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Košice with its interesting attractions and events is a fun place where you can do sports, discover new things and enjoy good food… No wonder children love Košice. Explore it and have fun with them! Košice can offer more than appears at first sight. Roman Sorger, the founder of the project for children Haliganda Land, will try to convince you.

“Our friends coming to Košice with their children envy us for many things they do not have in other towns. The Jazero lake, here you can take a stroll, skate in winter or summer, swim or try out water-skis. Sundays in the city centre combined with a visit to the Puppet theatre, National Theatre, chocolate house, strolling along the pedestrian zone with an ice-cream at the singing fountain, are all great ends or beginnings to the week. Many families with children from Košice and the surroundings seek out events belonging to the local atmosphere of the city, such as Summer in the Park at Kasárne/Kulturpark, with theatre performances, concerts and creative workshops, Nuit Blanche full of lights and unusual installations in the city, Night at the Museum with the unforgettable atmosphere of the city at night and museums full of parents and children, and our festival Haliganda Land full of exhibitions, unusual concerts for children, creative workshops, theatre performances from Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as various City Wandering Tours.

Košice is a fantastic place with many little secrets that are worth exploring with the kids. A bus can take you to the city suburb of Šaca where you do not look for US Steel, however, but explore two manor houses with your children, especially the old mill with preserved mechanisms. Different public transport connections will take you on a visit to the archaeological site in Nižná Myšľa with local museum. If you spend more time in the city, definitely visit some of the maternity centres that organise programmes for the whole family alongside their other projects.”

Having arrived in Košice, places for children are situated only a little apart. Plan your exciting day or weekend. Whether it is raining or the sun is shining, whether you have a curious little person at home or a demanding teenager, Košice is the ideal place to spend your time together.

An ideal to start your city walk is the guided city walk “The most beautiful jewels of Košice”, which will take you and your children through the most beautiful places of the main street in a quick way that will not bore you. If you prefer a new experience from the very start – go to the East Slovak Museum to see the exhibition of Carpathian Nature. The old prison Mikluš Prison with wax figures of prisoners and an authentic torture chamber, as well as the Executioner’s Flat, voted the best Slovak exhibition of 2009, promise complete fun, or at least it will scare the small rascals a little bit. Older children and little explorers will be thrilled at the displays of Slovak Technical Museum, in particular by its Sieň elektrických výbojov (Chamber of electric charge). You can choose from various directions from the centre: to the north for the Botanical Gardens, where great exhibitions take place every month (from orchids or butterflies to spiky cacti) or to Kavečany where you will find Košice Zoo, DinoPark ZOO with the unique dinosaurs from the past, the dry toboggan run and an entertainment centre (trampolines and monkey bars). Heading in this direction, you can stop and explore Košice Castle and marvel at the view from the Watchtower.

You have two choices in the direction of Čermeľ: either hop on the amazing old Children’s railway and be transported to the recreation area Alpinka, a beautiful forest park with children’s playground and high rope park Tarzania, and a golf course for the more mature of us. Or you can climb a hill to the traditional relaxation spot of the people from Košice – Bankov, where you can play mini golf, visit the spring or chapel, have a barbeque, sit on the terrace around a children’s playground or swim in the pool of the oldest Slovak hotel.

In the north-east of the city the Hornád River borders the popular park Anička where you can find a children’s play area with mini golf, playgrounds, a maze and children’s motorbike rental. A festive spring ritual to “unlock the waters” takes place in the park in April on Earth Day.

In the opposite direction to the south, young sports enthusiasts can head off to the Sports and Entertainment Centre on Alejová street where there is a children’s traffic playground, the most modern and professional concrete skate park unparalleled in Slovakia, an ice-rink and other sports fields. Further south the Aviation Museum is situated near the airport. You can plan your visit with children in September, for instance, for the Retro Air Show combined with an air show by vintage planes. The club organising the aviation weekend prepares another event for children and families in May, with historic re-enactments and battles just as they once were in Košice and its surroundings. Another ideal place for relaxing and doing sports is situated to the south of Košice, in the suburb called Nad Jazerom – a lake area with more playgrounds, sports fields, a cycling trail that can also be used for in-line skating along the Hornád River, a high rope park, a beach and a water-ski tow line where children can try out water skiing or hydro-skidding.

Enjoy adrenaline and more fun with a hot air balloon flight over Košice, a ride in a graffiti, historic or devilish tram, and horse riding at the ranch Ranč Ortáše and in Zelené údolie near Alpinka, or a hiking trip to the chalet Lajoška.

Košice will welcome you and your family for special events: for the little ones we recommend the Bábkové divadlo (Puppet Theatre), as well as workshops, playrooms and meetings in the maternity centres Haliganda or Stonožka, creative workshops for promising artists in the East Slovakia Gallery or events for children such as Celebrations of Košice City Day, Košice Gourmet Fest, Summer in the park, International Peace Marathon (you can run a mini marathon with your children) or the World Cosmic Week. The Domino free-time centre, libraries and the National Theatre Košice also prepare programmes for older kids. On a rainy day you can take them to the cinema in the shopping centre Optima to see a 3D film.
Teenagers might like and get inspired by Use the City festival, the skate park on Alejová street, hockey matches in STEEL ARÉNA, or the film club Biograf. If your child likes classical music, they could very well enjoy festivals of classical music (Košice Musical Spring or the Contemporary Music Festival).

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