Prague is one best places to visit in Europe and a beautiful city with fairytale-esque imagery around every corner. The city is small and the historic center is compact. Its walkability makes it easy to reach most of the things to do in Prague with kids on foot.
Prague is also one of the safest European cities, with accessible and nice neighborhoods, making it a great destination for families with children. During the school year, it’s not uncommon to see kids as young as 10 or 12 riding public transportation alone to and from school and after-school activities!
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What to do in Prague with kids
As the Czech capital, it comes as no surprise Prague is a popular place to visit. And yes, Prague is an amazing city, but, will it be fun for the kids, or will it be fun with the kids?
Of course, there are the obvious major attractions like Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square, and Královská obora Stromovka, Prague’s largest park. However, in this post, you will find a couple of out-of-the-box ideas if you’re looking for things to do in Prague with your kids.
What is the best way to get around Prague with kids?
The public transportation system in Prague is very good and inexpensive. It’s free for children up to age 6. Children between the ages of 6 to 15 pay a discounted price.
For families with very little ones, transportation in Prague can be a little challenging but not impossible. Not every metro station is accessible for strollers. On all transport maps, metro stations with elevators are marked with a wheelchair icon.
Another common sight is parents navigating the escalators with their strollers. That being said, most stations in the city center will have a lift. You may want to bring a carrier though. Tram schedules will display which scheduled trams have low decks, for easy loading, with the time in bold print.
Otherwise, the space at the back of each normal tram car is reserved for strollers. You’ll see a black button by the door which will alert the driver that you need extra time to unload.
TIP: During the summer there are public transport boats along the Vltava River that will give you unique, and beautiful views of Prague from the water for the mere price of your transport ticket.
Also, I would suggest looking into the Prague City Card which includes entry to most of the city’s popular attractions. Buying tickets, especially for the castle complex, can be confusing and not something you’ll likely want to deal with when traveling with kids.
What to do in Prague with kids
The Prague Zoo
No family vacation to Prague would be complete without a visit to the Prague Zoo. Zoos might not be the first thing you think about when visiting Prague, but it is routinely selected as one of the best zoos in the world.
The Prague Zoo has over 700 species to view in well-designed enclosures and world-class environments. The Hippo House is a perennial favorite attraction.
The discounted family pricing and impressive size and variety of the zoo make it popular with families. On weekends during the summer it will be packed with families from around the world.
Visit one of Prague’s amazing parks
There are dozens of parks in Prague that are perfect for the entire family. Many have a children’s playground, large green spaces, and walking trails. They are perfect for escaping the city on crowded summer days.
One of the most popular tourist attractions is Stromovka Park, a 250-acre park near the zoo. There are several playgrounds and cafés and restaurants.
During the summer Praguers take advantage of the city’s largest park for all kinds of recreation, from in-line skating to jogging, grilling and picnicking, or just relaxing.
Another fun playground for kids can be found on Dětský island (also known as Children’s island) in the middle of the Vlatva. There’s a large enclosed play structure and it’s a peaceful place to spend a couple of hours outside the busy historical center.
It’s accessible via a bridge between Legion Bridge (Most Legii) and Jirasek Bridge (Jiraskuv Most) but is only open during the summer months.
Go up Petrin Hill
Petřín Hill is a large hillside park in the center of Prague recognizable for its mini Eiffel tower (known as the Petrin Lookout Tower) (Petřínská rozhledna) at the top of the hill. It offers a wonderfully expansive view of the entire city. Close to the Petrin tower is an observatory and a mirror maze.
If you’d rather not walk to the top, hop on the Petřín Funicular. The funicular railway was built in 1891, and will take you there for the price of a public transport ticket; it’s actually part of the public transit system.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the park on May 1 you will see Czech couples kissing under the many cherry trees. This tradition supposedly ensures that the couple’s love will last for the rest of the year, and also keeps women young and beautiful!
Head to the magical Prague Castle
One of our favorite places to explore in Prague with kids is Prague Castle. This is the largest castle in the world and the castle grounds cover close to 70,000 square meters. Plan on spending a couple of hours exploring the complex and if you’re traveling with older kids, consider booking a guided tour.
TIP: Time your Prague Castle visit for noon, and you’ll be able to see the changing of the guards in the main courtyard!
Wander the streets of Old Town
Everyone ends up at the Old Town Square at least once during their visit with kids. The famous astronomical clock that dates to the 15th century can be found here.
When visiting be sure to keep some spare change in your pocket, as there are plenty of street performers about. You’ll find everything from street magicians to musicians, to the classic monster bubble-making entertainers.
There are food stalls, ice cream vendors, and restaurants lining the square. In the winter it is the setting for the gorgeous Christmas Market. Horse and carriage tours are available from here as well.
If you have time, just wander through the streets and alleyways or take a sightseeing tour to learn about the city’s history.
Kid-friendly museums in Prague
There are a number of different museums operated by the National Museum and each one offers something a little different.
The Ethnographic Museum offers a unique look at the traditional folk history of Czechs and has some unique hands-on displays where little ones can even milk an artificial cow!
The National Technical Museum offers exhibits for everything from clocks to trains to cars to printing machinery, and also has a handful of interactive exhibits. Reduced rates are available for families.
For kids and families who love airplanes, the Aviation Museum (Letecké muzeum) is a treat. While it’s a bit complicated to reach via public transportation, free admission makes up for the journey.
Here you can learn about the history of Czech aviation and view a large selection of Soviet military aircraft.
The attendants are passionate aviators and volunteers who are happy to share their knowledge, albeit mainly in Czech.
Take an antique car tour
If you’re looking for a unique way to view the city and don’t feel like walking, Prague Old Car Tours might be fun for the family.
Take a ride around Prague in a classic open-topped car and see the center in style. It’s relatively affordable and five people can ride in each car.
Where to eat in Prague with kids
For a sweet treat, make sure you sample Třdelník, sometimes called chimney cake in other parts of Europe. It’s like a donut, but…different.
Třdelník are rolled and cooked over a fire, and then cinnamon, sugar, chocolate, and other toppings and flavors are available. There are stands all over the city, but the most famous spot is Creperie U Kajetána at Nerudova 248/17. This is on the main street leading up to the castle.
Most restaurants in Prague are perfectly happy to have children, but some might be more entertaining for the little ones.
Does your young kids love trains? Let’s start with a restaurant where small electric trains deliver your drinks while you eat!
The classic Czech restaurant Vytopna has two locations, both centrally located, one on Wenceslas Square and another in the Palladium shopping mall at Namesti Republiky.
The Belgian-themed restaurant Bruxx at Namesti Miru has an excellent children’s play area and a decent selection of beers to keep adults happy too.
La Casa Argentina
La Casa Argentina on Dlouha St. claims to have the best steaks in the city and prides itself on having an excellent children’s corner with a ball pit and other attractions.
Kafárna Na Kus řeči
The Kafárna Na Kus řeči restaurant in Prague’s Vinohrady district may not have a play area but it is most definitely family-friendly.
Any night of the week you will see local families enjoying a traditional Czech meal, and they have the best fried cheese around.
There are frequently tables reserved for groups of children playing Minecraft together as well as adults playing Magic The Gathering. Bonus if you’re a dog lover as there will almost always be a pup or two around.
For something lighter, everyone will love Angelato for a cool treat while touring the often hot city center.
They have the best gelato in town, as evidenced by the long lines, and three locations around the center.
The Koala Cafe in Holesovice is dedicated to superb coffee and making sure children have something to do while the grown-ups enjoy a cup of brew.
Where to Stay in Prague
While vacation rentals are always a great choice for families who want space and additional amenities. There are a few traditional options that are perfect for families too.
Malostranská Residence is a gorgeous property in Lesser Town Square (Malá Strana), close to the Charles Bridge. It is an easy short walk to Prague Castle and Old Town Square. Several apartments have beautiful city views. There’s a tram stop across the street making it easy to travel around the city.
Golden Star is a great place for families, situated in an impressive Baroque building below Prague Castle. Many rooms offer panoramic city views and it’s easy to access Old Town and Charles Bridge on foot.
There are single, double, and triple rooms and even a two-bedroom apartment for families who want extra room.
7 Tale Suites
Located just off the Old Town Square, 7 Tale Suites offers beautiful studios and suites inspired by Czech fairy tales. Easy access to restaurants and attractions makes this a great choice for families.
MOOo by the Castle
MOOo by the Castle offers apartments ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms housed in a 16th century building. It is within easy walking distance to Prague Castle. Apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes and living rooms. I know our family would love hanging out in this space!
Aria Hotel Prague
Aria is a music-themed hotel is also located in Lesser Town and offers a luxury experience the whole family can enjoy. There are a variety of rooms and suites, drinks and snacks available each afternoon, a library, and a stunning rooftop terrace with city views.
The hotel’s location offers direct access to the Baroque Vrtbovska Gardens which are open from April through October.
Hotel Monastery is just a stone’s throw from the Prague castle offering amazing views of the city and special rooms designed for families.
Prague is one of those magical destinations that both kids and adults will enjoy. Whether you want to explore the city’s museums, dine on amazing food, or simply learn about the city’s history, we know this is a place you’ll want to return to time and time again.
Europe Travel Tips
Book Your Flights – You can find discounted fares using sites like Momondo or Skyscanner. If you want to keep an eye on discount fares, we suggest signing up for Scott’s Cheap Flights, a daily newsletter with flight sales around the world.
If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. It’s nice to have a space where you can relax before your flight.
Book Your Accommodation
We regularly use Expedia.com and Hotels.com to find lodging when we travel. It’s a great way to compare vacation rentals, hotels, and resorts.
If your family knows they want to stay in a vacation rental, we recommend looking at VRBO and Plum Guide.
Book Your Transportation
For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. We tend to use Hertz simply for the quality of service. If you need airport transfers, we recommend Welcome Pickups.
When traveling in Europe, we use AutoEurope to make our bookings. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. Europcar is another option. If you plan to take the train, we recommend using Rail Europe.
Book Your Tours and Travel Photos
We regularly used companies like Viator and GetYourGuide to book tours when we travel. Both have great communication and a large variety of activities that work for all ages. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City. Both are worthwhile investments.
Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities. The former teacher in me loves their tours. For unique, curated activities, check out Headout.
One of our favorite things to do annually is taking photos with Flytographer. They have photographers around the world and we’ve used them on four separate occasions. This is our favorite travel souvenir.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
With the state of travel these days, it’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. We always travel with insurance and would recommend SquareMouth, Travelex, or Medjet as good options. And if you want to compare different insurance options, use Travel Insurance Master or World Nomads to find the best policy for your group.