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Tivoli, located in the center of town, is the crown jewel of
children’s delights. Combining an amusement park, beautiful
gardens, outdoor entertainment and restaurants, it is wonderful by
day and magical at night. Tivoli has more old-fashioned charm than
Disneyland. Kids will love steering a small Model T or Studebaker;
floating in boats around a lagoon; sitting in “The Flying Trunk” as
it moved through Hans Christian Andersen’s stories; and playing
games to score prizes. Teens will want to ride the roller coasters
and plunge rides. The whole family can enjoy the classic pantomime
theater (Pantomimeteatret). For a quiet place to rest with young
ones, a new huge floor-to-ceiling saltwater aquarium tank is
located at the Concert Hall. Opposite Glyptoteket is the Family
Amenity Centre with changing tables, free diapers and rentable
strollers and push carts.
Tivoli opens in mid-April and closes mid-September. There is an
entrance fee, although kids under 3 are free. Tivoli reopens during
the Danish autumn school vacation and again from mid-November until
the end of the year with a bustling Christmas Market.
Bakken is Copenhagen’s other amusement park and is located just
out of town, a short journey from the Klampenborg S-train station
by foot or horse-drawn carriage on the wooded edge of Dyrehaven.
It’s the world’s oldest amusement park. Although noisier and less
harmonious than Tivoli, Bakken is another teen favorite. Recommend
the log flume ride and notorious roller coaster. For the youngest
children, Bakken has less to offer. The park is open from late
March to late August, admission is free, but rides cost a bit more
than at Tivoli.
Out and About
The vibrant area of Stroget is a favorite stroll. Its western
end starts at Radhuspladsen, next to Tivoli, and its eastern end is
at Kongens Nytorv (at Nyhavn). Copenhagen’s main pedestrian space
is an urban spectacle in motion. The colorful shop displays
(including ice cream, candy and toy stores) are especially
attractive to kids. Experiencing Copenhagen city life can also
include watching the Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg, every
day at noon, or taking a canal tour in open or glass-topped
For higher cultural pursuits, a number of museums have
kid-friendly sections. The National Museum (Statens Museum for
Kunst) has a Children’s Gallery. The Experimentarium has many
hands-on exhibitions that are fun to manipulate and the Tycho Brahe
Planetarium shows IMAX films on a dome-shaped screen.
For landscape and greenery, relax in the center of town at
Kongens Have (The Kings Garden), which has puppet theater
performances in summer. At Frederiksberg, have clients take a short
tour of the canals in a boat. Copenhagen also has a good zoo with
its children’s area and monkey house and there is an aquarium just
outside the city.
Bakken Dyrehavevej 62, Klampenborg.
DFDS Canal Tours 32-96-3000
The Experimentarium Tuborg Havnevej 7, Hellerup
The National Museum Ny Vestergade 10 33-13-4411
Tivoli 33-15-1001 www.tivoli.dk
The Tycho Brahe Planetarium
Cafe Hovedtelegrafen On the top floor of the
postal museum, serves Danish food and has a good view over the
rooftops and toys for kids, as well as a glass elevator.
Kobmagergade 37 33-41-0986
La Glace Founded in 1870, it is the beloved
dessert cafe for complete confectionary indulgence. Skoubogade 3
Skildpadden (i.e. The Turtle) Inexpensive
“build-your-own-sandwich” restaurant off Stroget. Grabrodretorv 9
Slotskaelderen Although not for kids, teens
will enjoy traditional smorrebrod (open-face sandwich) lunch.
Reservation recommended. Fortunstraede 4 33-12-6125
Chili Many different hamburgers with an
American motif, kid-sized for the under-12-year-olds, close to
Radhuspladsen (the City Hall square). Vandkunsten 1 33-91-1918
The Frigate Sct. Georg III A replica of a
17th-century ship, serves children’s portions. 33-15-9204
Faergekroen Bryghus Although it’s a beer house,
there are outdoor tables next to Tivoli’s lake, serving Danish
meatballs with a big portion of French fries. 33-75-0680
Hard Rock Cafe Full of rock memorabilia and
familiar, tasty American food, this international franchise is
popular with tweens and teens. Also has an entrance next to Tivoli.
Vesterbrogade 3 www.hardrock.com
Hotel Danmark A three-star hotel also near
Tivoli with some large family rooms. Vester Voldgade 89
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel Right across from
Tivoli, this five-star hotel has comfortable family rooms, a kids
playroom and provides cribs. 45-33-42-6000 www.radisonsas.com