Activities for Children in Prague
Prague has fun activities for children of all ages to participate in. Plus there are family friendly restaurants to eat in.
Discover all in our Kids' Guide to Prague below.
Restaurants for children in Prague
Many restaurants welcome children, but choosing the right one can make a difference. Our guide to Family Friendly Restaurants covers the ones families will feel comfortable in, including our favourite, Vytopna, which has a miniature railway running around it.
While kids' menus are not very common, and can be limited even when they are available, waiters will be happy to suggest suitable dishes from the main menu, and may also offer half portions of adult meals.
Smoking is banned in restaurants and other enclosed public places in the Czech Republic.
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 will enjoy the dancing and the lights and sounds.
Puppet Theatre (Marionette Theatre) enjoys a long tradition in Prague. The puppet shows feature life-size puppets dressed in period costume from the time of Mozart.
Black light theatre and puppet theatre are suitable for children of all ages and nationalities.
Prague theatre guide / Prague theatre listings
Prague river cruises
Many famous sights in Prague border the river, so river cruises are always popular with families. They offer a relaxing way to see the city, and to enjoy a meal at the same time.
The lunch cruise and dinner cruise are both informal, and the food is buffet style - everyone should find dishes to their liking.
The boats have inside and outside seating, which allows for space to move around. Make sure you go up on deck as the boat sails under Charles Bridge.
The Funicular Railway runs from the Lesser Town to the top of Petrin Hill. At the bottom of Petrin Hill is a children's playground, on the side is parkland and wooded areas, and at the summit are landscaped gardens and several attractions to visit.
Foremost is the Petrin Observation Tower, which visitors can climb to enjoy terrific views over the city.
There is also a hall of mirrors and an observatory (and small museum) where visitors can view the sun or planets through one of their telescopes.
The ride on the funicular is an excursion in itself, but add in the nature, the views and the Petrin attractions, and this is a good trip to make at any time of the year.
Funicular Railway in Prague
At the front gates of Prague Castle, visitors can observe a Substitution of the Guard ceremony.
It takes place every day, every hour on the hour, from 07:00-20:00.
More elaborate is the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place every day at noon. This ceremony includes a fanfare and banner exchange.
Children often enjoy sightseeing tours, and all our tours of Prague include a visit to Prague Castle.
Changing the Guard, Prague Castle
|For further sightseeing ideas, see our guide to the sights and attractions of Prague.|
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. Several displays focus on children, for example there is a reconstructed school classroom.
Exhibits feature original artifacts from the communist era, including pictures, reading materials, propaganda of all kinds and military objects.
Visitors to the museum should gain a better understanding of communism in general: the propaganda and oppression, but also the positive aspects such as the sense of community.
Younger children in particular should enjoy a visit to the Hamleys Store. As well as thousands of fun toys and games to discover, there are a number of attractions to try out: a mirror maze, mini-racing cars to drive and a carousel to ride.
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.
Bowling Alley in Prague
Fresh cakes at Prague cafés
Cakes & 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 offers 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 below), 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.
Franciscan Garden & Playgrounds
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 13 years. Modern equipment includes a climbing frame, swing, see-saw, roundabout, slide and a large sandpit.
Franciscan Gardens & Playground
|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).
Playground at Charles Bridge
Other Playgrounds in Prague
Charles Bridge Playground is in the Lesser Town next to Kampa Park Restaurant, near Charles Bridge.
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, which boats slides, swings, climbing towers, a sandpit and a zip line.
Address: corner of Opletalova and Bolzanova streets.
|Another children's playground in the New Town is located on Slavonic Island, a beautiful spot by the river, near the National Theatre.|
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 to use.
Kids Playground at Petrin
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 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.
Axa Swimming Pool in Prague
Prague Zoo is forgotten by some city guides, but it is worth a visit. The zoo is located a few kilometres from the city centre and is set around a river gorge, surrounded by rocky cliff faces and rolling meadows.
Among the animals to see are lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, penguins and sea lions, as well as less common creatures 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.
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
Vysehrad Park and 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.