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An active holiday with children in Tallinn

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By  •  12.02.2019

What to do with kids in Tallinn? The city 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.

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Discover museums!

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.  

Maarjamäe Palace's exhibition “My Free Country [Minu Vaba Riik]” lets children build their own country in the educative and fun “Children’s Republic” playroom. Located in the same complex are exciting outdoor exhibitions, relaxation areas, a playground and the Estonian Film Museum.  

Kids who like Medieval forts, climbing up towers or descending into underground tunnels will enjoy the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum. Exhibits in the medieval Kiek in de Kök show how Tallinn was defended over the centuries. The towers and the passages are recommended for ages 7 and up (the museum's stairs are steep).

In addition to exploring Tallinn’s medieval towers, adventure-loving kids will enjoy going up the TV Tower – the highest building in Estonia.  

NUKU, the Museum and Centre for Puppet Arts, and the Children's Museum Miiamilla in Kadriorg district are sure to appeal to younger children. At the NUKU museum, children can play with different puppets, try on costumes, and try to figure out how to make the steam-powered theatre displays move on the museum windows. Miiamilla Children's Museum in Kadriorg offers creative pursuits and games for children aged 3-11. 

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 and be sure to visit the Polar Bear World, the newest addition to the zoo. 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.

One of the newest sights in town are the LVLup!, the first interactive video game museum in the Baltics, and the interactive hands-on science center SkyLab.  

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 Train stop 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!

Tallinn's snow parks are open as long as there’s snow on the ground. In a 20-minute drive from the city centre, you will find Viimsi Mäepark Vimka – where the slopes are open to skiers, snowboarders and tubers. Nõmme Snow Park also caters to snowtubers and snowboarders. Skiing and skating is available at nearby Nõmme Sport Centre, which changes with the seasons. During the summer, it features an outdoor pool and ball parks.

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!

Indoor entertainment is available during the colder seasons. Megazone indoor adventure park welcomes children from the height of 120 cm; shorter guests must be accompanied. The centre also has a Segway obstacle course (ages 10 and up), laser playground (ages 6 and up) and a rally simulator. Children six and up can also battle in rounds of laser tag at LaserGame recreation centre.

Young motorists are welcome to the Laste Liikluspark and Laste Liiklusmängukeskus indoor traffic parks. As the parks are popular for private parties, it is recommended to call in advance to check availability. Those with independent transport can head out of the city to LaitseRallyPark, which has challenging indoor and outdoor courses for racing fans young and old. Racing can also be enjoyed on Tallinn’s karting tracks.

Super Skypark and Zelluloos trampoline centres offer plenty of jumping and climbing fun. Several other play centres are located at malls, including Tallinn's biggest play area - Lennumaa at Ülemiste Centre.

In the waterparks of Tallinn, it’s always summer. One of the biggest venues, Atlantis H2O Aquapark, is located 10 km from the centre in Viimsi. It is a combination of a water park and discovery centre. Here kids can be scientists in swimsuits! They can study the laws of physics, water tornadoes and geysers, the development of life in water and water creatures. The park has six water slides, of which two can be ridden in tubes. There’s also a wave pool and circular pool. A spa and sauna centre is located in the same complex.

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