Helsinki Day was a “hard day” at work for me (and it revealed a few pretty good tips for what to do for free in Helsinki too, therefore I have edited the headline to participate in Canadian Travel Bug’s Challenge ‘Tourist in Your Own Town‘. The theme for June is Festivals and Gatherings, so please join in and introduce something from your home town!):
1. First I took my daughter to her 4 year check up with a nurse, and when looking for her card in my handbag, I realised that somebody had replaced my wallet and the check up card with a bunch of dirty socks.
2. Dropped off my kids at a fire station where the daycare spent the morning.
3. Rushed to the city to the Espa stage that offers loads of free programme threw out the summer season. I caught up there with a few colleagues and clients, and among others we listened to the super cool and funny rapping granny (räppimummo, here you’ll get a taste of her rap. The funny lyrics will be beyond you unless you understand Finnish though)
4. Most museums were free due to Helsinki Day, so with the rain pouring down we went to see the Tove Jansson exhibition at the Ateneum Art Museum (almost directly opposite the main railway station). Tove Jansson is the creator of the Moomins, but I learned a lot more about her. Among others that she had fantastic and, in her days, very daring satirical anti-war illustrations. The exhibition will be there until the 7th of September 2014 but mostly you will need to pay an entrance fee. After this exhibition, 9.9. – 16.10.2014, the admission to Ateneum’s general art collections is free though. One detail I like about Ateneum is that they let therapy groups in for free. Please find the open hours and admissions fees here. If you are into museums but do not want to pay any for the admissions, you may want to take a look at this post, where I’ve gathered most of the free options and times in Helsinki.
5. We still had time to visit the Winter Gardens, one of my mum’s favourite spots in Helsinki, and one of my favourite indoor picnic places for bad weather. It is a beautiful place, the admission is always free but it does have pretty short open hours. One thing we may have to aim for this summer is the free puppet theatre show offered either outside in the rose gardens or inside the green house when the weather is bad. The show is on Tuesdays (24.6-5.8.2014) at 10am and noon. The puppet theatre is offered by Sytkyt. We saw last summer by the Tall Ships one of their shows and are therefore happy to recommend this.
6. To finish this hard work day, we had a delicious meal at a restaurant.
Some days I really feel it was worth changing the corporate world to work for an NGO; One of the main reasons for me to do the change, even though it means a some what poorer salary, was to have a job where I am (mostly) not expected to work overtime nor late evenings. All full-time working mums face a puzzle of needs and wants, and we all solve it in different ways. If you are interested in finding out how some impressive mum’s pull off their intensive working weeks in Singapore, you may want to go here!