Kids' Copenhagen
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Denmark, Copenhagen Guide (D): Kids' Copenhagen

Copenhagen is filled with attractions and activities for families with small children as well as teenagers. This directory gives kids and their carers a list of kid-friendly spots in Copenhagen, from museums and playgrounds to cafes and toy shops, with simple, clear descriptions and the co-ordinates to find them easily.
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Guide Name: Kids' Copenhagen
Guide Location: Denmark » Copenhagen
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Destinations: 16
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Children's Museum at the Nationalmuseet   Hamleys in Illum   Playground on Nikolaj Plads   Copenhagen Zoo   Restaurant Chili   Kongens Have Puppet Show   Sømods Bolcher Sweet Factory   Denmark’s Aquarium   Tivoli Gardens   MakkeKafe   Statens Museum for Children   Build-a-Bear Workshop   Experimentarium   Post & Tele Museum   Open Air Museum   Playground in Kongens Have  
Author: Jane Graham
Author Bio: After exploring much of Europe in her twenties, the easy-going vibe of Copenhagen convinced native Brit Jane to settle down here in 1999. With four lively young children of her own, Jane is certainly no stranger to finding her way around the city’s streets with a stroller and diaper bag in search of family-friendly activities. An experienced travel writer as well as translator, Jane has written and consulted for numerous travel guides.
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Children's Museum at the Nationalmuseet

1) Children's Museum at the Nationalmuseet

Let your kids run around a museum and play with everything on display. In the separate children’s wing of Copenhagen’s National Museum, no-one’s telling you not to touch the exhibits; in fact they’re encouraging it. A hands-on romp through history for kids up to 12 years; dress up like a Viking and clamber on board an exact replica of an original 10th-century long boat, practice weighing produce at the medieval market and sit down at the desk of granddad’s classroom in a 1920s school...
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Hamleys in Illum

2) Hamleys in Illum

London’s most well-known toy emporium Hamleys is more than 250 years old, and has now taken over much of the fourth floor of grand old Illum department store on Copenhagen’s pedestrian street Strøget. Inner Copenhagen’s largest toy store is bright and animated, with plenty of demonstrations and display items. Kids should find everything they could wish for on the well-stacked racks, from dolls and teddies to Lego sets and computer games – and if mum and dad feel in need of a refreshment...
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Playground on Nikolaj Plads

3) Playground on Nikolaj Plads

What this miniature public play area lacks in size it makes up for by being right in the middle of the shops and bustle of downtown Copenhagen, between pedestrian street Strøget and the Nikolaj Kirke church (now a modern art gallery). It has recently been completely renovated and offers smaller children the chance to climb around an imaginative jungle gym that has been designed by artists in the form of a small forest; small wooden owl sculptures stand guard close by. The entire area is...
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Copenhagen Zoo

4) Copenhagen Zoo

Located at the far end of the stately park Frederiksberg Have between Frederiksberg and the more suburban Valby district, Copenhagen Zoo is the only attraction in the city to be open 365 days a year and though entrance prices may seem a little steep, it can easily keep the kids amused for hours. First opened in 1859, many of the zoo’s oldest enclosures have been recently enlarged and improved, including the Norman Foster-designed elephant house and the glass-cased pool for the three resident...
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Restaurant Chili

5) Restaurant Chili

Copenhagen’s oldest burger bar is found between central Nytorv Square and the canal side Gammel Strand, and is an ideal dining option for families with teenagers or tweens, who should love the kid-friendly dishes and American-style diner decor. Chili’s wipe-clean formica tables may lack a little in elegance, but when it comes to catering for families they’re the ideal choice. Prices are very reasonable by Copenhagen standards, and the menu offers hamburgers of good-quality beef, grilled...
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Kongens Have Puppet Show

6) Kongens Have Puppet Show

The Marionetteatret’s traditional open air puppet show has been performed on its permanent stage on the Kronprinsessegade (city) side of Kongens Have Park (The King’s Gardens) every summer from June 1st until the end of August since 1966. A well-established tradition for Copenhagen families and tourists alike, each season presents two brand-new shows filled with sound, music and beautifully imaginative characters and sets. The virtually wordless, 30-minute performances are understandable in...
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Sømods Bolcher Sweet Factory

7) Sømods Bolcher Sweet Factory

A genuine old-fashioned boiled sweet factory in the heart of Copenhagen not far from Nørreport station, Sømods Bolcher is hidden in the back of a courtyard and recently celebrated 120 years of hand production. You go into the little shop on the first floor (leave prams and buggies in the courtyard) and after marvelling at all the many colours, sizes and varieties of candy on offer (you may even be allowed a few free tastings) you can ask to go into the back room, where the sweets are still...
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Denmark’s Aquarium

8) Denmark’s Aquarium

Denmark’s aquarium is located a little north of Copenhagen in the coastal suburb of Charlottenlund, reachable by the suburban train ‘s-toget’ and not far from an attractive sandy beach and pleasant woodland area. Colourful and curious, its exhibits are sure to fascinate quite young children, with over 300 species of both fresh and seawater varieties to see including seahorses, piranhas, turtles, squids and sharks. The ‘touch pools’ in the basement give children the chance to see what a...
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Tivoli Gardens

9) Tivoli Gardens

Located in the very heart of Copenhagen not far from the Central Train Station, Tivoli pleasure gardens dates from the 1860s but has been constantly updated to provide both nostalgic atmosphere and modern entertainment for all ages. Family-friendly facilities include baby-changing area, miniature kids’ toilets and kids’ ‘pancake house’ restaurant next to the children’s play area ‘Petzi’s World’. Those with young children are advised to come early as there are often long lines for...
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MakkeKafe

10) MakkeKafe

The small cafe ‘MakkeKafe’ is run by two Italian women and can be found on the canal side between Gammel Strand and the National Museum, making it an ideal pit stop after a few hours in the children’s museum (see no.1). Note that the cafe is located down a number of steep steps in basement premises, so leave your pram or buggy outside. As well as serving great coffee and bottled organic fruit juices the cafe offers a range of handmade and healthy cakes, biscuits, bread rolls, salads and...
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Statens Museum for Children

11) Statens Museum for Children

The children’s annex at Denmark’s national gallery Statens Museum for Kunst is located on the first floor. In addition to the workshops offering the chance to draw, paint and sculpt in a variety of materials, family-friendly initiatives at the museum include the open-to-all sketching room and family days on the first Sunday of every month. Guided tours for children are held every Sunday and are recommended for kids from 4-12 years with free admission, though due to numbers tickets need to be...
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Build-a-Bear Workshop

12) Build-a-Bear Workshop

The oldest and largest of the popular Build-a-Bear workshops in Denmark is found just outside Tivoli by the main Vesterbrogade entrance and is open all year round, even when Tivoli is not. All children, particularly girls from 4 years to about 10 will love the chance to make their own cuddly toys, seeing the bear ‘come alive’ as it is kissed, cuddled and stuffed by the store staff, who give each customer a name tag and individual attention through the process, which ends with a special...
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Experimentarium

13) Experimentarium

Denmark’s science museum is ideal for kids who’ve grown out of the zoo and little playgrounds and graduated onto the, ‘how does this work?’ phase of questioning. Admission is a little high, but all activities are included in the price and the centre is packed with gadgets and gizmos that will have kids (as well as dads) fascinated for hours. There are nearly 300 interactive exhibits, in different sections: The Kids’ Pavilion is ideal for 3-6 year-olds to play, dance and build, while...
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Post & Tele Museum

14) Post & Tele Museum

Suggest a museum of post and telecommunications to the kids and they’ll probably groan. But Copenhagen’s post museum offers more for children than they, or you, might think – housed in Copenhagen’s original post office, it charts the history of Denmark’s communications from Scandinavia’s first postal service in 1624 to today’s digital era of communication, with a children’s workshop, top floor cafe offering splendid views over the city and shop. Perhaps best of all for 2012...
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Open Air Museum

15) Open Air Museum

Part of the National Museum, the Open Air Museum or ‘Frilandsmuseet’ is open in summer only and free to visit. It can be found in Kongens Lyngby north of Copenhagen and a short walk from Sorgenfri station. The museum’s 86 acres of land is the setting for over 50 original farms, mills and houses dating from 1650 up to 1950, from a watermill to a country manor – all fully furnished and staffed as they would have been in their prime. The buildings are authentic historic pieces transferred...
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Playground in Kongens Have

16) Playground in Kongens Have

No trip to see the puppet theatre in the Kings Gardens (Kongens Have) should miss out the chance to play in the park’s wonderful playground. What is small for grown-ups (and fenced in so little ones won’t run off) is a fantasy world for little princesses and brave knights, who will find plenty of challenges here. Decked out with carved wooden fantasy figures including a long dragon to climb on, and a balancing walk of golden eggs, this artists’ landscaped play area stimulates children’s...

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