What’s going on around the city over Halloween?
Quite a bit!
The change of time, weather, darker evenings aren’t so pleasant but with dress-up parties, crafts and pumpkin carving then lets make the best of it! We’ve tried our best to find as many of the parties going on over the next two weeks. If we’ve missed any feel free to add to our list at the end of the article.
Need some pumpkins before Halloween? One of the popular places to go is Bykos Pumpkin Farm near the town of Beroun. It is best to go on the weekend and to spend a whole afternoon there! Apart from choosing pumpkins for a reasonable price you can ride a pony, see rabbits, turkeys and eat on the spot - pumpkin soup, for example, or an apple-pumpkin strudel.
We kind of covered Sokolovna Pruhonice Restaurant when Larissa attended a birthday party here but it was more about birthday parties at Sokolovna. Recently we went for lunch with another family and it was a blast. A big playground, English speaking entertainers on the spot, a craft room, playroom and a big gym. You can easily spend half a day here and your kids will not get bored.
Guest report by Lee Rose Emery
As an expat in Prague it is sometimes hard to figure out the Czech system, particularly when it comes to kids’ activities. My son has a passion for hockey. But the Czech kids hockey practice is during school hours. So we were faced with the question, “How do we support these kids love of hockey and get them practice and ice time?”
UPDATED: At this time of the year many are inundated with after school or weekend courses for kids. So are there any courses in English? Yes, and the list of activities continue to grow covering artistic, sporting and academic classes for school aged children to toddler and baby classes. Locations are all over Prague, here are just some of the ones that I know personally or are used regularly by expat and billingual families.
I thought I will share with you this tip because many foreigners have asked me about this custom that is hugely popular in the Czech rep. The mushroom season usually begins in May and culminates in early November with the later part of Summer and early Autumn being prime picking season. So you still have a chance to spend a refreshing time in the forest being rewarded by full basket of mushrooms. We went last week and our kids are still talking about it.
We like to encourage our kids to take walks in nature, one way to encourage their love of the outdoors is to pair it with their love of adventure and discovery. This is where Geocache fits perfectly - what many people do not realise is that we are surrounded by hidden treasure boxes - all over the world. So when we head off into the wilderness ‘looking for treasure’ that’s exactly our goal.
Opened since December 2013, Sutka is sparkly clean with something for everyone. This is our choice when the kids are begging for a swim. This venue is cheaper and less crowded than the big Aquapark in Cestlice yet it has enough attractions to keep our kids (aged 8 and 5) satisfied. We don’t need wild rivers and extreme slides so why pay extra for it. At Sutka kids will love the water slides - 5 in total for all age groups.
Finally we made it to this huge Indoor Playground in Prague - Cestlice, close to the famous Aquapalace aqua park. And…. spent a fortune there; what looked so innocent at the beginning turned out to be quite an investment. Yet this is one of the 2 biggest indoor playgrounds in Prague and it’s worth spending a minimum half day here. The playground has both indoor and outdoor attractions over an area of 8000m2.
Many of us regularly have family or friends visit from other countries who are keen to try out the local cuisine. In the past it was tricky, many were smoke-filled dark spaces with deep fryer on overdrive and surly wait-staff. Then along came czech hospoda chain restaurants that challenged others to refine their ambience, quality of food and service levels. One step further is the newish Vinohradský Parlament proving that beer, great food, visitors and kids can all mix in harmony!