I have listed a few excellent experiences for kids during the lockdown in Budapest that they will love. And hopefully, events will soon start again so everyone can go out finally. As of writing this, all the shops and experiences listed below are open and available to enjoy. For more information, check their websites.
Pagony Children’s Bookstore
The Pagony Children’s Bookstore on Pozsonyi út (Újlipótváros, District 13) offers everything a child could wish. Today, they already have several shops in Budapest and the countryside, but this shop is still the largest of them. In addition to the volumes of Pagony, the publisher of children’s and youth books, you can find almost the entire Hungarian book selection for kids. There are also books in foreign languages, toys, filmstrips, CDs and DVDs.
Rózsavölgyi Chocolate has created a distinctive branch of art in chocolate production in Budapest, (not only) to the great delight of children. The founding couple operates the factory in the spirit of a bean-to-bar philosophy, controlling the path of cocoa beans from the production areas to the shops. You can visit one of their shops at the factory itself, to taste bonbons, truffles, and a wide variety of chocolate bars.
The Christmas Tram is running again, lighting up several routes around the city until 6 January 2021. At first, the Christmas Tram ran only on line 2, then – due to the great interest – the dazzling tram has appeared on Buda side since 2010. And in recent years, the service has become available in even more districts. This tram is covered in light by nearly forty thousand LEDs, and snowflakes decoration welcomes passengers when aboard. During the Advent period, it creates an intimate, warm atmosphere. This year lines 2, 19, 42, 47, 49, 50, 56A, 59, 62A and 69 are dressed up for the season.
Reflexshop offers board games, logic games, leisure products, juggling games. And you can also sit in the store and play with all this! They aim to offer a quality alternative to spending our free time with cool products like a yo-yo, frisbee, sports dragon, and skill development games.
Mothers from Buda created this place for both parents and children. This multifunctional nook has books, toys, fun things to do to help your kids grow. The focus is on development, with baby massage, baby-mama yoga and developmental gymnastics on offer. They also serve excellent coffee, pastries and sweets so that everyone can spend their time there meaningfully.
Fakopáncs Toy Store
There are thousands of wooden products in the Fakopáncs (Woodpecker) toy stores for children. Among other things, they offer kindergarten furniture, plush puppets, various skill games, wooden construction toys, and wooden models. In their shops in Budapest, they are also selling complete children’s kitchens, dress-up games, wooden guitars, wooden train sets, and developing Montessori toys.
Ghraoui Chocolate Boutique
One of the unique shops in the city, Ghraoui Chocolate Boutique, opened on Andrássy út in Budapest in 2017. The Budapest shop of the Syrian luxury chocolate empire with a 200-year history is the flagship store of Ghraoui. The pralines, truffles and bonbons they offer are top products that not only children will love. The Ghraoui collection is only sold through their network of boutiques, envisioned and engineered by Bruno Moinard, one of the best interior designers and architects in the world.
In a factory in Kőbánya, young and younger can fight a life-and-death laser battle with each other in physical, virtual reality. Kids are not fighting with laser weapons, of course, but with infrared sensors in a psychedelic maze illuminated by UV lights, in loud music. There are different game modes and levels to choose from, so everyone can find the best possible experience.
The Chairlift (Libegő) runs eight metres above the hillside from the valley called Zugliget to the highest peak in the city, the look-out tower on János-hegy. Many of Budapest’s transport vehicles have a stunning impact on children, but nothing can compete with the Chairlift. Although adults are more interested in the beautiful view, children tend not to care about that at all. For them, the experience of gliding is captivating, and some complementary activities are far more interesting, like shouting and waving to oncoming passengers.
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