5 “must do” in Warsaw with kids
Recently my sister has visited me with her family. For her kids it was the first time in Warsaw. Therefore I wanted to make sure that this weekend is really special and find some interesting, fun things to do for them. I must admit that it was quite a challenge, since it was the first time I had kids over and I did not know, what our city has to offer for such young tourists (4-7 years old). But as it turned out, from a childs perspective Warsaw is a really exciting and diverse city – we have Big Ben (the Palace of Culture and Science), New York skyline (the city center), the Golden Gate Bridge (Siekierkowski bridge) and much more! So after a successful weekend, I am confident to give you some tips on what places are worth visiting with a child in Warsaw.
Copernicus Science Centre
Copernicus Science Centre is not a typical museum. It is an incredibly interactive place where children (and not only) can learn about the world through playing and experimenting. Among other things, we can learn about the laws of physics, biology, robots, history or ex. learn how the world looks through the eyes of a snake. Exhibits can and should be touched, providing great entertainment. You can also come to family workshops and joint events for children and parents, specially tailored to the age of children (3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years, etc.). Scientific demonstrations are also organized here, as well as various theaters and other events. On site there are animators who can help with sightseeing and answer questions.
Adres: ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20
In Warsaw with kids – old town
Not having children yet, I do not normally pay too much attention to the available attractions for kids. So going to the old town, I was convinced that children will be extremely bored there. I could not have been more wrong! The Warsaw Old Town proved to be one of the most interesting places for my nephews. The royal castle, long colorful ice-cream, street artists, stands with balloons and many other attractions charmed the boys. They were sightseeing quite eagerly.
Multimedia Fountain Park
A must see in the Old Town is the Multimedia Fountain Park. The weekend was really hot and we were hoping that a breeze from the fountains would cool us. But it turned out that despite signs to not enter the water, at such high temperatures, the fountains turned into a swimming pool for the heated kids. It was a really nice surprise! During the day, the fountains are impressive, but for the real spectacle you should come here in the evening. You can enjoy the colorful multimedia show of dancing water every Friday and Saturday evening at. 9.30 pm from May to September.
Adres: Park Fontann znajduje się na podzamczu, na skwerze im. I Dywizji Pancernej u zbiegu ulic Boleść i Sanguszki
The Warsaw ZOO is quite large and you can see numerous species of animals here, including lions, a tiger, elephants, gorillas, giraffes, hippos and sharks. Different kinds of events are also being organized here, for example recently there was a day with toys for animals. On summer weekends you can also enjoy a boat ride between the monkey islands. The little harbor is named after King Julian from the Madagascar fairytale . You can also come and watch the feeding of animals, the schedule of which can be found on the official website of the zoo. The territory of the garden is large and beautiful, so you can spend a pleasant day here with your family.
Adres: ul. Ratuszowa 1/3
I think that it is also worth to mention an unplanned and quite unexpected attraction that we had, which was a lot of fun for the kids – riding the subway! The boys had seen a movie shortly before coming to us, where there was a scene of an accident in the subway, and from the early morning they demanded that we ride it. The next day, when we asked what they liked most about Warsaw, they responded that it was the underground. So if you have little guests from smaller cities, where there is no subway – I recommend such a ride as a fun thing to do.
Dinner choice in Warsaw with kids
Once you get tired of sightseeing and start looking for a place for dinner – I highly recommend Bierhalle. Every Saturday and Sunday, when the parent orders a main course for himself, children get a dish from the children’s menu for free. In Warsaw there are four Bierhalle restaurants. We chose the one in Wilanów, at Royal Wilanów. In summer children have lots of attractions on the outside there, which also provided a pleasant and peaceful end to our day. Nice atmosphere, good food and delicious beer brewed on site for the adults and tasty, free meals and a place to play for children – what more could you ask for!