Things to do with kids outside x 4

Need some nice things to do with kids but preferably outside? A day will fly by letting them swing, swim and play at an adventure park or recreation island.

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The adventure and amusement park Flowpark offers unbridled fun and active recreation for the whole family. Balance on a tightrope, climb over obstacles and swing from ropes like Tarzan. Here, you can really let your inner monkey free and exceed your limitations. The adventure courses are built up in living trees, with the Flowpark tracks reaching up 20 metres high, for those who dare!

Each track is colour-coded according to the different levels, so challenges can be found for climbers of all levels. Also, even the littlest Flowparkers have been taken into account with their own tracks, so no one is left without a great challenge to enjoy.


At waterpark JukuPark, submerge yourself in the pool paradise and pirate life, all just a few kilometres from the Turku Market Square. The park is easily accessible via the local bus services. 

Once inside, take a wild plunge on the Free Fall waterslide, hurtle down the Boomerang tire slide or bounce on the bouncy castles. The shallow pools of the Pirate Island offer excitment for the little fishes in the family. In between swims you can grab some food from the park restaurant or enjoy a break at the ice-cream cafe by the edge of the pool. Guests have plenty of sunloungers and space for sun-bathing and, because this is Finland, there are plenty of saunas on site.

3Adventure Park

When the kids need entertaining, the Children’s Cultural Centre and Adventure Park in Turku, commonly known as Seikkis, is easy, comfortable and a sure success. This paradise of active adventure is a great place to play and be energetic whatever the time of year. Here you’ll find a variety of equipment for playing, climbing and using your imagination, both for toddlers as well as primary school kids. In addition, cool off from the summer sun in the mushroom shower and paddling pool.

As well as the large, free-to-use playground, Seikkis also runs a children’s cultural centre, with theatre performances, art workshops and musical playgroups. At the same time it’s worth popping over to the bird sanctuary and Traffic Town, which can be found on the other side of Kupittaa Park.

4Vepsä and other recreational islands

With its sandy white beaches and quaint wooden chalets, you would not believe that Vepsä was a former hideout for smugglers. Nowadays, Vepsä offers the chance to enjoy archipelago life with just a one-hour boat ride from the shores of the River Aura. Day trips to the island are popular and easy but the island is also suitable for camping and overnight trips.

In addition to Vepsä, the City of Turku has two other holiday islands, Pähkinäinen and Maisaari. Access to both these islands is aboard a free shuttle service from Haapala, Rymättylä aboard M/S Isla.

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