36 Hours in Prague: Playtime in Prague

By: Saleen Martin

Cobblestone streets lined with toy shops, book stores, and playgrounds spread throughout. Prague offers a variety of children’s activities that’ll get feet and minds jogging. Known as the heart of Europe, the city is full of open spaces where children can run freely, and kid-friendly shops with children’s corners and play places. Education is also a large aspect of children’s entertainment in the city. Little ones can relive their favorite fairytales through theater performances and story-time brunches, and tour museums specifically designed for little eyes and hands. This itinerary is perfect for parents who want to keep their children entertained, make learning fun, and make the most out of their time in Prague.

DAY ONE

10:00 a.m.: Breakfast of champions at Brasserie La Gare
V Celnici 1038/3, Nové Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia

Before setting out to conquer the day’s activities, fuel up on French delicacies with a visit to Brasserie La Gare, a French restaurant located just a few feet away from the Náměstí Republiky metro stop. Specializing in traditional French dishes like omelettes, crêpes and pastries, La Gare offers a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options to choose from, like smoked salmon, ham,. They even have breakfast selections and treats just for kids, including cocoa, crêpes with fruit, and milky corn flakes.

Marionette puppets made by local artists sold at Hračky u Zlatého Iva. Marionettes and puppetry in Czech history date back to the 18th century.

11:30 a.m.: Souvenir shopping
Address: Celetná 568/32, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia

After filling up on French cuisine, let the children walk around a bit. Start by trekking across the city and heading towards Malá Strana, also known as the Lesser Town. Don’t forget to visit Hračky u Zlatého Iva , a toy shop that sells marionette puppets, many of which are based on fairytales. Marionettes and puppetry in Czech history date back to the 18th century. Today, the puppets sold in shops are often crafted by local artists. The shelves in Hračky are also stocked with “The Little Mole” memorabilia.  The Little Mole, also known as Krtek, is a cartoon created by Zdeněk Miler in the 1950s. Kids can watch clips of the original cartoon in the shop, or take home a stuffed animal, t-shirts, and other toys with the Czech Republic’s national cartoon character plastered on them. There are also mugs and other souvenirs for parents to choose from on the second floor.

The playground at Kampa Island is the perfect place to let your kids run around while you take a break.

12:00 p.m.: Explorers on the go
Address: U Sovových mlýnů 2, Prague 1

Hidden down a short set of stairs at the foot of the Charles Bridge is Kampa Island, a park complete with open, grassy spaces, as well as a small playground with swings, a pint-sized rock-climbing wall, a see-saw and a sandbox. Kampa is a great place to let your kids run wild before setting out for the day’s adventures. For bigger kids, a stroll along the Charles Bridge, a view of the Vltava river, and the street performers of Old Town will kick their adrenaline into gear.

The Gingerbread Museum sells all sorts of treats for your children, from traditional gingerbread men to animals and choo choo trains!

2:00 p.m.: Tasty Treats at the Gingerbread Museum
Address: Nerudova 9, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia

At 3:00 p.m., take the kids across town to feast their eyes on the homemade gingerbread treats at the Gingerbread Museum. Considered an art form in the Czech Republic and other countries, gingerbread is a yummy treat for children of all ages. Your little bakers will be thrilled to choose from a surplus of edible trains, cats, piglets, houses, and other sweet treats.

The Lego Museum is full of models and monuments for your little ones to see, including the Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty.

 

3:00 p.m.: Sightseeing at the Lego Museum
Address: Národní 362/31, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město-Praha 1, Czechia

Let your youngers tap into their inner explorers by peering at a miniature version of the Charles Bridge—made entirely of Legos. The Lego Museum is a personal collection of Lego models featuring landmarks in the Czech Republic and other countries. It has two floors, and some of its models are made up of more than 100,000 bricks. At the museum, kids can peer at monuments like the Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty. Kids can learn about the time, effort, and number of Legos that go into each model, and then head to the play area to build their own masterpieces, or to the shop near the museum’s entrance to buy some Legos to take home. On the second floor, kids can marvel at Executor Super Star Destroyer and other spaceships in the Star Wars exhibit.  The museum is one of five Lego museums in the Czech Republic.

5:00 p.m.: Dinner and Czech treats at Nový Smíchov shopping center
Address: Plzeňská 8, 150 00 Praha 5

End your day with some retail therapy and dinner at Nový Smíchov shopping center. There, you’ll find Speciality z českého kalendáře, a food stand that partners with Czech farmers and the Association of private agriculture to produce seasonal treats like buchty, or sweet buns filled with jam. Your little foodies-in-training can learn all about Czech dishes while supporting local farmers. The mall also has restaurants to choose from, as well as a slide, balloons, a children’s kitchen, and video games like Playstations and a Wii for bigger kids.

DAY TWO

10:00 a.m.: Set Sail and explore the city
Address: Dvořákovo nábřeží, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia

Prague’s transportation system makes getting to the zoo a smooth-sailing process. Located at the dock of the Čech Bridge, there is an even better way to get there. Start your engines and let your little sailors see the city while chugging along the Vltava River on a steamboat.  Typically a 55-75 minute ride, kids will love climbing aboard the Prague Steamboat to see and learn about the Prague Castle, the Troja Bridge, and other monuments like the Red Metronome, a 75-foot-tall metronome overlooking Letná Park that replaced the Stalin Monument in 1991. Once the tour ends at the dock at Císařský Island, there’s about a 17-minute walk to the zoo.

The playground at the Prague zoo is fun for kids of all ages, complete with a snake slide and sandboxes.

12:00 p.m.: Lions, Tigers and…Little Paleontologists
Address: U Trojského zámku 3/120, 171 00 Praha 7, Czechia

The Prague Zoo is the perfect place to let your child feed his or her inner zoologist and learn about the African Savanna, wetlands and domestic breeds of rabbits, sheep and other animals. The zoo also has a sandbox with hidden fossils for kids to hunt for and a playground with slides, a rock-climbing wall, and pint-sized huts to huddle inside.  over 10 exhibits and pavilions, there’s a lot to see here, and it may be a bit much for tiny tots with little legs. Consider borrowing one of the zoo’s free strollers or wagons so they can save their energy for their favorite exhibits. The zoo also has a train for parents and kids to ride and more than 10 restaurants and cafés, so take a break and grab lunch.

5:00 p.m.: Boat ride back to the Čech Bridge
Address: Císařský Ostrov

Head back to the dock at Císařský Island to catch your boat back, then get ready for some toy and souvenir shopping in Old Town.

Hamley’s is one of the largest toy stores in Prague. In the center of the store, there’s a carousel for kids to ride.

6:30 p.m.: Souvenir & Toy Shopping at Hamley’s
Address: Na Příkopě 854/14, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město, Czechia

End the day’s activities with a visit to one of the oldest, largest toy stores in the world. Dating back to the 18th century, Hamley’s made its way to Prague in 2016.  They carry toys for every child: traditional wooden figures, stuffed animals, Little Mole merchandise, and modern toys like Barbie dolls, Star Wars and Marvel figurines and Nerf guns. Separated into two fun-filled floors, kids can zip from one floor to the next in a giant, winding snake slide, landing only a few feet away from a carousel ride in the center of the shop.

DAY THREE

11:00 a.m.: Sunday Brunch at the Globe Bookstore and Café
Address: Pštrossova 1925/6, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město, Czechia

Prague is known for the countless bookstores and cafés tucked away in its districts, many of which carry children’s books. Sunday is the perfect day to let the little ones partake in the Czech tradition of storytelling. Wind down and close the weekend with a relaxing brunch at the Globe Bookstore and Café. On Sundays, they read stories and fairytales to the children and do activities and crafts. This is the perfect way to end such an active weekend, get your children’s creative juices flowing, and take a break yourself in the café area while the kids are entertained.

This guide is the perfect way to create memories that your kids will look back on fondly. Not only will they learn about Prague, its traditions, and its food, but they’ll also be able to take pieces of Czech history home with them. This itinerary also includes activities that you can enjoy, so have fun, kick back and relax when necessary, and enjoy creating lasting memories in the heart of Europe!