Things to do with kids in Budapest

Hungary is a wonderful family destination, and Budapest is a particularly good city to explore with children. Not only does the country offer a plethora of sightseeing attractions which would appeal to people of all ages, but there are also a number of places that kids will especially enjoy. Budapest is a safe city and the locals are generally very hospitable, making it feel family-friendly and welcoming.

The Great Circus, complete with clowns and acrobats, is internationally renowned, and the Budapest Puppet Theatre should top the list of things to do in Hungary with kids, even though the shows tend to be in Hungarian. The Budapest zoo is one of the oldest in Europe, adjoining the botanical gardens and delighting the whole family.

There are many lovely parks in which to enjoy games or picnics and let the little ones blow off some steam. If the weather isn't great and you need some indoor entertainment, head to the Palace of Miracles for scientific games and interactive exhibitions that will excite as well as educate, or visit the Tropicarium, a spectacular aquarium in Campona shopping mall.

Great Circus photo

Great Circus

There's nothing kids love more than a circus performance and Budapest offers a fantastic display in the Hungarian tradition. The Great Circus (Nagy Cirkusz) features an array of cl…

Great Circus

There's nothing kids love more than a circus performance and Budapest offers a fantastic display in the Hungarian tradition. The Great Circus (Nagy Cirkusz) features an array of clowns, jugglers and acrobats, with the Hungarian Circus and Variety Non-Profit (MACIVA) playing an important role in Hungarian cultural life and is one of the oldest cultural establishments in the country. Built in 1954, the circus has a school for performing artists and holds circus camps for children who want to learn. Special events like parades and festivals occur at certain times of the year but show times and prices vary according to the season, so please check the website for details.

Website www.maciva.hu

Budapest Puppet Theatre photo

Budapest Puppet Theatre

The Budapest Puppet Theatre is a great outing for the whole family, ideal for travel in Budapest with kids. While shows are all presented in Hungarian, children remain enthralled b…

Budapest Puppet Theatre

The Budapest Puppet Theatre is a great outing for the whole family, ideal for travel in Budapest with kids. While shows are all presented in Hungarian, children remain enthralled by familiar stories like Cinderella and Snow White. During enactments, the crowd can be heard calling out warnings when villains are approaching or encouraging heroes in their endeavours. It's amazing how little the language barrier matters when it comes to this kind of storytelling. The puppets are proper works of art and come in all shapes, sizes and colours, with some easily recognisable characters and some creative originals. Most adults will enjoy the performances too but can easily head for the cafe during the show.

Website www.budapest-babszinhaz.hu/en