I know there are winter ice rinks in every big city, but I really love the ones in Prague – they take you to interesting places that you could miss otherwise… Here are what I consider the most popular family ice skating rinks in Prague. Read on and find out where to go ice-skating in Prague with kids.
If your children get too tired or cold and need to take a break, let them. Chris sometimes wants to rest “forever”, a little puzzle or coloring page comes in handy then. You can download and print out this Activity sheet about Czech Winter with a puzzle and a quiz.
1) Ice skating in Prague: under the Žižkov TV Tower – with the best views
You can see the TV Tower from everywhere! And kids love it because there are babies crawling up and down it. Thanks to its visibility, it’s easy to ask a taxi to take you to it. The ice-rink is right under the Tower, by the restaurant Miminoo (mimino means baby in Czech).
You pay an entrance fee (250 CZK for the whole family) by the outside bar of the restaurant
to get into the rink. Plus you pay some more for the skates (50 CZK per pair) – the skate rental is just around the corner. They have all sizes available, including children’s skates even for very young children.
The rink is open from 9 a.m. on weekends (and from noon on work days) until 9 p.m.. Every two hours the rink closes down for an hour so the ice can be cleaned, which means it’s best to check the exact opening hours. It’s also handy having the Miminoo restaurant and bar right next to it – so you can order hot drinks while skating.
What makes this place special? After ice-skating you can climb up the TV Tower for the best views of Prague! Don’t worry, you don’t have to take the 736 stairs up, the elevator will take you right to the top. And if you’re thirsty or hungry, you can sit down at the cafe and enjoy the view together with some drinks or snacks.
2) Ice skating in Prague: Na Františku – along romantic streets
The easiest way to get here is to walk – it’s just a mile from Wenceslas Square. If you take a taxi, it will have to take you around the inner center – still this is only a two-mile ride. Na Františku is actually an old hospital in the Old Town, but right next to it is a sports park with an ice-rink.
The ice-rink is open daily all winter long. The weekend opening hours are from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. You can check all the opening hours here.
The entrance fee for one time slot is 50 CZK for adults and 30 CZK for children. You can rent skates here for 50 CZK per pair. They have children’s skates as well, starting with size 28 (this European size fits children around the age of five).
What makes this place special? After ice-skating you can peek into the garden of the Convent of Saint Agnes, just walk all the way around the ice rink from the outside to get in. There is a permanent exhibition of Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe (part of the National Gallery) inside. Then take the short walk to the Old Town Square along streets such as Kozí and Dlouhá street. This part of the Old Town is magical, not as crowded, and with some of the best restaurants, cafes and shops in the city.
3) Ice skating in Prague: Harfa – shopping like crazy
Here’s an option for those who’d like to go shopping. Take your children to the shopping center Harfa (either by taxi or yellow metro line, station Českomoravská), go shopping and let them skate on the roof.
The ice rink is open daily for small children (up to the age of ten) and their parents from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Then it’s open every day to the public from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays there are also evening skating sessions from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Adults pay 50 CZK, children are free.
What makes this place special? It’s handy if you want to go shopping. One of you can stay with the children and watch them, the other one can look around the shops. This shopping mall is mainly for locals as it’s not in the very center.
4) Ice skating in Prague: Ovocný trh – right in the middle of it all
And if you don’t really want to plan anything, you can stop by the ice rink on your way between Wenceslas square and the Old Town Square. I’m pretty sure you’ll bump into this ice rink even if you’re not looking for it.
The ice rink is right in behind the theater Stavovské divadlo, it’s open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and it’s for free. You only need to pay for the skates rental. There are a lot of animation programs going on as well. This place might be a bit crowded though. Taken together, you can expect this place might be a bit crowded.
Ready to have some fun on skates with your children in Prague? Use this handy map to figure out which one of my favorite rinks suits you the best spots for ice skating in Prague.