To make your Stockholm holiday even more convenient, consider purchasing a ‘Stockholm Card’ for your family. From as little as £18 per person per day (£6 for kids) you can enjoy unlimited access to the city’s transport and free entry to more than 80 tourist attractions around town, including the ones mentioned below. Holiday convenience does not come much better that!
Skansen Open Air Museum
Located in the picturesque island of Djurgarden, Skansen is a museum and zoo all rolled into one, and makes for a fantastic full day family fun affair. It’s like an oversized Lilliput play village…only Swedish! Quaint houses, farms and entire townships have been reconstructed here, and you can take an all round Sweden tour in just a single day. Kids can learn all about old crafts like pottery and glassblowing, as well as enjoy many traditional Swedish musical and theatre shows. The animal enclosures are also thrilling, and kids can get up and close (well, not too close) with bears, moose, wolves, seals and monkeys. Don’t miss the English animal tour which runs daily at 3pm.
A family favourite among locals and visitors alike, is Junibacken, a brilliant literary themed museum aimed specifically at entertaining, and educating, the little ones. What started as a humble bookstore has morphed into a kid’s emporium; a fun place where kids can play, join story time, ride a mini-train and enjoy theatres shows put on every hour. Read up on some Astrid Lindgren stories before you arrive and the whole family will have a much more enhanced visit. The Pippi Longstocking house is always a treat for kids, while the café grub does a great job of replenishing the grown ups, and offers splendid water views to boot.
Aquaria Water Museum
Yet more animal fun! This time, you and your family can explore Stockholm’s underwater world and discover the magic of tropical and Nordic sea life. This Aquaria Water Museum is quite small, but packed with a tropical rainforest and plenty of exhibits to entice young and old alike. You’ll find it close to the Skansen Museum and a visit here does not require more than an hour, so it’s well worth your while to do the two in one go. To reach the island from Stockholm City Centre, just hop on tram line 7 and you’ll be there in a jiffy.
There are many more museums (like the Natural History and Technical Museums) which cater specifically for kids and which will keep you all busy and entertained for hours; yet something should be said for enjoying Stockholm’s natural attractions. A family picnic (with a Frisbee thrown in for good measure) in Djurgarden or Millesgarden in the city can be a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors.
A canal tour through the water-maze of Stockholm city centre can also be a very special excursion with kids in tow. So Enjoy Stockholm in all its glory and your whole family is guaranteed an unforgettable vacation.