I was in Stockholm last week- all lush and green and fresh spring weather; there is an expression in Swedish ‘mellan hägg och siren’ (between the cherry blossom and the lilac)- the peak of spring when all is verdant and beautiful- I hit this time and it was gorgeous.
As I was in the company of lots of children, a visit to Junibacken in central Stockholm was essential. Junibacken is a children’s museum focused on entertainment taken from the books of Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking) but also including stories by other Scandinavian children’s authors. The highlight for me is always ‘saga tåget’ the fairy tale train that takes you on a fantastical journey through the stories of Astrid Lindgren- you fly over the roof tops like Carlsson on the roof, journey through the dark forests of Ronia, the robber’s daughter and glide through the Cherry Blossom Valley in The Brothers Lionheart. I am not sure who loves it more- me or my toddler son!
One room at Junibacken is filled with fantasy houses from various stories where children can climb, play and run around and there is live theatre for older children. This year the Moomin Room opened- an enchanting recreation of Tove Jansson’s magical Moomin Valley, complete with a carousel, rowing boat and mini observatory.
Going back to Pippi Longstocking, it is her seventieth birthday this year and I gather that there were big celebrations the day after I left! Happy birthday Pippi!