Leisure and culture for families in Jena

The city of Jena has many varied leisure and cultural opportunities for families. To the right, we have compiled a list of helpful links.

Children playing outside (Foto: Martin Heinrich)

Outings into nature

The numerous playgrounds in the city are not the only place families like to visit. In the city centre, on the Saale, there is the Paradies park with many fields and sports facilities; here, you can cycle, skate or have a picnic. The city’s situation in a valley means it is easy to enjoy nothing but unspoilt nature on a walk or hike into the woods and hills right nearby.


Varied choice of sports

Families can also take part in sports, for example in the city sports association (Stadtsportbund) or one of Jena’s many sports clubs. They can also have active fun at one of the three public swimming pools in the city. Whether at the Südbad (Schleichersee) natural lake with its naturist section, at the Ostbad with its slide and children’s area or the GalaxSea leisure pool with its sauna and wave machine – Jena has something for all water babies.

Child painting
(Foto: Martin Heinrich)

Culture and creativity

Families will be attracted by all Jena has to offer in the way of culture, education and creativity. Cultural activities for young people at Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, the summer open-air KinderArena, children's programmes at the Zeiss planetarium, the youth theatre club at the Theaterhaus, children's and family events in the Volkshaus theatre, children’s programmes at the Ernst Abbe library and much more.

Children can also try out their artistic skills at the School of Music and Art (Musik- und Kunstschule), where they can learn puppetry, theatre, singing and several instruments. Children and young people can also spend their free time in Jena at various youth centres and young people’s culture clubs.

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Corresponding Links
Childcare in Jena
Theatre and dance in Jena
Jena, city of music
Further Information
Theatre Jena
Jena tourist information centre
Markt 16
07743 Jena

Hotline: +49 (0) 3641 49-8050