Wondering what to do with kids in Tallinn? The city offers endless opportunities for sightseeing with kids and for an active family holiday. Keep on reading and you'll be sure to have a great family holiday with these attractions in your itinerary.
With Tallinn Card in your pocket, you'll guarantee a convenient, enjoyable and affordable stay in Tallinn. With one adult card you can bring along two children under the age of seven for free, and special child discounts apply for kids up to 17 years of age.
Unesco World Heritage Site – Tallinn's Old Town is a sight to visit itself, but it’s also a home to many more things to see and do. You are sure to have a great family time in these favourite museums of Estonian families:
Estonian Health Museum’s interactive exposition brings you fascinating discoveries about human anatomy, the history of medicine and various aspects of health care – test your own physical attributes like the strength of your grip or your posture.
The Estonian Museum of Natural History tells tales of Estonia’s nature. The museum has a geology, bog and forest hall, where you can find both the rare flying squirrel and the elk, the largest mammal in the forests of Estonia. Also exciting is the immersive exhibition "Maria the Sturgeon's Dream", which brings the past, present and future of the Baltic Sea to visitors through an audiovisual narrative.
At the Museum of Puppetry Arts, you can journey through the history of Estonian puppet theatre, both as a stage artist and as an actor. In the museum, you can play on various small stages and develop your creativity and expressive skills.
Café Maiasmokk's marzipan room introduces the fascinating history of marzipan and of the café. You can watch marzipan painting and buy marzipan figurines, delicious handicrafts and chocolates. A sweet gift awaits all Tallinn Card holders here!
At the Theatre and Music Museum you will find the permanent exhibition Stories and Songs, which showcases Estonian history through theatre and music. The visit is made more fun by interactive solutions and audio, video and image materials on screens. There's plenty of viewing, listening and playing material for the whole family.
At the Museum and Visitor Centre of Fat Margaret, the story of Estonian seafaring unfolds, from medieval maritime trade to modern-day passenger ships. With nearly 700 historical artefacts, the Maritime Museum's rich collection of ship models and 50 digital and interactive solutions help to tell the story. The museum's star exhibit is a 20-metre-long wreck of a medieval merchant ship.
The Energy Discovery Centre is a science centre based in a former Tallinn power plant that seeks to inspire children to learn about science. The centre has over 100 exhibits which let children create real lightning, create different sounds, take part in a space adventure, and much more.
Museum of Estonian Architecture has a permanent exhibition especially for children and young people which shows how to experience space and grasp the importance of good architecture. Various display items direct children to identify different building materials and constructions, think about the ‘circulatory system’ of a house, and the specific smells that relate to various rooms. There are tubes to crawl through and an animated book where rooms, streets and the entire city come alive as the pages are turned.
Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom inspires visitors to reflect on the fragility of freedom and the importance of universal human values. Clearly, this is not your usual “family museum”, but as it tells you the stories about Estonian families and their struggles, it provides a great way to learn, and to teach your children, about history.
The Seaplane Harbour offers a lot to discover for both adults and children. There is a real-life submarine from the 1930s, boats and yachts, the century-old steam driven ice-breaker, a seaplane, mines, cannons and many other life-sized exhibits. Additionally, you’ll find a great playground for kids outside the museum.
PROTO Invention Factory brings together virtual reality, science and the world of fantasy. The family-friendly centre is both entertaining as well as educational: thanks to the hands-on exhibits, you can explore physics and technology from an entirely new angle and experience things that you might not dare to try in real life!
The children's museum Miiamilla in the lovely Kadriorg Park is currently closed for renovation, but the mini pancake café KOOKER awaits visitors. You can play in the museum’s courtyard as well as in the playground. But if you want to visit a real castle, Kadriorg Castle, home to the Kadriorg Art Museum, awaits visitors with its magnificent design, beautiful park and fountains.
Maarjamäe Palace's exhibition ‘My Free Country’ takes you on an interactive journey over the course of 100 years, from the birth of the Republic of Estonia to the present. Children can even build their own country in the educational and fun ‘Children’s Republic’ playroom. In Maarjamäe Palace’s park, you’ll find a playground and the Estonian Film Museum, where you can sneak a peek behind the scenes to see how movies are made.
Tallinn TV Tower is the tallest building in Estonia, reaching 314 metres into the sky. In addition to amazing views of Tallinn, the TV Tower offers many exciting experiences. Next to the TV Tower, in the valley of the Pirita River, is the Tallinn Botanic Garden. The Botanic Garden's greenhouses display more than 2,400 plant species, from palm trees to houseplants. In addition to the permanent exhibition, a new temporary exhibition opens every month.
Rocca al Mare offers outdoor activities for the whole family
Tallinn Zoo invites the whole family to meet other creatures from the animal kingdom, and to learn about how they live, and how to protect them. A children’s petting zoo allows smaller domesticated animals to be touched, and the Zoo also has a large children’s play area, and picnic spots.
At Estonian Open Air Museum, you can travel back to the rural Estonia of 18-20th centuries. In addition to numerous thatched farm buildings and other historic buildings from Estonian villages, Estonian Open Air Museum offers a relaxing environment for a family picnic. If you’re in town during a national holiday, you might find yourself at a fun, family-oriented theme fair, where traditions are passed on to the younger generation through games, songs and dances.
In Ülemiste, Tallinn, the T1 Mall of Tallinn is home to the family attractions Super Skypark, SkyLab and the Skywheel of Tallinn. Super Skypark is an indoor family entertainment centre with the largest trampoline area in Europe, and a climbing area with thrilling slides. There’s even a safe play area where smaller guests will feel at home. Next to Skypark is the hands-on science centre SkyLab, where everyone can experience the magic of science and technology. Skywheel of Tallinn ferris wheel brings you a totally new perspective on Tallinn.