Fun Things to Do in Helsinki with Kids - Best Tips for a Family Vacation in Helsinki

If you’re looking for inspiration on things to do in Helsinki with kids, you’ve come to the right place! Helsinki is a very family-friendly city – not only is it one of the safest capital cities in the world, but it also offers plenty of activities for families. Amusement parks, child-friendly museums, lots of nature to roam… Helsinki has all you need for an enjoyable family vacation! 

Linnanmäki Amusement Park – Endless Excitement

The Linnanmäki Amusement Park is located a short tram ride away from Helsinki city centre. The park has free entry and nine free rides, including an observation tower that offers great views over the city. For the other rides, you can buy individual tickets or a wristband valid for all rides for one day.

The amusement park also organises fun events throughout the year! Check out the scary “Iik!Week” or the Carnival of Light coming up this autumn.

Linnanmäki Amusement Park | Tivolikuja 1, 00510 Helsinki

Fun Things to Do in Helsinki with Kids that the Whole Family will Enjoy - Linnanmäki Amusement Park

Helsinki Zoo – A Fun Day for the Whole Family

Helsinki Zoo is made unique by its location on an island near the city. The zoo is connected to the mainland with a bride and can be reached year-round by bus or car. However, during the summer season, you can make the experience extra special by taking a ferry from the market square to the zoo! 

Day-tickets during the summer season cost 16€/adult and 8€/child. The ticket prices drop slightly during the off-season. 

Helsinki Zoo | Mustikkamaanpolku 12, 00570 HELSINKI

TourGuideFox – See the Main Landmarks Togerher

Our tours are a great way for the whole family to explore Helsinki together. Kids love our funny tour guide, Fox Jr.! The tours include both fun stories about the Finnish way of life and up-to-date information about the landmarks, making the tours an enjoyable way for the kids and adults alike to learn more about Helsinki and Finland.

The Top Sights of Helsinki Tour is, for example, a great option for families. The tour takes you to the must-see sights of the city, but can comfortably be walked in about an hour or two, depending on how much time you want to spend at each location.

Fun Things to Do in Helsinki with Kids that the Whole Family will Enjoy - TourGuideFox Walking Tours

SkyWheel – See the City from Above

The SkyWheel Observation Wheel is located in the Katajanokka area of Helsinki, near many of the main sights of the city. It’s a fun way for the whole family to see Helsinki from a different perspective, and try to spot the city’s famous landmarks from up above.

The tickets cost 12€/adult and 9€/child. Children aged 0-2 can come along for free.

SkyWheel Helsinki | Katajanokanlaituri, 00160 Helsinki 

Museums – Learn While Having Fun

There are a number of museums in Helsinki that all family members will enjoy exploring. How about a visit to the Tram Museum, where you can take a seat in an old tram and be instantly transported to the Helsinki of the old days? Or maybe you want to learn more abut Finnish nature, along with four other exhibitions at the Natural History Museum? You could also head to the Helsinki City Museum, where kids can learn about Helsinki’s history at the “Children’s Town” exhibition.

Tram Museum | Töölönkatu 51 A, 00250 Helsinki     

Museum of Natural History | Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13, 00100 Helsinki

Helsinki City Museum | Aleksanterinkatu 16, 00170 Helsinki

Parks & Playgrounds – Take a Breather

Helsinki’s numerous public parks and playgrounds are great places for the kids to use up some energy (and parents to take a well-deserved break). Our suggestions for centrally located parks with playgrounds are:

  • Kaivopuisto Park – the oldest and one of the most popular parks in Helsinki.
  • Tervasaari – a small island that now serves as a public recreation area. Connected to the city centre by a causeway.
  • Old Church Park – a very centrally located park with an interesting history.
  • Sinebrychoff Park – originally the private garden of a Russian-born businessman called Nikolai Sinebrychoff, nowadays a popular city park with a playground, free toilets and a nice café.

Fun Things to DO in Helsinki that the Whole Family WIll Enjoy - Parks and Playgrounds

Allas Sea Pool & Löyly – Sun, Sea & Sauna

The Allas Sea Pool is a great place to experience the Finnish Sauna right in the Helsinki city centre! They also have three pools (warm pool, sea water pool and children’s pool), so it’s a great place to spend a sunny day during the short but sweet Finnish summer. Note that the children’s pool is closed during winter, though.

For a great sauna experience (and a dip in the sea) a bit further away from the city centre, check out a local favourite – Löyly! Here, the saunas aren’t electrically heated, but instead there’s a wood-heated sauna and a smoke sauna, which Finns usually think are better than electric saunas.

Allas Sea Pool | Katajanokanlaituri 2A, 00160 Helsinki

Löyly Helsinki | Hernesaarenranta 4, 00150 Helsinki

Fun Things to Do in Helsinki with Kids that the Whole Family Will Enjoy - Saunas

What are your favourite things to do in Helsinki with kids? Let us know in the comment box below! 

For more Helsinki-related tips and inspiration, check out our other blog posts. 

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