Copen’ with the Kids: Six must-do family activities this summer
Despite the somewhat moody weather, summer seems to have landed within our Danish borders. And with the school holidays right around the corner, here is a round-up of six absolute must-do activities for the whole family this summer.
Bakken – a whimsical day out
Often overshadowed (in my opinion) by Tivoli, its more prominent counterpart, Bakken is a gem totally worth the trip. A mere 25-minute train ride from the city centre, you and the family can expect a charming hill-side theme park complete with thrilling rides, carnival games, live performances for the whole family, countless mouthwatering food and dessert stalls, and so much more.
The Forest Tower at Camp Adventure
If you and your youngsters are looking to level up your usual walk in the forest, taking a trip to Camp Adventure needs to be on your summer to-do list. Located within the gorgeous forests of Gisselfeld Kloster, the Forest Tower takes you and your family 45 metres up high and offers a knock-you-off-your-feet view of nature from above.
Troll hunting in the city
Adventure is to be found in all corners of Copenhagen as you and the kiddos embark on an exciting hunt for the elusive trolls around the city. Explore hidden forests, harbour nooks, and urban bushes to find the giants in hiding. To help you on your way, check out trollmap.com where the artist, Thomas Dambo, guides you on your troll hunt.
Not for the faint-hearted, this recently-opened attraction at the Copenhagen Zoo is a whopping 81 metre-tall lookout tower. Here you and the family can enjoy a unique and dizzying view of the zoo, the city of Copenhagen and even part of Sweden. There is a separate entrance to the tower via Roskildevej for visitors not entering the zoo. With tickets only available until August 28, this is one not to miss.
Always big on sustainability, Copenhagen is bringing back the Tomorrow Festival, which is this year taking place on August 26 and 27 in Valbyparken. Get ready for exciting talks, great music and a special festival zone for the juniors called Children Utopia, where your boys and girls can get inspired, learn about sustainability and help usher the world into a brighter future.
Hop on a boat
You can’t be in Copenhagen during the summer without cruising the harbour – at least once! Whether you and the family go for a canal ride on one of the tour boats, hop aboard a harbour waterbus, or opt for a more intimate experience at sea in a GoBoat or the like, boating around Copenhagen Harbor is a unique way of exploring and enjoying our wonderful city.
A former kids radio host and now head of content for a leading family activity guide, Kate is back in DK with her backpack full to the brim of experiences. With her basecamp set up in Copenhagen along with hubby and son, she is on the topsy-turvy journey of what you call parenting. Follow her on Instagram @katemonteath