This is one of the favourite indoor playing areas amongst moms! And I'm quite annoyed to say, but it took me over 5 months to find out about it... I kept hearing other moms talking about "Litteraturhuset" and how nice it was for babies and always thought they were referring to the café downstairs. And I kept thinking "well, it's nice but they're a bit over-enthusiastic about it...". But no, they were not. They were talking about a super cool children room on the third floor, full of colors, books and mattresses! But before I continue, let me put you in context here...
What's Litteraturhuset? As its name reveals, it's the house of literature here in Oslo. A cultural hub, where they run lots of literary events throughout the year and host different debates, speeches, book presentations, etc. There's also a very nice café on the first floor that serves really good lunch (and yes, it's child friendly, but not as much as the indoor playing area a few floors above ;).
The barnerom (children room) is open to the public from Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 - 14:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 - 15:00. From Tuesdays to Thursdays though, they have private reading sessions for older kids (+3 years old, mostly barnehage visits) and close the room until approximately 12.30. The space itself is suitable for any age between 0 months and whatever the age is where children start to get bored of these type of places (I'm guessing 10-12 years?). Oh, and it's free and anybody can take their children there.
What will you find in there? A big and very bright room with carpet floors, ideal for smaller babies,
and toddlers. There are loads of soft mattresses, piled up like in a movie theatre, where children can jump or just sit on while playing or reading a book. There's also a huge shelf full of children books for different ages with a special section on international titles (Spanish, French, German, ...). And there's no need to bring your own toys from home, since there's a big box with quite a few baby toys and stuffed animals.
Can I feed and change my baby?
Yes you can, but not directly inside this room. Right next to it there's another room full of tables where they usually have a few high chairs. There is no microwave, but I've often gone down to the café and asked them kindly to heat it up. Bathrooms are downstairs by the entrance. The main bathrooms don't have a changing table, only an extension of the bathroom sink that you can use to change your baby on, but it's not that safe. There is a changing table though in the disabled bathroom.
And finally, where can you find it?
Important: they don't allow strollers inside so you'll have to leave it outside. If you have a lock, you might want to bring it along to lock your pram outside next to the bikes. If you don't feel comfortable leaving your stroller outdoors, you can also come with a baby carrier instead. Since you'll have to carry your baby up in your arms or in a carrier, I would also recommend you to pack your stuff in a backpack. And don't forget your pram's rain cover to keep it dry in case it rains.