Category Archives: Things to do Kids Seoul

Millennium Seoul Hilton Christmas Train

Christmas in Seoul: Top list Guide

It’s snowing and Christmas is just around the corner. Here is our yearly Top theme guide for the Advent season and celebrating Christmas in Seoul in 2016!Dream Forest

 Christmas Traditional Markets

  • European Christmas Market on Dec 10 and 11, 2016 Seongbukcheon Fountain Square
  • German International School’s  Christmas Market on Dec 3, 2016 4:30PM-8PM on the school premises
  • French Christmas Market Dec 10, 2016 10AM-4PM, Ginkgo Park next to the French School
  • Korea Christmas fair in Kintex – Dec 9 to 18th, 2016

Street Lights & Giant Christmas Trees

  • Many illuminations on the facades from the main Department Stores Shinsegae and Lotte Department Stores in Sogong-dong
  • Galleria Department Store
  • Seoul Plaza
  • Times Square
  • Myeongdong Cathedral
  • Millennium Hilton Christmas Train from Nov 22, 2016

Gourmet corner

  • Baking your own cakes and pastries: Bangsan Market with its Bakers’ alley in the Dongdaemun area
  • You may place special orders for your turkey or other Christmas specialty through most luxury hotels (usually their Deli or main Restaurant).
  • Chocolate: There are several small chocolate artisans around the city. You can try CacaoboomPiaf Artisan Chocolatier, Jubilee Chocolatier
  • Food floors of main Department Stores have good selection: Hyundai, Galleria, Shinsegae, Lotte, SSG Food Market and grand classics like Godiva, Laderach, Leonidaschocolats

Shows, Events, Parties & Craft

nutcracker

Ring-the-Bells activities

Seoul’s special Christmas cakes

The Christmas cake has become such a popular item that any bakery launches its own line of Christmas cakes. Just stop by your favorite bakery shop. You can’t miss it;-)mini-christmas-cakes

Special Holidays Hotel Packages

Check out the news pages from all major international hotels. Great deals are usually available for a romantic dinner, stay or spa!christmas-tree-presents-and-fireplace

Special Nature Treats!

Happy Advent Time and Merry Christmas from Kidsfuninseoul!

Seoul Science Park Namsan- let’s explore the fun world of Science!

Three levels of hands-on games and experiences to learn the magic of physics, space exploration, human body, sound waves and more! A great introduction to science for kids of all ages in family or for a school field trip.

Seoul Science Park Namsan
Electrostatic experiment

Come discover Seoul Science Park Namsan branch, a public museum providing interactive introduction to the world of science. The museum occupies the underground levels in the Seoul Education Research & Information Institute building near the Namsan public library. It is a sister branch to the main museum located in Gwanak-gu.

This is a smaller and much more modest venue than the highly recommended Gwacheon National Science Museum. The museum is a bit oldish however it covers a wide variety of science related activities. Our kids had a great time experiencing each discovery corner, whether it was space, physics, colors, human body, forces of nature, etc. It is a good option especially on a rainy day if you are in Seoul downtown area.

You will find dozens of experiences such as: building an arch-shape bridge, playing with sound frequencies, fooling with a kaleidoscope, rolling-ball games, gravity tests, pretend x-ray biking, driving a miniature train, creating a steam twister, flying a balloon using an air-blowing machine, etc. Kids will also be impressed with the human body complexity (check out the 3D transparent models) and how it looks like to have a baby in mummy’s womb. There is also a small nature section showing up butterflies, insects and small aquariums.

You may also want to visit the upper floors in the same building where you will find a Folk Craft museum and a free indoor activity playzone.

Opening hours: Tuesday~Sunday 10:00 ~ 17:00
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Seollal, Chuseok and Weekends during Korean school holidays

Admission: Free

How to get there: From Seoul Station (Subway Line 1, 4, Exit 9-1): Take Bus 402 to Namsan Library (남산도서관). OR, From Seoul Station (Exit 4): take Bus 405 to Namsan Library (남산도서관).

Address:  Seoul Education Research & Information Institute Building, 46, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 소파로 46 (회현동1가) 서울시 교육연구정보원
Tel. 02 311 1276

For more information check Seoul Science Park Namsan website (Korean only)
For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Seoul Science Park Namsan
Eye-catching kaleidoscope

 

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Seoul MMCA 1st Anniversary

Brand new exhibitions across Seven art galleries, Fantastic facilities and kids-friendly staff – MMCA is getting better and better each time!

MMCA Seoul - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; Seoul box; Leandro Erlich Port of reflections

Kidsfuninseoul previously published a first-impressions post about Seoul Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. That was exactly one year ago to the day. This time, we returned during one of these chilly days… brrr! The wide range of art we saw, touched, heard and interacted with, really illuminated and coloured our day!

This was fun, impressive, weird, self-questioning, beautiful, gigantic, unique. Come experience or rediscover MMCA for its 1st anniversary celebration: a highly diverse collection of art in all possible shapes and flavours including photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, sounds and videos.

What you may expect:

  • Located right in the main hall, Seoul box is the flagship space of the museum displaying huge pieces of arts. When it opened, Seoul box was displaying Do Ho Suh’s Home Within Home. Right now, you may admire the poetic, beautiful and mind-boggling art of Leandro Erlich: “Port of Reflections”. Incredible how the optical illusion is almost perfect. Kids had great fun playing and running in the black velvet room just underneath the boats.
  • Seven art galleries, currently running the following exhibitions as of December 2014: 1st Anniversary Exhibition of MMCA Seoul 《Garden》; Human, Space, Machine – Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus; MFV(MMCA Film and Video) SCINTILLATION OR DISAPPEARANCE; MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES 2014: LEE BUL; Rebirth of Place: Expansion & Conflict of the Korean Modern Architecture; Site-specific Artwork Project 2014 <Super Nature>; MATRIX: MATHEMATICIANS _ HEART OF GOLD AND THE ABYSS.

A very lively and inspiring modern art treasure chest, MMCA is however clearly NOT a playground-style children museum. It is mostly appropriate with kids from elementary school and above with parental assistance.

Enjoy a day full of art!

Opening hours :
Closed : Mondays and January 1st
ㅇ Ticket : Until 1 hour prior to the closing time
ㅇ Museum Hours
– Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday : 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
– Wednesday, Saturday : 10:00 am ~ 9:00 pm(18:00~21:00 : Special exhibition is free)

Admission :
ㅇ Admission fee is charged differently according to the exhibition (currently 4,000 KRW for all exhibitions; free under 24 years old).
Please refer to the museum website for details www.mmca.go.kr/eng/
ㅇ Permanent Exhibition is free.

How to get there :
Subway:
– Next to Exit 1, Ankuk Station, Line No. 3 ~ 14 minute walk
– Next to Exit 2, Gwanghwamun Station, Line No. 5 ~ 17 minute walk

Parking Capacity: 384 Vehicles (Underground Level Parking Lot)
– 3,000 won for first 1 hour
– 500 won for each additional 10 minute period exceeding the first 1hours
– 25,000 won maximum daily charge(08:00~23:00)

For localization, see Seoul Maps for Kids & Families

For more information go to MMCA

MMCA Seoul - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; Bauhaus