Best Things to Do in Stockholm in Summer with Kids

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Stockholm bursts with energy in the summer! Long sunny days, lively outdoor gatherings, and many family-friendly events. 

Picture yourself strolling cobblestone streets with your kids, sharing delicious pastries, and discovering the magic of this welcoming, child-friendly city. 

If you’ve been dreaming of a Stockholm adventure with your family, let me help you make it happen!

This guide will show you the top things to do in Stockholm in Summer with Kids, including main attractions, theme parks, museums, and fun things to do in Central Stockholm and beyond.

Maps with tops Attractions in Stockholm in Summer with kids


Visit Gamla Stan 


When you’re in Stockholm, make sure to visit its Old Town, a must-see destination. 

Explore the charming souvenir shops, witness the impressive changing of the guard at the Royal Palace, and marvel at the grandeur of Storkyrkan Cathedral.

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Getting There: Getting to Stockholm’s old town is very easy! Take the red or green subway line straight to the “Gamla Stan” station. 

For a scenic summer stroll, walk from Centralen along Drottninggatan. It’s stroller-friendly, and you’ll see the impressive Riksdagshuset (Swedish Parliament) along the way.

Once you’re in Gamla Stan:  Look for unique souvenirs, savor tasty treats, and don’t miss the postcard-perfect Stortorget square

Do you need a break? Then, it is time for a classic Swedish fika (coffee break) at Kaffekoppen; their white hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls are a hit with kids and adults!

Things to do in Gamla Stan

  • Nobel Museum: Kids will love the Bubble Chamber exhibit, perfect for sparking curiosity. Entrance is free for those under 18!
  • Royal Palace: This impressive palace is full of treasures: armories, royal apartments, and more. 

The Changing of the Guards ceremony (daily at 12:15 p.m. weekdays, 1:15 p.m. Sundays in summer) is very popular. Note: Strollers need to be parked outside during palace visits.

  • Storkyrkan Cathedral: Check out this historic cathedral with impressive architecture.

Stockholm City Hall


A short walk from Stockholm’s city center is the City Hall, an amazing building filled with history. Known for hosting the Nobel Prize banquet, this grand hall also offers beautiful views of the city from its tower.  

The iconic Stockholm City Hall stands majestically by the water under a clear blue sky, a must-visit landmark on a family vacation in Stockholm, reflecting the city's rich history and architecture. Pin

We love visiting with our kids, who adore playing in the gardens. 

Good to Know:

  • Tower Tours: Strollers, large suitcases, or other bulky objects cannot be brought to the top of the tower. The tower is only open during the summer months.
  • Explore the Halls: Learn about Swedish history and admire the building’s grand spaces.
  • Garden Adventures: Let the kids run and play with the iconic building as a backdrop.
  • Wedding Spotting: Keep an eye out for newlyweds on Saturdays.

Djurgården Island 


Stockholm’s Djurgården Island is one of the best places for families! It is located right in the heart of this beautiful city and offers a delightful mix of history, amusement, and Swedish culture that will keep kids (and parents!) entertained for days.

What to do in Djurgården with kids?

Djurgården Island offers plenty of options for families with little adventurers! Here’s why you’ll love it:

  • Nature Break: Walk through forests or next to the water. The area is perfect for picnics and bike rides (Djurgårdsbron offers bike rental).
  • Museum Island: This island has some of the best museums for kids. Here, you will find the open-air museum Skansen, the incredible Vasa ship, and Junibacken! (More details coming soon.)
  • Fika Time: Gotta try this Swedish tradition! We love Rosendals Trädgård for a special treat.

Rosendals Trädgård

Imagine yummy food surrounded by beautiful flowers and gardens! That’s Rosendals Trädgård, a cozy spot for a yummy fika break.  

Visitors enjoying a sunny day outside Rosendals Trädgård café in Stockholm, a garden cafe set in a series of greenhouses. Families and friends are gathering around tables and walking in the vicinity, reflecting a leisurely summer day out with kids in Stockholm. Pin

They use many fresh veggies and fruits so you can expect excellent vegetarian options.  Plus, their shop has cute things to take home.

  • What to Expect: Tasty food (and lots of yummy pastries!), a relaxed vibe, and the chance to explore their gardens.

Skansen 

Skansen offers a variety of activities that are suitable for children. 

You can take a walk around historic houses to learn about Swedish history and traditions or visit the zoo where you can see Nordic animals such as reindeer and bears. 

Families observe animals in a naturalistic enclosure with rocks and climbing structures at Skansen in Stockholm, capturing a moment of educational engagement during a family vacation. Pin

Also, this unique open-air museum has play areas for children to run around and have fun, as well as several restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat before continuing your exploration of the park.

Highlights:

  • Explore traditional homes with costumed guides offering insights and information.
  • Meet a variety of native Swedish animals up close.
  • Enjoy special events like folk dancing and themed markets.
  • Treat yourself to delicious pastries from the on-site bakery.

Good to Know:

  • Ideal for all ages, especially families with young children.
  • Wear comfortable shoes – the park is hilly.
  • Plan for at least half a day to explore fully.
  • Consider an annual pass if you’re staying in Stockholm longer and want to experience seasonal events.

Junibacken 

Junibacken is a wonderful destination to visit if you have young children. 

This museum is dedicated to Swedish children’s literature and features interactive exhibits that allow your child’s imagination to run wild. 

You can meet the beloved character Pippi Longstocking from Astrid Lindgren’s books at Villa Villekulla and explore the playful room of Alfie Atkins, created by Gunilla Bergström.

Highlights:

  • The enchanting Storybook Train journey through beloved tales.
  • Live theater performances and themed play areas inspired by favorite characters.
  • A cozy restaurant with kid-friendly options.
  • Outdoor play park (ideal for summer weather).

Good to Know

  • Best for ages 2-7, but fun for older kids familiar with Astrid Lindgren’s books.
  • Pre-book your timed entry online for a smoother experience.
  • Strollers must be left outside – bring a lock or purchase one on-site.
  • Plan for at least a 2-hour visit.
  • Younger children may find the Storybook Train ride a little dark in some places.

Vasa Museum

Experience the awe-inspiring Vasa, a remarkably preserved 17th-century warship that sank on its maiden voyage, rescued from Stockholm’s harbor. 

Explore this unique piece of maritime history in a museum that’s captivating for both kids and adults.

The imposing Vasa Ship, a 17th-century warship, on display in dim museum lighting, showcasing its detailed wooden carvings and rigging, a historical highlight for families visiting Stockholm. Pin

Highlights:

  • View the massive shipfrom various viewpoints, marveling at its details.
  • Learn about shipboard life through interactive exhibits and a short film.
  • Kids will love special displays like the “Brickwrecks” Lego exhibition available this summer.

Good to Know:

  • Great for Older Kids: School-aged children and up will get the most out of the museum.
  • Plan for 2-3 hours to fully appreciate the museum.
  • Arrive early (opens at 8:30 am) to beat the crowds.
  • Free admission for kids under 18!

Gröna Lund

Experience the excitement of a classical amusement park on Stockholm’s waterfront at Gröna Lund! 

Enjoy a wide range of rides suitable for all ages, from gentle options for young children to adrenaline-pumping roller coasters for teenagers and adults.

Highlights:

  • Varied attractions catering to a wide age range.
  • Live concerts throughout the summer, adding to the festive atmosphere.
  • Great views of Stockholm, especially at sunset.
  • Convenient app for pre-ordering food to avoid lines.

Good to Know:

  • Consider a season pass (especially for concert lovers!) if you plan on visiting multiple times.
  • May be very crowded during peak summer days.
  • Offers dedicated areas and changing facilities for families with young children.
  • Opt for Sunday afternoons/evenings in late August/early September for smaller crowds.

The Viking Museum

In the Viking Museum, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Vikings. Explore artifacts, try on costumes, learn about their history, and even go on a thrilling ride.

Highlights:

  • Knowledgeable guides offering tours in English.
  • Interactive elements and play areas designed for children.
  • The Ragnfrid’s Saga ride takes you on a thrilling Viking adventure (may be a bit scary for young children).
  • A museum cafe with lovely harbor views.

Good to Know:

  • Ideal for families with children of all ages.
  • Consider accompanying young kids (under 7) on the ride.
  • Plan for at least a 2-hour visit to make the most of the exhibits and the ride.

ABBA Museum

Attention all ABBA fans! This museum will take you on a journey into the iconic Swedish pop group’s story, music, and legacy. 

You’ll have the chance to sing your heart out in karaoke booths, try on virtual costumes, and dance alongside their holograms.

Highlights:

  • Learn about the band’s history through photos, artifacts, and fascinating stories.
  • Unleash your inner pop star with interactive exhibits and sing-alongs.
  • Take fun photos with holograms and browse the extensive gift shop.

Good to Know:

  • A must-visit for ABBA fans of all ages.
  • Offers an interactive, engaging experience best shared with fellow fans.
  • It may not be as captivating for young children who are unfamiliar with the band.

Nordiska Museum

The Nordiska Museum is home to over 1.5 million objects that show how people lived in Sweden long ago. 

The museum features exhibits on fashion, design, and traditions that are sure to captivate visitors. 

Visitors can enjoy play areas, dress-up clothes, and a special “Time Vault” exhibit that showcases the experience of being a child in different periods of Swedish history.

The Nordiska Museet in Stockholm, captured in the warmth of summer with clear blue skies and fluffy clouds above. The museum's intricate architecture and statues stand out, making it a landmark destination for families and kids interested in Nordic cultural history. Pin

Highlights:

  • Interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that engage curious minds.
  • Dedicated play spaces designed for both younger and older children.
  • The “Time Vault” exhibit provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of children throughout history.
  • A unique gift shop featuring thoughtfully designed Swedish souvenirs.

Good to Know:

  • Best for older children interested in history and culture.
  • Offers diverse exhibits that can appeal to various family members.
  • Plan a 2-3-hour visit to explore the museum fully.
  • Children aged 19 and below enjoy free admission to the museum, but a fee is required to enter The Time Vault and The Children’s Playhouse.

Stockholm: a Splash Playground


With over 30,000 islands dotting its archipelago, Stockholm city is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. So, when the summer sun shines, it’s time to hit the water! 

Cool off with a dip in the ocean, relax on sandy beaches, or find a hidden lake for a refreshing swim. 

Pack a picnic, soak up the rays, and dive in again!  

Remember, Sweden’s “right to public access” means you can enjoy the waterside scenery almost anywhere, as long as you respect private property.

Important Water Safety Tip! Before heading to any of these fantastic swimming spots, it’s always a good idea to check the current water quality.  You can easily find updates on the Hav och Vatten website.

Hornsbergs strandpark

Ready for some waterfront fun? Head to Hornsbergs strandpark, a cool spot on Kungsholmen Island where you can swim, picnic, and soak up the summer vibes.  Imagine splashing in the water, chilling in the sun, and maybe even grabbing some ice cream nearby.

Good to Know:

  • Busy Days: It can get crowded on super sunny days, so arrive early to find your perfect spot.
  • Parking Perks: Parking by the water can be tricky, but there are garages nearby.
  • Bring the Snacks: While there are some cafes, packing a picnic lunch is always a good idea!
Stockholm's waterfront bustling with activity in summer, featuring people sunbathing, children playing, and boats on the water. The urban backdrop contrasts with the relaxing nature vibe, highlighting a popular spot for families with kids to enjoy Stockholm's sunny season. Pin
Everyone is out when the sun is shining in Stockholm

Tantobadet

Picture this: a sandy beach, a fun playground, and a splash zone all within a fantastic city park.  That’s Tantobadet!  This spot is perfect for families. Little ones can play in the sand and cool off in the water, while older kids will love the floating dock and climbing wall.

Good to Know:

  • Tantobadet is super popular, so expect crowds on sunny days.
  • Picnic Time! Plenty of grassy spots to spread out a blanket and have a snack.
  • Easy Access: It’s a quick trip from Hornstull station on public transport.

Pro-Tip:  Head there early for a less crowded beach day!

Oxhålsbadet

Looking for a smaller beach with a relaxed vibe?  Oxhålsbadet is a little gem tucked away on Stora Essingen Island.  Swim from the jetties, play on the grassy lawn, and enjoy a picnic with a view.

Good to Know:

  • It’s perfect for families who prefer a quieter experience.
  • They have a public BBQ spot!
  • Hop on bus number 1 and get off at “Flottbrovägen”
  • Don’t miss the scenic waterfront path – perfect for a sunset stroll.
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Mälarhöjdsbadet

Swim in Lake Mälaren, build sandcastles on the beach, and get a mini workout at the outdoor gym? You can do it all at Mälarhöjdsbadet! This family-friendly spot has something for everyone—a playground for the littles, jumping towers for older kids, and even a scenic walking trail if you want to explore.

Good to Know:

  • The walk back up to the parking lot might be a workout, so be prepared!
  • If you’re visiting in summer, watch for blueberries along the nature trails!

My personal tip: Close by, you can find Konditori Lyran. Here you can grab something to eat, have a coffee, and enjoy a dessert. It’s definitely worth paying this place a visit!

Brunnsviksbadet

In Brunnsviksbadet, you can choose between sandy beaches and rocky areas to jump off. Plus, this spot has amazing views of Hagaparken.

Good to Know:

  • It’s popular, so come early to snag the best beach spot if it’s sunny!
  • Bring the Picnic Blanket: There are grassy areas perfect for spreading out.
  • Bonus Beauty: It’s a great place to catch a sunset over the water.
  • Short walk from the metro station Universitet

Sickla Strand

If you’re looking for a family-friendly spot with a sandy beach and safe and shallow water for the littles ones, Sickla Strand is a great option.

Located on Sicklasjön lake, it’s perfect for splashing, building sandcastles, and enjoying a relaxing day by the water.

Good to Know:

  • The shallow area makes it great for toddlers and younger kids to enjoy the water safely.
  • It’s a small beach, so it can get busy on sunny summer days.
  • There’s a pizzeria nearby and a shopping center within walking distance.
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Vaxholm

Ready for an island adventure?  Hop on a ferry and head to Vaxholm, a charming town in the Stockholm archipelago.  With sandy beaches and scenic swimming spots, it’s the perfect summer day trip!

Two Great Spots to Splash:

  • Eriksö Badplats: This cozy beach gets busy on sunny days, so arrive early! Play in the sand, enjoy the views, and grab a treat from the little shop.
  • Norrhamnsbadet: Chill out on the beach or choose your favorite spot to jump into the water. 

Bonus ☕ There’s a cozy cafe that we love! It’s called Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café and offers delicious cakes 🍰. You can sit outside, and the view and the atmosphere are great.

View from a wooden staircase leading down to a bustling lakeside area in Vaxholm, where families enjoy swimming and relaxing by the water, surrounded by lush greenery, a serene spot for visitors on a family vacation in Stockholm. Pin

Travel Tip ⛴️  Ferries to Vaxholm leave regularly from Stockholm.  Check the schedules and plan your island adventure!

Boat tours, canal rides, and even kayak rentals for adventurous families

Exploring Stockholm by water is one of the best ways to experience the city. Here are a few tours to consider:

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Unique Museums


Museum of Technology

Prepare to explore, experiment, and have some fun while learning at this expansive museum. Discover how things work, create cool structures in the play area, and enjoy plenty of hands-on activities.

With three floors and more than ten different exhibitions, there’s something for every kid (and every grown-up, too!).

What to Expect:

  • Playtime Paradise: Little ones will love the building zones and interactive games.
  • Tech Time Travel: Explore old-school inventions and imagine what’s next in the world of science.
  • Plan for a Whole Day: There’s so much to see – you might even want to visit twice!

Insider Tips:

  • Avoid the Crowds: Weekdays are usually quieter if you want a less busy experience.
  • Get an Annual Pass: It might be worth it if you think you’ll visit again!
  • The Mathematical Garden is a free playground outside the museum. Here kids can discover math through fun games like puzzles, slides, climbing structures and musical instruments.

Police Museum

Do you have a police-lover at home? Then this museum is a must in your visit to Stockholm. Here kids can dress up in police uniforms, hop on a real police motorcycle, and explore cool police gear from throughout history.  There’s an indoor play area and an outdoor track where you can rent pedal cars.

A child on a toy tricycle enters a colorful garage playhouse at a playground in Stockholm, complete with road markings and parking signs, set against a backdrop of autumn leaves and buildings, highlighting the city's child-friendly urban play areas. Pin

What to Expect:

  • Play Police: Little ones will love pretending to be officers in the special play zone.
  • Learn and Explore: Discover how police work has changed over time.
  • Free Fun: Kids under 19 get in for free!
  • Check their website for special kids’ activities.

Tom Tits Experiment

Are you looking for an adventure outside of Stockholm? If so, you might want to check out Tom Tits museum in Södertälje. It was voted Stockholm’s favorite museum in 2024

The museum has four floors of science exhibits where you can play with water, try out gadgets, and even watch a giant bubble show. The fun doesn’t stop indoors, as there are also plenty of activities and experiments to try in the North and South park. 

A mother with two children by a stroller, posing in front of a large ant sculpture outside the red brick building of Tom Tits Experiment in Stockholm. The image captures a family enjoying interactive learning experiences in Stockholm during the summer, suitable for kids. Pin

Tom Tits is the perfect place for young scientists to learn and play all day long.

Good to Know:

  • Plan for a Whole Day: There’s SO much to see and do. You might want to come back again!
  • Bring a Change of Clothes: The water experiments can get a little messy!
  • Save Money with a Pass: If you love science, an annual pass might be a great idea.

Bonus Tips from a Stockholm-Loving Parent


Getting Around: Transportation in Stockholm

Exploring Stockholm with little ones is super simple, thanks to its easy-to-use public transportation.

The subway system is stroller-friendly, with elevators or ramps at most stations.  

Inside Stockholm's Stadion metro station, a vibrant, rainbow-colored art installation covers the ceiling and walls, creating a whimsical environment that delights children and adults alike, reflecting the city's commitment to integrating art into public spaces for a family-friendly experience in Stockholm with kids. Pin

Best of all, kids under 12 ride the subway for free with a paying adult.

Tips for Bus Rides 🚌  Most buses welcome strollers, and one passenger/parent for stroller is allowed on board for free.

Bike Fun (for Older Kids): If you have older kids, Stockholm’s bike-share system is a great way to see the city.  Many bike paths around the city are perfect for a family bike ride.

Food Festivals in Stockholm during the Summer

  • The Hornstull Market (April-September, weekends): Discover unique treasures, vintage finds, and delicious food at this popular weekend market.
  • Smaka på Stockholm (3-9 June): Kick off your summer with Stockholm’s largest food festival. Expect a delicious array of flavors, from gourmet bites to street food favorites.
  • Stockholm Burger Fest (6-8 June): Calling all burger lovers! This festival is your chance to sample some of the city’s most creative and mouthwatering burgers.
  • Asia Street Food Festival at Kungsträdgården (28-29 June): Celebrate the vibrant flavors of Asian cuisine with this lively festival. Enjoy traditional dishes, try something new, and soak up the festive atmosphere.
  • Stockholm Street Food Festival: Get ready to indulge in a global street food extravaganza! This festival offers a diverse range of flavors, craft beer, and entertainment. Best of all, admission is free!
  • Stockholm Culture Festival (August 14-18): This massive annual festival showcases a diverse range of cultural experiences, including food from around the world.

Pro Tip 🗓️ Double-check the exact dates of each festival closer to summer 2024, as these are based on current information and may be subject to slight changes.

Playgrounds

After exploring Stockholm’s beaches, museums, and yummy treats, it’s time for some serious playtime! Stockholm has some of the coolest playgrounds around and many have splash ponds!  Want to find the best spots to swing, climb, and slide? Don’t miss our post about the best playgrounds in the city.

TRAVEL RESOURCES

✈️ Buy flight tickets in advance

Always buy flight tickets in advance! The place to find the best prices for flight tickets is Skyscanner.com

🏠 Book your accommodation

Booking.com is easy to use and has many options and filters you can use to book in advance and check availability.

🚙 Renting a Car

I recommend Discover Cars because they always have the best rates and great customer service.

🎡 Plan tours and activities

Viator is an excellent place to start looking for activities. They provide a huge selection and great prices.

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