Different Things to do in Warsaw with Kids and Not Only
Warsaw is a beautiful city to visit and has a great history to discover. You can find a lot of things to do, many monuments, museums, and history to discover. Certainly, when you visit Warsaw with kids, it is a bit different.
Warsaw is a very Kids-Friendly City
Invests and offers a lot for Kids and Families
Wisła River, which runs across the city, offers a beautiful view and awesome cycling paths in nature. Bridges illuminations, wonderful parks, and sandy beaches creating an amazing atmosphere.
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What I enjoy the most in Warsaw is the plethora of beautiful parks and green areas with playgrounds for kids, real sand, and beautiful lakes with ducks. Nearly in every corner of the city, you will find a green area and also something for the kids to do.
Warsaw is a green city, as almost 25% of its area is occupied by fields, green squares, and lush gardens. Some of the parks in Warsaw are historic like the Łazienki (baths) and the Wilanów park.
When traveling with kids in Warsaw, the number one to do is to visit another park rather than only Łazienki and also look for some kid activities on the Wisła beaches!
Get to places where both can have fun, otherwise, it will be a boring experience for the kids and furthermore, this will have consequences.
Finally, especially during the summer, in every corner of the city, there will be events for kids and adults.
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Pay special attention to be close to a park, so you can walk and play with the kids later in the afternoon.
1. Park Szczęśliwice (Happiness) in Ochota (Kids)
Park Szczęśliwicki has located around 5km from the center, in the Ochota district. It was built in the 1960s at the site of a WW2 rubble landfill and occupies an area of 30 ha.
There are plenty of interesting things to do there and it is my favorite park in Warsaw, especially when I am with my son.
The park has 3 playgrounds, a public swimming pool, beach volley court, exercise machines, two lakes with ducks, and a roller coaster.
The top attraction is the ski mountain where you can ski the whole year. There are many restaurants, bike routes, walking routes, and a lot of ice cream.
During the weekend, you mind find also special open events, inflatable castles, kid electric cars for rent, and who knows what else. I am sure your kids will love this park as my son does.
Forgot to mention the awesome Cukiernia - Ciastkowo, where you can find delicious sweets and awesome ice cream.
Take a look at the park's website for more information: «http://parkszczesliwicki.pl/»
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2. Rope Course Bielany Park
New attraction for the entire family in Bielany! Park Website. The Rope Course is a fantastic place. You can experience an adventure with the rope at height, without the need for specialist climbing training.
You can feel the taste of risk, but without the risk and with a large dose of adrenaline. Great fun and active leisure in the open air. Fun in the rope course is an opportunity to check your strength and character in extreme conditions on 5 routes with varying difficulty.
Great location – located at the borders of Bielany Forest, easy access (Wisłostrada-Gwiaździsta), or with bicycle lanes along Kępa Potocka.
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3. Visit the beautiful Saski Garden
Saxon Garden and other various hidden green gems around the area of Mokotów and close to the park Pole Mokotowskie. Examples of beautiful modern gardens with a historic touch are great points for relaxation, for both Warsaw residents and visitors.
Was founded at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries by King August II Mocny, on the so-called Saxon Axis, as a French-style palace garden near the Saxon palace.
It was partially destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising and recreated after the war. Today's Saski Garden is reduced by 1.11 hectares. The area is located in the north-western part, from ul. Senatorska returned to the former owners - heirs of Jan Zamoyski.
4. Kampinos National Park
The park was created in 1959 in the Warsaw Voivodeship and was included in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reservation list. The best is to go by bike as the park offers amazing never-ending routes.
Kampinoski National Park is located northwest of Warsaw, being the only national park which borders the capital with over a million inhabitants.
It is also one of the largest national parks of the European lowland, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Bug River. The Park was founded on January 19, 1959, in order to protect the remnants of the Kampinos Forest in the old valley of the Vistula River.
The current Park area is 36,533 ha, of which 15% is under strict protection. Are you going by car? Here you can have FREE Parking at Kampinos Park.
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5. Copernicus Science Centre - Experiment with Kids
Everyone likes experiments, parents, and children. This is the best place to spend some quality time with your kid, as there are so many things to see and do in this museum and so many interesting engineering to discover.
Just visit the page of Copernicus science center and look for the Young Explorer's Club. Young Explorer’s Clubs, young people, and children jointly conduct experiments under the eye of supervisors and individually gain knowledge.
Throughout Poland and abroad there are over 700 clubs. When you plan your visit to the Copernicus Science Center, please take a look at the Planetarium - Niebo Kopernika.
This is one of the most modern planetaria in Europe, you can see films related to sky and space, nature, and the theory of evolution. Take a look into Heaven of Copernicus (Niebo Kopernika) for more info.
6. Blue City for shopping and more
Blue City is a shopping center which is very close to Szczęśliwice park.
What's the deal with this Blue City in a time that there are so many shopping centers in the town? You can drop your 5+ years old kid into an amazing secure playground where there are plenty of things to do and just go shopping or just have a coffee.
Inca playground is located on the last floor of Blue City next to the gym and they are going to call you in case something happens.
Usually and during the weekends they make some nice activities in the basement for kids and for adults, like a model car race, dancing fountain or a market with interesting products.
Finally, just opposite Blue City, there is another smaller and quieter shopping center, called Reduta. Reduta is a nice small shopping center where you can spend a quiet day, especially when it's cold.
You can find a nice quiet and not expensive cinema, nice shops with good offers and Mleczarnia for the cheapest Polish food.
Finally, there are also 2 free playgrounds for smaller kids, a Carrefour shop, and a KANTOR exchange.
7. Beer Tasting in PiwPaw bar in Warsaw
I know, I said with kids but everyone needs some time for personal treatment. In case you have the comfort to get some quality free time or you can drop the kids with your grandmother then this is the time to visit PiwPaw.
PiwPaw is a BeerHeaven, located in Foksal 16, very close to Nowy Swiat. There are more PiwPaw bars around Warsaw but this is one of the best.
PiwPaw Beer Heaven is a real paradise for beer lovers, as there are 95 taps with a good beer waiting for you and you can try any beer with just 1 zloty.
You can try as many beers as you want, actually, you can get drunk trying. Another awesome craft beer pub in Warsaw is the Kufle and Kapsle.
This bar is located in ul. Nowogrodzka 25 - exactly behind the Novotel hotel in the City Center. Pub with 16+ taps with regional and craft beers.
8. Eat and Party at Paros
It's not that I am Greek and I love Greek food. PAROS Greek restaurant has good Greek food. I used to go every two weeks and I mostly eat souvlaki, tzatziki, steak, pitta, and Greek salad.
My favorite drink is Ouzo but they have nice red wine, mojito, and other cocktails as well. The restaurant is located in Jasna 26 street close to the metro Swiętokrzyska.
After you have a nice meal at Paros, it's time to have some fun. This place has live Greek music and after 23:00 people used to dance on the tables.
Finally, a new Greek restaurant opened in July of 2020 and it is also a calmer party place, check it out, it's Mykonos. It is located outside of the city center.
9. Banks of the Vistula River (Kids)
Grunt I Woda is my favorite place and I enjoy going there with my kids during the weekends, but there are many places across the banks of the Wisła river to visit either with kids or without. Walk across the river, have some beers, and eat something nice.
Grunt in Woda (Land, and Water) is the best place so far for kids. It was closed for some time, but now it is reopened. You can enjoy your beer on the beach while your kids are going to play next to you.
They even do some activities for kids, like drawing and painting to keep the kids busy.
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10. Hop-on Hop-off bus (Kids)
See the best of Warsaw at your own pace on this City Sightseeing hop-on and hop-off, double-decker bus tour. You can see the city’s top attractions with tour stops that include Bank Square, Warsaw's Royal Castle, Old Town, and much more!
Hop on and off at any of the 10 stops as many times as you like for a full day of independent sightseeing around Poland’s capital city!
Especially when you are in Warsaw with kids. The best way to get a good overview of the city and then concentrate on the areas you want to see.
The prices are as below
- A 24-Hour Ticket is €14,65
- 48-Hour Ticket is €19,50
- 72-Hour Ticket is €23
More info: Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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12. Boat trip on the Wisła River (Kids)
A great way to relax and see some beautiful sites in the city that you wouldn't be able to see walking. Make some beautiful pictures and enjoy a different perspective of some quiet, green areas hidden from the rush of the city.
There are plenty of companies doing such tours, like Po Wisle and many others, but we have noticed the Foundation of Wide Water - "Fundacja Szerokie Wody".
The interesting about this foundation is that they provide Free sailing workshops on the Vistula river in Warsaw!
Szkółka - classes are carried out every weekend in September, October, and November and on selected days of the week, determined individually with organized groups. Find more info on Foundation Facebook Page.
13. Visit the 6 cocktails Bar
This is not a usual bar, as you cannot just pass through and walk in to have some drinks. It is a unique style bar in Warsaw with awesome cocktails and a great atmosphere.
Located in a hidden Historic apartment where the young owner of the bar created something very unique. Enjoy some great cocktails, nice music, and the social atmosphere of the bar, but remember.
In order to get in, you need to email the staff in order to send you an invitation and maybe some instructions on how to get in.
14. Papugarnia Carmen - Warsaw with Kids
This is a unique attraction for young and older people. You can find more than 100 different tropical birds flying around you. You have the chance to touch them, buy some food and feed them and you can make some beautiful pictures while the birds eat from your hand.
Also, offers the ability to organize birthday parties for kids. In order to get there, you need to take any bus to the bus stop: "Łopuszańska". Find more info on Papugarnia Website.
15. Warsaw's ZOO - Warsaw with Kids
Check for Free Walks during July and August at the Warsaw Zoo. The Warsaw Zoo and Garden was founded in 1928. It is hosting more than 12,000 animals from around 500 different species in 40 hectares.
The Zoo of Warsaw is open every day including Sundays and other holiday's from 9:00 until 17:00. The price of a normal ticket is 25 PLN, while you can buy a family (2+1) ticket for 50 PLN.
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16. Rent a bike or take a Bike Tour
Renting a bike from one out of the 366 Veturilo bike stations located across the city of Warsaw is a must. Discover the city by driving your bike around the center and next to the banks of the Wisła river.
Cross the beautiful parks of Warsaw and have fun in the forests that surround Warsaw! Taking a bicycle is very easy, as you just need to log in, pay PLN 10-15, and then you can use any bike.
Also, there is a very easy-to-use application for bike rentals. Warsaw has many cycling paths across the city and you can nearly go anywhere you like.
Note that if you are planning to stay somewhere for long, it is better to drop the bike at a station nearby. The first 20 minutes are for FREE and then for the 1st hour, the cost is just 1 PLN. Check more info on VETURILO Website
For more transportation options, check the Warsaw Transport Guide
BE AWARE: ALL CYCLISTS IN POLAND!
Drinking alcohol and driving a BIKE is illegal in Poland. Getting caught after drinking as little as one or two beers will get you in trouble.
If you are lucky enough 300PLN fine, and spending 1+ hours in the back of a police car can be the least!!
17. Visit Krakow and Auschwitz
In case you are going to visit only Warsaw and you have one spare day, we suggest visiting Krakow and Auschwitz. You can go by train to Kraków, around 2 hours and 30 minutes. The ticket prices start at around 15 euro.
You can book your train tickets on the Intercity Website. Check also the TLK train which goes in 3 hours and has better prices.
From Krakow to Auschwitz you can take the bus which is around 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost around €4 per person one way. The bus departs from Krakow's main bus station, MDA, Bosacka 18. Remember to book your tickets to Auschwitz in advance.
Book your tickets from the Auschwitz Museum website or book an all-inclusive tour from Warsaw or Krakow with us.
Finally, you will travel back to Krakow and then back to Warsaw in the same way. The best is to stay for a night in Krakow and start your trip to Auschwitz early the next morning.
In case you are looking for convenience, we can book for you an all-inclusive tour from Warsaw to Krakow & Auschwitz with hotel pickup.
For the Greek people, we organize Greek-speaking tours to Auschwitz, but you will have to get to Krakow by train first.
18. Multimedia fountain in Warsaw
The show combines five elements: Water, Beautiful Colors, Lasers, Music, and Timing. These five elements are synchronized to give you an amazing presentation that lasts about 30 minutes.
Multimedia fountain in Warsaw was opened in May 2011 as part of the city's ongoing attempt to increase its cultural and tourist attractions. The 'Multimedia Fountain Park' is a visual delight located in a short walk north of the Old Town.
Shows take place on Friday and Saturday from 21:30 until 11 August. From 17 of August until 29 September: Friday and Saturday at 21:00. See more info at the Warsaw Multimedia Fountain Website.
19. Osiedle Jazdów
An extremely intimate, small, and green estate-colony of 27 wooden Finnish houses, which was built right after the end of World War II in 1945 at ul. Jazdów 10/5. These houses came to Poland as part of the war reparations that Finland had to provide for the USSR.
Now, the place holds very interesting events, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes for children, garage sales, and more. Find more information on Facebook.
I hope you enjoy your time in Warsaw with Kids!
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