Chances are, your kids don’t have the same appreciation for history and some of Prague’s more sophisticated attractions. So, for their benefit, we’ve prepared 21 of our favorite places to let kids be kids. And, to make it easy, we’ve divided it up with outdoor, indoor, water, and food and drink theme places. Enjoy!
1. Prague Zoo
A day at the zoo has been a favorite family activity for generations and Prague Zoo is definitely on to remember. This world-famous zoo has 10km of routes to explore and has been frequented by the likes of the Jolie-Pitts (we miss you Brangelina). Just a little out of the center, the zoo is easily and cheaply accessible by public transport and offers a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children for 600czk (that’s under $30). There are over 150 different exhibitions where you can see animals from all over the world. While the exotic animals are just out of your reach, your kids can get up close and persona with domestic animals at the ‘children’s zoo’. If you get bored of that, the zoo has a huge play area to enjoy too.
The Prague Zoological Garden
U Trojskeho Zamku 120/3
171 00 Praha 7
2. DinoPark Praha
What kind of park is this? A JURASSIC PARK! DinoPark Praha is the closest we’re getting to the real thing. Located on the roof of the Harfa Shopping Centre, DinoPark features life-size models of various dinosaurs, a paleontological playground with a dinosaur skeleton to be excavated, and a 4D cinema. The price of admission is cheap enough when paying individually, and even cheaper when entering as a family. A family ticket for two adults and two children is just 400czk (about $20) and children under three can enter for free. The park is suitable for all ages and gives a ton of historical information.
OC Galerie Harfa,
190 93 Praha 9
+420 378 774 636
Gutovka is your ultimate tool for entertaining teenagers. This large outdoor recreation center is packed with facilities including a skate park, climbing wall, waterpark and even mini golf. Gutovka is out of the center but there’s easy metro access that will get you there in about 20 minutes so it’s definitely worth an adventure out of the historic center. With so much to do, you’ll keep older kids and teens well occupied and could earn yourself a few brownie points for an epic day out. It’s a seriously cool place but activities are charged separately so be sure to check the prices before promising your kids the world.
www.gutovka.cz/ (Czech language only)
100 00 Praha 10 – Strašnice
4. Paint Ball Prague
Paintball Prague is another one for the teens. It’s a little out of the way so be prepared to either rent a car or take a metro and a bus to the huge center which has a new field for players to enjoy. There are a variety of different games to be played during both the day and the night including an optional addition of archery. You can either rent privately or join open play dependent on your numbers. Regardless of how many of you there are, you can drop by on a Sunday to join in with the public play and make some holiday connections.
159 00 Praha-Zbraslav-Lahovice, Czechia
5. Dětský Ostrov
Dětský Ostrov literally translates as ‘children’s island’. This beautiful little urban oasis contains a playground that is completely fenced in to keep young children from falling in the water. If the kids do want to splash about, there’s a small pool for them to dip their feet and a drinking fountain if they’re thirsty. With plenty of shade, a water spraying mushroom and the cool breeze from the river, it’s a lovely place to spend time outdoors without having to worry about sun exposure and dehydration. If your kids are a bit older, they can venture to another section of the island where they’ll find volleyball and tennis courts, and basic skateboard jumps. This island truly is a paradise for kids of all ages.
150 00 Prague-Smichov
6. Illusion Art Museum & Museum of Senses
Prague is absolutely jam-packed with museums. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go for the best family day out. We’d recommend heading to one of the more unique museums like the Illusion Art Museum Prague the Museum of Senses.
Right in the center of Prague, the Illusion Art Museum explores the history of illusion in art in a way that’s engaging for all the family. Guests are encouraged to touch and interact with the exhibits, ensuring even small children can have a great time without parents having to worry. This visually gripping museum even investigates the selfie and social media, giving teens something to think about.
For a chance to truly play, you can’t miss the Museum of Senses. Their displays make you part of the illusion, with challenges for the body and mind. Not only will you be having a great time, you’ll also learn about how your brain works in relation to all five senses. It’s a mind-blowing and fun experience that you’re sure to enjoy if you’re 8 or 80 years old.
Illusions Art Museum:
Staroměstské nám. 480/24
Museum of Senses:
110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město
7. Museum of Bricks Prague
Who doesn’t love Lego? Well Prague, quite surprising, boasts the Lego museum with the most exhibits in the entire world. There are over 2500 models in the 20 themed parts of the museum. If you can’t manage to see all of Prague on your trip, you can at least see it in miniature form with models including Prague Castle, the National Theatre, and Charles Bridge. Not only are the displays impressive and quite frankly, the coolest thing you’ll ever see, they also explore the history of Lego so you can bond with your kids and show them the toys of your own youth. It’s a great place to let your kids play with all the Lego they could dream of without fearing for your bare feet. Head to the central museum and mention Prague Visitor for 30% discount.
Praha, Národní 362/31, PSČ 110 00
8. Escape Rooms
Escape Rooms have become increasingly popular in recent years, and nowhere more so than Prague. Especially if you’re visiting with teenagers, an Escape Room is a great way to spend an afternoon and get the family working together and bonding to solve a puzzle. Even the most conscientious parents can feel assured that their kids’ brains are still working while they’re on vacation with puzzles to challenge all abilities.
The Chamber is the highest rated escape room in Prague and offers a variety of puzzles at three different Prague locations. For families with children, we’d recommend The Emperor’s Secret. This beginner’s puzzle is based on real events centering around medieval Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV. You can get €10 off this or any other game at The Chamber when you mention Prague Visitor.
If you’d like more of a challenge for your older kids, try Elixir Mystery. This 70-minute adventure is set in a 16th-century torture chamber, where you must figure out how to steal King Rudolf’s elixir of youth. There’s 200czk off this one when you mention Prague Visitor too!
Charles bridge, part of The Kings way
The Chamber: (pictured above)
Medieval Dungeon & Haunted House
Petrské náměstí 1186/1
Praha 1 – Nové město
+420 777 779 005
Mysterious Office & Hacker’s Nest
Praha 1 – Staré město
+420 777 791 112
The Emperor’s Secret
News Town Hall, Vodičkova 1, Praha 1
Praha 2 – Nové Město
+420 775 511 103
9. Laser Arena Praha
So forget culture, forget learning. You’re looking for something to do indoors and the main priority is fun – it has to be laser tag. Laser Arena Praha has nine different game modes and welcomes the young and the young at heart alike. The arena is super central and easy to access by foot or public transport. Your family can decide to team up or play against each other, which reveals a lot about who the family strategist is and who’s got more strength than sense. Even when you’re not playing, the arena’s Alien Vs Predator design makes it a really cool place to hang out. Luckily they’ve got a bar to relax in if the kids want to keep playing once you’re done. Be sure to bring plenty of energy to this one!
Opatovická 160/18, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
Hamley’s is a toy store located in the main shopping area of Prague, but believe us, it’s so much more than a toy store! With a carousel slap bang in the center of the store, it’s difficult to walk in and not feel like you’ve entered an amusement park. The fun doesn’t end there with a mirror maze, giant diggers, racing cars, virtual reality, interactive displays, and even a slide from the top of the store back down to the ground floor. Of course, there are plenty of toys to play with including a massive art section and building area. If you’re less interested in building models and more interested in appreciating them, you can take in the new 900m2 LEGO exhibition. Hamley’s clearly know that once you enter the store, you’ll be there for a while, so they provide a café where you can buy coffee and candy galore. But don’t worry about being stuck indoors all day; you can still make sure your kids get their nature fix by visiting Hamley’s very own butterfly house.
Na Příkopě 14
11. Rent a Pedalo/Row Boat
Undoubtedly the most popular thing to do on the Vltava is rent a pedalo. There are various points along the river bank to rent a vessel and head out onto the water. Designs vary from your standard pedalo to cars and swans, but if pedalos aren’t your cup of tea, most places also offer rowboats. There’s nothing better than drifting along near the national theatre and admiring Charles Bridge and Prague Castle on a sunny day. Prices and rental times vary depending on the rental place and the size or design of the boat. The average is around 200-300czk ($10-15) an hour for a family of 4. A great place to rent a boat is on Slovanský Island which not only gives you perfect views of Prague but is also a great family spot and home of the Zofin Playground.
110 00 Prague 1
12. River Boats Prague
If you’d prefer to sit back and be ferried around the river, a boat tour could be the perfect way to spend the day. River Boats Prague offers various cruises of the Vltava, ranging from 1-2 hours and with food and entertainment options. All cruise tickets are discounted by a whopping 50% for children so if you decide to go for dinner too, you could end up saving money while you get the kids fed and keep them entertained. You’ll see a number of Prague’s major waterfront attractions in one go, giving you a chance to appreciate the architecture without boring the kids and giving you more time for fun family activities!
Nábřeží na Františku / Dvořákovo nábřeží
(under Štefánik bridge)
13. Water Zorbing
If you don’t feel like taking one of our boat options, you can simply walk out onto the water to take in views of some of Prague’s most famous architecture. Water Zorbing Prague allows you to take off across the Vltava at a run in one of their zorbing bubbles or cylinders. Bubble rental costs 200czk for a ten-minute session but believe us, that’s long enough! Water zorbing is a lot of fun but it’s a real core workout. Be prepared to fall down a lot and be prepared to laugh a lot. We can almost guarantee the kids will be better at this activity than the adults.
Smetanovo nábř., 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
14. Zlute Lazne
As a landlocked country, if there’s one thing the Czech Republic is not famous for, it’s beaches. However, the Zlute Lazne resort in Prague boasts an impressive manmade beach and is perfect for a family day out with its designated children’s corner. After an easy tram ride down the river from central Prague, children can safely play in pools and lagoons with plastic toys and paddle boats. If they don’t want to spend the whole day in the water, there are two wooden play areas to enjoy, swing sets and climbing frames, and a large beach sandbox. In addition to their dedicated children’s area, Zlute Lazne often run a program of children’s events. The best thing about Zlute Lazne is the price. For full resort access the cost is just 80czk for adults and 50czk for children and if you just want to access the children’s corner, you pay 30czk for adults and 20czk for kids.
Podolské nábř. 1184/3, 140 00 Podolí, Czechia
15. Biotop Radotin
Biotop Radotin is a huge outdoor swimming area and the perfect place to cool down in the summer heat! If you’re worried about chemicals, worry no more. The pool uses a natural filtration system to make sure the water is clean and healthy. There’s plenty of space out of the water too so you can throw around a Frisbee and play to your heart’s content. With a bar for food and drinks, there’s no reason not to stay all day. Biotop Radotin offers a discounted family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children to use the pool all day for just 250czk (just a little over $10). If you’re paying individually, ticket prices reduce as the day goes on so, try the afternoon if you don’t think you’ll be staying long.
biotopradotin.cz/ (Czech language only)
K Lázním 9
Praha 5 – Radotín
The Výtopna train restaurants are fantastic for families, with good food and a fun gimmick. The food is traditional Czech, but don’t worry if your child is a fussy eater as there are simpler options on the dedicated children’s menu (which also has coloring and puzzles). Your drinks are delivered by model trains that follow a track across the tables around the restaurant. You often have to book to ensure your table, but with two city center restaurants to choose from, you’re likely to get in. Since March 2018, children get a free Výtopna souvenir train ticket, with adults paying a 25czk track maintenance fee for theirs. Perfect for train (or Thomas) enthusiasts!
Náměstí Republiky 1, Praha 1
+420 775 444 554
Václavské náměstí Restaurant
Václavské náměstí 56, Praha 1
+420 775 444 554
17. Vozovna – Stromovka
Vozovna is the perfect place to eat if you’re planning a full day of family activities. This delightful restaurant is situated in the heart of Stromovka park and has space to eat both indoors and outside. The park is enormous, with natural features, zip lines, playgrounds and even a water play area to explore. The park is close to the Výstaviště Holešovice exhibition site, with various other activities to enjoy including an aquarium, planetarium and seasonal funfair. What makes this restaurant so special is its personal Kastanek playground which is one of the best in the whole park. While Vozovna doesn’t have the most extensive children’s menu, it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a full day in the sun.
Kralovska obora 2, Praha 7 Bubeneč
18. Bohemia Boards and Brews
Feeling nostalgic for the days when family bonding meant sitting around the table and playing a board game? Bohemia Board and Brews is the perfect place to go old-school and play a board game with your kids. The cozy bar stocks a huge variety of classic and contemporary board games for adults and children. Although they don’t have a child-specific menu, they do have a range of food options (an inordinate amount of cheese included) featuring some milder flavors for more delicate palates. Best of all, parents can grab a guilt-free beer knowing that they’re spending quality time with their kids. This charming bar is the perfect evening hideaway from one of those Czech summer storms.
Charkovská 441/18, 101 00 Praha 10-Vršovice, Czechia
19. Bowling Celnice
This one is a bit of a cheat because Bowling Celnice is absolutely a bowling alley, but they do make a killer pizza! Bowling is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family and can be enjoyed by parents and kids of all ages. With food that goes above and beyond the expected bowling bar snacks, it’s a great way to spend lunchtime too. Bowling Celnice opens at 12 pm and with the fee for playing increasing as the day goes on, we suggest you head over handy. If you visit for lunch, you can bowl for the lowest rate until 3 pm. Definitely worth a visit if you can SPARE the time.
Millennium Plaza, V Celnici 10, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
Okay so this one doesn’t have any special play area or gimmick, it just has really good gelato. What kid doesn’t love gelato? Amorino is a gourmet gelato parlor serving up exactly what you need to cool down on a hot summer’s day. The flavors range from child-friendly chocolate and banana to the more grown-up coffee flavor. In addition to the aforementioned gelato, you can get a range of sweet treats and drinks including sorbet tea and the most magnificent milkshake you’ve ever seen. Your vacation is for the entire family so there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to treat the kids to a fancy ice cream that you’ll enjoy too! Treat yo self.
Malostranské nám. 38/24, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia