Playgrounds, Family houses and other play areas
Public playgrounds provide a safe environment and meaningful activities for families and school children.
Most playgrounds have a paddling pool, playing field and various play equipment. Some of the playgrounds have a playing field that turns into a skating rink in winter. The equipment and functional possibilities vary according to the park.
The Department of Early Education and Care organises instructed outdoor and indoor activities at the parks for children, families with children and preadolescents on weekdays for 7–8 hours between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The Public Works Department takes care of the park area maintenance and the safety of the play equipment.
When schools are operational, schoolchildren are provided with a chargeable snack. Children must be registered to receive the snack. In the summer, open playgrounds serve free-of-charge hot meals to children under the age of 16.
Residents of the area are welcome to participate in the planning of the activities.
In addition to playgrounds, Helsinki has over 200 play sites maintained by the Public Works Department, which do not provide guided activities.
Family houses are places where families with small children can meet, join activities and receive information. Family houses organize open, resident-oriented activities for families with small children.
They also organize various courses and groups for parents, children and those who work with local families with small children.
A presentation video about playground activities in Somali
A presentation video about playground activities in Arabic
A presentation video about playground activities in Darin
The City of Helsinki organizes afternoon activities after the school day for 1st and 2nd graders as well as for pupils with special needs.
Playgrounds and family house instructors organize activities for small children and their parents from morning to noon.