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An active holiday with children in Tallinn
Tallinn offers plenty of opportunities for an active family holiday – from adventure, water and snow parks to play centres. Keep on reading to find out about different activities for children of all ages.
The maritime centre Seaplane Harbour offers activities for those seeking action – try firing a torpedo or hitting flying targets! Tour the original Lembit submarine and see many other life-size exhibits. There’s also an exciting outdoor playground for younger children.
The Energy Discovery Centre is a real hands-on museum where children can generate electricity, create different sounds, and take part in a space adventure.
Kids who like climbing up medieval towers or descending into an exciting tunnels will enjoy the two-in-one Kiek in de Kök (a tower whose old German name means “Peek into the Kitchen”) and the Bastion Passages. Exhibits in the medieval Kiek in de Kök show how Tallinn was defended over the centuries. The tower and the passages are recommended for ages 7 and up.
Nerves of steel? Put yourself to the test at Tallinn TV Tower, and walk on the edge of the highest observation deck in Northern Europe. At a height of 175 metres, up to four people at a time can circle the edge, accompanied by an instructor. Participants are strapped into a safety harness the whole way. The walk lasts for about 30 minutes and a photo will be sent to your e-mail to prove you did it. Pre-book online or at the venue. The walk on the edge is suitable for children aged from 13 upwards. Younger and more cautious children can gravitate to the windows built into the floor in the TV Tower’s 21st-floor permanent exhibition hall. Stepping out onto the floor-mounted windows 170 m over the ground is like hovering in mid-air. Even TV Tower’s yard has four attractions for children: a jungle gym, abseiling, a light game on the ground and the Planetarium.
NUKU, the Museum and Centre for Puppet Arts, and the Children’s Museums – Miiamilla in Kadriorg district and the one in Kalamaja district – are sure to appeal to younger children. At the NUKU Museum of Puppet arts, children can play with different puppets, try on costumes, and visit a puppet chamber of horrors. Miiamilla Children’s Museum in Kadriorg offers creative pursuits and games for children aged 3-11. Kalamaja Museum is home to all kinds of dolls, teddy bears and other toys.
The Estonian Museum of Natural History tells visitors all about Estonia’s nature. Meet the rare flying squirrel; see the biggest mammal found in forests, the moose, measure up to the biggest fish caught in Estonia and touch, hear, see and smell the world the way animals do. For real, live, animals, head to Tallinn Zoo. There are over 7,700 animals in an area of close to 89 hectares (of which 26 hectares is taken up by outdoor cages and enclosures). A children’s petting zoo allows smaller domesticated animals to be touched. The Zoo’s aerial adventure park lets kids climb like monkeys. The Zoo also has a large children’s play area and picnic spots.
The Hop-On Hop-Off double decker bus is convenient for travelling between points of interest. The upper deck is convertible, as long as the weather is fine. The ride is free for children under 7. Those who prefer a somewhat shorter ride in the Old Town should look for City Trainstop near Town Hall Square. The close to 20-minute train ride is a fun adventure tour through the Old Town and is especially popular among younger visitors.
Have fun on snow and ice!
One of the most popular outdoor skating rinks is in Harju Street in the heart of the Old Town. Skating on this rink is one of the best ways to experience the romantic wintry ambience and spend fun quality time with your family. The Jeti and Škoda ice arenas are open year-round.
Jump and splash!
Skypark and Zelluloos trampoline centres offer plenty of jumping and climbing fun. Several other play centres are located at malls, including Juku playlands in Rocca al Mare Centre and Kristiine Centre, and Tallinn's biggest play area - Lennumaa at Ülemiste Centre.
Play in public!
Toes can be dipped in the water at Pirita Beach, Kakumäe and Harku Lake. Those up for a trip a short distance out of the city will find ideal beach holiday destinations like Viimsi (Haabneeme beach), Laulasmaa, and the islands in Tallinn’s vicinity.
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