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The winter school break-weeks are the ideal time to visit Universeum Science Centre. 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. In the newly opened Wisdome, Sweden’s largest visualization court, exciting 3D films are shown for everyone in the family.

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Family fun at Gothenburg’s museums

Gothenburg’s many museums have fun and creative activities during the school holidays, often inspired by the museums’ ongoing exhibitions. The newly renovated Maritime Museum & Aquarium opened its doors to all children and adults in December 2022. The new underground aquarium building is twice as large as before and contains seaweed forests, fish and living corals.

At the Museum of World Culture you can experience the Together exhibition, where children between 0-12 years old can play and explore with all their senses. In the new exhibition A World of Games, you will find everything from 4,000-year-old board games to today’s gaming culture.

The Aeroseum is an underground aviation museum nestled in a former secret defense facility. Here you can test flight simulators and be fascinated by flying machines of all times. The Göteborg Natural History Museum shows exhibitions with collections of animals from all over the world. The museum is locatad in the city park Slottsskogen next to the popular playground Plikta.

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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.

Explore the beautiful archipelago in wintertime with Kastor Boat Trips. Credit: Anders Erman

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.

With the amphibious bus Ocean Bus, you can experience Gothenburg both from land and water. The bus starts from the Stora Teatern and then takes you on a guided journey around the city and then also down the river.

Child-friendly restaurants and hotels

hy 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.

Both Scandic Göteborg Central and Quality Hotel Waterfront have family rooms for larger families. Scandic Göteborg Central also has a playroom with toys and crafts.