Keeping Your Kids Entertained in Prague
Fun on a Rainy Day
Prague is made for walking, but there are days when you want to stay warm and dry. Prague has a number of museums, galleries, and other venues whose exhibits and programmes cater to young visitors. Or how about a ride on a vintage tram, tiny electric train, or boat? There are options even for those kids who roll their eyes at the idea of a museum visit.
Gardens, Parks, and Playgrounds
Prague is dotted with parks, gadens, and other green spaces, each with its own appeal. Some have playgrounds with monkey bars and slides. The historical gardens in the centre beckon weary travelers to relax and refresh, or enjoy a picnic. The Petřín, Kinsky Garden, Letná and Riegrovy sady parks offer lovely views of the city. On a hot summer's day, head to Stromovka with its ponds and streams. (If you choose to feed our local water fowl, please be sure to use rolled oats or lettuce; baked goods are not something a duck or swan should eat. )
Looking for a bit of adrenaline fun? Then head over to "Active Fun for Families" below.
Prague has countless restaurants, and with the exception of a few high-end establishments, all will happily serve families with (reasonably well-behaved) children. All Prague restaurants are non-smoking. Our selection highlights those with an added value for families -- say, a great kids' menu, play area, or another attraction. We have also included a few places for those with a sweet tooth; Prague has some great confectioneries, café/bakeries, and ice cream parlours where you can reward your kids for being such good troopers on your vacation.
Active Fun for Families
Do your children have an excess of energy or a love of sports? Then head out to the water park, climbing wall, go-kart arena, bobsleigh track... We guarantee that by the end of the day, they'll be tired and happy
Are you raising a future artist, traveller, designer, or scientist...? Pick an exhibition suited to their interests.Other exhibitions
Markets, workshops, day shows, fairs... a medley of family-friendly events.Others
Festivals are as diverse as kids; luckily, you get to choose the festival.Other festivals
Prague is mad about theatre! Many family-friendly shows require no knowledge of Czech.Other
Gifts and Toys
Do your darlings deserve a new toy from Prague? Sure they do! And if not right this minute, then surely later.
Our Prague:kids guide comes in the form of a practical map. The map is available for download in Czech, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian language. You can also pick it up from any of our tourist information centres, or order it from our e-shop just for the price of postage.
Practical tips for families travelling to Prague
Public transportation is the easiest way of getting around Prague. The network is dense and connections are frequent. The main bus and tram routes are largely (wheelchair and) stroller-accessible -- if your bus or tram have steps, simply wait for the next one. The majority of Prague's metro stops have stroller-friendly access points.
Children under 10 ride Prague's public transit system free of charge, but for children of age 6 to 10 you need to have a photo ID to prove their age if requested to do so by an inspector. More details are available on the Prague Public Transport Company web site. Please note: Trams always have the right of way -- even on pedestrian crossings.
There are public restrooms in all the metro station vestibules, but changing tables are still uncommon. We suggest using those in shopping centres (where diapers are also sold) and baby-friendly cafés and other businesses. With the exception of certain national holidays, the large shopping centres (malls) are open daily until 8 or 9 p.m.
Museums and historical sights often offer reduced admission for children or family tickets; very young children are admitted free. All children and young people under 26 years of age enjoy free entry to all the National Gallery permanent collections.
Certain medical facilities provide English-language emergency care for children and adults; some other languages like German and Russian are also spoken. Find their list under the Practical section of this web site, or request them from your hotel.