Finland is a welcoming and safe country for children, and children’s needs are taken into account in restaurants, hotels and means of public transport. Central Finland abounds with tourist attractions and activities suitable for all ages, both summer and winter.
The special attraction in Central Finland is our pure nature and the beautiful countryside with farm animals and nature-related activities which the whole family will enjoy. Fishing trips, swimming&beachlife. Here are just a few examples of service providers offering countryside holidays in the Central Finland region:
A fantasy and adventure land open in the summertime. Enjoy the antics of fairytale figures and see where they live! Other attractions include farm animals, puppet theatre, medieval market place, treasure island and gift shop.
AaltoAlvari Aquatic Centre in Jyväskylä offers fun for the whole family. The little ones will love the water slides, big waves, spa with bubble jets and children’s pool.
The Lillijuna Sightseeing Train takes the family for a scenic ride around the city of Jyväskylä. The friendly toot-toot invites you to climb on board from the pedestrian street or from the city harbour.
The Natural History Museum of Central Finland up on the Harju ridge in Jyväskylä is suitable for children and adults of all ages interested in Finnish nature and animals. Ascend the Harju observation tower in the same building and get a 360 degree view of the city!
Bedrock Planetarium, Jyväskylä
Discover the wonders of the Milky Way in the new planetarium built inside the rock. A daily selection of shows explore the mysteries of the stars and planets. Check out programme for age recommendations.
Veijari Fun Park, Saarijärvi
Aquarium, reptile house, cute farm animals, trampolines, cable slides, ATV rides, pony rides and other activities will keep the little ones happy for hours.
At the Fishing Village of the Veijari Activity Park you can try to catch your own fish from the pond. Fishing and entry are free of charge – you pay for what you catch. If you’re fisherman’s luck happens to run out, don’t worry - there is always freshly caught fish on sale...
The Stone Age Village in Saarijärvi offers you a hands-on experience of what life was like for our ancestors. The village is an archaeological reconstruction complete with huts, campfires, canoes, nets and harpoons, and visitors can try out paddling on an Stone Age style dugout canoe or manufacturing Stone Age type artefacts.
Nokkakivi Amusement Park,
20 minutes from Jyväskylä and conveniently located by the road 9 (E63) between Jyväskylä and Kuopio, Nokkakivi is a traditional-style funfair and park café suitable for a short stop or a whole day of fun.
Lasten Loiskis Festival is an annual event arranged in the Jyväskylä region every October, featuring concerts, dance and theatre performances, magic shows and other types of fun for the whole family. For details, contact the Jyväskylä Region Tourist Office
The annual Jyväskylän Kesä festival in July takes over the whole city and has a great deal of children and family oriented programme. The last day of the event is always dedicated to children. Activities and performances in the last years have included a circus school/workshop, parkour school, music theatre, puppet theatre, and clownery.
Kihveli Soikoon skiffle music festival in Hankasalmi has special workshops where children build their own instruments and learn to play them together.