Late summer is upon us and the autumn school holidays are just around the corner. We’ve put together 8 wonderful experiences that your children will love you for – you’ll find inspiration for a family day trip, a mini vacation or maybe a whole week in the ‘south’.
Is a visit to a water park on your late summer to-do list? Or maybe a breathtaking ride on electric motocross bikes?
On Feddet, a peninsula located within comfortable driving distance of Copenhagen, you’ll encounter a surprising combination of unique nature, luxurious surroundings and activities for the whole family at Feddet Strand Resort.
Feddet is home to Zealand’s largest heath, which is the perfect setting for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking or riding Icelandic horses. All in a landscape that most resembles Jutland’s west coast, but is somewhat closer.
If your children are a little reluctant to head out into the fresh air, you might be able to persuade them with the news that Feddet Strand Resort offers a wealth of activities for children, such as an indoor water park, a playground, jungle tracks, trampoline land, a gaming-house and more.
Take a trip to the unique Møns Klint, and make a family bet on who will be first to make it to the top of Denmark’s longest staircase.
Remember to stay in the area until after dark to experience the coal-black night sky over Møn – the only place in Denmark where the night darkness is so dark that it has been given the official Dark Sky designation. The star-filled skies are guaranteed to fascinate your children.
You can also take a trip to Stevns and explore the Stevns Klint UNESCO World Heritage Centre. At Stevns Klint you can see traces of the giant meteor impact that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago. While you’re here, remember to visit Højerup Old Church, which has actually been half eaten by the sea.
And naturally, there are excellent attractions and accommodation if you want to get even more out of your trip south.
Late summer is of course the ideal time for a classic picnic with hot chocolate in the thermos. If you want to add a little energy to your picnic, visit the Forest Tower near the town of Rønnede. The tower rises above the treetops and is Zealand’s highest accessible point, and in addition to a pleasant walk through the forest, you also get the most amazing view of the forest dressed in the colours of autumn. Remember that you can take your picnic basket along and enjoy it in the area – or you can explore the food stalls. If you’re feeling energetic, the woods around the Forest Tower are home to a fun and challenging climbing park that will make you smile as well as work up a sweat. The climbing park is the largest one in Denmark and covers an area of 7.5 hectares. You can try your hand at a total of 10 obstacle courses that wind their way in, out and across the beech forest.
Knights and ghosts are a hit with many children. Do you want to go exploring in the Middle Ages? Then a visit to the Danish Castle Centre in Vordingborg is a surefire hit for families with young children. Here you can experience the Medieval Castle, King Valdemar’s large royal castle and the beautiful Goose Tower, which is the town’s landmark and Scandinavia’s best-preserved medieval tower. There are experiences galore for children at The Danish Castle Centre. Once you have bought a ticket, you will be given an iPad guide you can use to hunt for spooky ghosts and monsters throughout the entire castle grounds.
After a trip back to the Middle Ages, you can also choose to time travel to the Cold War era. A visit to Stevnsfort Cold War Museum is a fascinating journey back to a time when East and West kept a close eye on each other. At the time, Stevnsfort was an important part of Denmark’s and NATO’s defence. Stevns would have been on the absolute frontline if war broke out between East and West. That is why Stevnsfort was built, and for 40 years it was ready for war around the clock.
Today, on a guided tour, you can experience the underground fort as it looked back when war was an ever-present threat. And the children are sure to be impressed at this encounter with the technology that was modern when mum and dad were young.
Holmegaard Værk is Scandinavia’s new museum for glass, ceramics and design – and all five senses will be engaged when you visit one of the region’s largest and most important glass collections of more than 42,000 pieces of glass. You’ll get up close to a team of glassmakers in a class of their own who keep the chimneys going in this impressive glass workshop. Children will love the many opportunities to be creative: In the glass studio you can be a designer for a day and decorate glass with beautiful motifs, and in the ceramics studio you can create your own designs by painting on porcelain items. A very special activity here is the opportunity to have a glass cast made of your or your child’s handprint.
Looking for thrills and chills? If so, Halloween at BonBon-Land is a scarily good idea, but beware, it’s super creepy – and definitely not for the faint of heart. Consider yourselves warned.
Halloween at BonBon-Land has developed into a fantastic tradition where those who love all things spooky make a pilgrimage to Holme Olstrup to get a real scare. No fewer than five different spooky mazes are waiting for you to dare to enter. New this year is a haunted “doll’s house”, and if you’re not a fan of spooky dolls, then you should probably stay outside because the dolls have dark secrets.
If your children are a little younger, and maybe not quite ready for a scare, there are plenty of other activities (besides all the fun rides). For example, a workshop for the little ones and creepy movies in cinemas for the older children. It’s called ‘The Enchanted Roller Coaster’. Halloween at BonBon-Land is open from Saturday 10 October through the whole autumn holiday, plus the 24 & 25 October. Daily from 10:00 to 17:00.
A little extra tip! Remember that you can find lots of discounts and benefits for experiences with Funspots.dk.