We’re another month into 2017 and I’ve been thinking about how much has happened already. We’ve seen brands take political stances, idiots create dangerous products, and more influencers using their platforms. Personally speaking, this year has been pretty hectic for me too. Funnily enough, February somehow turned out to be the month of Moomins for me. I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I did and include some things you can do if you’re a Moomin fan too!
Visit Moominland itself
Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting Helsinki. Moomins creator, Tove Jansson, resided there and there’s quite a few things to see. First of all, there’s memorial plaques and sculptures of the artist herself. I believe some are located within a park, we didn’t go due to the weather. I would love to go back and visit in the Summer.
Swing by the Moomin Shop
In addition to sculptures scattered around the city, there’s a few Moomin Shops too. The one nearest to us was located within the Forum shopping centre. We also picked up a few more souvenirs at the airport as well. It’s quite pricey and you have to really search for some affordable finds. I managed to pick up a few things though!
There is also a Moomin Shop located in Covent Garden.
Have some adventures of your own in London
Until April, you visit Southbank’s ‘Adventures in Moominland’ exhibit. My sister and I visited last month, because I clearly can’t quite get enough of the Moomins right now! We didn’t realise it was more aimed at children until we arrived, but it was still pretty fun. There are adult evening sessions available and in hindsight we probably should have booked one of them. However, it was still a pretty fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Age suggestions aside, the exhibit is pretty cool anyway. The set design is pretty creative; there are times where you have to crouch and navigate yourself through spaces. Parts of the Moomin world are blown up to life size and watching children explore the iconic Lighthouse was sweet. You’re taken on a guided tour and explore the Moomin stories through the life of Tove Jansson. If you’re only familiar with the television show, it’s really interesting hearing about origins of characters. You’re also exposed to some of Jansson’s wider body of work such as satirical anti-war cartoons and surrealist-inspired paintings. Filming and photography isn’t allowed but if you’re wondering whether to go or not, watch this. There’s a chance to pick up more Moomin goodies in the gift shop too. Annoyingly, I found something I picked up in Helsinki at Southbank’s gift shop too!
Get to know the Moomins from the comfort of your home
2014 animated film, Moomins on the Riviera, is currently on Netflix. There is also quite a few episodes of Moomin Valley (with English voiceovers/subs) on YouTube as well. I remember watching this when I was younger before school. This was when I was at primary school, I can’t remember if my sister was at school yet but I’d watch it with her. She was more into it than me, so it was cool to visit Southbank’s exhibition with her. Sometimes I’ll just listen to the theme songs on YouTube as well.