Cruising Norway With Kids – Stavanger

cruising norway with kids - stavanger children's museum

When I planned to take my my children (aged 8 and 9) on a cruise to Norway, I knew they’d have fun on the ship, but I wasn’t sure how much they’d find to entertain them at the ports. I needn’t have worried – Norway is very child-friendly with plenty to interest the younger crowd.

Our next stop after Oslo and Kristiansand was Stavanger, the third largest city in Norway, with a population of 126,500. It is is a wealthy city, and is widely referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway.

For us, the highlight of Stavanger was the Norwegian Children’s Museum.

At the front of the museum is a historical play park featuring games from times past.  The games ranged from the familiar, like this version of skittles with a ball on a rope…

Cruising norway with kids stavanger museum

…and sjoelbak, which we also played on the (Dutch) cruise ship…

Cruising norway with kids outdoor games at stavanger museum

…to the hilarious…

Boot throwing game at stavanger museum
Boot throwing

…and just plain silly!

Sko blakken at stavanger museum
“Sko blakken belongs to a group of games which often end in disaster. The point is to act stupidly and get people to laugh.”

The equipment for each game is neatly stored in wooden drawers with laminated instructions in both Norwegian and English. We had the place to ourselves so we had plenty of time to play!

The inside of the museum is small but there’s plenty to see, learn, and play on.

Stavanger museum with kids


Princess and the pea at Stavanger museum
Definitely a princess!


Stavanger museum  cruising norway with kids  clockwork toys
Making their own clockwork toys

Back outside, the children (and, for a nanosecond, I) had a go on stilts.

Cruising norway with kids stavanger museum  stilts

A pretty ten minute walk past the lake and the cathedral…

Stavanger cathedral  cruising norway with kids

…led us back to the harbour, where the kids went on an enormous ferris wheel…

cruising norway with kids - stavanger

…and re-boarded the ship for yet more games!

Games on norwegian cruise ship with kids

This post is part of a three part series about taking children cruising around Norway.  On our final cruising day we sailed up the the world’s third largest fjord, the beautiful Hardangerfjord, stopping in at the pretty town of Ulvik – I’ll tell you about that next time.

I’m linking up with Field Trip Friday at Home to 4 Kiddos.

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11 thoughts on “Cruising Norway With Kids – Stavanger

  1. Wow that looks awesome!! The museum was amazing. Thanks for posting this. Norway is a place we want to visit, so knowing it has a lot of things in English is good to know!! We will be going by car, but I think it will still be ok.

    1. Thanks, Claire! I’d love to go back to Norway and drive around, now I know what it’s like. It’s such a beautiful country. My daughter loves open spaces and nature and she said if she didn’t live in England she’d like to live in Norway 🙂

  2. The Children’s Museum looks fantastic! So glad to read about your fun and hilarious adventures there. Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m looking forward to reading part 3!

    1. Thanks, Hwee 🙂 The Children’s Museum was a real bonus, I didn’t expect much more than a quick look around but we were there for hours. Plus it was free!

  3. Oh my goodness!! Forget about packing me in a suitcase, you HAVE GOT to pack my older three next time, they’d have such a blast! And I’d have such a break, but that’s a whole different story!
    What a wonderful, child friendly holiday!

  4. What a great time! We have never been on a cruise….or out of the country. I guess I’m just a chicken 😉 Thanks for linking up with Field Trip Friday!

    1. Thanks for hosting the linkup, Misty! I have a couple of friends who’ve just returned from a year travelling round the world with their children who are the same age as mine – my vacation to Norway feels extremely tame in comparison!

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