Denmark’s capital city makes for a fascinating weekend away. This compact destination is easy to get around with children and buggies in tow and there’s plenty to do. Here are our top choices:
- Tivoli, Copenhagen’s amusement park is spread over 15 acres and was first built in 1843. Today it is full of funfair rides, beautiful gardens, a boating lake and plenty of food and drink stalls making it one of the city’s most popular family friendly attractions.
- The National Gallery of Denmark caters for little ones with a Children’s Museum of Art with exhibitions just for kids as well as workshops and the chance to get messy with paints and model clay. smk.dk
- While we’re talking culture, the National Museum of Denmark has a dedicated Children’s Museum complete with dressing up through the ages and a Viking exhibition with a copy of a ship from 19th century Norway for little ones to climb on board and imagine what it might have been like. natmus.dk
- Young scientists will love the Tycho Brahe Planetarium where you can look up at the night’s sky, watch a 3D or IMAX movie about the wonders of nature or find the answers all your space questions from how astronauts live at the international space station to how our Solar System was formed billions of years ago.
- Don’t forget to visit the Little Mermaid in the harbour – a tribute to city’s most famous former inhabitant, Hans Christian Andersen.
- Bakken is the world’s oldest amusement park and can be found to the north of the city in a picturesque woodland area. Here you’ll find 33 roller coasters, ferris wheels, drop towers and other more gentle rides for little ones. There’s also plenty of places to get a snack or a glass of wine on a hot day. There’s even an old London bus converted into a pub if you’re feeling a bit homesick. bakken.dk
- With over 3,000 species to get up close and personal with Copenhagen zoo has plenty to keep animal lovers happy. As well as all the usual suspects like bears, lions, elephants, giraffes and tigers there’s a children’s zoo where they can pet a goat, meet pigs, ponies and cows, stroke a rabbit and even get their faces painted like a tiger. A great day out. zoo.dk
- The Blue Planet is where to head if your children prefer their animals underwater. Here you can see sharks, sting rays, eels, piranhas, anacondas and thousands of colourful fish swimming on a reef. The aquarium is also home to butterflies, birds, sea otters and dwarf crocodiles. denblaaplanet.dk
- For a relaxed mealtime head over to Paper Island to experience Copenhagen’s Street Food market. You’ll find stalls serving food from around the world so you’re bound to find something that suits all pallettes – even fussy children. copenhagenstreetfood.dk
- Get your kids hooked early on Lego with a visit to the Danish brands flagship store in Copenhagen. They’ll be able to get their little hands on exclusive and rare sets and even play with the bricks in an interactive play room. They also stock plenty of Duplo – the Lego range for pre-school children. lego.com
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Love, Katie from team ParentVille