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Activities for Kids in Berlin

Here we have listed our member's recommendations for activities for kids in Berlin
 

  • The Center

    Recommended by Katerina Grieves

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    The Center is an English-speaking international activity center offering workshops and classes for all ages - baby music from 3 months, family song and dance for 5 year olds, theatre and ballet for 7 year olds, jazz for 12 year olds and pop singing for teenagers as well as a variety of dance classes and workshops for adults. This is a great way to learn a new skill and to meet other international families in Berlin and to make English speaking friends.

    Esmarchstr. 5, 10407 Berlin, (+49) 30.40048440 www.thecenter-berlin.de/en/home/

    Comments:
    You can also rent the rooms out for childrens birthday parties

  • Kids Corner Berlin

    Recommended by Katerina Grieves

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    Kids Corner Berlin is a cafe with a kids play area. There are also numerous activities for pre-schoolers (music, dance, arts/crafts etc) and courses/workshops (first aid/fitness classes etc) for adults. The space is also available for birthday parties. Open daily from 10am
    Apostel-Paulus-Strasse 32, 10823 Berlin-Schöneberg info@kidscornerberlin.de www.kidscornerberlin.de

    Comments
    "Kids Corner Berlin is a fantastic place to meet up with friends with kids and a great place to get to know people through the courses and workshops." (KG, Feb 2013)

  • Phoenix Theatre

    Recommended by Katerina Grieves

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    Phoenix Children’s Theatre is a Berlin-based mobile theatre company performing at various venues in Berlin and northern Germany. The plays primarily consist of fairy tale stories told by the Brother Grimm. They also hold theatre workshops.

    (+49) 030 995 47 086 (+49) 0177 784 6116 english.theater@yahoo.de http://phoenixchildrenstheater.com

  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre

    Recommended by Fiona Harvey

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    Explore educational activities and kids attractions inside the biggest box of LEGO®
    LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Berlin, Potsdamer Straße 4, 10785 Berlin www.legolanddiscoverycentre.de/berlin/

    Comments:
    "I went with my 6 year old and 4 year old who really enjoyed it as it was like a big play centre. My sister had been 6 months previously with her 10 year old son who found it all a bit boring and I can see why. I think this is more geared up to younger kids. There is a nice café there where you can grab a cuppa whilst the kids run around but it’s a bit strange as its all underground! Make sure you book in advance / online as you will save quite a lot of money! We went out of season but I can imagine it would be a nightmare and very claustrophobic peak season. The kids really enjoyed the 4D movies as well as the mini Berlin. They also really liked watching the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 2/3 small rides. Make sure you avoid the shop at the end as you can get everything cheaper online. For people who live in Berlin, I saw you could have birthday parties there which is a great idea!" (FH, Feb 2013)

  • Mother and Baby Group in Berlin

    Recommended by Karen Field

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     Mr. Barnaby’s Baby Babble is a vibrant international community for English-speaking families with young children in Berlin. They get together to learn and have fun, share knowledge and experiences of parenthood and find support and friendship. Mums and dads with children under the age of five comprise most of the members, including many new & expectant parents. 
    www.meetup.com/babybabble/

  • Kids Group in Berlin

    Recommended by Karen Field

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    Berlin Kids is a International english-speaking playgroup open to english-speaking parents. They organise a regular playgroup for kids between 0 – 5 years old. Apart from the playgroup meetups, they also offer workshops and classes for kids and for the whole family at the activity centre and cafe.
    /www.meetup.com/Berlin-Kids

  • KinderMusik Berlin

    Recommended by Karen Field

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    KinderMusik is an English language music and movement program for newborns to seven year-olds which runs in five different locations across Berlin.
    www.kindermusik-berlin.de

  • Kollwitz Platz

    Recommended by Maria Lugmayr

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    This is an excellent place to go to meet people as its just full of mums and buggies! When I first moved to Berlin with my husband I didnt know anyone and I have met quite a few friends here. Situated in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, Kollwitz Platz is a fantastic park/playround with lots of cafes which welcome small children. There is a great market there on Thursdays and Saturdays with lots of fresh and organic products. My kids love the pancakes! The playground itself has fantastic wooden toys/equipment and separate areas for young/older children with swings, slides, climbing frames etc. Definitely worth a visit! Highly recommend (ML, October 2013)

  • Tiergarten

    Recommended by Penny Dormer

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    The Tiergarten is located at Metro Stop "Potsdamer Platz" and is Berlins largest park.

    Comments:
    "The Tiergarten is a huge park (Berlins biggest) with plenty of space for the kids to run and expore. It makes a welcome relief from the city and is right in the centre. We often take our bikes and a picnic there (although there is a cafe). As we live in a flat and dont have a garden - the kids just love the freedom here. There is also a lovely lake where you can hire paddle boats. There are lots of things to find in the park in different sections of the such as an infinity fountain, holocaust memorials, statues, monuments etc. My children also like hiding and making camps in the woods" (PD, November 2013)
     

  • Mauer Park and Bear Pit Karake

    Recommended by Helen Pitt - The Guardian Newspaper

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    Rapidly becoming a Berlin institution, every Sunday afternoon thousands of people make their way to Prenzlauer Bergs Mauerpark (literally Wall Park), which is on the site of the former death strip between East and West.

    Theres a very popular flea market and numerous food stalls, but the real highlight takes place in the amphitheatre from 3pm. Then, an affable Irish chap calling himself Joe Hatchiban pedals up with his mobile sound system and declares Bearpit Karaoke open for business. Anyone can sing, though Joe has a veto if he doesnt like your song choice.

    There is a regular cast of characters who hog the mike, including a wildly bearded man called Detlef who always sings My Way in German and shuffles on the stage carrying load of carrier bags. Its a gladiatorial atmosphere, not for fainthearted singers. If the crowd love you, they will sing and cheer along and youll feel like a star; if they think youre rubbish, prepare to be booed. 
    www.bearpitkaraoke.com

  • Tempelhofer Park

    Recommended by Helen Pitt - The Guardian Newspaper

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    Until recently this was a functioning airport, most famous for the starring role it played in the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949. The runway is still there; so is an air traffic control tower and even a few planes frozen in time at the departure gates. The terminal building, constructed to Hermann Görings exacting standards in classic Nazi architectural style, is in perfect nick, though its out of bounds to the public. After much argument over what to do with the land when the airport shut in 2008, it finally reopened as a park in 2010. In clement weather, the grounds turn into Berlins sportiest spot. Triathletes jostle for space on the air strip with rollerbladers and skateboarders; a softball game always seems to be in full swing and there is inevitably a football match to gatecrash. Its popular with picnickers too, though there is next to no shade on a sunny day
    www.tempelhofer-park.de

  • Spreepark

    Recommended by Helen Pitt - The Guardian Newspaper

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    One of east Berlins more off-beat attractions, the Spreepark was once the only amusement park in the GDR but was left to rot in 2002 after a scandal involving 180kg of cocaine hidden in the Magic Carpet Ride (its a long story). Its a magical, if ramshackle, place – frogs now colonise the logflume; the mouth of the rollercoaster is sprouting foliage and the ferris wheel stands perfectly intact. For a long time the funfair was out of bounds, though popular after dark with urban explorers and local teenagers out for an adventure. Recently, the owners started running legal tours each weekend. They are usually in German only, though even monoglots will enjoy nosying around without understanding a word. Sometimes your guide is Sabrina Witte, the colourful daughter of the disgraced former owner, who gives a no-holds-barred account of where things all went wrong.
    www.berliner-spreepark.de

  • MountMitte

    Recommended by Helen Pitt - The Guardian Newspaper

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    There are lots of good places to climb in Berlin, but MountMitte is the most fun – especially for children. Its an aerial adventure garden, like an urban GoApe. There is lots to explore in this surreal complex, where real Trabant cars are suspended in the air and canoes seem to be flying. You wear a climbing harness and are attached to the vertiginous rope course so you cant fall off. Climbers must be at least 130cm tall to take part. Adults €19, students €17, 14-17-year-olds €17, children €14. Open Mon-Fri from 2pm; Sat-Sun from 10am. Last admission two hours before it gets dark
    Caroline-Michaelis-Strasse 8, +49 30 555 77 8922 www.mountmitte.de

  • Strandbad Grunau

    Recommended by Helen Pitt - The Guardian Newspaper

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    Possibly the most charming of Berlins many lovely lake beaches, the Strandbad Grünau is tucked away in deepest east Berlin. But its well worth the journey. Unlike the more popular Strandbad Wannsee in the posher west, the water here is deep enough for proper swimming and it doesnt get quite as horrendously busy on a hot summers day. There are striped Strandkörbe (beach baskets) to hire as an alternative to a boring old deckchair and a decent cafe too. Those so inclined can go nude in the secluded area marked FKK. Admission €5/3; €10 for a family ticket (two adults and one child with €2.50 for every subsequent child). Open May-September from 10am-6pm (7pm in the school holidays)
    www.strandbad-grünau.de

  • Canoeing in Berlin

    Recommended by Helen Pitt - The Guardian Newspaper

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    Despite being landlocked, Berlin is a pretty watery place, with the River Spree and the Landwehrkanal winding through town on their way to the citys many lakes. If you hire a canoe from Kajak und Kanuverleih Kommrum, they deliver the boats to your desired starting point and collect them again from wherever you end up. A particularly enjoyable day would take in either Wannsee lake in the west or the Müggelsee in the east. Daily price per boat (minimum four boats) starting from €21, guided tours per boat (minimum five boats) starting from €30
    Schnackenburgstrasse 4, +49 30 8507 8734, www.bei-anruf-boot.de

  • Open Air Cinema

    Recommended by Helen Pitt - The Guardian Newspaper

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    Enjoying a film alfresco is a great summer tradition in Berlin. There are a number of parks and gardens where you can give it a go. The one most likely to be showing an English language film is the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg, which is in the back garden of the 3Schwestern restaurant in the old Kunsthaus Bethanian arts centre. Chairs are provided, though you might want to bring a blanket and a waterproof – just in case. The show goes on whatever the weather. Tickets (€6.50) go on sale 30 minutes before the performance
    In the yard of the Kunstquartier Bethanien, entrance opposite Adalbertstrasse 73, Mariannenplatz www.freiluftkino-kreuzberg.de

  • Loxx Indoor Model Railway

    Recommended by Lesley Johnston-Börs

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    The world´s largest indoor model railway presented via scenes of Berlin and a vivid train traffic with the Berlin S-Bahn, regional and long-distance trains, historical steamers as well as the highspeed ICE. You can also discover numerous phantasy landscapes, a computer controlled car-system and a huge airport, on which airplanes are taking off and landing, including the sound of their engines.
    OXX am ALEX, Im ALEXA, Grunerstraße 20, 10179 Berlin (+49) 030 44723022 info@loxx-berlin.de www.loxx-berlin.de

    Comment:
    "My 3 year old son and I spent a wonderful couple of hours here exploring all the different trains and tourist attractions of Berlin in miniture. We paid for a private, behind the scenes tour, which was well worth the money as you get to visit the workshop and see the people actually making everything in such small detail . You also go under the actual minature world to see the workings of all the different train lines. One of the highlights of our visit was the airport and watching the planes take off and land and hearing the very real sounds of the plane engines as then took off." (LJ April 2014)
     

  • British Saturday Club

    Recommended by Lesley Johnston-Börs

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    The British Saturday Club is a club for bilingual children or British children in Berlin where we will sing, play, read, paint, build, craft, make a mess, go on outings and much more, all in English and often with a British angle. The aim is not to teach the kids to read or write in English, but more just to have fun, in English, while giving them a little taste of a certain Britishness that living in Berlin, they just won’t be getting at KiTa. Sessions are led by qualified teachers helped by assistants. All teachers and assistants are native speakers of English.
    http://britishsaturdayschoolberlin.wordpress.com/

     Comment:
    "My son attends this school and I am delighted with the range of activities, songs and stories that each teacher uses in their lesson. Not only does my son get the opportuntity to socialise with other English speaking children and learn about British culture, which he does not get at his all-German Kita, but each week he excitedly brings home the results of the weekly craft." (LJ, April 2014)
     

  • Deutsches Technikmuseum Kreuzberg

    Recommended by Arina Sargent

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    The technology museum has a varied collection across different floors ranging from trains & planes to cameras and printing techniques. There are many playful activities to keep the younger (and older) ones amused; learn how to raise a sail on a pretend boat or tie a good knot. This is the place you may just find yourself going back to more than once. On Sunday afternoon (14:00) they organise a special family tour. Admission €8-4; €17 for a family ticket.
    www.sdtb.de/Home.623.0.html

  • Berta Block

    Recommended by Arina Sargent

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    A great climbing hall offering classes, free climbing and organised birthday parties. It’s an attractive space located in Pankow, easily accessible by public transportation. At first glance the hall looks small but it offers plenty of challenge for beginners as well as the more experienced climbers among us. A perfect spot for the curious, a rainy day or a party! General admission €9, discounts for children under 6, early birds and Berlin pass holders. If you don’t have your own shoes, you can rent them for €2,50.
    www.bertablock.de

  • MACHmit! Museum für Kinder

    Recommended by Arina Sargent

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    An interactive children’s (4-12) museum located in a beautiful old church in Prenzlauer Berg. The museum has a pleasant size for a few hours and offers many different activities. Permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as workshops and other playful and creative activities make it a place worth keeping an eye on. The massive climbing maze is a favourite and keeps them entertained for a while. Their little restaurant corner offers good snacks. Admission age 0-3 €3,50/ age 3 & up €5,50
    www.machmitmuseum.de

  • Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin

    Recommended by Arina Sargent

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    Another great children’s museum located in an old match factory in Wedding. Hands-on learning experiences have been made attractive and varied. It is recommended to bring some house socks or slippers for your children. The staff is very friendly and there’s a nice little cafe. Admission €5,50 or €16 for a family card. On Friday afternoon admission is €4,50.
    www.labyrinth-kindermuseum.de/en

  • Museum für Naturkunde

    Recommended by Arina Sargent

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    Museum für Naturkunde

    Berlin’s natural history museum is located in Mitte and has an extensive collection. The highlight is perhaps the massive Brachiosaurus welcoming every visitor. Supposedly the biggest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world! But it doesn’t stop there. From birds and butterflies to our solar system and minerals, you’ll either need many hours or more visits! Bring a notepad and a pencil and take some quiet time to draw one of the animals. They offer a free audio guide in different languages; the one for children comes in German only. On your way out you’ll head through the museum shop with a wide selection of books, posters and toys. Admission €6-3 or €11 for a family card.
    www.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de/en/

     

  • Volkspark Friedrichshain

    Recommended by Arina Sargent

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    For some simple fun at any time a year, this park is a nice place to let the kids run free. Berlin has many green spaces and their parks are often well kept and family friendly. This park offers many playgrounds, a skateboard park, fun hills (popular in the winter time for sledding), a big sandpit for volleyball, an open air cinema (seasonal), a restaurant, fountains etc. A short but great walk up the ‘Großer Bunkerberg’ takes you to a nice look-out point. Throw a blanket down and enjoy a break from the madness.

    Am Friedrichshain 1, 10407 Berlin

     

  • FEZ Berlin

    Recommended by Caroline Denby

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    FEZ-Berlin is the largest non-profit children, youth and family centre in Europe. It offers creative games, fun and recreation and combines Education, Adventure and Culture in its programme. The activities in the fields of global learning and education for sustainable development, European and International education as well as cultural education are unique. Within the expansive 100.000 sqm outdoor-area and the 13.000 sqm indoor-area, FEZ-Berlin is an ideal location for a multitude of events and activities. Our swimming pool, sports centre, cinema, music auditoriums, art studios and the many attractive playgrounds on the location invite our visitors to trial and participation. TUE - FRI 9:00 - 22:00 SA 13:00 - 19:00 SUN/ PUBLIC HOLIDAY 12:00 - 18:00

    FEZ-Berlin Kinder-, Jugend- und Familienzentrum - Landesmusikakademie - gemeinnützige Betriebsgesellschaft mbH im FEZ Berlin (KJfz-L-gBmbH) Straße zum FEZ 2 12459 Berlin Tel: +49 (0)30-53071-0 www.fez-berlin.de info@fez-berlin.de

  • Biosphere Potsdam

    Recommended by Caroline Denby

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    The mystical tropical world, just outside Berlin´s gates The jungle landscape of the Biosphere with its over 20.000 beautiful plants, many exotic animals and an hourly thunderstorm with lightning and thunder takes you to a world far away. Open every day of the year. MON - FRI: 9:00 - 18:00 SAT, SUN: 10:00 - 19:00

    Biosphäre Potsdam GmbH Georg-Hermann-Allee 99 14469 Potsdam http://www.biosphaere-potsdam.de +49- (0)331 / 550 74 - 0 E-Mail: info@biosphaere-potsdam.de or m.rydz@biosphaere-potsdam.de

  • Spectrum Museum fuer Verkehr und Technik

    Recommended by Caroline Denby

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    The Science Center Spectrum is for children from 4 years old. Everyone is welcomed to touch and experience on 4 floors and 1400m2. More than 150 interactive experimental stations based on physics and techniques invite to play and learn. The museum gives answers to questions like: Why is the sky blue? Can you see heat? The entrance is valid for “Das deutsche Technikmuseum” which is just next door and they offer activities and events the whole year round. TUE - FRI: 9:00 - 17:30 SAT, SUN: 10:00 - 18:00

    Science Center Spectrum Möckernstrasse 26, Trebbiner Strasse 9 10963 http://www.sdtb.de/Spectrum.4.0.html Berlin Tel: +49- (0)30 90 254 284

  • Park am Gleisdreieck (Kreuzberg)

    Recommended by Caroline Denby

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    Berlin has a continental climate and therefore a lot of sunny days, even in winter. So it’s worth while visiting one of the many parks. The Park am Gleisdreieck was created 2013 on Berlin’s wasteland between east and west. The residents were integrated in the planning of the park. You can visit the Rose Scent Garden as well as the children’s park. “The extensive lawns provide plenty of space for a delicious picnic or impromptu ballgame. In the nature experience area children aged between 6 and 12 can also discover animals and plants, play hide and seek or, in summer, splash in the water-filled hollows. And of course there are also a number of playgrounds too

     www.visitberlin.de/en/spot/park-at-gleisdreieck

  • MACHmit! Museum für Kinder

    Recommended by Caroline Denby

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    This museum for children is located inside a converted church in Prenzlauer Berg. Its permanent exhibitions are a Soap Shop (how it was in the old days), Printing Press (how did we print newspapers in the old days?) and the Mirror Cabinet. They have changing exhibitions as well as a Family Café. A highlight is the still working organ of the church and a children cinema (for blind & deaf). Furthermore they offer theatre plays, flea market, workshops, holidays activities, birthday parties and much more.

    Senefelderstr. 5, 10437 Berlin www.machmitmuseum.de  +49 (0)30 - 7477 8200