Prague Zoo celebrates Children's Day

Kids get in for Kč 1 and there will be events and games all day

Prague Zoo will celebrate International Children's Day on June 1. Children under 15 can enter the zoo for the low price of Kč 1 and experience a special day-long program.

The program was developed in cooperation with the City of Prague. From 10 am to 6 pm in the lower part of the zoo, children can go to seven different stands where they can test a variety of skills including stilt-walking, stationary cycling and bungee running. There will also be a trampoline and a bouncy castle, as well as facepainting so kids can look like their favorite animals. And, as some of the event are organized by the police, there is a children's safety school to teach some basic road safety.

At 2 pm at Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek and special guests will be at the zoo's training center. Children will get small souvenirs and there will be a surprise.

Adults have not been forgotten. They can listen to the Bohemian Swing Band and there are competitions and games for them as well.

Children's Day was started in June 1856 by the Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He held a special service dedicated to children. It was first called Rose Day, and was later named Flower Sunday and then Children's Day.

Since 1950, the International Day for Protection of Children is observed in many countries as Children's Day on June 1. It was established by the Women's International Democratic Federation on its 1949 congress in Moscow. There is also a Universal Children's Holiday on Nov. 20, which is recommended by the United Nations.

The zoo recently welcomed its 60 millionth visitor since it opened 86 years ago. In 1931, when it opened just 20,000 people visited. Last year that grew to 1,448,353 people in a single year.

Prague Zoo was ranked the fourth-best in the world by users of the travel site TripAdvisor in July 2015.

Prague Zoo currently covers 58 hectares with 50 hectares used for exhibits. It has over 4,700 animals from 681 species, including 144 species listed as threatened. The zoo has 12 pavilions and over 150 exhibits. It has been particularly active in the preservation of the Przewalski's horses, which are slowly being returned to the wild.

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