Sunday 30 July 2017


Top 50+ Free Fun Things to Do with Kids in Denmark

Children's Animal Farm Playground

Copenhagen has many fun things to offer kids, and what's best is that it is very often even free :-)

If you are a tourist with children on a shoestring budget, below are, in my opinion, the top 50 free places and activities in Copenhagen and greater Copenhagen you could do with your kids. These places are open all year round, although some are best visited during summer:

1. Playgrounds in Fælledparken Østerbro - The Traffic Playground (Trafiklegepladsen), The Toddler's Pool (Vandidrætslegeplads), The Tower Playground (Tårnlegepladsen) & The Garden of Senses (Sansehaven)

2. Grantoftegaard Farm Ballerup - Free horse-carriage rides on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12 pm  (except week 29, 30 & 31)

3. Blegedamsremisen Indoor Playground Østerbro -  If it's raining, head towards the free indoor playground for babies and young kids, especially designed for gross motor skills development. Do check its Facebook page for the latest information on opening time.

4. Huset KU.BE Frederiksberg - Free modern indoor play facilities.

5. Children's Animal Farm Playground (Bondegården Sundbyvester) - Free pony-riding or horse-carriage ride at 2.30 pm (1.30pm on weekends)

6. Outdoor Construction playground (Remiseparkens Byggelegeplads)

7. Glyptoteket Museum - With over 10,000 works of art and archaeological objects and offers ever new perspectives on life, culture and civilization through a time span of 6,000 years. Free entrance on Tuesday

8. Trelleborg Vikingeborgen - A viking fortress and its museum includes models, archaeological finds and reconstructions that give a vivid impression of Trelleborg’s history, its inhabitants and the function of the fortress. Free entrance on regular days.

9. Thorvaldsens Museum - Art & sculpture museum with free entrance on Wednesdays.

10. Christiansborg Tower - The highest tower in Copenhagen, and it offers a magnificent view of the city's rooftops.

11. Botanical Garden - A garden of sensory experience for kids, esp. babies, with all the beautiful bright and colorful flowers.

12. Deer Park Klampenborg (Jægersborg Dyrehaven) - A park free to visit where deers are freely spotted :-)

13. Fisketorvet Coral Reef Aquarium - Small children would enjoy to see the beautiful fish in the great coral reef aquarium in this shopping centre.

14. Copenhagen Free Walking Tours - Every day at 10am, 11am, and 3pm from the City Hall Steps, Rådhuspladsen

15. Svanemøllestranden - Kids' friendly yacht harbour with a kids' friendly beach and a nice promenade for a picnic and a swim.

16. Furesøbad - Kids' friendly beach ideal on the Furesø Lake ideal for a picnic, sand play and a swim.

17. Frederiksdal Fribad - Kids' friendly beach ideal for a picnic, sand play and a swim. You can park for free along Virum Vandvej 2, 2830 Virum and it is a 5 mins walk from there.

18. Vedbæk Havn - Here is another ideal and cozy harbour with kids friendly beach ideal for a picnic, sand play and a swim.

19. Rungsted Harbour - Free crab-catching & crab-racing.

20. Ud i Naturen - Here you can find free nature activities such as guided nature walk, wild plants and herbs picking trips, wild mushroom-picking trips, etc. all over Denmark.

21. Danmarks Naturfredningsforening Lyngby-Taarbæk - Here you can find free nature activities such as guided nature walk, wild plants and herbs picking trips, wild mushroom-picking trips, etc. within the Kongens Lyngby Copenhagen suburb.

22. Københavns Hovedbibliotek - Visit Copenhagen Central Library where kids can have fun and tumble round in letters

23. Biblioteket Rentemestervej - Interesting interior deco of green boxes at the children's section for books and climbing around :-)

24. Helsingør Hovedbiblioteket Kulturværftet - Helsingør main library located on the first floor of Kulturværftet is super cozy for kids with interesting exhibitions, quality toys, Playstation 4 & Wii, films, board games and musik and the Friday play day for kids 0-5 years old.

25. Hans Christian Andersen's final resting place in the Assisten's Church yard in Copenhagen

26. Ballerup Museum - A Museum in the charming village community in Pederstrup. You can among other things experience a classroom from the year 1900 and a section with oldstyle toys. In the farmhouse of Lindbjerggaard you can experience the living quarters of a farmer as they looked like in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

Furthermore, there are many free and fun things for kids to experience in Copenhagen at different times of the year. Many take place in conjunction with the various festivals all year round. If you are staying in Copenhagen for a longer period, below are some recommendations of activities your kids may enjoy, and adults too :-)

1. Mid April: Cherry-blossom beside Støvnæs Alle 9, 2400 Copenhagen.

2. Mid April: Økodag - Free farm visit, see farm animals, organic dairy food tasting, play with hay (17 April 2017)

3. End April - First week of May: Blooming tulip fields at Vedbyvej 15, 4953 Vesterborg in Lolland

4. Early May: Botanical Garden - See flowers blooming

5. Mid May: Fields of Canola flowers blooming all over the countryside of Denmark

6. Mid June: Rødovre Byfest- Rødovre city party with free amusement rides (15-16 June 2017)

7. Early July: Fields of Poppy flowers bloom at Næsby

8. July - August: The Fredensborg Palace Garden - Garden opens to public

9. June - August: Marionet Teatret at the King's Garden (Kongens Have) - Free puppet theatre show  for kids (3 June - 20 August 2017)

10. June - August:  Havnebadet Islands Brygge - Free harbor swimming incl. a toddler paddling pool

11. June - August: Bavnehøj Friluftsbad - Free open-air swimming pools

12. Mid June: Jordbærcentret Vejborgaard - Strawberry-picking - Free strawberry tasting as you pick

13. Late June: Edderflower-picking to make edderflower cordial all over Denmark, one of which is at at the Sorgenfri Park (Sorgenfriparken)

14. July: Copenhagen Jazz Festival - Some free jazz performance for children (7-16 July 2017)

15. July - August: Eataly - Free Pizza and Pasta-making classes (8 July - 12 August 2017) Check for updates on their Facebook page.

16. August: Cirkusvognen - Free acrobatic, music and small performances.

17. August: Copenhagen Opera Festival Børnesjov - Free performances for kids (6 August 2017)

18. Mid August: Vedbæk Havnedag - The yearly harbor fun-fair provides free breakfast, free performances, some free food sampling, free helium balloons and many free games and activities for kids (13 August 2017 9am - 5pm)

19. Mid August: Dragør Havnefest - Dragør harbour party with free children's activities (18-20 Aug 2017)

20. Late August: Rungsted Havnefest - Rungsted harbour party with free children's activities (23-27 August 2017)

21. Late August: Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival - Free food-making and tasting activities (28-27 August 2017)

22. Late August: Kulturhavn Festival - More than 250 free activities including kids' activities at the Kids' Land (Børnelandet ved Operaen) such as sailing, basket ball, handball, dancing, judo, martial arts, swimming activities, art-&-crafts, coding, robotics, Ballet, trampoline, etc. (25-27 August 2017)

23. Early September: Frydenlund Frugtplantage - Pear picking free if you pick and taste them on the spot, but it costs 16 kr. per kg to bring them home. The sweetest type is Clara Friis. You have to be there on the first Saturday of September when the farm opens for picking. The pears go fast.

24. Early September: Liv i Lyngby - Lyngby city party with free activities for children (2 September 2017)

25. Early September: Økologisk Høstmarked Dag - Free farm visit, see farm animals, organic dairy food tasting, make twist bread-on-a-stick (snobrød) over bonfire, pony-riding, horse-carriage, play with hay, dairy food-sampling (2-3 September 2017 10am - 4pm)

26. September: Naturensdag - Free nature activities such as making bread on a stick, canoeing, look at insects, etc. (10 September 2017)

27. Mid September: Edderberry-picking to make edderberry cordial at the Sorgenfri Park (Sorgenfriparken)

28. Late September: Åbent Landbrug Farm Open House - Every 3rd Sunday of Sep, tour the stable, pat rabbits, experience the big farm machines, go on a tractor ride, see cows being milked, play with the hay stacks, ride a pony, free dairy food sampling, see modern milk production, bake pancakes over bonfire, ride mini-tractor, etc. (17 Sep 2017 10am - 4pm)

29. Early October: Chestnut-picking near Virum Gymnasium at junction of Fuglsangvej 66, 2830 Virum and Hasselvej, Assistent kirkegård og Frederiksberg hospital

30. Early October: Frydenlund Frugtplantage - Apples picking free if you pick and taste them on the spot, but it costs 16 kr. per kg to bring them home

31. Mid October: Visit a pumpkin field. You can harvest your own pumpkin, however, you would have to pay for the pumpkin. If you want to harvest your own pumpkin, you have to be there on the first weekend when it is open for self-harvest of pumpkin, as they go fast, usually 16 October. Check their facebook page for updates. Here is another farm for self-harvesting of pumpkins.

32. December: Sagnlandet Land of Legends - Free entrance on 2-3, 9-10 16-17 Dec. Activities in the viking park are all free.

33. November - February: Lindevangsparken Skating Ring - Free skating ring during winter, but you have to bring your own skates.

Do also check out the post the Top 25+ Things to Do with Kids in Denmark

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