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Playgrounds, Family houses and other play areas

Playground activities in autumn 2021

  • Groups aimed at school children start on 11 August 2021 and operate primarily outdoors. You should register or apply to participate. Learn more about Schoolchildren activities in playgrounds
  • Playgrounds’ clubs operate normally.
  • We organise instructed group activities indoors. You should register in advance to participate by sending a text message to the playground’s telephone number. You can find each playground’s contact details here (page not available in English) here. If necessary, the number of participants can be limited. You can also register in person by visiting the playground if there are places left in the group.
  • Toilets and handwashing facilities are available. The indoor areas of playgrounds and family houses are reserved for group activities only: clubs, activities for families with babies and small children, and after-school activities for schoolchildren.
  • Please only come to the playground and family house if you are healthy, and follow the safety and hygiene signs. Wear a facemask as recommended, keep a safe distance and wash your hands.
  • Children and families can use the outdoor areas, fixed play equipment and yard toys at playgrounds.
  • See Helsinki’s online playground on the Helsinki channel with video series Tänään leikitään leikkipuistossa (“Today we play at playground”)
  • Client bulletin: Activities for families with babies and small children organised indoors again at playgrounds and family houses September 2021 onwards

Playgrounds; who are they for?

You are always welcome to play at a playground!  Please only come to the playground and family house if you are healthy, and follow the safety and hygiene signs. Wear a facemask as recommended, keep a safe distance and wash your hands.

Most playgrounds have a playing field and a wide range of outdoor toys for playing. Some playgrounds have a playing field that turns into a skating rink in winter. The equipment and facilities can vary.

During the school year, 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.

Some playgrounds accept paper applications to early childhood education. See list of playgrounds that accept paper applications here (page available in Finnish only).

Family houses; what are they?

Family houses are places where families with small children can meet, socialise and exchange information. They also organise various courses and groups for parents, children and those who work with local families with small children.

Playground activities in different languages

Watch a short presentation about playground activities in Somali,  Arabic or Dari below:

A presentation video about playground activities in Somali

A presentation video about playground activities in Arabic

A presentation video about playground activities in Dari


01.10.2021 10:56

Afternoon activities for school children

The City of Helsinki organizes afternoon activities after the school day for 1st and 2nd graders as well as for pupils with special needs.

Morning activities for families

Playgrounds and family house instructors organize activities for small children and their parents from morning to noon.