6 things to do with kids in Tampere
Step into the world of the kind-hearted Moomins and their friends at Moomin Museum. Fantastically detailed models of the scenes from the iconic Moomin books, original artworks made by the famous Finnish artist and author Tove Jansson and a guide through the inspiring life story of the writer – the museum will fascinate children as well as adults. The Moomin Museum resides in Tampere Hall, the largest conference and concert centre in the Nordic countries, located just a stone throw away from the railway station.
Enjoy Finnish sauna
Tampere is known as a ‘sauna city’ because of its many public saunas. A great public sauna called Rauhaniemi is located on a nice family beach about two kilometres from the city centre. In the summertime you can rent a paddle board and go supping on lovely Näsijärvi Lake. The Rauhaniemi sauna is also open in winter, when you can go ice swimming in the lake or roll in the snow like the crazy Finns do!
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Lauded as the best amusement park in Finland, Särkänniemi offers a variety of rides, from easygoing carousels to fierce rollercoasters. The park also includes an aquarium, a planetarium, and big themed areas like Angry Birds Land and Doghill Fairytale Farm with handcrafted wooden buildings, playgrounds, and real farm animals.
Feed the curiosity
Vapriikki museum centre is the perfect destination for a rainy day, since all of the mayor museums are housed here: The Natural History Museum of Tampere, the Rupriikki Media Museum, the Mineral Museum, the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, the Doll Museum, the Postal Museum, and the Finnish Museum of Games. Vapriikki is located in an old factory hall on the banks of the Tammerkoski Rapids, about half a kilometre from the city centre.
Ride a skateboard
Today skateboarding in Finland is as popular as ever and Tampere is the centre of the skateboarding scene. The city has the best facilities to skate all year round. For instance, the indoor skate park Kenneli D.I.Y. which has the biggest indoor concrete bowl in Finland or Iso-Vilunen skate park located on top of an old landfill in Tampere. A 360-degree view opens from the park to the surrounding landscape, giving the park its great atmosphere.
Visit the island
Have your own Robinson Cruso experience and take a boat from Laukontori Harbour and sail to Viikinsaari Island. With a beautiful trail, several playgrounds, mini golf, volleyball courts, a beach and sauna – the island is a fitting venue for a family day out in the fresh air. Forgot the picnic basket? No worries, there is also a restaurant here! The Finnish Silverline boat leaves hourly. The trip takes 20 minutes.