Things to do in Stockholm with Kids: Your Family Holiday Guide to Sweden’s Capital
Stockholm is regularly voted as one of the most livable cities for families — with 480 days of split parental leave, to free bus rides if you have a stroller. We wanted to find out if it’s equally as inviting for families who are visiting this fantastic city. So, for this Go With Nugget podcast episode, we sat down with local mom and Nugget contributor Emelie Cheng to find out why Sweden’s capital is such a magical place. Emelie shares with us her recommendations for things to do in Stockholm with kids and why you should consider it for your next family holiday. After speaking with her, we are officially in love with Stockholm. Read on and listen to the podcast episode to find out why your family will fall in love with this city as well.
All the things that make Stockholm a great place to live as a family also make it a great place to visit with a family.
— EMELIE CHENG
THINGS TO DO IN STOCKHOLM WITH KIDS: UGGLEPARKEN PLAYGROUND
Kids will love the giant slides and wooden daisy fields. Photo: Emelie Cheng
Uggleparken is the favorite playground of Emelie’s daughter. We think it may actually be the best playground in Stockholm. Kids get to explore giant wooden owls and whisk down fun slides. It’s a bit outside the main tourist drag, but that adds to its charm and it’s definitely worth the trip. So add this playground to your list of things to do for your Stockholm family holiday!
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There’s also a mini golf course with a nice cafe nearby. Check out Emelie’s itinerary for the perfect afternoon in Stockholm with kids.
THINGS TO DO IN STOCKHOLM WITH KIDS: SÖDERMALM
Södermalm is home to adorable boutique stores. Photo: Emelie Cheng
Södermalm is a fairly large island in the south of Stockholm. Emelie’s favorite part is the area south of Folkungagatan (SOFO), which is often considered one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Stockholm. Alongside cafes and restaurants, you’ll find cute design shops showcasing stylish houseware and new and upcoming Swedish designers. There are also a number of parks and playgrounds, which make it a surprisingly fun neighborhood to explore with kids.
NUGGET’S ADVICE FOR TRAVELING TO SWEDEN WITH KIDS
From what to wear to what to eat, here are a few more nuggets of advice for making your family’s trip to Stockholm a succesful one.
Parents of picky eaters, do not despair, in Stockholm your kids will eat lunch and dinner without a fuss! Pancakes are an acceptable meal for Swedish children, and you’ll find them on most kid’s menus. Other kid favorites are köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) and waffles.
dress for the elements
Swedish weather is unpredictable, and because Stockholm is surrounded by water, the weather can be even more volatile. So dress your family accordingly (layers are your best friend). And if there’s even the slightest chance for rain, pack an umbrella and rain jackets so your adventurers don’t get dampened by an unforeseen shower.
bring mud pants
There is a reason why every Swedish kid owns a pair of mud pants. The playgrounds in Stockholm are fun and interactive, but add some rain and snow, and it can become very muddy. So if you are planning to visit in spring, fall or winter, invest in a pair of mud pants to reduce the amount of laundry you’d have to do otherwise.
If you are traveling during the winter months, be smart about what activities require daylight. Skansen is open year-round, but in the winter it will close early, whereas some museums may stay open late. It’s best to look up opening times and sunset times in advance of your trip, and plan your days accordingly.
rent a bike
Stockholm is a very bike-friendly city, and zipping along the water on a warm summer day may be the highlight of your family holiday. Check out one of the many bike rental places and take your kids for a spin. Most rental places will also have bike seats for little kids.
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