Weekend in Prague with the family but need some inspiration on the things to do with the kids? Prague, the City of a Hundreds of Spires is known for its rich culture and incredible Baroque houses especially in the Old Town. It has some much to offer for families with great museums, activities and even plays. The hilltop castle, astronomical clock and ancient bridges create a scene straight out of a fairytale, especially when it is dusted in snow.
So if you only have a few days to spend in the Bohemian capital, which are the top things to do with your kids in Prague? Read on…
1. Papilonia – The Butterfly House
Imagine yourself in a recreated Cambodian jungle with its temple surrounded with real butterflies. This is what Papilonia has done over an area of 150m2 with 600 exotic species.
You maybe lucky enough to see hatchings or see the first fly of a newly born butterfly. This exhibit is certainly unique and will surprise your kids with some much going around them.
Opening Times: Daily from 10am until 8pm
2. IMAGE – Black Light Theatre
The Black Light Theatre produces different shows every week that represent a mixture of dancing, pantomine and illusions. All the non verbal shows are a festival of lights and music that will entertain you and your family for a good hour.
However it is advisable to book your tickets in advance. During its 25 years long existence, it has entertained millions of viewers on its Prague stages. With the same success performed thousands of shows at international festivals and tours throughout the world.
Opening Times: visit their website to see their shows schedule
3. Czech Repubrick
Are you ready to watch your kids jaw dropping in front of these massive constructions made of Lego bricks? Czech Repubrick exhibits hundreds of monuments made of Lego on more than 900 sqm area.
This is above all, the largest museum in the world dedicated to the famous Danish toys that generations have played since it’s creation in 1932. According to the museum website, it tooked 1,885 days to build this exhibit with 2,9 tons of Lego bricks.
Opening Times: open everyday from 10am until 8pm
4. Prague Castle
Built in the 9th Century and extended through other centuries, Prague Castle is, in other words, the most recognisable landmark of the Czech history. It is also featured on the Guinness Book Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world.
The site is very rich of different monuments such as the Powder Tower, the Gothic Cathedral of St. Vitus or the New and Old Royal Palace. The Castle can provide paid audioguides as well as tour guides in different languages.
Address: 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
Opening Times: check their website
5. Kingdom of Railways
Adults and Children will enjoy this huge museum of miniature railways over an impressive are of 3,500m2. Your family will be able to see Prague with a different eye and be amazed by these miniature trains and locomotives passing by the Castle, Charles Bridge or Petrin Tower. If you want to see something different than Thomas The Tank, Kingdom of Railways is really worth to visit.
Opening Times: daily from 9am until 7pm
6. Charles Bridge Playground
Located right under the iconic Charles bridge, this playground is a lovely spot for the kids to play next to the Vltava river, while parents sip a coffee and admire the beautiful views. The playground has all the usual suspects – swings, sandpit etc, plus a climbing wall for little monkeys!
Address: Na Kampě 8, Prague 1
Opening times: 08.00 – 17.00 (winter) or 08:00 – 19:00 (summer)
7. Prague Zoo
Kids love zoos, and Prague’s is rated as one of the world’s top five, thanks to its huge variety of animals and beautiful hilltop location in the Troja area of the city. The zoo is dedicated to preserving animal species all around the world, through conservation projects and breeding programmes. The huge site includes an Indonesian Jungle, and Elephant Valley, as well as a Children’s Zoo where you can feed and pet domestic animals.
Address: U Trojského zámku 3/120, Prague 7
Opening Times: 09:00 – 16:00 (winter) or 09:00 – 18:00 (summer)
8. Vintage Tram Ride
Take a ride on a historic tram dating back to the 1920’s, admiring some of the city’s landmarks along the way including the Castle, Wenceslas Square, and the National Theatre. Soak up the atmosphere and imagine who else has travelled on this historic tram, as you glide around the city in style.
The ride starts out from the Museum of Public Transport where you can admire other vintage vehicles – this is a must for any truck mad toddlers! Children under 6 ride for free.
Opening Hours: Every hour from 12:00- 17:00 on weekends and holidays, from March to November
9. Stromovka Park & Kastanek Playground
Prague’s largest park is wonderful place to escape the crowds and let the kids blow off some steam. So if you have been sightseeing all day or travelling, you will all appreciate the fresh are and tranquil atmosphere here. The popular playground is really well-equipped and includes a zip line, a model tram and climbing frames. There is also a relaxed café next to the playground, so you can have a rest while they play!
Opening hours: 24 / 7
10. John Lennon Wall & Kampa Island
Kampa Island is a peaceful man made island connected to Lesser Town, nicknamed “the Venice of Prague”. Admire the charming waterside houses, soak up the sunshine in a riverside café or head to the large playground, pictured below.
One of the must-see sights on Kampa Island, John Lennon Wall started out as a focus for Prague youth in the 1980’s. The politically charged locals adorned it with murals and lyrics from Beatle’s songs, in opposition to the communist regime. The artwork on the wall is constantly changing, but continues to be an icon of peace, love and freedom. Certainly a great history lesson for the kids, and a chance to get some good photos too!
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