This is a "new" area of Stockholm - Hammarby Sjöstaden this was in the Henriksdal area of Hammarby Sjöstaden.
The slide seemed fun and went down into the sand where the big rope climbing frame is.
We took a walk back through the area - you can take the boat (free) to Luma (more playspaces there, I will be sharing images soon) or to Södermalm, a short walk from Stora Becktorns Park.
Stora Blecktorns Park
Another playspace on Södermalm... another manned playspace with indoor play opportunities, animals and a animal club to get in closer contact with the animals, the grill is lit twice a week... Wednesdays and Fridays.
there is also plenty of green space to run in.
There are the usual swings - although no nest like swing here that is great for group swinging or swinging for children with disabilities. There are two hillslides, a shorter one, and then the really long one that you can see behind the trampolines... it was wonderful seeing the children come down with total exhileration on their faces... the long tube slide says that tummy riding is strictly forbidden... it was a little to the side, and several of my lots had already slid down on their bellies before noticing... I assume there have been several accidents... they did get quite a speed up, but not one of them was close to coming to the end of the slide...
The park has lots of bikes that you can borrow, there was also a little petrol station that the children though was great fun... to ride up the little ramp pretend to tank their bikes and then continue...
Lekboskén playspace at Kristineberg
We took the underground to Kristineberg to one of Stockholms newest playspaces... it opened last summer. Hopefully we will get round to doing a few more parks these coming weekends... maybe a few more a bit further afield from our home - the reason why most have been in southern Stockholm
|the play-space is just a short walk from the underground station Kristineberg... you are met by the many slides curling out of two giant owls with a connecting wire crawlway.|
|Just next to the owls are these mushroom like contructions with small sheltters, a s lide and spinners... My son liked the challenge of climbing between the roofs of these fungi...|
|The giant beatles offered opportunites for playing inside and out... no matter what you abilities there seemed to be adquate challenge... they all linked up too with poles.|
This playspace got the thumbs up from Michael, he wants to go there again, and th fact there was a minigolf close by also increased his interest... he is planing for us to return as a whole family soon. The minigolf had a café/bar
The only thing lacking was a place to go to the toilet at this playspace... and now that I have been in Colorado for a month this summer I also miss the drinking fountains that were in every playspace there.
It will be interesting to see how safe this park is during a snowy and icey winter... especially during the defrost when everything is like a skating rink - I wonder if it will be maintained in some way.
On Södermalm not far from Skattehuset (T-bana Medborgarplatesen) you will find a big long playspace with many different areas of play to choose from... and even beach like loungechairs to chill out on closest to the shopping centre of Skattehuset.
|the next area is just outside the main building of the parklek (where you can buy coffee, sausages, buns etc) Next week there will be waterplay offered here too and throughout summer... the blue box like thing being filled with water|
|here you can see the enrance to the building, which was open for coffee etc (and also toilets, which is always handy when you have children)|
|close by to the house is the totally fenced in area for the youngest children.|
|I LOVE these play sculptures|
|and yet further along is this climbing web with a couple of cocons to climb into half way up.|
Ekholm Park playspace
This is a park located in Skärholmen in the southern suburbs of Stockholm, not very far from the world's largest Ikea - it's the second one built with inspiration from the Guggenheim in New York!! (how about that for some useless information!!?)
This playspace is aimed at 7-12 year olds - but younger children could also quite easily play here and there are swings for babies and toddlers. It is also a part ofa school yard - which is big, open and not fenced in...
|the view from the school towards the park - the green building on the left is the house for crafts etc - the ones on the left looked like where the bikes and other outdoor toys are kept...|
|on one side the decking looked like a stage - which Michael thought was fun to jump on and off - on one side it was an open area perfect for ballgames etc - and on the right you can see it is a sandpit and also the ship climbing frame etc was there|
|here you can see the decking on the other side of the middle path - it goes right round the park like a road. There is also seating and a grill for outdoor cooking|
Mulle Meck Playspace
In Solna, in the outskirts of Stockholm there is a park with a book theme... Mulle Meck is a character that build things from junk... I like the books and I certainly liked this park too... I want to visit in summer when the water is working...
|this is the character Mulle Meck... and the play-space behind him is based on the books|
|the tunnel bridge came to this attic space|
|a series of 4 bridges going over what would be a water system in summer... with damms that can be lifted to let the water through down to a pool area at the bottom where the boat is|
|the play space was created a little like a village|
|the attic space had a very low roof - perfect for children ... and there were things to do up there...|
|the flower maze... Michael decided to go in small so that he could experience the maze properly|
|balancing - not your every day balance track - but using junk as often seen in the Mulle Meck books...|
|lots of small spaces to explore... it was also a play-space that was not entirely risk free... here the children HAD to think about what they were doing and how they were playing - and also probably why there were so many parents...|
|space rocket slide|
|haha - and of course I started seeing other details... there was also cobbles and artificial turf...|
|the other small play area seems better for even younger children - the ladybird lide was proving popular with a not yet walking child (one of the dots is actually a hole into the slide)|
|behind the building are the horses and a small forested area|
Technically the following images are not a playground but an area of Stockholm, but they have designed it in such a way that it is a play-space. We are just a short walk away from here... <i feel so happy that we have so many parks and play spaces and green areas within a short walking space of where we live... the last few days we have come here to Liljeholmskajen to go swimming (or I should say continuous hopping and diving)... At Liljeholmskajen you can visit the parks Blomsterdalen (with the wooden dragon slide and climbing frame) and Årsta Adventure park... both can be viewed on this page... there is a park with brick and yellow hares... I just haven't got round to posting yet... will do soon!
|lots of wood - a water play feature and plenty of jetties fo enable catching the sun and going swimming|
|big rocks to climb and slide on, climbing frame and swinging sofa and an area to play Boule. The water feeature has a boulder in it too - the water just rolls down the steps...|
|I love the fact the surfaces are varied - and there is a lots of wood that makes it easy on the eyes in the middle of a city... the water again - and a little garden with stepping stones...|
Yet another park on Södermalm (we will eventually start exploring more of Stockholm - but this one island does have a lot to offer). I feel that this playspace is not so much about the equipment that is on offer, but its situation - a small green area and a small play area in the middle of trendy shops and cafés and restaurants... I certainly do not bring my children (or ever have done) to the park to play, but we play here as part of the shopping experience - as I really like the deli on the corner there!!
|a natural stump, picnic tables, climbing frame, swings|
|the other half of the square taken from the playground - grass, benches and a water feature in the middle|
Another park on Södermalm - at the end of Timmermansgatan and not so far from SödraStation - sort of in between Mariatorget and Medborgarplatsen. Its a relatively new park with an obvious pirate theme, it does lack sheltered seating - but makes up for that with its creative play!
|little huts to hide in, talk in, or chase around... and the other half of the balancing track|
|slides and climbing ropes|
|the front part of the boat - Michael loved this bit as it felt like there were secret ways in and out and up and down inside - quite remarkable for something so small ...|
|the sandbox by the slides|
|the front of the boat connects to the back of the boat with a series of climbing and swinging|
Another park on Södermalm, at stones throw for the pendeltåg (commuter station) "Söder". Another busy park on weekends too!
|plenty of slides to choose from, and a variety of methods for getting up onto the slides too!|
|tunnels to climb through under the bridge like construction to yet another slide|
|here is the brifge or the fort - or whatever your imagination allows it to be|
|the approach up to the park|
|undercover seating for shade on hot days or shelter on wet days|
|on one side of the football area is this little fire engine, and there is also a basket swing on the other side, as well as a whole row of swings.|
There are also two small play houses which I have a great film of Michael as a 2 year old pretending to milk some cows!!
Drakenbergspark (Tanto) ... "Dragon Mountain Park"
Near Hornstull on Södermalm you can find Drakensbergpark the Underground Station "Hornstull" is close by as is bus 4 - there are also plenty of cafés and a mini-golf close by and the chance to swim at the beach by the water. In winter it has great slopes for sledging - especially for families. There are ALWAYS people here - and on summer days the whole area is filled with all sorts of people, sunbathing, playing games, grilling, hanging out and having fun
The small images below are from before the park was made over... the first and lager images are of how the park looks now. I have decided to keep the old images as a form of documentation of the parks in Stockholm...
|a climbing fram made from lots of poles... it can be traversed from one side to the other, on various levels with slides and swings connected to it|
|large slide, a kind of rope bridge for balancing on the way up... and the cycle roundabout that can be found in many playspaces in Stockholm.|
|hammock... you can find these more and more often in playspaces around Stockholm now..|
|the original dragon is STILL there... but it has a new mat around it, including eggs that will glow in the dark... he children I work with have loved using the bikes/trikes/scooter availbale at the park to go up and down the mounds here|
|here you can see he stick climbing fram in the distance (to the right) and the dragon with children sitting on the head. The big slide is immediatly to the right just off shot.|
|you can borrow bats and balls... in the background is a fenced in playspace with e Three Little Pigs feel to it|
|here is a close up of that fenced in playspace...|
|close up of the surface by the dragon (that still spurts water out during summer)|
|the dragon still offers challnges for children and their climbing|
|friendship swing... (nest swing) so many can swing at the same time|
|the slide is great for challenging children's motor skill and risk assessment... so much fun together with others.|
|playing on the little mounds... I have taken my preschooler here and we have done all sorts of fun challneges on these.|
|trampolines and more swings|
|little dragon babies...|
Now for the images from how it used to look...
|The dragon is quite long - and offers a variety of motor challenges, slides, tunnels and climbing - over the years I have seen my children master all of the challenges one by one...|
|there is volley ball, football, a flying fox and rockers|
|there is a small bridge with trees and bushes - perfect for hide and seek - although my son recommends wearing long trousers as there are quite a few nettles - but the whole area is filled with bird song|
|The park can be found at the end of Sockerbruksgränd on Södermalm, near Årsta Bridge, also not so far from the end stop of bus 43, Tanto.|
|Great natural elements, also a covered sandbox with different levels - both these areas are played with a great deal. Puddles collect in the rocks even when it seems dry elsewhere...|
|these animals/shapes are just outside the fencing, I like the fact that children can decide themselves what kind of animal they are... great for climbing, running around, exploring raindrops traveling down them...|
|great views, and it is a sunny location as it's facing south|
|not quite sure how to describe this - but it slides back and forth a bit like a boat. Children need to work together to make it move.|
|a single spinner close to the trampolines - the spinner is often very popular with young children|
|A climbing rock just outside the fencing - good challenge for a wide age range - quite often see the parents having a go at this!!|
On the whole this is a good park, although we were not over impressed with it in this icey state as it felt rather dangerous - there is no maintenance to help children and parents not slip, and the pathway to the park is not maintained either - so that felt almost of an equal challenge. We will return to this park when it is warmer but not until the ice has melted...
Take the tram (tvärbanan) to Gröndal - and right next to the tram stop you will find this park. Luckily for us its just a walk away...
|this park is divided into sections - there is this obstacle like course with the soft bouncy ground (it feels LOVELY to walk on)|
|to climb over - or just to perch a while|
|next to the obstacle course is what looks like will soon be a splash pool|
|In the other section is a boat and a beach/sea theme - there is a slide going down from the other side of the boat - there are also birds and fish shapes used to be a part of a climbing wall...|
|there are seals and small mounds here and there - like islands and waves|
|beach huts - many children climbing onto the roof|
|this is the corner of a large sandbox with several beach umbrellas to give it a beach like feel|
|looking over the park is a "adult park" with a few items to work out the body - although my girls found ways to play with them instead...|
|the park is bordered by trees - and we even saw a roe deer strolling there.|
|a few minutes from the park is the lake Trekanten - which can be enjoyed for its nature - and also the walk to the fruit park|
|located in Liljeholmskajen - not far from Liljeholms underground station or Årstadal tram station is this newly built park|
|My children call it the Dragontrainer park - because of this dragon climbing frame and slide, here you can se the slide and one of the wings, the other wing is a ramp up...|
|back to the dragon climbing frame - with a swinging riding seat. As I observed the children playing here I could see plenty of role-play going on within the small groups there .. "this is where the monster's attack... come we need to run this way..."|
|There is plenty of open green area to kick a ball or just have fun running up and down the slopes...|
|to the side are the natural materials - a group of rocks, the rope bridge, a tree and a little house with ledges at different levels inside to offer climbing/perching opportunities. You can also see that the fencing is made of natural materials too.|
|the sandbox with places to work at with the sand and mud - plenty of baking going on when we were there...|
The Fruit Park - Liljeholmen
|the banana slide - the swings used to be just behind it, but they have been removed and new swings have been put in another location|
|one of the pears and the watermelon - as you see there is quite a bit of graffiti - although I think this disturbs adults more than the children|
|the pears - for climbing, hiding in - and experimenting with sound|
|You can see the lake in the background - right now there are skaters on the ice (there is a track made as the snow is plowed away) in summer the lake has a beach on the far side - about a 10-15 minute walk from the park|
|orange see-saw - doesn't rock very much, and as an adult I find it rather uncomfortable|
|more and more swings in Stockholm seem to look like this - swings for sharing|
|the small group of trees next to the spinning apple - offers the chance to climb|
|the spinning apple. Often its a group of children in it and another group running round and round to spin it - here Michael was testing how to spin it and climb in himself...|
|the spinning strawberries have returned newly painted...|
|the path around the lake in more summery conditions - the fruit park is behind the trees behind the jetty|
|at the far side of the lake from the fruit park is the beach/bathing area|
|its a great walk around the lake - not too long, and plenty to discover along the way - bridges for pretending to be billy goats gruff or playing Pooh Sticks|
|and if you take your time you will find wild strawberries and raspberries|
Björnsträdgård (The Bear's Garden)
In the middle of Södermalm - (T-bana station Medborgarplatsen) is not only the big square that is Medborgarplatsen with its indoor market and shops (including the English Shop) but also a green area including a playground just across the road.
|This Easter weekend the park was closed - in the sense that there was no access to the bikes and hockey sticks and balls that there usually is. Here is the area for playing bandy/hockey/football/basket (wet and slippery right now though...)|
|Just a stone throw from the bears is this look out tower/pirate boat/caste/shop/ home... as you see there is plenty of play potential here!! It overlooks the big green area - which was a big wet swamp today with the rapidly melting ice and snow.|
|plenty of space for skateboarders - have spent long periods of time at these fences with young children admiring the skills of skateboarders...|
|The play train and another lookout tower. Its next to the swings and slide. Personally I am not keen on how this park looks, but every time I have brought children here, both my own and groups of preschoolers they have always enjoyed playing here...|
On Södermalm again, this time near to the T-bana station Skanstull is a thematic playground - its like going to Skansen except in mini format.
|my words not needed...|
|as you can see the snow has been melting fast - which has left huge puddles and some muddy patches - of course puddles are no hinder to play - but can often be a magnet... This is the bakers shop next to a small sandbox|
|to the side there are these - they do role and make for a challenging balance activity|
|and for those who like more risky play, climbing onto the roofs is an option...|
|view from the bridge to the houses - a home, a smithy, bakery etc|
|off to the side again - toilets?|
|a water logged barn...|
|behind the smithy - a small wall and some balancing boards - last summer this was green and full of flowers, its hard to imagine that now. Michael also loved digging in the mud by the wall...|
Årstaberg Adventure Playarea
Just across the water from Södermalm you can find this fantastic park - you can reach it by walking across the train bridge (the pedestrian bit of course), or take the tram to Årstadal and walk from there (more parks from Årstadal coming during the week) - we of course walk from Liljeholmen there...
|its a big forest park with wooden climbing frames and rocks|
|under the snow is the sand area - its not a box, it just happens, its part of the park, rather than being a separate little box of sand to climb in...|
|use the rope to climb up to the sand area...|
|here some children have taken branches to try and make a bridge|
|the walled part of the maze - we have played hide and seek in this park too - some fab places to hide - including UNDER this part of the maze!! On the other side of the maze there are two swings - no infant swings...|
|funny metallic mirrors to reflect nature, us and the view|