I hate to admit it, but I’m finding it quite challenging to leave the house lately. The weather and the gloominess just make me wanna turn into a bear and hibernate the whole winter through. I would just wrap myself into a blanket, watch movies, drink tea and eat chocolate the entire day. Luckily I have a daughter that prevents me from doing so. No matter how dark or cold it gets, she always wakes up with a big smile and fully charged batteries, which leaves no room for winter laziness.
That said, once you’ve finally made up your mind and have packed a trillion wool layers, parkdress, boots, gloves, hats, etc. the big question arises… “Where to go?” Aua-aua! Aleeert! And there you are, standing by your door steps with a very excited, very snugly baby wondering which direction to walk. Tic-tac, tic-tac,... every second counts towards your child’s patience! Very soon she’ll demand to be hold or to leave the stroller, so you have to think fast -I’m even getting kind of stressed just by writing this, haha!-.
If playgrounds are not an option because it’s too cold or your baby is still too young, you might want to take them somewhere indoors. I’ve already talked about some of these options in previous posts, but today I want to explain about Sagene Samfunnshus and Nazaar café.
SAGENE SAMFUNNSHUS is a community house that runs different cultural events throughout the year:
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They also host a Yoga school, which offers different types of courses, including pregnancy yoga.
And last, but not least...
NAZAR CAFÉ is Sagene Samfunnshus’ café, located right at the entrance of the building. If you have babies or toddlers at home, you’ll love it! What makes it so special? They have a playing area for babies! Finally, a place where you can release your little one on a mat, right next to your table, without worrying if she’ll spill your tea or through your food to the ground.
The playing area is more suitable for non crawling and crawling babies, maybe even for walking toddlers, but not for older kids. It’s not huge, but big enough, has carpet floors and a quite a few toys. Now... I was not impressed with the hygiene of the playing area. The setup is great and the idea is awesome, but they could definitely keep it a bit cleaner. The toys could need a wash and the carpet should be vacuumed more often. But, would I recommend it? Yes, definitely! If you get really, really stressed with cleanness then you might have a hard time in there, but if not you’ll be fine ;). You just have to look away a bit and think “what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger”, and let their immune system deal with it ;).
The café itself is nice, not the coziest café on earth, but very decent. They offer sandwiches salads and warm dishes at very affordable prices. Oh, and they even have a children's menu (see on picture below). There are sufficient high chairs and there's also a microwave to heat up your baby's food if you need it. The toilets are also well equipped with changing tables and, even though it's preferred that you leave your stroller outside, there's big glass windows, so you'll be able to see it from the inside.
It’s really a great place to meet up with your barselgruppe or even with a “baby-free” friend, as you’ll finally be able to actually focus on the conversation while your baby is entertained.
Café’s Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 23:00.
Where is it? Just in front of Sagene kirke. Busses 20, 37, 54, N20, N54 and 34, stop right next to it.
Have YOU tried any of the activities or been at the café? What did you think?