Tips for entertaining the kids indoors

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On grey and rainy days, Helsinki invites you to explore its museums, libraries and other impressive buildings with fresh eyes. The city has many interesting places where children are guests of honour and where there is plenty of room to play.

Winter Garden

A picnic at the Winter Garden on the northern shore of the Töölönlahti bay is a great way to relive the summer on grey days in autumn or winter. Some of the plants blossom even in the middle of winter, and the kids will love the barbel fish swimming in the pool around the fountain – not to mention the carnivorous plants. And admission is free of charge! 
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Fire Museum

The Fire Museum at the Erottaja rescue station is a dream come true for kids who love fire trucks! The exhibition presents the history of firefighting in Helsinki in a way that is captivating also for young audiences. 
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Natural History Museum

Exploring all four floors and the numerous special exhibitions at the Natural History Museum will take you and the kids on a voyage of discovery across Finland and around the world – even back in time! Visitors are also encouraged to experiment and interact with the exhibits, which have been designed especially with kids in mind! 
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Library at the Nordic Culture Point

This library on Kaisaniemenkatu is a place that is definitely worth a visit. The children’s section has really been designed on kids’ terms, and it’s a great place to read, draw and play amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. The grown-ups’ section is also impressive, as the library has a fine selection of books, films and other materials in all the Nordic languages.
Kaisaniemenkatu 9

Kindergarten Museum

The recently renovated Kindergarten Museum in the Sörnäinen district is a fun attraction for kids. After all, it’s a museum where you’re supposed to play! Here you can find out, for example, what are Fröbel’s Gifts. 
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Vintti Workshop at the National Museum of Finland

The Vintti (“Attic”) Workshop at the National Museum of Finland is an interactive exhibition that introduces kids to Finnish history through games and activities. For example, you can try working on an assembly line, typing on a typewriter, playing shop, sitting on a milk platform and constructing a log cabin. Kids and adults alike will be entertained! The new prehistory exhibition on the ground floor of the museum is also fascinating for kids, as they are encouraged to interact with the exhibits. Say hi to the mumbling mammoth! 
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Sport Museum of Finland

The fully renewed exhibition tells the stories of sports that helped to build our nation. The new exhibition is enlivened by unique audiovisual contents that guide the visitor from story to another and emotion to another: from the Helsinki Olympic Games to the world of e-sports, from excitement through disappointment to joy for victory. The exhibition brings to you the heroes of Finnish success sports, such as track and field athletics, Formula One racing and ice hockey.
Paavo Nurmen tie 1, Olympic Stadium

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On grey and rainy days, Helsinki invites the whole family to explore its museums, libraries and other impressive buildings with fresh eyes.