With theme parks dating back a century, acres of green space to run wild in, wacky museums and a host of child-friendly eateries, Denmark's capital is the ideal destination for a family holiday. Make your way around the Danish capital with ease, thanks to the several transportation options near the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Copenhagen. Our Christianshavn hotel is just a few minutes away from popular spots like the Strøget pedestrian area and Nyhavn waterfront. Starting out on the famous shopping hub Strøget, this guide has everything you need to plan a great day out with the kids.
Weird and wonderful morning strolls
Starting out early is the easiest way to avoid the crowds along Copenhagen's thriving shopping street, Strøget. Set those alarm clocks for as reasonable an hour as you can negotiate, then head out for the day. Stretching over a kilometre from City Hall Square, this wide avenue is fully pedestrianised and houses every brand from Prada to H&M. If those don't sound too child-friendly, there's a flagship store that they might be slightly more interested in: LEGO. You'll find themed kits along with bricks in just about every colour imaginable, although none have yet been invented that are less painful to accidentally step on in bare feet.
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The next stop on your tour should be The Guinness World Record Museum, which showcases world record holders that range from the awe-inspiring to the downright bizarre. Ever wanted to learn about the world's tallest man or see the world's longest moustache? Now you can.
Try to leave the museum by 11:30am in order to arrive at Amalienborg Palace well before the Changing of the Guard, which happens promptly at 12pm every day. Just 15 minutes early should be enough to make sure you're standing somewhere that gives the little ones an unobstructed view of the Royal Guards marching in procession to complete an elaborate changeover outside the opulent Rococo palace.
Late lunch and an afternoon in the park
If certain stomachs have started rumbling, it's time to head to one of Copenhagen's main attractions. The world-famous Tivoli Park is packed with attractions like Rutschebanen, a rollercoaster which was revamped in 2014 to celebrate its 100th birthday, and a huge artificial waterfall. Fill up on traditional Danish food at Brdr. Price – priding itself on making food "just like Grandma used to". The apple desserts here will win over even the fussiest eaters.
Once everyone has a full belly, you can spend the rest of your afternoon watching a free pantomime concert, crashing the bumper cars or taking on the wildest rides. Note that if you're visiting Tivoli from October 12th to November 4th, you'll be able to enjoy the park decorated for Halloween. Check out the special events and kid-friendly Halloween programme.
Wind things down in the evening with a visit to the Tycho Brahe Planetarium. Filled with exhibitions on astronomy and space travel, you can also watch short 3D and IMAX films on their immersive domed screen. The Planetarium stays open until 8:50pm on Fridays and Saturdays, making it an ideal final stop on your way back to a well-earned night's sleep at your hotel.
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Make the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Copenhagen your kid-friendly base for exploring the Danish capital!
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