Need to take your kids out for some energy-releasing activities? How does some climbing, trampoline-jumping or sliding sound to you? I bet it would sound terrific to your children ;).
A few weeks ago we went with another mamma friend, her 17-month-old daughter and Thea to Evetyrfabrikken in Torshov. It’s a huge indoor playground for kids of all ages. They have a pretty big area designated for babies and toddlers and a huge surface with tons of cool attractions for older children.
I have to be honest, at first glance I thought the place was a bit odd/tacky. It looked like a massive indoor gym made for kids -when you put it that way it actually sounds pretty cool-, but overwhelmingly colorful, and massive. Oh, and all that plastic of course! BUT, after five minutes in there I turned into a child myself, took off my shoes and joined the party. Temptation took over and both of us moms ended up crawling behind our little ones, taking turns to try the slides or climb a huge volcano on the top floor. It was a LOT of fun and a GREAT workout, seriously!
It’s a great place to spend the entire afternoon. You just have to pay an entrance fee for the children (adults and babies up until 12 months are free) and spend as much time as you like in there. They also have private rooms where they host birthday parties. Here’s more info on that in case you’re interested -right click and ‘translate to English’ if you don’t understand Norwegian-.
They also have a small café with a few tables and chairs where you can feed your children. In theory though, you’re not supposed to bring your own food. You have to buy it from them, but we didn’t realize until we left, so we actually fed the girls from their own matpakker (oopsi...!). The thing is, they barely have healthy options, it’s mostly chips, fries, popcorn, nachos, waffles, etc, so not ideal for small children. They also have some baby food like smoothies and porridge, which is actually quite handy.
Oh, and about the location... It took us longer than we thought to find it, since it’s not displayed correctly on Google Maps. I usually blame my horrible sense of direction, but I promise it wasn't that this time! So just to make sure you don’t end up walking in circles like we did, it's located right by Akerselva river. The entrance is a bit hidden, it actually looks a bit like a warehouse and it says “hopp i havet” on the entrance. Good luck finding it, brave mamma/pappa!
Every day from 10:00 to 20:00
0 years: free
One year: 75 kr
Children 2-17 years: 155 kr
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