Czechs are family-oriented, and there are plenty of activities around the city for children. An increasing number of Prague restaurants cater specifically for children, with play areas and so on, and many offer a children’s menu (dětský jídelníček).
The classic outdoor play area in central Prague, Petřín has a whole range of diversions, from the lookout tower and observatory to the mirror maze.
- Prague Zoo
As it's located on the northern outskirts of the city, just getting to the zoo can be part of the adventure. Take a boat trip along the river with Prague Steamboat Co, enjoy a walk through lovely Stromovka, or rent bikes and cycle through the park. Once there, you'll find a children's zoo (petting allowed), a miniature cable car, a huge kids' play area and, of course, the animals.
- Children's Island
At the southern end of Malá Strana, traffic-free Children's Island is equipped with playground equipment, rope swings, a mini football pitch, a skateboarding area and a cafe-bar where parents can sip a coffee or beer.
- Skateboarding & Skating
The area around the metronome monument in Letná, the huge park to the east of the castle, is a favourite with local skateboarders, while the park's paths provide a perfect surface for inline skating.
If you're visiting in winter, an outdoor ice rink (10am to 9.30pm December to February) gets set up at Ovocný Trh (behind the Estates Theatre) in Staré Město. Skate hire is available.
- Parks & Playgrounds
There are safe, well-designed playgrounds all over the city, with convenient city-centre ones at the north end of Kampa Island (at the Malá Strana end of Charles Bridge) and on Slav Island. There's an extensive list of play areas at www.livingprague.com/kids.htm.
- River Play
In summer (generally April to October) you can hire rowing boats and pedalos from several jetties dotted around Slav Island, and splash around on the Vltava. If that sounds too energetic, there are lots of organised boat trips on offer.
- Hergetova Cihelna
Long famed among Prague parents for its family-friendly Sunday brunch, riverside Hergetova Cihelna now actively encourages you to bring the kids any day of the week. The upper lounge is equipped with high chairs, a nappy-changing station, a breastfeeding area and a play area with lots of toys.
- Ambiente Pizza Nuova
Kids love pizza and parents will love the large, supervised play area for kids. Ambiente Pizza Nuova welcomes families and provides high chairs and a children's menu.
Sakura is an unpretentious Japanese sushi restaurant that has a children's play area.
- Vozovna Stromovka
Vozovna is a garden restaurant in the middle of leafy Stromovka park, next door to a playground – parents can eat and drink while the kids can run around in safety.
Rainy Day Fun
- Puppets & Plays
Children's theatre is a long-standing Czech tradition, and there are several places in Prague that stage regular children's entertainment. The Spejbl & Hurvínek Theatre puts on puppet shows, while Minor Theatre stages live children's theatre.
- Mořský Svět
Shark tanks and touch pools are among the attractions at Mořský Svět, Prague's only aquarium.
- TV Tower
Prague's space-age TV Tower offers a trip in a high-speed elevator to the 93m-high observation decks – if the view proves 'boring', there are futuristic suspended chairs and free wi-fi for WhatsApping and SnapChatting.
- Prague Planetarium
Regular tours of the heavens (in Czech, but a summary text in English is available) at the Prague Planetarium.
Child-Friendly Museums & Galleries
- Art Gallery for Children
The clue is in the name: at the Art Gallery for Children the kids not only get to look at art, but make it, add to it and alter it. There are paints and materials to play with, and even workshops for five- to 12-year-olds (only in Czech at present, though staff speak English).
- Lego Museum
The Lego Museum is Europe's largest private collection of Lego models, with a play area at the end where kids can build stuff from Lego themselves.
- National Technical Museum
Sadly, all those vintage trains, planes, cars and buses are off-limits at the National Technical Museum, but there are interactive exhibits in the photography and printing-industry sections.
Need to Know
- Admission costs The maximum age for child discounts on admission fees varies from 12 to 18; children under six often get in for free.
- Transport Children under six years of age travel free on public transport, but be sure to carry proof of age.
- Kids in Prague (www.kidsinprague.com) has loads of useful information on places to go and things to do.
- Babysitting Most top-end hotels provide a babysitting service. Domestica is an agency that provides English-speaking babysitters.