Experiencing Copenhagen with kids is fairly easy. Most of the attractions are within walking distance of each other, public transportation is convenient, and most bike rentals have children’s bikes available. And the city actually has a lot to offer the younger audience. Here are some of the possibilities for children when visiting Copenhagen.
The Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3: One of the oldest amusement parks in the world, Tivoli is situated in the centre of Copenhagen and is very popular with local families and tourists. Although Tivoli offers diversions for grown-ups, with live concerts, theatre and loads of eateries, it’s mostly a place for children and playful adults. There are several rides for young and older children alike, and many food options to accommodate their hunger. At night, Tivoli lights up and channels its historic legacy, which is well worth an appreciative stroll. Contained within the old garden walls, Tivoli can become very crowded during peak season, but arm yourselves with a portion of patience and your kids will love you even more for it! There are fees for entry and rides. www.tivoli.dk
Bakken Dyrehavevej 62: The world’s oldest operating amusement park is situated in beautiful old hunting grounds, just 10 kilometres north of Copenhagen. It’s easily reached by train, and you can either make the additional 10-minute stroll through the old hunting grounds, or take an old-fashioned carriage ride from Klampenborg Station. Surrounded by trees and wild life, Bakken offers several rides for kids and adults and has various eateries to sustain you throughout a long day. Open from late March to September, Bakken is popular throughout the season with locals and tourists. There are no entry fees, but fees for rides apply.
Nationalmuseet on Ny Vestergarde 10: Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history has many child-friendly exhibitions and activities. Besides a permanent exhibition on historic toys, the Nationalmuseet has a complete Children’s Museum section within its premises exhibiting Vikings, life in the Middle Ages, and Granddad’s classroom. Throughout the various exhibitions, it is possible to try on historic dressings and participate in the given historic era with guidance from museum staff. Entrance is free.
Frilandsmuseet on Kongevejen 100: Just 30 minutes. outside Copenhagen by train or bus, the Open Air Museum offers a unique insight into ordinary lives and conditions in Denmark throughout various centuries. Containing over 50 farms, houses, smallholdings, and mills from the period between 1650 and 1940, it is one of the oldest and largest museums of its kind. It’s a seasonal museum with most activities provided from Easter to early autumn, so check their website for additional information. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the special atmosphere, guided tours, or other interactive activities. Entrance is free of charge.
Klatreskoven on Pasteurvej 8-10: As a green oasis between the old Carlsberg Breweries and Vesterbro, Klatreskoven offers adventures in the treetops. Accessible by either bus or train, Klatreskoven offers something for the adventurous child and accompanying adult, and, with several tracks depending on skill, is suitable for kids of various ages. They have several instructors on-site, making it possible for your children to advance in tracks. Although their website is not available in English yet, instructors are fluent in English and can guide you throughout the day. Prices depend on age and skill. For more information call +45 2894 4648 or send an email to email@example.com.
Creative Space on Gammelkongevej 154: Creative Space allows you to paint your own pottery with over 170 items to choose from. Prices include all materials, and vary according to size and type of item chosen. The prices range from DKK 90 and upwards depending on the item. If your kids have creative urges, bring them here, let their creative talents unfold, and bring back a unique souvenir from Copenhagen. It’s a very small, but popular place — should you wish to visit on a weekend, reservations could be required. Although their website is not available in English yet, instructors are fluent in English and can assist you throughout the creative process. For further information call +45 33 79 00 72 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.