We grew up wishing we were as brave, clever and naughty as Pippi Longstocking, and reading the Astrid Lindgren books aloud to our kids has only increased our respect for the craftmanship of these classic stories. At Junibacken, kids get to play dress up in Pippi’s house, ride her horse, cut out their own gigantic gingerbread cookies, and more. In addition to having a true-to-life replica of casa Longstocking, complete with a slide from the second floor, there’s also a story train you can ride as a family that takes you on a journey through the rest of the magical fairy tale world of Astrid Lindgren.
As for other famous Scandie children’s fiction characters, you’ll find Tove Jansson’s Moomin family in residence through 2017.
The finale at Junibacken is rewarding both for parents and small folk. Us adults were in awe of the books (in many languages) and toys at the giant and well-stocked bookstore. The kids lose it when they see the circus-style decor and piles of cakes and other Willy Wonka worthy treats at the restaurant. Note that the restaurant does serve real food, but you’ll be hard-pressed to get your kids to try it when they see the cherry topped iced buns, ice cream, chocolate marshmallow sprinkle popsicles and so on. Make sure and take them for a sprint in the vast parkland afterwards if you want to wear them out for nap time.
Galärvarvsvägen 8, Junibacken.se