Photo: Santeri Rosenvall - AKK
Neste Rally 2019 takes over the gravel roads and the city of Jyväskylä on August 1.- 4. It’s certainly a hit event for families with children. Buzzing of the engines, unique race atmosphere and entertainment aimed at children will also fill the youngest family members with joy.
On Thursday 1.8. the finest moment comes to the youngest rally fans as they get to meet the star drivers at the event WRC Drivers Meet the Kids at the Jyväskylä Paviljonki WRC Plaza. This popular event is held for the seventh time during Neste Rally, and it includes autographs and pleasant encounters! In AKK’s Flying Finn Tour, all mini drivers have the opportunity to try out karting in a controlled setting at Jyväskylä Paviljonki WRC Plaza from Thursday to Saturday on 1.-3.8
On Thursday evening 1.8. turn your eyes to the sky around Harju and Paviljonki. Midnight Hawks, the aerobatics team of Finnish Air Force opens Neste Rally by showing off their amazing aerobatic manoeuvers.
On Thursday 1.8. and Friday 2.8. Harju special stages are driven right in the heart of the city, where it is easy to go with children. Before the start of actual special stages, you can admire historic car exhibit while Rally Hall of Fame show brings you nostalgic cars from the most legendary decades of Finnish round of the FIA World Rally Championship on Thursday and Friday. The cars are also on exhibition at the Jyväskylä Paviljonki throughout the event.
Fun and games for the youngest rally fans can be found at the Family Lounge inside Paviljonki Rally HQ. All the fast and fun moments will be there: in the Family Lounge you can find for example an air track, activity and obstacle courses, a bouncy castle and a ball game area.
On the second floor lounge of Paviljonki everyone can safely be rally drivers of their own lives. In Digital Motorsport Lounge, friends of motor sport games can try out their own driving skills on digital racing atmosphere. On Thursday 1.8. the Digital Motorsport’s Finnish national final leg competition will be competed in the lounge.
During Neste Rally, you should also visit the tourist information office of Visit Jyväskylä, where you can find rally T-shirts and caps, coloring books and soft toys for the kids. The tourist information office is located at Asemakatu 7 and open from Mondays to Fridays at 10-17 and on Saturdays at 10-16.
Besides Neste Rally, Jyväskylä has lot to offer for families with children. The top summer destinations of The Adventures for Kids site presents many kinds of sporty and adventurous activities. What would it sound like to go climbing at the adventure park or driving an electric car in Laajavuori? Or how about a lovely cruise enjoying the beautiful landscape of Lake Päijänne?