Family-Friendly Things to Do in Prague

Prague has become a very popular European destination in the last 30 years, and families have been delighted to discover how many things there are to do with the kids! This post contains museums, free activities, nighttime attractions, and great dining ideas.

 

 


TOP 10

Here is our list of the top 10 things to do with the entire family in Prague! You’ll find tours, museums, parks, and fun places to go to.


(1) Sightseeing Tours

One of the best ways to see a new city is by taking a sightseeing tour. And there are multiple tours that are excellent options for keeping the kids occupied. Hop-On-Hop-Off buses tend to be one of the most popular tours available. Kids will enjoy sitting on the top deck!

 

 

Another fun tour is taking a cruise down Prague’s main river for some beautiful views and fun boating experience. If anyone in your family is interested in castles, we recommend seeing Prague Castle.

Of course, we also recommend free walking tours – there are plenty to choose from, no matter which neighborhood or what time you’d like to start.


(2) Art Gallery for Children

This art museum is aimed at kids, specifically between the ages of 2 and 13, just as the name Art Gallery for Children states. They can view art that others have made, make their own, and alter other pieces of art. The entire space is a multimedia experience where visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the art.

 

 

You’ll find paint, canvasses, and other materials to work with and make your own creations. Workshops are available – which are usually conducted in Czech, though workers can speak English.

And keep an eye out for children’s workshops in other museums, too – such as the National Gallery! For a full list of fun museums to try, see our attractions list below.


(3) Go to the Children’s Theatre

Younger children will really enjoy going to the Spejbl and Hurvinek Theatre, which was the first professional puppet theatre in the country. The main cast of characters is made up of a family of puppets, including a dog named Zeryk. The performances are in Czech, but storylines are relatively easy to follow along with the puppets. 

TIP: For an up-close look at puppets, just head to any marionette shop and you’ll likely find puppets dancing around!

 

 

If there are any future ballerinas in your family, they might enjoy a trip to the National Theatre. The venue puts on ballets, operas, and theatre performances.


(4) Sporting Events

Looking for an adrenaline-filled family experience? Why not take an afternoon or evening to enjoy a sporting event? Both ice hockey and football (soccer) are popular in Prague, and there are multiple teams that have matches throughout the year.

 

 

Ice Hockey (September – April)

Football (Soccer) (August – November)

For more fun evening activities, check out the things to do at night section.


(5) Find Family-Friendly Restaurants

There are several restaurants throughout the city that have been built with kids in mind. From a restaurant that uses miniature trains to bring your food to your table, to dining spaces with kids’ play areas, you should be able to enjoy discovering Prague’s food scene with every member of your family. 

 

 

We also suggest enjoying Czech chocolate with this chocolate tour!


(6) See Prague Castle’s Changing of the Guard

There is so much to do at Prague Castle. One of the highlights of a visit is catching the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on the grounds. While you must purchase a ticket to enter the castle complex the grounds are free to enter, and the ceremony is visible on the grounds at the top of each hour.

 

 

If you’re already at the Castle for a tour, make sure you arrive early or stay late to watch the flashy uniforms and choreographed movements.

We have more budget-friendly suggestions below.


(7) Prague Zoo Evening Tours

The evening tours are available on Friday and Saturday evenings.

 

 

The 5:30 pm tours are specially aimed at children and the guides set out to create a fun experience for the younger attendees. These tours are a bit higher energy. On this tour, you’ll see the animals in their habitats at night and learn about how they’re cared for.

For more things to do in the evening, check out our suggested nighttime activities.


(8) Paint Your Own Enamel Mug

Enamelware is everywhere in the Czech Republic from street signs and house numbers to mugs and plates. In this enamel mug workshop, you can paint your own souvenir to take home at a family-owned shop.

 


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They provide paints and mugs or plates to work on. After a short tutorial, you can get to work and decorate the piece any way you’d like. They place no time limit on you to finish painting! Once you’re finished, they will glaze and fire it so you can bring a bit of Prague home with you.  


(9) Children’s Island

If you’re looking for a place that was built entirely for kids, head over to Children’s Island. This small, green island is in the middle of the Vltava River and has a large, fenced playground. You can sit on one of the many benches available while the kids run and climb on wooden boats, nets, and playhouses. There are also sandpits and swings.

 


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If you get hungry after all the play, there is also a small restaurant on the island as well.


(10) Tourist Passes

If you’re looking to see as much as possible, why not save some time and money with the Prague City Pass? Pass holders get free entry to the most popular sights and discounts for various tours and restaurants.

 

 

Attractions Included:

  • Prague Castle
  • St. George’s Basilica
  • Jewish Museum
  • Guided Bus Tour
  • Vltava River Cruise

 

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

Stay under budget with these great free things to do!

 

 

This list includes playgrounds, the Astronomical Clock, and art.


Enjoy the Playgrounds

There are playgrounds all over Prague for the whole family to enjoy! You can find your favorite or just look for whichever playground is closest to your activities for the day – because they’re all great.

  • The Franciscan Monastery close to Wenceslas Square has a fenced-in playground that has a fun sandbox and playset in a quiet setting.
  • Certovka is a small but popular park at the end of Charles Bridge with playground equipment and a sand pit for digging.
  • Children’s Island is in the middle of the Vltava River and accessible by a bridge near Smichov. The playground is large and fenced in with climbing nets, sandboxes, and other structures to play in and on.

Astronomical Clock

One of the most popular, free things to see in Prague is the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall Tower. It was built during the 15th-century and has been maintained since then. The clock face has gold circles and figurines that move as the hour chimes. Additionally, there is an hourly show that tends to draw a crowd, where the Twelve Apostles parade around the clock at the top of each hour.


Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge in Prague and is still a very popular pedestrian crossing. Up and down the wide, sandstone street you’ll see buskers and street performers. Kids can be entertained by jazz musicians, artists, and optical illusionists as you walk across.  


Go Hunting for Art Installations

Make your walk through the city a scavenger hunt! The whole family can look for Prague’s intriguing art installations and sculptures.

 


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If you’re near the Kampa museum, keep an eye out for the giant bronze babies. And don’t forget to look up – you might see Sigmund Freud or someone being swept away by an umbrella.


Prague Castle Grounds

Access to the gardens and grounds surrounding Prague castle is free. There is plenty of space for kids to explore the pathways and the short hedge mazes. Between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm every day, you can watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony. In the summer months, you’ll find events and open-air concerts by brass or jazz bands.

If you want to view the ticketed Golden Lane in Prague Castle, just wait until after 5:00 pm and it is free!

 


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NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES

Looking for things to do when the sun goes down?

 

 

Here is our list of fun (and sometimes spooky) tours, shows, activities, and attractions that are open late.


Take a Ghost Tour

If your kids are a fan of spooky stories, this Ghosts and Legends of Prague tour is sure to delight them. Your guide will entertain you with myths about the city during centuries past on this 1.5-hour walking tour.


Rent a Pedal Boat on Vltava River

If you’ve been walking all over Prague and are ready for a bit of a rest, renting a boat on the Vltava is the perfect way to relax in the evening! The kids can have fun contributing to the rowing or pedaling as you admire the reflection of the city lights on the water. Boats are available to rent by the hour until 10:00 pm.

If you’re looking for something a bit more exciting, you can also rent a speedboat!


Prague National Theatre

The National Theatre is a beautiful venue that is a symbol of Czech culture and heritage.

 


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The theatre puts on ballets, operas, and theatre performances. You can find programming most evenings – keep your eye out for puppet performances that the younger children might enjoy!


Prague Zoo

If you’re looking for a guided tour of the Prague Zoo, why not take a fun evening tour? The zoo hosts fun walking tours through the different habitats while there are fewer people walking around. They often run on Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. The 5:30 pm tours are specifically aimed at kids.


Underground Tunnels Tour

Some older kids might enjoy getting to know the darker side of Prague’s history with a tour of the underground tunnels, hidden cellers, and spooky spaces in Old Town’s underground network. This tour will show you the city below.


Prague Castle

Prague Castle is massive and beautiful during the day. However, after the sun goes down it becomes a breathtaking sight.

 


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One of the bonuses of seeing the castle lit up at night is that there are also fewer crowds to fight. We suggest taking a nighttime castle tour. Kids will love the included tram ride, too.


Wintertime Skating

From December to February, Ovocny Trh opens a free outdoor ice rink. Skaters can get on the ice between 10:00 am – 9:30 pm every day. If you don’t have your own skates, there are skates available for rent.

 


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RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

One of the best parts about traveling is the food, and Prague is no exception.

 

 

If you’re looking for places to take the kids that are fun and have great options for the little ones, take a look at this list.


Boat Tour Lunch

What could be more fun than having lunch on a boat? This two-hour tour will take you down the Vltava River with a unique view of the attractions on both river banks. While you learn about the city, they’ll serve a delicious multi-course lunch.


Pizza Nuova

Look no further for the perfect kid-friendly restaurant than Pizza Nuova. They serve wood-fired, thin crust pizza just like you’d find in Naples.


Žofín Garden

The restaurant has decor that is as garden fresh and green as the food. Kids will enjoy simple and fresh dishes. They have a great brunch on weekends and beautiful riverside views. The kids even have a Children’s Corner to stay occupied once they’ve finished eating.


Vytopna Railway Restaurant

This restaurant will keep your kids entertained all the way through the meal. Vytopna Restaurant is circled by a large toy train. The train is accompanied by a small model village, bridges, and tracks throughout the space everywhere. A large track brings drinks and food to your table.


Bohemia Bagel

You’ll win over any picky eaters in your group at this casual breakfast restaurant. They offer bagels, cream cheese, blueberry pancakes, and biscuits and gravy.


Maják Family Restaurant

Traditional Czech food that is accessible to younger diners. At the Majak Family Restaurant, you’ll find a peaceful dining area indoors and an outdoor, tree-covered patio. The chef in charge has created a kids menu with alterations for children’s palettes and slightly smaller portions than the regular menu.


Na Dně Café

This cafe has a kids’ play corner and plenty of outdoor seating perfect for sunny days. It sits right on the Seberak Pond Park, which has a beach volleyball court, ping pong tables, sandboxes, and a jungle gym.

 


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MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS

There is no shortage of fun places to take the kids!

 

 

Here is our list of the top museums, galleries, parks, and attractions that will be fun for the entire family.


Prague Castle

The city’s castle sits in a 9th-century complex that was once the home of kings and Roman emperors. Now the current President of the Czech Republic works from Prague Castle. The complex also holds the St. Vitus Cathedral, a beautiful building with impressive stained glass windows.

We suggest getting a short introduction to the castle along with your entry ticket.


Prague Zoo

Animal lovers of all ages will love the Prague Zoological Garden. Their goal is to protect wildlife and educate visitors on taking care of the environment and its inhabitants.

 


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Here you’ll find elephants, gorillas, an Indonesian jungle habitat, and other animals from all over the world. The younger children can also enjoy a fun playground.


National Museum of Agriculture

This museum is a great hands-on attraction to learn about the food industry and agriculture in a fun way. The Museum of Agriculture has made an effort to tell stories in an accessible way for younger visitors as they go through exhibits on fishing, gamekeeping, farm equipment, and gastronomy.


Golem VR

This virtual reality experience is the largest VR gaming experience in Europe. You and up to 4 other people can be transported back in time to Prague during medieval times. There are mini-games and riddles to solve as you go through the game to find the mystical Golem.


Artpark at the Rudolfinum

This interactive space is full of art and designed to make the modern art scene accessible to kids. The exhibit is constantly changing and often contains arts and crafts supplies for younger visitors to play and make with.

 


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Artpark often takes a humorous look at trends in art and art education, like how body proportions are taught to beginning artists.


Stromovka Park

This vast park is a short tram ride from the city centre, but it might feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Old Town. Everywhere you look is full of green space like grassy fields and shade-covered pathways. Kids will enjoy the chance to spot wild deer or play along the paths at Stromovka Park.


Czech Repubrick

Get a bird’s eye view of Prague at this lego exhibition. Czech Repubrick is the largest lego reproduction of Czech monuments that you can find. Many of the models are movable and remote-controlled. Other Lego builds are modeled after film stars and roller coasters.

Once you’ve seen the exhibit, the kids can make their own Lego creations.


Gulliver Airship at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

Go to the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art to find its newest permanent outdoor exhibit.

 


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A very large zeppelin made of steel and wood is propped up on the roof of the gallery and named after the main character of Gulliver’s Travels. Kids will enjoy exploring the inside and outside of this recreation of a zeppelin.


Prague Aquarium

Sea World Prague is an aquarium that offers a look into underwater ecosystems. Visitors can watch feeding demonstrations and touch pools. Kids will love walking through the underground tunnels and the dark cave that showcases animal species that live far below the surface.


Prague Planetarium

Get a better understanding of the universe with the projection show at the Prague Planetarium.

 


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Kids will love sitting back and seeing the stars zoom around on the ceiling as they learn about the solar system.


Art Gallery for Children

Art Gallery for Children is just what it says – an art gallery aimed at children. They can learn about art by interacting with it, touching it, and altering it. They also host workshops and have art supplies on hand for kids to be active participants in the art.

 


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