I remember a situation from a few years back when we were thinking where to go for a weekend with our friends and somebody suggested Łódź. ‘Łódź?’ – somebody asked looking unpleasantly surprised – ‘What’s there to do???’. Someone else added ‘There’s really no better place to go for a weekend than Łódź?!?!’. Back then I fought for Łódź’s honour, not necessarily for the trip to the city. Because for me Łódź has been an interesting place for quite a while now. With great walks around the city, summer nights on ul. Piotrkowska and as we learned now – also for a weekend with a kid!!
If you’re coming to Łódź from Warsaw it’s easy by both train and car. I often choose PKP when I’m coming for a business meeting that will last several hours – the train gets me there in two hours and in the meantime I can work, read, get prepared. We prefer car when it comes to family trips – we like being independent. We can travel quickly, the weather is not an issue and Maks is happy because there’s plenty of space for a bag with his favourite bricks. This time we went to Łódź with our brand new MINI Clubman which we lately tested. We packed the bags for the weekend, Maks’ little bike and drove away!
The plan was to start the day in Łódź with a walk through ul. Piotrkowska where we can see all the figure-statues such as Tuwim’s bench or Miś Uszatek, but unfortunately the weather took it hard on us! It was raining a little bit throughout the whole day so we gave up on long walks and moved around with our car. So, what can you do on a weekend in Łódź when it’s raining?
Catch these few ideas! Perfect for kids and adults! For snowy and rainy times but also for spring and heat!
PLACES WORTH SEEING:
1) SE – MA – FOR ANIMATION MUSEUM – ul. Targowa 1/3 (entrance on ul. Tuwima 54)
This was probably the best shot – a perfect place for kids and adults. The animation museum is located in the Se-ma-for studios and is the only place like this in Poland. I have to admit that I haven’t expected it to be so fascinating! I think we might have even been more fascinated than Maks was, especially considering the fact that we knew many of these cartoons such as Uszatek or Colargol from before! The exhibition is really impressive, especially with all the tiny details made to film a few-minute long episode! The most fascinating thing however was the guide’s story about the origin of specific animation in Se-ma-for.
The most popular ones included Miś Uszatek, Colargol or a more recent Parauszek. Did you know that it takes 3 months to make one 10-minute long episode of Parauszek??? One second of the film is as much as 24 shots and there’s only 5-6 seconds of each cartoon being made on one day??!!? Hard to imagine, isn’t it?
In 2006 Se-ma-for also made Peter and the Wolf which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The scenography for the movie took 150 sqm and cost 2 million pounds! There was 8 models of Peter alone with 20 different heads – each with different face 🙂
It’s definitely a memorable trip! It’s worth giving a shot even if you come to Łódź without your child! 🙂 During weekends it’s open from 10 to 5 pm. The entrance to the museum can be found on ul. Tuwima – you can drive up to the museum in your car – there’s plenty of parking space on weekends. More information can be found HERE.
2) EXPERYMENTARIUM SCIENCE CENTRE – ul. Drewnowska 58 (Manufaktura)
Maks absolute favourite during our trip to Łódź. Lately he’s been into all sorts of scientific experiments, touching, pouring, fooling around, he even goes to classes like that in the kindergarten. It was a must!
We started with a walk through a dark Cosmic Tunnel with a bridge that looked a bit shaky – Maks was a bit scared but later on he wanted to get back there. The cosmic tunnel is kind of amazing because the bridge does not move at all, it’s you who feels it’s moving!
Up next there are more rooms and more play with your senses. Touching, looking, illusions and changes. Interactive display objects show how does magnetism, dynamics and optics work. It’s interesting and sometimes funny – when we change our silhouettes for instance or combine two face into one. We asked Maks what did he like the most during our trip to Łódź and he was 100% sure it was Experymentarium.
It’s open from 10 am to 10 pm Mon-Sat and 10 am to 9 pm on Sunday. In order to get to the Experymentarium you need to park on Manufaktura’s parking lot – on weekends it might get a little crowded but you’ll surely find a spot. Both Experymentarium and Museum of the Factory are in the same building. You can get there from the food court or from the yard. More information can be found HERE.
3) MUSEUM OF THE FACTORY – ul. Drewnowska 58 (Manufaktura)
I have to admit one thing first: Maks was bored here which made it impossible for us to see the museum in peace! What a pity! I’ve been here for the second time because I really like places like that – I like reading about the history, about the times that have past, watching pictures from the old times and imagining industrial Łódź from many years before. Unfortunately Maks (and Łukasz too :)) had a different opinion about the museum and we quickly left the place! However if you like history and want to learn something about Łódź, it’s the best place especially with the tickets being so cheap (adults – PLN 6, kids – PLN 5)! 🙂
More information HERE.
WHERE TO EAT IN ŁÓDŹ???
Sightseeing is one thing and eating is another! 🙂 What are the best places to eat in Łódź?? After several stays, one of which was during the Festival of Good Taste during which we visited between 25 and 30 restaurants in 3 days we have our favourite spots!
Lokal is surely one of them. Lately Spółdzielnia as well (it used to be bad, but around May or June last year they changed the chef and now it’s good!). Also Lavash. All the abovementioned places are located on ul. Piotrkowska or near it so you best park on one of the perpendicular streets and have a short walk. If the weather is good, it’s worth going for a walk through ul. Piotrkowska after lunch! We parked on ul. Moniuszki. Only a few steps away from Armenian Lavash which was our choice for lunch this time.
It’s a place with a vibe which and everybody who’s been to Georgia and/or Armenia will be delighted. Different, unusual with Caucasian food. A place with a soul. Just remember to book a table because it’s usually quite busy!!! 🙂 Try ajar khachapuri for instance (with egg, a bit different than in Georgia but still very tasty) or a filling meaty lahmajoun. When it comes to main courses, we loved the spicy buglama – mutton with aubergine and chickpeas. We thought a bit about our trip to Armenia and moved along!
There was no more room in our bellies for dinner in Lokal, even though we dreamed about their cuisine. Their menu is full of tempting options. B sure to check it out! You may also check Tubajka – a family shop-cafe! We haven’t been there for a while but last year in the summer they served really tasty desserts! But beware: after lunch in Lavash it might be difficult because you will leave with full bellies!;)
Our new MINI Clubman worked great on our trip to Łódź. Despite my love for trains we were happy to go by car this time – we didn’t get wet and managed to see quite a lot!!!
I already told you before that it’s not the first MINI I had the pleasure of driving. Ours have been with us for a few years already! Łukasz calls it a go-kart but I love it – small, smart easy to fit anywhere 😉
Despite my love to our own I have to admit that giving away the new one wasn’t easy! 🙂 It’s really spacious and comfortable (6 doors! Finally no need to do acrobatics in order to place the car seat in the back) and what’s perfect for those travelling with children – it comes with a much larger trunk with additional compartment (360 litres!). This way two suitcases (Maks needs his own obviously!!) and a bike were super easy to fit in! If you’re the type who pack a lot in (we’ve got this kind of friends too, wink, wink!:)) there’s plenty of space left! And if you need even more, you can always fold the back seat…
As for the less functional and more visual aspects I really like the back of new MINI Clubman! It’s different than mine and I have to admit that it looks modern and nice! 🙂 Maks love the fact that when you lock the car a shiny logo appears on the street next to it ;))) A small thing but magic for a kid!!! 🙂
So what? Anybody planning a family weekend in Łódź??? Anybody coming in a new MINI??? 🙂 We recommend both things! 🙂 And if you have more time, you can always combine the weekend in Łódź with a trip to the abandoned places in the area! 🙂 The entry can be found below! 🙂
*the entry was written in cooperation with MINI