Some cities are not very child-friendly but Stockholm is not one of them. The city positively prides itself on being a great city for families and it achieves this partly thanks to the country’s family-first focus, something that permeates the Swedish culture at every level. Stockholm is very green – there are lots of parks, outdoor playgrounds, and even beaches dotted around the city. These are some of my favourite things to do with the family in the city.
Kronobergs Parklek, Kronobergsgatan 9
Large playground situated on the south-western corner of the park. There is also a court for ball games.
Rålambshovs Parklek, Smedsuddsvägen 6
One of the biggest playgrounds in inner-city Stockholm, this has loads to keep children busy. There’s even a splash pool, skateboarding ramps under Lilla Västerbron, and the sandy beach Smedsuddsbadet is just a short walk away.
Uggleparken and Fredhällsparken, Nordenflychtsvägen 11
The super-cool Uggleparken at Kristineberg is fantasy-filled with wooden creatures and oversized flowers. Combined with the splash pool and more conventional playground at Fredhällsparken, down the road, this is a great option for a sunny day outdoors.
Tanto strandbad, Hornstull
The pontoon, diving tower, climbing wall, palms and a new sandy beach will entice even the most hesitant swimmers into the water. A fun place – get there early to beat the crowds.
A small stretch of sandy beach at Rålambshovsparken.
Free live performances in parks around the city in the summer. Bring a picnic, grab a good spot and watch a fun show.
A massive outdoor museum that includes a zoo, petting farm, historical buildings and several playgrounds. We love the daily feeding time for the grey seals. It starts at 2pm and lasts only 10 minutes but the seals are quite cheeky and cute. Come 10 minutes before for a first-row view of the active seals.
Really fun fairground that offers music performances in the summer, including international artisits like Noel Gallagher and Lenny Kravitz. Ride coupons are sold separately to the admissions fee.
An amazing place for young children that brings Astrid Lindgren’s stories to life. Junibacken has recently added a new Moomin room, and there are regular performances and story time throughout the day. Best suited for toddlers and young children.
Rum för Barn
The multi-storey Kulturhuset boasts several galleries (some of which offer free exhibitions), a theatre, a cinema, several cafes and a children’s library unlike any other, Rum för Barn. Besides the books, there are board games for all ages and a dedicated art studio for painting and arts and craft projects. As free attractions go, we adore Rum för Barn and it is our go-to place on a rainy day with the kids.
Discover how everything fits together. Highlights are the Teknorama (chance to experiment), The Play Lab (lots of things to touch and feel!) and the interactive exhibition 100 innovations.