Krakow is a very child-friendly city offering a variety of parks, museums, exhibits, performances and indoor activities, beautiful outdoor spaces, excellent food, good playgrounds and amazing cultural sites in general. Traveling with kids can be super exciting and memorable. Here’s a list of some activities in Krakow that a whole family will enjoy.
1. Stanislaw Lem Garden of Experiences
Address: 68 Aleja Pokoju
The Garden of Experiences (c) is an open-air, hands-on educational exhibition where kids can play and discover the laws of physics and nature through experiments. It covers an area of six hectares within the Polish Pilots’ Park. There are about 70 experimental exhibits in the garden, from a giant kaleidoscope to a model of the Solar system to magic glass, all designed to stimulate the imagination of the garden’s youngest visitors.
2. Krakow Zoo
Address: 14 Ul. Kasy Oszczędności Miasta Krakowa
Featuring hundreds of different animal species, exotic and domestic, this historic menagerie is a beautiful area with lots of activities for parents and kids. The zoo is located in the center of Wolski Forest. There are about 260 species, represented by almost 1,500 animals. They include pygmy hippo, ant tapir, Przewalski’s horse, antelope, snow leopard, Amur tiger, jaguar, fennec, monkeys and many others. In Mini – ZOO created for the youngest, you can stroke and feed ponies, miniature rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, dwarf goats, donkeys and llamas (food is prepared by the garden employees and is available on the site).
3. Papugarnia Amazonia
Address: 23 Rynek Główny
Here you can get into an amazing adventure full of unusual colors and sounds! Only here you can see some colorful, exotic birds really closely, and even feed them! You can communicate with unique parrots, learn about their habits, sensitivity, cover them and also pet them so they will repay you with fun time together if they trust you. Meeting sessions with parrots last 20 minutes (you can join every 20 minutes starting from every full hour). However, you should be 5 minutes earlier, because before starting each session, parrot owners need a moment to briefly introduce you to the subject and prepare visitors for this unusual meeting.
Address: aleja 3 Maja, Zator
Energylandia is the largest amusement park in Poland, over 26 ha of the area. A must-see place for everyone who wants to experience amazing moments and have fun. Of course, the park has zones for children, so as you can see the whole family can spend a great time. The park is divided into 4 themed zones: Bajkolandia with attractions for children, Family Zone for whole families, Extreme Zone dedicated to all hungry for sensations and a high dose of adrenaline and Water Park – Energylandia Water Park is 1800 m2 of swimming pool area. In Energylandia there are a total of over 80 attractions for all ages, including 12 rollercoasters. You can also see stunt shows, artistic performances by dancers, circus performers and acrobats.
5. Dragon’s Den
Address: 5 Wawel
The kids will love the Dragon’s Den, the former home of the legendary Wawel Dragon, and the fire breathing dragon, located under the magnificent Wawel Castle. This is a legendary cave at the western slope of Wawel Hill above the Vistula riverbank and has been known as the monster’s den. In fact, the Dragon area’s oldest residence, inhabited by men from the Stone Age through the 16th century. The tourist route is more than 80 m in length! It starts with a spiral staircase leading from the top of the hill into deep three chambers. It is interestingly lit and you will walk out near the River Vistula by the dragon. A bronze sculpture of the Krakow Dragon stands on a boulder by the exit of the Dragon’s Lair. The sculpture spurts fire on demand via SMS message. Have you ever had an opportunity to visit the natural cave in the city centre? So don’t miss this great adventure!
6. Krakil — Museum of Illusions
Address: ul. Straszewskiego 15
The Museum of Illusions offers interactive, immersive and fun experiences for children of different ages as well as their parents – an unusual and exciting place for the whole family! The exceptional educational experience is enriched by interactive entertainment — drawing with light, creating shadows and unforgettable moments in an upside down world. They have 4 exhibitions: Optical illusions, Physical illusions, Special illusions and Historical illusions. Visiting this kind of museum will make magical memories as well as lots of fun photos!
7. Ciuciu Cukier Artist - the world's smallest sweet factory
Address: Ul. Grodzka 38
Visiting this super small sweet factory is great fun for kids as they can participate in making candies! Also, they can watch the special demonstrations on how candies and lollipops are created from beginning to the end, and smell the wonderful aromas floating around during production. Of course, after that kids will enjoy tasting warm candies in 50 different flavours like cinnamon-apple, cappuccino with chocolate, amaretto with chocolate, passion fruit and others. Ciuciu Cukier Artist produces sweets by hand on the basis of the method taken from small manufactures of the 17th and 18th centuries. All sweets are made 100% by hand, without enhancers, using only natural dyes and are gluten free.
8. Villages of the World - Global Education Park
Address: ul. Tyniecka 39
Villages of the World is created for a comprehensive intercultural education of children and youth. Here you can enjoy an interactive tour of six original settlements from different parts of the world: a traditional Ghanaian village, a Peruvian hut, a Native American tipi, an Arctic igloo, a Mongolian yurt and a Papua stilt house. Visitors learn about the culture, everyday lives, and problems of the neediest inhabitants of the world in an interactive way.
Children and their parents can participate in family workshops with guide Misyjkiem. It’s a great opportunity to spend time together as a family, visit interesting places and get to know the lives of people in other parts of the world.
9. AMPA - Park Rozrywki dla Dzieci
Address: ul. Centralna 41A
AMPA is one of the largest and most modern amusement parks for children in Kraków. There are lots of different attractions: a toboggan run, a trampoline, a fast zipline, swings, carousels, climbing and obstacle courses. There’s a specially created for smaller children toddler zone equipped with mini slides straight into the pool with balls, safe climbing, cars, blocks and toys. AMPA also has a room full of fun, educational games and kinetic sand!
There’s a cozy cafe on site where parents can enjoy aromatic Italian coffee, tea, delicious pastries (or ice cream for the little ones!) It’s even possible to leave children under the care of qualified staff.
10. The Kraków Chocolate Manufactory
Address: Brzozowa 8.
The Kraków Chocolate Manufactory is a unique place in the heart of Kraków, combining the best chocolate traditions from all over Galicia - from the unforgettable taste of pralines made exclusively by hand according to old recipes, to the legendary Kraków chocolate. They organize special chocolate workshops for children aged 1-3, preschool children and teenagers as well as for adults! During the workshop, you and your loved ones will feel like the heroes of the chocolate spectacle. Each participant will receive a chocolatier's outfit and special ingredients. These workshops are truly great fun with chocolate for kids which brings everyone lots of joy!
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