Oslo with kids: 12 family activities

You can do a city trip to Oslo with kids just fine, but you’ll really have seen it after a day or two / three. In fact, Oslo does not have super many activities suitable for families with kids, and some activities require you to travel a bit outside the city center. Of course, visiting Oslo with the family is fun when touring Norway. We also visited Oslo as part of a mini tour of Norway and as a result of this visit, we list the best activities in Oslo with kids.

Oslo with kids
Oslo with kids

Oslo with kids #1: Exploring downtown

Oslo has a nice and cozy city center, and you can take a tour of downtown Oslo with kids just fine. Karls Johansgate is Oslo’s most famous shopping street and runs all the way from the central station to Oslo’s Royal Palace. You also have plenty of terraces here next to stores, where you can grab a bite to eat and a drink. From this street you walk to the Royal Palace, where there is the changing of the guard at 1:30 every day. It is nice to take a look at this ceremony at this time.

From this royal palace, you can walk to the lively Aker Brygge district, where there are many hip restaurants near the waterfront, in just under 15 minutes. You’ll also find a beach at the end of this neighborhood, where you can sit by the water with your kids in the summer.

Once you’ve had a drink by the water in the Aker Brygge district, you’ll walk to Akershus Castle in about 15 minutes, where you’ll get a nice view and you can walk along the castle’s city walls. From this castle, it is about a 15-minute walk to Operahouse Oslo, from where you also have a great view of the city. With this half-day walk (with several stops, of course) you have already seen much of downtown Oslo.

Oslo with kids
Oslo with kids

Oslo with kids #2: Amusement park Tussenfryd

You can also go to an amusement park in Oslo with kids. This amusement park is located just outside the city to the south and by public transportation you can reach the amusement park in three quarters of an hour (by car in just over twenty minutes). This amusement park has fun attractions for young and older kids and is Norway’s most famous amusement park.

The park has many attractions that are fun for kids ages five through nine. Kids ages nine through 12 are just in between. The attractions for younger kids are on the boring side and they are still just a little too young for the spectacular attractions. So check the website carefully in advance to see which attractions are all suitable for your kids.

Of course, there are plenty of food and beverage outlets throughout the park, so you’ll have plenty of places to grab lunch at noon. You can easily spend a whole day at the amusement park entertaining the family. Just keep in mind that the amusement park can be very crowded during the summer months. For more information on opening hours, entrance fees and the various attractions, take a look at the Tussenfryd websites.

Oslo with kids
Oslo with kids

Oslo with kids #3: Oslo Summer Park

You can also go climbing with the family in Oslo. The Oslo Summer Park is a 25-minute drive by car from downtown Oslo, and by public transportation it takes just under an hour. Kids as young as three years old can come and climb here. They distinguish in the park between kids smaller than 110 cm, kids between 110 and 140 cm tall, and kids taller than 140 cm.

In all, the climbing park has 11 different courses with a total of 205 different obstacles. You also have 37 different ziplines in the climbing park. They work in the climbing park with different colors and according to the age and height of the kids they may do certain courses. These obviously vary in height and difficulty. Of course, you will also pay a lower price for your kids if they are not yet allowed to climb all the courses.

At the climbing park there is also an eatery where you can get something to eat and drink. Count on spending at least half a day here at this climbing park with kids. For more information on opening hours, entrance fees and different courses, take a look at Oslo Sommerpark‘s website.

Oslo with kids
Oslo with kids

Oslo with kids: family-friendly Museums

You can visit several family-friendly museums in Oslo. Most of these museums have free admission with the Oslo pass. We list the best ones below.

#4 Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology museum: this museum is just outside the city center, but public transportation will get you there in 15 minutes from the center. The museum is really geared toward kids and very interactive. The museum has exhibits on different types of industries such as music, wood and metalworking, medicine, oil and gas, automobile, aviation, telecommunications and computer industries. You can also watch a science show at the museum. Count on a few hours of entertainment. Especially on a rainy day, this is a great option. Please note that not all captions are also translated into English.

#5 Folk Museum: this is an outdoor museum that shows how people used to live. Public transportation will get you to the museum in 25 minutes. The museum has collected more than 100 different buildings such as old houses, churches, barns and other buildings from all over the country from various regions of Norway. In the museum, actors walk around in traditional clothing that ensure you get even more of an impression of how things used to be.

#6 Popsenteret: this museum is dedicated to the pop music and musical arts of Norway. There is also plenty for kids to do here. Kids can make music here and the museum has several play corners. The interior looks beautiful and futuristic, and you walk along a sort of timeline in the museum. There is also a studio of sorts that takes the kids through the whole process of writing, recording and distributing music.

#7 Natural history museum: this is Norway’s largest natural history museum and is located fairly centrally in the city center. You will find many stuffed animals and also several skeletons of dinosaurs in the museum. Near the museum is also a large botanical garden.

Oslo with kids
Oslo with kids

Oslo with kids: other activities

In addition to the activities described above, you have a number of fun activities to do in Oslo with kids. We list them below.

#8 Vigeland Park: this is a fun city park to visit with kids in Oslo, where the park is full of sculptures. We loved walking around this park. That was partly because the weather was lovely. You have several lakes here and several hills you can climb with your kids.

#9 Bajabikes bike tour: you can also explore the city of Oslo with kids by bike. The Dutch company Bajabikes organizes bike tours of Norway’s capital with an English-speaking guide. This bike tour lasts three hours and passes by the various highlights of the city. The company also has children’s bikes and child seats, so kids can easily join this bike tour of Oslo as well. We took a Bajabikes bike tour of Paris with our daughter and found it to be a good introduction to the city.

#10 Hop on Hop off bus: another way to get a quick impression of a city are these buses. In all, the buses stop at 13 different places of interest in the city. If you stay seated for the entire route, the entire bus ride takes 75 minutes. You can buy tickets for 24 hours and 48 hours that you can use these buses.

Oslo with kids
Oslo with kids

#11 Oslo Reptile Park: this reptile park is in the middle of the city and you can walk right to it from downtown. However, it does seem that the animals are in small cages in a bit of a shadowy space. With the Oslo pass you have free admission to this animal park, taking into account that you have about an hour of entertainment.

#12 Sno indoor ski slope: you can also spend a day skiing in Oslo with kids. In fact, there is an indoor track just outside the city center, where you can get there by public transportation in just under half an hour. This is quite a long track and you go up by chairlift. This is also a great activity in Oslo when the weather is not so good for a day.

Oslo with kids
Oslo with kids

Oslo with kids: Oslo Pass

As in many other major cities, Oslo also has some sort of city pass that you can purchase that allows you free access to public transportation and various attractions for a certain period of time. Take a look in advance at what you all want to do with the family and then see if the Oslo pass provides a benefit for your family. For more information about this pass check out the official Oslo pass website.

Oslo with kids
Oslo with kids

Where to stay in Oslo with kids?

You can stay in Oslo with kids just fine. There are several accommodations suitable for families with kids, but you have few budget accommodations. Still, we’ve listed great options for families in different price ranges.

Budget accommodation: Topcamp Bogstad – Oslo

Middle class accommodation: Frogner House Apartments – Skovveien 8

Luxury accommodation: Thon Hotel Astoria

For a list of all accommodations in Oslo, take a look here.

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