The mere mention of Prague evokes images of fairy tale castles, endless spire rooftops, and magical bridges. But what about Prague for those of us with kids? Is Prague kid friendly?
The answer is unequivocally YES. Prague is a great mixture of grown up fun and child-friendly adventures. On our recent trip to the Czech capital we discovered a world filled with opportunities for children to explore and enjoy Prague.
13 Prague Adventures for Kids
Prague is the only European city we found where children as young as 8 can ride on a Segway. This fact alone moved Prague to the top of the list with my child and she enjoyed a three hour Segway tour with Go Go Segway. The amount of ground we covered is impressive and makes the tour totally worth it.
This child venue proved that you can never be too old to have fun in a mirror maze with your kids. Imaginarium turned both Andy and myself into kids as we walked, stumbled and crashed into mirrors in the mirror maze, awed at the kaleidoscope theatre, and played in the black lights room with screens and movement toys.
3. Prague Castle and the Changing of the Guards
I think any child is impressed with the cheer size of a castle, and Prazsky Hrad is one major complex! There’s just something about standing in the same room as a King once did, or getting a chance to look at the Crown Jewels. But, without a doubt, the most impressive part of Prague Castle for kids has to be the Changing of the Guards at 12 noon. The pomp and circumstance of the whole ceremony is mesmerizing and kids, both old and young, can be seen with mouths wide open.
4. Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
A wide open square screaming “you’re in the middle of a magical fairy tale” and “come run and play” coupled with an hourly “show” delivered by the Astronomical Clock provides children with both fun and awe.
While not a destination, trdelnik, in its sugary amazingness, is sure to be a child favorite. I myself am not above bribing my kid to enjoy one more art museum with me with the promise of yet another trdelnik when we venture outside. And, for the picky eaters in the family, trdelnik is a great way to say: “… see, Czech food is really yummy. Now, try this Svickova”.
Prague Trams and the Metro
Both the trams and metro in Prague are incredibly easy to navigate and child friendly in their use of space. For children, the metro offers a mesmerizing space ship like interior and the trams a Disneyland like trance. While they are both just forms of transportation, they really double as enchanting rides in the great big fairy tale that is Prague.
7. Charles Bridge and its entertaining musicians, puppeteers and statues
Crossing Charles Bridge is a different experience depending on the time of day it’s done. Early in the morning you can enjoy the statues and their stories in relative calm, in the hustle and bustle of the afternoon a family can easily stop and enjoy a musician playing or a puppet show on the side, and later on in the darkness of night the violins and classical music, coupled with the shining lights of Prague Castle, make the kids feel like they have been transported through time.
8. Paddle boats on the river
While this may only be a Spring/ Summer fun activity, nothing beats the view of Charles Bridge or Prague Castle from a paddle boat in the Vltava river. The cool water splashed will keep the kids from complaining that “it’s too hot” and the physical activity is great for getting wiggly kids ready for some indoor museum time.
9. Art around town
While Prague offers many art museum opportunities, traveling with children in Prague helps one discover all the art that can be found outside any interior walls. Many of David Cerny’s sculpture pieces can be found throughout Prague and the myriad of statues and art around town are a great opportunity to create an art scavenger hunt for the kids. The John Lennon Wall and many of the building facades also provide ample art exposure and conversation opportunities.
10. Nuclear Bunker Tour
Kids will enjoy going 16 meters underground and learning about life in a nuclear bunker. Designed as a historical tour, the nuclear bunker contains a hospital, decontamination chamber, long creepy hallways, maps and children’s gas masks to entertain the young ones. Even better, near the end of the tour there is a hands-on exhibit where the kids can try on communist officers uniforms, military “weapons”, and gas masks from the time period. History and a hands-on exhibit make the nuclear bunker tour a real treat for kids. You can also read our full review here.
11. Museum of Historical Chamber Pots and Toilets
A museum dedicated to the history of toilets and chamber pots. What’s not great about that? My own kid had a blast looking at and examining old style toilets and learning all about what a chamber pot is! This is one we highly recommend as a family and you can read our full review here.
12. Petrin Hill
With a funicular to reach the top (What’s a funicular you ask? Exactly! Something new and exciting for the kids), large grassy areas to run around in, a Mirror Maze at the top, and Petrin Tower to climb, Petrin Hill is the perfect place to visit and in which to enjoy an adventure.
13. Climbing one of the many towers in Prague
Powder Tower, Jindrisska Tower, Lesser Town Bridge Tower, Old Town Bridge Tower, Old Town Hall Tower, Powder Gate, St. Vitnus Cathedral Great South Tower, and many more towers dot the landscape and offer the opportunity to climb some stairs and be rewarded with a great view. Why is this a child friendly adventure? Because, unlike the adults, kids climb these faster and with more ease than their parents. The views are fun, but beating the adults is the best part. Plus, let’s not forget that it helps to get some energy out of their system.
There are, of course, many more opportunities for children to have fun in kid friendly Prague. This is but a short list of our own family friendly adventures and ones that we highly recommend. You will, no doubt, find that Prague is an enchanting destination for both young and older alike.