Sorry Helsinki – I seem to have made it rain. My parents are visiting and asked yesterday if it rains very often here. I laughed and said ‘No! Hardly at all,’ and it hasn’t stopped raining since. Luckily Helsinki is not only set up for outdoor fun but inside adventures too.
There are a few indoor playgrounds in the city but the one we’ve been to the most is Snadi Stadi. Based five floors underground in the suburb of Ruoholahti, it boasts 3000 square metres of games and activities for children.
There’s an area for children under 3 and the rest of the place is for kids of all ages to basically go nuts.
We first went with Miko’s paternal grandmother who kept accidentally beating him very convincingly at air hockey, no matter how hard she tried to lose.
As well as arcade games and floor hockey, there’s also a big bike path that runs around the centre of the arena. Some of the bikes have room for two kids, which is great for the little ones who want to hitch a ride.
Miko’s favourite thing is the skate ramp which has scooters and skateboards and basketballs to shoot hoops.
There are also these crazy horses that you ride by pushing down on the stirrups with your feet, which propels them around the room.
There’s even a place for children’s hair cuts, complete with distractions for the wriggliest child.
To be honest the worst thing about Snadi Stadi is that it’s a bit boring for adults as your child will just run off and play for four hours and leave you sitting to the side. Take a friend or take a book and take some money for coffee (although your first is free with entry).
Perhaps my favourite thing about the place is this crazy picture near the ball pit of a child, dressed as a bear, walking an inflatable whale on a lead.
Hopefully we won’t be seeing too much of it over the next few months as I have realised the power of my words and their direct impact on meteorological events….*
Snadi Stadi – summer tickets are now 32€, which will get you entry throughout June & July
* I don’t actually believe I made it rain **
** well, maybe a little bit