Finland is a welcoming and safe country for children, and the town and municipalities have a wide range of high-quality facilities and services for children and families. Children’s needs are taken into account also in restaurants, hotels and means of public transport. Central Finland abounds with activities suitable for the whole family, all year round.
Playgrounds and parks
In Jyväskylä and other centres in the region there a several playgrounds and play parks, all with safe and up-to-date equipment and some with guided activities. In winter, many of the public playgrounds have their own little ice rinks for skating. Jyväskylä has also 7 skateboard parks, one of them indoors. For a family outing, try the Jyväsjärvi ice track with skating, skiing and walking trails and a log cabin cafe serving drinks and snacks. In the summer, the Viitaniemi Traffic Park offers little ones a chance to learn about traffic rules while having fun in a safe, guided environment. For more information, contact the Jyväskylä Region Tourist Office
Tourist attractions for children
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 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 wild animals. Ascend the Harju observation tower in the same building and get a 360 degree view of the city!
Bedrock Planetarium, Jyväskylä
Veijari Fun Park, Saarijärvi
A part of the Veijari Activity Park is the Fishing Village, where you can try to catch your own fish from the pond. Fishing and entry are free of charge – you pay only for what you catch. And if your fisherman’s luck happens to run out, don’t worry - there is always freshly caught fish on sale...
Nokkakivi Amusement Park,
Events for children
The Lasten Loiskis children's culture 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 Jyväskylän Kesä art festival takes over the city of Jyväskylä every July. The week-long event has a great deal of family oriented programme, and the last day of the event is always dedicated to children. Activities and performances in the last years have included a circus school, 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.