There are some big changes in our life: My eldest started school and youngest preschool! Fees:  School is free in Finland but we still pay for the afternoon care of both, now at separate places (=no sibling discount). The afternoon care of the school child cost us 120e and of the preschool child 189e (Low […]

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 […]

Our kids are at the moment interested in knights etc. So, dad, on holiday, scored a massive amount of ‘best parent ever’ points by making these while they were at school. As far as I know he only used a cardboard box, knif, masking tape and a hot glue gun. The sword has been purchased […]

Kuusijärvi is only a 15 minute drive away from us in Helsinki, a lovely spot all in all: great beach by a lake, playground, smoke saunas to rent, café, and a starting point for several walks in Sipoonkorpi nature park. 

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Haltiala is a farm in Helsinki that gives city people an opportunity to see how a farm works. My son loved the tractors, my daughter was interested in the animals too. Picnic may have been the highlight of this little trip though… There are also some wooden piglets and…

Worth a stop: pretty waterways, reasonable size for a descent little walk, pretty flowers and relatively real looking animal sculptures for kids to spot and rehearse their photographic skills on.

Lappeenranta, a city about 3 hours drive north east from Helsinki, builds every year huge sand sculptures by lake Saimaa. They call it a sand castle but I think it is more than that, showing a number of amazing and creative designs. We had a lovely morning walk in the area.

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