So, you are visiting Bielsko-Biała together with your family? You are up for great time and no matter the weather, you and your children should have plenty of fun things to do.
Children might not always be interested in sightseeing, architecture or hidden gems of the city. However, it’s easy to organize a family walk in search of:
– monuments of Polish cartoon characters – Reksio (location: 11 Listopada); Bolek and Lolek (location: pl. Bolka i Lolka, by the main entrance to Galeria Sfera); Pompelini (location: near City Hall).
– unusual building decorations – e.g. two amusing frogs (pl. Wojska Polskiego), or numerous murials
– funny fountains – Peeing Little Devil-Boy (the Castle’s walls); Children Playing with a Bird (pl. Chrobrego), or Mermaid (next to the President Hotel).
Children seem to also like the Old Town Square with the running fountain, bridge and other constructions.
Culture for kids
Puppet Theatre Banialuka
Bielsko-Biała can boast of a theatre where the children are the main guests. The theatre’s repertoire is rich and addressed mainly to children, with a few plays for teenagers and adults. It includes presentation of the classics of children’s literature and contemporary plays. In many cases, Polish language skills are not required.
Animated Movies Studio (Studio Filmów Rysunkowych)
Bielsko-Biała is a hometown of two well known to the Polish children brothers – Bolek and Lolek and a resourceful dog –Reksio. These animated characters, together with many more, were created in the city’s Animated Movies Studio. Every Sunday at 11am, the studio screens their new and old productions to children.
If your children like to learn and explore new hooks of knowledge, then why not visit one of the city museums. The Old Factory or Automotive Museum might be particularly appealing for children who are interested in engineering and technology, while the Sułkowski’s Castle is for those who love history.
Green spaces and outdoor fun
This park is particularly attractive for children. It has a large open playground with slides and swings, and a ground fountain that the young ones just love on hot summer days. Sport fields and athletic track are adjusted to the park, and in the winter an ice skating ring is opened.
Błonia is by far the largest recreational area in the city created with families in mind. This open space has many attractions – great playground with slides, swings and sandpits; outdoor gym; sport fields; skate-park; mini-golf; traffic park, ropes course and bikes pump-track. Błonia borders with Cygański Las (a large forest-park), and together they are one of the most popular weekend destinations for families with children.
TRAFFIC PARK (MIASTECZKO RUCHU DROGOWEGO)
It’s a great attraction for children who want to practice their bicycle riding skills and to get to know the traffic rules in practice. The park is designed as a miniature copy of roads, street signs and crossings. You can rent a bike or go-kart for your child, or bring your own. The entrance to the park is free of charge for children.
Eco Park – W Deche
5000m2 arranged to entertain, teach and accommodate curious minds and energetic bodies of all children. This large outdoor playground has unique wooden structures, climbing walls and numerous games, and its café offers a break for parents.
It’s a pleasant forest area (las means forest) that is ideal for a family walk or picnic. At the entrance, near the main bus stop, there are some cosy cafés, ice-cream parlours and a playground. There is also a large outdoor swimming pool nearby. From here, you can reach another recreational area called Błonia or hike to Kozia Góra, a well-liked mountain hill.
Wapienica River Valley
It’s a large forest area situated in the southern part of the city. This valley is covered by vast forest and surrounded by 11 hills. It has a large artificial water reservoir, it’s where the drinking water for the city comes from. It’s a great area for a family walk, a paved path is also suitable for prams. And if you get hungry, a cute little inn Krzywa Chata, is there to solve that matter.
Take the cable car or hike to one of the most popular mountains in Bielsko-Biała. Szyndzielnia is 1028m high and can be reached in 1.5 hour on foot or in 6 minutes by the lift. The second option is usually prefered by children. It’s a popular destination for families with children due to its accessibility. On top, you will find a mountain shelter with warm food and a viewing tower to admire the views of the city and the Beskids. In the winter, you can use a small ski-lift and practice your skiing skills with your children. From here, you can walk further up to Klimczok Mountain, it’s a pleasant 40 minute walk.
The Dębowiec Ski-Slope with a separate lift for children and a sled ridding hill will keep you and your children busy and happy in the winter time. While the ropes course, toboggan run, playground and small climbing wall will entertain you in any other season. The views from the mountain over the city are great and a local inn serves simple but tasty meals.