Planning a trip to Scandinavia but you need to know what are the best things to do Oslo with kids? Oslo can offer just as much for children as for adults and the good news is that many of the activities are free, at least for the youngest ones. From winter parks, to outdoor museums and animal farms, activities differ depending on the season. Whether you want to teach your kids about the history of the vikings, make them discover interactive exhibitions or just take them to indoor playgrounds, the choice is wide.
So let’s not wait any longer and go and explore our Best Things to Do in Oslo with your family.
Newest exhibition at the Ski Museums where you can meet gnomes and Tåketrolls. Their wonderful secret is that they make fog and make it disappear so you can see all the beauty behind it.
The kids can play in caves, climb and even meet a tåketroll (‘fog trolls’). The story of the fog people has especially been written for the exhibition and published in two books in 2018.
The ski museum is certainly the oldest in the world and offers 4000 years of skiing history. Here you also have access to a ski simulator and the top of the Olympic ski jump.
Opening Hours: Check website
2. Norwegian Museum of Science & Technology
Absolute heaven for kids enjoying the history of medicine, hydroelectric power, and transport. Here you can also find exhibitions on oil and gas production and music machines. In total, there are 25 permanent and temporary exhibitions, with more than a 100 interactive installations.
In addition, kids can also hold some experiments in the Science Center and the Teknoteket.
3. The Fram Museum
Located on the Bygdøy peninsula, this museum is all about “Fram”, the most famous wooden polar vessel in the world.
The kids will love going onboard to visit the different cabins, lounges, cargo hold and engine room.
Although exploring the ship is the main attraction of the museum, you will also be able to discover a number of exhibitions on the Arctic and the Northwest Passage. Also experiencing the danger of polar expeditions in their polar expedition simulator (Beware: Moving floor and freezing cold).
Opening Hours: Varies check website
4. The International Museum of Children´s Art
The museum displays children’s art from 180 countries through textiles, drawings, paintings, sculptures and more.
The three basic functions of the museum are to collect, preserve and promote children’s art worldwide.
Children and adults can take part in music and drawing lessons.
This museum is full of joy, colourful and inspiring. One not to miss.
Opening Hours: (from 15 Jan 2019) Tue-Thur: 9.30 AM-2 PM
Sat/Sun: 11 AM- 4 PM
5. Oslo Reptile Park
Incredible reptile park in the middle of Oslo. Here you will discover more than 100 animals including all sorts of snakes but also geckos, chameleons, lizards, a poison dart frog, tarantellas, a dwarf crocodile, monkeys, turtles and fishes.
If you happen to be in Oslo on a Tuesday, you can experience the exciting feeding time, and once feeding is over, you get the opportunity to meet a crawling python. Not for the faint-hearted.
Opening Hours and prices: Check website here
6. TusenFryd Amusement Park
If you’re spending a longer stay in Oslo and you want to have a whole or half day of fun, take your kids to this amusement park located approximately 20 km from the city.
They have about 30 rides for all ages, from the ferris wheel for the smaller children to big roller coasters for the oldest and bravest ones. In the summer there’s also a water park, swimming pool and even beach volleyball.
Tip: tickets are cheaper online than at the door.
Address: Fryds Vei 25, 1407 Vinterbro, Norway
Opening Hours: Closed until the end of April check here for opening days
7. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
One of the world’s oldest and largest open-air museums, with 160 traditional buildings from all parts of Norway and a stave church from the year 1200.
The “Norsk Folkemuseum” offers a varied and entertaining program throughout the year, including feeding the farm animals, going for a ride with a horse and carriage and on certain days kids can dress up in traditional costumes. It is seasons depending so worth having a look on their website before going to visit.
They also present permanent indoor exhibitions including folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture.
Opening hours and fees : check here
8. Toboggan run: Korketrekkeren
Looking for an awesome thrill seeking activity? Look no further. Korketrekkeren, Oslo’s most popular toboggan run starts at Frognerseteren and ends at Midtstuen metro station. At the end of the ride, you can catch the metro back up to Frognerseteren for another run. The run is 2000 metres long with an elevation drop of 255 metres. One non-stop ride at full speed takes about 8 to10 minutes, but this is not a competition and you can go at your own pace, stopping whenever you want.
You can bring your own sledge or rent one on site. Helmet rental is recommended and free.
All necessary information here.
Bogstad, a Manor House from the 18th Century with authentic interiors and a beautiful park, is magically situated by the Bogstad lake, just a short drive from downtown Oslo.
The most interesting part for the children is the open farm where they can enjoy meeting farm animals. The main residents are cows, sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits.
The farm hosts festivals for families all year long as well as art exhibitions for local artists. In winter you can also relax by the fire in their very cosy cafe, or enjoy the nicer days on the picnic benches outside with views towards the lake.
Address: Sørkedalen 450, 0758 Oslo, Norway
Opening Hours: The barn with animals is open Tuesday until Friday from October until May.
10. Canoe Tours
Embrace the real outdoors and explore the Norwegian wilderness on a canoe.
Canoe Tours offers different tours from a one day discovery to a 4 day classic expedition.
No matter what you chose, you will be blown away by the amazing scenery of the nature reserve of Østmarka, its lakes, forests and wolves…
Although some of the expeditions can be physically challenging , kids are more than welcome on these tours (ideally above 3 years old).
Don’t worry, a skilful guide will be with you all the way from pick-up to delivery.
They also offer tailor-made tours combining various outdoor activities.
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