Hobbyhorses, 1,000 dots and a bouncy castle – find ideas for the winter holiday week


Vantaa schools’ winter holiday week is on 20–26 February, which is week 8. The city organises plenty of programme for the delight of those on holiday.

Kolme ulkovaatteisiin pukeutunutta henkilöä paistamassa makkaraa Kuusijärven grillikodalla.

See the events for the holiday week. Check Vantaa’s event calendar for more ideas. Please note that the majority of the events are in Finnish.

Events in libraries

The Lego workshops from the autumn holiday are back, so we are inviting you to Martinlaako library for the three-day Lego building event. You can come on one or more days. The workshop has Lego building instructions to help you find inspiration. You do not need to register for the event in advance.

At the hobbyhorse workshop, you will be making a bridle for your hobbyhorse. Hobbyhorse expert Sonja from Semina’s Hobbyhorses will be helping with the creative projects, and you will also get a chance to exchange ideas with other enthusiasts. All the equipment for the bridle will be available at the library. Two workshops with the same content will be organised on 20 February. There is space for six participants in both workshops. 

Story time is a shared moment to enjoy books. It offers a chance to experience nursery rhymes, fairy-tales and stories During the 2023 winter holiday, story time will be organised at Lumo library on 21 Feb at 9.15–10.15am and at Martinlaakso library on 22 Feb 9.30–10.00am. The events are best suited to children over the age of 3 who can already spend a short time without the support of a parent.

Museum events

Spots, dots, blobs – what kinds of artworks can we produce with simple shapes? Come to Art Museum Artsi’s 1,000 dots workshop to experiment how spots can turn into images, routes and even snowstorms. How many dots can you draw? 

The workshops are organised on 21–23 February at 1.00pm – 3.00pm on the ground floor of Myyrmäkitalo. We will be working using different tools on each day. Stop by whenever suits you. The workshop is meant for children over the age of four attending with a grown-up. Free entry, no pre-registration needed. 

The Ready, steady, GO! Exhibition at Vantaa City Museum explores children and youth sports in Vantaa.  Whether you are an individual athlete or a member of a team, you can run, skip or hop through the exhibition. At the end, you will get a chance to make a medal for yourself or a friend. The free exhibition is open Tue–Fri at 11.00am – 6.00pm, Sat–Sun at 11.00am – 4.00pm.


Cultural House Martinus presents three popular animation films as part of its winter holiday film event. The viewings are free, and there is no need to pre-register for the events. 

•    Tue 21 Feb at 1.00pm Raya and the Last Dragon 
•    Wed 22 Feb at 1.00pm Wall-E 
•    Thu 23 Feb at 1.00pm Lorax 

Sports and outdoor activities

We will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday on 21 February at 10.00am – 3.00pm at Håkansböle Manor park. Everyone is welcome to this free event to sledge (snow conditions permitting). Bring your own sledge! At the event, you can also take a look at the outbuilding exhibition and meet the big Chiro bat. At the laundry house, you can participate in wintry crafts, and the playroom is open for little players. The event is organised by Håkansbölen kartanon kummit ry, Vantaa City Museum and Children’s Cultural Centre Pyykkitupa.

During the winter holiday week, you can head out to the barbecue hut by Kuusijärvi Lake. The hut is open on 18–26 Feb at 10.00am – 5.00pm. A fire attendant will be present to keep an eye on the fires. Bring your own picnic. You will also be able to admire Kuusijärvi Lake’s fabulous surroundings. Weather permitting, you can also enjoy sledging and cross-country skiing. At the winter swimming spot, you can dip in the lake and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the smoke sauna. 
Energia Areena (Rajatorpantie 23) provides versatile and low-threshold winter holiday activities for children and their families on Wednesday 22 February at 10.00am – 1.00pm. At the free event, children get to be active, play ball games and jump in a bouncy castle. 

If we get to enjoy the holiday in wintry weather, we recommend that you head out to ski or skate. Even when the temperatures rise above zero, you can enjoy fresh air by, for example, taking a picnic out. Find ideas for an active holiday.

If there is enough snow on the ski tracks, you can pile up the kilometres for the February ski league. You can participate in Vantaan Kortteliliiga’s ski challenge by registering for the challenge on the website. A prize will be drawn among the participants.

Instructed sports activities will not be organised during the winter holiday week, but virtual gym classes will be available from Monday to Thursday. Workouts are led by Vantaa City’s own instructors. Participating in the virtual gym classes is easy and completely free. The holiday week’s programme will be updated at a later date at vantaa.fi/virtuaalijumpat.

Programme for young people and young adults

Versatile activities are available for young people and young adults around Vantaa. Youth Clubs will be open during the holiday week offering young people a chance to participate in enjoyable, safe and substance-free leisure-time activities.

Find out about the variety of options provided at youth clubs and for young adults during the winter holiday week!