Thanks to a reader tip we headed off to the newly reopened Swimming Beach at Hostivařská Dam. This is Prague’s largest lake (over 45 hectares) and has been closed for 2 years of extensive cleaning. This tree-lined valley on the edge of Prague has the Botič River running through it. In 1962 a dam was built to prevent flooding in Prague, this instantly created a scenic and refreshing spot and a hit with locals every Summer.
Often I’m being asked where in Prague to go for a traditional Czech meal, a decent meal and with the possibility of a Kids Indoor Playground? Hmm, that’s a tough one. The majority of the restaurants are Breweries (just like this one) with a wide choice of heavy Czech food - yet very tasty. But one with an Indoor Playground??? If anybody has a good TIP please let us know. So far I’ve found only this one, its right on Andel (a major public transport hub) and it has a nice garden with a small play area.
Surprisingly, on top of the department store My (run by Tesco), you’ll find a great big terrace restaurant offering a calm refuge from the city crowds and noise below. Opened in May, this place is child-friendly, offering easy lift access and heaps of space for prams, plenty of high chairs, a kid’s menu (you need to ask as they are daily specials) and a play area. If you’re showing visitors around town or find yourself in the centre then I can really recommend this place, the food and service, so far, has been great.
Anyone who used to go to Clovickov Indoor Playground at Metropole Zlicin Shopping Mall will be happy to hear it’s been re-opened. Clovickov was shut down for more than a year and was eventually taken-over by the well-known Time Out Indoor Playground chain. Now there is a brand spanking new and clean Indoor Playground complete with funky café.
We recently had the opportunity to visit Sokolovna - a diverse business (opened in 2010) featuring a restaurant and outdoor children’s playground, bar, gym, sports courts, day spa, children’s summer camps, weekend courses and craft rooms. Birthday parties are a speciality and can be tailored to any age group and interest, the facilities alone make the possibilities endless.
Often I wondered what it must be like being an expat mom in Prague and not speaking the complicated Czech language. Most may not understand the billboards or other ads promoting events and activities for kids in prague. Realising this motivated us to create our site in English to help you out a bit. So here is a list of events starting 30.5 through to 3.6 for Children’s Day in Prague. Enjoy and let us know where you went.
We have a good tip for boys,What a blast! Just 30 min away from Prague there is Pribram Airport where you can spend some exiting family time. It all started when I purchased a Ferrari ride for my Hubby. When we arrived we discovered they do Buggy rides for Kids 3-12 years. Our Boys 5 and 6 and Daddy were thrilled. Apart from they offer bowling and Tandem Jumps…I WOULD!! I’ve already had to promise my boys we’ll go back, but only in exchange for some tiding up and being quiet when Mommy sleeps :-)
Don’t miss this bilingual family day of fun TODAY on one of the river islands. Cisarska Louka is directly opposite the Vyserhrad Castle complex and can be reached by the public transport ferry from Paleckeho Namesti (make sure to pre purchase the tram/metro tickets - you cannot use a phone ticket). Money raised goes directly to the Pink Crocodile charity which supports handicapped children in the Czech Republic as well as children in poverty worldwide. Click on for the event details:
Guest report by Pauline Galea
When it came to choosing the venue for Emilia’s 3rd birthday party we looked at a couple of places, however due to the fact that we needed it inside and that the kids invited were mainly 2-3 year olds we opted for Amadito & Friends. We wanted something cozy where the children wouldn’t end up running all over the place and for parents to not have the worry of looking around for their kids.
This has to be the mother of all theme parks, and in my life, I’ve seen quite a few. Every child and many an adult’s dream will come true in this magical kingdom of Mickey and Minnie and their friends. In Europe, there is only one Disneyland and it’s only a 10 hour drive or 90 minute flight from Prague, near the city of lights - Paris. This year, it is celebrating its 20th birthday.