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Best for Kids in Stockholm

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This unique museum, situated just east of the old city, is devoted to Sweden's rich history as a center of toy production. Though most people think of Danish toy giant Lego when they think of Scandinavian toys, Sweden has been no slouch in turning out playthings throughout modern history. This museum is perfect for children or simply those interested in history and design.

It was a momentous day when the Vasa first set sail, a 64-gun, 69-meter (226-foot) long and 52.5-meter (172-foot) tall warship, the pride of Sweden's naval fleet. A critical miscalculation meant that the ship was unbalanced, tipping to one side just minutes after she set off on her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. The ship sank soon after, taking with it a few of the people on board. In 1961, the shipwreck was salvaged from the depths of the harbor and pieced back together. The world's only almost entirely intact 17th-century salvaged ship, the Vasa is now housed at the custom-built Vasa Museum where hundreds of visitors arrive each day to take a closer look at this vessel. The cleverly constructed museum allows visitors to view the Vasa from six levels, its stylized masts indicative of the actual height of the ship when fully rigged. Informative exhibits chronicle the history of the ship, the people involved and the Swedish navy in general, while the artifacts recovered from the wreck offer a glimpse into the life on the Vasa. The ship itself is spectacularly well-preserved despite having spent over three centuries submerged under water. Today, the Vasa Museum is considered one of Scandinavia's most visited museums.

The King of Sweden's official residence, Stockholm Royal Palace, which dates back to the thirteenth century is situated in the Old Town. The new palace was built between 1697-1754, according to the original drawings, in Roman Baroque style. With over 600 rooms, the palace is one of the largest residential castles in Europe. A number of museums are located within the walls, such as the Treasury, Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities, the Royal Armoury and the Royal Chapel. The changing of the guard is a treat to watch.

Located in Djurgården, this open-air museum also has a zoological park that displays Scandinavian fauna. Arthur Hazelius laid the foundation of this museum-park in 1891 to showcase the historical transition of the Swedish people. Historic buildings that date back to the 18th century surround the park, and the hosts dressed in traditional costumes greet the visitors. The park is open all through the year, and tourists throng to the place to experience the 18th century lifestyle. Prices and hours depend on the time of year, so be sure to check the website for further details.

This is a favorite haunt of the young and young at heart. Meet Pippi Longstocking, Madicken or Emil in Lönneberga, or take the fairytale train around the most beloved scenes from Astrid Lindgren's books. There is also a bookshop and a restaurant for those who want to buy some books or grab a cup of coffee. During the summer, book your tickets in advance.

The Stockholm Music and Theater Museum is home to over 6,000 instruments from Asia, Africa and Europe. This 100 year old museum houses a large assortment of Swedish folk instruments as well. You'll also find a comprehensive archive of Swedish musicians and their work during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Other attractions include a special section dedicated to electric guitars and a sound workshop where you can gain an understanding of the principles of musical sound. There are also sections that children will enjoy. One of them allows children to compose their own music. Entry free for children under 19. Check the website for time schedule.

This museum is a guide to Sweden's history of electric power, the forest industry, and the evolving mining industry. The biggest attraction is the country's largest preserved steam engine, which is on display in the machinery hall. Other famous attractions are the Discover-Investigate-Experience section, Teknorama (supposedly for children, but more enjoyed by adults), a 5000-year-old drill, and Galileo's telescope. The telecommunications museum next door can help explain how they function. The exhibitions thoroughly cover telegraphy, telephony, radio and television. Also, if you lost the phone number of an old friend, here's your chance to find it; there is a complete series of all Swedish telephone directories.

If you are visiting Stockholm in the summer, don't miss Gröna Lund. Stockholm's most famous amusement park, it attracts both locals and tourists alike. Opened in 1883, it offers every kind of amusement park attraction; roller coasters, rides, a house of fun, free-fall, haunted house and lots more. There are several cotton candy and hot dogs stalls too. A wide variety of concerts by both Swedish and international artists take place here. The Grönalundsteatern theater is also found at this lively venue. You can even go on a cultural walk or check out an art exhibition.

Located in the southern part of the Södermalm island in Stockholm, the Eriksdalsbadet is a large public swimming facility, touted to be the biggest in the city. A popular recreational facility for the local residents, the Eriksdalsbadet features a 25-meter (82-foot) swimming pool, a 50-meter (164-foot) lap pool, a jacuzzi, a fitness center, a water park and much more. A great pass-time for swimmers, the facility also provides swimming lessons for beginners, so you don’t have to be an expert swimmer to enjoy this venue. Call for more information.

Located in Hagaparken, in the northern part of Stockholm, you will find Fjäril och Fågelshuset (the Butterfly and Bird House). This is an interesting place for people of all ages. Once inside, your first visit would be through a greenhouse garden with a beautiful collection of plants, trees, and fish. From there you can enter the exciting bird house. The constant stream of humans has not deterred the birds or forced them into the reclusion of their trees and shrubs. Rather, they are bold and loud, shrieking and flying about, or they walk around on the ground, sometimes forcing people to walk around them. Then there is the Butterfly Room which is magical. They are lovely and you get to witness their genesis at the cocoon and larva display. On the other side of the gallery and café, is a Japanese garden filled with hummingbirds. The best time to visit would be during the colder, darker months.

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