The afterschool “kroužky” is an important part of the Czech style of education and an opportunity for kids to take a break from classroom learning and dive into hands-on fun be it swimming, ceramics, or any other number of activities.
While Czech schools are currently closed, and millions of parents anxiously awaiting news of their re-opening, some local kids’ clubs are helping to ease their burden by offering online courses via Zoom, Facebook live streams, and other platforms.
These are just a handful of Prague-based clubs that are keeping kids engaged and entertained during the shutdown, however if we’ve missed your favorite let us know by leaving a comment below the article:
Rebecca Riisness is a licensee of Music Togetjer, an international music program for children and families. Due to the current state of emergency in the the Czech Republic, the instructor is adapting her Prague branch, called Bohemia Sings!, to the new normal by helping students keep the beat online. Future classes will likely be held online but in the meantime Riisness is posting weekly Facebook videos that appeal to anyone who’s looking for a musical pick me up. Follow her on Facebook for regular updates or visit: www.bohemiasings.com.
Beloved by many local expat families for their gymnastics-based development programs for kids age 4 months to 12 years, the Prague arm of this worldwide franchise has taken its entertaining tumbling and acrobatics challenges and scaled them to living room size. Instructors are currently posting videos with tips for fun activities for families as well as fitness challenges you can try at home. Follow the Little Gym Praha on Facebook.
For those who have a child enrolled in Prague Youth Theatre, the English-language drama school is currently finishing out its spring semester online, offering families the chance to continue their theatrics via weekly Zoom sessions and providing Google Classroom resources and assignments. The organization will present a video wrap up of its activities for public viewing after Easter Break.
From April 18, the theatre will begin its new term online, with weekly Saturday sessions and after-school courses for exam students all conducted virtually. The youth theatre says it’s eagerly awaiting the lifting of the restrictions and hopes to be back on the real stage as soon as it is safe to do so.
For families staying in the Czech Republic over the summer, in August PYT will offer four, week-long summer camps open to all children aged 8-13 years. Each week the students will devise and perform a brand-new play from scratch. To enroll your student see their website; you can also visit their blog for suggested drama-related activities and resources for kids during the shutdown. Follow PYT on Facebook for all the latest updates.
The Czech Taiwanese Association has moved its language courses online. Courses take place via Zoom, are suitable for a range of ages, and feature games, storytelling, and play in Mandarin. Free classes take place Monday (9:45-10:45, 16:00-16:30), Tuesday (10:30-11:30, and 16:00-16:30), and Thursday (9:45-10:45 and 16:00-16:30). Time slots at 9:45 on Monday and Thursday are for year 1 “zhuyin”, the remaining time slots are for Mandarin games with the exception of 10:30-11:30 on Tuesday and 16:00-16:30 Thursday which are for storytelling for all ages. For more information visit the group’s Facebook page or website or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for the schedule.
During normal times Draw Planet offers a range of drawing, painting, and design lessons for kids and adults in their colorful studio in Karlin. During the current state of emergency they are brightening up your social media feed instead by encouraging kids to continue creating amazing things with their ongoing Kid’s Sketch Marathon. While the instructions are in Czech the visual instructions are enough to encourage children to attempt a bit of drawing each day and share the results with the rest of its community. Follow Draw Planet on Facebook to participate in the next sketch marathon which the owners tell us may be English friendly!
- League5 football futsal & freestyle Academy is also doing online and will also be adding exercises and videos to its Facebook page.
- Play cricket online via YouTube videos with Chris is a British expat who founded the Kriketova Akademie.
- Kiddum Exploration Centre is lending out Lego sets and streaming building workshops on Facebook.
For more tips on what to do with kids during school closures see our article: 10 education resources to help parents survive school closures in the Czech Republic.