Schooldays have become a whole lot more fun for kindergarteners in Copenhagen because their lessons are temporarily taking place at Tivoli Gardens and other visitor attractions. The Danish government recently announced that children up to the age of 11 could return to childcare and school, providing more space for social distancing is provided and there is a focus on outdoor learning.

Children playing in Tivoli Gardens while an attendant looks on
Attractions like Tivoli Gardens have volunteered their open spaces to accommodate the teaching of children © Liselotte Sabroe / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP via Getty Images

Like most other visitor attractions around the world, attractions like Copenhagen Zoo, the National Museum of Denmark and the FC Copenhagen soccer stadium have had to close to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Along with other housing, sports and cultural associations, they have volunteered their open spaces to accommodate the teaching of children, as has Tivoli Gardens, which is the world’s second-oldest amusement park and the fifth most-visited theme park in Europe.

Illuminations in Tivoli Gardens amusement park
Tivoli Gardens is currently closed to the public © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Social distancing measures include each child having a designated space of 12 square feet, and six feet at lunchtime. All activities take place outside, where possible, and appropriate sanitising and cleaning procedures are implemented. The kindergarten children at Tivoli are using the garden's Rasmus Klump playground and HC Andersen Castle for their lessons.

“We are happy that we can give a hand and we are used to children," says Tivoli director, Lars Liebst. "We have space in the garden and a number of premises that are currently unused because Tivoli is closed due to COVID-19. Of course, the rides and other activities are still waiting for us to open to guests, but in the meantime, it is nice that we, as the amusement garden, can still give some children a good day."

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