Cultural centers are one of the benefits of living in a city. With lots of great offers for families – plus, there’s usually a café, where parents can take a load off, while the kiddos burn off some energy. Here’s a list to inspire your next Copenhagen adventure!
Address: Dirch Passers Allé 4, 2000 Frederiksberg
KU.BE cultural center is four floors of fun. Among other things, there is an indoor play area, a performance hall, a café, a kitchen workshop, a library, a soft play area for babies and toddlers, and last but not least – cool architecture! KU.BE opened in 2016, and it’s been bustling with activity ever since. The place organizes events like theater and concerts for children, lectures, and much, much more. In the spring and summer you can visit KU.BE’s city garden, which has an outdoor gym, spaces to relax, and playgrounds. Opening hours are: Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm, Saturdays from 10am to 8pm, and Sundays 10am to 3pm. Regular activities at KU.BE include:
Note: classes are separated into different age groups. Get an overview here.
Address: Øresundsvej 8B, 2300 København S
Børnekulturhus Ama’r is a cultural center for kids – but adults are welcome too! Kids don’t need to be signed up for classes in advance – they can just swing by and run around all the amazing activity rooms – or go on adventures like the cool indoor climbing hill! You can either bring your own food or buy snacks and drinks at the cafeteria. If the kiddos feel like attending a class, there are plenty of options, with everything from ballet, movement, and theater to digital drawing or fashion designing. For the tiny tots there’s an open playroom every Tuesday that’s free. It’s open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.
Address: Sønder Blvd. 73, 1720 København V
Absalon on Vesterbro feels more like someone’s house than a cultural center. It’s a place where both kids and parents can relax, eat, and participate in lots of exciting cultural activities. Every evening there’s a communal dinner where families can sit down together at long tables with other families for only 50 DKK a person (kids under five eat for free!). Absalon offers movies, bingo, yoga, flea markets, table tennis, creative events, and much, much more. Activities include:
All classes are drop-in and cost 50 DKK.
Address: Islands Brygge 18, 2300 København S
Kulturcenter Islands Brygge (KIB) has been a gathering place for children, adults, teenagers, and elders since 2002. The cultural center is open daily, with over 300 events every year, including concerts, children’s cultural events, community dinners, flea markets, theater, dancing, yoga, lectures, and more. The center also has a café, Bryggens Spisehus, where you can keep an eye on your sleeping baby right outside the glass windows, while you enjoy a delicious meal and the ocean view. The café has both changing tables and highchairs. There’s a supervised playgroup at Lysthuset every Wednesday and Daddy Playgroup every Thursday. Both are free and registration is not required.
Address: Valgårdsvej 4, 2500 Valby
Valby Kulturhus offers cultural activities for both children and adults. Zone2 offers all sorts of classes for children, such as dance, theater, role play, and music, while parents can go to Baby Groove and dance with their babies. Every Monday and Thursdays there’s a playgroup for kids up to four (Mondays are 20 DKK a family, Thursdays are free). Registry is not required. In addition, Valby Kulturhus has its very own pottery workshop for people of all skill levels, however an introduction class is required.
Address: Valhalsagade 4, 2200 København N
Osramhuset is a dynamic cultural house located in the heart of trendy Nørrebro. The free children’s events, workshops, and concerts are hugely popular with families, but schools, kindergardens, and nurseries use the center too. Parents on maternity leave can enjoy free activities such as Babusjkas Playgroup (Wednesdays between 9am to 3pm and Thursdays between 12 and 3pm) or Daddy’s Club – a monthly event for daddies, daddies to be, or co-moms. Plus, city dwellers can satisfy their green thumb at the center’s greenhouse – Bioteket.
Note: During breaks, Osramhuset also offers FerieCamps for the kids.
Address: Jernbane Allé 38, 2720 Vanløse
Kulturstationen is Vanløse’s cultural focal point and houses both a cultural center, a library, the citizen service center, and a local committee. Regular activities for families include: An open playgroup every Friday between 10am to 12pm, Tiger Training (a mix of children’s yoga, areobics, martial arts, and music) every Saturday, and babybongo every Thursday. Note, you have to sign up in advance for some of the classes and there is a fee. If you’re only dropping by for a short visit, check out the library’s fantastic selection of kid’s books. In the summer, try visiting the roof top of the cultural center for a cool view and a sanctuary from the traffic. The cultural center also has its own café, Oasen, yet it is only open in connection to events.
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Photos: 1) KU.BE by Gitte Lotinga 2) Børnekulturhus Ama’r 3) Absalon by Ari Zelenko 4) Kulturhuset Islands Brygge 5) Valby Kulturhus 6) Osramhuset