Ok, it’s not a secret… I’m on a constant hunt for children friendly plans these days. I was already before my second daughter arrived, but I am even more now that the entertainment demands at home have doubled. So when I finally discover a cool activity I can do with both, I get this sudden Super Mom feeling followed by a big and proud “YEAH!!!” .
I got that feeling a few weeks ago. I found this puppet theatre online and thought we could give it a try. I didn't have huge hopes since my last theatre experience with both girls hadn't been that great, but I thought I’d still give it a try. Aaaand... I am SO glad I did!
Please, let me introduce you to Anne. A devote and super creative puppeteer who opens her cozy puppet house in Frognerparken to the youngest nearly every single day of the week. Her puppets are really creative and super cute and she is just fantastic with them.
She has different ongoing shows targeting children of different ages. We went to see Molefonken, which is for kids from 1-6. But there are other shows targeting a bit older ages, too. This gives parents with more than one child the option of taking them all along to the same show, which I think is great!
The puppet house itself is a cute little cottage with a lovely outdoor area with tables. Anne sets it up on a really nice way, so that kids can paint after the show or eat their lunch boxes. There is also a kindergarten yard right next to the puppet house with a slide, swings and other fun toys. Perfect to release some energy after the play!
And last but not least, there is a series of workshops she runs such as puppet making for kids or a “teddy course” for adults.
Check the upcoming shows here and book your tickets.
Click here to see their exact location in Frognerparken (right next to the tennis courts).
If you’ve been to any of her shows or decide to go, please let us know how it went and what you liked best!
Happy August :)
There is something I’ve been struggling with quite a bit lately... How to entertain and keep two kids of such different ages happy with the same plan. My eldest is nearly 3 and my youngest is 7 months old. They are not so far apart in age, but yet there is such a huge difference from a development perspective right now. Their needs and energies are so different at the moment. One needs running, jumping and climbing, the other one needs calmness, floor and sleeping. And both of course need mommy’s arms, hugs, lots of attention and loads of love. And often at the same time! Yep, challenging! (Parent's of 3+ kids, how do you manage?!?).
A few weeks ago we decided to go on a little city excursion and both girls had so much fun that it made my day! Ok, it was Sunday, so daddy came along, which made it a bit easier for me. But still, seeing both so smiley and happy together was amazing so I thought I would share the plan.
We basically walked along Akerselva, all the way from Nydalen down to Grünerløkka. We took the bus up and had lots of fun stops on the way down. There are many playgrounds or barnehage along the river, cozy cafés and green picnic areas. Here are a few spots we really enjoyed:
Next to the Nydalen t-bane stop there is a new and modern space for kids to play. It looks like an abstract, wooden bench but during the entire time we spent there, I never saw any adult using it as such. Only children climbing up and down, playing and using it as a slide. What I liked best was the bike path surrounding this wooden bench. It’s perfect for kids to ride their bikes and scooters no matter what their level is. My eldest has just started and it was great for her to practice, but there were other kids with more advanced skills that seemed to have a great time, too.
I can’t remember what the name of this specific barnehage is, but it’s in Bjølsen right next to the river. Thea saw it when we walked by and, of course, made us stop for almost another hour. But there are even more kindergartens the further down you walk. This one specifically is quite big and has many different playing things. (For those ones new to Oslo, the outdoor kindergarten facilities here remain open during weekends and after closing hours, so your kids are free to play in them.)
Lilleborg is a cute little neighbourhood next to Akerselva. You’ll need to cross a tiny bridge to reach this fantastic square surrounded by these beautifully restored factory buildings. You’ll find a cozy café and a pizza restaurant in case you’re hungry and a children friendly fountain in the middle where your kids can freshen up in during these warm summer days.
We usually bring some snacks with us and improvise a picnic whenever our stomachs demand a break. This green called Myraløkka is one of my favorite ones along the river walk.
Hønse-Lovisas Hus is one of our favorite spots, specially on sunny days. It’s an old cottage with loads of history that now a days sells waffles and has the cutest outdoor terrace. You can have a break, overlooking one of Akerselva’s biggest waterfalls. Great for crawling babies as there is clean and soft grass areas.
I hope you enjoyed the reading and wish you all an amazing July! For those of you staying in Oslo during the summer, we’d love to hear what your plans are in the city! Where do you take your kids during these warm days?
Hello everyone! I'm back! Not only back to my keyboard, but back to Oslo and also back to my own self after 9 months of pregnancy and 7 months of adapting to my new role as a mom of two (moms and dads of 3+ kids, I admire you!!!).
So, what have we been up to lately? Well, shortly after our new little one was born we traveled to Barcelona and stayed there for 4 months during my partner’s paternal leave. I have to say… it's been the longest, most amazing “vacation” we've had together. It hasn't really been a relaxing holidays in the sense of long, calm mornings or naps after lunch of course, but it has been incredible to be the 4 of us together with no alarms and nobody urging to their inbox in the morning. Just us on a Saturday mood every single day. 100% recommended to anyone thinking about traveling abroad during their parental leave.
And what about Barcelona? Super children friendly! I myself come from there, but I had never explored the city as a mom before. This experience has allowed me to discover the most familiar face of the city. Amazing! Loads of playgrounds, indoor playing areas, a lot of children friendly museums, restaurants, theatres, super fun activities for the youngest ones and many cultural options, too.
During my last weeks of pregnancy I took advantage of all the hours spent on the sofa and drafted this Google map where I pinned quite a few family friendly spots. So if any of you is planning a holiday in Barcelona with kids, feel free to check it out.
So what's next? New adventures and new places to discover here in Oslo as a mom of two I guess! I actually have already a few spots I'd like to tell you about, so keep an eye on the blog ;).
Happy week everyone!!!!