Vantaa has 14 youth centres where you can spend time and engage in a variety of activities. At a youth centre, you can play games, do crafts, exercise and play sports, cook, participate in hobby groups and workshops, or just hang out. Youth centres also offer cultural activities from music and dance to visual and performing arts. Meet up with your friends and make new ones. In addition, youth centres organise events with the help of young people.
The activities are free, voluntary and open to all. Young people are actively involved in the planning of youth centre activities. Vantaa's youth centres are safe and intoxicant-free recreational facilities. Youth centres employ professional youth workers with whom young people can chat with and ask for tips and advice or even help with studying and job-hunting. Youth centre activities are intended for young people aged 10–17. The activities are organised in afternoons and evenings and at weekends.
Vantaa has two gaming houses and several gaming rooms connected to different youth centres. In addition to activities that are open to all, the gaming houses also organise small group activities, theme nights, events and live streaming sessions. All gaming house activities are educational and supervised by a professional youth worker. Official age limit recommendations are always observed. Young people are welcome to discuss games and their content, emotions raised by games, and other experiences related to gaming. The gaming houses are located at the youth centres of Tikkurila and Myyrmäki. Gaming activities are also organised in Länsimäki, Pähkinärinne, Kannisto, Martinlaakso, Havukoski and Korso.
Digital youth work is an important area of youth work. Youth workers reach out to young people and share information about youth services on social media. Youth workers are also active on various digital platforms, such as Habbo and Discord. Youth workers also use national digital services.
To participate in youth centre activities, you need a free member card. Your guardian can submit the application for a member card. Once the application is approved, you will receive an SMS message with a link to a QR code. The code serves as your youth centre member card. You can save the code to the home menu of your phone for easy access. To renew the member card, send the application again.
During school holidays, we offer young people fun activities, including camps, excursions and events. Youth centres are open during holiday periods and offer young people a fun and safe place to enjoy their holidays. The type of activities offered vary by region. Local youth organisations organise a wide range of activities during holiday periods for children and young people as well.
For up-to-date information on holiday activities, please refer to the news section and follow youth centres on social media.