Tricity is definitely one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Poland. It boasts vivid history that reflects in both architecture and local culture. Most tourists come here to learn about the Solidarity Movement, lay down and relax on the beach or have fun in various clubs in Sopot. But what if somebody comes here with kids? Museums? Stroll along Długa Street? Nah… No worries, there’s plenty to do and enjoy with the youngest there 🙂
1. Outdoor activities
Everyone knows the benefits of spending time outside: being fit and healthy, having better skin and being in a better mood because of the sun. When we talk about kids though, the most important thing is that they simply have space to run and play, so they can make use of their unlimited energy.
Apart from the fun areas on Tricity’s beaches, you will find zillions of them in town. Just look around, maybe there is one near your place! And it’s a brilliant idea not only for your child, but also for you, since when the kids are playing with each other in a more or less fenced and safe area, you can enjoy your time reading a book or making new friends with other parents. If your kid is an adrenaline addict take him or her to an adventure park (like Kolibki Adventure Park in Gdynia) where they can blow off steam 😉 If, however, your little John or princess Rose prefers something less extreme but still exciting, visiting Gdańsk Zoo (view map) or taking a ride on a Ferris Wheel is always a good idea. And there are two such places in Tricity: in Gdańsk and in Gdynia.
Having access to the Baltic Sea, Tricity offers plenty of outdoor activities, such as: swimming, windsurfing, surfing, sailing and more. You can also play beach football and volleyball, or just play around with a frisbee. Teens will definitely enjoy cart-racing at PitStop in Gdańsk and at KartCenter in Sopot or taking up various activities like bungee jumping at FUN Arena in Gdańsk.
When the weather is not favourable, the easiest way to enjoy your time in Tricity with your children is to take them to a movie or a play. There are plenty of films that can be entertaining for both kids and adults and the theatres here prepare special plays for children every summer. You will find a list of theatres in Tricity here, and current repertoirs of local cinemas here.
4. Have fun and learnGdańsk as a historical city offers various places where you can learn about past events. Apart from regular (let’s be honest: boring for kids) museums, there are some spots definitely worth visiting, starting from Centrum Nauki Experyment where you can play with physics and experience optical illusions with your own eyes! Similar attractions are also to be found at Edupark Centrum Edukacji and Centrum Hewelianum in Gdańsk. Every kid will also have fun at the Maritime Culture Center where they can load a ship and play a captain on a ship simulator.
5. Non-typical museumsMuseums don’t have to be boring! Polish famous ships are definitely worth getting on – Dar Pomorza and Sołdek in Gdańsk, as well as the battleship Błyskawica in Gdynia hide many fascinating secrets. The fortress Twierdza Wisłoujście will also be an interesting destination. Gdańsk gallery of old toys offers something a bit different – dolls and figurines that can’t be found in shops today but which used to entertain the older generations. Be prepared for memory flashbacks and questions like “how did you survive with no Internet?” 😉
6. Funhouses and fun parks
When the sun is hiding from us, we are looking for places to hide ourselves from a possible rain. Your kids will most certainly have fun at funhouses and fun parks that offer countless games and loads of entertainment, whereas you can enjoy your cup of coffee or an afternoon tea. We recommend places like:
- in Gdańsk: Loopy’s World (view map), Play Department of the European Solidarity Centre (view map) and of course FUN Arena at the Energa Gdańsk Stadium (view map), where both young and old will find something for themselves;
- in Gdynia: Jumpcity (view map), Elefun (view map), Fun Park at the shopping mall CH Riviera (view map).
7. Road tripsIf you are staying in Trójmiasto a bit longer than just a weekend, it is worth going on a road trip to see fantastic spots located in the region of Pomorskie. The most exciting place is definitely the castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (view map). To go even further in history you can visit Dino Parks in Łeba (view map) or Malbork (view map), or without going too far – a Kashubian heritage centre in Szymbark, where you can see how Kashubian people used to live and, additionally, experience a little vertigo at the upside-down house. But beware – it’s mind-blowing! For animal-lovers we would recommend the ostrich farms in Garczyn (view map) and Kniewo (view map), or the exotic zoo Kaszuby in Tuchlino, or, to be more classic, the seal centre in Hel. For pure fun visit the ropes courses in Łeba (view map), Hel (view map) or Szymbark (view map), find your way out of the maze park in Łeba or try not be fooled at Illuzeum in Łeba.
In one word: ENJOY! 😀