It’s official, the fall is here! The streets are covered in leaves again, the trees have turned orange and pumpkins have conquered the vegetable stores. It’s time for warm soups, wool sweaters and long walks in the park holding a warm cup of coffee. Well, the “warm cup of coffee” part was me daydreaming for a moment ;). The truth is, there’s no room for warm coffees or relaxing walks in the park in my new mommy routine. And you know what? I’m ok with it (at least most of the time ;).
I remember, when I used to think of a park I had this romantic image in my mind: birds singing, people reading books under the trees.... This has definitely been replaced now by water puddles, sand, grass stains on the knees, barking dogs and kids running wild. But, I've also discovered how much fun all that can be. Yes, it's exhausting too, but so worth it! Parks give us a chance to stay in touch with nature, breathe fresh air, climb trees, search for bugs, roll down the hill and build snowmen during the winter.
Luckily for us, Oslo has quite a few really nice parks spread around the city. A few weekends ago, we went to Botanisk Hage, one of my favourite ones. We used to come here all the time when I was pregnant, since it was quite close to home. I thought I knew it quite well, but apparently not. Now with Thea, I'm totally re-discovering it, and it's amazing! It has so many hidden corners and fun places for kids to play and jump around. There is no playground directly inside, but to be honest, I didn't really miss it. You'll see on the pictures below, but you can find waterfalls, a really cool viking garden inside a viking ship, gigantic mushroom sculptures and other fun figures and much more.
And they often organise special events too, which are usually very family friendly. When we last visited, for instance, they were celebrating some sort of onion and apple festival (I know... sounds weird, but was great fun!). It was really cute and we actually ended up buying a 3 liter apple juice box.
Anyhow, I would strongly encourage you to keep an eye on their website and keep tuned for coming events. There is a food festival taking place next Sunday, October 16th, and they will also have a Christmas market later this year.
There's also a really nice café that serves sandwiches and really yummy boller. They have a super nice outdoor sitting area, but it's also quite cozy inside for chilly days. They have high chairs and changing table in the bathroom.
And if your kids reaaally missed the swings and some playground action, there is a very cozy one right outside the park's main entrances (Tøyengata/Hagegata):
And YOU? What's your favourite park in Oslo?
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