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Happy times in Helsinki Holiday fun for families 2014


Check out my holiday photos!


Welcome to Helsinki!


Hi, I’m Helppi from Helsinki and I love exploring. I’ve made a photo album with pictures of my favourite places in the city, local specialties, my furry animal friends and me too of course! Take a look at my album and join me for an adventure! Let’s say hi to the mischievous Barbary ape at Helsinki Zoo, go for a ride on Kingi, the new ride at Linnanmäki Amusement Park, see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and so much more! Inside my album you will find coupons with great special offers for exploring Helsinki. You can pick up maps and get great tips from Tourist Information opposite the Market Square. You

■■Me, Helsinki’s very own mascot.

might even bump into me! You’ll recognise me from my spots. Hope to see you soon! Helppi

Tourist Information Pohjoisesplanadi 19, Helsinki Tel. +358 (0)9 3101 3300



Useful tips for a successful visit!

■■Bus, metro, tram, even on your dad’s shoulders –

it’s easy to get around Helsinki!

Getting around easily

When your tummy rumbles

With our great public transport system, I love exploring different parts of Helsinki, both near and far. Listen to the humming of the tram tracks, the swish of the metro tunnels and the splashing of the waves as you admire the views through the tram windows, race underground in the metro and cruise around the islands on a ferry. Taking the little ones with you is also easy, as strollers and prams are welcome on buses, trams and trains, as well as on the metro and ferries. In fact, parents who are pushing a stroller or pram travel free of charge! You can purchase single tickets and day tickets, or alternatively you can pick up the Helsinki Card, which includes free public transport and many other benefits that will help you to discover and experience Helsinki while saving money, time and energy during your visit.

Winter, spring, summer or fall – you need to eat every day! Here you will find some great restaurant tips:


You can find your way around using the Journey Planner:


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You will also come across all kinds of interesting pop-up restaurants in the city’s parks, on street corners and inside courtyards during Restaurant Day on 17 May, 17 August and 15 August 2014. This great event invites anyone to set up their own restaurant for a day! If you get a boo-boo Children have a habit of falling over and hurting themselves when they are having fun. Fortunately, most of the time a kiss and plaster are enough. However, if you do need to see a doctor, there are plenty of medical centres in Helsinki that are open around the clock. See for example:

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Say hello to my wild friends!


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■■We had a grinning contest with the Barbary ape and I won.

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Nature Centre I got to ■■At the Finnish what it’s like to be a baby bird. experience

■■Did you know that the tentacles on giant

octopuses can grow up to nine metres long?


my journey around the world.




Spend a fun day at Helsinki Zoo!

Marvel at the wonders of nature at the Natural History Museum

Helsinki Zoo on the pretty island of Korkeasaari is a great family destination where you can easily spend an entire day enjoying the animals, a picnic and the beautiful scenery. Explore Cat Valley, visit the Barbary apes and say hi to the new deer! At Helsinki Zoo you can travel around the world and learn more about endangered species. You can get to the zoo by taking the Zoo Bus (number 16) from Railway Square throughout the year, or in summertime you can take the ferry from the Market Square or Hakaniemi.

When was the last time you stood at the feet of a dinosaur or listened to the sounds of wild animals under the starry skies of Africa? The exhibitions at the Natural History Museum present the diversity of nature around the world. Travel through time with the dinosaurs to unravel the history of life. The museum also has a brand new exhibit – a white shark that’s over eight metres long!

Dive to the depths of the oceans at SEA LIFE

At the Botanic Gardens you can enjoy a glorious picnic and travel from continent to continent all in the same day. You can admire the fascinating and diverse plant life at the Botanic Gardens in Kaisaniemi and Kumpula.

■■Mustikkamaanpolku 12;

■■Tivolitie 10;

SEA LIFE Helsinki transports you into the amazing underwater world. Be wowed by beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep sea and prepare for astonishingly close views. SEA LIFE Helsinki is home to over 150 different species, including charming sea horses, awesome sharks, cute turtles and active octopuses. The displays will inspire you to care for the sea and all its creatures so that we can all help protect the marine environment for future generations!

Crawl into a bear’s den at Haltia

■■Nuuksiontie 84, Espoo; The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is a new type of exhibition and event centre at Nuuksio National Park. Here you can explore the Finnish nature and even crawl into a bear’s den. The surrounding nature in the national park invites you to explore the trails. In summertime, from May to September, there is a direct bus service between the city centre and Haltia.

■■Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13;

Circle the globe in an hour at the Botanic Gardens

■■Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden (open all year) ■■Unioninkatu 44 / Kaisaniemenranta 2;

■■Kumpula Botanic Garden ■■Jyrängöntie 2; Events

■■8-10 August: FCI World Dog Show 2014, Messukeskus ■■23-26 October: Helsinki International Horse Show, Helsinki Ice Hall ■■7-9 November: ELMA countryside, forest, outlet and handicrafts fairs, Messukeskus ■■8-9 November: Lemmikki 2014 pet fair, Messukeskus ■■6-7 December: Koira 2014 international dog show, Messukeskus


Enjoy a thrilling holiday! © LINNANMÄKI

i Linnanmäk t Amusemen Park

■■The fun continued by swimming in a sea of balls!



■■We then rolled up our sleeves to build

a house at the Finnish Science Centre!




■■Kingi, the new ride at Linnanmäki, took us high into the sky. inki Hels und gro Play


Have fun at Linnanmäki

Show off your skateboarding skills in Helsinki’s parks

The most famous amusement park in Finland will feature a majestic new ride this summer. Kingi elevates you above the rooftops to a height of 75 metres... before dropping you back down again in freefall! The Kattila restaurant complex will also feature another top new restaurant. Admission to the amusement park is free of charge, and 11 rides are also free of charge to the delight especially of families with small children.

Kids and young people can practice their back flips or frontside ollies in many of Helsinki’s great parks!

■■Tivolikuja 1;

Experience the joy of discovery at Heureka!

■■Kuninkaalantie 7, Vantaa; The Finnish Science Centre Heureka is an interactive exhibition centre for people of all ages! Visitors to Heureka can discover firsthand the exciting world of science and technology by trying things and experimenting. Heureka presents a wide range of thematic exhibitions and a permanent main exhibition. In addition to the interactive exhibitions, visitors can enjoy breathtaking experiences in the Planetarium, which presents mainly astronomical planetarium films.

Climb like a monkey at Helsinki Playground

■■Sörnäisten rantatie 6, Hakaniemi Market;

Helsinki Playground is an unbelievably fun indoor play centre where kids get to jump, romp, play, run, laugh, climb and release their energy as much as they want! Climb like a monkey through the jungle or splash around in the ball pool. Charge like a rhino through the tyres and totem poles on a safari, or gather your courage and enter the glowing ghost cave!

■■Nordenskiöldinkatu 20: Young people love to

skate at Micropolis at the Eläintarha sports ground from morning to night.

■■Emännänpolku 1: The biggest skateboarding hall in Finlnad can be found in Kontula. ■■Pallokuja 4: The newest skateboarding park is in Vuosaari. ■■Kaasutehtaankatu 1: Skateboard in a cool industrial setting at Kalasatama.

Laugh, climb and swing in Helsinki’s play parks Hip, hip, hooray! This year Helsinki is celebrating 100 years of play parks! These are excellent and safe areas where kids can play and have fun all day!

■■Kaivopuisto Playpark ■■Puistokatu 4 ■■Tähtitornin Vuori Playpark ■■Tähtitorninkatu 1 ■■Taivallahti Playpark, Töölö ■■Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 22 ■■Tokoinranta Playpark ■■Eläintarhantie 1

Drive around at the children’s traffic park

■■Auroranportti 2

Practice your driving skills at this terrific children’s traffic park, where children can learn about traffic safety while driving pedal cars and riding bikes!


■■28 April–18 May: Risto Räppääjä ja Elvin paluu, family musical, Peacock Theatre, Linnanmäki ■■24-25 May: World Village Festival, world music and culture in Kaisaniemi Park ■■7-12 July: Helsinki Cup, international junior football tournament ■■16 August: Helsinki City Marathon & Chiquita Minimarathon, Olympic Stadium ■■30-31 August: Finland vs. Sweden in athletics, Olympic Stadium ■■Until 21 September: Heureka Goes Crazy exhibition, Heureka ■■October: Carnival of Light, Linnanmäki


Have the best slumber party ever!


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Holiday Inn at Messukeskus is the official hotel for Linnanmäki Holiday Inn hotels are your base for an adventurous holiday in Helsinki! Guests under the age of 13 can enjoy not only exploring the hotel corridors but also great food thanks to Holiday Inn’s “Kids Eat Free” bonus. Kids can order food from their own menu free of charge when their parents also eat at the restaurant.

■■Reservations and enquiries:

Play and have fun at Scandic Scandic hotels are a great choice when travelling with kids. Children receive a small gift at check-in, children’s channels are shown on TV in your room, and children can play and have fun in designated play areas. And during the holidays it only gets better – children can order food from their own kids’ menu in the hotel’s restaurant, and for breakfast they can stuff themselves with pancakes!

■■Reservations and enquiries:

Rastila g Campin

■■My friend Sigge the hedgehog lives here and invites kids to have a great time!

dinner ■■Ride a tandem bike, cook into the over a fire and jump water for a swim!

Rastila Camping is just a stone’s throw from the centre

■■Karavaanikatu 4;

The family-friendly five-star Rastila Camping offers much more than just accommodation, and it’s just a metro ride away from the city centre! Here you can enjoy a wide range of family activities nearby, just a stone’s throw from the centre of Helsinki! The Summer Hostel Karavaani is open from 16 June to 30 July 2014.



■■We had stacks of pancak es


■■Reservations and enquiries:


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Onni the Squirrel too stays at Sokos Hotels Onni the Squirrel wishes all explorers large and small a warm welcome to Sokos Hotels on your visit to Helsinki. Onni has a surprise gift for all children upon arrival, the hotel restaurants have special children’s menus, and during the holiday season kids can play in the fun playrooms.

Holiday Inn






This coupon is valid for free admission for one person to the Ehrensvärd Museum at Suomenlinna in summer 2014.

This coupon entitles the holder to a 3-euro discount on a family ticket to Luomus attractions until 31 December 2014. 1 family ticket/coupon, max. 2 adults and 4 children.

Suomenlinna B 40 (Linnanpiha), Helsinki

Natural History Museum, Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13 Kumpula Botanic Garden, Jyrängöntie 2 Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden / greenhouses, Kaisaniemenranta 2


RAX Buffet

This coupon entitles the holder of a Gardenia family ticket to free “Secrets of the Plants” maps for accompanying children. Offer valid until 31 August 2014.

This coupon entitles the holder to our big buffet bonus! 3 eat for the price of 2 with this coupon. Valid Mon–Thu until 1 May 2015, 1 offer/coupon.

Koetilantie 1, Viikki, Helsinki

Holiday Inn

Flamingo Spa

The official hotel of Linnanmäki, Holiday Inn Helsinki – Messukeskus, offers a summer night starting from just €65 /person in a shared Standard room for 2 persons, including breakfast, sauna and gym, plus Kids Eat Free. This coupon also entitles the holder to park for free in the parking garage. Offer valid 19 June – 4 August 2014. Reservations and enquiries:

This coupon entitles the holder to a free children’s ticket (ages 4-11) to the Flamingo Spa Waterpark. Valid until 31 December 2014. Admission for children under the age of 12 only with a paying adult.

t. +358 9 150 900


Have fun with the whole family! Enjoy special offers with these coupons. 5500 ilmaista parkkipaikkaa Iso ilo buffet-pöydästä!

3 syö, 2 maksaa

Tällä kupongilla, voimassa ma–to, 1.5.2015 saakka, 1 tarjous/kuponki 5500 ilmaista parkkipaikkaa

Lapsen vapaalippu Flamingo Spahan


Puuhaa ja leikkejä lapsille säällä kuin säällä ympäri vuoden!

Sörnäisten rantatie 6, 00530 Helsinki



City Tour


Experience the best sights in Helsinki with an open top bus tour. We show you more of Helsinki. Hop on and hop off as often as you want. Daily from Senate Square 2 May to 30 September. This coupon entitles the holder to a 24-hour Hop-On Hop-Off tour for €20 (norm. €25).

This coupon entitles the holder to a 5-euro discount on the hourly rental fee for the family sauna by the sea. Valid until 30 September 2014.

Karavaanikatu 4, Helsinki (Next to Rastila metro station)

Royal Line

Helsinki Playground

Enjoy the most interesting sightseeing cruise in Helsinki! We show you the best sights in Helsinki from the sea with over 65 years experience. Daily from the Market Square 2 May to 30 September. This coupon entitles the holder to one buffet for children (ages 0-12) free of charge on a Helsinki Sightseeing cruise together with one paid adult buffet (1 child/adult).

Helsinki Playground is packed with fun and games for children, rain or shine, all year long! This coupon entitles the holder to two children’s tickets for the price of one. Valid Mon-Fri until 31 December 2014.

Sokos Hotels


Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo Original Sokos Hotel Albert Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki Original Sokos Hotel Pasila Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Solo Sokos Hotel Aleksanteri Solo Sokos Hotel Torni

This coupon entitles families to visit SEA LIFE for just €10/person. Discount available on normal price tickets. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers or online tickets. Max. 5 tickets/coupon. Valid until 31 December 2014.

Sörnäisten rantatie 6, Helsinki

Tivolitie 10, Helsinki Coupon code: 314


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See all the paintings at Ateneum



■■Kaivokatu 2;


A special exhibition this year presents the impressive career of Tove Jansson as an artist, illustrator, political caricaturist, author and creator of the Moomin characters and stories. The exhibition runs from 14 March to 7 September 2014. How would you like to learn more about art by creating it yourself? Ateneum offers Saturday workshops that are open to everyone and do not require special skills. Recommended for ages 3 and up!

Marvel at the contemporary art at Kiasma

■■Mannerheiminaukio 2;

Kiasma is a cool building that presents the most impressive art of today. Some people love it, others hate it; some don’t get it, others think it’s great – what do you think? Kiasma also offers workshops where the whole family can learn more about contemporary art by creating, viewing and discussing it.

Discover the treasures at the National Museum of Finland

■■Mannerheimintie 34;

Find out all about Finland, from prehistoric times to today!

Put on a show at the Theatre Museum


Kaapelitehdas, Tallberginkatu 1 G;

Whether you are a beautiful princess or a bold knight, at the Theatre Museum you can experience the thrill of the stage by taking part yourself!

■■I saw lots of great art at the Finnish National Gallery!

Exciting theatre, splendid opera and beautiful ballet:

■■Helsinki City Theatre ■■Ensi linja 2; ■■Finnish National Opera ■■Helsinginkatu 58; ■■Finnish National Theatre ■■Läntinen teatterikuja 1; ■■Svenska Teatern ■■Norra esplanaden 2, Events

■■3 February – 17 May: Minä ja Muro (“Me and Muro”), Finnish National Theatre ■■13 February – 12 October: Backyard Tarzans, Päivälehti Museum ■■14 March – 7 September: Tove Jansson, Ateneum Art Museum ■■20 March onwards: Tarzan, Helsinki City Theatre ■■8 – 18 May: Cirko Festival, Cirko Center for New Circus ■■September: Elämä Lapselle charity concert, Hartwall Arena

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■■Land ho! – We climbed a hill to admire the view of Helsinki and the ships sailing by.

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■■Our voyage continued past all the islands enjoying the sea breezes!

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■■Yummy! Sugar donuts don’t get any better than this!



Royal Lin e


Delight your senses at the Market Square

Cruise around the streets with a Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour

The Market Square is alive with sounds, smells

pening around you!

A city tour on fun open-top buses will leave you with great summer memories for all your family! The upper deck is an exciting place to sit and admire the sights. Along the way you can hear inspiring stories about Helsinki’s past and present.

Travel back in time at Suomenlinna

Swim and sunbathe on the beaches and islands


and tastes – what’s your favourite food in the market? The view’s not bad either – admire the ships and take lots of photos of everything hap-

■■Suomenlinna C 74;,


The islands of Suomenlinna are the perfect setting for a family adventure with 6 kilometres of bastion walls, over 100 canons, mysterious tunnels, museums, cafés and restaurants. Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is a splendid UNESCO World Heritage Site. Suomenlinna is situated off the coast of Helsinki and is easily accessible year round by ferry from the Market Square. The ferry ride is an exciting adventure in itself and takes just 15 minutes. Remember to take with a flashlight so you can explore the tunnels!

Cruise around the islands with Royal Line




A sightseeing cruise is an exciting adventure for all the family. During the cruise you can admire the scenery from the deck while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze or eat a delicious archipelago buffet in the ship’s restaurant. There is plenty to see along the way, including the islands off the coast, the fleet of ice breakers and the historic Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Hop aboard and enjoy the best maritime experience of the summer!


Helsinki is a seaside town that is perfect for exploring the islands and having fun in the water. You can swim outdoors on the islands of Uunisaari and Pihlajasaari, as well as at the Hietaniemi swimming beach and the Swimming Stadium. You can also enjoy a picnic on the island of Lonna, which opens to visitors for the first time this summer!

■■Lonna is a new island attraction that opens to visitors on 17 May ■■ ■■Swimming Stadium ■■Hammarskjölditie 1 ■■Uunisaari island ■■ ■■Pihlajasaari island ■■ Events

■■17 May, 17 August and 15 November: Restaurant Day, when anyone can open a pop-up restaurant for a day ■■7 June: Helsinki Samba Carnaval with parades through the city and in Senate Square ■■10 June – 9 August: Adventure tours of Suomenlinna for children, (in Finnish; Swedish tours on Fridays) 12 June: Helsinki Day, birthday celebrations throughout the city 20 June: Midsummer celebrations at Seurasaari 9 – 16 August: Classic Yacht Week, Suomenlinna 5 – 11 October: Herring Market, the oldest traditional event in the city, Market Square October: Tall Ships Day, Market Square

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Warm up on a crisp winter’s day!


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uisto Kaivop Park

great for sledding!



■■The big hill is absolutely

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experience the ■■Here you can middle of winter. tropics in the

■■We went shopping at Jumbo and

then jumped into the warm pools at the Flamingo waterpark!


■■We had fun pretending we were ski jumpers at the top of the cathedral steps.

Skate to the music at Helsinki Icepark

■■Railway Square; Skate along to the music in the heart of the city from December to March. Kids can also take part in fun skating lessons!


Visit the squirrels at Seurasaari

■■Seurasaari; Enjoy a winter picnic on the pleasant island of Seurasaari, a popular recreational area not far from the city centre. The kids will love the tame squirrels!

Feel the heat of summer all year round at Gardenia

■■Koetilantie 1;

The exotic plants at the tropical garden take you on a journey around the world. Here you can see plants that are used to make all kinds of popular products. You can also grab a treasure map to solve the mystery of the plants!


Unwind at Flamingo Leisure World

■■Tasetie 8, Vantaa;

Flamingo is an entertainment complex where there is always lots to do. The entire family, from babies to grandparents, can enjoy itself at the hotel, indoor adventure park, waterpark, spa and restaurants!

Shop till you drop at Jumbo

■■Vantaanportinkatu 3, Vantaa;

Jumbo and Flamingo in Vantaa form the biggest shopping and entertainment centre under one roof in Finland. Here you can shop, play and eat to your heart’s delight! You’re bound to find something for each member of the family at the hypermarkets, department stores and over a hundred specialty shops!

Department stores and shopping malls

■■Stockmann ■■Aleksanterinkatu 52 ■■Stockmann Itäkeskus ■■Itäkatu 1 C ■■Sokos Helsinki ■■Mannerheimintie 9 Winter events

■■Forum ■■Mannerheimintie 14–20 ■■Kamppi ■■Urho Kekkosen katu 1 ■■Kluuvi ■■Aleksanterinkatu 9

■■29 – 30 November: Suomenlinna Christmas event ■■November: Christmas World, Kolmen sepän aukio, Kaivopiha ■■November: Opening of the Christmas Street, Aleksanterinkatu, Senate Square ■■13 December: Lucia Parade, Senate Square ■■December: Seurasaari Christmas Path, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum ■■December: St. Thomas Christmas Market, Senate Square ■■26 December: Boxing Day sleigh rides, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum ■■31 December: New Year’s Eve celebrations with music and fireworks, Senate Square ■■January 2015: Disney on Ice, Hartwall Arena












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National Museum of Finland 21 Pihlajasaari Helsinki City Museum 22 Uunisaari Suomenlinna Toy Museum 23 Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre Messukeskus Expo & Convention Centre 24 Swimming Stadium Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth 25 Hietaniemi Swimming Beach Theatre Museum 26 Seurasaari Ateneum 27 Flamingo Spa and Jumbo Kiasma 28 Olympic Stadium Design Museum 29 Hartwall Arena Helsinki Zoo 30 Skateboarding Park Sea Life 31 Sports Museum of Finland Gardenia 32 Children’s Traffic Park Tropicario 33 Museum of Technology Natural History Museum 34 Tram Museum Kumpula Botanic Garden 35 Tourist Information Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden 36 Rastila Camping Linnanmäki 37 Helsinki Playground Heureka 38 Royal Line Suomenlinna 39 City Tour Lonna 40 Haltia


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Tourist Information Pohjoisesplanadi 19, P.O. Box 28 FI-00099 CITY OF HELSINKI Tel. +358 (0)9 3101 3300

Opening hours: Summer (15 May–14 September): Mon–Fri 9am–8pm, Sat–Sun 9am–6pm Winter (15 September–14 May): Mon–Fri 9am–6pm, Sat–Sun 10am–4pm

Visit Helsinki’s “Holiday fun for families 2014” | Published and produced by Helsinki Travel Marketing Ltd | Text and design by Mailand Communications Oy | Translation by Crockford Communications Oy | Printed in Finland by DMP | Printed on NovaPress Silk 65 g/m2 and GalerieArt silk 130 g/m2 | Photos from Helsinki City Image Bank, Helsinki Tourism Material Bank and advertisers | Cover images by Lauri Rotko, Helsinki Tourism and Rami Hanafi. This brochure includes commercial advertising. The information within this brochure was updated in February 2014. The publisher is not responsible for possible changes or for the correctness of contact information, opening times, prices or other related information mentioned in this brochure.

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