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WorkOut Swim School

Since my 4-year old son has never  been a happy fish in the water, I signed him up for an intensive swim class at the gym WorkOut in the 17th district to get him ready for pool season this summer.

Kids ages 4 and up can partake in these classes that are run without the parents present. The classes meet for 50 minutes every week-day for 2 weeks – yes, it’s quite a commitment! Classes consist of no more than 9 children and fill up quickly.

The school has been running for 17 years and based on staff experience, about 90% of children can safely keep themselves above water at the end of the 2 weeks. (Based on my son’s experience and his fellow swimming newbies, I can’t quite vouch for that statistic).

The 2-week course costs 163 Euros (=10 classes) and if children can’t swim independently, parents may sign them up for individual “Nachschwimm” classes at 12 Euros each. If kids still cannot swim independently following 5 of those additional classes, they may enroll for free in another 2-week class….until they can swim by themselves.

Please be aware that this is an indoor pool on the top floor with glass windows from ceiling to floor so during the summer months, it becomes unbearably hot inside. Also note that the changing rooms are very small.

Finally, a note about the gym/swim school location: there is street parking available (need parkpickerl) but a better option is to park in the parking garage of the Hernalser Shopping Center that is about 200m away from the swim school. You can park for free up to 2 hours (make sure to get a parking ticket before you leave the garage).

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Kids’ Sports in Vienna

There are tons of options for kids wanting to learn and/or play sports in Vienna! For all things kids, I usually first check out KinderInfoWien.at (WienXtra) as their website provides a wealth of information.

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Wiener Prater

The Prater is great for children of all ages. The Prater Hauptallee between the tram stop and Prater has several sporting fields, a skateboard park, a bowling alley, and a couple of play grounds. For young children, the Prater itself has a carousel powered by real ponies, pony rides, slow rides, and the Lilliputbahn (a mini train that runs the perimeter of the entire park). There are bumper cars, amusement park rides, fun houses, and a range of carnival-type games for older children and teenagers.  The entire family will enjoy Madame Tussaud’s wax musem, the famous Riesenrad ferris wheel, and a meal at Schweizerhaus (a bier garten that has an outside playground).

For more information:

  • visit the Prater website, “Like” Wiener Prater on Facebook for updates on events, and/or download the park’s free iPhone app.
  • on Madame Tussauds visit the museum’s website, and Schweizerhaus also has a website to whet your appetite.


Gerngross is a shopping center on Mariahilferstrasse that has an amazing toy store and a Sports Expert, where you can buy all types of sport and outdoor goods for children ages about two and up. The Akakiko restaurant on the top floor is a good place to bring children (friendly staff, and it’s loud enough to mask any noise children might make), and there are often temporary, kid-friendly things set up on the top floor. There was a lego play area during the holidays, and in January there was an exhibit about Mars exploration complete with 3D pictures (3D glasses provided) and a space suit for kids to climb into.


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Monki Park

Monki Park, located at Millenium City, is an indoor play ground with a wide range of activities t suitable for children through 10 years old. For the smallest visitors, there is a play area specifically designated for children three years and under that includes a slide, ball pit, large lego blocks, and other age-appropriate toys.

For the older kids there is wall climbing, an “in the air” obstacle course suspended from the ceiling on ropes, go-karts, and tables that combine mini golf and pool. For everyone in-between there are trampolines, a basketball/European football court, and a large play/climbing area with slides. It has its own restaurant with healthy and reasonably-priced food, and there are many special events and seasonal activities. “Like” Monki Park on Facebook to get updates on the events.