a bit of an aside - Copenhagen's playgrounds...

(article in progress, come back soon!!)

We are coming to the end of 4 days in Copenhagen,  and we have loved exploring the sights playgrounds of this lovely city. Lesson learned the hard way yesterday...our kids are very happy when they are playing, less happy when they are being tourists,  even when touristing involved getting a harbour boat bus to go visit the citadel. And who can blame them, the legepladsz  (see,  we have even learnt the Danish for playground, although spelling might be a bit dodgy) are Fantastic.

So here's a guided tour of a few mostly recommended by our local lovely hostess, Luna.

First we visited her in Naestved, and went to the park 5 minutes from her house.. a slide built into a hill,a basketball/multi sports court, some swings. ..so far, so normal. But instead of the usual climbing frame, there were a series of wooden horses to climb on, under, over, between and slide down from. It was great to watch the boys figure out how they were going to use them...

Next day, James had to work, and so Luna took us to an indoor play area, Blegdamsremisen. Luckily it was nothing like the normal UK indoor play barns. .for starters it was free, and has a kitchen for public use! The main room was set out like a normal playground, with a pirate ship,  zip wire, slides and swings. And then there were separate rooms with lego, woodwork, and painting /crafts. Myriam painted, and then decorated a butterfly keyring, the boys built a lego aeroplane, we all enjoyed hours of fun. And do you all remember the wooden toy Nathanael's playing with, where you hammer in nails for hours on end?

Thursday saw playground number 3 (and 4), in Orstedsparken, which was a beautiful park with a lake, and had two play ares. We spent most of the time in the staffed playground,  meaning bikes, tricycles, go-karts, stilts, swords and shields, all sorts of ball games and hockey sticks are available to borrow. There's a definite emphasis on learning through play, and from what I could understand and observe, children are encouraged to 'own the space and use the structures in any way they want - so it's totally acceptable to join three bikes together using a skipping rope, or ride the go-kart in the sand area.

Thursday night found us with grumpy and exhausted kids, so we abandoned our plans to travel further afield, and simply hung out around our Airbnb. We had the choice of 2 playgrounds within 3 minutes walk. The first had a sandpit (with plenty of toys left there for our kids to play with - do they just belong to the local kids who share freely, or do the residents/the town fund them communally? Anyone know?)  And just next to this, 3 communal firepits, complete with rusty nails/beer bottles from previous parties.  The second had swings, a wendy house and even a trampoline!

We need to come back, we have plenty more parks to review,

This is the park I really wanted to take the kids to,  but we ran out of time http://www.kk.dk/artikel/bondegården-og-byggelegepladsen-i-remiseparken,


  1. I'm glad you had a good time here! The spelling is indeed a bit....eastern-europe-ish lol - but hey, what matters is that you learnt the word and that people get what you mean when you ask for the directions to go there!! Looking forward to following the rest of your adventures. Bisous /L


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