our family trip to copenhagen

A few months ago, I got an email from the Copenhagen Tourism Board telling me that they were big fans of Mazzy and Harlow and wondering if we would be interested in traveling to Denmark.

Huh? What now?

Most people don’t know that Copenhagen is a very kid-friendly place, they told me, and they would love to showcase their city through a family vacation.

Ummm…like, you mean, through MY family vacation?

Yes, that is what they meant.

Mike and I traveled to Copenhagen about eight years ago and loved it, but we never considered taking our family there. To be honest, we hadn’t really considered taking our family on a European vacation at all. So far, on the very few times we’ve traveled with them, we’ve stuck to beach resorts and places with kid’s clubs or ski school.

But, obviously, we were not going to let a little thing like “fear of traveling internationally with the children” prevent us from persuing this crazy opportunity!

The next thing I knew I was sitting across a table from two lovely members of the Copenhagen Tourism Board (Rylle and Signe) looking at a slideshow presentation called “Mommy Shorts in Copenhagen.” Throughout, they referenced Mazzy and Harlow like they knew them personally (“We follow you on Instagram!”) and presented a daily itinerary of activities geared specifically with our family in mind.

After watching the slideshow Rylle and Signe put together (which you will see parts of below), I was like— Oh wow. Mazzy and Harlow would LOVE Copenhagen!

Apparently, Copenhagen is well-known as one of the most bicycle friendly cities. They suggested spending a day touring in bikes with carts for the kids and hitting their various ice cream shops. SOLD.

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There is a huge amusement park called Tivoli Gardens right in the middle of the city. I remember it for the scariest ride I ever went on (basically your standard swings ride, but spinning about 200 feet in the air) but there are tons of kid-friendly attractions too, including a famous playground called “Rasmus Klump.” It also lights up brilliantly at night.

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“Since Mazzy and Harlow like princesses, we can arrange for your family to spend one night in a castle that is about an hour outside the city.” SERIOUSLY?!

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There’s also a big art museum called the Louisiana with interactive projects for kids, canal tours, playgrounds, waterside restaurants, the Little Mermaid, horse carriage rides in Deer Park, pedestrian-only streets for shopping, the Round Tower, the Kings Garden, Copenhagen street food, a zoo with polar bears…

And pretty popsicles!

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Are you sold yet? Because I certainly was.

Now. Will all the amazing things to see and do make an overnight flight and jet lag any easier for two kids whose farthest trip thus far has been to Arizona? Probably not.

Can Mike and I spend seven days (+ 3 days in Norway just for kicks) with no additional childcare or school to send our kids off to without losing our minds? I’m not sure.

Will Mazzy and Harlow survive without any of their friends? I certainly hope so.

Will Mike immediately morph into Clark Griswold once he crosses the Atlantic? I certainly hope not.

Will my picky eating kids find something they want to eat in Copenhagen besides ice cream and breakfast pastries? I tried not to laugh when the tourism board presented me with the slide entitled “Kid-friendly Restaurants.”

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Yes, that all looks delicious to me. But I can guarantee Mazzy and Harlow would not even sit at the table with that asparagus egg sandwich. I’ve heard Copenhagen has some of the best restaurants in the world, but I definitely don’t think the girls are ready for a serious dining experience.

I am guessing this trip will have it’s fair share of challenges, but it’s also an opportunity we are not about to pass up. Even if the kids starve, how can they not have fun at a castle and an amusement park?!

Make sure you follow our trip on Instagram (@mommyshorts) and Snapchat (ilanawiles) to find out! I’m sure @insta2yearold and @pinkinyc will have things to say about the trip too.

We are leaving for Copenhagen this Sunday night!!!

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This post was sponsored by the Copenhagen Tourism Board and Norwegian Airlines. You can learn more about what to see and do there here!