Whether spring, summer, autumn, or winter, Berlin offers plenty of exciting activities 365 days a year. Indoors and out, the capital offers plenty of fun for kids of all ages. To help you select from the many available options, we have collected some great tips for Berlin events that kids will love, too.
Berlin in spring: flower power!
Fairs, markets, and Easter bonfires: springtime Berlin offers many events kids will love. After the cold of winter, Berlin celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival at Gardens of the World in Marzahn. Everyone in the family will be amazed at the riot of pink cherry blossoms that are one of the harbingers of spring. A varied entertainment and stage programme adds further to the excitement. Music, culture, and delicious food make this colourful flower festival in April a perfect way to spend a day with your little ones.
A blazing Easter bonfire is put on each year the day before Easter at Britzer Garten. On Easter Day itself, the same spot offers plenty of games and lots of fun for the kids. They can look for haystacks and hunt for Easter eggs.
Berlin in summer: time to cool off!
Berlin is full of lakes and beaches that provide great spots to cool off in the summer. Particularly ideal for families is the Plötzensee in Wedding. The kids can splash and paddle around the approx. 700 m long lake while you relax on the fine sand of the beach. Other fun things there include a water slide, trampoline, rope circus, and an adventure playground.
The kids will be the centre of attention at International Children's Day held at FEZ, where several hundred volunteers work hard to make this day special. For example, the kids will enjoy child stars sing and dance, entertaining music theatre, and little adventures like pancake tossing with Pippi Longstocking.
Berlin in autumn: learning made fun!
As the weather begins to turn, it's the perfect opportunity to take the kids to any of Berlin's almost countless museums for a bit of a history lesson. Especially on 3 October, the public holiday marking the 1990 reunification of Germany, Berlin offers many interesting events that help to explain the city's eventful past to visitors of all ages. The German Historical Museum offers special guided tours that help children understand how division and reunification have shaped the Germany of today.
Every year the Berlin light festivals, which enchant the whole city from September to October, are a crowd-puller for young and old. The brilliant light installations shine as soon as the sun sets on the horizon and make the city walk a special experience for the whole family.
Berlin in winter: hit the slopes!
Even if Berlin is not in the mountains, you can still hit the slopes here come winter! As soon as the city's extensive green areas are covered with a white carpet of snow, its hills are transformed into fast-paced toboggan runs. So grab a sledge and get ready to storm any of the city's numerous toboggan runs. Especially popular is the toboggan run at Teufelsberg in the Grunewald. It's not only a thrilling ride downhill, but also offers wonderful views over Berlin. The toboggan run at Lübars amusement park even has floodlights to ensure that the hill is brightly lit even when the skies so that everyone can ride safely downhill. But if Old Man Winter hasn't yet provided the requisite snow, families can still head to Rübezahl, an ice rink near the Müggelsee. This indoor skating rink offers the chance to perfect your spins and jumps or to simply have some fun, whatever the weather.
If you like things a little more relaxed, a hot mulled wine at one of the many Christmas markets in Berlin is another good choice. The Christmas market at Jagdschloss Grunewald offers quite the fairy-tale atmosphere. Children's punch, cookies, and fairy-tale characters like Mother Hulda or Hansel and Gretel mingle with visitors to create a festive atmosphere.