Kids’ playgrounds are sprinkled throughout Oslo in abundance. I started noticing this after I became a mum and I really applaud the municipality for their good work. Big and crowded, small and anonymous, with classical elements like slides and swings or completely unique out-of-space structures, everyone can find something fun for themselves. I mean some playgrounds are so cool even I want to – and sometimes do – climb around.
More and more I pay attention to playground design and how much variety, creativity and activity they offer. My son is a perfect test bunny and is more than happy to try out new places. One of our favourites is Sørli Lekepark, just a few steps from Tøyen Torg. This is a very cool and fun playground for kids of all ages, with the biggest focus on climbing. The big black climbing net and the slide are by far the most popular elements, but it can be a bit challenging for kids under 3 years. The playground is surrounded by several big murals and has a genuine local neighbourhood feel, something that is hard (I would argue impossible) to find downtown.
Tøyen can really be a perfect area to spend a Saturday with your family: bike around the neighbourhood to discover fantastic street art, hop for a lunch at Tøyen Torg, climb around at Sørli playground and at the end have an easy stroll in the botanical garden.