|“||What's the matter with all the gay nannies?||”|
—According to urban legend, a foreigner in Stockholm was surprised by the young men pushing strollers around Stockholm. These are fathers, not nannies. Sweden has three months of paternity leave, which most dads take.
If you come for a day trip with one of Baltic cruising ferries with Junibacken as a key destination, planning the day is essential as it's quite hard to pack something else into the few hours you have left.
Buses give free rides to a stroller with a child, and one accompanying adult.
Children younger than 7 ride public transport for free, but must be accompanied by a adult with a good ticket. On weekends from Friday noon, six children younger than 12 years old, ride for free with one accompanying adult.
Most museums are free of charge for children.
- Junibacken (Stockholm/Djurgården) is based on Astrid Lindgren's works.
- The Vasa Museum (Stockholm/Djurgården) is suitable for children.
- The National Museum of Natural History (Stockholm/Östermalm) offers interactive guides to Earth's history, as well as Scandinavian, Arctic and Antarctic wildlife.
- The Science and Technology Museum (Stockholm/Östermalm) has a science centre, Teknorama, and a big exhibition hall with vehicles of all kinds.
- The Music and Theatre Museum, Musik- och teatermuseet (Stockholm/Östermalm), has hands-on musical instruments.
- Vikingaliv (Stockholm/Djurgården)
- Stockholms Stadsmuseum (Stockholm/Södermalm)
- Skansen (Stockholm/Djurgården) is an open air museum with both Scandinavian animals and lots of old cultural buildings from all over Sweden. Very popular with families.
Toilets are hard to find in Stockholm. Most hotels have toilets with nursing table, in the best case available on request in the lobby.
Stockholm is rather safe, compared to other cities of similar size.