Activities for Families with Children
Maybe you think that all the architectural buildings, museums and galleries will have little interest for children. Don’t worry, there are plenty of fun activities that will keep children happy, and maybe even amuse their parents.
If you are thinking about taking your children to restaurants it is good to know that a growing number of eateries now offer children’s menus.
If your children are under six, entrance to most museums and public transport is free.
Below we list some of the best activities to keep your children entertained during your visit to Prague.
Located in the quiet district of Troja, it is probably the best choice. It includes a chairlift which is open from April to November every day except Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 to 18:00. Read more.
There is a puppet theatre that has daily shows for children, but all performances are in Czech – Puppet Theatre Jiskra, Klapkova 26, Prague 8 (take tram number 10, 14, 17, 24, or 5 and get off at Ke Stírce). There is also the famous Špejbl and Hurvínek Theatre – see more at www.spejbl-hurvinek.cz. Other recommended theatres which are generally good choices include: Don Giovanni Marionette Opera and National Marionette Theatre, Žatecká 1, Josefov.
The Vltava river is the perfect place to spend an hour or two pedal-boating with kids, if the weather is nice. We had a great time, pedalling under each bridge and exploring the river. You can rent pedal-boats at Charles Bridge, Mánesův Bridge and Žofín Island (on the Old Town side, also called Slovanský Island).
Seaworld is a vast exhibition space offering a great experience of the underwater world. There are 50 tanks, containing more than 150 species of salt and freshwater colourful fish from all over the world, and a huge coral-covered area of 1000 square metres. One tank has, we presume in honour of Finding Nemo, a clownfish and a tang. Deadly but beautiful scorpion and turkey fish languish, looking like fully sailed galleons, and soft corals billow in the current. It is not only a great place for children to visit; adults will also find it very interesting. website
An enclosed playground on a small island just off the Lesser Town side of the Vltava river. Entry is possible from Janáčkovo nábřeží (Jiráskův brisge), Lesser Town.
St Matthew’s Fair
St Matthew’s Fair, known as Matějská pouť to the locals, is a time-honoured Czech tradition; the earliest recorded festival began over 410 years ago, and although times have changed, the rides have only got better. In total there are some 130 attractions on the exhibition grounds, including rollercoasters, houses of horror, carousels, waterfalls, virtual reality machines, cannonballs, a water world and a ferris wheel. St Matthew’s fair is held at Prague’s Vystaviste exhibition grounds. The opening date will vary each year, but usually it is from the end of February to the end of March. website
The Toy Museum (Muzeum Hraček) is located inside the Prague Castle complex (in the former Count’s Chambers of Prague Castle). It is the world‘s second biggest toy collection, dating from ancient Greece to the present day. It contains toys from all over the world and is a great place to take the children.
National Technical Museum
If you’re put off by the rather uninspiring name, then don’t be, as a visit to Prague’s Technical Museum is a rewarding experience. Without doubt, the most impressive displays are found in the large Transport Hall, crammed full of vintage trains, planes and automobiles. Address: Kostelní 42, Praha 7, Holešovice. website
Mirror Maze at Petřín
Located on the Petrin Hill is a labyrinth with the walls made of mirrors. There is a dioramic picture commemorating the battle of students with Swedes on Charles Bridge in 1648, and a more recently-constructed mirror labyrinth.
This indoor water park is located just about 10 minutes’ drive from Prague-Opatov by public transport. Touted as ‘the largest water park in central Europe’, the facility features saunas, a spa complex, and a fitness centre, along with a variety of pools and nine water slides. It’s an attractive destination for families looking for some summer fun. Directions: bus from Prague-Opatov to Čestlice; distance: 8 km south of Prague. website
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