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Kids in Prague

Bezrucovy Sady Playground, Prague 2 & 10

Playgrounds on 22 March 2009 by Larissa

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Bezrucovy Sady falls between the border of Prague 2 and 10 and was developed anew 2 to 3 years ago. Prior to this, the park was somewhat of a wasteland so the upgrade was welcomed by many. The range of equipment is of a high standard and all pieces are produced in quality, natural materials by the well known Finish company Lappset. This company builds playground equipment that is specifically designed to appeal to all of a child’s senses, while still leaving space for their natural imagination, promoting independent initiative and learning.

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The playground faces south so if there is sun about, it’s a pleasant place to be. In summer it is surrounded by shady, well established trees so it does not get unpleasantly hot like the nearby playground at Havlickovy Sady.

This park was always a favourite of Lucie’s especially when she was younger. The swings are designed to make the little ones feel very secure and comfortable, the playhouse and sandpit are always well patronised and the slide with staircase and railings was the spot where she took her first independent climb and slide.

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The cute rocking horses (pardon, reindeer) are also easy to climb onto and the white pebble surface is soft for cushioning falls (although a bit tough to navigate with a pram).

Most equipment is low to the ground which does make it an ideal spot to introduce young toddlers to the joys of the playground but if you have older kids to entertain then this playground offers a very challenging, large climbing frame with slides, rope bridges, tunnels and climbing walls to conquer.

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The only downside is the graffiti that has built up over time. Unfortunately the park has a low fence and is not locked or patrolled in the evenings, so it’s become a natural target for teenagers to tag.

After all that fresh air you may be hanging out for a coffee, lunch or perhaps the weather has turned sour. So take a short walk back along Slovenska St and cross Francouzska St into Machova St where you will find the excellent kids cafe, Kafe Kakao.

Another couple of tips for this part of Vinohrady:
1. If you love cooking Asian food, head to Thais Asian Food Shop it is directly below the playground in Francouzka Street, and stocks a range of Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean ingredients.
2. One street back from Thais in Krymska Street is Shakespere’s Bookstore which stocks a few shelves of English kids books (and also has a nice cafe out front).

OPEN: Every day

ADDRESS: Slovenska Street, Prague 2

DIRECTIONS: Take trams 4 or 22 to Krymska tram stop and walk up the stairs to Slovenska St, you will easily site the playground. Catch the Green line A to Namesti Miru and walk up Francouzska Street, turn left into Slovenska Street just before Francouzska starts to go downhill.

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