Norway’s capital city of Oslo is one of the most kid-friendly destinations in Europe. Here are some ideas for great ways to spend time as a family (and learn about Norwegian culture and history) in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Det Internasjonale Barnekunstmuseet
This full-scale children’s art museum (the first in the world) and features art in a variety of media (drawings, paintings, sculptures, textiles, etc.) created by children from over 180 different countries. It’s an inspirational spot to visit for kids of all ages.
Associated with the nearby Frogner Manor, Frogner Park attracts both tourists and locals. Known for its summertime concert series and outdoor recreational opportunities (jogging, skateboarding, picnicking), Frogner is a great place to hang out with the kids.
Hop On-Hop Off Cruises on the Oslo Fjord
Hop on a traditional Scandinavian wooden boat for a one-and-a-half hour mini cruise that takes you past the Akershus Fortress, Bygdøy museum peninsula, City Hall, and Oslo’s new Opera House. The kids will love it and so will you!
Operated by the University of Oslo, the Natural History Museum combines the university’s Geological and Zoological Museums. The exhibits inside are as impressive as the gorgeous art nouveau buildings in which they are housed. Make sure the leave time to explore the adjacent botanical gardens that are as beautiful as they are educational.
A fun way to learn about the history and culture of Norway, this engaging open-air museum features 150 different buildings that depict the evolution of daily Norwegian life over the past 500 years. During the summer months, there are activities every day at the museum. Check the website before to plan your visit.
Travelers of all ages will be impressed by the imposing statue of King Karl on horseback that stands in front of the palace. Be sure to time your visit for the changing of the guards at 1:30pm (daily). The whole process lasts about 20 minutes and is sure to captivate the whole family.
God reise! (Good travels!)
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