The answer is a resounding yes! While my kids are older and we have left behind the stroller years, it was impossible not to notice the many ways Stockholm makes life a little easier for parents as they navigate the city.
The first thing we noticed were the ramps built into stairs. We first came across them coming out of a subway station but then found them all over the city. What a clever way to make the city stroller accessible. Naturally, I had to tell my kids they were NOT for running up and down.
When it comes to eating out, not only were there kids menus at all of the restaurants we visited, but there was often the option to order a half-portion of a regular entree. The twins are less enthusiastic about kids menus as time marches on; the option of ordering off the “adult” menu was a fantastic.
We also came across some fantastic playgrounds. There was one great playground right near our apartment in Enskede. It had one of the coolest play features I’ve ever seen. To spare you my description, I’ll let these cute time-lapse videos speak for themselves. It may have been the hot spot for the local fathers who took their kids to the playground. I think I saw more fathers than kids playing on them…
More than the specific kid-friendly features, it was also the vibe of Sweden that was very family-friendly. I didn’t feel the pressure to keep my kids silent while riding on the train. I didn’t get the stink eye from other passengers when my kids dared to talk as we so often encounter when traveling in certain areas. The culture of family-friendliness made traveling through Sweden a relaxing and enjoyable experience.