a restaurant for snacks or lunch.
Picnic + Explore
Hagaparken is just a 15 minute drive from central Stockholm with a vast amount of park to explore + relax in. Take your own food (the cafés are not amazing) for a picnic + chill on the grassy hills. Make sure to checkout the giant Copper Tents + Chinese Pavillion. If you plan to make a day of it go by the Butterfly House + Haga Ocean with the littles, athough they are not the nicest facilities in all honesty…