Kids, these Helsinki Day tips are just for you!
Marianne Saukkonen May 28, 2016

Helsinki’s own day is celebrated again 12.6. and the day’s program includes, as usual, a lot of programs for families with children. All Helsinki Day events are free of charge and open to all. Some of the events allow a limited number of participants but free tickets can be picked up in advance at the City Hall Virka-info starting Wednesday 8.6. 9.00 am.

Here is a list of Helsinki Day events targeted for families with children. More events and more information of the events mentioned below can be found on helsinkipaiva.fi.

Maalla Kaupungissa kuva Pekka Kastari
Helsinki Day at the Herttoniemi Manor Photo: Pekka Kastari

Exercise!
Swimming halls, outdoor swimming pools, stunt track, trampoline park, bowling or tennis. Many sports facilities offer a free opportunity to try out new sports!

Uimastadion_kuva_ Konsta Linkola
Swimming stadium Photo: Konsta Linkola

Things to do!
The Theatre Museum offers theatre orienteering for the whole family where you can solve tasks related to the exhibitions in the museum. The other Cable Factory museums have free admission too along with guided tours.

There is a bird house-workshop in the yard between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum, where families can prepare a birdhouse of pre-cut wooden pieces, and the little ones can decorate and paint it.

At the Kontula Shopping Centre Festival children can make animal masks and theatre puppets in a workshop or enjoy a visual puppet theatre concert by the Maria Baric Company on the main stage.

Little fishermen should participate in one of Helsinki Days three fishing races; at Vanhankaupunginkoski backwaters, on the Vuosaari Harbour Bridge or at Siltavuorenranta. Fishing tools can be borrowed on site.

Harakka island organizes an event for the whole family with various workshops and exhibitions, which explore the diverse nature of the archipelago. Free of charge boat to Harakka island leaves at the pier of Ullanlinna.

Meriharakat ja meri Kuva Helsingin kaupungin aineistopankki Marianne Saviaho
Harakka island Photo: Marianne Saviaho

Surprising!
Ruffle Army ‘s giant soap bubbles fascinates at the Esplanade Park. The most fun is trying to catch and break the bubbles! This time Ruffle Army perform with a new nautical theme including sequins, shiny starfish and multi-colored mermaid hair.

Fire engines and other equipment is presented at the rescue stations as they have all open doors during the day. Fire fighters skills can be seen at the Hakaniemi market square where the volunteer fire brigades race for superiority.

If domestic animals is of interest to the small children, you should head to the Herttoniemi Manor. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic in the manor landscape.

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Ruffle_Army_promokuva kuva Antti Vanhatalo
Ruffle Army Photo: Antti Vanhatalo

Celebrate!
Annanatalo celebrates a family festival of Ibero-American culture, Kolibri festival, with dance, music, theater, circus, film, architecture and football-related workshops, presentations and stories.

At the Kids’ street party in Puu-Vallila you can enjoy live music, circus performances, a disco and lots of activities for children of all ages and their parents.

 

Lasten katubileet lapset kuva Memmu Limnell
Kids’ street party Photo: Memmu Limnell

There’s plenty to choose from and there’s definitely something for everyone. Have a fun Helsinki Day!
The whole program is on www.helsinkipaiva.fi/en.