Those of you who have children in Danish schools will no doubt have been told that next Friday (13th Oct) is the Skolernes Motionsdag. For those without kids you may be surprised to see hordes of children running around parks, the lakes and other open spaces on the day. But what is it all about?
The day start with a mass warm up session before the entire school goes and runs circuits around a local open space.
98 percent of Denmark’s primary schools participate in the Schools’ Day of Activity with about 355,000 active students. It is estimated that 700,000 children are participating annually. Together they run what corresponds to around the earth around 35 times.
The School’s Day of Activity is part of the Sunde Children Movement School program , which is a collaboration between TrygFonden and Dansk Skoleidræt. The overall goal of the program is that more children and young people move more and establish healthy habits early in life.
The School’s Day of Motivation was first held in 1982. The idea was fostered by a group of sports teachers who wanted to create a joint exercise event in Funen. Initially, the students only ran , but over the years the event developed to include other activities.
This year schools have been given frisbees a couple of weeks before and there is an associated leaflet encouraging healthy habits in children around eating, exercise and screen time.
It seems odd to have the day when its is a bit cold but all the kids seem to love it. You can watch 2015’s warm up video here – still a big hit in our house!
Read more about the day here
With the efterårsferie (autumn school holiday) starting at end of school on Friday 13th (spooky) there is plenty to keep the kids entertained over the break. Tivoli opens for Halloween that day and the park will no doubt be festooned with spookiness and pumpkins.
Culture Night kicks of the autumn school holiday and shouldn’t be missed.
Lego building at the Danish Architecture Centre (remember to book yourself a place if you want to come in with your child).
Louisiana has events for children in the Children’s Wing
Frilands Museum is a great autumn trip and they have stuff going on during the week
Renaissance Fair is taking place at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør if you fancy a trip further afield
Viking for a day at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde sounds like fun Workers’ Museum http://www.arbejdermuseet.dk/arrangement/efteraarsferie-skaeg-stauning/
Climate Planet is the huge planet installation in the Rådhuspladsen and sounds amazing.
Looking for a pumpkin patch then this post from another local blogger helps. Anya also mentions places for apple picking, which is more of an Autumn tradition in Denmark.
Enjoy the holiday!
I have a confession to make, I love the autumn and wish that this charade of a Danish summer would end and give us the chance to have a new season, where we know what clothes to wear. The Danes have a mini extra season between summer and autumn – sensommer – and it gives you a taste of what autumn is all about with just a little throw back to summer.Autumn has fast become my favourite season, it isn’t as long and miserable as winter but also it lacks the expectation and disappointment of summer. I am particularly looking forward to wrapping up in cosy jumpers, warm coats and boots. Autumn here is often sunny and chilly and gives you the chance to enjoy the season at places like the Frilands Museum and of course, Tivoli. The parks have a beautiful colour to them and the perfect way to get out and enjoy the fresh air before the winter hits us. We also get to experience beautiful sunrises and sunset.
I went to a talk at the Chart Art Festival yesterday and when I arrived at 3.30pm the weather was warm and nearly sunny, fast forward an hour and a half and I was dashing into a coffee shop to avoid the downpour. It was wet and chilly and as it is technically still summer I didn’t have a coat with me. But sitting in the warm, cosy coffee shop with candles burning and the dark gloomy skies outside, I had an almost irrational yearning for the autumn and dare I say it, winter. That’s what hygge will do for you!
Last year when I was cycling my son to school in Valby I would catch a glimpse of the sunrise behind us and think how amazing it must look from Nordhavn station. This year we now use the station every morning at the same time and it has been wonderful to capture the sunrise each day and to track its slow journey into autumn. It now rises a few minutes before we arrive at the station so these shots will be no more until the spring. I have been collection them under a hashtag on Instagram but I thought I would share them here today too.