ARKDES - BUILD HIGH
ARKDES, Sweden’s centre for architecture and design, free workshop Build High will be running from Tues 26th February, every day (apart from Monday), starting at 12 noon.
Children and adults are welcome to take part together in an effort to build the highest tower you can. Take a walk around the exhibition before hand to get hints and tips on successful structures.
Although free it is ticketed and you can collect them from the front desk. The workshops is suitable for kids aged 4+. Don’t forget to take home your architectural masterpiece at the end of the day.
ETNOGRAFISKA - KARNEVAL
The carnival has arrived at Etnografiska museet! A whole host of activities are taking place throughout the sportlov week in Stockholm. Every day of the week (apart from Monday) from 12:30 – 16:00.
Family showing of the Feathers exhibition will guide you through the colourful headgear and incredible costumes used in Mardi Gras and carnivals all over the world.
50 sek will give you entry to their creative workshop where you can build your own carnival mask and headdress.
Step out with Carnival King Mestre Kiura and Carnival Quee Maristella Viva Brasil to learn some snappy Samba moves.
Round off the end of Sportlov with the Carnival Parade… take part, get involved and dance your way around the museum on Saturday 2nd March between 12:30 – 16:00. It’s free entry and suitable for all ages. Yipee!
ÖSTASIATISKA MUSEET - TEATERMASK & PAPERKONST
Korean theatre masks and origami art are on the menu at the Östasiatiska Museet Ateljé throughout Sportlov. To kick off their year of celebrating all things Korean, 2019 Sportlov theme will involve making your own beautifully, hand carved and hand painted masks.
At the museum’s Draken Ateljé you can also try your hand at asian-style calligraphy.
Entry to the museum and the family tours are free, but materials for the ateljé cost 40sek. The activities start Sat 23rd February – 3rd March, 11:30 – 16:00 (apart from Mondays). The family tour starts at 11:30.
SJÖHISTORISKA - TREASURE HUNT AND PIRATE STORIES
Sjöhistoriska has planned in 3 weeks worth of Sportlov activities all about sailing the high seas and pirates pillaging. Story telling, family guided tours and treasure hunts will for the hardiest pirate lover. All you landlubbers can get your feet wet from the week 7 – week 10.
As well as the Sportlov activities you can hang out in their creativity lab making your own boats and sea creatures on Saturdays and Sundays. Or, test out Sjöhistoriska’s fantastic new play room, newly renovated and reopened in Dec 2018.
Free entry to the museum and Sportlov activities, apart from the creativity lab (50sek for materials, buy your ticket at the entrance).
MODERNA MUSEET - GILBERT & GEORGE VERKSTAD
Moderna Museet’s latest exhibition from Gilbert & George is the theme of their sportlov program. Starting from Tuesday 26th Feb – Sunday 3rd March, 12:00 every day of sportlov.
Join the team at Morderna Museet for a family guided tour of Gilbert & George followed by an afternoon in the museums ateljé crafting, painting and collaging.
At the same time there are daily family viewings of the other museum exhibitions and a drop-in painting workshop, all of which is free. Tickets are available at the front desk before each family guided tour.
STADSBIBLIOTEK - SPORTLOVPROGRAMMET
Stockholm’s city library, Stadsbiblioteket has an entire week-long sportlovprogrammet of activities lined up. Digital storytelling, yarn crafting, digital programming workshops, dressing up workshops. Starting Monday 25th February – Friday 01 March at various times, do check their online program via their website.
And, in a special storytelling dance workshop, the wonderful story of Mamy Wata is retold by author Véronique Tedjo, whose gorgeously illustrated kid’s book ‘Wata and monstret.‘ The book has been translated into French, Swedish and Arabic.
All the activities are free of charge, places are limited and given out on a first come, first serve basis.
NATURHISTORISKAMUSEET - HAVSDUR THEME SPORTLOV
Starting off their sportlovprogrammet on Fri 22nd Feb, Naturhistoriska’s night at the museum kicks off at 18:00 with guided tours by lamplight, late opening of the museum’s restaurant, fancy dress and sportlovs competitions.
From Saturday 23rd – Sun 3rd March, Naturhistoriska’s sportlovs theme is Havsdjur, sea creatures. Join in family guided tours of the deep, blue sea, competitions and treasure hunts. And, lastly, book tickets to see Cosmonova’s brand new movie Oceans – Our Blue Planet from the BBC.
Entry and activities are free at the museum. However, you must book ahead of time for Cosmonova, tickets cost from 80sek for adults and from 40sek for adults.
NATIONAL MUSEUM - SPORTLOV AT THE ATELIER
Nationalmuseum’s sportlov theme is Oculus! To see… exploring sight and vision through art and sculpture.
Starting on Tuesday 26th February – Sunday 3rd March, from 13:00 – 16:00 meet in the gallery entrance near the reception desk.
The afternoon starts with a short guided tour of the viewing galleries followed by an afternoon at the Nationalmuseums Ateljé. Exploring colour, shape, texture and light using clay, paints and papers.
Entry to the museum is free and the event is drop in. Suitable for school age children 6+ and up.
ARTIPELAG - ARTBOX BUILDING PIECES
Where art and nature meet, Artipelag, Stockholm’s waterfront arts and design installation centre is free to attend. This sportlov at Artipelag children can play with their traffic city in authentic sparkcykel and retro pedal cars. Open from Tuesday 26th Feb – Sunday 3rd March.
In addition to their regular barnlek activities, Artipelag has teamed up with Building Pieces to create a giant bygglek in their Artbox venue. Also showing is ZebraDans on Feb 23rd and Feb 24th with their kid’s show Burken.
If none of that tickles your fancy, you can enjoy Artipelag’s nature trails and outdoor art tours of their beautiful grounds overlooking the Stockholm Archipelago. And, it’s free to get to Archipelago. You can pick up a big yellow bus from Vasagatan outside Stockholm Centralstation. It costs 50sek to take the bus from Artipelag back into town.
In light of the recent health issues experienced (Horse Influenza) at local riding schools and open farms, we’re recommending that everyone avoid city farms and stables until further notice. That’s why we’re suggesting some Stockholm nature reserves and friluftsfrämjandet lokals.
Hellasgården nature reserve just off Kjälltorpssjön is a terrific choice for a family day out. Plus, you don’t even need a car to get there. The 401 bus from Slussen will take you straight there and back in under an hour.
Lida Friluftsgård is equally fun to visit. The recreation area consists of 35 km (22 miles) of tracks and paths used for walking, running, biking and cross-country skiing. At the centre you will, amongst many things, find Accropark, a High rope course, a workout gym, dressingrooms with saunas, cabins for rent, youth hostel, a public beach (Lake Getaren) and an adventure golf course.
You can read more about these and other top 10 family day trips that the Littlebearabroad team recommend around Stockholm.