Activities and Information for Kids in Latvia

If you know where to go, family fun for everyone is easy to find in Latvia.

Parents and their children may wonder how to find family-friendly activities in a new country. For even more ideas you can visit the official web site www.latviatourism.lv via the links “What to do?” and “Holidays for Families with Kids.”

Latvian nature

Rīga Zoo & Mezaparks
Kids will love seeing around 470 animal species at the zoo, including elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, eagles, hippos, camels and snakes. The pretty zoo is set in a forest-like environment by a lake.
www.rigazoo.lv

Mezaparks, an elegant Rīga suburb full of mansions and tall pines, has a huge recreational forest park filled with things to do. The kids can hire skates, bikes and sail catamarans on the lake. There’s also an attraction to get kids into environmentally friendly activities.

Take tram # 8 or 11 from Barona iela in the city centre until the “Zoologiskais dārzs” (Rīga zoo) stop.

The Beaches

Jūrmala’s an historic spa town with kilometres of beaches, forests and a safe pedestrian street in Majori. In this main village you’ll find tourist information, outdoor eateries and a huge turtle sculpture that the kids will enjoy.
www.jurmala.lv

On the west coast of Latvia, there are also fantastic beaches at Ventspils and Liepāja. Ventspils has a “children’s town”, complete with swings, playground and a mini train they can ride.

Tervetes Nature Park

In 2005, this attraction won a national prize as the most family friendly. Use maps to guide you along nature trails in the Elf and Fairy tale forests, lined with witches huts, elf buildings and sculpted characters created by Latvian children’s author Anna Brigadere. Have a picnic or ride bicycles. Kids can meet Sila the good witch daily 12:00—16:00.

80 kilometres south of Rīga, near the town of Tervete.
http://www.mammadaba.lv/en/

Dzintari Forest Park


Jurmalas biggest and most children orientated outdoor park. Kids and adults can go rollerblading in the summer and in winter-time they can go skiing.

Children can play on three different playgrounds, according to their age or their wishes, while enthusiasts of active leisure can go to the skate park or play street basketball. Other:

  • A 36 m high viewing tower with 12 platforms appropriate for various height categories.
  • Streetball courts
  • Two cafes
  • Public bathrooms
  • Parking lots
  • Three playgrounds for children of various ages
  • Pavements for roller skaters and pedestrians
  • Tarzan Park:
    • 71 obstacles
    • 250m zipline
    • 5 tracks
    • https://www.jurmala.tarzans.lv/en

This park is a great place for both lovers of active recreation, and also for those who prefer a leisurely stroll in the crisp sea and pine air.

Down on the Farm

The Latvian Association of Country Holidays has gathered hundreds of places offering accommodation in the Baltic countryside. This well-organised service allows you to search for places offering particular attractions, even ones interesting for kids. You can also choose accommodation on farms, where guests can help with farm chores like feeding the animals.
See www.traveller.lv

 

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Zili Brīnumi

The edutainment center for families “Zili Brīnumi Jūrmala” in shopping and entertainment center “Korso”, 37 Jomas street, Jūrmala. The exposition is based on the children’s book “Wonders / social physics for kids”. Unique, interactive exhibits, children’s celebrations and space rental for corporate events.

OPENING HOURS: 12:00 – 20:00, http://www.zilibrinumi.lv/

ZINOO

Knowledge centers ZINOO are open in Riga, Liepaja, Cesis and Daugavpils. Turn on your curiosity and learn something new about yourselves, about technology and the world!

ADRESS: Shoping center “Galeria Riga”, 5th floor, Dzirnavu Street 67, Riga
WORKING HOURS: 12:00 – 20:00 without holidays.

http://www.zinoo.lv/home/

Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

Fresh air and safe open spaces make this a great place for kids. Old houses exhibit life in centuries past, and at summer weekends see craftsmen show how things were made back then.

440 Brīvības gatve, Rīga. Open daily 10:00—17:00. http://brivdabasmuzejs.lv/en/

Rīga Motor Museum

Newly renovated, state of art museum, that will put into shame many European Museums. Two floors offer a fantastic collection of antique cars and motorbikes that’s sure to interest young and old.

Museum café offers also business lunch where the hasty ones can have a great meal at an affordable price. The business lunch includes first and second course or a dessert.  The menu suits every taste and is changing daily.

6 Eizensteina iela, Rīga. Open daily 10:00—18:00.
www.motormuzejs.lv

Rīga’s Railway Museum

At the museum, you will feel the thrill of a journey, find out how train traffic is controlled and how different equipment works. The museum is also an information source for railway historians, writers and artists. Here, families with children and pupils can learn about railways and rest in an active way.

  • Play the part of a passenger, locomotive driver, pointsman or station master on board the Dream Express: climb in the locomotives and carriages to see them up close.
  • Find out how railway light signals work.
  • Birthday excursion with a celebration kringle and games.
  • Railway model of 10 m2, where you can see a train dashing across bridges and railways points towards the station, only to set off again.
  • Draw something related to railways.

http://www.railwaymuseum.lv/en

How to get there: Uzvaras bulv. 2A, Pārdaugava. The Museum is only a few minutes’ walk from Vecrīga Public transport stop:  Nacionālā bibliotēka.

Opening times

Mo closed
Tu 10:00 – 13:30
We 10:00 – 17:00
Th 10:00 – 20:00
Fr 10:00 – 17:00
Sa 10:00 – 17:00
Su closed

 

Riga’s Plane Museum

Riga Airmuseum is unique in the Baltic countries and one of the largest in Europe. It’s collection of Soviet aircraft is also the greatest in in outside of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The museum is near the Riga International Airport. The working hours are from 10 am to 16 pm, Saturday and Sunday upon prior agreement (phone +371 26 862 707).

AMUSEMENT CENTRES

LIDO Atpūtas Centrs (Leasure Centre)

You will be welcomed by lovely hosts in national costume and served Latvian national cuisine – food and drink made according to traditional recipes passed on from generation to generation. LIDO restaurant offers a vide range of foods,  the boss of LIDO, Gunārs Ķirsons, says – we cook our food just the way we would cook at home, for our children.
LIDO claims that their food is natural, made of carefully selected highest quality ingredients. They use no artificial flavourings, colourings or enhancers.

76 Krasta iela, Rīga. Take bus # 17e from Satekles iela (D-4) by the Rīga central post office to the last stop (around 15 minutes). Amusement park open daily 12:00—21:00. Unlimited rides (except eurobungy and mini-cars) Ls 3.30 weekdays & Ls 4.50 weekends. www.ac.lido.lv

Attractions:

  • Carousel “Horses”
  • Carousel “Train”
  • Carousel “Dream ships”
  • Carousel “Whirlpool”
  • Carousel “Rockets”
  • Autodrome
  • Mini cars
  • Pony garden
  • Pedal go karts
  • Driving school
  • Trampoline
  • Banjo
  • Rodeo bull
  • Inflatable attractions
  • Inflatable maze
  • Boats
  • Excavator
  • Horse race course
  • Duck pond
  • Shooting gallery
  • Can King
  • Darts
  • Prize shooting gallery

Day ticket price: €23.00

With a day ticket visitors can use all open attractions (with the exception of the ones listed below) all day long an unlimited number of times.

https://www.lido.lv/en/


Esplanāde Park (in the summer)

What’s nice about this attraction is that there’s a beer garden and grill. So parents can relax while the kids bounce on trampolines, jump in an inflatable castle or drive mini electric cars.

By Elizabetes iela (C-4), Rīga. Trampolines Ls 1 for 10 minutes, cars Ls 2 for 5 minutes, castle Ls 0.80 for Ls 15 minutes.

Līvu Aquapark

Let the kids get wet while they sample the eight water slides ranging from gentle to practically vertical. The complex has outdoor slides and pools too. The huge modern complex also offers a wave pool, shallow pools, an indoor river, eateries and more.

24 Viestura iela (K-7), Bulduri, Jūrmala. Take a Jūrmala train from central station in Rīga until the Bulduri stop (about 40 minutes). Cross the railway line and walk 7 minutes. Open weekdays 11:00—22:00, weekends 10:00—22:00. Entry for 2 hours: adults Ls 10.90, kids (6—14 years) Ls 7.70.

http://www.akvaparks.lv/en/

Go Planet

This modern indoor wonderland is good for rainy days. Go-carting, 4D movie theatre, video simulators, laser labyrinth, bumper cars, carousels and more.

2b Gunāra Astras iela, Purvciema, Rīga. Take trolley bus # 17 from central Rīga near the corner of Raina bulv. & Inzenieru iela (C-4) until the “Mebeļu nams” stop (about 25 minutes). Open weekdays 14:00—24:00, weekends 11:00—24:00. Various prices — see www.goplanet.lv.

Centra Sporta Laukuma bērnu Laukums / Kr Barona iela 116A

The total area of ​​the Center Sports District is 4 hectares, of which 7,000 square meters is one of the largest playgrounds for children. It features various types of play equipment and facilities for children of two age groups – pre-school / primary school children under 7 years of age and children of eight years of age. The play area is open from 9:00 until 21:00 and will be free for all children.

Source: https://www.riga.lv/lv/news/ar-ziepju-burbulu-salutu-atklaj-centra-sporta-kvartala-rotalu-laukumu?11320

ABPark

Largest amusement theme park in the Baltics.

Address: “Vesminas”, Lielvarde Municipality, Ledmane Parish, LV – 5011
Info phone:+371 27 33 6600
E-mail: info@abpark.lv
Map coordinates 56°47’03. 25°01’06.

Top attractions of the ABpark

  • The first dinosaur trail in Latvia
    Get to know the prehistoric world in the more than 1000 m long trail of dinosaurs! It is an unique opportunity to meet a huge brontosaurus, as well as to discover a hiding place of the wild tyrannosaurus.
  • Animation movie “Emergency brigade” kids play town
    Attend and get to know the favorite Latvian animation movie “Emergency brigade”(Avārijas Brigāde) characters in specially created kids play town.
  • Calis.lv fairy tale doll exhibition
    Journey to the fairy word of Latvian writers. Gnomes, princesses and devils as well as the national epic hero Lāčplēsis. Get to know these and other literature heroes in 20 doll exhibitions made by internationally acknowledged doll artist Vladlena.

https://abpark.lv/en/

ON STAGE

The Latvian Puppet Theatre

Young audiences will appreciate the highly-professional shows and exquisitely made puppets. Performances are in Latvian and Russian, but since many shows have songs and dances, all kids should enjoy them. They are also playing the Classical childrens stories (ex H.C Andersen). There’s also a puppet museum.

16-18 Barona iela (C-4), Rīga. See www.puppet.lv for the programme.

 

EATING OUT

The following child-friendly eateries have kids’ menus, toys and/or play areas available to amuse the little ones.

Vairāk Saules, 60 Dzirnavu iela (C-4), Rīga.

T.G.I. Friday’s, 6 Kalku iela (I-3), Old Rīga.

LIDO, 76 Dzirnavu iela (C-4), Rīga plus see “AMUSEMENT CENTRES”.

Lidojosā Varde/ Flying Frog, 31a Elizabetes iela (B-3), Rīga.

Lido at Spice Shopping Mall
The Lido restaurant at Spice is a must for small hungry kids on a rainy day! Kids can play while parents eat or get some shopping done.
29 Lielirbes iela.

Amico|di|Casa Group – 15% discount on the following places:

  • Madame Brioche, Jūrmala, Mellužu prospekts 9
  • Betty’s Corner, Riga, Kr. Valdemara 21
  • Della Mamma, JurmalaMellužu prospekts 11
  • Čaika Slowbeach, Jurmala
  • Čaika Blue, Jurmala
  • Orizzonte, Jurmala, Baznicas 2B

 

OTHER FAVOURITES OF IWCR’S MEMBERS

BACK TO NATURE

Laumu dabas parks (Laumu nature park)
The park is located near Talsi in Kurzeme. There are very nice marked informational trails, mini-golf, a trampoline, playground, cafe and overnight accommodations with sauna.
The link: www.laumas.lv

Adventure Park Mezakakis
This is a sporty activity or ‘a walk in the trees’, and it is designed for people that are fond of active lifestyle and spending time in open air. Mezakakis is suitable almost for every age and it’s a favorite for families and office colleagues. Park is built in the forest hillside of the primeval valley of Gauja.
www.kakiskalns.lv

Mezakakis in Sigulda
In Mezakakis Park in Sigulda there are 46 barriers placed in total that are divided into four paths depending on difficulty level: the green, blue, red and black paths.
Each path begins from and ends on the ground. Furthermore, in each path the last barrier is the ride down the rope with the help of a special scroll. Height of barriers in different segments of a path is various: 2 to 17 meters.
www.kakiskalns.lv

 

INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

Bowlero
Bowling is always fun! Bowlero has a 24-track bowling hall, playroom for kids and a restaurant. 27 Lielirbes iela, www.bowlero.lv

OTHER

CineVilla Backlot
Look behind the scenes in film-making in the only open air permanent film set in Latvia.
www.cinevilla.lv

 

Please let us know your family’s favourites that may not be mentioned above. Contact me at web.iwcr@gmail.com Thank you and enjoy!