Just over 200km south of Prague, this amazing looking structure allows visitors a unique view of the forest, it’s canopy and beyond. Views extend towards Lake Lipno (billed as Czech Republic’s inland sea), the Sumava Mountains and the Austrian border. It’s actually open all year round, but we happened to go mid-summer holidays when half the population of Czech, Austria and the Netherlands also turned up.
This playful science centre is 30000m2 and the first 3D Planetarium in the Czech Republic. It’s a fantastic place not only for kids but also for parents. What I really like the most is, that it is fun even for the smallest kids. There is a special play area with spongy blocks and I was so tempted to jump in. It is truly education and fun combined together. Make sure you go for the whole day. There is a lot to do.
On the edge of Vinohrady, not far from Hlavickovy Sady/Grebovka is a pretty little cafe especially suited for parents with kids. It’s open to all, even well behaved dogs, but it’s star attraction is a well stocked playroom with glass doors separating it from the cafe. The big difference between here and other places is that there is a babysitter constantly with the children so parents really do get a break from entertaining their little ones.
A common dilemma, how to occupy the family in this cold, bleak winter weather, get some exercise and stay healthy? Due to our location we’ve found one answer - Ice Skating! My daughter was thrilled with the idea, my son less so and me, it was with some trepidation, I had not stepped on the ice for almost 30 years!
This new educational attraction opened on 19.12.2014 So it is a brand spanking new Indoor and Outdoor activity for families with Kids. It is a bit confusing for foreigners so I will do my best to explain how it works. It is a great concept but if you blindly end up here, you will be confused and disappointed. Sure, they do have signs in English, but the staff doesn’t speak English except one Lady-manager, who is not always available. We also organised a birthday party for my Son here, but that is coming in a separate article. Get ready, that your Kids will outsmart you!!
The Czech republic has many skiing opportunities, but it is nothing like taking off to Austria mountains which is just 4 hours drive form Prague. Our family went already 3 times with Kids to 2 different locations. Here are some tips about a family friendly hotels with Indoor playgrounds and more I will talk about two locations: 1. Dachstein West Glacier and 2. Hintertux Glacier - Tux - Mayrhofen
We discovered this Christmas House by chance when driving by. I haven’t seen anything like it in the Czech Republic, only in the US. Actually my first thought was - Americans will love this! It’s an hour drive from Prague and will make an awesome day trip. They have several exhibitions of ALL kinds of Christmas decorations. There are so many that my brain could not comprehend. And of course you can purchase the majority of them. Apart from this they have a cafe and an outdoor Bethlehem. They organise different events for kids, Christmas carol singing, meet Santa etc.
Christmas is on it’s way - despite the mild weather. A big hint are the shopping malls, already draped in glittery decor since the end of October! So with that come Prague’s famous Christmas markets, always beginning rather early in Prague 2 - the Christmas Markets in Náměstí Míru are always the first to open - they officially start Nov 20! And for the ultimate treat, on December 5th head there or to Old Town Square after sunset to witness the Mikulas Tradition. You’ll find a particularly spectacular trio of St Mikulas, Devil and Angel working the square and offering sweets to children who have been well behaved over the year or that sing a song to them.
Following is a list of the more popular Christmas Market spots along with their opening times.
The new outdoor Mini Golf course in the centre of Vinohrady/Zizkov is good fun and reasonably well priced. It’s a nice adult and kid-friendly activity for mild Autumn weather which you could also combine with a visit to the tower or a park visit to Riegrovy Sady.
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.