Think Poland is Just for Grown-Ups? Think Again

Visiting Poland

You might be expecting this entry to be slimline, after all, Poland is the quintessential adult destination, right? Well, yes, Poland is a superb destination for adults, but it’s not exclusive. Poland packs a punch when it comes to offering something for kids of all ages, interests, and personalities. What’s more, the best Polish child friendly attractions are set against a culture and backdrop that is inherently child welcoming.

Visiting Poland is fun for kids in so many unique ways, but more than this, the Polish culture actively encompasses children within the everyday. Public transport is child-friendly, with reduced fares, most attractions have thought of younger visitors. Polish restaurants, except the very high end, welcome children with a smile and appropriate offerings. Overall, the family-centred culture makes for a safe, enjoyable time.

 

Whatever your family are interested in, whatever they want to try or are looking for, Poland will have it.

 

Visiting Poland can be fascinating!

For Kids Who Just Want to Touch & Learn

Take a child to a museum and you’re going to be battling against a barrage of ‘look, don’t touch’. Many of Poland’s top museums have thought carefully about younger visitors, making sure they are catered for, and able to learn in a fun and interactive way. Top child-friendly museums in Poland include:

Copernicus Science Centre (Warsaw): with seven permanent exhibits which actively encourage a hands-on approach and a chance to explore and test out how a huge array of things work, Copernicus Science Centre is a must for younger visitors. Whilst being particularly great for primary-aged children and teenagers, the youngest visitors aren’t forgotten with a dedicated area for the Under-6’s.

Planetarium (Warsaw): For space lovers, don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit Warsaw’s planetarium. Check out their website for up to date information on child-friendly shows and activities.

Poznan Croissant Museum (Poznan): Take our word for it, this isn’t exactly a museum, and it’s certainly not what you would expect. This is an absolute gem of a find for anyone with children who love to cook, get a little mucky, and get stuck in. It’s more like a workshop, with an opportunity to get baking with a chance to make croissants themselves.

Porta Poznania (Poznan): This fantastic history museum situated on Cathedral Island is both interactive, engaging and fun. Once little legs are tired, and grown-ups need a much needed rest, head to the roof to their chill-out zone. Even more, the museum hire out audio headsets for you and your family to explore the city, some with a focus on games and fun with an educational twist.

Hewelianum Centre (Gdansk): This is a hive of bustling activity with interactive fun exhibits as well as a giant play area to burn off some energy.

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Oswiecim-Krakow): Whilst not recommended for younger visitors (after all this is a state memorial), teenagers will experience a powerful history lesson with a visit to this previous WW2 concentration camp. Carefully done, and beautifully presented, if your child is old enough then don’t discount this important part of Polish history.

 

Best Zoos for Animal Lovers and Wild Adventurers

Poland has a multitude of zoos that home a vast array of species from around the world as well as species unique to this area of Europe. Out child-friendly zoo recommendations in Poland are:

Warsaw Zoo (Warsaw): With over 4000 animals, the main highlight of Warsaw Zoo doesn’t even require you going in to the zoo itself (although we think it’s very much worth the trip). The Brown Bears of Warsaw Zoo have a large outdoor enclosure butting up to one of Warsaw’s thoroughfares, and as you wander past you can see the bears as they feed, relax, and play.

Oliwa Zoo (Gdansk): If you’re in the region of Gdansk and looking for something to entertain the younger members of your party, then do consider a visit to this wonderful gem of a zoo.

Poznan Zoo (Poznan): Poznan Zoo gets a family-friendly thumbs-up because it is like a park with the zoo woven in between, the enclosures are enormous, and animals like tigers and bears have large roaming spaces. For your own active chimps, there is an adventure rope park on site too.

Oceanarium (Krakow): Krakow’s aquarium is loved by kids of all ages: with delights such as  gently bobbing seashorses and colourful tropical fish to daunting sharks.

Dinosaur Lovers: If you’ve got any budding palaeontologists on your hands then Poland has the answer, with a selection of dinosaur parks to please these explorers. There is Jura Park (Baltow), Park Dinozaurow (Leba), and Krasiejow Dinopark (Krasiejow).

 

Trains, Planes, and All Things That Move

Kids can’t fail to be amused and entertained by transport, and probably a large number of dads too. Of course there are the regular public transport options for getting from A to B, but taking a trip just for the sake of admiring and enjoying all things ‘transport’ we have some top Polish recommendations:

Narrow Gauge Rail Museum and Steam Train Ride (Sochaczew): For junior train spotters, or those simply enthused by steam engines, then don’t miss out on an opportunity to take the 11 mile ride to Kampinos National Park and enjoy a picnic.

Dunajec Raft Trip (Zakopane): For an experience with a difference, climb aboard an incredible handmade raft which is then ‘sailed’ by Tow Gorale, Polish highlanders, wearing traditional dress. As you travel through the beautiful countryside, the kids will just love the experience.

Mount Gubalowka Funicular (Zakopane): Please the adults in the party with stunning views, and mesmerise the children, with a trip in the funicular to the top of Mount Gubalowka.

Cable Car (Zakopane – Kasprowy Wierch): If you’re not actually planning on skiing then we recommend you take the children on the cable car outside of ski season to avoid the queues, but it is well worth doing. Children love the ride and the views from the top are spectacular.

Horse & Sleigh Rides (Zakopane): Children, particularly the youngest, will adore a winter wonderland experience being transported in a horse drawn sleigh. Wrap up warm and enjoy the tour before heading back in to Zakopane for a warming hot chocolate.

 

Czarna Perla (Sopot): Jack Sparrow fans will be delighted with the opportunity to climb aboard this authentic pirate ship. Whilst surrounded with all things pirate, a subtle, fun, and interactive history lesson awaits.

Citadel Park (Poznan): Younger visitors will love the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the jet planes from the Poznan Army Museum that sit within Citadel Park. Whilst there make the most of the fantastic playgrounds on offer within the park itself.

 

Poland’s Unique Highlights for Kids

Some of Poland’s very best attractions are keen to draw in the younger visitors and make their unique experience enjoyable and rewarding. Whilst at first glance you may think these places as reserved for adults only, let us unveil the child-friendly side.

Wieliczka Salt Mine (near Krakow): No visit to Poland is complete without an excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Whatever your preconceived ideas of a salt mine you may hold, throw them out of the window, because you will be impressed and amazed with the caverns and even cathedral, underground in this mine. There are special tours organised for children which include a delightful balance of fairy-tale characters, enjoyable games, puzzle solving and even an interactive playground. Definitely not one to miss.

Underground Rynek (Krakow): Lying underneath Krakow’s famous and much loved Market Square is the Underground Rynek. Here children delight in a Child-friendly tale of the Rynek Dragon.

Smok Wawelski (Krakow): If tales of dragons isn’t enough, wow the kids with a fire-breathing monster. Krakow’s dragon breathes fire every few minutes and as such draws an excited crowd.

Lipowiec Castle (near Babice): Whilst children used to being told off for scrambling on ruins may frequently have their experience tampered at home, Lipowiec Castle allows visitors to have a scramble on the enticing ruins. The Vistula Ehtnographic Park nearby also often host workshops for children on all sorts of crafts from paper cutting to Christmas decorations.

Goats at Poznan Town Hall (Poznan): An attraction not only for the clock with the butting goats that come out each day at midday, kids love this because of the crowd it draws daily.

Wroclaw’s Dwarfs (Wroclaw): A visit to Poland wouldn’t be fulfilled without at least a few hours spent hunting down some Wroclaw Dwarfs. These little bronze friendly fellows pop up all over the city and families love to explore and try to find as many as they can hiding in all sorts of places from benches to shop windows.

 

For the Water Babies and Their Big Siblings

Poland does aqua parks in a big way, and wherever you are in Poland you shouldn’t be too far from somewhere to head in search of water-based indoor (and outdoor) fun. Our favourites are:

Park Wodny AquaPark (Krakow): Not just a fitness centre for the grown-ups, this aqua park offers a range of pools, some with climbing walls with a plunge to the water below, and flumes. A fun and immersive water experience for kids of all ages with a dragon fountain, wave pool, paddling pool for the toddlers, and even a play centre on site.

Wroclaw Aqua Park (Wroclaw): The main attraction here is the fun wave pool as well as a gentler lazy river for relaxing whilst afloat.

Aqua Park Zakopane (Zakopane): If you need a change from the incredible outdoor experiences of Krakow, then head to the aqua park which has fantastic flumes in a light and airy environment.

Termy Maltanskie (Poznan): A brilliantly fun water park for all ages with flumes, fountains and waves, with both indoor and outdoor pools.

 

Parks & Playgrounds, Playful Children’s Fun

As Poland is so child-orientated, every city welcomes children with a fantastic and growing number of playgrounds. Additionally, some of Europe’s very best parks are to be found within Poland’s borders, and the best for children include:

Park Jordanski (Krakow): This park is fantastic for children visiting Krakow. Not only is there plenty of space for running and playing games, there is an artificial lake in the centre with paddleboats and canoes, plenty of track for cycling, and even a train ride around the park.

Park Skaryszewski (Warsaw): Again you can hire canoes within the Park Skaryszewski in Warsaw as well as letting children let off some steam.

Lazienki Royal Residence Park (Warsaw): This is a beautiful park with formal style gardens, but nonetheless it is a perfect and welcoming spot for children to play a game of hide and seek or relax with family.

 

Adrenalin Junkies & Older Kids and Teenagers

Travelling with older kids can be a case of striking the balance between attractions for everyone and events that will have them enjoying themselves and feeling included. Poland has a young and vibrant feel and as such has plenty to offer the bored teenager as well as older kids looking for an adrenalin hit, or something ‘cool’.

Adventure Park (Gdynia): With a range of outdoor pursuits including archery, zip wires, assault courses, and quad bikes, the Adventure Park at Gdynia is perfect for your adventure seeking kids.

Trampoline Parks: Trampoline parks are springing up around Poland much like in other European countries. Most cities and larger towns are now within easy reach of a trampoline park, for example Jump City in Gdynia.

Skiing, Snowboarding and Tobogganing (Zakopane): If you’re visiting Poland in winter then consider fuelling a love of wintersports with opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, including classes as required.

Mount Gubalowka Toboggan Run (Zakopane): If you’re visiting Zakopane in the summer then ride the funicular to the top of Mount Gubalowka and get a kick as you whizz down the toboggan run.

Watersports (Mazurian Lake District): The Mazurian Lake District offers a huge range of water sports whatever your passion. From sailing to windsurfing, and canoeing and cycling alongside the lakes, watersports is this regions means of exploring nature.

Escape Rooms (Gdansk): Teenagers will love the thrill of attempting to solve the puzzles and tricks to escape from a themed room in a set time. A fun and alternative family activity that will challenge and ignite enthusiasm.

Zalesie Mazury Spa (Mazury): Unlike many other spas, the Zalesie Mazury Spa welcomes younger visitors at their Kinder Spa where little people, older kids, and even teens, can be pampered alongside their parents.

Go-Karting, Cinema & Bowling: If the above aren’t enough to keep your older kids entertained and out of boredom, then look around the area you’re visiting for one of Poland’s many opportunities for go-karting, cinema, and bowling.

 

Build Some Sandcastles

Sometimes a family holiday isn’t complete without a trip to the beach, and despite preconceptions, Poland is no exception. Poland has fantastic beaches to be found, namely Sopot beach and the nearby beaches on the Hel Peninsula. Offering a relaxing opportunity to unwind in the sun, these areas are popular with families in the summer months.

 

Visiting Poland is Bursting with Child-Friendly Experiences

As you can see, Poland offers a vast array of experiences and attractions for families and younger visitors. From history to adrenalin sports, from culture to fun, there really is something for everyone in Poland.

 

Come and explore, Poland is waiting for your next family holiday.

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