We are meeting friends from Slovakia in Vienna over Easter weekend and need some suggestions for activities for their children - ages 6 and 10. The children do not speak German and only a little English. Obviously the weather and crowds may impact our plans. Are there any museums of particular interest for children? Any special Easter activities?
There are Easter markets that offer things for kids. There will be one at Schonbrunn and also one in the center at Freyung and one in the Prater. Info and links here:
These are sort of like the Christmas markets--outdoors, food and drink, shopping, music, stage shows, etc.
Zoom always has something going on:
And this place is pretty kid friendly:
I second the Easter markets and had a wonderful time visiting Vienna at this time of year. The Easter markets are very nice and full of colorful decorations, tasty treats, etc. Some also have marzipan workshops and other crafts for kids. Schönbrunn Palace has a big one with nice atmosphere and plenty of entertainment, music, egg hunts etc. Here is some info about the special events for kids there http://www.ostermarkt.co.at/en/for-children.php I assume that little language skill is needed to participate. The palace also has a special children's museum that might interest the kids (information also available in Slovakian) http://www.kaiserkinder.at/sprachen/english.html as well as a zoo with baby pandas (www.zoovienna.at info available in many languages incl Slovakian)
The Easter market at Freyung is small but central and more quaint, worth a stop to see all the painted eggs on display if you are in the area.
In general there is plenty for kids to do in Vienna. There is a children's museum (Zoom) in the Museumsquartier. Kids who like nature might also enjoy the Butterfly House (right behind Hofburg near the Albertina museum). The Vienna tourism website has a lot of material on this topic as well, including special children's museum programs https://www.wien.info/en/vienna-for/families