Thursday, 10 August 2017


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. The museum made a commendable effort to cater to children. The boys had 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 boring though - some colour pencils. But since it is not very expensive to visit 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.

Overall, it's a very honest telling of the seamen's lives - a commendable praise for the museum. However, as a result, some of the content of the exhibits in my opinion aren't so suited for children. 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.

On the way to the museum, we came across some outdoor trampolines...

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 is not much interaction with it like getting inside, etc. All you do is to look at it. It doesn't take more than one minute to see 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 there are quite a number of tourist attraction in Helsingør. 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
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


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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