Helsinki has a lot to offer kids, with summer boat trips, amusement parks and outdoor events year-round. Finland is a child-friendly society and just about every hotel and restaurant will be keen to help out with cots or high chairs. Family rooms are available even in business hotels.

Ferry Destinations & Cruises

Getting there is half the fun when it starts with a ferry ride.

  • Suomenlinna

Activities on Finland's island-set fortress include a nostalgic toy museum and crawling through the submarine. There's also a safe beach here.

  • Helsinki Zoo

Encounter a host of animals at Helsinki's zoo, spread across the island of Korkeasaari.

  • Royal Line

Kids under 12 cruise for free on Royal Line's sightseeing trips.

Museums

Most museums are free to under-18s.

  • Heureka

The pick of the museums for kids is the hands-on Heureka science centre, near the airport at Vantaa.

  • Kiasma

Kiasma has loads of interaction, though check that special exhibits won’t raise any ‘adult themes’.

  • Luonnontieteellinen Museo

Dinosaurs at Helsinki's Natural History Museum, the Luonnontieteellinen Museo, are a hit with youngsters.

  • Kansallismuseo

Finland's national museum brings history to life, especially at its hands-on Workshop Vintti.

Amusements

  • Linnanmäki

In Kallio, amusement park Linnanmäki has thrill-seeking rides.

  • Sky Wheel

Kids can identify Helsinki landmarks on this sightseeing Ferris wheel.

  • Hohtogolf

Minigolf at this indoor complex is played on glow-in-the-dark courses.

Aquatic Fun

Opportunities to get into the water abound.

Sea Life

Kallio's Sea Life aquarium has walk-through tunnels for shark spotting.

  • Allas Sea Pool

One of the superbly sited outdoor pools at Allas Sea Pool is dedicated for kids.

  • Hietaranta

Hietaranta has golden sands for building castles and safe beach swimming.

  • Kaivopuisto

This beautiful park has a great beach and good playground.

  • Serena

In the satellite city of Espoo, this water park is great splashy fun, with plenty of water slides.

Winter Activities

  • Serena

Come winter, the Serena water park also offers skiing on gentle downhill runs.

  • Jääpuisto

Wrap the kids up for ice skating at Jääpuisto, while you stay snug in a nearby cafe.