Originally Published: September 16, 2014

With its enchanting castle, wooden toy shops, and secret nooks and crannies, Prague is pretty much one big fairytale experience for children. Which makes these fun attractions and outings for families the icing on the already magical cake! Keeping the changing seasons in mind, we put together a list of Prague activities that offer an ideal mix of both outdoor and indoor fun…

6 Fun Family Activities in Prague

Outside Things To Do With Kids

Žofín Island

Families with toddlers and preschoolers will love the vintage steamer train attraction, funky design playground and Žofín Garden restaurant with play area. Older kids will enjoy a family paddle or row boat adventure along the Vltava as their parents revel in the riverside views. Kmotra Pizzeria—with non-smoking section and kid’s corner—is a great budget lunch option that’s just a short walk away.

To get to Žofín Island take trams 6, 9, 17, 18, or 22 to Národní divadlo.

Zofin island steamer - Prague
Toot-toot!

Petřín Hill Funicular, Mirror Maze, and Mini-Eiffel Tower

Kids of all ages will be wowed by the funicular ride with its jaw-dropping view of the city below. Once at the top the fun keeps on coming. Explore the grounds of the sprawling park, climb up the mini-Eiffel tower, or get lost in mirror maze. Meander to Prague Castle from Petřín, stopping to catch your breath—and a quick beer (parents!)—at Strahov Monastery Brewery.

Board the funicular at the Újezd tram stop (ticket can be purchased on-site).

Petrin Mini Eiffel Tower - Prague
A little slice of Paris… in Prague!

Prague Zoo

Nestled in the vineyard-laden district of Troja, also home to a grand chateau and botanical gardens, a menagerie of exotic animals plus playgrounds, petting zoos, picnic areas, shops and restaurants all in a beautifully landscaped setting. The youngest family members will love the newly opened Bororo Reserve, a massive climbing structure and refreshment area. During select months you can also brave the zoo at night.

U Trojského zámku 3/120, Prague 7
296 112 230
zoopraha.cz
Open: Daily from 9 am, though closing times vary by season (between 4 pm and 7 pm)

Prague Zoo
Adventure playground at Prague’s zoo

Inside Activities For Children

Karel Zeman Museum of Special Effects

Forget about IMAX and head to this museum celebrating Czech director of fantasy films and master of stop-animation, Karel Zeman, a major influence on the likes of Spielberg, Lucas and Burton. Offering interactive displays that highlight special film techniques and clips from Zeman’s movies, everyone from tots to teens will get a kick out of operating a film camera, riding a flying machine, walking around the moon like Baron Munchausen or manning the controls of the submarine from “The Fabulous World of Jules Verne.”

Saský dvůr, Saská 3, Prague 1 (by the Charles Bridge)
724 341 091
muzeumkarlazemana.cz/en
Open: Daily 10 am – 7 pm

Karel Zeman museum - Prague
Delightfully weird: the Karel Zeman Museum of Special Effects

Galerie GUD Art Gallery for Children

This tiny gem in the Old Town is an ideal activity for a range of ages (2-13) and promises a variety of hands-on, tactile fun with interactive exhibits—think shape sorting and magnet play—and an assortment of materials for cutting, pasting, collaging and gluing one’s very own art exhibits. Maybe the one time it’s actually okay to color on the walls?

Nám. Franze Kafky 24/3, Prague 1
732 623 862
galeriegud.cz
Open: Tue – Sun 10 am – 7 pm

Galerie GUD children - Prague
An art gallery with a difference…

Prague Philharmonia for Children

In recent years the Prague Philharmonia (PKF) has established a wildly successful weekend concert series for children in the Rudolfinum’s legendary Dvořák Hall, said to have the best acoustics in all of Europe. Concerts feature kid musicians and regular members of the PKF performing all manner of classical music with a focus on fairytales by celebrated Czech composers Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček, and Martinů. Moving and shaking is encouraged!

Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague 1
227 059 352
pkf.cz/en/about/pkfForChildren
Open: Concerts take place on Saturdays at 12 noon; see ticket information here

Prague Philharmonia for Children concert series
A musical series especially for children

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