Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Junibacken (Stockholm) is the great children's museum to visit

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Have you ever heard about Junibacken? Three weeks ago I never heard about this place either...

In early August my wife and I took our three children, 3, 6, and 10 years old, to Baltic sea cruise. We did a research what children's activities we can do in every port, to ensure that they have interest, and are not bored and tired. In Stockholm we found a great place called Junibacken ! It is a children's museum dedicated mostly to fabulous stories of Astrid Lindgren. Did you read Pippi Longstocking or Karlsson-on-the-Roof?

While parents are waiting in line to get tickets they can make some pictures of their kids.

Or they can let kids to catch some sort of imaginary fish in the pond which is in front of the museum.

Just after entering the museum you come to Storybook square where characters from children's books you might or might not know live. The cool part is that children can play, climb and have fun with everything they see.

If you go upstairs you arrive to Villa Villekulla, it is where Pippi Longstocking lived :). Kids can ride Pippi's horse, play in Pippi's kitchen, ride the slides, and many other things.

The best part of this museum is the Storybook Train.  I did not see anything like this before. All five of us sat in a train coach and we went through several stories and fairy tales. First, you  are on the ground level and then you are flying. All character figures and actions are in front of you. From all characters I knew only Karlson and Emill. But even if you do not know them or other characters it is still great experience. Narrator's voice, surrounding music and sounds make this trip unforgettable. Stories are available in multiple languages including English, Russian, German and others.

After riding the train we went to the Restaurant. The food was not only delicious, but also kids-friendly.
On a way out you can stop at the bookstore where you can purchase books, souvernirs, and toys. As in most museums it is expensive, but anyway we purchased a couple of books for kids

Kids loved Junibacken. They told us that this was the best children's museum they ever visited!

Why did I start a travel agency business

For many years I have been generating a bunch of business ideas, however I did not execute on any of them. I still wanted to start something real, something fresh, something different from routine corporate life. So I have been thinking what I can do that is close to my heart. I have been deciding among many passions I have such as education, math, money... Then once, Bella said: Why don't you do something with travel? So here I am, I am starting a travel agency.
Then the next decision was: What do I know best, what niche to choose?
Every year we are travelling with the kids across The USA, Canada, Caribbean, Europe. We expose them to different places, cultures, languages. Why don't I help families like ours to build custom travel itineraries and book their trips? It is what I will be doing starting now :)