An increasing number of children in Sweden grow up in urban settings, a fact which has consequences for and challenges the traditional way of conducting urban planning as well as the use of recognised consultation methods. During 2003 a comprehensive consultation project has been conducted in an area in central Stockholm. The exclusive aim of the project has been to focus on children’s everyday environment and to try and enhance its qualities. The assumption is that by improving the local environment parents will feel more at ease with letting their children out on their own, thereby both enhancing children’s quality of life but also reducing traffic when parents no longer need to drive their children to school. The aim of this paper is to focus on this unique project were urban planners have been working together with children, teachers, police officers, youth workers, researchers and people from different organisations to try and find out and describe how children use and value their local environment. It focuses both on the methods used and on the knowledge drawn from the consultation process Via the use of multiple qualitative methods with some addition of a quantitative material, children’s diverse realities have been trying to be understood and enhanced. Via methods such as working with maps and drawings, interviews, walks and photography the children have expressed their views on the local environment. The use of these qualitative methods are described, analysed and discussed in relation to the gained result. The result from the consultation process is a rich material on how children interact with urban space and it reveals a diverse picture of how they understand and perceive their everyday environment. It presents how children use their physical environment in a way that leaves room for continuos interpretation and where most objects have multiple uses. Whereas the meaning of some objects varies from time to time others provide the children with safety and recognition. Further on, it underlines the need for children to be physically active in their environment but also that many children seek solitude and have a need for their own space. It also proves that the social and physical environment for these children act together and form a unity which they explore with all their senses. Heavy traffic, dangerous road crossings, homeless people and drug addicts present the children with a sense of fear that to a certain extent make them feel unsafe but at the same time also attracts them. Finally, the paper outlines and discusses the workshops that local government officials have held in order to try and use the knowledge gained through the consultation process with the children in the physical planning.