Summer break is already here and with all that time off from school you may have to wreck your brain sometimes for activities to keep the little ones entertained. We have good news for you, Budapest is brimming with fun summer programmes for kids. We have gathered the 10 best ideas for your family regardless of whether you live here or are coming for holidays. Get ready for a whole summer packed with excitement, discovery and adventure!
The miniature pony farm sits on the edge of Normafa, and is a hidden gem of all things small, cute, and cuddly. Children can make new furry friends with tiny ponies, donkeys and pigs while exploring the farm and participating in fun daily events.
The Palace of Wonders, also known as the Center of Scientific wonders aims to show the beauty of science and technology to the young generation. The 5,000 m2 entertainment centre with over 250 games will leave your children amazed and wanting to come back for more.
3. Roman Beach on the Danube
Located in the 3rd district, Római-parti Plázs, Budapest’s only free beach on the Danube is soon to reopen after nearly half a century. Beachgoers can have a splash between 15 July and 21 August in panoramic natural settings. Your family’s safety is guaranteed by the Danube Coast First Aid Service of the Hungarian Red Cross.
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Located only 15-minutes away from Budapest, in Mogyoród, Aquarena awaits families with an extensive waterslide system and weekly events for kids. Dinosaur and Africa-themed pool parties set the mood for children who can take part in various fun activities such as animator shows, dance clubs, mini disco and numerous water games.
Visitors can enjoy concerts, interactive exhibitions, creative spaces, and music education activities in the House of Hungarian Music. The institution organises several open-air free events and concerts for children this summer for which check out their programme calendar.
Take your children to Budapest’s green oasis, Margaret Island to get some fresh air and enjoy the many free open-air concerts, events and puppet shows the Margaret Island Theatre holds every Saturday and Sunday for families.
Green adventures await children just 20 minutes from the city centre. Stroll around the park and get eye-to-eye with 50 different species. With a fantastic range of experiences to enjoy, you are sure to love your day at the Budakeszi Wildlife Park.
8. Indoor Play Centres
When the urban heat gets unbearable, indoor air-conditioned play centres offer a refreshing relief. Local families’ top favourite spots are Elevenpark in Újbuda with its 3000 m2 play area and MOM Park Play Centre. Football courts, crawling tunnels, inflatable castles and many more soft play opportunities await the little ones.
9. Cave tours in the city
When the thermometer hits 35° C, escape the heat and bring the whole family to explore the underground beauties of Budapest’s numerous caves. Our favorite picks are the Pálvölgyi Stalagmite Cave, Szemlő Mountain Cave and the thermokarstic Molnár János Cave.
One of Budapest’s most unique sights, the line of the Children’s Railway stretches among the lush Buda Hills. Unlike other railways though, this one is run by children. The lookout towers, forest playgrounds and other attractions that lie close to the stations make the Children’s Railway the ideal jumping-off point for a half-day trip for families.
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