My daughter is in her second year of school, sadly, one activity lacking in Czech schools seems to be drama. Fantastic for free thought, expression and creativity - it’s a great skill to carry you through life and as Lucie is full of drama and loves to dance, I decided to enrol her with Prague Youth Theatre. I’m happy to say that she loves it, it’s given her confidence and spurred on her reading and language skills in English. A big win-win for us!
Guest report by Lee Rose Emery
When you think of Sunday brunch in Prague, a high-end hotel may come to mind. While great for special occasions, a regular weekend spend of 1000czk a person may not be something you are willing to go for. But there are a number of cozy brunch spots that you may not be aware of that won’t break the bank, and offer a lovely way to spend the morning with friends or family. Here are my top favorites. I tend to gravitate towards the spots with a relaxing atmosphere, and in addition to lunch items, serve a variety of eggs dishes which my kids will actually eat, and of course, an endless supply of great coffee.
I wanted to surprise my kids with a mysterious trip out of Prague, just me and them. After some research on the web I decided to take them to the town of Tábor , an hour away from Prague to visit a Chocolate and Marzipan Museum. If the Museum wasn’t such a hit then they also have a Haunted Dungeon right on the main square and also Fairy Land as plan B. Both worked out great and we had an awesome time despite the rainy weather. We stayed at the Hotel Palcat with Spa and a kids bowling lane. A truly appealing weekend for the kids.
I’d like to share one of our regular family excursions to the village of Pruhonice. This picturesque town is just out of Prague off the main freeway to Brno and is dominated by a big castle within massive parkland featuring lakes, rivers and pathways suitable for smaller kids on bikes and prams. This time of the year, it would have to be one of my favourite places - the trees are awash with colour, the air fresh and grass (still) green. Afterwards, we have lunch at Pizza Coloseum, an extremely family-friendly restaurant with kids corner, menus and clown entertainment on weekends.
Opened last week after extensive renovations, Střelecký Ostrov is a magic place to admire Prague’s beautiful topography and architecture from a completely new perspective. Access has been improved, particularly with the addition of a lift and for families the new obstacle course playground is a real drawcard.
Guest Report by Tatiana C.
We have lived in Prague for 3 years now and have celebrated our first daughter’s second and fourth birthdays at The Little Mole. The first time we had an Easter themed party and just recently we had a more elaborate party that included cupcake decorations. The Little Mole is an English nursery and preschool in Prague 2 and it is a great party place for us because you can use both their inside and outside areas. It’s also centrally located in Vinohrady with easy public transportation access and easy parking outside of the park.
Just over 1 hour from Prague the chateau at Detěnice has daily Knight’s Tournaments (except Mondays) throughout July and August. This is a professionally run show complete with tents, flags, shields, horses in costume, a jester, a ringmaster and of course the magnificent knights in full armour. We made the trek out here on a Sunday - learn from our mistake and come out on another day.
Morsky Svet which translates as Sea World in English is located on the right hand-side of the main entrance to the expansive ‘Vystaviste’, or exhibition grounds in Holesovice, Prague 7. It prides itself on being the largest aquarium in the Czech Republic and attracts more than 80 000 visitors per year.
Kralupy is very close to Prague 6 and nearby villages such as Horomerice, Velke Prilepy, Cerny Vul - popular localities for expats to settle in. Route Planner says it is 31km away from Prague’s city border, so this is most probably the closest outdoor swimming place (koupaliste in Czech) for people in this area. Surprisingly it’s a very nice swimming complex providing a better experience than most of Prague’s swimming pools. It has recently undergone major reconstruction and the results are great. We live at Prague 5 and it took us just 25 min by car to get there. This place and Kladno are now our favourite swimming places.
How to best handle the heat wave of the past few days? WATER !!! If you don’t want to compete for space with crowds in Prague’s swimming pools and if you are tired of chlorine then try the Sand Lakes. Here is a list of sand lakes in close proximity to Prague. That way you can avoid hitting someone when spreading your arms to swim or in turn avoid getting hit by other swimmers around you. I have gone to 2 swim centres here in Prague lately and I was happy to have 1sq.m of water to stand in. The natural swimming pools have mostly pure water and give you lots of space. Most of the lakes are operational from May-September.