10 Things to do in Stockholm with Kids

Stockholm is known for its beauty, its islands and its rich culture. But is it a good destination to travel with children? Absolutely! I'm going to recommend 10 ideal activities for your kids when traveling to the Swedish capital.

Rocío Villaescusa

Rocío Villaescusa

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10 Things to do in Stockholm with Kids

Children in Stockholm | ©Henrik Prüzelius

The capital of Sweden is a city that perfectly combines its rich history with a modern and welcoming atmosphere. This Nordic city is known for its beauty, its islands and its cultural diversity. Discover the best things to do in Stockholm, a destination that will make the youngest members of the family daydream.

An amusement park, a natural history museum, a museum that defies logic, a botanical garden or the place that collects all the inspiration of the Nobel Prizes. Ah! And a fairy world, my favorite! Read on to make your trip with kids to Stockholm a dream.

1. Spend a magical day at Junibacken

Junibacken| ©Reagan's Travels
Junibacken| ©Reagan's Travels

Junibacken is the definition of a fantasy world. It's a treasure trove if you love children's literature, and it's the perfect destination to visit with kids. If you know Astrid Lindgren, author of Pipi Longstocking, you will enjoy this visit as much as the little ones. And what can you find in Junibacken? I'll tell you in a moment:

Astrid Lindgren's Fairy World

Basically, it's as if her fairy tales jumped off the pages straight into real life. As you explore these magical settings, you get to hear the stories narrated by Astrid Lindgren herself. Awesome!

Plus, you get to hop on the Story Train (which is literally a train), and take a tour through the fairytale settings: From Villa Villekulla to the exciting world of Pipi Longstocking.

Stockholm's largest children's bookstore

If you are a lover of reading, you will be happy to know that Junibacken has the largest children's bookstore in Stockholm. Here you will find a wide selection of stories in different languages. The best part is that you can also sweeten up with the delicious homemade dessert that you can redeem at the on-site restaurant, as it is included in the entrance fee - I can't wait to try it again!

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2. Get to know Gröna Lund, an amusement park on an island

Gröna Lund| ©Ian Redman
Gröna Lund| ©Ian Redman

If you are planning a visit to Stockholm with your children, you have to include this amusement park. Gröna Lund is not just any park, it is located on the island of Djurgården. Have you ever imagined riding a roller coaster surrounded by water?

Gröna Lund offers a wide variety of rides designed for both the little ones in the house and the older ones (although they don't have to be the bravest just because they are older). I don't dare to go on some rides! Classic carousels, roller coasters or themed rides: you're sure to find the perfect place to have a great time.

In addition, you'll find live shows throughout the day, a wide variety of restaurants and food stalls for all tastes, and souvenir stores where you're sure to find a souvenir to take home with you.

3. Be amazed together with the little ones at the Stockholm Toy Museum

Toy Museum| ©Dvortygirl
Toy Museum| ©Dvortygirl

Just the thought of buying tickets to the Toy Museum is enough to get your imagination going, isn't it? That's why this is an experience not to be missed if you're traveling with children.

With a collection of more than 40,000 toys of all kinds and from various eras: from dolls to action figures, comics, stuffed animals, cars, trains and board games... Children will be amazed to discover toys from different eras and cultures.

A curiosity about the place where the museum is located: it is a building with a very peculiar history, as it was once a secret military bunker used by the Swedish Navy after World War II.

The museum allows you to play some classics like pinball or Space Race, you can discover the evolution of toys throughout history, and there are always thematic exhibitions. Enjoy them!

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4. To Odin! Don't miss a visit to the Viking Museum!

Vasa Museum| ©dilettantiquity
Vasa Museum| ©dilettantiquity

Children may have a slightly different view of the Vikings than adults, but both young and old will enjoy this museum, that's for sure!

The Vikings were ancient warriors and explorers who lived in the area of Sweden, Norway and Denmark between the 8th and 11th centuries AD. So at the Viking Museum, you and your little ones can immerse yourselves in the world of these warriors and discover how they lived, what they did and how they dressed - you can even feel like a real Viking! You'll see artifacts from the era, Viking costumes, movies inspired by the Vikings and interactive areas - it's like a trip back in time! In addition, the guides will tell you the most interesting facts about the Viking culture.

But that's not all - the highlight of the museum is the Viking train, "The Saga of Ragnfrid"! Experience a "magic train" that will take you on a journey through the life of the Vikings. On it, you'll hear sounds you might hear, for example, on a Viking ship, and see special effects that will make you feel like you're sailing and fighting like a real warrior.

The Vikings were also great traders, and their adventures influenced all of Europe. So you'll not only learn about their wars, but also about how their culture left its mark on Europe.

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5. Travel back in time at Skansen Park

Skansen Park| ©Jared Yeh
Skansen Park| ©Jared Yeh

Skansen is an open-air museum that presents the history of Sweden through historic buildings and Scandinavian wildlife. Children can interact with reindeer, moose and other native species. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

This museum is ideal for discovering what Sweden was like before the industrial revolution. Imagine being surrounded by typical Swedish houses, farms and people dressed in period costumes! Here, the little ones can learn, for example, how old farmers made butter, how classic Swedish shoes are made, how fabric was obtained in the old days and how glass is blown by hand.

There is also a zoo area where you can see moose, grizzly bears, reindeer and bison up close . It's like being on a Swedish safari! Finally, you should not forget to enjoy the "fika", which is how tea or coffee time is known in Sweden. In Skansen Park you can enjoy this custom by tasting some desserts, snacks and hot drinks that feel great when it's cold. Which is not very difficult in Sweden, really.

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6. Find some inspiration at the Nobel Prize Museum

Getting to know the museum| ©Solis Invicti
Getting to know the museum| ©Solis Invicti

If you're looking for some educational visits for kids in Stockholm, the Nobel Prize Museum is the perfect place! At this museum, kids and adults alike can learn a lot of interesting things about brilliant scientists, genius writers, inspiring leaders and peace advocates.

The museum was created by Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor, and it was he himself who founded the renowned Nobel Prizes. You may be familiar with these awards, but you may not know how many disciplines they are awarded in: science, medicine, literature, economics and peace - one of which is sure to be your favorite!

During your visit, you will have unlimited access to both temporary and permanent exhibits that will show you how these brilliant minds changed the world with their innovative ideas. For example, in the permanent exhibition "Cultures of Creativity," you will discover how Martin Luther King and writer Selma Lagerlöf came to inspire entire generations. Do you know Selma Lagerlöf? She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909 - fascinating!

The history of the Nobel Prizes, and of this museum, dates back to 1901. Considering that the 20th century has been full of innovation in all fields of knowledge, imagine all that you can discover here! Plus, if you're visiting the museum with children, access is free for children under 18.

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7. Learn with your family how to take care of nature at the Bergius Botanical Garden

Bergius Botanical Garden| ©Lars Igelström
Bergius Botanical Garden| ©Lars Igelström

This beautiful botanical garden is a peaceful place for a family stroll, where children can explore its themed areas and learn about the flora of Sweden.

It is located on the outskirts of Stockholm, in the Frescati area, but is easy to reach from the city center by metro on line 14. Remember that you can use the Stockholm Tourist Card to get around. Read on to discover what awaits you in this garden!

Children will learn the importance of respecting the plants and animals they will encounter in the garden. How? Before starting the visit, they will pick up a map of the garden and can plan an exploration route according to the areas they are most interested in, such as the rose garden or the water lily pond at Victoria House.

This will give them a sense of direction and purpose during the visit. I especially recommend seeing Edvard Anderson's greenhouse, where plants from all over the world are gathered in their different areas - from lavender to tea to cocoa!

Also, during that tour following their map, there will be scavenger h unts or games for them - so they will be eager to get to the next point on the map! On their website you can check what activities are available at the time of your visit. Guided tours adapted to children are also available. They will learn a lot more and will love following the plant identification challenges along the way.

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8. A tour of Stockholm's historic city center

Old Town| ©Henrik Prüzelius
Old Town| ©Henrik Prüzelius

Stockholm's Old Town is known as Gamla Stan- I'm sure you've seen pictures of its beautiful colorful buildings many times! It is a maze of cobblestone streets where you can discover charming stores and cafes. If you are traveling to Stockholm with your children, you can't miss the opportunity to explore Gamla Stan through a guided tour specially designed for families.

This experience combines the city's rich history with an interesting stroll through the streets, allowing you to feel the atmosphere and let the kids learn about the history of a culture that is new to them. By the way! If you want something more intimate and personalized, there is even the option to book a private tour. For the little ones, a guided tour will help them see all of Stockholm's old town in a very special way. They will not only walk the streets, they will learn why each place is important or what happened there centuries ago.

And what places can be visited on this type of tour? For example, the Royal Palace, Stortorget Square and the impressive Stockholm Cathedral. This cathedral has hosted royal coronations, weddings (such as that of Sweden's Victoria in 2010) and other historical events in the city since its founding in the 13th century. In addition, the guides often encourage children to ask questions and participate, arousing their curiosity and making them learn more.

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9. Defy the laws of logic at Paradox Museum

Inside the Paradox Museum| ©luitpold
Inside the Paradox Museum| ©luitpold

Imagine a place where paradoxes and illusions take over reality. That's exactly what you'll find at the Paradox Museum. Here, logic becomes something different from what we're used to knowing.

The idea of the museum is "write your own story," so feel free to let your mind fly. And the kings of imagination are the children, so they will enjoy Paradox to the fullest, you'll see. Without a doubt this is one of the best museums in Stockholm.

You can explore more than 70 breathtaking exhibits. Would you like to talk to a talking piano that predicts the future? Or challenge your balancing skills in an otherworldly tunnel? How about watching a merry-go-round that appears and disappears while spinning in all directions? It can be a lot more fun than a roller coaster, really.

The key to understand is that optical illusions are a true art and you will become an active part of the magic of this place.

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10. Explore the Universe at the Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museum| ©Juan Carlos García Lorenzo
Natural History Museum| ©Juan Carlos García Lorenzo

If you have a little scientist at home, the Natural History Museum has to be an essential stop on your trip to Stockholm. Here, you can explore what life was like for the dinosaurs, what the climate is like in the polar regions, or what the rocks inside the Earth are like. It also has a planetarium, and Cosmonova: an IMAX cinema with impressive documentaries on astronomy, among other sciences. Who knows if your children discover your future profession here?

This historic museum has lockers where you can leave luggage or bags if you prefer to go more comfortable, picnic areas to enjoy the outdoors, restaurants and audio guides. It is approximately 5 kilometers from Gamla Stan, but there is a metro line and city buses that reach the museum from there.

Although to visit this and other museums, the most recommended option is the Stockholm tourist bus, as it has nearby stops and you can get off and on as many times as you want to explore the city at your own pace.

Get on the Stockholm Sightseeing Bus