Category Parks and Playgrounds

Luukki Lake and Walks, Espoo

A good destination for a daytrip; we had a lovely swim in the lake, invented water rugby, had picnic (but could have had lunch or coffees at the mannor too) and then did a 2,5km walk getting energy from the first ripe lingonberries on the way. There were options for much longer walks too. A […]

Väinölänniemi, Kuopio

Just a short walk away from the central market in Kuopio in Eastern Finland lies the green peninsula Väinölänniemi, that offers a lovely morning walk. By the shore one can see our hotel Scandic, not free for most but a lovely location and with a great range of glutenfree products. 

Pärnu 

The beach in Pärnu is famous, but I didn’t realise how fantastic it is until we went there. I’d be happy to go back! I was impressed to read on a statue that already in the 19th century the head of the town had the foresight to start developing the beach area to make it […]

Angry Bird Playgrounds in Espoo

There are two, one in Oittaa and one in Leppävaara. We’ve only been to the one in Leppävaara. I am not a huge fan of the Angry birds but have to admit the playground is worth going to with kids: The climbing frame has “lifts”, small boards kids can stand on and get a ride […]

Board Walks and Nature on Lammassaari

Had an awesome day at work: first barbecue and picnic at Vanhankaupunginkoski. We’ve been there before, but before this I didn’t know you can book the fire place, and the city will light and tend the fire for you too for free. A pretty  awesome service! After the meal we had a lovely boardwalk to […]

Rhodo Park

Originally posted on Free But Fun:
Finally we got around to visit the Rhodo Park in South Haaga the right time of the year. The rhododendron had lovely colourful flowers, the park overall is very tidy, and also accessible by wheelchair. A nice place for a little evening walk (or run and climb for some……

Kivinokka, a Green Blast from the Past

I finally got around to enjoy one of the hidden gems of Helsinki, Kivinokka on the north side of Kulosaari. We parked the car and chose the Rantapolku to start off with. There are other paths one may choose too. Even though the name of the peninsula refers to something filled with stones (kivi = […]

Old Goodies in Helsinki

My holiday started with a fantastic long weekend with friends visiting from Belgium and Estonia. Together we did a lot of the fun things that once upon a time I have blogged (further details through the links) about but are worth being mentioned again. As a local I would love to do these more often, but […]

Cultural Afternoon

First off was an interactive folk music show by the trolls Skrubiluttan and Skrubiluttan at Lilla Luckan (were we’ve been many times before for various cultural events for children in Swedish). My boy helped the musicians by playing along with his ukulele (kids were encouraged to do that but he was the only one taking […]

Refreshing Outdoors – Where to go in/around Helsinki

We’ve had beautiful crispy but sunny autumn days lately, and enjoyed exploring the outdoors on the weekends. So simple, just take a picnic along, and so refreshing to have time to just be or eg build a house or a bridge cross a puddle or climb a rock… There are several lovely nature places in […]

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