Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
September 18, 2005
Getting there - Getting to Junibacken is simple. By public transport, I took the T-bana from Mariatorget to T-Centralen and changed to the #47 bus
Tickets - Admission to Junibacken normally costs 110SEK per adult and 95SEK per child (age 3-15). Once again, I handed the staff member my Stockholm Card, which covered the admissions cost.
Storybook Square - To get to the main attraction at Junibacken, the Story Train, people queue up and walk through Storybook Square. I didn’t recognize any of the structures, but that was okay – my son had fun exploring each of the buildings. I actually got some very candid shots of him wearing a funny stocking cap.
The Story Train - The Story Train is somewhat of a misnomer. While the narrator certainly reads many different children’s tales, the vehicle is not so much a train. In fact, it’s better than a train, because you don’t spend very much time on the ground. Rather, the car flies through different storybook sets and has an almost "Peter Pan" feel to it. We both enjoyed this attraction, especially since they translate the stories from the original Swedish into English, German, Russian, and Dutch. One note of caution: Astrid’s stories can be brutally realistic at times. My son was saddened by the story of the Lionheart brothers and kept asking me about death and heaven for the rest of the day.
Play Areas - There were a couple of play areas for kids immediately after disembarking from the Story Train. The first area included a cottage that kids were running delightfully through. There was a huge bowl of wooden blocks which kept my son happy for about 30 minutes. In another play area, fashioned after a farm, my son found a cool tree house with a TV in it and watched some educational program in Swedish for quite some time. Whatever it was showing, he was starting to pick up on some of it.
Café - There was a small café on-site where were able to get drinks and a popsicle for my son.
Overall - I was worried that Junibacken might be too "girlie" for my son, who has very definitive ideas of what types of activities are for boys and which are not. Thankfully, he just liked being around other kids and made his own fun wherever and whenever he could.
Official Junibacken Website
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