Read about our previous day here.
I woke this morning in Copenhagen at about 8:00 am to the sound of Zack and Lucy in the bathroom. Ramon said that he was up most of the night dealing with one kid or the other, and that they were both complaining of not feeling well. Lucy in particular was complaining of her stomach hurting. I was very grateful that Ramon was up with kids, since I was up with them the previous two nights and needed the rest.
Ramon then went for a quick work out. The amenities at the hostel are actually very nice. They have a pool, full kitchen, music venue, cinema room, tv room and, of course, a gym. It cost to use the amenities, but Ramon said that it was well worth the 20 Kroner. We all took our time getting dressed and went in search of food.
We wanted to eat something quick and begin our day, so we chose to eat at the 7-11. IT was actually a nice place for a quick breakfast, and was more like a coffee bar or a bakery than a 7-11.
Ramon and I ordered taquitos, and the kids got a doughnut and cinnamon roll. Zack LOVED the donut and the cinnamon roll. Lucy took maybe three bites and refused to eat anything else. She also refused to drink her chocolate milk.
Our plan was to catch a train tour that was included in our Copenhagen Card, so we went to City Hall Square to catch the tour. Come to find out that particular tour only runs in the summer time, so we had to course correct and pick another activity.
We wanted to see the Hans Christian Andersen’s museum, and it was literally right next to us so we decided to try it out. Unfortunately, we had to walk through the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum to get in. This did not go over well at all. Zack had a full on meltdown. I’m talking a level 10, full scale freak out! He started flipping out at a dark tunnel that was spinning and reached full meltdown mode in the torture exhibit. I just picked him up and got him out as quickly as possible.
The actual Hans Christian Anderson museum was just ok for us. They had small exhibits with narration from some of his more famous fairy tales, including Thumbalena, The Ugly Duckling, and The Tin Soldier. We felt it left something to be desired, but the kids enjoyed it.
We really question why we were made to walk through the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum to see the Hans Christian Andersen Museum as that was completely unnecessary and a waste of time.
As we were picking our next activity, we passed by Tivoli. For those that don’t know, this is the oldest amusement park in the world. The reviews are that it is very quaint and cute, and Ramon had a great time visiting there as a child. There are not any thrill rides, but it is still a very fun time. It is unfortunately closed right now. It closes every year between the summer and Halloween, and of course our trip fell in that time frame.
We decided to go visit The Little Mermaid statue. Another good thing about the Copenhagen Card is that all of our public transportation is free. The public transit system in Copenhagen is pretty amazing. We never had to wait more than 10 min for a bus.
The busses are also very family friendly. There is an area for strollers to be parked while you ride so you don’t have to collapse them every time you get on of off the bus.
The buses also have bright red buttons like most buses that you push to tell the driver when you are approaching your stop. We must have reviewed with Zack a million times to NOT touch the button unless we said it was ok. Well, on the way to The Little Mermaid statue, we missed our stop, because we forgot to push the button, and immediately regretted the “Do NOT push the button” with Zack. After getting off of the bus, we walked about 10 min backwards to where we were suppose to get off. During this time, Lucy passed out while we got snacks at a Netto, the local supermarket.
We finally arrived at The Little Mermaid statue. The kids enjoyed seeing the statue, and by that I mean they liked climbing on the rocks around the statue. Lucy decided that she needed to sing “Ariel” to the “real little mermaid.”
Our game plan was to go see the Royal Palace next. However, after a day and a half of sightseeing, we needed to let our kids expend some energy. We chose a more kid friendly activity from our Copenhagen Card and went to the Experimentarium. This would have cost us $103 dollars, but was completely free with our card. This is a HUGE children’s science center, and it has gotten amazing reviews. It did not disappoint.
When you walk in, there is a beautiful bronze staircase that goes up three floors.
First, we decided to check out the “1-5 year old” area, which is exactly what it sounds like. It is an area dedicated to children from age 1-5. There were so many cute things to do in this area, including a shopping area and an area with foam pieces to build whatever you wanted to build. This kids loved the farm area in particular. Zack decided to be a fox and “hunt” Lucy, who was dressed as mole.
Lucy’s favorite was playing in the “Hospital” and taking care of the sick teddy bears.
One of Zack’s favorite exhibits had these balls of different colors representing goods that needed to be shipped all over the world.
We all enjoyed the energy exhibit. We had to peddle to produce enough energy to power every day household items such as lights, radio, and a TV.
You know it’s a great exhibit if it can run Zack out of energy.
After his brief rest, he regained enough energy to run the hamster wheel. I only wish we had one of these at home.
One of Zack’s favorite areas was the light and laser areas, and the laser harp in particular.
There was a really neat area that showed what colors of light made up white light. Of course, Zack thought this was just a disco and had to show off his dance moves.
Right across from The Experimentarium was a shopping mall. Since both Zack and I were in need of a winter coat, as the weather was colder than we anticipated on this trip, we decided to go shopping. When we spotted an H&M, we knew we were in luck. The prices weren’t bad and we got everything we needed.
For those that don’t know Ramon, he has a lifelong goal to eat at McDonalds in every foreign country that we visit. Denmark was no exception!
Ramon’s meal of choice is always chicken nuggets and fries. Getting a break from European food prices was nice as well!
McDonald’s had several interesting features. Apparently eating on stairs is the new hip thing in Europe.
Another interesting thing was the “To Go Bag Transporter.” This transported To-Go bags from the counter upstairs to the first floor via a overhead conveyor system. It was pretty awesome to watch this contraption in action.
Our meal took a turn for the worse when all of a sudden, Lucy vomited all over the floor of the restaurant. Be thankful we spared you all pictures. The staff was very nice and helped to clean up and get us out the door as painlessly as possible. We started walking to the hostel to get everyone settled for the night.
On our walk home, we passed by Tivoli again. It looked absolutely gorgeous at night, and the Halloween decor was in full effect.
We got settled back in the hostel and went to bed. Tomorrow we wake up, and start our Northern Transatlantic Cruise on the the Norwegian Breakaway.
Read about our next day here.
If you enjoyed this live blog feel free to read our previous live blogs: