Interesting places in Tartu to visit with family

We are looking forward to welcome you and your family to the 9th CEECOM conference. During the conference you will be able to enjoy and discover Tartu. Here are some suggestions that you and your family members can do.

Tartu Toy Museum

Located in an old wooden building in the heart of Tartu’s Old Town, the Toy Museum transports its adult visitors back to their most joyous childhood days and offers children plenty to see and do.

The permanent exhibit displays toys that children in Estonia have played with throughout the ages. The display also includes artist-made dolls, souvenir dolls from around the globe and traditional Finno-Ugric toys. The museum has play and workshop rooms, and the exhibit rooms also offer plenty to keep one busy. Alternating exhibits and children’s activities are organized at the museum.

The museum has a playroom where children can play with toys that develop their skills, be puppet theatre actors, dress up, draw and make things. In the Theatre House, visitors can see the puppets made for theatre and cinema in Estonia in the last 50 years and traditional theatre puppets from all over the world, watch animated Estonian movies, play board games, try simple optical tricks and colour in film-themed pictures.

Open Wed-Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Play room open Wed- Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays.

How to get to Tartu Toy Museum

Science Centre AHHAA

The aim of Science Centre AHHAA is to introduce science to everyone and encourage studying through the joy of discovery. More than 3 million people of different ages have visited our exhibitions and other science events. In addition to trying out numerous ´hands-on´ exhibits on our various exhibitions, visitors of AHHAA can also take part in workshops, enjoy planetarium and science theatre shows. We also offer several special programmes for schools. AHHAA welcomes visitors of all ages and offers a great opportunity to spend a fun day filled with science!

Sun-Thu 10-19
Fri-Sat 10-20
23.06 open 10-17
24.06 open 12-20

How to get to AHHAA Science Centre

Attention:

* Children must be at least 5 years old to visit the planetarium.

AURA Water Centre

The Aura Water Centre offers a wide range of sports activities that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. You can have a good time with your family by relaxing and doing sports in the swimming pool, water park, health club and saunas. In the summer there is a big sun terrace where visitors can sunbathe and enjoy the beautiful view of the river.

The Aura Water Centre offers a wide range of sports activities that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. You can have a good time with your family by relaxing and doing sports in the swimming pool, water park, health club and saunas. In the summer there is a big sun terrace where visitors can sunbathe and enjoy the beautiful view of the river.

The Aura Water Centre is waiting for you to come and have fun here together with your friends or family!

SPA: Open: Monday to Friday 10.00-22.00, Saturday and Sunday 9.00-22.00
Water Park: Open: Monday to Friday 10.00-22.00, Saturday and Sunday 9.00-22.00
Swimming pool: Open: Monday to Friday 6.30-22.00, Saturday and Sunday 9.00-22.00

How to get to AURA Water Centre

Lõunakeskus

Lõunakeskus is the biggest shopping centre in South Estonia.

Lõunakeskus is a valued recreational destination for the whole family. It hosts a year-round ice rink, AHHAA 4D adventure cinema, sports club, adventure park and other fun activities.

Please check the ice rink schedule (green marks “free”, red marks “occupied”): https://en.astri.ee/lounakeskus/liuvali/schedule/

Lõunakeskus also has a wide selection of cozy restaurants so that no one has to go home hungry. All restaurants provide free WiFi.

Lõunakeskus Mon-Sun 10-21
Ice rink Mon-Sun 10-21

How to get to Lõunakeskus
Bus schedule

Estonian Sports Museum

The permanent exhibition of the Estonian Sports Museum 'Hortus Athleticus’ offers knowledge and entertainment to the most varied target groups from children and tourists to serious sports fans. In addition to traditional overviews of the history of sport, visitors can also test their strength and skills in a tug of war and on a bicycle simulator, get additional information from computers, visit the cinema corner, go on a virtual Olympic journey, have their photo taken with strongmen, read old sports publications, listen to music from different eras and more. It is also possible to hold kids’ birthday parties in the Estonian Sports Museum.

How to get to Estonian Sports Museum

Exhibitions open Wed-Sun 11-18 (tickets are sold till 17.30)
Museum shop open Wed-Sun 10.30-17.30
Library open Wed-Sun 9-16

Tartu Botanical Garden

Children can be very interested in plants, but there is no doubt that the turtles, fish and stick insects at the Tartu Botanical Garden will excite them even more. There is a playground for kids.

The Garden opens every day 7-19 (summer 7-21), greenhouses at 10-17

Tähtvere Leisure Park

Tähtvere Leisure Park offers sporting facilities to people interested in skiing, roller-skiing, skating and rollerblading. The youth and children’s park has various attractions for children and youngsters aged 2 to 16. People interested in extreme sports can go to Tähtvere Skate Park. Visitors can hire skates and skis in winter, and roller-blades and roller-skis in summer.

How to get to Tähtvere Leisure Park

Open Mon-Sun 9-21.

University of Tartu Natural History Museum

University of Tartu Natural History Museum affiliates zoological, geological, botanical and mycological collections.

We collect and preserve specimens of plant, fungus and animal kingdom, also minerals, rocks and fossils, develope public online databases based on research and citizen science. Natural History Museum organizes exhibitions and public events, also provide educational activities for schools and publishes educational materials.

The permanent exhibition is closed due to the renovation works at the moment. The new exposition will be opened on 16 January 2016.

How to get to University of Tartu Natural History Museum

Your kids can play with other children at free playgrounds which are found in the parks of almost every Estonian town, including Tartu. In addition, there are playrooms and centres in Tartu where children can keep themselves busy for hours.

Mängudžungel
Ringtee 75, Tartu (Lõunakeskus)
www.rrmangumaa.eewww.lounakeskus.com
Open: Mon-Sun 10 AM-9 PM

Batuudikeskus UP (trampolines, ball sea, table football, springboards, sports hall)
Võru 47 E, Tartu
www.batuudikeskus.ee
Open: Mon-Fri  12-9 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-9 PM

Kaubamaja playground
Vanemuise 1, Tartu

Toomemäe pastime ground
Lossi 34a, Tartu

Toomemäe toddlers’ playground
 Jakobi 6, Tartu

Dining with the family