We’re hoping a visit to Copenhagen is in the cards for this summer and I’m working every possible angle to make it happen for us. It’s been fun to keep up with news of the city and make lists of favorites to revisit but also new things to explore, like Thomas Dambo’s Six Forgotten Giants sculpture series that just went up around various hidden corners in the outskirts of town.
The video below gives a great overview and I don’t want to give too much away but I find the whole concept fascinating. Thomas Dambo is a sculptural and installation artist that uses scrap wood and often works in “hidden” locations, which means that in order to see his work, you have to do a little work yourself. The Six Giants website has treasure maps to all of the Giants, and each is written with a backstory as to the why and how of he or she was built, often times incorporating not just a nature statement but a social or cultural one too. I’m sure many a forest school has been out looking for these troll-like installations and we will most certainly be tracking them down ourselves!
We’re settling into the long Easter break, and it looks like we’re going to get lucky on the weather this year. As the whole break is five days long and since we don’t have a summer allotment or seaside cottage to open up, we’ll be in the area, which is having me think about various things we can do out and about that will help us enjoy whatever we can get of the early springtime sun. All the of the seasonal things to do in Copenhagen aren’t quite open but a good number of them open up or have special events for Easter break – like the Frilandsmuseet in Lyngby.The Frilandsmuseet, or Open Air Museum, is just outside of town (and not too far from us) and is mainly a collection of different types of Danish houses from different time periods, with a few windmills throw in for spice. We go relatively often during the summer (when these photos are from) and Christmastime so we’ll be eager to see our favorites over this Easter break. But the real winner here is the sheer amount of vast outdoor space with trails and paths that let your little ones run wild – the houses are just mostly historical artifacts for you to admire on the horizon as you try and figure out where your children ran off to before you could tell them to slow down.There are a few animals about, and sometimes people milling around in historical costumes for various talks or demonstrations as well. From what I can tell in google translate, they’ll also be operating the kitchen to demonstrate historical Danish foods associated with the holiday – as usual, Danes have a specific dish to go with everything!Carriage rides look like they’ll be open and typically, the ponies should be out as well – the website mentions a bit of a scavenger hunt but just a heads up, in our experience, these are typically Danish only so bring your dictionary! The museum is open this Thursday through Monday and then again after May 1, so this is a chance to get a bit of a jump start some fresh air and an opportunity to convince yourself that spring is just around the corner!
October has been busy, busy for us, and if I could get to everything in time, there would have been about ten out + about posts for us. It’s really just that time of year that you start settle into the change of seasons, right? The shorts go away, the layers come out…the darker nights come earlier and the transition to the “school year” isn’t quite as hectic anymore…plus Copenhagen, and the area to the north of us, really does offer a lot during the fall. A few I’ve mentioned on the blog already but just in case I don’t get to everything before the month is over, here are our toddler favorites for October in Copenhagen!
Dyrehaven Park: This is a favorite any time of year, and a frequent stomping ground of many a forest school here in the area. In fact, our toddler knows this park infinitely better than we do so she’s very much the guide on her turf when we make it out. It’s gorgeous in October with the fall colors and hiking paths that go for ever, so it’s a stroll everyone can enjoy (and she likes to bring her bike since we give her free reign). As a bonus, the end of September and October are mating seasons so you’ll see and hear lots more excitement about the park…it’s like your own Mutual of Omaha special.
Apples and Pears at Frydenlunds Frugtplantage: This year, it looks like Frydenlunds will wrap up the self-pick season on October 18th. We’ve already been twice (see the apple picking post here) but it really is worth a trip out to Vedbaek if you have never been. Not only is the fruit fantastic, but that particular area is also lovely for fall and has some of the nicest homes in greater Copenhagen.
Yayoi Kusama at the Louisiana Museum: The retrospective of this priestess of pop art polka dots just opened over at the Louisiana and just another way that they’re hitting out of the park this year. We’re members at the museum and I found that we were getting a bit bored at some of the exhibits last year, but this year, one after the other have been hits for our family. Kusama’s art can be delicate (um, and valuable) so the one tough thing at this exhibit is that your wee ones will see lots of stuff that looks like you can touch and handle, except for of course, you can’t. Still, it’s worth taking them to see some of what’s surely in their imaginations come to life. Try to make it on a weeknight when the museum has late night hours – you don’t have to go all that late, but avoiding some of the rush hours over the weekend will give you more space to enjoy the art, and less hassle fighting the crowds. And bonus, you can do the buffet dinner at the lovely cafe.
Halloween at Tivoli: This one is a no-brainer. Not only is Tivoli open again for three weeks (hurrah!), but they do Halloween like nobody’s business. Last year, they brought in 17,000 pumpkins (to give you a sense of scale) and all the rides are redecorated in a Halloween theme. Plus, they have stands selling mulled wine (even more this year!) – what could be better?
Trick or Treating!: Yes! It can be done here in Denmark and it’s actually getting more and more popular. The two best areas to go are in the “potato rows” down in Osterbro or in the Skovshoved area (rumor has it that the American Ambassador’s residence is always well stocked and now neighboring houses are prepared too!) – Danes are giving their own “hyggeligt” spin on this classic American holiday so don’t miss out on one of the best nights of the year!
Now what kind of blog would this be if we didn’t have at least one set of photos from apple picking in the fall? Exactly. Especially since apples are a real thing here in Denmark, and they’re delicious. No joke.
Last year, we came across the Frydenlund Frugtplantage via a recommendation at the embassy, and made a day of scooping up all the last apples and pears on the last open weekend. This year, we got a little more organized and have actually already been twice. Because there are multiple varieties at Frydenlund, they open different rows throughout the picking season, so we’ve been able to same even more varieties.
Just like last year, it’s easy to get carried away with the picking but kilos upon kilos of apples seem to go fast at our house. We chop them up for snacks for my daughter in her forest school packs, I made a pretty smashing apple rum cake, and now this year, we used a lot for batches of homemade apple and pear sauces for our newest family addition to just started solid foods not too long ago.
The frugtplantage is of course beautiful in the sunshine, but don’t abandon picking just because there are a few clouds above or a few rain drops coming down. In fact, it’s when the colors are even more gorgeous, so don’t forget your camera. And don’t forget a picnic either. There’s a lovely little area of picnic tables where you can whip together a little feast of your own – and if the temperatures still continue like this, don’t forget a thermos of something that will warm you up.
Frydenlunds is open through October 18th this year so be sure to head out this next weekend to stock up on what’s left of this fall’s crop.