Things to Do in Espoo with Children

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Things to Do in Espoo with Kids

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  • frequentflyersuffolk
    Sudbury, UK295 contributions
    Easy to reach forest park from Espoo. Lovely walking trails, plenty to see and do. Beautiful lake with grills which we took advantage of. Beautifully maintained and very clean. Lots of room so we didn't felt as it was crowded. Would be amazing with the snow in the winter season.
    Written 19 September 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) is competing with Kiasma Art Museum in Helsinki. Espoo Museum is located in a grey dull building which is the former Weilin&Göös printing house from 1974. What it takes to buildings, Kiasma is located in a more striking building with more interesting architecture.

    What it takes to exhibitions, it is hard to say which one is better. On this Espoo visit, there was a stunning exhibition "Chiharu Shiota: Tracing Boundaries". It is an immersive installation consisting of tautly crisscrossing threads. Visitors are entering the maze of yarn, which encloses a sequence of old doors that open alternative routes through the work.

    Another impressive work was "Daniel Buren: Going for a Walk in a Zigzag". Buren created this enormous work consisting of countless folding screens, inviting visitors to take a walk through the zigzagging maze.

    Daniel Buren is famous for his practice of using 8.7 cm-wide vertical stripes as a visual tool to reveal hidden aspects of familiar spaces. In May, you can find 105 striped flags filling Espoo’s Tapionaukio square. Museum’s personnel have also striped vests.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • mattiturunen
    Espoo, Finland8 contributions
    This exhibition centre is also called EMMA and is situated in Tapiola very near the metro station, only 1 kilometer from there. There are always many exhibitions at the same time. Last time we saw MIchael Jackson exhibition which was wort seeing
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • Davvebiegga
    Germany132 contributions
    Very nice and interesting nature center informing about the Nuuksio national park and finnish nature in general. Current exhibitioni LOL (Luonto on Laiffii = Nature is life) is real fun!
    Written 10 September 2019
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  • OutInTheNature
    Finland136 contributions
    Kaitalampi in Espoo is the perfect forest area and lake to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital area in Finland. Only about 35 minutes from Helsinki, Kaitalampi lake in Luukki recreation area provides nice trails and several cooking shelters for spending a day outdoors.
    Written 24 April 2020
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    Leppävaara is a major traffic hub by the local railwayline from Helsinki connecting vastly scattered Espoo suburbs with busses. There is a steady flow of customers as all the shops in the area including several supermarkets are concentrated here. The older building with large escalators has a cozy atmosphere with lots of cafeterias and restaurants.
    Written 1 February 2021
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  • Aki S
    Quy Nhon, Vietnam136 contributions
    Went with kids and sister's family for the last holiday weekend. I hadn't visited the park for 25 years and generally I was pleasantly surprised. Minor hick ups about food and drink services but maybe Corona times caused that. Biggest issue was actually the paved park area outside the pools. Could be covered with something smooth like artificial grass. Sure, better maintenance could be possible as places looked quite a worn out but still, everything worked.
    Written 6 September 2020
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  • Adventure
    Helsinki, Finland82 contributions
    A nice little museum only 20 minutes or so outside Helsinki. It's an old farm house dating from the beginning of the 1800's. There are about 12 buildings to visit. The main house had an exhibition about Finnish bee keeping as well as a little gift shop. A small dwelling was decked out in the style of the late 1800's and early 1900's. Members of the museum staff were very knowledgeable and were ready to offer their help and answer questions. A little cafe was avaliable and they had chickens and sheep for the children to look at. A nice little place for a hours visit.
    Written 17 August 2021
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  • KaroliinaK74
    Southern Finland, Finland74 contributions
    The place is nice and something that has been missing in this area. Anyway, the outside pools are really really crowded. The entrance from outside to the showers always smells like a wet dog.
    Children love it.
    Written 24 July 2018
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    Tapiola is one of the major urban centers of Espoo. The name Tapiola is derived from Tapio, who is the forest god of Finnish mythology.

    Tapiola was largely constructed in the 1950s and 1960s and was designed as a garden city. Its architecture and landscaping combine urban living with nature.

    Since our last visit in 2018, there have come many new buildings. The mall Ainoa is ready. However, many of the older concrete buildings show signs of decay and are in desperate need of reconstruction.

    Tapiola is the location of the Espoo Cultural Center, the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), the Espoo City Museum, and the Espoo City Theatre.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    Big Apple is the equivalent of eastern Itis for people living around the Espoo shores. During the past year some outlets have changed retailers but the general impression is business as usual ensured by two big supermarkets downstairs. The metro soon to be extended to Kivenlahti brings many customers now as they have to change to the local bus here. The location by the thoroughfare Länsiväylä was originally chosen to be easily reached by private car. The three cities Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa form the Capital District yet people living in the wealthiest part of Espoo seldom need to visit Helsinki for their shopping.
    Written 26 January 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    This specialty museum of play, toys, and childhood can be found in Tapiola. The last time we visited in 2018, the museum was located in the WeeGee Exhibition Center next door. Now it has got its own building.

    This time there was so much action going on in this museum that we didn't take our shoes off but proceeded to EMMA which was our main goal. However, we made a short visit to the small Finnish Bell and Jewelry Museum Kruunu next door in the same building.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Jacquelyn K
    1 contribution
    Absolutely incredible experience and would recommend to anyone visiting the Helsinki area. Tapio was lovely and provided lots of information about the dogs and happy to answer any questions. He will let you drive the sled and help with setting up the dogs and feeding after. Traditional Finnish snacks were provided and he catered to dietary requirements (vegan). This was definitely worth the money.
    Written 14 April 2022
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  • Lasse L
    1 contribution
    It was great fun! We went to the murder mystery room and got out! We were a group of five and everyone had something to do.
    Written 30 March 2022
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  • TheRidders
    Chester, UK62 contributions
    We stayed in the Scandic Grand Marina Hotel in Helsinki and took an UBER to the reindeer park which took approx 45m and cost around 60 euros. A convenient way to avoid the rain. The reindeer park is quaint and much smaller than we imagined. Possibly because of the wet weather, we only saw a small handful of reindeer but managed to get to feed them for 30 mins or so before we retreated to the main hut for hot refreshments and a chance to heat some local dough bread in front of a fire. The shop there is also small but worth a look. The staff there were welcoming and friendly and more than happy to talk to us about the history of the park and the names of each and every reindeer!
    Transport back to Helsinki was by bus then train. There is a local bus stop 10 min walk from the reindeer park and buses to Espoo train station operate frequently from here - just ask the staff. The train back to the centre of Helsinki took less than 30min on recollection and was efficient as expected. Overall, really pleased we visited and recommended if you like your reindeer.
    Written 25 September 2020
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