Even on days when the weather happens to be bad, kids can still have fun in Berlin. Whether it’s arts and crafts at the theatre, a visit to the crocodile pool or the children’s circus – there are plenty of activities to keep your children dry and happy!
Throughout the year and whatever the weather, the city is vibrant and full of life. Even on rainy days there’s a wide choice of activities for kids in Berlin. Families can go on special guided tours in museums, take part in exciting workshops and watch colourfully staged plays at the theatre. So: get out of bed, leave your comfortable Berlin hotel room for the whole family and explore the city - these are our tips:
Adventure tours at the Museum for Communication
The Museum for Communication in Berlin offers exciting guided tours especially for families. On family Sundays, budding scientists can experiment with communication techniques both old and new, such as invisible ink and scrambled codes.
A great thing to do on rainy days in Berlin is to visit the InsideOut adventure playground in Wilmersdorf, which not only has a trampoline, but also a petting zoo. Kids who fancy a future in the circus will love the juggling lessons.
Director for a day
Even when the clouds are grey, children want to be kept busy in Berlin. The Museum of Film and Television offers workshops for children aged eight and above, where they can make their own stop-motion short animated film.
Children’s Uni at Humboldt University
Humboldt University regularly offers special lectures for children, covering everything from Roman culture to the inner workings of trees. Information stands especially for children are a fun way to learn about all kinds of subjects.
One of the nicest activities for children is a visit to one of Berlin’s planetariums. The Archenhold Observatory and the Zeiss Planetarium have special presentations where hard facts are woven into imaginative stories about stars and moons.
Bim & Boom children's playland
At this gigantic indoor playground children of all ages can run around to their heart’s content. The play areas include trampolines, football, obstacle courses, mazes and much more, and refreshments are available at the restaurant.
Scary fun for older children – the Berlin Dungeon
If it’s stormy in Berlin, then it's the perfect time for a bone-chilling visit to the Berlin Dungeon. Children from the age of ten upwards can explore the darkest chapters of Berlin’s past – if they dare. Actors in gruesome disguises provide an extra thrill.
Although Berlin is a long way from the sea, it still has underwater inhabitants to marvel at. At SEA LIFE Berlin, budding marine scientists especially love the interactive rockpool. The visitor attractions at the Aquarium at Berlin Zoo include the crocodile hall and night-time guided tours for children through the underwater world.
Fire Service Museum
Children’s eyes light up when they see the huge fire engines at the Berlin Fire Service Museum. You can go one better and make your child really happy with a (virtual, of course) call-out in the Florimobil emergency vehicle.
Imagination is childhood’s elixir – and the Morgenstern Theatre in Friedenau stages imaginative classic and modern plays for children. Another highlight for children are the craft workshops at the Grashüpfer puppet theatre in Treptow, where they can make masks and finger puppets.
Let your own and your children’s creativity run free at the Paint Your Style ceramic workshop. For new parents, there is the fantastic opportunity to imprint baby footprints on plates and cups. At the Klax creative workshop on Schönhauser Allee, children and adults alike can take part in pottery and drawing courses and spend Saturdays making things together as a family. Another tip is the FEZ KREATIVHAUS, where children have fun in workshops ranging from music and dance to art and crafts.
Cinema for kids
If you’re looking for relaxed indoor entertainment for children in Berlin, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the cinema. A good tip for parents with babies is the Babylon Baby cinema. Every Wednesday, adults can watch films together with their very youngest. Changing tables are provided, there is space for pushchairs and the sound is turned down to a baby-friendly volume.
Table Football at Kickerworld
Even when it rains, children want exercise. KICKERworld not only boasts an indoor football pitch – those who want something really different can try bubble football. If the kids still aren’t worn out, you can all have a go in the paintball hall.
For older children: explore what’s underneath Berlin
Berliner Unterwelten e.V. organises fascinating tours through Second World War bunkers, disused underground railway tunnels and brewery cellars. It’s ideal for children who are13 or older.
Play an instrument
At Klingendes Museum near Gesundbrunnen, the music’s not just for listening to, but also for touching. Children of all ages can try out instruments and get to know them better in workshops.
Flying in a wind tunnel
Let the story of Peter Pan come true! In the wind tunnel at the Hurricane Factory near Schönefeld, anyone who wants to can fly, and without any magic involved. Some say hovering in the glass wind tunnel feels like parachuting.
A good read
Berlin has lots of great bookshops especially for children. One of them is the Krumulus bookshop, which offers a varied programme for children as well as its own printing workshop for creative play. What’s also great for kids is that if you stay in Berlin with your children in one of visitBerlin’s family-friendly hotels, a book awaits you as a welcome gift.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in Berlin offers a wide range of creative guided tours for children as young as five. Particularly exciting are the torchlight guided tours through the museum in the dark. On Children’s Sunday, the kids go on geological tours of discovery. The microscopy courses are exciting for older children.
Circus Cabuwazi Berlin
Get out into the ring, says the chaotic, colourful Cabuwazi travelling circus, where children become the performers, learning skills such as juggling, tightrope walking and the art of clowning.
More things for children to do in Berlin
Other great places for children to go include the Legoland Discovery Centre, the Labyrinth children's museum in Berlin Mitte and the MACHmit! Museum. The Bröhan-Museum for Art Deco boasts a varied programme for children, such as tours where they can solve detective puzzles. The Computer Games Museum and the Puppet Theatre Museum also offer playful and informative activities where children can try a lot of things themselves. Has reading this worn you out already? Ladies can treat themselves and their kids to a relaxing Turkish bath at the Hamam – ideally on a Thursday, which is children’s day.
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