Happy Monday everyone and happy Halloween! I hope you all had a great weekend and got to enjoy the beautiful sunny skies. We finally had a fever-free baby again and were able to spend quite some time outdoors, woho! And, OHHH WOW! How beautiful is it out there! All those leaves on the ground, the colors, the sun shining between the very orange tree branches… I’ll leave it here before I get all romantic, but you got the picture, right?
On Saturday we went for a short walk to Frognerparken. It was so nice and so idyllic that we couldn’t resist the temptation and ended up improvising our very own autumn photo session. We got a few really nice shots and had a lot of fun, so I thought I’d share it with you in case you’re looking for the perfect autumn photo session setting ;).
We went around 2:30pm and got what photographers call the ‘golden hours’, a perfect afternoon light to take pictures in. Thea had a lot of fun playing with the leaves and watching mom and dad crawling on the ground to capture the perfect shot or jumping up and down to make her laugh. Uf, exhausting! But quite worth it :).
If you decide to go, let us know how it went! Oh, and you could also use the chance to pick up some leaves for some cool children-friendly DIYs like these ones.
I hate to admit it, but I’m finding it quite challenging to leave the house lately. The weather and the gloominess just make me wanna turn into a bear and hibernate the whole winter through. I would just wrap myself into a blanket, watch movies, drink tea and eat chocolate the entire day. Luckily I have a daughter that prevents me from doing so. No matter how dark or cold it gets, she always wakes up with a big smile and fully charged batteries, which leaves no room for winter laziness.
That said, once you’ve finally made up your mind and have packed a trillion wool layers, parkdress, boots, gloves, hats, etc. the big question arises… “Where to go?” Aua-aua! Aleeert! And there you are, standing by your door steps with a very excited, very snugly baby wondering which direction to walk. Tic-tac, tic-tac,... every second counts towards your child’s patience! Very soon she’ll demand to be hold or to leave the stroller, so you have to think fast -I’m even getting kind of stressed just by writing this, haha!-.
If playgrounds are not an option because it’s too cold or your baby is still too young, you might want to take them somewhere indoors. I’ve already talked about some of these options in previous posts, but today I want to explain about Sagene Samfunnshus and Nazaar café.
SAGENE SAMFUNNSHUS is a community house that runs different cultural events throughout the year:
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They also host a Yoga school, which offers different types of courses, including pregnancy yoga.
And last, but not least...
NAZAR CAFÉ is Sagene Samfunnshus’ café, located right at the entrance of the building. If you have babies or toddlers at home, you’ll love it! What makes it so special? They have a playing area for babies! Finally, a place where you can release your little one on a mat, right next to your table, without worrying if she’ll spill your tea or through your food to the ground.
The playing area is more suitable for non crawling and crawling babies, maybe even for walking toddlers, but not for older kids. It’s not huge, but big enough, has carpet floors and a quite a few toys. Now... I was not impressed with the hygiene of the playing area. The setup is great and the idea is awesome, but they could definitely keep it a bit cleaner. The toys could need a wash and the carpet should be vacuumed more often. But, would I recommend it? Yes, definitely! If you get really, really stressed with cleanness then you might have a hard time in there, but if not you’ll be fine ;). You just have to look away a bit and think “what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger”, and let their immune system deal with it ;).
The café itself is nice, not the coziest café on earth, but very decent. They offer sandwiches salads and warm dishes at very affordable prices. Oh, and they even have a children's menu (see on picture below). There are sufficient high chairs and there's also a microwave to heat up your baby's food if you need it. The toilets are also well equipped with changing tables and, even though it's preferred that you leave your stroller outside, there's big glass windows, so you'll be able to see it from the inside.
It’s really a great place to meet up with your barselgruppe or even with a “baby-free” friend, as you’ll finally be able to actually focus on the conversation while your baby is entertained.
Café’s Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 23:00.
Where is it? Just in front of Sagene kirke. Busses 20, 37, 54, N20, N54 and 34, stop right next to it.
Have YOU tried any of the activities or been at the café? What did you think?
Oslo mammas, today I’m sending you to Drammen! Why??? To have some pool fun with your little ones! And why traveling “so far” to take a bath? Fair question! Well, to start with, It’s actually not that far, just a 35min train ride. Think about it, it probably takes you as long to reach many other places here in Oslo, doesn’t it? And it’s not “just a bath”, it’s a super fun one! You’ll find:
*A baby-friendly pool where toddlers can walk, since the water only reaches until their hips. It has little fountains, bubbles and even a small water slide (wooow!). The water is warm and it’s really comfortable for parents too, as you can just sit there with them and follow them around. It also has a shallow area where babies can crawl. Thea had the time of her life! Really! She was walking in the water with the biggest smile ever as if I had taken her to water-paradise!
*A warm water pool for adults where you can take your baby in and help them swim around. Thea was constantly walking out and jumping in again.
*Colder water pools with waves, climbing walls and big slides for older kids.
*Regular exercise pool, in case you want to leave the kids with your partner and swim a few laps.
*Steam bath, hot tub and sauna.
There’s also a small café right next to the baby pool, in case you want to feed your child or just take a break from the water.
What else will you find there?
There is a spa on the second floor. I’m not sure this is relevant for us parents, but I thought I’d let you know in case you miraculously manage to find someone that can stay with your kids while you go up there and relax.
There’s a gym, too. But if you have spare time, rather use it for the spa (please!).
And, in case you live close by, you should also know they have baby swimming classes and also offer the possibility to throw children birthday parties.
How to get there?
The easiest is to take a train from Oslo S or Nationaltheatret. There are many trains stopping at Drammen, so just go to your closest train station and check which one is leaving first. It took us 35 minutes to get from Oslo S to Drammen, and 7 more minutes to walk to Drammensbadet. Luckily it’s located really close to the train station and it’s really easy walk there. I would suggest you to use Google maps to avoid getting lost, but basically, when you exit the train station you’ll see a big square. You’ll have to walk straight towards the right and go through a little walking tunnel. Then take it to the left and you’ll see the pool straight ahead.
What to do after?
Well, our daughters were super tired after so much pool action and fell asleep the minute we put them back into their strollers. And since we wanted them to have a nice outdoor nap before taking the train back home, we sat at this Baker Hansen right next to the train station. Very cozy and conveniently located. But if you feel like strolling around and visiting Drammen, have a look here and let us know how you liked it ;).
Monday - Friday: 6:30 to 21:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00
Small children 55NOK
Children / Youth 100NOK
Senior / Student 110NOK
Families sea 400NOK
(More information about pricing can be found here.)