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Looking for things to do in Tallinn, Estonia with children? Here are five great suggestions:
1) Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour Museum.
Opening times: 10.00 – 18.00 (Tue-Sun)
The Museum was founded in Tallinn 1935. It is the institution for collecting, preserving, studying and presenting Estonian maritime culture.
Children will enjoy exploring the museum and will be able to look around a real submarine and ice breaker. There is a small “yellow submarine” in which a video is played and children get a real feel of being underwater.
There is a children’s corner with drawing equipment, building blocks and a real Sail ship.
There is also an opportunity for children to dress up as sailors and officers! They can also get a photo taken which is then emailed to you!
A lovely little café in which you can purchase some beverages, snacks and some yummy cake is on site too!
Outside the museum there is a small park in which children can enjoy.
Prices for families:
Seaplane Harbour Combined Ticket + temporary exhibition
(the Hangar + all museum ships) – 28 €
Maritime Museum Combined Ticket* – 32 €
2). Open air museum
Opening times: 10:00 – 18:00 (Mon-Tue), 10:00 – 20:00 (Wed – Sun)
The Estonian Open Air Museum showcases the country’s rural architecture and traditional way of life. It is located just 15 minutes from Tallinn’s city centre.
As you arrive you will find a lovely gift shop where you can purchase some lovely handicrafts. This is also where the toilets are located and it is wise to get the children to use them before they explore.
Once you exit this building the children will love the chance to explore throughout the forest and come upon various farms (14 in total). In which you can see how life was as there are people dressed traditionally demonstrating rural life. There is also a church, a tavern, a school house, mills, a fire station, a shop and fishing sheds by the sea.
There is an opportunity for children to ride horses and there is also an outdoor play park!
The tavern is welcoming and serves traditional Estonian fayre. This is also another opportunity for children to use the facilities!
Prices for families:
Family ticket: from 12 €
3). Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn’s medieval old town and cobbled streets are a wonder for children to explore! There are many galleries, cafés and restaurants to see.
After 11am for lunch children will absolutely love The Kompressor the legendary pancake house. From the outside it doesn’t look much but once inside the atmosphere is friendly and the food is fantastic!!
The town hall square is a bustling area where the children can explore and run around. The children can get some roasted chestnuts and may even get the chance to be dressed up as a medieval knight! Town Hall Square is the only fully intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe.
Children can follow the old city walls which includes 26 watch towers. Meanwhile stopping in some of the souvenir shops and picking up some traditional toys and handicrafts. There are many wonderful churches which children will love to explore and see the architecture and artistry. Aleksand Nevsky Cathedral is exceptionally beautiful.
Children will enjoy the Kiek in de Kok and bastion passages. Here they can explore a medieval tower and it also has some 12th century weapons and instruments of torture and even put their heads in the stocks! At the top of the tower there is a lovely café. Here the children can see magnificent views of the upper town Toompea, the lower town and the harbour.
4). Children’s Museum Miiamilla
Opening times: 12:00 – 18:00 (Tue – Sun), Closed (Mon)
Cafe open: 12:00 – 17:30 (Tue – Sun)
Suitable for children 3-11yrs of age.
A tram ride (No. 1 or 3) away from Tallinn’s old town situated near Kadriorg Palace this little gem will entertain children. There is a lovely well equipped park outside which the children can enjoy before the museum opens.
Children will enjoy the arts and crafts that are on offer for 1 euro. They will also love the play zone where they can pretend to be in a tower or play kitchen and cooking food etc.
The café offers some lovely fairly priced food, snacks and drinks! Children can get some ice cream too!
Coupled with the outdoor park, overall this is a lovely day out for children!
For more: http://linnamuuseum.ee/miiamilla/en/
5). Train ride around the old town
A small activity to do but one that children will love. What child doesn’t love a train ride?! Explore the cobbled streets from the comfort of “Thomas”. He operates all year round.
Train rides are available every day between 11.30am and 7pm, tickets for adults are 5 Euros and for children 3 Euros.