While Hvar has developed a reputation as a party island, and a lot is written about adult entertainments during the high summer season, children can have fun here too. Their activities can be free and spontaneous, or more organized.
One of the great pleasures of Jelsa is its central square or Pjaca (from the Italian Piazza), where children have space and freedom to play to their hearts' content while their parents can enjoy sitting and chatting in the cafés.
There are bicycles, tricycles and scooters. There are games with balls and balloons. Toys are shared, friendships made. There is a lot of running about at all times of day, especially in the relative cool of the evening.
The environment is about as safe for children as one could wish: local people watch out for them, not least making sure that they don't fall into the fast-flowing stream (Slatina) which runs down one side of the square. The stream water used to be drinkable, but now the water fountain at the upper end of the square towards the church provides welcome drinking water or a quick splash of cool refreshment for hands, face or feet.
Away from the main square across Jelsa's little park is a children's playground with swings and other play equipment. Nearby is a trampolining centre, for which users pay a moderate hourly fee. So even away from the beach, children don't need to be bored.