Last Saturday morning, as many other Saturdays lately, we found ourselves home with a very common winter-weekend-dilemma... WHAT TO DO?! It was either going outside and enjoy the nature or the park or staying inside. Brrrrr... staying inside, please! But, not at home of course. Well, then where?!
And in the meantime, while we were trying to figure out a plan, the clock was ticking towards our little one's nap time. In these situations you have to think and you have to do it fast! Otherwise you end up staying home all day and by the time you've decided to go out, oops, the sun is setting! Welcome to Norwegian Januaries :).
And don't get me wrong, I love being outdoors, really. But when it's SO cold, and I see myself wrapped in layers, fighting with my daughter because she won't wear her gloves, walking like a penguin to overcome the ice and trying to blow my nose not really knowing how because I've lost sensitivity, my inner Spaniard awakes with a loud "BASTA!". Enough is enough. I respect Norwegian traditions and I admire their "ut på tur" enthusiasm, but as a southern born, one needs to know ones limits. ;)
Anyhow... My mission today is to help those of you who share my January-outdoor-pain, and pitch some fun indoor family-friendly activities to you.
There are many Oslo libraries that have a children-friendly area. Many of them have recently been renovated and look really cool. Most of them offer very interesting activities for babies and children, like story-telling, movie screenings or craft workshops. Last weekend we went to a story telling at Hovedbiblioteket and I found it amazing. Thea pretty much disconnected after the first 2 minutes, but children from 2 or 3 and up seemed super engaged. You can have a look all their children activities here
Oslo has many children-friendly museums. Many might think that it's usually for older children, but I believe even babies can enjoy the experience. It's a matter of visiting is with another pace and different expectations. I would strongly recommend the Natural History Museum in Botanisk hage and Popsenteret in Grünerløkka. This last one even has a children room with a fun slide, pillows and a lot of cool instruments they can play with. I've also heard great things about the Teknisk Museum, but haven't had the chance to visit it yet. Other options that are also on my list: Oslo Barnemuseum, Kontiki and Frammuseet and Film Museum
Always one of my top plans! And I personally find it extra cozy to go there on cold, gloomy days. It feels unbeliavably good being in a warm pool and looking out the window while it snows and blows. Here are a few of my favorite pools around Oslo: Bislett bad, Risenga Svømmhall and Drammensbadet
I've mentioned these in previous posts, but Steen og Strøm or Litteraturhuset have indoor playing areas for babies and toddlers, and are very convieniently located in case you need to run some weekend errands. Eventyrfabrikken or Leo's Lekeland are also an option, but they're usually quite packed during weekends.
What about YOU? Where do you take your kids during these cold, vinter weekends?