Thursday, 15 November 2018

No need to hibernate - here are 20 great worldschooling activities for the cold season!


Time to get the winter clothes and toboggans out and store away the summer stuff. (yes we still have the air-con and summer toys out). Its chilly for sure and the trees have dropped most of their leaves. Its still green grass and colourful though. The sky is crisp when its sunny. It is actually quite nice then.

So here are some ideas for those sunny, lovely days. If someone would like to do a group excursion to something, please say! As it is for now, we are too busy to arrange things but are happy to do so when requested if we can.

This is the best things to do outdoors on lovely days now:


1) Stromovka park is always at the top of the list for us, simply because its one of the best parks in the world. Its beautiful, you can find climbing trees, there is a bike dirt track, nice road to rollerblade and cycle at, areas to play football, put up a slackline and other things, beautiful ponds, and best of all is the Vozovna playground where you have things for different ages and its really easy to have a baby and toddler (changing table at toilet, and overall kid-friendly.

2) Prague zoo - is one of the top places for kids in Prague definitely. Most of their info is in english also, and its so big you would have to come several times to see all properly. The playground tower thing is excellent. Monday is the cheap day.

3) The maze at Troja castle. This is a beautiful place, if you have time you can walk from Stromovka and take the boat to the other side. Its fun to play hide and seek in the big maze. In the middle is a climbing tree. Its free of charge to go in the gardens.

4) Toulcův dvůr - This is a farm place that arranges activities for kids. We havent been there but have many friends that reported that this is a really nice place, so this is the next thing we will do when we can.



5) The climbing play ground at Branik. This is a really fun place with a big play ground, with things from toddlers up to adults actually. The cafe there has an indoor play ground as well and activities for kids.


6) From a couple of sources we have heard that the play ground Dětské hřiště Točná which is located by a small private airport is really fun, we would like to try that also. See link for location.

Ice skating at Letna with the Prague castle in the background.

7) Soon there will be "free" (well tax funded) ice-skating in different parts of Prague. If you dont have ice-skates you will be able to rent there. For a list see this link.

The biggest natural stone arch in Europe in Bohemian Switzerland.

8) Our favourite activity on nice sunny days when our energy levels are up and all of the family is free is to skip town. There are so many lovely places to explore outside of Prague, not far away at all. The Kokorin forest for instance is amazing, as well as Bohemian Switzerland or Bohemian paradise. Its stunning in the autumn.

Skiing at Bozi Dar

9) Go to the mountains and go skiing! The ski resorts should open soon, probably in the beginning of december. Or so, we hope, this year being warmer than usual. Some favourite places includes Lipno, Bozi dar and Severak for families.

10) Botanical gardens. Its so beautiful, even in the late autumn. There is also a tropical green house and often some kind of activity.

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This is the best things to do indoors on those rainy and dark days now:


1) Go swimming! There are plenty of good swimming places in Prague, both for learning to swim, exercising and just having fun. We tend to practise at our own but happily have company when we just are going for fun swimming. One good place for both learning and playing is Aqua centrum letnany lagoon. There is a 25 m pool that is about 1 m deep at one end, that we practise in, and there is a warm baby pool, some bubble pools and a big slide that is slow enough that I can go with our 1 year old on. Another good pool is Sutka, there are a couple of slides and its not so big at the fun area but the exercising pool is huge. There is a learning pool that seems to be open just sometimes and maybe on fridays.



2) Go climbing! There are many climbing places. Czechs seems to have a thing for that. We enjoy going to boulder bar that doesnt have high walls where you can just climb without ropes. Its toddler-friendly also. And sometimes we go to Big Wall, where we can climb with ropes and they have affordable private lessons. 

3) Go to the museums! There are many good museums here. Some that we enjoy again and again are the Technical museum where they have a play area with mecano, the Agriculture museum and DOX.



4) Go for walks for fresh air and then warm up in cosy cafes. A maze in Tchaiovna is our top choice for that, were we can warm up with the best chai tea in Prague and play board games.




5) On every other wednesday there are art workshops for kids 1-5 years on Narodni Galerie near Veletrzni Palac. Our kids that are 6 and 8 enjoy it. I guess the age range is set thinking that all kids over 5 would be in school. Sometimes we see other older kids there too! The cafe next to it has a baby play area and really nice pita bread with hummus, so we go sometimes there for that.

6) The Christian library arranges kids story reading and activities. You can see their events here



7) Visit science centers. There are two big ones that I know about, like VIDA science center in Brno and IQLandia in Liberec, both are well worth a trip out of town.

8) Shopping centres! Maybe it sounds dull or doesnt appeal but even for those that oppose the consumer culture the shopping centres can indeed be a savior those days when the rain pours and you just have to get out of the house and dont want to spend money on kids activities. In Letnany they have a creative building area for kids which we enjoy, they can easily spend one or two hours there without getting bored. In Cerny most you have one free area for toddlers and big kids and one play area that is staffed and that you can pay for. Also IKEAs play area "Småland" is not so far from the Cerny most shopping center.

9) Book a lego or lego robotics lesson with Kiddum. We do this every now and again and enjoy it very much.

10) Get artsy at Draw planet arts school. They have drop in or you can arrange a class or private lessons. We used it for a few months and thought the teachers were very good. Our kids enjoyed it but have other interests now.

Saint Mikuláš


And of course with Christmas times coming up there will be tons of activities for children, so we are counting on doing lots. Like the devil and angel - thing! Yes in Czech republic the angel or devil will tell your kid if he/she has been nice or not. If nice youll get presents if not coal. We will try it this year. So mark 5th september in your calender if you want to try this strange czech tradition. For more info on that see here.

Worldschooling apartment


Are you not worldschooling in Prague yet? Our worldschooling apartment is available again. Wwe have been fully booked through out this year and the next booking is until 10th jan. We are looking to host a worldschooling family that would like to stay +1 month, preferably longer term! 

This apartment is located in the Holesovice which is our favourite area in Prague, well, our base is here also! It is fully equipped, having learned many lessons staying in 100s of airbnbs and temporary places through our many travels, so we know whats missing. We have toys, books, even a hammock and very good wifi. For more info please see www.familyapartmentprague.com




Worldschooling apartment now available to book at Flatio


We have just listed our apartment on Flatio and already have two booking requests!

Flatio is like airbnb but for longer term rental, not just a short weekend, its for a few weeks and maybe up to a year long rentals.

There are the common payment options and also bitcoin, which we are glad that they are offering (since our personal belief is that this is the future and fair way of storing value and do transactions).

The apartment is located in a residential really nice area with plenty of cool things to do, 10-15 min from the centre. Its comfortable for a family of 5-8 people.

You can see our apartment listed ON THIS LINK.






Thursday, 25 October 2018

Autumn colours, indian summer and the botanical garden in Prague


We are blessed to live in a place where there are so many things to do for home schoolers.. well this is why its hard to leave Prague. We had a bit of a struggle though with getting colds after colds after colds in more than a month almost constantly, with a few days here and there that we could actually do stuff, and those days were amazing.

We have had such warm weather its been summer until almost the end of September, then it was cold for a while and the summer came back so we could go to a lake and play at the beach. The water was freezing though!

The quarry Mlekojedy - half an hour north of Prague. The picture doesnt make justice for the bright autumn colours.

It was amazing that we could play in the water and get some sun like this in the middle of October in Central Europe!

There are small beaches all around it, you need to check its safe for the kids though. The water is crystal clear. Where we were at the east side it was shallow and it was just us there.
There is an island. And some people were windsurfing.

One of my favourite places in Prague is the Botanical garden, its stunning with the autumn colours and its still blossoming there. They have activities for kids and workshops - we went there with friends a few times and also on worldschooling excursions. I like the pumpkin exhibitions. Also there is a tropical glass house called Fata Morgana. Outside of it Banana trees grows. There are places for bbq and beautiful walks. And ponds with turtles and a bee house, and many strange and beautiful things.





The sunsets over the vineyards and Troja castle are truly stunning.

Edward in a giant spoon. He loved it!



They are so creative, here a witch with spiderweb and there was pumpkin snow white and other things.

Kids loved playing in the tipis.

The tower was a bit leaning but fun and a little scary for the kids to climb.

The same artist made these metal giraffes.

I was taking a photo of the pumpkin carving but Winston threw a ball at me!

Feeling exotic with banana trees planted outside the big green house.

Maddie with her pumpkin creation.

One favourite part for parents is the Vinotéka sv. Klára, on the vineyard slopes towards the Troja castle and mazes. You can drink wine from there and eat grapes in the sunset. It is too hot in the summer to do this, but the autumn and spring is just lovely. You can reach the botanical gardens with bus 112 from the metro stop Nádraží Holešovice, it only takes 10 minutes or so. If you are feeling more adventurous you can walk through Stromovka park and take the (free of charge) little boat to the other side of the river. 





The best is to start at the north of the botanicals and make your way down the hill. 


Map for the quarry Piskovna Mlekojedy

Monday, 15 October 2018

October and halloween activities for the worldschoolers



Programme the next week (15-19th october)

Monday 15th - 3 pm - join for a beautiful walk at the botanical gardens. We will have a look at the pumpkin exhibit. In the late afternoon the parents can enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the city by the vinoteka at the vineyard slopes. Its predicted to be 21c and sunny. More info


Tuesday 16th - 4.30 pm - Nursery rhymes and music. This is a group music workshop held EVERY TUESDAY  at Kino Pilotů, Vrsovice. Lessons are divided into two age groups; ages 1 - 3 y.o's (5.30 - 6.00 PM) and 4 - 7 y.o's (4.30 - 5.30 PM) More info


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We can recommend these activities for Halloween: Most likely at least some worldschoolers will go to these, let us know by messaging or writing on the facebook page if you are going and Ill make groups if many people are going to the same ones.

21st october - Pumpkin play at the botanical gardens. More info

22nd october - Forest walk and play at Divoka Sarka nature reserve. Its quite a cool place with ravines and fairly wild nature for being so close to a big city.

25th october - Pumpkin carving at 2 pm at vodnicek at areal vltavanu 229 in Prague 4. You can enjoy the huge spiderweb playground as well. More info

26th october - Legoween - a lego workshop with a halloween theme at Kiddum. More info

27th october - The language school Superb Learning traditionally organizes Halloween for children 5 to 13 years. A day full of activities in English (games, singing song, carving pumpkins, crafting) and our Halloween Witches Masquerade Ball . The evening will finish with a competition for the best mask and scariest pumpkin. More info

27th october - Zombie run for kids and adults. More info

29th october - Kiddum Legoween worldschooling day camp - only for worldschoolers! message me to sign up.

29th october - Muddum halloween art camp. More info

31st october - American trickntreat. More info

3rd november - Halloween with Classacts filled with games, crafts, spooky stories, costume party and lantern parade through magnificent Vyšehrad park. More info

3rd november - Dia de los muertos - The day of the dead. Try this latinamerican holiday, with workshops for kids amongst other things. More info

Or this one the same day with kids workshops at a museum. More info

At pumpkin season - Visit a pumpkin farm outside of Prague. They have some animals too. Do you have a car and would like to go on an excursion? Lets figure a date and ill ask them for a group visit. More info

Picture from Divoka Sarka on the walk along the stream.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

This week between two conferences

We had an exhausting and exciting weekend with the decentralisation-conference Hackers congress. Luckily the grandparents came to look after the kids so that we can go to lectures. So we have been busy and i havent planned much worldschooling. But here are a few options for the rest of this week:

Thursday  10.15–11.30   - kids arts workshop at Narodni Galerie. We will meet at 10 am at the entrance. Although it says 1-5 years i think its ok for slightly older kids, i just guess they count on those being in school, so you can bring older kids and for much older kids there is art exhibitions worth going to. Depending on how many come we can make a group for older kids and those with younger kids can go to the arts workshop. After that we can have something at the child friendly cafe there and then go to Stromovka for a walk and play, We will go both this and next thursday. More info https://www.ngprague.cz/herny

Friday We are grateful for the lovely weather. We will make the most out of it and the beautiful weather, join us for a walk along the river and hang out it kampa gardens, we will bring a ball. Bring a picnic. 

Saturday/Sunday. For all peaceful parents and people interested in philosophy, bitcoin and freedom we welcome you to the European Philosophy Convention. Its held at Skautsky institut in old town. Entrance fee is voluntary. My boys will cater for some snacks and we will attend as much as we can, there will be some play area for the kids. More info HERE

For next week I would like your suggestions, we havent planned anything but will attend the arts workshop again on thursday.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Worldschoolers "DATA MAZE" workshop at DOX arts museum 2/11


The worldschoolers have a unique opportunity to participate in DOX workshop which is only available for us through Prague worldschooling. Its a customized event that is normally available for much older children and for schools. Ive arranged similar workshops before which have been enjoyed by the worldschoolers. It is in english, but we welcome czech speakers that are not fluent in english also. This event is for homeschoolers of all kinds and those that support homeschooling.

So when is it?

It is only held on Friday the 2nd of November at 11 o clock.

The cost:

Babies and toddlers up to 4 - 0 czk (the parents must look after them though)
Small kids from 5 - 50 czk
Adults that come also - 60 czk

The programme is originally for kids from 11 years and older but they are adapting this for us so its for kids from 7 and up. Kids that are older than 5 can participate as well but the parents have to help them if they need it. 

Its not for younger kids than that, but they are welcome too since I have made clear that we all have kids between 0 up to teens. They can watch or play by the side as long as the parents look after them. 

The modern art museum DOX is a pretty cool museum as you can read about here and here which you should visit at least once when in Prague. We have done workshops for worldschoolers twice before. See the video from the last DOX workshop at the bottom of this post.

Last time I arranged an event like this it filled up quickly. We were 50 worldschoolers including parents and children at the Planetarium excursion and I had to turn away 25 people that wanted to join us after the places were filled unfortunately. It was difficult to arrange that workshop with getting the list and the fee together so I will simplify it for all of us this time. There is limited spaces so it will be at "first come first served" basis. The group will be around 15 participants in the age asked for (7-11) plus all the family members from those same families.

How to secure your place:

You need to fill in this form with how many adults and kids you will pay for, and how many younger than 5s that you will bring. You are guaranteed a place when you have paid. You need to pay before filling in the form at least 7 days in advance so I will have everything prepared in time.

You can pay like this:

- Pay by bitcoin by scanning this QR code. This is my preferred method of payment. Its so easy and no fuss once you know how to use it. If not join one of our bitcoin meet ups.


- Pay by Paypal (ask me for the account by sending a message here or PM in Facebook.
- Come to one of our worldschooling meet ups and pay me (Caroline King) in person.
- I dont accept bank transfers.


Details of the meet up:

We will meet at the entrance of DOX at 10.45 am. Dont be late! But if you are ask in the reception for the Datamaze worldschooling workshop.

Information from DOX about the workshop:

How does my digital content get created? What all can be done with it? Who can access it? The objective of the DATA SHADOW programme is to talk with participants and reflect on what data they are creating, for example through social networks, messenger applications, or video streaming services, and whether they realize who can find it and what they can use it for. We live in an era of remixing, post-production, an open universe of networking – data is omnipresent and easily used.

In one of its projects the Tactical Tech organization works with the concept of a “digital shadow” – data that we create as we move through and participate in the internet without realizing it. These are various types of data (called metadata) that often is created with our agreement but without our awareness. One could say that we create it unintentionally. From thinking about this data that one does not directly generate oneself, one is only a few small steps away from thinking about the data that is the result of our activity in the digital world (called content).

The accompanying programme is adapted to the age of the group and contains discussions, activities within the exhibition, and a final workshop.



From one of our previous workshops based on Gullivers travels


After the workshop we will most likely go out for lunch in one of the really good (and affordable) places around here and after that probably head on to a nearby play ground for those that wants to join us.

Welcome!

Saturday, 22 September 2018

September activities


We have been more busy than we planned this September which is both nice and exhausting! There are so many things to do and many new worldschoolers have joined us which we are really happy about. I think there is almost room to divide Prague in local area groups if someone else want to join me in organizing the worldschoolers. Otherwise we will continue with activities mainly in Prague 7 and sometimes for the other areas.

We dont often go to Prague 4. I think its a rather messy modern part of town that is slightly hard for us to reach. But there is the beautiful forest Kunratice les, and many activities are there as well. So we have gone there a couple of times this month.


We went to a artisan workshop activity with a friend where we could try different things. My son tried being a blacksmith and with some help made his own nail. The kids also made necklaces and bounced on the trampoline. They seem to have this kind of place in the different areas of Prague. Its so nice! We then went to a fun park with a swimming fountain place and where the held an RC plane competition on the grass.






My littlest one became sick this week. With school starting again comes also school germs and since worldschooled kids hang in the same places as school kids they get it as well. We arranged a BBQ this week for the worldschoolers. But more than half that were suppose to come were sick. And my littlest one had a really tough time with 3 nights in a row of trouble to sleep because of all the snot. I felt like a wandering zombie from being seriously sleep deprived thinking how should i proceed with this day? But we made it anyway - me and our two eldest boys and we had a really nice time. To my surprise a couple of new really nice families turned up, and there was good weather and a fire and happy kids and parents so it turned out well anyway.


Because so many were sick we are doing a 2nd BBQ this friday so they can join and some families from last time would go again I think. The weather is cooler now so it will be nice also. This friday we will also have a Bitcoin tour of Holesovice prior to the BBQ. Those that are really interested in Bitcoin and austrian economics but cant make it this Friday will have another opportunity in a couple of weeks time.


The week after this one we plan to take a break from organized worldschooling activities as we will be busy with family and attending the decentralization conference "Hackers congress". They usually have talks on education and unschooling also. Bitcoin and unschooling goes hand in hand. The tickets for this event is sold out since spring time but some people that cant attend are selling their tickets here. I can highly recommend this conference having attended two years in a row before.