Tuesday, 22 August 2017

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Kulturhavn Festival 25-27 August 2017


This coming weekend from Friday to Sunday 25-27 August 2017, there is the Copenhagen Cultural Harbour Festival (Kulturhavn Festival 2017). There are approx. 250 free activities for adults and kids.

Below is a smaller list of selected kids' activities and the location it is taking place that I have made for our Little FECS:

Saturday 26 August 2017

10-4pm: Trygfonden Christiansborg Rundt (Søren Kierkegaards Plads)

11-6pm: Smartfun - Learn the art of animation, play in the Scratch program or build an electronic touch detector and traffic lights, using the Arduino program (Børnelandet ved Operaen - Creative Zone)

11-6pm: Københavns Trampolinklub (Børnelandet ved operaen - Motion Zone)

11-3pm: Christianshavns Idrætsklub - Handball for children (Børnelandet ved operaen - Motion Zone)

12-2pm: Basketball workshop for children (Islands Brygge - Street)

12-6pm: Bådklubben Valby - Remote-controlled model ships (Sydhavnen - Boatclub Valby)

1-2pm: By & Havn - The tour starts at the exhibition "Himmel og hav!"  Helsinkigade 29, 2150 Nordhavn. (Boat Stop Islands Brygge)

2pm: Nordhavn Løb og Motion - Joint running (Nordhavn - Konditaget Luders)

3-6pm: Søspejdertroppen Gry - Sailing in boats with the city's sea scouts (Nordhavn - Kayaking & Rowing Outpost, Sandkaj 33, København N 2150)

3-4pm: By & Havn - Guided tours with a focus on urban life (Boat Stop Islands Brygge)

Sunday 27 August 2017

9.30-10.30am: By & Havn - Harbour Run (Nordhavn - 5. Göteborg Plads)

11-6pm: Smartfun - Learn the art of animation, play in the Scratch program or build an electronic touch detector and traffic lights, using the Arduino program (Børnelandet ved Operan - Creative Zone)

11-5pm: FOF København - Maker Workshop - 3D printing (Børnelandet ved Operaen - Creative Zone)

11-3pm: Københavns Trampolinklub (Børnelandet ved operaen - Motion Zone)

12-1pm: Basketball workshop for children (Islands Brygge - Street)

1-2pm: By & Havn - Get a comprehension look at the sustainable development of Nordhavn on a boat trip with the By & Havn guide. The tour starts at the exhibition "Himmel og hav!"  Helsinkigade 29, 2150 Nordhavn. (Boat Stop Islands Brygge)

3-6pm: Søspejdertroppen Gry  - Sailing in boats with the city's sea scouts (Nordhavn - Kayaking & Rowing Outpost, Sandkaj 33, København N 2150)

3-4pm: By & Havn - The tour starts at the exhibition "Himmel og hav!"  Helsinkigade 29, 2150 Nordhavn. (Boat Stop Islands Brygge)

4.30-5.30pm: Balletkompagniet - Its elite team will perform a little choreography followed by a workshop, where you have the opportunity to try out different ballet movements and exercises. (Børnelandet ved operaen - Kid's Scene)

You can see a full list of the program here
https://kulturhavn.kk.dk/en/indhold/programme#/schedule/byVenue




Saturday, 19 August 2017

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Things to Do with Kids in Denmark in June

Photo taken in Sagnlandet

My niece and nephews are coming to visit us in Denmark next June. And I am so excited about it!!! I am already planning their itinerary now almost one year in advance :-)

Children in Singapore have their school holidays during the whole month of June. Thus, this list is done based on what Singaporean children could see and do in Denmark during their June school holidays.

When we think of Denmark, what comes to mind?

Farms, forests, flowers, fields, fjords, fun parks, festivals, fortresses, food, films, flea markets, forefathers' times (i.e. the museums and the viking era experiences) and folk & culture (Ya, it is a coincidence that many of these nouns all start with the letter 'f' :-))

It is a land filled with sensory experiences for kids inspired from the Danish nature... no wonder the Danes are the world's happiest folk :-) - most probably anchored by their long, carefree and enriched childhood experiences :-)

Besides seeing the main attractions in Copenhagen, the aim of this plan is to go a little deeper to give the Singaporean children an opportunity to experience and get a taste of the Nordic Danish childhood as experienced by Danish kids growing up in Denmark.

This plan is compiled after living 16 years in Denmark, and based on the childhood that our children experience growing up in Denmark, and that we work hard to give to our children. In fact, my learning with Denmark increase exponentially after our children come along. Everyday, I am learning something new about Denmark through our children.

My idealistic wish is to share them with EACH & EVERY Singaporean child, starting with my own nieces and nephews :-)

I am so excited, I can't wait to share the Danish experiences with my nieces and nephews :-)

1. Farms
2. Forests & Parks
3. Flowers
4. Fjords, Lakes & Seas
5. Fun & Water Parks
6. Forefathers' Times
7. Fortresses & Churches
8. Festivals
9. Food
10. Films & Shows
11. Flea-markets & Shopping
12. Folk & Culture

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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The Maritime Museum of Denmark - M/S Museet for Søfart


We continue with our plan to find new places to visit Copenhagen and to experience Copenhagen as a local tourist. Today we went to The Maritime Museum today (10 August 2017, 8Y5M5D). Our Little FECS brought along a friend, M. It is a very modern museum - top class in terms of exhibits. The museum made a commendable effort to cater to children. The boys had a lot of fun looking for the Lego rats in the exhibits and getting a prize at the end of it, placing the books that lighted up at the Tea Business exhibition section and with the Lego workshop. The prize for identifying all the Lego rats was a little boring though - some colour pencils. But since it is not very expensive to visit the museum and children enter free-of-charge, we should not complain. The children were not so interested in the exhibit, but more interested in finding the Lego rats, which was quite a good thing, because some of the exhibits in my opinion is not so suited for children, as it talked about the temptations faced by sailors. A couple of examples, some explicit exhibits/videos of sleazy women luring the sailors and the tattooing activity (ok, I am Asian). One thing I learned - that being a seaman's wife is hard. Overall, it's a very honest telling of the seamen's lives - a commendable praise for the museum.

On the way to the museum, we came across some outdoor trampolines... quite a hit with kids :-)





























Their finished work - a ship hotel :-) which they submitted for the competition. The boys spent hours building it. We had to leave the museum at 4pm to pick up Baby FECS from daycare, otherwise, I think they could continue to improvise it even longer. It was nice to see the boys being able to occupy themselves for so long building Lego.


 This is the largest Lego ship built in the world, but seeing it on-site, it looked rather small. Since it is too small to enter, there wasn't much interaction with the LEGO ship such as getting inside, touching the steering, etc. All you could do is to look at it. It doesn't take more than one minute to see it and leave. The boys had their lunchbox outdoor near the cafe, where the LEGO ship exhibit is. They each had an ice-cream thereafter.


There are free parking available, but chances are they are all taken, since Helsingør is a popular tourist spot. Next to the free parking site, there is a paying parking site. We ended up parking there. It cost 10 DKK per hour or 50 DKK for the whole day. Parking there however is free after 8pm, but that wouldn't help us of course. I paid by the hour and ended up paying 50 DKK and a few trips to top-up. On hindsight, I should have chosen to pay for the whole day.

If you are looking for a place to eat, after visiting the museum and the surround museums such as Kronborg, there is the Elsinore Street Food serving mainly burgers, fish and chips, sandwiches and some curry dish. The pizza stall seemed rather good and popular.

The Street Food is housed in some refurbished warehouses just 3 mins walk from the museum.

 Here is how it looked inside. 


The Maritime Museum of Denmark is located in Helsingør, north of Copenhagen. You can find its contact details here:

M/S Museet for Søfart
Ny Kronborgvej 1,
3000 Helsingør
http://mfs.dk
Entrance: 110 DKK for adults. Children under 18 years free

This Saturday 12 August 2017, you can join the sailor safari on Øresund and try out classic sailor activities i.e. study traffic, ship type, ship wreck, from 3-5pm. It is free for adults, once entrance to the museum is paid, but it cost 30 DKK for child under 18 years old.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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Free Copenhagen Indoor Playground - Den Indendørs Legeplads Blegdamsremisen


We decided to check out this indoor playground today (1 August 2017, 8Y4M30D, 1Y2M16D), one of the few indoor playgrounds in Copenhagen that is totally free and manned. I am very impressed with the Copenhagen municipality and the Danish system. This is a playground for the young and older kids. Both my kids age 1.5 and 8 years old enjoyed it. You can also play with Lego and board games here.

 Turn left when you see the Indian restaurant Bindia. 

 You will see the building.

 When you walk in, to your right, there are many different rooms - Lego room, small kids' room, wood workshop, etc. (more on this later).

In front after the glass door, you will enter the indoor playground.

There are small lockers to store your valuables so that you don't have to carry around your bags inside the playground. I didn't notice it until we were about to leave, so I had been carry my bag the whole day. Well, next time...

On your right before entering the glass door, there are places to hang your jackets.

There is a box right at the end, where rackets and hockey sticks are stored, which you can borrow.

 Before you enter, to your left is the kitchen and dining area, where you can eat your lunch box.

You can also use their cups.


Apparently you can your yourself to the cold water and juice from the fridge. Just remember to re-fill. Remember to also place used cups in the dish-washer.



 Close-up of the kitchen

We couldn't wait to check out the indoor playground. Baby FECS was very excited.

 Here is how it looks like :-) There is a football field.

 I am impressed how they painted the cartoons integrating it with the football field.


 There is a pirate ship, not sure if it was the same one from the 70s.



 Big brother helping Baby FECS up the pirate ship.

 Baby FECS was mesmerized with the little toy car.

 This is one of our Little FECS' favorites. 


 There are many interesting slops that baby or toddlers could practise their balancing skills climbing up and down.












 I love this huge mattress, just perfect for babies. You will see many mothers with younger babies and fathers too using this mattress.

Baby FECS loved it :-)

The big kids love the big mattress too :-)

 This is the first item Baby FECS tried. She really enjoyed the swing.


 This is one of Baby FECS' favorite - the push truck.


Here is the babies friendly corner







A cozy dog house for small kids :-)


And some small corners for kids to explore and hide...



 Our Little FECS decided to bring Baby FECS to check out the different rooms.

 Here's the room with some insects I believe.


Corridor to the different theme rooms

Here is a room literally full of LEGO bricks. You are not allowed to wear shoes in. The door is closed to keep out babies from small parts.

Here is a room that our Little FECS thinks that Baby FECS would enjoy :-)
 
This is a room for wood work I believe.

Here is a doll house


 
Little FECS really enjoyed this game of aeroplane.

 We played different games.

  We played Ludo together.



 You could play with some hula-hoops outside too :-)



You can even borrow a baby alarm, while you baby sleeps outside. We borrowed one when Baby FECS took her afternoon's nap.



 

 Interesting news articles about the playground and its past activities on the notice board.

 Here was how the playground looked like in the 70s :-)

 We had lunch at a small Italian place serving pizzas. It is quite a popular place with the locals it seems. We love it because of the selection of the pizza that includes spinach, salmon and broccoli. Tasty yet so nutritious.


 This is their garlic bread that only cost 15 DKK per piece, very reasonable.



Here is the details to the playground:

Address: Blegdamsvej 132A 2100 København Ø
Nearest train station: Svanemøllen St. + Bus 1A (6 mins)

 
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