Special guided tours for children
You can attend the festival with your children – there will be a rich accompanying program for them! One of the main attractions of the 7th Open House Prague is ARA Palace, featured in this year’s visuals. Built in the 1930s, this imposing palace was constructed with the use of a steel frame, just like New York City skyscrapers, and it has helped the palace survive two fires. Open areas in the palace will include two floors of HubHub coworking, and there will also be special guided tours for children (age 5+) with worksheets for little architects.
This year we are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Jan Kotěra, considered by many to be the founder of modern Czech architecture. Several of Kotěra’s buildings will be opened during the festival, including Trmal Villa in Strašnice, a country house with elements of vernacular architecture. There will be special guided tours for children that will teach them about the architecture of the house in an interactive and fun way.
Other places where you can take your children include the Prague Institute of Planning and Development; Podkovářská Premises where you can see printing machines and a basketball court on the roof; or Church of St. Anna in the Old Town, said to have inspired some stories written by the famous Czech author Jaroslav Foglar. You can also explore Kovařovic Villa and see other Cubist buildings on Rašín Embankment, or take a look inside the bank vault in Petschek Palace. The list of all special guided tours can be found below. There is no need to register for the tours in advance. Admission is free.
List of buildings with guided tours for children
- ARA Palace – Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.
- Church of St. Anna (Prague Crossroads) – Saturday 11 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.
- Kovařovic Villa and a walk to Cubist buildings – Saturday 1 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
- National Library of Technology – Saturday 2 p.m.
- Petschek Palace – Sunday 1 p.m.
- Podkovářská Premises – Sunday 4 p.m.
- Prague Institute of Planning and Development – Saturday 3 p.m.
- Quadrio – Saturday 10 a.m.
- Štenc House – Sunday 10 a.m.
- Trmal Villa – Sunday 2 p.m.
Like last year, you can visit the lego workroom where you and your children can build the house of your dreams! The youngest children can play with duplo bricks in a special little workroom. Organized in collaboration with Czech Repubrick, the lego workroom will be open the whole weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning. You can also collect stickers of visited buildings and put them in your festival diary. Finally, you can visit the information center and buy beautiful souvenirs, such as t-shirts, bags, matching cards, and more. We are looking forward to seeing you!
More programs for children
Kunsthalle Praha offers children a unique opportunity to explore the former Zenger Transformer Station through a workshop with the Kapla construction set and learn about Václav Zenger and Zdeněk Pešánek through fun coloring pages created by the illustrator Patrik Antczak. Children will also learn about the materials that were used during the building’s reconstruction. The workshops with instructors will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who are brave enough can rent a track bike and take a ride on the oval track at the Třebešín Velodrome. Various activities and a children’s corner will be ready at the National Museum of Agriculture. If you’re looking for a more relaxed program, you can visit the Vlna Community Center where your children can have fun at the playground in the yard, and you can enjoy a cup of coffee. While you’re in the district of Old Ďáblice, we recommend that you also visit the Ďáblice Observatory.
Four dancers, one musician, children, and thousands of paper sheets. Experience a creative adventure through an exploration of dance, movement, and an (extra)ordinary piece of paper! Svět z papíru (“Paper World”), an interactive play created by Mirka Eliášová et al., is an unconventional theater performance. As part of the festival’s accompanying program, the very last performance of the play will take place on Sunday, August 8 at 5 p.m. in PONEC Theater, located nearby the future House of Dance (Dům tance) on Husitská Street. The performance is for children between 5 and 12 years of age. Admission is free, but it is necessary to make a reservation in advance HERE.