Summer at the playgrounds

Welcome to the playgrounds’ summer website!

In the summertime, the city's public playgrounds provide families and children with fun and diverse activities, guided sessions, and various events in a safe environment. The playground staff are there for the children and their families. Activities take place from Monday to Friday, are free of charge, and there is no need to register. All activities are in Finnish.

Summer activities at playgrounds

Come play, be active, make music and do arts and crafts with us! These activities are free of charge, and you do not need to sign up for them.

At playgrounds, parents and guardians can meet other families with children, while children can find new friends to play with. You can heat your own food and make coffee or tea. In addition to guided holiday activities, the children are free to use the toys and games of the playground. Families can spend time freely at the open playgrounds.

We hope to see you there!

For more information, get in touch with the playground staff.

lapsi liukumäessä
Photo: Jefunne Gimpel

Schoolchildren are welcome to spend summer holiday days at playgrounds. They can spend the entire day at the playground if they want to! They can play, meet friends, join trips and take part in guided activities. 

The staff will take care of the schoolchildren’s safety throughout the day. When a schoolchild spends entire summer days at the playground, their guardian can give the staff their contact information and inform the staff of the family's own arrangements, such as the child's curfew, whether the child is allowed to travel independently, and so on. Children at the payground are insured during the playground's opening hours. Please note that the guardian bears the primary responsibility for the child at the playground. This means that the schoolchild's skills, abilities and readiness to participate in the playground activities is evaluated by the playground staff together with the child's guardian.

For more information, get in touch with the playground staff.

Lapsia leikkii vesisuihkussa
Photo: Konsta Linkola

The legendary summer meals at Helsinki playgrounds go back 91 years, to 1934! Summer meals are provided by all playgrounds open during the season (except Loru).

The summer meals are free of charge and served on weekdays at 12.00 noon to children under the age of 16. The child must bring their own tableware: a plate, a mug and a spoon. Water is served as the beverage. On most days, the summer food is soup, so packing an extra snack or a sandwich is a good idea. The menus are on display at the playgrounds.

For more information, get in touch with the playground staff and on the Palvelukeskus Helsinki website Summer meals at playgrounds(Link leads to external service).

Photo: Konsta Linkola

Some playgrounds provide free-of-charge day camps for schoolchildren in grades 1–3. The day camps last from Monday to Friday (from Monday to Thursday in the Midsummer week). The activity time of the day camps is 9.00–16.00. Day camp activities are provided in Finnish. 

Registration for the day camps starts on 10 April 2024 at 9.00 am. Sign up your child for a day camp by emailing the organising playground directly. In your email, include the child’s name, what grade they are in in school, and the guardian’s contact details. The places are filled on a first come, first served basis. Any registrations submitted before the registration period will be ignored. The playground organising the day camp will contact you after registration.

For more information, get in touch with the playground staff and the senior playground instructor.

Daycamps at playgrounds in summer 2024


Lapset askartelevat leikkipuistossa
Photo: Konsta Linkola

Playgrounds open all summer

Piika, Vähätupa, Kannelmäki, Laurinniitty, Munkki, Isonneva, Taivallahti, Lahnalahti, Intia, Mäkitorppa, Viikkari, Kurranummi, Linja, Traktori, Maasälpä, Linnunrata, Tuorinniemi, Rudolf, Myllynsiipi, Mellunmäki, Lohikäärmepuisto, Mustakivi, Etupelto

Playgrounds open 3–28 June

Trumpetti, Nuoli, Ida, Torpparinmäki, Kotinummi, Kankarepuisto, Kiikku, Iso-Antti, Hilleri, Arabia, Brahe, Loru, Ulvila, Maunula

Playgrounds open 2 July–9 August

Nurkka, Kipinäpuisto, Orava, Lehdokki

Under renovation

Ruoholahti, Seppä, Sanna, Viiri, Kimmo, Filpus, Lampi, Rusthollari, Tapuli

Playgrounds closed all summer

Santahamina, Kiiltotähti, Roihuvuori, Salpausselkä, Kesanto, Strömberg