Hola, hola! You might have noticed (or not) that the blog was quieter this week. Sorry! Thea took some tricky virus back home from barnehage and was kind enough to share them with us (awww!). AND… my mom was visiting from Spain and kept us quite busy (on a good way, of course ;), too. So bittersweet week, as you can see. A bit of coughing here, a bit of grandma there :).
But, that didn’t keep us from moving around in search of more plans and activities to share with you. Today I’d like to explain about our day trip to Bogstad Gård.
For the ones that don’t know this place yet, it’s a beautiful old farm situated in Sørkedalen, approximately 20 minutes drive northwest from Oslo. It’s located next to a big lake called Bogstadvannet, which btw was already covered in ice at this time of the year, oh my! The setting is truly beautiful through all four seasons. You might actually have read about Bogstad Gård on this previous post. That was earlier this year during spring.
This time the gardens were all white, covered in a perfect puffy, clean snow ideal for snowmen and snowball fights. We walked a bit around and then had a nice hot chocolate to warm up and some boller to content our stomachs. They have a really nice café with highchairs available, that opens Tuesdays through Sundays, from 12:00 to 16:00.
This time though, we discovered a super cozy room with lower chairs and tables, toys, wooden blocks and even an old doll house and had our snacks there. The best of this is that one of the walls is actually a glass window that allows you to look into the actual farm. This means, children can look right into the sheep stable while playing around. Which kid wouldn’t love that? You can also visit the animals during weekdays from Tuesday to Friday, from 12:00-16:00 and the last Sunday of every month. Unfortunately we missed that yesterday, but at least we got to say “hi” to them through the glass window.
Great discovery anyways! Thea was super entertained with all those new toys and we could relax and chit-chat while she ran around exploring the place. I would totally recommend you to visit during the coming weekends. Actually, there is a Christmas market that will take place there on Sunday, November 27th from 11:00-16:00. There will be Christmas porridge, horse and pony rides in the snow, storytelling and workshops for children. Sounds fun, right? We will definitely try to pop by. Now, fingers crossed for no barnehage virus that weekend!
Other activities you might be interested in:
There’s a museum that shows the way people used to live in Bogstad Gård a few centuries ago. Might be interesting for older children to see how life at a farm was back then. I remember, I used to love these kind of visits to old castles and villas when I was a kid. It was fun to look into the kitchens and bedrooms or imagine those people spending the whole day in their living rooms with no TV. Sorry, couldn't help sharing my childhood flashback there :).
And last, but not least, there’s small shop with typical Norwegian woollen clothes, interior decoration items and loads of Christmas ornaments.
Hope you enjoy it! If you end up going, do let us know how you liked it :).
Café and shop: Tuesday - Sunday, from 12:00 to 16:00
Farm: Tuesday - Friday, from 12:00-16:00 and the last Sunday of every month
Tours of the main building and museum: Wednesdays at 13:00 and Sundays at 13:00 and 14:00
It’s time for some animal fun, again! I’ve been pretty “obsessed” lately with taking Thea to a farm. I feel she’s changing a lot these days and is starting to understand much more, so I thought it was about time to put some ‘real’ beings behind all those “woof, woof”, “meow, meow” and “moo, moo” sounds she’s learning from her books.
Today I’d like to introduce to you Nordre Lindeberg Gård, a small farm in Furuset, just a 15 minute drive from Oslo. The farm itself is not too big, but has a good variety of animals: cows, horses, pigs, chicken, geese, rabbits, goats, sheep and cats. Not bad, right?! Most of them were kept indoors when we visited because of the weather I guess, but you’ll find them outside when it gets warmer again. The animals seemed to be in quite good conditions and were very calm and friendly towards kids. There were a few very funny sheep that were standing by their stable doors and would “baaaaa” at you to come pet them.
I really liked how they had put signs on every stable to tell a bit about each animal: name, age, gender and some other interesting facts. Ok, my one-year-old did obviously not pay too much attention to those details, but other kids seemed really interested. I thought it was a great idea because it taught children that those were not “just” animals, but a being with a background and a name that they needed to treat with care and respect.
They also run some really fun children-friendly activities on Sundays, such as hopping on the hay (how cool is that!?) and horse activities. The hay hopping takes place between 11:00-15:00 and the horse activities go from 12:00-14:30 and cost 20 NOK.
And if you have a rabbit or a guinea pig at home, you’ll love this... Nordre Lindeberg Gård offers to host them while you’re on holidays :). You can have a look at their “hotel” rates here.
There’s a small café that opens Sundays from 11:00-15:00. Oh, and a cute, teeny-tiny hytte with a few books and toys where your kids can read, play or eat their matpakker. And if the weather allows it, you can also sit outside and have a little picnic on one of the many picnic tables available.
Monday - Friday from 9:00 to 18:00
Saturday - Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00
How to get there:
Tbane 1 and 2
Busses 25, 64A, 65, 66, 79, 102, 108, 401, 411
Happy farm day!
Have you ever been to the Norsk Folkemuseum in Bygdøy? Have you ever taken your kids along? I did last weekend and thought, oh my... a one-year old in a museum, this is going to be a nightmare! But we had visitors and they really wanted to go there, so we decided to give it a try. And guess what? We absolutely LOVED it! And by "we" I mean all of us, including little Thea. I found it a great family plan that for once, everybody -from grandpas to children- could enjoy. Oh, and you'll find all the facilities you need for children: bathrooms with changing tables, cafeteria, picnic tables, etc.
Most of the museum is outdoors and exhibits Norwegian houses and buildings from the middle ages until the 20th century. You can enter inside most of the houses, which makes it especially interesting for younger children. They can see how Norwegians used to live back in the days: low roofs, tiny beds, wooden fire kitchens and... no TV or Internet (whaaat?!?! ;). Everything is really well preserved and very nicely exhibited.
Most people working at the museum are dressed up like in old times, so you might run into a local baker or a farmer every now and then, which will make the experience extra fun for the kids. Some of the old shops that show how stores used to look back then are actually selling candy the way they used to. They even serve them in those cute little paper bags (love it!). I bet they will also enjoy that!
But, what did Thea (and me, to be honest) enjoy MOST? The animals! That was a huge surprise to all of us, since we didn't expect to find a farm in Folkemuseum, oh and what a farm! We got to see horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chicken, geese and rabbits. They were really well taken care of, too. The stables were really nice and clean and, most importantly, the animals looked very happy. You might have figured out by now that I'm a big animal lover, so being able to show my daughter animals living in good conditions feels just wonderful.
As you can see we were quite lucky with the weather! I hope September continues like this, so you also get the chance to spend a lovely, cultural and fun family-day outdoors like we did :). Below, you'll find more details about opening hours and prices. And here are some more photos of the super nice wooden houses and the museum surroundings:
May 15 - September 14: Every day 10 to 18
September 15 - 14 May: Weekdays 11-15, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11 to 16
Adults NOK 125
Children NOK 40
Reduced NOK 90 (Groups over 15, retired, studens)
Children under 6 FREE
Family NOK 250 (Parents/grandparents with children)
Have YOU also been at Folkemuseum? What did you like best? We can't wait to hear it!