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Five Child-Friendly Activities For A Prague Family Holiday
Prague’s skyline is a pretty patchwork of red roofs and medieval spires; as at home on a picture postcard as it is in the pages of a storybook. All this makes the Czech capital an enchanting destination for children. With puppet shows to spark the imagination, along with medieval castles and Lego cities to explore, there’s plenty to do on a Prague family holiday. Here are our top picks to guarantee a fantastic time for the young as well as the young at heart.
Fans of the primary-coloured bricks will enjoy the immense Lego structures at Czech RepuBrick. A spellbindingly intricate tribute to local cathedrals, castles and towers, this ingenious collection of 30 exhibits sprawls across 900 square metres, with some monuments soaring up to just over two metres. Lego figurines are strategically placed around the exhibit’s moving parts, starring in witty storylines that make this a very humorous way to spend an afternoon on a family holiday in Prague.
A trip to the zoo is guaranteed to thrill younger visitors and, thanks to its riverside location, there’s plenty of scope to combine your visit with an enjoyable trip on a traditional steamboat trip along the Vltava. Once at the zoo, which sprawls across a massive 60 hectares, little ones can clap with the seals, feed the camels, lemurs and giraffes, and pay a visit to the popular polar bears. The star of the show, however, is the zoo’s herd of Indian elephants, including Prague’s first native born calf.
Dox Centre For Contemporary Art
For young creatives, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art has plenty to fill a morning or afternoon. Its dedicated Family Programmes ensure little ones are well catered for with creative workshops and art-driven projects. All these are perhaps surplus to requirement, though, as the Gulliver Airship, straddling Dox’s roof, is a very enjoyable place to let off steam with Prague’s skyline a dramatic backdrop.
A highly regarded traditional puppet theatre, the Spejbl & Hurvínek has delighted audiences since it was launched by Josef Skupa as the first professional puppet show in the country in 1930. Its performances centre around the main characters of Spejbl and Hurvínek, a father and son team, and while the shows are performed in Czech, the series of fantastic tales and slapstick comedy will certainly still be appreciated by everyone, regardless of their mother tongue.
Guaranteed to thrill adults and children alike on a Prague family holiday, the Funicular Railway ascends the steep incline from Malá Strana to the soaring heights of Petřín Hill. The highlight of the trip, aside from the novelty of the journey itself, is the view from the top. Petřín Hill gazes out across the city, with the 19th-century Lookout Tower offering increased perspective. Having admired the view, make your way to the labyrinthine Mirror Maze and seek out the Hall of Laughter’s warped reflections.