Child petting a mini horse in Solvang, CA

21 Best Things to Do in Solvang with Kids

Solvang is a quaint Danish village that is well known for its charming architecture, peaceful atmosphere, and beautiful environment. Unsurprisingly, millions of people visit Solvang annually and spend millions of dollars in the town on its many fun activities, including horse riding, wine tastings, and luxurious hotels like The King Frederik Inn.

If you’re planning a trip to Solvang but are worried there isn’t much for your children to do, you’re in for a surprise. There are countless things to do in Solvang with kids. Many of our visitors have shared their experiences so that we can help you determine the things to do with kids in Solvang. 

So, let’s dive in and take a gander at the fun-filled indoor and outdoor activities that are child-friendly in this Danish town. 

Outdoor Activities in Solvang for Kids

feeding an ostrich is one of the best things to do in Solvang with kids during a family vacation to Santa Ynez Valley in California

Should you be looking for things to do in Solvang with family, Solvang’s beautiful outdoor spaces have much to offer. Have a look below to learn more about the fun and adventurous outdoor activities available for children of all ages.

1. Hans Christian Andersen Park

Visiting Hans Christian Andersen Park in Solvang is an enriching experience for children because it combines outdoor fun with literary inspiration. Created in the Image of Anderson’s fairy tales, the park’s whimsical sculptures and play structures found at this park ignite young imaginations, fostering creativity and a love for storytelling.

2. Playground and Picnic Areas

There are numerous playgrounds and picnic areas in Solvang, but perhaps none are more popular than Hans Christian Andersen Park. This park is a picturesque place for children to let loose and burn off some energy. 

The park features a much-loved playground with swings, slides, and climbing structures. There are also spacious picnic areas where families can enjoy a leisurely meal together or apart while their children get rid of their rambunctious energy at the playground.

3. Skate Park

The Hans Christian Andersen Park might be well known for its picnic areas and playground, but this park has more tricks up its sleeve. For example, this park also has a play area for older kids and teenagers in the form of a skate park. This skate park provides a safe environment for skateboarding and BMX biking, allowing kids to practice their skills and make new friends.

4. Mini Horse Ranch

Solvang’s Mini Horse Ranch is a must-visit for animal-loving kids (and parents). This delightful ranch offers a chance to get up close and personal with adorable miniature horses – which is many a child’s dream. If you bring your children to this ranch, they can pet and interact with these gentle creatures while learning about their care and history.

a mini-horse lying down

5.Ostrichland USA

If you want to give your children an unforgettable outdoor experience, consider visiting Ostrichland, USA. Ostrichland, USA, is a unique attraction that children will remember for years to come. Kids can observe and feed these large, flightless birds at this farm, providing a hands-on opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures.

6. Sunny Fields Park

Sunny Fields Park is another must-visit outdoor space in Solvang, complete with open fields and a playground. Families can enjoy a game of frisbee, or soccer or simply have a picnic amidst the stunning natural surroundings. It’s an outdoor attraction many of our guests have visited with their children over the years. 

Indoor Activities in Solvang for Kids

Unfortunately, even in sunny Solvang, California, there is a chance for unpleasant weather. Yet, if the sun’s not out, don’t be too despondent, as there are plenty of indoor activities in Solvang for kids. Here are a few of the activities you can enjoy with your children as a family.

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature

7. Kid-Friendly Exhibits

Looking for something educational to do indoors? The Wildling Museum is an educational treasure trove for kids and adults alike. Its exhibits showcase the beauty of nature and art in a way that’s engaging and accessible for children. From wildlife paintings to interactive displays, there’s something to spark curiosity in every young mind. 

8. Art Workshops for Children

Some children prefer art to sports, and there’s nothing wrong with this. If you’re looking for something arty for your children, they’ll love the art workshops at The Wilding Museum of Art and Nature. This museum often hosts art workshops designed specifically for children. These workshops encourage creativity and allow kids to create their own nature-inspired artworks.

Solvang Toyland

Girls viewing toys in a shop  window in downtown Solvang, CA

9. Variety of Toys and Games

Solvang Toyland is a dream come true for kids of all ages. This exciting toy store is filled to the brim with an extensive selection of toys, games, puzzles, and more. It’s the perfect place for parents and children to explore together and choose new treasures to take home and remember their trip to this cute Danish town!

10. Interactive Play Areas

Toys aren’t all Solvang Toyland has to offer children. In addition to its vast inventory, Solvang Toyland has interactive play areas where kids can try out toys before selecting. This hands-on approach makes the shopping experience even more enjoyable.

Hans Christian Andersen Museum

 11. Storytelling Sessions

Do your children enjoy stories and love to read? If so, why not take them to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, where they can experience storytelling sessions? Your children can expect tales like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling.”

12. Children’s Literature and History

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum also features exhibitions exploring the history of children’s literature and Andersen’s contributions. It’s an educational and entertaining experience for kids interested in books, storytelling, and the history surrounding this esteemed children’s author.

Kid-Friendly Dining in Solvang

13. Solvang Restaurant – Famous for Aebleskiver

The Solvang Restaurant is renowned for its aebleskiver, a Danish pastry that’s a hit with kids and adults alike. The cozy atmosphere and delicious menu make this restaurant a great spot for a family meal—whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

14. Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery

Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery is a sweet haven for children with a selection of delectable pastries, cookies, and cakes. You and your children can grab a few treats to enjoy while strolling through Solvang’s charming streets.

15. The Copenhagen Sausage Garden

For savory food lovers, The Copenhagen Sausage Garden offers a menu featuring kid-friendly options like sausages and hot dogs. The outdoor seating area is perfect for families since it provides a relaxed atmosphere for dining.

16. Paula’s Pancake House

Paula’s Pancake House is a breakfast favorite for families in Solvang. Their menu boasts an array of pancake options, and kids will love indulging in the fluffy goodness. There are many delicious options on the menu, and kids can customize their pancakes to some extent. Yum!

Educational Attractions for Kids

17. Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

The Elverhoj Museum is an excellent place to introduce children to the history and art of Solvang. It features exhibits on Danish culture and local heritage, providing an engaging learning experience for children and adults.

18. Old Mission Santa Ines

Old Mission Santa Ines, located in Solvang, offers a glimpse into California’s mission history. There are guided tours available for adults and their families (including children). These tours allow children to learn about the mission’s significance in a captivating manner and not boring manner.

19. Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

For little enthusiasts of all things mechanical, the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum is a hidden gem. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases a remarkable collection of vintage motorcycles that will fascinate kids and adults. Rides might not be available, but there are many gorgeous mechanical masterpieces to look at during your visit. 

Special Kid-Friendly Events in Solvang

20. Danish Days Festival

The Danish Days Festival, held annually in September, celebrates Solvang’s Danish heritage. Kids (and their parents) can enjoy parades, live music, traditional Danish dancing, and delicious food throughout this festive weekend.

21. Solvang Julefest

Solvang Julefest is the village’s Christmas celebration. This festival transforms Solvang into a winter wonderland during December – which is something children love. Your kids can visit Santa Claus, enjoy holiday-themed activities, and experience the joy of the season with their families.

downtown shops in Solvang, CA

Book A Reservation At The King Frederik Inn Today To Participate In These Activities With Your Kids In Solvang

With its unique blend of quaint Danish culture and California charm, Solvang offers many experiences for families with children. From outdoor adventures to indoor exploration, delicious dining, educational attractions, and special events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

So, pack your bags, grab the kids, take a 3D tour of our comfortable rooms, and book a stay at The King Frederik Inn. Our Inn is child-friendly. We have a wide variety of amenities, including a pool, complimentary breakfast, and free Wi-Fi, to ensure you and the kids are well looked after. Contact us here to make a reservation today!

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