[Updated December 2018]
The winter months are the most magical but they can also be the busiest in the Czech capital. Whilst masses of tourists may be flocking to the Christmas markets (making it impossible for us to move around the city centre!), there are still plenty of opportunities for you to have fun and stay warm in and around Prague. We’ve gathered together some of the best winter activities so that you and your family won’t get stuck at home and can take more advantage of the holiday season.
Looking for ways to stay active without venturing into the outdoors? Then head to JumpPark in Praha 3 and Praha 5, the largest trampoline parks in Central Europe! JumpPark is an indoor space filled with over 400 m² of connected trampolines from wall to wall. It’s a great way for the whole family to have fun and exercise with parking on premises and a chill-out zone selling refreshments.
Opening times: Monday 12:00-21:00, Tuesday-Friday 10:00-21:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:00-21:00.
Prices: Adults 199 CZK, Student/Children 179 CZK, Family 650 CZK. Book online and find out more, here.
Climbing is an activity that uses every muscle in the body and many parts of the brain, improving hand, feet and eye coordination. BoulderBar in Praha 7 is a fantastic indoor climbing centre for both children (aged 3+) and adults. You’ll discover vertical and overhanging walls for newbies and children and steeper walls and horizontal roofs for experienced climbers. BoulderBar also hosts climbing courses for children and one to one lessons and there’s even a bar selling refreshments and for chilling out in. Find out about more opportunities for children at BoulderBar, here.
Opening times: Monday-Friday 08:00-23:00, Saturday-Sunday 09:00-23:00
Prices: Prices start from 100 CZK for adults (for BoulderBar card holders!), 70 CZK for students and 85 CZK children (2.5 hours). Read the full price list, here.
There are plenty of opportunities to get yourself to the theatre this winter. Check out some of the National Theatre’s festive performances for children such as ‘Hansel and Gretal’ (Opera), The Little Prince (Laterna Magika) and ‘The Nutcracker- A Christmas Carol’ (Ballet) and make use of the 20% off children’s tickets deal for morning and afternoon performances.
You should also look at what Divadlo Minor has to offer this winter. Divadlo Minor offers a range of enchanting shows for a range of ages. Tickets sell out pretty quick so keep an eye on their website for performance dates. See the full program, here.
Don’t miss ‘The Nutcracker, a Christmas Dream‘ either which will be performed on selected dates in November, December and January. See this epic ballet, with new choreography from Veronika Iblová at Divadlo Na Vinohradech.
Also, don’t forget to come and see Prague Youth Theatre’s end of year performances. PYT will be performing five exciting plays this December at Divadlo Na Prádle by the Junior and Senior (9th and 10th December and at U Mecanase by the Advanced students (12th and 13th December). From a goldfish fighting against plastic pollution and a pantomime that goes topsy turvy to the adventures of a young Hans Christian Anderson, a 1930s New York mystery and even the Canterbury Tales, there’s guaranteed to be a show that the whole family will enjoy!
Book tickets and find out more about upcoming Prague Youth Theatre productions, here.
Artwork: Lux Nieve
Bowling is a favourite past-time for families in Prague and there are plenty of bowling alleys in Prague to show off your skills! We recommend that you head to Bowling Celnice in Praha 1- a super fun way to spend a cold afternoon. Bowling Celnice has plenty of shoe sizes for little ones, lanes with bumpers and a bar selling a wide selection of drinks and food. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Opening times: Monday-Sunday 12:00- 02:00
Prices: 12:00-15:00 260 CZK (per hour), 15:00-17:00 380 CZK (per hour), 17:00- 02:00 540 CZK (1 hour). There’s a +200 CZK fee if you don’t pre-book.
Yes, it might be absolutely freezing but ice-skating is a great way to get pumped, have fun and get into the festive spirit. Head to the ice-skating ring at Na Frantisku, next to the Vltava river and Jewish Quarter in Prague’s Old Town. This rink is a favourite with locals and entrance fees are 50 CZK and ice skate rentals are 50 CZK per person. Also, check out this article from PragueGo which lists some of the best places in and around the city to skate. There are also some indoor ice-skating rinks listed for when it is too cold to function!
Prague is one of the best cities in the world for winter markets and there are plenty to check out that are free of charge! Head to the Kampa Christmas Market on Friday, 7th December (10am-10pm)- a traditional Czech Christmas market in one of Prague’s best parks- or to the charity Christmas market at St Karl Boroměj also on Friday (2.30pm-7pm) for lots of handmade crafts and baked goods (small donation)!
Other things to check out…
Looking for an extra special gift to give someone this year? Perhaps a new furry friend? On Saturday, 8th December, there’s a stray cat show taking place at Sokolovna Řepy (10m-5pm) which has an entry fee of 35 CZK.
Feeling crafty and creative? Check out these mask making workshops on Saturday, 8th December (20 CZK- book now to reserve a place) at the Colloredo Mansfield Palace or take part in a Wagashi (Japanese confectionary) Workshop at Momoichi Coffetaria on Sunday, 8th December (3pm-5pm) where you will learn how to make lots of fun treats!
Also, don’t miss the traditional lamplighter every night from 4pm until Christmas day who will be lighting the lamps across the Charles Bridge!
Before you go, Jenny of ‘The Little Adventurer’ has also given some lovely indoor recommendations for children in Prague. Get inspired and check out her blog, here!
Find even more winter activity recommendations from Prague Youth Theatre, here.
Header image via Prague.tv, another great source of local knowledge and listings in English.
Prague Youth Theatre
English-speaking youth theatre in Prague. Empowering students aged 3-17 to connect with one another, develop confidence, and create impactful stories. http://www.pyt.cz