Maaherranpuisto park in the autumn colours. Photo: Mika Lappalainen.

Visit Korkeasaari and Suomenlinna as well as Linnanmäki carnival of light during the autumn holidays

In Helsinki, autumn holidays will take place 14–18 October. Korkeasaari Zoo will organise an adventure focusing on reading, while Linnanmäki’s season ends with a carnival of light. At the Natural History Museum, you may draw freak animals, and at Helsinki City Museum, shadow theatre characters appear in photos by Signe Brander. Oodi offers a rap workshop. You may also use the pages where we have assembled information about things to do, from a dance competition to a theatre camp, and from a futsal tournament to family days at the Children’s Traffic City. Moreover, the cultural centres have meetings on the future, dance and films on their menu. There will be a head start into the autumn holidays on 13 October at 1–5 p.m. The programme includes water gymnastics, toy swimming, teaching of swimming techniques and a Wibit aqua track. Itäkeskus swimming hall, entrance fees: adults 5.50 €, children 2.50 €, others 3 €. EasySport autumn holidays week at 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Töölö sports hall, entrance fees: adults 3.50 €, others 2 €, children 1.50 €. Even the libraries have plenty of activities during the autumn holidays, among other things, a Warrior Cats event in Vuosaari on 12 October at 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

From Kube’s gig to K-pop cover dance competition! (in Finnish)

Enjoy the water exercise day at Itäkeskus Swimming Hall and Töölö EasySport week during the autumn holiday

Autumn holidays in Korkeasaari Zoo

Welcome to Korkeasaari to spend the autumn holidays there! All our visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a special programme that will take place both during weekends and on weekdays, i.e. 12–20 October 2019, when the zoo will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening hours of the zoo during the autumn holidays: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Stop at the event stations to hear the story about how the wild horse found its way from Korkeasaari to the Mongolian steppe, to learn to recognise kids of animals and to allow a book to take you on an adventure in the rain forest. Reading and travelling are the national themes of the schools’ autumn holidays.

Opening hours of the zoo during the autumn holidays: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

To Fallkulla to attend to the animals

Fallkulla Domestic Animal Farm will provide activities for young people ages 9–17 during the entire autumn holidays, i.e. 14–19 October 2019, daily at 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Tasks are assigned to the participants, and you may, among other things, tend to the animals, clean the pens and do some baking. Goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, miniature pigs, ponies and cows are expecting you at Fallkulla Domestic Animal Farm. You may register beginning on Wednesday 2 October at 5 p.m. (


Autumn holiday workshop at the City Museum – at Signe’s street corners

There will be a shadow theatre workshop where certain characters will make an appearance in some of the photos taken by Signe Brander. Come and make your own character and colour Signe’s colouring images on 14–20 October from 12 p.m. (noon) to 3 p.m. Location: Falkman Wing, Helsinki City Museum, Aleksanterinkatu 16.

Autumn holiday workshop at Signe’s street corners

The Children's Town

Linnanmäki Carnival of Light

Luminous effect of many sorts will accentuate Linnanmäki’s gadgets and other interesting features of the place. In addition to the gleaming park, there will be some magnificent star attractions that create a multidimensional world of experiences. Make a note of Linnanmäki’s Carnival of Light on 10–20 October in your diary.

Linnanmäki Carnival of Light

Mix and match freak animals at the Natural History Museum

Have a thorough look at the animals in detail, match mighty muzzles and hoary ears to haunting hoofs. How and in what kind of surroundings would the animal of your imagination live? Drawing of freak animals will take place during autumn holidays weeks 42 and 43 from Tuesday to Friday (15–18 and 22–25 October) at the Natural History Museum, specifically the Finnish Nature exhibition, within the museum’s opening hours. The programme is included in the entrance fee. The Museum Card is also a valid ticket.

The Finnish Museum of Natural History

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden

Rap workshop at Oodi

Three workshops where you may train rapping under the supervision of rappers and where you may practise writing rhymes will take place on 16 October. Willing and interested participants will also be given a chance to perform later the same week. Workshops by age:

  • 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (noon) Children (below age 13) with Rauhatäti as instructor
  • 2–4 p.m. Youngsters (ages 13–17) with Adikia as instructor
  • 5–7 p.m. Adults (over age 18) with Maria Uskomaton as instructor

The workshops are open to everybody, but prior registration is required. Register for the workshops by email; address: heini.strand(at) As you register, let us know your name and age. You may register until Monday 14 October.


Further information:

Working days and holidays in schools