Living environments and learning ecosystems are changing rapidly, therefore urbanization has revised the notion of well-being learning places and spaces. In this study the following question was answered: Which places and spaces are meaningful to children and young people and why? Interviews (N = 21) and group interviews (N = 49) were made; also, a questionnaire (N = 467) was used. Places outside school are important and stimulating, but unrecognized, learning spaces. Unbuilt places between blocks of flats can offer children a natural park to explore. Young people search for informal places to hang around in (e.g. shopping centres and natural areas). Culturally constructed urban everyday life experiences should be noted and taken into consideration in the curriculum.

Keywords: Learning, place and space, children and young people, subjective well-being