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Children's activities in Prague:

There are many fun activities for children in Prague, for kids of all ages, plus nice family friendly restaurants to dine in. Of course, children will enjoy visiting the general sights and attractions in Prague too. But for specific ideas, here is our Kid's Guide to Prague.

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Family Friendly Restaurants in Prague
Restaurants for children in Prague
Family Friendly Restaurants in Prague
Many restaurants welcome children, but choosing the right one makes a difference. Our guide to family friendly restaurants shows the ones that families will feel comfortable in, including our favourite, Vytopna, which has a miniature railway running around it.

The restaurants listed in the guide are all non-smoking or have non-smoking areas. And while kids' menus are rare, waiters are usually happy to suggest suitable dishes or offer half portions of adult meals - Family Friendly Restaurants.
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 fine for families with children - everyone should find dishes to their taste.

The boats have inside and outside seating, so there is space to move around. And make sure you go up on deck when the boat sails under Charles Bridge.
 Prague River Cruises
Prague river cruises
Prague Theatre
Prague theatre
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 nationalities.

Prague theatre guide / Prague theatre listings
Funicular Railway & Petrin Observation Tower
The Funicular Railway runs from the Lesser Town up to the top of Petrin Hill. On the side of the hill is a park and wooded area. At its summit, set in landscaped gardens, is the Petrin Observation Tower, which you can climb. There is also a hall of mirrors, an observatory and a garden of roses and other flowers to explore.

The ride on the funicular is an excursion in itself, but add in the nature, the views and the attractions of Petrin and it makes for a good trip as much in the summer sunshine as in the winter snow.
Funicular Railway & Petrin Observation Tower in Prague
Funicular Railway in Prague
Prague Towers
St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle
 
Prague Towers
And what is a city without towers! As well as the Petrin Observation Tower, Prague has many others to climb. But these are no ordinary towers, the architecture alone will inspire any young adventurer - the Gothic towers in particular belong in a Disney movie!

The best towers are the Great South Tower at St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, which has views from the top over the whole city, and the Old Town Hall Tower for great views over the Old Town - Prague Towers.
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.
Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle
The Guard at Prague Castle
Prague Sightseeing Tours
Prague sightseeing tours
 
Sightseeing Tours & Excursions
Many kids will enjoy one of the sightseeing tours of Prague, which all include a visit to Prague Castle.

Excursions outside Prague can also be fun, for example to Karlstejn Castle, Kutna Hora (UNESCO) or to the Bohemia Crystal Glassworks. And for a more sober trip there is the Terezin Memorial Tour.

On the tours adults can relax and allow a guide to show you the castles and towers, and explain the fascinating history and legends associated with them.
Sports & Activities
Older children may also be interested in alternative ways to explore the city: on a Prague Bike Tour, on a Segway, and perhaps even on a Segway at night tour.

There are also fun and mysterious night walking tours of Prague: Ghosts & Legends and Prague Castle by Night.

Prague Bike Tour
Sports & activities in Prague
Franciscan Garden and Children's Playground in Prague
Franciscan Garden & Kids Playground
Franciscan Garden and Children's Playground
Franciscan Garden (Františkánská zahrada) is a well-tended public park near Wenceslas Square, originally the private garden of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows.

Pathways lead through landscaped gardens of hedges, rose bushes, flowers and grass areas. Park benches dotted around are nice to sit on and eat a sandwich or ice-cream, or for adults, to simply enjoy the serenity.

Franciscan Garden also has a children's playground designed for kids up to 12 years. 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. There is another entrance at Jungmannovo Square (Jungmannovo náměstí).
Other Children's Playgrounds in Prague
In the Lesser Town near Charles Bridge and next to Kampa Park Restaurant is Charles Bridge Playground.

Open: 08:00-19:00 in summer, 08:00-17:00 in winter.
Directions from the Old Town: as you cross Charles Bridge to the Lesser Town, the playground is visible on your right. From the bridge, once over the river take the steps down on your left. Turn right, walk under Charles Bridge, then immediately right again.

There is another playground in the New Town opposite the Main Train Station (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi), with slides, swings, climbing towers, sandpit and a zip line.
Open: 08:00-20:00.
Address: corner of Opletalova and Bolzanova streets.
Children's Playgrounds in Prague
Kampa Children's Playground
Franciscan Garden and Children's Playground in Prague
Petrin Children's Playground
Another children's playground in the New Town is on Slavonic Island, a beautiful spot near the National Theatre. The playground is next to Zofin Palace & Garden Restaurant. So for families a nice activity is to book a meal at Zofin, and afterwards the adults can watch the children play as they relax with a drink.

Finally, there is a playground at the bottom of Petrin Hill, near the base of the Funicular Railway.

All five playgrounds we mention are in the centre of Prague. They have modern equipment with thick rubber mats or sand around the play areas, they are well maintained and are free for the public.
Museum of Communism
The Museum of Communism is the foremost attraction of its kind in Prague, showing what life was like for Czech people, especially children, during the Soviet era. On display are original artifacts from the communist times, including pictures, reading materials and military objects. There is also a 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
Museum of Communism in Prague
Bowling Alley
Bowling Alley in Prague
Bowling in the Old Town
There is only one bowling alley in the city centre. It is located 5 minutes walk from both Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square.

Bowling Centrum Millennium Plaza has 8 bowling lanes, pool tables, darts and table football.

Bowling is not so popular in the Czech Republic, so there is normally no need to book. Just go along and see what lanes are available - Bowling in Prague.
 
Cakes and Ice-creams
There are many cafés, particularly in the New Town, selling fresh cakes, sandwiches and ice-creams.

For a distinguished café, try Café Louvre which has elegant service in historic surroundings. And older children can play pool in the billiard hall. Read more in our guide to traditional cafés.

For a local café, Café Hajek is in a shopping passage off Vodickova 41 (by the tram stop) near Wenceslas Square. Café Hajek is by Franciscan Garden (see above), so if you wish to buy a snack to eat in the park, go to the opposite end to the playground, exit and climb the steps to your right. Café Hajek sells chlebíčky (Czech version of a sandwich), cakes, ice-cream and milkshakes.
Café Louvre
Fresh cakes at Prague cafés
 
Podoli Swimming Pool Complex in Prague
Podoli Swimming Pools in Prague
Podoli Swimming Pool Complex
Prague's largest swimming centre, Podoli Swimming Pool Complex is located just outside the city centre, near the Vltava River by Vysehrad. It is easily accessible by tram.

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.
 
Axa Swimming Pool
Axa Swimming Pool is the finest in Prague's city centre.

An impressive 25m in length, this heated indoor pool is just 10 minutes walk from both the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.

The Axa Swimming Pool is open to the general public seven days a week, but make a note of the opening hours. Other facilities include a sauna, solarium and massage tables - Axa Swimming Pool.
Museum of Communism in Prague
Axa Swimming Pool in Prague
Prague Zoo
Prague Zoo
Prague Zoo
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
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, house exotic fish from around the globe. Observe fish feeding on coral and see a Sand Shark, one of the most feared sea predators. There are carpet sharks, rays with poison-carrying spines and two metre long moray eels - Sea World.
Sea World in Prague
Sea World in Prague
Vysehrad Castle & Park
Vysehrad Park and Church
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.

Children's activities in Prague - what to see and do with the kids in Prague

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