Prague has been always famous for being a destination for adults with its animated nightlife, pubs and clubs.
Because of such a reputation, the capital of the Czech republic has never been considered as a friendly destinations for families traveling with children, which is not always true. Prague has a lot to offer for kids, unique attractions and new activities that may enrich the experience of your children and open them to a different culture.
In this article we will try to talk about all the necessary and important points that you should consider while organizing your trip to Prague with your children. In case you see that some subjects or information missing in this article, please leave your comments (at the bottom of this page) and I will be glad to update this article or answer your question directly.
Where to stay with children in Prague?
First important thing that will play the biggest role in the success of your trip, is the accommodation, where should you stay? To be more concrete and specific, we won't really recommend a hotel in Prague if you are traveling with kids, with the growing number of serviced apartments in Prague, you have now a large choice of great apartments of different sizes where you can stay with your family, it's far better than a hotel and with the fully equipped kitchen, it gives you more freedom in regards to meals and meal times. You will feel like home in Prague, no restrictions but enough of space and flexibility, and you will for sure save money if you go for an apartment.
We would highly recommend apartments in the Mala Strana (Lesser Town), also as the Old Town apartments and if you want to save more on your budget, you can choose even a budget apartment in one of the residential areas around the center of Prague, you will use the metro and/or the tramway and usually kids like trains. For example in Andel district, near Novy Smichov Shopping center which offers many facilities for children.
Prague airport transfer with children
Here an important remark, to go from the airport to your apartment, better to book Prague airport transfer service in advance, it's more safe and practical than catching the bus or a taxi at your arrival. And don't forget to order in advance the children safety seats for the airport transfer, usually the safety seats are free of charges.
Where to eat with children in Prague?
Usually children are not allowed in pubs (Hospoda and Pivnice) in Prague, and even if they do allow, don't take your children to such places, smoking is still not prohibited in the Czech republic as in some other European countries, and the aeration inside restaurants is not that good. Also Czech cuisine is not that healthy, and worse if your kids are used to McDonalds or KFC's. In Prague we recommend you to go to one of Ambiente restaurants, they have kid's corner open daily from 10am to 5pm, they cook fresh, they have a nonsmoking area, they provide a great service(which is unusual in Prague), and they have their restaurants of different specialties almost in each district in the center of Prague. More you can find on Ambiente restaurant website.
Where to go with children during your stay in Prague?
Petrin Hill and its mirror maze in Prague: Take the funicular railway to Petrin hill, there is a copy of the Eiffel Towner and a mirror maze inside, usually fun for children, then if the weather is good you can walk through the Rose Garden and the nice parks of Petrin to the neighborhood of Prague Castle.
Prague Castle Guards: Once you are at Prague Castle, let children see the changing of the Guards ceremony, it could be a good memorable scene for the kinds, sometimes they can even take a photo with the guard.
Toy Museum of Prague: Near Prague Castle we recommend to visit the toys museum at Jirska street number 4, the entrance is free of charges for children under 15 and 60 CZK (around 2 EUR) for adults. This museum is considered as the the second largest museum of this kind in the world with its 7 exhibition rooms and a collection of toys not only from the Czech republic but from all over the world and belonging to different civilizations and centuries. This won't be interesting only for children, but also for you as an adult, you will refresh your memory seeing toys that you used to play with in your childhood.
Prague Zoo: Don't miss the zoo of Prague, it's located in U Trojskeho zamku number 3/120, in Prague 7, you can take the bus112 from Nadrazi Holesovice metro station, or if you want a unique experience, take the boat that goes from the center of Prague to the zoo and sales around 75 minutes. The zoo is worth spending the whole day with children. Heres is the official website of Prague zoo.
Sea World in Prague: An impressing Sea world permanent exhibition located at the fairground in Vystaviste in Prague 7 with a flat of 1.000 m2 and a water volume of around 260.000 liters holding about 4.500 varieties of fishes and other sea animals. Visit the website of Prague sea world.
Prague National Technical Museum: With its 50.000 filing items exhibited on13.000 m2, the National Technical Museum of Prague could play an educational role in your children's knowledge.
Divadlo Minor Puppet Thaetre of Prague: This is the largest puppet theatre in Prague which offers shows suitable for different kid's ages. The Czech Republic has a long tradition in marionette making and its theatrical performance, so don't miss Divadlo Minor, it's right in the center of Prague in Vodickova street number 6.
Boat Trip on Vltava River in Prague: This an unforgettable experience for your kids and a romantic cruise for you also, you will admire Charles Bridge and Prague Castle in different way. Try to go for this boat trip at the sunset and don't forget your camera.
Nostalgic Tram Line ride and Prague Public Transport Museum: Pay only 35 CZK (20 CZK for children) and jump in the historical nostalgic Tram Line No. 91, kids like trains and enjoy the ride, mainly if you don't have a similar tram in your home town,
If you want you can combine your Nostalgic Tram Line ride with a visit to the Prague Public Transport Museum (Muzeum MHD). It is located in the former tram depot of Stresovice in Prague 6 and it houses a unique collection of period public transportation vehicles going back to 1875, the year in which the first tramway, pulled by horses, started toperating in the streets of the Royal Capital City of Prague.
Zlute Lazne outdoor swimming and playground in Prague: Take the tram number 21, 16, 17 or 3 to tram stop Dvorce and you will find the "yellow spa", a multi-functional center for sports and free-time activities for all age groups including children. you will find in Zlute Lazne a grass beach, a beach volleyball court, a dragon boats, a water bicycle rental, a closed cage for sand football gladiators, 8 courts for petanque, table tennis, netball street-ball, xxl chessboard, bouldering, restaurants and an Internet cafe, Children's play area, inflatable swimming pool with toys, baby sitting, dancing area, a safe parking and all areas are with wheelchair access.
Children playgrounds in Prague: In Prague you will find children playgrounds in every district, it doesn't matter where you will stay. Usually playgrounds are in green parks and accessible only for children and their parents, no dogs and no adults are allowed. One of the largest play areas is the Detsky Ostrov / Children's Island, a long, narrow river island in the Vltava river, accessible via a footbridge from the Janackovo nabreri embankment.
Shopping for children in Prague
- Wooden toys: Handmade quality traditional Czech wooden toys are almost everywhere in specialized shops, mainly in the Old Town.
- Sparky's toy shop: One of the biggest toy shops in Prague, located in the Old Town at Havirska street number 2
- Mothercare: Baby wear and accessorieson the first floor in the Myselbek shopping center in Na Prikope
- C&A" shop: The first floor is for the kids clothes with a play area.
- Palac Knih: a large book shop with a children section
- Marks and Spencer: First floor for children clothes
- Oasis City: Just next to Marks & Spencer in the Wenceslas Square, you will find a place where you can leave your kids under supervision with different levels depending on the age of the kids starting from 2 years old, they charge 60 CZK per hour (around 2 EUR)
- More shops for kids like Au Pays des Mimis or Zara Kids are in Novy Smichov Shopping center in Andel district.
Written and contributed by apartplan