Things to do with children in Hämeenlinna
Hämeenlinna is a perfectly sized, fun city for the whole family. We have put together some tips about inspiring attractions that offer visitors great experiences and let their imaginations fly, regardless of the weather.
Fun indoor activities
Touhutalo is open all year round, and offers many kinds of activities, including climbing and adventure courses, slides, tunnels, obstacle courses, ball pits and bouncy castles, as well as a giant Lego area for little engineers.
At Hänkki climbing centre, you can test your climbing skills in any weather, and no previous experience is required. There is also a separate climbing wall for the youngest members of the family.
Akrohouse is an ideal spot for young people and adults alike, for doing tricks, climbing, bouncing or swinging. Amongst other things, there is a curved wall, an AirTrack air mattress for safe somersaulting, and slackline balancing. Viihdekeskus Hämpton is an entertainment centre where visitors can compete in the bubble football field, bounce around in the trampoline arena or battle it out in an Archery Tag game. For those looking for calmer activities, the centre offers glow-in-the-dark mini golf, a wall-long row of different arcade machines and traditional pool.
Scandic Aulanko spa and Hämeenlinna swimming halls have excellent pools for everyone. Next to the spa is Aulanko Areena sports centre, with plenty of physical activities for a single entrance fee. There is also a sports simulator in the centre, where you can play golf and shoot, as well as a glow-in-the-dark bowling alley. Bowling is also on offer at Hämeenlinna keilakeskus bowling alley and at Fifth Avenue.
Linnanniemi, for a touch of history
The landmark of the Linnanniemi area is Häme Castle, the best-preserved medieval castle in the Nordic countries. You can tour this 700-year-old castle by yourself or take part in guided tours, which are included in the entrance fee.
After touring the castle, you can visit theMuseo Militaria, which is only a stone's throw away from Häme Castle. The museum is an excellent destination where you can marvel at cannons and the many kinds of guns and equipment on display.
Here's a tip! It's a good idea to buy a Linnanniemi area ticket for visiting Häme Castle and Museo Militaria. Adults €14, children (ages 7–17) €7
Fun free activities
Open Cultural Centre ARX'sGallery ARX showcases treasures found by children in its exhibition held between 29 March and 29 May. The Aarre (Treasure) exhibition brings treasures out of children's pockets and presents them in showcases and on shelves. Children tend to pick up all kinds of bits and pieces, and sometimes adults do not even understand that they are treasures.
ARX also holds several free-of-charge children's events! Find out more about the spring's ARXantai and children's Saturdays events and join us! HÄX, in turn, provides diverse activities for the family's teenagers.
Admire the statues and sculptures. Our town has over 20 public sculptures, made of stone, bronze or concrete. You'll find statues of notable figures from the past in the park, a lynx in the market square and bears in their cave.
Did you know that there are 105 playgrounds in Hämeenlinna? They are all across the city, and there are playgrounds for every taste – large ones, small ones, both traditional playgrounds and ones with different themes. The most popular playgrounds are in Linnanpuisto, Hämeensaari and the Market Square. How many will you have time to test? All the playgrounds in the city can be found here.