The Maritime Museum and Aquarium
Discover the newly opened Maritime Museum and Aquarium. There are seafaring tales, fascinating artefacts and exhibitions for visitors of all ages. The new aquariums feature exciting underwater worlds with kelp forests, fish and living corals. In the new Ocean Lab, you can be a marine scientist for a day.
Experiences for the whole family
The Alfie Atkins Cultural Centre will be open during the winter school break, with children’s performances and puppet shows. Here, theatre and friendship take centre stage. Bring the younger members of the family and experience classic Alfie Atkins stories in a fun, child-friendly setting.
The winter school break-weeks are the ideal time to visit Universeum Science CentreUniverseum and its Vislab. Here, you can explore the rainforest, the aquarium hall and space via your phone. Younger visitors will enjoy the popular Miniverseum, where they can make the birds chirp and watch the trees grow.
Spelhuset – the arcade house – at Liseberg amusement park has three floors of arcade games, air hockey, pinball and more! During the spring holidays, you get four hours of free play for SEK 275 and with an annual pass you’ll get a SEK 50 discount.
The Göteborg Opera will be running creative “Skapa days” during the spring holidays for those with an interest in theatre, dance or music. This will be a great opportunity for young and old alike to try out and learn more about singing, music, dance, art and theatre. The creative days will be held between February 11 and April 16.
Winter fun at Gothenburg’s museums
Göteborg Natural History Museum is organising a marine-themed spring holiday activity on February 13–17. In the newly renovated shark room, a table will be set up with artefacts from the sea to see and touch. Here, you can learn about all the beauty of the sea and the rubbish that doesn’t belong there.
Gothenburg Museum of Art invites you to discover portraits on February 14–18. You can learn how portraits are painted, for whom, and how some works of art convey the subject’s emotions. You can then create your own portrait, in your own way.
At the Museum of Gothenburg, the Children’s Museum will be open every day the main museum is open during the spring holidays, with plenty for younger visitors to explore. Climb a skyscraper, crawl through tunnels, build a castle or go on an exciting tram ride.
Ski downhill and cross-country
There may not be any Alps in western Sweden, but you can still ski! Alebacken is just 15 minutes from Gothenburg, and offers great skiing throughout the spring holidays. As the weather can affect opening hours, it’s worth keeping an eye on their website.
If you prefer cross-country skiing, Skidome is located in the Prioritet Serneke Arena. There’s indoor snow all year round, guaranteeing excellent ski trails no matter what Gothenburg’s fickle weather decides to do.
In the nature and sports area Ruddalen, the newly renovated Ruddalen’s ice rink opened in December 2022. The rink is an arena for bandy sports and sport associations but is open for public skating during the school holidays. Read more about Ruddalen’s sports center here.
Spot seals at sea or discover nature on land
Fancy taking a day trip? Tour the beautiful wintery archipelago with Kastor Boat Trips! Wrap up in warm jackets and blankets for a one-hour tour among birds, seals and muted colours. Back in Hönö Klåva, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from.
Naturum Fjärås Bräcka is a visitors’ centre where you can learn more about the flora, fauna, geology, and cultural history that have shaped the surrounding area. The centre is in a nature reserve 40 km south of Gothenburg and is open every day during the winter school break. Here you can both explore and learn more about nature and participate in daily children’s activities: Go on a quiz walk about astrology, make Valentine’s Day crafts, produce edible slime or learn more about tree buds and animal tracks.
During the winter holidays, Gothenburg Botanical Garden will have a variety of board games, which you can borrow on site. Some are easy to play, while others are more challenging and take longer, but they all have one thing in common: They’re all about nature! Refreshments will be available, as well as materials to create your own game.
Beach volleyboll in Kviberg
If you’re craving a little extra fun in the sand and sun, challenge your family and friends to a game of beach volleyball. Göteborg Beachvolley Club will be offering taster sessions on February 13–17 for those aged 6 to 15, for just SEK 20
Child-friendly restaurants and hotels
Why not treat yourself to an overnight stay at a hotel, or perhaps a restaurant visit with the whole family? Some of Gothenburg’s restaurants are particularly popular with younger visitors. Our guide includes everything from children’s menus and drawing paper to karaoke and popcorn while you wait.
Many of Gothenburg’s hotels offer various kids’ activities that can turn a few days off into a real experience. Gothia Towers has plenty of features for families with children: playrooms, children’s menus in their restaurants, and family rooms with connecting doors for larger families. Children up to the age of 6 stay for free, and all children are given a welcome gift at check-in.
Child-friendly restaurants in Gothenburg
Gothenburg is a great place to visit with children! And while plenty of restaurants provide basics such as high chairs and children’s menus, there are some restaurants that kids (and their parents) just seem to love. Here is a selection of them but there are many more to discover.