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Visiting Warsaw with kids is an experience you won’t soon forget as you discover some of the best things to do in Poland’s capital as a family. From historic wonders to adventure-filled experiences, Warsaw is a wonderful place to visit with children.
The Best Things To Do In Warsaw With Kids
Warsaw is proof of how Polish citizens appreciate their monuments. In this richly historical capital city of Poland, there is no end to such sites and attractions.
It may have you wondering if it will be a struggle to find things to do in Warsaw with kids so that you can have some quality family time, where even the littlest travellers can have fun. While your kids may remain silent during your visit to one of Warsaw’s incredible history museums, it doesn’t mean you should expect them to enjoy it.
Thankfully there are plenty of Warsaw attractions that kids will love!
We are going to share with you what to do in Warsaw, including some places that your children will love. And ones they can’t wait to brag about when they get back home!
Explore Old Town
Kick-off your Warsaw family trip by immersing yourself in one of the most beautiful Old Town squares in Europe. We love spending time in Warsaw’s old town and our kids do too.
It’s amazing to learn the history of how Warsaw was destroyed during WWII, yet restored into the thriving historic centre it is today.
There is always an abundance of activity around the square itself, right alongside Warsaw’s Royal Castle. You will often find street performers day and night.
There is also market stalls and delicious Polish food in the Old Town area. Enjoy getting a little lost together and see what you might find.
For a great vantage point of the Old Town Square, The bell tower at St. Anna’s Church stands next to Plac Zamkowy. If the kids can manage the 150 stone steps to the top, it will be well worth it.
Warsaw Royal Castle
While you are in the Old Town area, don’t miss your chance to explore the Royal Castle – the former home to Polish rulers.
You will enjoy the unique history of the Castle. Older children will likely appreciate hearing the stories and challenges of the structures, while younger children will get joy from pretending they are little princes and princesses exploring their palace home.
Another beautiful castle to explore is Wilanów, which is a Baroque-style palace turned museum. In Winter it turns into the Royal Garden of Light, making it a memorable stroll you won’t soon forget.
Copernicus Science Centre:
There is no better way to inspire children than by giving them education with entertainment. Copernicus Science Centre will help you discover what it was like for Neil Armstrong to take his first step on the moon. Or learn your body’s physiological responses through interactive exhibits.
Younger children will love Buzz! This children’s gallery encourages youngsters to explore and discover.
The Science Centre is loaded with family fun and limited-time displays that the kids will love exploring. Plus, you can do your own little experiments and figure out the mysteries of senses.
Things not to miss at Copernicus Science Centre:
- Robotic Theatre
- The Experiment Zone
- High Voltage Theatre
If you want to add the cherry on top to your Copernicus visit, don’t miss the Heaven of Copernicus Planetarium. With films, live shows and laser shows to suit different ages, it’s a real treat for science lovers.
Royal Łazienki Museum & Park
It does not matter how many times we visit, Łazienki Park remains my favourite places to visit in Warsaw and somewhere we will always make time for. While children may not be thrilled at the idea of a museum, they will love everything else about your visit.
The Palace on the Isle is a beautiful historical building that now houses the Royal Picture Gallery. In the warm seasons, it overlooks the stunning lake, with ducks swimming around.
In winter, it turns to ice, making it a breathtaking view no matter the season.
Kids will love exploring the gardens with peacocks wandering around and other wildlife. There are lots of squirrels climbing up the trees.
If you are lucky enough to visit in summer, there are often concerts near the Monument of Chopin.
The Warsaw Zoo is not only home to a wide range of animal species but also offers its own unique history. It’s a place where children and adults can delight in an educational encounter.
The Warsaw Zoo offers the opportunity to see thousands of animal species -elephants, giraffes, and poisonous snakes to name a few. You will have the chance to meet mighty gorillas and see the modern hippo habitat.
Plus, the history attached to this Zoo gives you an empathetic look into some of Warsaw’s harder times. The Zoo’s director, Antoni Zabinski, provided shelter to many during World War II.
Rope Course Bielany Park
The rope course Bielany Park is an awesome place. Your children will definitely get a kick out of the rope climbing adventures, without special climbing training required.
There is no age limit for Bielany Park, making it an attraction for the whole family if you dare.
Get a huge burst of adrenaline in 5 different safe and exciting adventure zones. With varying difficulty stages, anyone can test their strength and endurance along the rope courses.
Tip: Don’t forget to stop somewhere along the way for a Polish ice-cream. The super tall lody soft serve cones will make every child’s day… especially if they have reached their limit with walking and exploring!
Multimedia Fountain Park
Located on the left bank of the Vistula at the foot of the old town, Multimedia Fountain Park provides you with a colourful experience.
Harmonious displays of water, lights, and sounds will have children enthralled as a story is told. Experience stunning performances while sitting on the grassy slope nearby.
The fountain show occurs every Friday and Saturday at 9:30 PM in May, June and July, at 9 PM in August at 9:30 PM in September.
In winter, the main fountain changes into a multicolour animated sculpture of laser lights, with weekend shows accompanied by Christmas music.
There is a playground nearby for children to enjoy a play break and to give mum and dad a chance to sit and rest for a few minutes.
If you are visiting Poland in summer, the Vistula Boulevards are filled with people enjoying the sunshine and fun Warsaw activities that kids will love.
Take a paddle boat out on the river or spend some time at the mini beach area. This urban beach area is certainly a unique experience.
There are food stalls with international cuisine, beach volleyball nets, plus an array of cycling and walking tracks to enjoy.
Palace of Culture and Science
Easily the most prominent building landmark in Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science stands tall along the city’s skyline. The building is a constant hub of activity all year round.
Take the lift to the top and enjoy the observation deck of Warsaw’s tallest building. Kids will love seeing the whole of Warsaw from above, at 114 metres high.
Throughout the year there are concerts, performances and museums, including the somewhat eerie Dollhouse Museum that will take kids on a nostalgic journey into toy history.
You will also find a cinema, restaurants and shops. There is plenty to do in and around the Palace of Culture and Science as a family.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Last but not least, book a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus to do the sightseeing of this historically rich beautiful city.
This bus will provide you with the ability to stop at many of the most iconic points around Warsaw and experience these places at your own pace. With a full day of independence, this is the best option to explore with kids if you don’t have your own transport.
Our kids love hop on hop off buses because they know each stop will bring something new to discover. Plus who doesn’t love a double-decker bus!
Planning your Warsaw Visit
Warsaw is one of our favourite places in Poland and somewhere you won’t want to miss. From the high contrast modern, growing city centre, set against old town quaintness. It really does have it all.
Best Accommodation In Warsaw
There is no shortage of accommodation in Warsaw, being such a large city. If you want to stay close to the Old Town area, you can expect to pay a fair bit more.
For budget-friendly family accommodation, these hotels are good options:
Alternatively, book a private apartment or house via AirBnb. This is something we have done on one of our stays, although it was tiny for a family of 4. It can often be a budget way of staying closer to the city centre.
Getting Around Warsaw
Warsaw has an extensive public transport system and is relatively inexpensive to get around. Buses and trams will take you to all the tourist attractions if it’s too far to walk.
You can get tickets at ZTM points, in some newspaper kiosks and from ticket machines in the metro stations.
There is also a public bike hire system if you fancy yourself a bike ride around town. The first 20 minutes are free!
Or if visiting Warsaw with older kids or teens, join a guided bicycle tour as a fun way to see the sights.
Dining Out In Warsaw
Just as accommodation is more in the Old Town Square, food prices are also higher. Walk a few blocks and find much more affordable options if you are keeping your trip to a smaller budget.
A Warsaw foodie tour is a fun option if you are visiting Poland for the first time.
Supermarkets stock plenty of options for easy meals. Fresh bread and cold meats are divine. Bakeries sell freshly made or made to order sandwiches for breakfast and lunch too.
Otherwise pierogi, Polish sausages, pork knuckle and a sneaky vodka for mum and dad are all highly recommended!
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