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Stockholm is a veritable playground for children, young and old. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best things to do with kids in the Swedish capital:
1. Step into the future. Stockholm’s Tekniska Museet (Museum of Technology) is perfect for kids as almost every exhibit is designed to be touched and interacted with, allowing children to experiment with all kinds of scientific and technical equipment. It’s also home to a spectacular 4-D cinema.
2. Head to the fairground. If your kids are thrill seekers, take them to Gröna Lund on Djurgården Island — a large fairground founded in 1883 but now home to six modern rollercoasters, as well as other thrilling rides, games and activities.
3. Wander around Skansen. Kids love animals, dressing up and having space to run around, so there’s nowhere better than Skansen. With a full replica of a 19th century Swedish town and a full zoo, they won’t be bored.
4. Have a picnic in a park. Stockholm is one of the greenest cities in the world, so set down a picnic blanket on the grass and soak it in. The central Kungsträdgården is perfect, with plenty of summer events, and if you’re there in the winter you can simply sit in one of the cafes and watch people skating on the ice rink instead.
5. Take to the water. There are dozens of sightseeing boat trips leaving from Stockholm’s shores, so why not skip the clichéd open-top tourist bus and take to the water instead.
Stockholm is a very child friendly city and is a perfect destination spot for families with children (of all ages and interests). Whatever the season, you will find attractions and activities to keep your children amused and busy. You might even manage to get them educated in the process!
- Skansen- Stockholm's zoo, a park and an open-air museum dedicated to Swedish culture and traditions... all rolled up in one attraction. This is a great place to see Swedish wildlife (reindeer, moose, bears, wolves and more) up close. They have also recently opened an indoor petting zoo with local, domesticated animals. Small villages, with buildings taken from every county in Sweden, are spread throughout the park... from churches to farm houses to cottages. Skansen is also the place to experience major Swedish holidays in the traditional style, like Midsummer, Lucia, Christmas and Easter.
- Junibacken- Before J.K. Rowling, Astrid Lindgren was the queen of children's literature. Her books, featuring characters like Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-roof and the Brothers Lionheart, have been translated into over 60 languages. At Junibacken, an indoor amusement park, her stories come to life with rides, storytelling, play rooms and more.
- Museums- something really for every interest. If your kids are interested in animals, even ones that are extinct, then head out to the Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet (natural history museum). They even have an IMAX theatre (Cosmonova)! Maybe technology is more their bag? Then the Tekniska Museet (museum of technology) is the places to visit... a real interactive experience. Speaking of interactive, there are a couple of great history museums that really let your children experience history. Medeltidsmuseum covers medieval Stockholm, while Historiska Museet focuses on Swedish history in general, including a wonderful exhibition on Vikings.
- Gröna Lund- The perfect antidote for a day at the museums is a fantastic amusement park. Gröna Lund is the oldest tivoli in Sweden and is a great mix of classic carnival games, entertainment and all types of rides... rollercoasters, Free Fall, Ferris Wheel and even a haunted house. Open during the warmer months of the year.
- Outdoors- Stockholm is one of the greenest cities on the planet. They say that no Stockholmer lives further away than 300 meters from the nearest park. Djurgården is actually the first ever national city park and the home of many of Stockholm's main attractions. Or else you can enjoy a day on the water... Stockholm is located where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea, so there is plenty of opportunity for a water adventure. Spend the day cruising through the Stockholm archipelago or, if you have older children, why not rent some kayaks and see the city from the water?