Children's activities in Prague:
There are plenty of activities for children in Prague, for kids of all ages. And there are family friendly restaurants to eat in. A lot of the tourist sights and attractions we list on Prague Experience
will interest children, but for specific ideas here's our guide.
|Prague River Cruises
Many of the famous sights in Prague border the river, so our river cruises
are always popular with families.
While the river cruises we list are the best river trips in Prague, they are none-the-less fairly informal. The food is buffet style, which makes both the lunch cruise
and the dinner cruise
ideal for families with children - everyone should find something to their taste.
The boats have both inside and outside seating too, so there is space to move around. And make sure you go up on deck when we sail under Charles Bridge
Prague river cruises
||Prague Theatre & Puppet Shows|
Black Light Theatre is a wild mix of ballet, animated film, illusions, puppets and mime artists. The shows are highly visual, and even very young children enjoy the dancing and the lights and sounds.
National Marionette (puppet theatre) enjoys a long tradition in Prague. A master puppeteers' creations are true gems of artistic craftsmanship.
Both black light and puppet theatre are suitable for children of all ages and
Prague theatre guide / Prague theatre listings
Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle
After climbing the tower at St. Vitus Cathedral, head for the front gates of the Prague Castle
complex to watch the Changing of the Guard.
The ceremony takes place every hour from 07:00-20:00 in the summer, 07:00-18:00 in the winter.
The ceremony at noon includes a fanfare and banner exchange, so this is the one to go for if you can.
Franciscan Garden & Playground
||Franciscan Garden and Children's Playground|
Franciscan Garden (Františkánská zahrada) is a peaceful garden and playground near Wenceslas Square
It was once the private garden of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, and dates from before the New Town
was laid out in the 14th century.
Pathways lead through the gardens, which are landscaped with hedges, rose bushes and flowers. And park benches offer a place to relax and enjoy the serenity, or to eat a sandwich or ice-cream.
A children's playground is situated at one end of Franciscan Garden. Designed for children up to 12 years, the modern equipment includes a climbing frame, swing, see-saw, roundabout, slide and a large sandpit.
Open: 07:00-22:00 in summer, 08:00-19:00 in winter. Directions: from Wenceslas Square walk through the shopping passage 'Palac U Styblu', between Julis Hotel
and Vodičkova street. Another entrance is at Jungmannovo Square (Jungmannovo náměstí).
|Other Children's Playgrounds in Prague
At one end of Charles Bridge
, in the Lesser Town
, there is a playground next to Kampa Park Restaurant
. Open: 08:00-19:00 in summer, 08:00-17:00 in winter.
Directions: if you cross Charles Bridge from the Old Town over to the Lesser Town, the playground is visible on your right. As soon as you cross the water take the first steps down on your left. Turn right, go under Charles Bridge, then immediately right again.
Back in the New Town
, another playground is in the park opposite the Main Train Station (Hlavni Nadrazi)
. It has a slides, swings, climbing towers, sandpits and a zip line.
Address: corner of Opletalova and Bolzanova streets.
Children's Playgrounds in Prague
Two other playgrounds are worth mentioning: one near the base of the Funicular Railway
at the bottom of Petrin Hill
; the other is on Slavonic Island next to Zofin Palace & Garden Restaurant
, near the National Theatre
All five playgrounds have modern equipment with thick rubber mats around the play areas, and they are well maintained, are open to the public, and are free to enter.
Fresh cakes at cafés in Prague
|Cakes, Hot Chocolate and Ice-creams
There are many good cafés particularly in the New Town
, selling fresh cakes, sandwiches and ice-creams.
For a distinguished café, try Café Louvre
: Adults will appreciate the historic detail and elegant service. Children, the delicious taste of hot chocolate and cake. While older children can play pool in the billiard hall. Alternatively, try these other traditional cafés.
For a local café, one suggestion is Café Hajek near Franciscan Garden (see above) and Wenceslas Square
. Directions: From inside Franciscan Garden, go to the opposite end to the playground. Exit, and climb the steps to your right to enter the shopping passage. Café Hajek sells chlebíčky (Czech version of a sandwich), cakes, ice-cream and milkshakes.
|Museum of Communism
The Museum of Communism
is the foremost attraction of its kind in Prague, showing what life was like for Czech people during the Soviet era. On display are original artifacts from the communist times, including pictures, reading materials, military objects and even an entire reconstructed school classroom.
Visitors gain a better understanding of communism: the propaganda and oppression, but also the positive aspects such as the sense of community.
Museum of Communism in Prague
Prague Zoo is forgotten by some city guides, but is certainly worth a visit. It is located a few kilometres from the city centre and is set around a river gorge, with rocky cliff faces and rolling meadows all around.
Among the traditional' zoo animals to see are lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, penguins and sea lions, as well as less common animals like the Markhor and Ibex, which are housed in mountain enclosures.
A chairlift runs within the zoo. From the top there are views over the outskirts of Prague - Prague Zoo
Sea World in Prague
Although small by international standards, Sea World (Morsky-Svet) is the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic, and makes for a pleasant excursion with young children. Allow a couple of hours including travel time.
A series of fish tanks, the largest of which contains 100,000 litres of seawater, show off colourful and exotic fish from around the globe. Observe fish feeding off the coral and see a Sand Shark, one of the most feared sea predators. There are also carpet sharks, rays with poison-carrying spines and 2 metre long moray eels - Sea World
Podoli Swimming Pool Complex
Podoli Swimming Pool Complex
Prague's largest swimming centre, Podoli Swimming Pool Complex is located near the Vltava River by Vysehrad
It is a ten minute tram ride from the city centre.
Podoli consists of one Olympic sized 50m indoor swimming pool, two outdoor swimming pools of 50m and 33m in length, plus a paddling pool for children.
Podoli makes an enjoyable visit at any time of the year, but on a fine summers day it is a lovely way to spend a few hours - Podoli Swimming Pool Complex
Vysehrad Park and SS Peter & Paul Church
Vysehrad makes for a pleasant excursion out of the hustle and bustle of Prague's city centre. Few areas of Prague are as quiet, green and peaceful. It is a good place for a long walk and a picnic.
Vysehrad Park covers a huge area, with different areas to explore. You can also admire fine views over the Vltava River and the surrounding countryside.
The two dominant spires in the park belong to the Church of SS Peter & Paul, which is open to visitors and has an impressive interior - Vysehrad Park
Vysehrad Park and Church
|For further information on traveling to Prague with children, visit our tourist information section, which offers useful tips for everyone: Prague Tourist Information.|