We don’t know how it happened that we didn’t commit this post earlier ;) Attractions for children in Lodz is definitely something we are very familiar with :) Lodz is our city, which we know quite well…. But with a child we discover it anew! So we present you with a list of places to see if you have a weekend family getaway planned.
We have written about Lodz many times before (such as here: TOP 10 attractions in Lodz ), we also happened to mention attractions for children, but as our little one grows, we discover more and more interesting places that we want to share with you today.
We don’t like to sit idly at home, even if we don’t travel anywhere, we try to get out in the fresh air and discover interesting places in our area, including our home city. And this city is changing, developing, revitalizing, and with all this, more and more interesting places are being created, ideal for spending time with the whole family, which with children are worth visiting.
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Lodz, attractions for children – our suggestions
The places mentioned below are for children of different ages and interests, so we are confident that there is something for everyone. An inventory of what we believe are the best and biggest attractions below (random order).
>> We also recommend our text: Attractions for children in Poland !
Let’s start with the most famous and most visited place by tourists. We are, of course, talking about Manufaktura, the revitalized former Poznański factories. Although many people may associate it only with a shopping mall, it is worth bearing in mind that it is also a huge cultural and entertainment complex and there are many interesting places here, all children will be happy!
The market is the center of Manufaktura – there are fountains, a large throne, carousels and numerous seasonal attractions. Thus, for example, in the summer you can relax here on a deck chair or play beach volleyball on the artificial beach, and in the winter you can go ice skating. It often hosts concerts, educational events, fairs, various shows, etc.
The manufactory is also a good place for inclement weather. It is worth taking a look at the following located here Experimentarium , a place where you learn about science through play.
Kids experience, touch, test, experiment, learn about various laws of physics – the perfect way to combine pleasure and utility. There’s no denying that it’s not a place that can compete with the Copernicus Science Center, or the one we recently visited The Knowledge Mill in Toruń . Here the area is considerably smaller, and the experimentation stations are more modest and compressed as well.
At the beginning you go through a dark tunnel that spins around you and because of that you have the feeling of rotation…. not recommended for small children and pregnant women, because it can make you sick ;) But as soon as you close your eyes you can walk through (the staff also turns off the tunnel as you ask). Later, one enters a large room divided into smaller sections, which is semi-dark. In the different parts of the Experimentarium we learn about motion, senses, or electricity.
We recommend to come on Saturday from the morning, because then it is cheaper to enter – 10 zloty per adult (normal price 17 zloty).
Manufaktura also has a movie theater, bowling alley, climbing wall, playroom and many restaurants. There are also museums (the MS2 Art Museum and the Factory Museum), but these are more for older children and adults.
EC1 and Planetarium
We have already written a separate entry about the New Center of Lodz with EC1 at the forefront ( here ), so to make a long story short: this is the former power plant that supplied the city with electricity, now renovated, converted into a cultural and educational center. The place is still being developed, new interesting facilities are being built and interesting exhibitions are being held, but you can already take full advantage of the Planetarium and EC1 Science and Technology Center .
At the Planetarium, we can watch shows in 8k resolution on a giant spherical screen. Note that the minimum age of the child is 5 years.
Fortunately, there is no lower age limit for the EC1 Science and Technology Center, and our two-year-old was already interested in some of the exhibits. To be fair, however, it’s better to come here with older children, whom we can introduce to the history of the place and tell them about power generation. Many installations, games using new technologies and requiring interaction with other people await visitors here. Great place, huge dose of knowledge, well-trained and open-minded staff who encourage you to have fun and discover the history of the place.
In addition, it’s worth keeping an eye on, as we know there are plans to create a special space for the youngest, which could be strong competition for the previously mentioned Experimentarium in Manufaktura.
The list of attractions for children could not lack a reference to the film Łódź, called HollyLodz . Unfortunately, the Museum of Animation Se-Ma-For has been closed, but you can still go to the Museum of Cinematography , where there is an exhibition entitled “The Palace of Fairy Tales. A palace full of fairy tales , aimed at the youngest. This is an exhibition of fairy tales that sooner we parents know from our childhood, but toddlers will be happy to pose with the Moomins, meet Rex, Pik Poka and many, many other fairy tale characters.
A good addition to this fairy tale journey will be a walk around the city in search of fairy tale characters, which were created as part of the project Fairytale Lodz . In various corners of Lodz you will find small bronze cast monuments depicting various heroes.
Even if your children do not associate these fairy tales at all, believe us that they will want to take a picture with Uszatek Bear , Pik Pok Penguin or Plastus , and for adults it will be an opportunity to recall childhood fairy tales.
We toss in a list of sculptures with addresses:
- Teddy Bear Uszatek, ul. Piotrkowska 87
- Colargol Teddy Bear, a playground on the corner of ul. Sienkiewicza and Traugutta
- Penguin Pik-Poka, in front of Aquapark Fala, al. Lublin Union 4
- Cats Boniface and Philemon, pl. Victory 1
- Ferdinand the Magnificent, in front of the entrance to the Lodz Gallery, corner of al. Pilsudski and ul. Sienkiewicza
- Enchanted Pencil, ul. Traugutta 18
- Plastic, Park im. Sienkiewicza
- Three Teddy Bears, at the entrance to the Lodz Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture from the side of the street. Million Dollar
- Sparrow Cwirek, Park Źródliska, by the Palm House
- Maurycy and Hawranek, in front of the zoo, St. Konstantynowska 8/10
Another place, next to Manufaktura, that every visitor to Lodz visits. However, are there any places here that will appeal to the little ones as well?
You may be intrigued by the beautiful Passage of Roses – This is the courtyard at 3 Piotrkowska Street, where the walls of the buildings were covered with pieces of mirrors! An exceptional and unique project – it is worth taking a look at this yard.
Not far away, in Liberty Square, is the Museum of the inner tube , a great attraction for slightly older children. We set out through the sewers that are located under Liberty Square equipped with flashlights to not only see what these sewers look like, but also to learn about the history of the place and the sewer system in Lodz.
A stroll down Piotrkowska Street is also an opportunity to meet Uszatek the Bear (see the Fairytale Lodz section), you can sit at the piano here next to Rubinstein, and be sure to touch the nose of Tuwim, who is sitting on his bench.
Piotrkowska has long since ceased to be a typical shopping street. It is dominated by restaurants, cafes, pubs and service outlets. With kids, we especially recommend going for delicious ice cream and donuts!
Parks and playgrounds in Lodz
In Lodz, even in the center, you can breathe (at least a little) fresher air in the parks. There are many parks and interestingly arranged playgrounds.
We especially recommend away from the center playground on Zdrowie , which was built on the site of the former Lunapark. Very coolly prepared, there are a lot of interesting solutions and games for the little ones.
This is not a typical square with swings and merry-go-rounds (you’ll find one right next door, fenced off). Here you can run on footbridges, swing on pendulums, climb – hullo! It is crowded here even in winter :)
Also remote, but recommended, is the so-called. Grinder – is a space that was put into use quite recently and attracts whole families, because in addition to the playground, there are barbecue areas and playing fields. And the playground itself looks great from a bird’s eye view ;)
We also encourage you to take a look at Park Źródliska , which can be seen when visiting the aforementioned Museum of Cinematography. Here there is also a playground, but definitely smaller. However, we recommend it, because it is one of the nicest parks in Lodz, and the oldest park in Lodz. On its territory there are Palm House and family cafe Tubajka .
Arturówek and Lagiewnicki Forest
If someone still does not have enough greenery, we invite you to Arturówek and Lagiewnicki Forest! It is a huge forest complex, within the borders of Lodz, and on top of that it is part of the Lodz Heights Landscape Park.
Here you can find numerous hiking trails, biking trails, as well as for horseback riding. And, of course, you can’t leave out the ponds in Arturówek precisely, which are a cool down for the city’s residents on hot summer days. You will also find a very cool children’s playground there, which is perfect for toddlers all year round!
Some love it, others hate it – we like it a lot, and by no means because of the swimming pools, as we use those little.
Aquapark Fala is also slides, a Jacuzzi, a pool with artificial waves, salt water pools, massages, water whips and a separate Sauna World, available only for adults. It’s also several wading pools for the little ones with slides and other attractions for toddlers, with ozonated water (as of recently!).
So what’s not to like about this place? It’s crowded here – it’s undoubtedly the place that offers the most water attractions in Lodz (it’s the largest aquapark in Poland, by the way), so it’s no wonder that many people come here. If you want to avoid the crowds then we recommend coming after 7 pm or first thing in the morning.
Entrance, especially for the whole family is unfortunately a considerable expense, for example, a family of 2+2 (children under 3 enter for free) on the weekend, for 3h at the pool must pay 132 zlotys. We use Multisport cards, so entries are included in the subscription.
Is it worth it? It’s worth seeing for yourself :) We like this place, especially considering all the water massages, bubbles, salt water pools and everything that helps to relax :) Kids will have fun on the slides (of which there are plenty here) or on the artificial wave.
Botanical and Zoological Garden
Not far from the Wave is the Zoological Garden and the Botanical Garden.
Lodz Zoological Garden so far we do not recommend :) So why are we including it in this list? It is currently undergoing modernization, brand new enclosures for animals are being built, and they have been transported to other zoos in Poland for renovations. Anyway, we don’t hide the fact that our Lodz garden has never been animal-friendly, but we hope that this will change after the mentioned reconstruction, and the animals will get better conditions. The project includes the creation of Orientarium – is to be the answer to Wroclaw’s Afrykanarium , and the work is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Botanical Garden is a rather quiet place, so it will be more suitable for a walk with the display of individual species of flowers and trees. Children may find the walks, excursions or meetings organized here interesting, during which experienced staff not only tell about different species, but also organize creative workshops and demonstrations.
Our opinion about attractions for children in Lodz
As you can read above, children will not be bored in Lodz :) If you are planning a family weekend in this city, it is worth including at least a few items from the above list in your plan, and we assure you that you will not be disappointed.
We also recommend you our other entries from our city:
- Our TOP 10 attractions in Lodz
- Places to see in Lodz according to Lodz bloggers !
- The best restaurants and cafes in Lodz
The comments are yours! Ask, recommend other interesting places of the city of Lodz! :)