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Visiting Copenhagen as a family

Denmark’s capital city makes for a fascinating weekend away. This compact destination is easy to get around with children and buggies in tow and there’s plenty to do. Here are our top choices:

 

  1. Tivoli, Copenhagen’s amusement park is spread over 15 acres and was first built in 1843. Today it is full of funfair rides, beautiful gardens, a boating lake and plenty of food and drink stalls making it one of the city’s most popular family friendly attractions.

 

  1. The National Gallery of Denmark caters for little ones with a Children’s Museum of Art with exhibitions just for kids as well as workshops and the chance to get messy with paints and model clay. smk.dk

 

  1. While we’re talking culture, the National Museum of Denmark has a dedicated Children’s Museum complete with dressing up through the ages and a Viking exhibition with a copy of a ship from 19th century Norway for little ones to climb on board and imagine what it might have been like. natmus.dk

 

  1. Young scientists will love the Tycho Brahe Planetarium where you can look up at the night’s sky, watch a 3D or IMAX movie about the wonders of nature or find the answers all your space questions from how astronauts live at the international space station to how our Solar System was formed billions of years ago.

 

  1. Don’t forget to visit the Little Mermaid in the harbour – a tribute to city’s most famous former inhabitant, Hans Christian Andersen.

 

  1. Bakken is the world’s oldest amusement park and can be found to the north of the city in a picturesque woodland area. Here you’ll find 33 roller coasters, ferris wheels, drop towers and other more gentle rides for little ones. There’s also plenty of places to get a snack or a glass of wine on a hot day. There’s even an old London bus converted into a pub if you’re feeling a bit homesick. bakken.dk

 

  1. With over 3,000 species to get up close and personal with Copenhagen zoo has plenty to keep animal lovers happy. As well as all the usual suspects like bears, lions, elephants, giraffes and tigers there’s a children’s zoo where they can pet a goat, meet pigs, ponies and cows, stroke a rabbit and even get their faces painted like a tiger. A great day out. zoo.dk

 

  1. The Blue Planet is where to head if your children prefer their animals underwater. Here you can see sharks, sting rays, eels, piranhas, anacondas and thousands of colourful fish swimming on a reef. The aquarium is also home to butterflies, birds, sea otters and dwarf crocodiles. denblaaplanet.dk

 

  1. For a relaxed mealtime head over to Paper Island to experience Copenhagen’s Street Food market. You’ll find stalls serving food from around the world so you’re bound to find something that suits all pallettes – even fussy children. copenhagenstreetfood.dk

 

  1. Get your kids hooked early on Lego with a visit to the Danish brands flagship store in Copenhagen. They’ll be able to get their little hands on exclusive and rare sets and even play with the bricks in an interactive play room. They also stock plenty of Duplo – the Lego range for pre-school children. lego.com

 

Let me know your favourite activities in Copenhagen by commenting below!

Love, Katie from team ParentVille

Our Top 5 Summer Family Activities in London

Whether you’re planning a staycation this Bank Holiday week-end, or looking for ideas to occupy the little ones during the last few days of summer, these are ParentVille’s 5 favourite family outings at the moment:

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Kew Gardens

1- Kew Gardens: Unbeatable scenery and wide spaces where you can run and enjoy the sun. Your children will explore different species of plants and will have a closer look at the trees from the breathtaking Treetop Walkway.

 

 

 

 

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Richmond Park

2- Richmond park: Amazing views and one of the rare places where you can spot wild deers in the vicinity of London! Fresh air and beautiful day out.

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Hobbledown

3- Hobbledown: For a complete change of scenery, take the children on this Mysterical Adventure: fantastic playground, sensory play, trampoline, roaming animals, birds, musicians and actors to transport you into their world.

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ZSL London Zoo

 

 

4- ZSL London Zoo: Don’t think animals in cages, this Zoo is a journey into the different ecosystems and presents the animal, as much as possible, in their natural habitat. Don’t miss out on the Jungle Jukebox and Penguin Beach Live shows!

 

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Natural History Museum

 

5- Natural History Museum: Dinosaurs, Ostriches, Sea creatures and other wonders. Children love exploring and learning about animals. The queue to the Natural History Museum is often long but it’s worth it!

The Science Museum: A stone throw away from the Natural History Museum, it can often be visited on the same day trip. The Science Museum is an educational journey and the play area on the lower ground floor is must! Our little ones love the boats and water installation. We’ve also seen amazing giant bubble shows in the theatre on the lower ground.

 

 

 

If you don’t want to travel far, check out your closest Park, they often have great playground options, sand pits or paddling pools. The Diana Memorial Fountain is a great place for children to splash in the water and escape the heat. Queens Park and Primrose Hill have great sand pits, and don’t miss out on the small petting zoo in Queen’s Park. Other popular playgrounds can be found in Hampstead Heath, Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens.

Let us know your favourite family days out by commenting below or sending us an email!

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Get aways for May Bank Holidays
The great thing about May are the two bank holiday week ends! Our Parentville team took some anticipated holidays to test week-end ideas (it’s our job, you know.. ;)). So get in a car and get away from London, you will finally breathe some fresh air!

 

 

Only one hour away from London, we loved punting and visiting the city! Read more on our blog.
Go to Wales for a Castle-visit-marathon! You can even stop in Windsor on the way back). Read more on our blog.

We went to Yorkshire during the Easter break and we loved it!

Read the ten reasons why you should ditch New York for old York!

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10 reasons to discover Yorkshire!

Tired of spending your week-ends in London? We went to Yorkshire during the Easter break and we loved it! Here are 10 amazing things about it and why your kids will love it too:
1. It’s green. Nature green. It’s like Hyde Park + Green Park + St James Park + many other parks combined in a giant one, can you imagine that? Your kids will have loads of space to run, crawl, jump and even somersault!
2. Actually, it’s not only green. It’s also yellow, there are daffodils everywhere. Enough to make a flower necklace for each member of the family.
3. Missing your weekly trip to London Zoo? Well Yorkshire has PLENTY of sheep, horses and even some cows. We had never seen so many sheep in one place!
4. London has the Thames. Yorkshire has the SEA 🙂 Ok, we didn’t go for a swim but your kids will love getting their feet wet.
5. You’ll be able to show your kids how to build the perfect sandcastle on one of Yorkshire’s multiple sandy beaches! Don’t forget the buckets, shovels and even the carving tools if you feel brave enough…
6. Hidden gem alert: We found this ice cream truck on Robin Hood’s Bay. Soooooo cute! What’s better than having an ice cream on a sandy breach?
7. If you’re a food lover (like us), you’ll be glad to find amazing fish and your family will have the best fish and chips ever!
8. The list of family-friendly activities is endless: horse riding, surfing, sailing, climbing, cycling, walking… You’ll be spoilt for choice.
9. If you wish to rest and recharge, you’ll simply have to choose your favorite village and go for a rural retreat. We guarantee, it’s worth 10 yoga classes 😉
10. New York is so overrated. York has so much more to offer and it’s only few hours away by train!

A week end in Cardiff

We spent a 3 day week end away from London in Cardiff, and it was amazing!

The sun, the sea, castles and fresh air : a great recipe for a perfect week-end 🙂

We arrived late on Thursday and went straight to bed, to wake up bright and early on Friday ready to attack this 3-day-well-deserved-week end. We started by going to the brand new ice skating rink (it’s never too late to have some winter fun!), where the kids had a lot of space to skate around with their little penguins. For those who prefer summer fun, the swimming pool is just in front of the rink 😉

We then headed off to the peer to see the sea and walk along the beach. We had a nice piece of cake, and the kids loved the sweet shop right next to the café (and we did too…).

 

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We then drove off to St Fagans, a huge park where they have imported houses from all over Wales, from all the different times. Two great things about this : it’s free, and there is a small truck-train that can drive you around. We highly recommend this as it’s as fun as instructive!

To end the day on a high note (and make sure the kids would go to bed really tired), we went bowling. The facilities have everything you’ll need for your kids to be able to play too 🙂

 

The next day we decideIMG_7117d to drive to Caerphilly to see the castle. The drive was quite short and very nice (especially under the sun). We had a very nice picnic on the grass in front of the castle (be ware of the ease though!) and walked around, and play-pretend to be knights, which was good fun for the whole family!

 

 

 

 

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From there we drove to take the original steam train at Brecon Mountain Railway, on the way back the train stops in a very nice little café where the whole family couldn’t resist the appeal of a nice ice-cream :).

 

 

We had a nice dinner on the bay to finish the day (there is a full range of restaurants, so you will have plenty of choices!).

For our last day we hired 4-wheel-bikes for the whole family (they can accommodate up to 5 people!) and cycled along the sea. For those who prefer to walk you can walk along the bay and take the boat back !

We also went to the Roman ruines next to Newport and learned all about baths, accommodation at the time, and ran around in the amphitheater!

And if that’s not enough, then there is always the Cardiff museums, and shows to go to, walk along the university or go sailing for the day!

We has such a relaxing yet adventurous week-end, it’s a win for the whole family guaranteed! 🙂

 

 

Trip to Cambridge

Looking for a a nice break from the city but don’t want to go too far? Why not go to Cambridge, it’s an hour away from Kings Cross, and the train journey is very peaceful.

Once you arrive to Cambridge a bus will take you to the centre in 10 minutes. What we loved most about Cambridge is that walking around is an activity in itself. You can visit all the different colleges and walk in the parks (or look at your kids run around while you buy an ice-cream from the cutest ice cream truck), or if you fancy doing something with more history you can visit King’s College chapel.

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After you’ve had a nice lunch you can wonder in the market (opened all week). We highly recommend punting (or watch people attempt to punt who get stuck in the middle of the lake) as a student from Cambridge will tell you all about the history of the colleges, and you will see all 9 bridges. On a sunny day it is a very nice relaxing moment and you are welcome to bring food and drinks.

Great thing about Cambridge is that you can go for a day or a whole week-end, and you will always find something to do: from the parks, the colleges, the book stores and the surroundings there is no way your family can get bored ! And it’s always a good time to prospect future perspective and get ready to enroll your kids in 15 years 😉

 

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