When you’re on holiday it can sometimes be a nightmare trying to find places to take your kids. At first sight, it may also seem like a challenge to find kids activities in Copenhagen. We know this, so we have four suggestions to make your life that bit easier. They’re all easily accessible from the city centre via public transport. Two are even completely under cover, so you’ll be OK if it rains.
1. National Aquarium Denmark, Den Blå Planet
Den Blå Planet is Northern Europe’s largest aquarium and is a safe environment to let your kids roam free. It’s self-enclosed, with a great balance of fun and education. You’ll see menacing sharks, stealthy rays and brightly-coloured coral fish that will take the breath away. It’s easily one of the best kids activities in Copenhagen.
Den Blå Planet is only 12 minutes by metro from Kongens Nytorv station (next to Nyhavn) in the city centre. Just get off at Kaastrup, from where it’s just a short walk. It’s open from 10:00 – 17:00 every day, except on Monday when it’s open until 21:00. Best of all, it’s all under cover so a good choice if it rains.
Adult tickets cost 170 DKK (US$28) and children are 95 DKK (US$16). Entry is free with a Copenhagen Card.
2. Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo is Denmark’s 3rd most popular attraction, and is a fantastic place to take the kids. Here you can see some of the 3,000 animals across 264 different species. There is also a Children’s Zoo, where the kids can pet animals and watch demonstrations from zookeepers. Copenhagen Zoo’s elephant house is regarded as one of the best in the world, where you can get up close to these magnificent animals.
Copenhagen Zoo can be reached easily by bus from the central station, and is on the Hop On – Hop Off Bus route. The Zoo is open from 09:00 – 18:00 every day, and later on some days in the summer.
Adult tickets are 180 DKK (US$30) and 100 DKK (US$16.50) for children. Entry is free with a Copenhagen Card.
3. Tivoli Gardens
In the heart of Copenhagen is a kids’ paradise, and one of the best kids activities in Copenhagen. Tivoli Gardens is packed with rides, entertainment and eating options designed specifically for children. It’s a theme park with enough to keep your family busy for a whole day. This includes high-adrenaline roller coasters, kids play areas and interactive cinema showings.
It’s right in the centre of the city, walking distance from the Central Station. Click here to read our full article on Tivoli Gardens.
4. Tycho Brahe Planetarium
Named after the Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe, Copenhagen’s Planetarium effortlessly blends education and fun. Its centrepiece is a 1,000m2 dome-shaped screen showing movies of everything from outer space to the deep blue sea. There is also an exhibition with more interesting information about the planets and space.
The Planetarium is set in beautiful surroundings next to Copenhagen’s lakes, and is only a short walk from Central Station. It’s all inside so among the top kids activities in Copenhagen if the weather is bad. Just remember to hire headsets (20 DKK each) for English translations of the movies. Opening hours are 10:30 – 19:10 most days.
Adult tickets cost 128 DKK (US$21) and 100 DKK (US$16.50) for children. Entry with a Copenhagen Card is free.