Families are invited to come and celebrate all of the approaching winter holidays at Class Act’s third Storytelling Hour of the school year this Saturday 29 November at Cirkus Cafe. The 45 minute program in English will feature reading, singing, puppets and a craft activity especially for kids aged 2 to 6. Class Acts, is an organisation dedicated to bringing kids and culture together. They stage regular storytelling events, puppet shows and theatre performances around Prague and teach drama to preschoolers at Rodinne Centrum Palecek.
I can say only positive things about this TIME OUT Indoor Playground. What will immediately strike you is the large amount of natural day light streaming in from the windows. The vast majority of ‘Detsky Kouteks’ (indoor playground in Czech) only have artificial light, so this small detail makes the whole place exceptionally bright and cheerful.
The BMX track in Prague 8, is neatly tucked away between the forest and low-lying hills of Cimicky Haj on one side, and the outskirts of the concrete jungle in the suburb of Bohnice, on the other. This state of the art track is managed by TJ Slovan Bohnice Klub BMX. It has played host to numerous high-level races including the Czech BMX Championships in 2000, the European BMX Fall Cup as well as the international Prague BMX Cup in 2002. Several times each year, BMX fans from the Czech Republic and beyond, meet here for official racing competitions. The track is 360m long, a minimum of 5m wide, and has a total of 15 jumps. The last reconstruction of the site took place in 2004 but it is very well maintained and looked after. It is open to the general public.
Great news! There is a brand new indoor playground on the edge of Prague 2 - Vinohrady and 10 - Vrsovice just as the weather has turned miserable. Edik is so sparkly and brand new (it opened in August) the walls are brightly painted, the toys brand new and numerous, the kitchen and bathroom are fresh and inviting too. Much consideration has gone into how to use the space effectively. There are a bank of lockers for your gear, an area for you to park your pram, seating to remove your shoes, a couch for parents to sit on and most importantly a fun climbing house and wide slippery dip straight into a ball pool.
Zofin Garden Restaurant is located next to the picturesque Zofin Palace, a stone’s throw away from the National Theatre building. It sits on Slovansky Island, surrounded by the Vltava River so is a perfect venue during the hot summer months.
Vysehrad sits atop steep cliffs next to the Vltava and back in 1085 it was the fortified royal residence for the King of Bohemia and Poland. These days it’s an interesting spot for both tourists and locals to visit and relax in. The area features lush lawns, huge trees, important architectural sites from various eras, great views over Prague, a range of dining options plus a fantastic kids playground.
I have walked past this playground on many occasions, without even noticing that it was there. It is nicely elevated above the ground and is adjacent to the famous Museum Kampa Gallery. This playground is also quite close to Charles Bridge on the Lesser Town (Mala Strana) side. You need to walk up a few stairs (easy buggy access) to get to the top, and male and female toilets are located directly next to this flight of stairs leading to the actual playground itself.
After interviewing several Prague Home Help Agencies about their services, prices and general customer service I have to recommend Baby Agency as the friendliest and most helpful out of the lot. They even send the baby sitters to you so you can interview them in your home and find a sitter who fits your needs. All the staff at Baby Agency, as well as their sitters speak English and are mainly students. They have no hidden charges or extra payments for weekends or extra children. They can babysit at hotels or at your place of work. The agency provides both one-off or permanent baby sitting as well as Household help.
The Prague Zoo was absolutely devastated in the floods of 2002, the damage that I witnessed and the heartbreaking stories surrounding the flood were significant. But as I now happily wander around the lower areas I often find myself forgetting just what this place looked like during that tragic time. It really is amazing how this little Zoo has gone from strength-to-strength in such a short period of time to the point where it is now officially recognised as the 7th Best Zoo in the World (Forbes Magazine, February 2008).
This playground is so well hidden, that as I was standing right in front, turning in circles I coudn’t see it. It is right in the heart of Prague 1, behind the famous department store Kotva. The best think about it is, that it is so close to cafes, restaurants and shops, that you can plan half of your day around it.