Pärnu with kids

What is the best for families? Pärnu, of course! Pärnu is a fantastic place for a family vacation. Several water parks, children’s playrooms, playgrounds, adventure parks, a mini zoo, go-kart center and plenty more await you there. In the winter, Santa Claus and sled dogs make wonderful entertainers for kids.

Pärnu is a huge playground

Pärnu’s beach is Estonia’s largest playground. The sandy beach and shallow water that warms up rapidly are especially suitable for families with kids, as the water deepens very gradually and children have a great time playing in the shallow and warm water. The beach features a popular elephant slide which attracts a crowd of playful and cheerful kids on warm summer days.

Our surf clubs (AlohaSurf Center) offer excellent options for family activities on the water.

Elephant on Pärnu beach (Photo: Elen Juurma)

Estonia’s largest theme park – Lottemaa – is located in Pärnu. Open during the summer and Christmas, every year the children’s playland hosts tens of thousands of visitors from across the world. Lotte Village was named after the most popular Estonian cartoon character, Lotte. Tens of actors play and have fun with the kids work on site.

In Pärnu you can visit Estonia’s largest water center (Tervise Paradiis), which has slides for young and old alike.

In Pärnu you will also find:


Eating in Pärnu

All places that offer food in Pärnu are family friendly. Several of our restaurants and cafes feature children’s playrooms.

Restaurants and cafes in Pärnu that have a play corner for kids:

Family vacation and culture

If you are looking for something besides playrooms and playgrounds, then Mary Magdalene Guild and Vaas&Vaas in Pärnu offer various handicraft workshops.

History and art lovers can take their kids to the city’s museums. Pärnu Museum welcomes all children who are interested in history to visit their exhibits. Kids will enjoy the fun exhibits at the Museum of New Art. Children can find out about Estonian nature and local smaller animals at the Pernova Nature House.

All younger family members will find fascinating activities at the Farm Museum of C.R. Jakobson in Kurgja. The Estonian Museum Railway at Lavassaare offers a chance to explore real steam engines.

Every summer Pärnu holds a Happy Children’s Festival, which brings thousands of families to Pärnu Beach Park.

For more than 10 years, every summer Pärnu fills with young soccer players, thanks to the Summer Cup international youth football festival.

Railway museum (Photo: Mehis Helme)

Special animal parks

Pärnu features a small mini zoo (MiniZoo), where you can see many exotic animals living in a terrarium. In addition, Estonia’s largest alpaca farm is located here. Alongside the alpacas, the visitors can see pygmy goats, miniature sheep, Angora rabbits, and chickens. 

You can also visit:

Alpaca farm (Photo: Juhani Särglep)

Pärnu in the winter

The skating rink in the heart of Pärnu and Jõulumäe Recreational Sport Center, which is a short drive from Pärnu, welcome you in the winter. Have fun there with the whole family for the whole day – ski tracks and sledge runs await you.

In the winter, Mutimuudi’s Sled Dogs will take your family for a ride. Santa’s Korstna Farm family festival offers an opportunity to meet the real Santa Claus.

See what the children have to say about their holidays in Pärnu:

That’s not all. Use our search below and plan a suitable family holiday for yourself.


SunCity Water Park

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Lai tänav 10

Nordic Verdure wreath workshop

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Suur-Jõe tänav 63

Pea Peenar, large headdress workshop

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus tänav 5

Ice skating rink in Pärnu

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Ringi tänav 15

J. Kallaste Carriages barouche and sleigh rides

Võlli küla, Tori vald, Laaneoja talu

Seikle Vabaks skating on sea ice

Lao küla, Pärnu, LAO SADAM

Tori Horse Breeding Farm Museum

Tori alevik, Tori vald, Pärnu maantee 10

Küti-Uuetoa bird farm

Eassalu küla, Pärnu, HUNDI

Ranna Rantšo Farm Animal Shelter

Kuke küla, Lääneranna vald, Uue-Ankru

Mary Magdalene Guild

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus tänav 5

Red Tower and panoramic cinema

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Hommiku tänav 11

“Roosimine” inlay knitting workshop

Tõstamaa alevik, Pärnu, Varbla maantee 24

Lemme beach and RMK campsite

Orajõe küla, Häädemeeste vald, ORAJÕE METSKOND 45

Cider workshop ‘Dégorgement’ in Tori Cider Farm

Jõesuu küla, Tori vald, LAUDA

Permanent exhibition of Pernova Nature House

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Anton Hansen Tammsaare puiestee 57

Manija Island Museum

Manija küla, Pärnu, MANIJA KÜLAKESKUS

Butterfly House in Pärnu County

Kiisamaa küla, Lääneranna vald, JAANI

Suarõ Ninä – beach and a former boat landing place

Linaküla, Kihnu vald, SUARÕNINÄ LAUTER

Vaas&Vaas Workshop for Designing Wooden Home Accessories

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Suur-Jõe tänav 63

Exhibition Gallery of Kihnu Community Centre

Linaküla, Kihnu vald, 1
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