Spring is springing in Prague and we can feel a hint of warmth on our faces once again. Yippee! It’s good to get back out into the great outdoors and absorb some vitamin D but it’s sometimes a little bit chilly so it’s ok to stay indoors when we need to. Here are some outdoor and indoor fun things for you to get stuck into this Spring…
1. The Botanical Gardens
Getting out and about and reconnecting with nature is important for our mental and physical wellbeing and now that Winter is over, we can take advantage of Prague’s green spaces again. Prague Botanical Gardens– home of the Troja Chateau- is the place just for that with its Japanese Cherry trees, iris exhibitions, ponds, lakes, tropical greenhouse and even a vineyard. The Baroque gardens cover 1750 square feet of land and it’s a picturesque and peaceful location for taking a stroll with the whole family. It’s also conveniently located right next to Prague Zoo if you are looking for a big day trip.
Where? The Botanical Gardens are super easy to get to using public transport. Take the 112 from subway station Nádraží Holešovice to Zoologická zahrada or Botanická zahrada Troja.
How much? Adults: 100 CZK, Children (5-13): 45 CZK, Family (2 adults + 2 children): 250 CZK (Starting prices).
Opening times? November-February: 9am-5pm, March- October: 9am-7pm.
2. Art Gallery for Children
For children aged 2-13, the Art Gallery for Children (GUD, or Galerie umění pro děti) is a unique and exciting gallery that encourages children to use their own imagination, touch artwork and curate their own space. The creative folks at GUD want to make art galleries accessible to all and so give young visitors the opportunity to become artists and experiment with new art techniques and materials, engaging all of their senses.
Where? Nám. Franze Kafky 24/3, Praha 1.
How much? Adult an child: 170 CZK, Families: 270 CZK.
Opening times? Wednesday- Friday (2-6pm), Saturday- Sunday (10am-6pm).
3. Imaginatorium Escape Rooms
For families and groups of children, the escape rooms at IMAGINATORIUM are a brilliant way to develop teamwork and out-of-the-box thinking. Escape the labyrinth of a dragon or step into the magical world of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as you work as a team to solve a series of fun and challenging puzzles and riddles.
Where? Chodská 16, Praha 2 – Vinohrady.
How much? Prices start at 250 CZK per person.
Opening times? 9am-10pm.
4. Farmer’s Markets
How about visiting one of Prague’s Farmer’s markets? The Náplavka market in Praha 2 (Saturdays, 8am-2pm) and the Heřmaňák market in Praha 7 (Every second Saturday, 9am-3pm) have a wide selection of local and wholesome fruit, vegetables, dairy products and gifts and crafts. It’s a good excuse for a wander on a sunny Saturday and you might pick up some tasty treats for your dinner!
5. Traffic Rules Playground
Over in Praha 9 is the fun-filled Traffic Rules Playground– a miniature playground that allows children to play with their friends whilst learning the rules of the road. With miniature motorised cars, scooters and bikes to rent, tiny roads, traffic lights and a gas station, children have the opportunity to safely race themselves around a track without any traffic to worry about. There are even benches and a coffee shop for parents and caregivers to relax.
Where? Jilmová, Prague 3.
Contact: +420 222 592 061
When you don’t fancy going outdoors, why not make a splash in some of Prague’s best swimming pools? Aquapalace is one of the biggest and best pools in Prague with 8 slides, artificial waves and a water river. Entrance costs start at 349 CZK for three hours for children. The Aquapalace is located at Pražská 138, shopping zone, Průhonice – Čestlice, 251 01.
Šutka Aquacentrum is home to one of Prague’s two 50m indoor swimming pools as well as a water river. Entrance fees for adults begin at 125 CZK for an hour and 80 CZK for children under 15 years. The Šutka Aquacentrum palace is located at Čimická 848/41, 182 00, Praha 8. Prague TV have provided a list of some of the other best places to go for a swim in Prague, here.
There isn’t a better time in the year to visit one of Prague’s many beautiful parks. Take a trip to Vysehrad Park in Praha 2 to discover the mythological birthplace of Prague and have a wander through the ruins of an old fortress whilst taking in fresh air and blossoming trees and flowers.
Where? V Pevnosti 159/5b, Praha 2.
Stomovka Park- otherwise known as the ‘place of trees’- in Praha 7 is the largest in Prague and has been open to the public since 1804. Enjoy its ponds, meadows and nearby cafes for when you need to take a pit stop.
Where? Kamenická 54, Praha 7.
8. Art Workshops at the National Gallery
From the 20th February, the National Gallery will be hosting their art workshops and activities for children aged 1-5 years old and their caregivers. The workshops even include a child-friendly tour of the gallery! Follow National Gallery Prague for children on Facebook so that you don’t miss out on any exciting activities. Make sure to look out for upcoming free admission days to the gallery too. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the workshops (workshops are lead in Czech).
Where? Taking place in locations across the National Gallery.
Bowling is a favourite past-time for families in Prague and there are plenty of alleys for you to show off your skills. Head to Bowling Celnice in Praha 1 to spend a rainy afternoon. There are plenty of shoe sizes for little ones, lanes with bumpers and a bar selling a wide selection of drinks and food. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Where? Millennium Plaza, V Celnici 10, 110 00 Nové Město.
How much? 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.
Opening times? Monday-Sunday 12:00- 02:00.
10. Family Festival
Another exciting event to put in your diary is the Family Festival taking place at New Town Hall on 30 March-31 March (10am-6pm). There will be family performances and workshops from Theatre Minor as well as lots of other crafty workshops and fun activities to get the whole family stuck in.
Where? Karlovo nám. 1/23, 120 00 Praha-Nové Město.
Opening times? 30 March- 31 March (10am-6pm).
So there we have it. Indoor and outdoor fun for this Spring in Prague. Before you go, we recommend that you check out Jenny’s blog at The Little Adventurer for even more fun activities for kids and families in Prague.
Prague Youth Theatre
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