Help at hand for the hapless!

October 15th, 2022 5:00 am| by Ben Hamilton
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You got lumbered again, didn’t you? ‘She who must be obeyed’ is the one having the holiday … at work.

Meanwhile, at home, the kids won’t sit still and watch Netflix like they’ve been told.

Fortunately, there’s a world of opportunity out there, and we implore you to read on, as these pages are crammed with recommendations for how you might survive the Children’s Autumn Holiday.

Whether it’s sheer unadulterated fun or enriching your children’s appreciation of the arts, we’ve got you covered!

Thank you, Romans!
October can be a confusing one for children – particularly those with an understanding of a second or even third language.

It can take a fair bit of explaining to reason why the year’s tenth month includes the Latin word for eight in it.

But then again, March is named after a chocolate bar and smack in the middle of Lent most years.

Maybe you’re better off teaching them the Anglo-Saxon months and introducing them to ‘Game of Thrones’ – so nearly Netflix, but close – as the heavy axe brigade knew October as  ‘Winterfylleth’, which explains why that family’s motto is ‘Winter is Coming’.

Own the outdoors!  
Inbuilt into that urgency is the will to defy the weather gods and celebrate one last hurrah before the clocks go back to darken our late-afternoons for the foreseeable.

Culture Night, celebrated on the very day this publication hit the streets, is a call to defy the sombre sunset and own the night. For just 110 kroner, a transport pass hands you the keys to the city – let’s just hope that you and your brood take better care of it than Ramsay Bolton.

But if that doesn’t rattle your call for the wild, you can always opt for one of our Old Favourites, whether it’s a trusty themepark such as Tivoli or Bakken, or a brush with the exotic among the pandas of Copenhagen Zoo or on the snowy slopes of Copenhill.

Our Outside the Capital section will also freshen you up with trips to the Forest Tower, Kronborg Castle or Knuthenborg Safaripark, or a mission to seek out The Hidden Giants, while our guide to the national park of Skjoldungelandet (Page 14) will hopefully introduce you to wonders you’ll end up revisiting time and time again.

Indoor introspection
But just like the Winter Half-Term, which next year will last from February 10-19, there are plenty of options for the King’s Landing brigade more suited to indoor pursuits – the allure of a walk of shame or getting cremated by dragonfire don’t exactly sell leaving your flat, after all.

Combining a visit to a museum or gallery (see Page 4) with your children undertaking an art class, often in which themes touched on by the exhibitions are included, can be a wonderful way for different generations to enjoy what is essentially the same subject matter.

Likewise, shows like ‘Bugsy Malone’ will always have universal appeal – Rearview Theatre has spared no expense reproducing the splurge guns and fantastic Prohibition Era costumes of the original 1970s movie.

Or revisit Pages 8-11 for details of indoor activities at the likes of the Viking Ship Museum,
Danish Architecture Center, Blue Planet and Experimentarium.

Wherever you go, your kids will be challenged, which is good news when you’re feeling lumbered, as they’re far less likely to grill you about why October has got an eight in it.

We didn’t know Harry Styles had a kid (photo: Mette Johnsen)

Children’s Autumn Holiday


Oct 15-24; various venues in CPH and beyond

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