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Birthday Party Venues

Q. Does anyone have any recommendations for places to host a child’s birthday party? Also, has anyone invited Austrian children to their parties? If so, how did you do it? Unfortunately I speak little/no German and I don’t know how I would host a party with kids I can’t talk to. (Posted 3/4/2013)

A. Party places I’ve been to are Monki Park at Millenium City and Lollipop at Q19. Both have bouncy castle and obstacle course type of things kids love. I have also been to Minopolis but I think that’s more for school age kids. As far as inviting Austrian kids, the parents usually speak English and many times the kids do too. Plus, the staff at these party places usually speak both and can help in that regard. (Note: Read TriVienna’s reviews of Monki Park and Minopolis for first hand reviews of these venues.)

A. We’ve been to parties at Schonbrunn kids museum, Family Funland (they have a huge little-kids area and party rooms…plus they provide cake and drinks), Cobenzl petting zoo (where you get to choose to make pizza or cookies…they have bilingual helpers run the show), and the sand box at Turkenschanz park (free but more work). We tend to send email invitations in English and German if there’s a class list. (Note: Read TriVienna’s reviews of the Schonbrunn kids museum, Cobenzl petting zoo, and Turkenshanz park for first hand reviews of these venues.)

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Child-Friendly Restaurants

Q. Have you found any good restaurants that you feel comfortable taking kids to? (Posted 11/26/2012)

A. Yamm!, right by Schottentor UBahn, has a small indoor playground! It’s not big, but it’ll buy you 20-30 minutes to eat. Not open on the weekends, for some reason.

A. Fischer Brau on Billrothstrasse in the 19th.

A. We like Figls (they have a kids menu) and Feurwehr Wagner (nothing for kids in winter –playground in summer– but are often empty enough for them to run around). We went to Bamkraxler this weekend in Nussdorf (there’s a playground and small tables for the kids) – not the best ambience for adults but fun for kids. (Read our review of Bamkraxler here.) We also like Agnes Brunnl in the woods too – they are on a playground/sledding hill in winter.

A.  Our favorites that have high chairs include Bieramt (1030), Blaustern (1090, bordering 19th), Yamm! (1010), Pasta e Basta (1010), Orlando di Castillo (great for breakfast, 1010) and Vapiano (which I realize we have in DC, but it is still a good kid friendly place ).

Grüass Di a Gott Wirt

Grüass Di a Gott Wirt is a restaurant and guest garden located in the Wienerwald either in the 19th district, or just outside it. It’s open every day except Monday and serves food throughout the day. The menu is smaller than those typically found at Austrian guest gardens, but the food is great and the servers are very friendly. The restaurant is dog- and kid-friendly, which is good because it’s the perfect beginning or ending point for an afternoon in the woods.

Right next to the restaurant, separated by a small walking path, is a good size playground that has swings, see saws, a sand box, soccer nets, and the typical climbing structure that includes a bridge, slide, and pole. You cannot see the playground from the restaurant’s guest garden, though, so parents would not be able to relax with a beer while the kids play as they could at other restaurant/guest gardens.

The aforementioned walking path is a marked path that leads you through the woods. We have not taken this path yet so I cannot comment with certainty on its length or difficulty, but I can say that at least the beginning looks easy enough that we plan to try it with our three- and four-year old one afternoon this spring. After filling up with delicious Austrian fare from Grüass Di a Gott Wirt, that is!

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Lists of Pools with Reviews

* NOTE: This is a living document, and we will add pools to this list as we visit and review them. I apologize that some of my reviews do not include pictures, but often I am at the pool solo with my two- and three-year old children.

Badeschiff (1st district; NOT GOOD FOR KIDS)
Danube Island Water Playground (10th district; not exactly a pool, but watery fun)
Dianabad (2nd district)
Döblinger Bad (19th district)
Hugo Wolf Bad (19th district)
Hütteldorfer Hallenbad (14th district)
Schafbergbad (18th district)
Stadionbad (2nd district)
Strandbad Alte Donau (22nd district)
Work Out Swim Pool (17th district)
Währinger Park (18th district)

Schafbergbad

Schafbergbad is a large park/pool complex located in the 18th district on Josef-Redl-Gasse. It is accessible by the 42A bus and 43 tram. There is also a large, inexpensive parking lot for pool guests; we paid Euro 4,90 for three hours. This is a great park for both people with and without children, and it’d be very easy to spend an entire day here.

There are an abundance of cabins, lockers, showers, and toilets. There is also a huge green space that runs throughout the park that is great for sunbathing and picnicking. There are many lounge chairs and picnic tables available to use, and the park is surrounded by trees and has trees throughout so you can be as shaded (or not) as you wish.

There are five swimming pools in the complex. First is the main pool:

Main swimming pool

Main swimming pool

The pool is split in two sections (literally, with a chain): swimmers and non-swimmers. The non-swimmer’s section is chest-deep and small enough that a lone parent could keep an eye on multiple children. There are a few platforms in this section: I think they are meant for sunbathing, but my children had a blast climbing onto them and jumping off. The swimmer section has two diving boards and a large water slide, which cannot be used by children under six years of age.

There are three small pools located in three tiered decks to the right of the main pool. Each are small (maybe half again the size of Hugo Wolf Bad) and chest deep, and the water is significantly warmer than in the main pool. There are ledges at the edge of the pool, but be prepared for the lifeguard to blow his whistle at you if you dare sit or climb on them.

Lastly is the little kids’ pool:

Little kids' pool

Little kids’ pool

You can pretty much see the extent of this pool in the picture. Outside the pool is a shower that looks like a bear and sprays you with very warm water. I don’t recommend using it, though, because though the water in this pool is only mid-calf deep, it is freezing. Using the warm shower will just make the cold entry into this pool more painful.

If you visit this pool with children and they get tired of swimming, there are two more options for entertaining them: trampolines and a small playground.

Playground

Playground

This playground is not good for smaller children: my two year-0ld could not climb up any of the ladders. I think my three year-old would have been able to, though. There are also a couple of those ride-on animals on springs, a play Jeep on springs, and a large, partially-covered sand box.

The park has a large self-service cafeteria in the back of the park, as well as a smaller stand/café in the front of the park that sells mainly coffee drinks and ice cream treats. It looked like there was also a store that sold bathing clothes and accessories (pool toys, etc.) but I didn’t see the store itself so I can’t confirm that.

All in all, a great way to spend a hot summer day.

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