Today we visited the Skidit festarit (Helsinki slang for kids festival) in Kallio, and that will definitively be in our calender next year too! Many of the activities were such that parents and kids could do them together and it would have been a good place to check a few places if looking for a hobby for kids.
Already before we entered the festival area at the inner yard of Kaikukatu 4, we made some good purchases at the “flee market“. As there was no fee for selling and one did not have to sign up before hand, the prices were very affordable.
The only downside of the festival was, in my opinion, the music that was far too loud. It was too loud for adults, and even more so for kids. My 1,5 yo got so frightened that we couldn’t watch the shows of Käpylehmä and Kengurumeininki. That was a shame as the shows seemed very catchy.
What we did: Our kids participated in a dance lesson with Step Up School, and my 3yo loved it. I did too, I think the instructors were extremely good at connecting with the kids. There classes are not free but I sure will consider them as teacher just because that class was so much fun for the kids! Our kids also loved the bike cross track, legos supplied by the library bus, creating their part of a city with play dough (Helsingin kuvataidekoulu), throwing tiny bean bags on a concrete wall that they got stuck on, and swinging in a hammock.
There would have been loads more to do, e.g. making jewellery out of beads (had to pay a little for the beads), making a tail, drawing on asphalt, painting card board to make a hut on a bike, and a circus show, but with so many impressions our toddlers were prepared for they day sleep.
There is a good blog post with loads of pictures about the festival here in Finnish
Looking for more kids festivals? Check out http://www.lastenfestivaalit.fi/ were a map will show you all places in Finland that organise a festival for kids.