This is probably the biggest kid’s theme park in the Czech Republic after Prague’s Matejska Pout. Yet this park is open 7 days a week throughout out the whole year. Admission to the park is free as well as many attractions so you just pay for the desired attractions. The amusement park is a part of Excalibur City – a duty free shopping mall on the Czech border with Austria in South Moravia near to Znojmo - famous for it’s wine.
Mommies can go shopping, kids can enjoy the fun park and Dads… well, they can supervise the kids and take care of the bill, right? :-)
Guest report by Karina B., from Bumps, Babies & Tots
A friend recently told me about Yak Yeti, a newly opened Tibetan/Nepalese restaurant that, frankly, sounded too good to be true. A nice, reasonably priced restaurant (check), in Vinohrady (check), with a decent kids’ corner (check) and friendly helpful staff (check). This needed to be checked out - in these cold winter months it seems there is a distinct lack of indoor places in Vinohrady to hang out with little ones…
If your child is science oriented or if you simply want to introduce a bit of fun and education I recommend a family trip to Stefanik Observatory in Prague with children’s video program and friendly English speaking staff. It’s quite an experience to look into a huge telescope and look out into the Universe. Apart from this there is a permanent display of modern astronomical equipment and information on the basics of astronomy. It’s also thrilling for Kids to observe the split roof open and close and see the Telescope in action. Just add a few Star Wars figures and the picture would be perfect!
Monarchy explores a rich period of Czech history under the rule of the Hapsburg Emperors, life was traditional but innovative ideas, social change and inventions were impacting all classes and creating the modern society we now inhabit. A part of the exhibit explores children and their upbringing. Attitudes had begun to change, kids had been viewed as mini adults, capable of work and independence at a young age. Revolutionary was the thought that young, immature minds must be nurtured and extended through play, toys and schooling.
The exhibition runs till 9 June 2013
Spring Classes; last chance, don’t miss, act now!
Class Acts are accepting enrolments for the Young Toddler class (starting Feb 18, register by Feb 12) and the Bohemian Bilinguals program for older kids who attend Czech school and wish to improve their reading and writing skills in English (starting Feb 26). There are also a few spaces in their Kids in Motion classes (2.5 to 6 years) plus a NEW drama workshop - Echo Theater (commencing March 3), for school-aged kids. Set up by local parents, Class Acts is a volunteer-led community group offering affordable and creative learning programs in English.
Zofin Garden is a restaurant in the famous Zofin Palace (Zofinsky Palac) on Slavonic (Slovansky) Island, smack in the centre of Prague by the river. The Palace and the Restaurant are run by a sophisticated Gastro Group called Zatisi Group who have been on the market for quite some time. Zofin Garden is a family oriented restaurant with an Indoor Play area for kids (only in the warmer months in the marquee outside) and Sunday family brunches with a Children’s Entertainer. We have been to the outdoor garden brunch featuring a trampoline and slide before, but we’ve never been to the winter Brunch. Here is how it went.
Guest report by Irina
A couple of months ago, my daughter told us that she would love to starthorse riding. As we are based in Prague and live in a flat we didn’t have too many options to fulfill her wish, therefore I started to ask around as to where we could go for lessons. Luckily a friend of mine told me that not far from Prague, in the small village of Cicovice there is a farm where kids can learn to ride a pony or a horse.
I look onto this famous tower every day - I love it but I appreciate it’s controversial for some. The tower is fascinating to watch through the seasons - I’ve seen it disappear in fog, watched it battle lightning and admire it’s monumental size lit up at night in red, white and blue - the national colours. Softened by David Černý‘s giant babies, this whimsy on the outside is now trying to be matched on the inside - the tower’s internal spaces have recently undergone renovation to play up it’s funky style. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I’m won over. I wonder what David Černý would have come up with if he’d been given the job….
I don’t really know where to start. With the animal farm, or candle crafts for kids or the candle shop, or with a tour around the Candle factory .with the lingering smell of beautiful lavender that follows you thoroughout the whole visit and home. For me this was in the middle of nowhere (sorry all respectable citizens of Sestajovice :-) and the entrance looked rather - OMG, where did I drag my family to this time. But when we entered a yard full of animal huts with REAL animals - I knew this was going to be good.
For me, one great memory as as child was heading to the library with my mum and sisters. After checking out the kid’s books and lounging on beanbags, we could choose whatever books took our fancy and take it home to enjoy over and over again. It was like entering a toy store and being told you could choose 5 toys that took your fancy! Now, I too can share this with my kids as we have a library card for the City Library of Prague (Městská knihovna v Praze) which house a collection of English books for children in Vinohrady, Dejvice, Ládví and the centre of Prague.