Fun Activities for Children in Prague
There are many fun activities for children in Prague, for kids of all ages, and family friendly restaurants to eat in. Of course, children will also enjoy visiting the general sights and attractions
too. For specific ideas, here is our Kid's Guide to Prague.
Restaurants for children in Prague
|Family Friendly Restaurants in Prague
Many restaurants welcome children,
but choosing the right one can make 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 can suggest suitable dishes and may offer half portions of adult meals.
Prague River Cruises
Many of the famous sights in Prague border the river, so our river cruises
are always popular with families.
Most of the river cruises we list are fairly informal. On both our lunch cruise
and dinner cruise
, the food is buffet style, which makes them ideal for families with children - everyone should find dishes to their liking.
The boats have inside and outside seating, so there is plenty of space to move around. And make sure you go up on deck as you sail under Charles Bridge
Prague river cruises
||Prague Theatre and 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
Funicular Railway and Petrin Tower
The Funicular Railway
runs from the Lesser Town
to the top of Petrin Hill
. On the side of Petrin Hill is a park and wooded areas. At its summit are landscaped gardens and several attractions to visit.
Foremost is the Petrin Observation Tower
, which visitors can climb for a terrific view over the city.
There are also cafes, a hall of mirrors, and an observatory; the observatory has a small museum, and visitors can view the sun or the planets through the telescope.
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 all year round.
Funicular Railway in Prague
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 Substitution of the Guard ceremony. It takes place daily from 09:00-18:00, every hour, on the hour.
But the foremost ceremony takes place at noon every day. This is the Changing of the Guard, which includes a fanfare and banner exchange.
Changing the Guard, Prague Castle
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 13 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 hlavní nádraží)
, with slides, swings, climbing towers, sandpit and a zip line.
Address: corner of Opletalova and Bolzanova streets.
Playground at Charles Bridge
Children's Playground at Petrin
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 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 to use.
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
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
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
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
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
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
|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 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 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.