It hasn't been easy being cooped up indoors since the Polish government introduced restrictions to try and limit the spread of the Coronavirus, however, as the measures are gradually being eased, it's once again possible to get out into the world and enjoy some forms of leisure. Finally, there's going to be more to do than simply go out for short walks - something that kids will no doubt be delighted about! It's worth noting that as of Saturday 15 May, restrictions on wearing face masks outdoors are no longer necessary, so long as social distancing of 2m can be maintained - if this isn't possible, like in public transport, then covering your nose/mouth is a must! Furthermore, as of Saturday 29 May, cinemas, theatres, operas, fitness centres and amusement parks re-opened under a strict sanitary regime - only half of available seats will be occupied at cultural and entertainment venues, with people to be kept 2m apart and being obliged to wear masks. It's a small price to pay, and a price tag we won't argue with.
We're all beginning to breathe a cautious sigh of relief, and we truly hope everyone will be able to enjoy what Warsaw has to offer to families with kids. With the new measures in mind, we also understand that there will still be an air of apprehension hanging over the city, maybe people still feeling uncomfortable about being in areas full of people. After so long of being encouraged to remain indoors, binge-watching films and TV series, we doubt there will be hoards rushing to a cinema to be cooped up indoors again! We've provided a bunch of recommendations on what to do in the city with the kids, with a heavy emphasis on outdoor activities, but if you choose to go to indoor venues like museums or entertainment centres, before you go, we fully recommend checking that they are open (some have chosen to remain closed for now) and what restrictions or sanitation measures they have in place!
Now that the formalities are out of the way, it's time for a recap on what you can actually do in Warsaw! First off, it has a tonne of sightseeing, but we agree, maybe not all places are suited for a younger crowd. You can only expect the younglings to be quiet and respectful in churches, memorial sites and boring history museums for so long, and you can’t expect them to enjoy cellar bars or stylish clubs at all. There must be something else to do in this town, right? Yup! What we've learned during our time exploring the city is that not only is it quite an impressive place for anyone wishing to explore, it also has quite a lot of stuff for kids to see and enjoy, come rain or shine, you'll always keep them occupied!
We’ve created this section to help you find exactly those things, and send your kids back to school bragging about what a great visit they had in Warsaw. Below we’ve listed local family-friendly destinations under the categories of Indoors and Outdoors, plus reliable recommendations for where to eat and drink where your kids will be treated as welcome customers, rather than ire-inducing annoyances. Some venues are described in more detail elsewhere, so follow the links.
Of course the first step to having a great family day out is to accept that what you want to do, and what your kids want to do are hardly one and the same. That said, there’s no reason you can’t find some common ground in Warsaw’s major attractions.
As for museums, the perfect choice is to go to the Copernicus Science Centre, which will not only keep the kids entertained with the games and interactive nature of the museum, but the adults with also have a whale of a time too. We mentioned history can be boring for kids, but the Warsaw Rising Museum is super-modern and highly interactive, with even kid specific educational zones. The NBP Money Centre is also a great choice - truly immersive and interactive! The Dollhouse Museum is a charming experience showcasing over 120 historical dollhouses, and various other settings, with unique detail borne from a passion centred around mankind's oldest toy.
You'll be glad to know the city has a bunch of kid-friendly venues up its sleeve (where you'll no doubt have fun too)! If leisure is more your thing, then Atlantic Cinema on ul. Chmielna or any of the cinemas in each of Warsaw's shopping malls are good options to see the latest kids' movies on a rainy day. If more action packed indoor attractions interest you more, Warsaw also has Hangar 646 for trampolining madness. Hulakula Leisure Centre in the Praga district not only has bowling, but an indoor playground for the kids to run wild! MK Bowling Entertainment Centre in Galeria Młociny is also a great venue for adults and families with kids. For the sports obsessed children (and adults!), two fantastic options are to take the kids to the PGE National Stadium and Legia Warsaw's stadium, both of which offer tours. For the more adventurous, how about a bit of flying around? No, really, there's an indoor Flyspot where you can fly around inside a wind tunnel. Absolute fun for all involved! IF that’s not enough, FSO Shooting Range is immensely fun, and supervised! For something completely different, check out Selfie Museum Warsaw, essentially a museum dedicated to selfie pics inside various crazy setup rooms!
Sometimes the best thing to do when there’s easy-tiring kids involved and you want to see as much as possible is to simply walk, or take a charming walk along ul. Nowy Świat to ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście and onward to the Old Town, where in the warmer months especially, the area very much has a family atmosphere, and street performers are out in force to provide entertainment. Other outdoor leisure activities could include a simple walk through Łazienki Park, with plenty of cute squirrels running around, peacocks and ducks too! Going further along the Royal Route, you can end up in Wilanów Palace and Gardens - picturesque, educational and pleasant to walk around. For more animals, where else fits the bill better than Warsaw Zoo? The lengthy Vistulan Boulevards provide a great space for those wishing to walk, or even bike, skate or play in specially installed sand pits for the kids. For general cycling, we highly recommend using the Veturilo city bike hire service, with plenty of cycle lanes across Warsaw to ride safely.
Regardless what you decide to do, you and the kids will have plenty of fun - after the last few months, we're more than delighted to be out and about in Warsaw, and we hope you enjoy your time here too!