Family Friendly Places
Ostrava is launching a programme that will grant a special label to restaurants and other services that meet the criteria of a “Family Friendly” place. The online map will give you an overview of places that provide extra comfort for families with children, or you can check a list by Trip Advisor. Moreover, there is also a list of events for families by OSTRAVAINFO!!!
The Zoological garden of Ostrava has seen enormous development in recent years. With an area of 100 hectares, it is the second largest ZOO in the Czech Republic. About four thousand animals from four hundred species can be found in the natural environment of the park. The biggest attractions include elephants, hippos and chimpanzees in the House of Evolution as well as the African hoofed mammals in the Safari. Visitors’ eyes are often attracted to the Flamingos that have been successfully kept there for generations.
Lovers of flora will appreciate several botanical pathways. Especially in spring, they can admire the largest number of blooming rhododendrons in the Czech Republic. The ZOO has also an educational centre and several small restaurants. Feeding animals with the zookeeper’s commentaries or night tours can be experienced as well. Small kids enjoy playing in a running water playground near the entrance. Online tickets
Asian Black Bear, source: Zoo Ostrava
With a surface of 14,000 m2, you can visit four different Centres with permanent exhibition halls and one Centre which is designed for temporary exhibitions. The Centres include the Children’s World, World of Science and Discoveries, World of Civilization and World of Nature. The World of Nature is the largest in size – it takes up one floor and an outdoor garden. It also houses a 3D cinema and the Theatre of Science. Learning and discovering by means of games and entertainment, without boring textbooks full of numbers, and based on first-hand experience is what all the centres have in common. Visitors investigate how the human body works, take the time machine to travel back to prehistoric times – the era of mammoths, learn what a rainbow or a storm is and much more.
The unique network of Dinoparks presents to visitors the mysterious world of dinosaurs in their real forms and introduces visitors to the environment of the Mesozoic era. DinoPark offers magnificent moving and static models of the ancient rulers of our planet in living sizes, children’s attractions, DinoKlub, friends Fina Dina and Dinu Minu and much more. The motto of DinoPark is to bring joy, knowledge, entertainment and unforgettable experiences to small and big fans of DinoPark. More than a million visitors come to DinoParks each year.
The observatory has offered many space experiences for visitors since 1980. Visitors can take part in shows and audio-visual performances in the planetarium hall, watch movies or listen to lectures in the cinema hall or explore the interactive exposition in Experimentarium. The observatory is equipped with an astronomical telescope which can be used to observe both the day and night sky during favourable weather conditions. A gallery is also a part of the observatory.
Ostrava has several cinemas ranging from modern comfortable Dolby Sound System cinemas with a number of films to choose from in large shopping centres to smaller “club cinemas” for a limited number of cinema-goers. Some films are dubbed into Czech, others are in English with Czech subtitles.
- The Stodolní Street Area – the Ostrava Entertainment Centre
Situated in the very City Centre the Stodolní Street Area is a famous centre of nightlife and music clubs. The area houses businesses during the day and in the evenings it attracts people who simply want to hang and chill after a long day, dance and listen to music. There are quite a number of visitors from abroad who come to enjoy fun and music. Ostrava has even established a special railway station at the edge of it to make the area even more accessible, although the tram stop can also bring you straight to the place. The bars and restaurants have creative names and there is quite a choice of street food and good restaurants at this location.
Originally at the beginning of the 1990s the area used to be a devastated area where almost nobody was living and houses had not been reconstructed for decades. The very first club that opened there was the “Bastilla Club” (still in operation and not to be missed when you visit), and more bars cropped up quickly; houses were reconstructed and music clubs started to open. Within a few years almost a miracle happened: the once empty area started to flourish with entertainment and busy life. Now you will find good food, music and entertainment covering several blocks. For the better comfort of the visitors the Stodolni Area is a pedestrian zone on weekends.
Stodolní Street Nightlife, source: denik.cz