Guest report by Marie Hola
Also known as the Onion Celebration it originated in Germany and inspired the town of Hořovice to create their own. The Onion Fair is not only a fair with onions, typical of most fairs you’ll find everything here. Carousels and attractions for kids, household goods, goods for gardens, fruits and vegetables from the garden, different souvenirs and food stands including stands with specially decorated gingerbreads. This event is organised every year on the first Saturday in October. This year on 6th of October.
Last year prior to Christmas I was organised enough to book tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet at the National Theatre for me and Lucie (then 5). It’s a magical time of year and this is the perfect way to spend an evening. Dressed in our finest, we sipped our drinks in the theatre bar and then went on to enjoy our night out at the ballet. It beats sitting through a Disney movie for the umpteenth time, thats for sure!
It may seem early to talk about Christmas activities but you should reserve your tickets NOW if you want good seats and dates. These performances do sell out.
Running until 2 September is Prague’s contemporary circus & theatre festival - Letní Letná for adults and kids. There are children’s shows throughout the day and the adult shows in the evening feature some of the best performers in Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and France. Daytime circus workshops, free open-air performances, a kid’s play area, art workshops, food stalls and bars complete the festive atmosphere.
We decided to visit this newly opened restaurant/cafe last weekend before we took a walk in the Castle gardens. This is the beauty of Cafe Pointa’s location, it’s close to Letna Park with it’s various playgrounds as well as the Castle. There is not a lot on offer in this part of town so we were thrilled to discover a great menu, ambiance and a charming ‘kitchen’ play corner that enchanted our kids.
This is an absolute favorite of ours as it’s located close to home and offers such a respite from the burning tarmac during a Prague heatwave over Summer. This restaurant from the street looks nothing special, but behind it’s facade is a cool, tree-filled garden restaurant with a kid’s playground. We’ve debated writing about this restaurant on the website because the playground is not EU compliant by any means, the equipment was installed a long time ago and has been patched up over the years - your children need to enter at their own risk.
Spindleruv Mlyn in the Krkonose (giant) mountains is the most famous mountain resort in the Czech Republic. Spindl (as locals call it) is a great winter sports resort as well as a popular summer destination. It is attractive for families with Family Friendly hotels and beautiful nature and definitely worth the trip if you live here or visit as a tourist. Get rejuvenated in a little unspoilt corner of the forests or the nature park - KRNAP (Giant Mountains National Park) Go down the Bobsleigh, mushroom picking or visit the Sweet Shop and Cafe by the White Labe river. The kids will love it.
Right at the base of Petrin Hill is lovely new playground to replace the wooden one that existed in this spot for many years. This playground is great for tourists and locals out for the day with kids, it’s also a very handy spot as it has brand new, clean toilets - which is like finding gold in this part of Prague.
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.
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.