If you are wondering what to do in Helsinki with kids, have a look at my Tapsylicious family travel itinerary!
Helsinki, with its landscapes, bears and mysterious legends about elves, will be a great discovery both for adults and kids.
DAY ONE IN HELSINKI WITH KIDS
What to do in Helsinki with kids on your first day? Easy: a Tapsy Tour! Thanks to a tour designed especially for families with children, you will discover the best Helsinki attraction in a cultural and engaging way: Senate Square, Market Square, Esplanadi Park, Temppeliaukio Church, Sibelius Park and Musiikkitalo.
This square, dominated by Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland, is one the most photographed places in the city. If you visit Helsinki with kids, you can’t absolutely miss it!
Here locals come to buy anything from fresh food to hand-made products. Market Square (Kauppatori in Finnish) is definitely the perfect place to experience the local life in Helsinki with kids!
At a short walk from Market Square you will find Esplanadi Park, or Espa as the locals call it. TOP TIP: In front of the historical Kappeli restaurant there is an outdoor stage that often hosts live music performances!
Excavated directly into solid rock, this Lutheran church is popularly known as the Rock Church or Church of the Rock. Thanks to its extraordinary acoustics, it often houses music concerts.
This park boasts one the most famous Helsinki attractions: Sibelius Monument. The sculpture, representing stylised organ pipes and dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, is a must-see for every family visiting Helsinki with kids!
Musiikkitalo, the Helsinki Music Centre, is the most well-known concert hall and music center in the country. TOP TIP: Check if the centre is hosting a children’s concert while you are Helsinki with kids, they will surely love it!
DAY TWO IN HELSINKI WITH KIDS
National Museum of Finland
Get inside this museum to discover more about the history of Stockholm with kids. It also hosts a workshop area called “Vintti” in which kids can pretend building their own house, running a shop, teaching at a school and much more.
Kamppi Chapel of Silence
Situated on purpose in a very busy area of Helsinki, this wooden design chapel is a place for introspection and it welcomes all visitors regardless of their origin, religion or faith. If you are visiting Helsinki with kids, stop here to breath a family moment of reflection.
Enjoy a shopping break from your visit of Helsinki with kids in Aleksanterinkatu Street, or Aleksi as locals call it, situated in the heart of the city!
With its colorful Russia inspired design, Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe, will be a true wonder for kids!
DAY THREE IN HELSINKI WITH KIDS
To experience an incredible half-day trip outside Helsinki with kids, take the ferry from Market Square and get to Suomenlinna to visit the fortress, an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site!
I hope you will have a great time in Helsinki with kids!