There is something I’ve been struggling with quite a bit lately... How to entertain and keep two kids of such different ages happy with the same plan. My eldest is nearly 3 and my youngest is 7 months old. They are not so far apart in age, but yet there is such a huge difference from a development perspective right now. Their needs and energies are so different at the moment. One needs running, jumping and climbing, the other one needs calmness, floor and sleeping. And both of course need mommy’s arms, hugs, lots of attention and loads of love. And often at the same time! Yep, challenging! (Parent's of 3+ kids, how do you manage?!?).
A few weeks ago we decided to go on a little city excursion and both girls had so much fun that it made my day! Ok, it was Sunday, so daddy came along, which made it a bit easier for me. But still, seeing both so smiley and happy together was amazing so I thought I would share the plan.
We basically walked along Akerselva, all the way from Nydalen down to Grünerløkka. We took the bus up and had lots of fun stops on the way down. There are many playgrounds or barnehage along the river, cozy cafés and green picnic areas. Here are a few spots we really enjoyed:
Next to the Nydalen t-bane stop there is a new and modern space for kids to play. It looks like an abstract, wooden bench but during the entire time we spent there, I never saw any adult using it as such. Only children climbing up and down, playing and using it as a slide. What I liked best was the bike path surrounding this wooden bench. It’s perfect for kids to ride their bikes and scooters no matter what their level is. My eldest has just started and it was great for her to practice, but there were other kids with more advanced skills that seemed to have a great time, too.
I can’t remember what the name of this specific barnehage is, but it’s in Bjølsen right next to the river. Thea saw it when we walked by and, of course, made us stop for almost another hour. But there are even more kindergartens the further down you walk. This one specifically is quite big and has many different playing things. (For those ones new to Oslo, the outdoor kindergarten facilities here remain open during weekends and after closing hours, so your kids are free to play in them.)
Lilleborg is a cute little neighbourhood next to Akerselva. You’ll need to cross a tiny bridge to reach this fantastic square surrounded by these beautifully restored factory buildings. You’ll find a cozy café and a pizza restaurant in case you’re hungry and a children friendly fountain in the middle where your kids can freshen up in during these warm summer days.
We usually bring some snacks with us and improvise a picnic whenever our stomachs demand a break. This green called Myraløkka is one of my favorite ones along the river walk.
Hønse-Lovisas Hus is one of our favorite spots, specially on sunny days. It’s an old cottage with loads of history that now a days sells waffles and has the cutest outdoor terrace. You can have a break, overlooking one of Akerselva’s biggest waterfalls. Great for crawling babies as there is clean and soft grass areas.
I hope you enjoyed the reading and wish you all an amazing July! For those of you staying in Oslo during the summer, we’d love to hear what your plans are in the city! Where do you take your kids during these warm days?