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.


Metsamaa Traditional Farm on Kihnu Island

Rootsiküla, Kihnu vald Metsamaa

Sled hill at Jõulumäe

Leina küla, Häädemeeste vald, JÕULUMÄE TERVISEKESKUS

“Roosimine” inlay knitting workshop

Tõstamaa alevik, Pärnu, Varbla maantee 24

Kirsi Vintage Vehicle Museum in Virtsu

Virtsu alevik, Lääneranna vald, Linnamäe tänav 11

Decorating a shopping bag or a T-shirt in hand print in ENE’S 7 THINGS workshop at Maarja-Magdaleena Guild

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus tänav 5

Vaas&Vaas – decorating a rolling pin

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Suur-Jõe tänav 63

Dogsledding with the Mutimuudi Sled Dogs

Võlli küla, Tori vald, PÕLDOJA

Pärnu Surf Centre – winter kiteboarding training at Pärnu Beach and elsewhere in Estonia

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Ranna puiestee, 11A/3

Iida’s summer school on weaving

Kirikumõisa küla, Põhja-Pärnumaa vald, KÖSTRIMÄE

Skiing trails and ski rental at Jõulumäe Sports and Recreation Center

Leina küla, Häädemeeste vald, JÕULUMÄE TERVISEKESKUS

Eddi’s Pottery

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus tänav 5

Making bead jewellery in the ENE’S 7 THINGS workshop at Maarja-Magdaleena Guild

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus tänav 5

Helle’s Clay Room

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus tänav 5

Trampoline Centre UP

Pärnu, Lai tänav 10

Exhibition Gallery of Kihnu Community Centre

Linaküla, Kihnu vald, RAHVAMAJA

Car Museum

Loomse küla, Põhja-Pärnumaa vald, Muuseumi, Tallinn-Pärnu mnt 103.km - E67

Mary Magdalene Guild

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus tänav 5

Kihnu Museum

Linaküla, Kihnu vald Külaotsa

Make your own souvenir at Thorman’s smithy

Reiu küla, Häädemeeste vald, 1

Gildi Glass Workshop

Pärnu linn, Pärnu, Uus tänav 5
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