October for many is the start of Halloween which often involves harvesting your own pumpkin for carving. One farm just out of Prague has been offering this experience to family groups for a few years now. The deteriorating weather also marks the start of storytelling activities all over the city, in English and for all ages. Lots of things are going on and there are more exciting things happening soon, so stay tuned!
A fun way to spend a cold autumn day is to organise a visit to Brotánek Farm which is 35 km from Prague. For the kids enjoyment they will be able to pick out their own pumpkin as well as pet the farm animals (goats, rabbits, turkeys, chickens, possibly a pony) and play with some toys such as a jumping castle.
Also for sale are smaller pumpkins, bouquets of dried flowers and gourds. Food is often available, best to check with the farmer when you speak with him to arrange your visit.
The farm is open throughout Autumn. You need to first call or email English-speaking Jan Brotanek to arrange your visit. He can also cater to visiting groups by offering home cooked speciality foods eg. pumpkin soup, pumpkin pies and grilled meat. I’ve heard from a couple of parents that an autumn visit to Brotánek Farm is one of the highlights of the year and a must not miss occasion.
STORYTELLING IN ENGLISH - Prague 2
Kafe Kakao, every Wednesday from 4.30pm
Starting Wednesday 13th October!
The popular storytelling hour is back at Kafe Kakao! Storytelling with Ula involves telling stories through drama, music and body language. Every week storytelling will feature a theme and be told in an interactive and involving manner to fully engage and stimulate the children’s imagination. Kids will be encouraged to express themselves through their body and through music. Ula will introduce different rhythms and melodic tensions to help express the story.
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Riverside Early Years School, Roztocká 9, Sedlec
Every Friday from 9 to 10am
Reservation required: Please contact Carol Jelinek on 723 771 063
Created for toddlers up to the age of 2 years and their parents. The storytelling theme for this term is colours and the session includes a craft activity and light snack, tea and coffee are also offered.
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Kampa Community Center, U Sovovych Mlynu, Kampa Island
Saturday October 23 from 9 to 10am (followed by Saturday 20 November)
Part of Class Acts Weekend Kids Club, two storytelling sessions are run simultaneously. The first group is run by a puppet named Mr Snooze and is ideal for kids aged 3 to 5 years, the second group is for school aged children, those 6 years and over. Dates are announced ahead of time so the best advice is to join Class Acts mailing list so you get the info ahead of time.
ADDRESS: Brotánek Farm, Bykoš 8
OPEN: Every day in Autumn
DIRECTIONS: By car: Drive to Koněpruské jeskyně (caves) near Beroun, then follow sings to the village of Bakoš (about 5 km from the caves). Once in Bakoš, turn left at the pumpkin patch sign, then turn right after about a half-block into number 8, which is the farm.
FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.pumpkins.cz/indexe.php?page=home