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Berlin in the rain with kids

Discover Berlin’s most enjoyable activities for children on rainy days

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

A child experiments in the laboratory
A child experiments in the laboratory © FEZ, Foto: Rita Richter

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.

Indoor trampolining

Berlin with children: Indoor playground Berlin
indoor playground © Getty Images, Foto: Dominik Pabis

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

Kinder sitzen auf einer Theaterbühne
© Getty Images, Foto: Adam Taylor

Neun Kinder sitzen in Kostümen auf einer Bühne

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

Literature
Literature © Getty Images, Foto: BrianAJackson

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.

Planetariums

Planetarium Prenzlauer Allee
Zeiss-Großplanetarium Berlin © (c) visumate

Das Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Berlin wurde 1987 als eines der größten und modernsten Sternentheater überhaupt eröffnet. Es befindet sich am Rande des in den 1980er Jahren erbauten Wohngebietes Ernst-Thälmann-Park im Ortsteil Prenzlauer Berg und gehört wie die Archenhold-Sternwarte und die Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte zur Stiftung Planetarium Berlin. Seit der Wiedereröffnung nach einer zweijährigen Modernisierungspause im August 2016 gilt es derzeit als das modernste „Wissenschaftstheater“ Europas.

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 

Berlin with children: Indoor playground Berlin
indoor playground © Getty Images, Foto: olesiabilkei

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.

Aquarium adventures

SEA LIFE Berlin
SEA LIFE Berlin © ©SEA LIFE Deutschland GmbH

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

Planetarium Berlin
Planetarium © Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

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.

Children's theatre

Theaterbühne im FEZ
Theater im FEZ Wuhlheide © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Die Wuhlheide ist ein städtisches Waldgebiet im Berliner Ortsteil Oberschöneweide. Sie umfassst den Volkspark Wuhlheide sowie das Freizeit- und Erholungszentrum (FEZ). Am S-Bahnhof Wuhlheide startet die Parkeisenbahn, die Sie direkt in Berlins Kinderparadies Nummer 1 bringt – ins Freizeit- und Erholungszentrum Wuhlheide, kurz FEZ genannt.

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.

Be creative

MachMit Museum Berlin
MachMit Museum © MACHmit! Kindermuseum, Foto: Sergej Horovitz

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

Children in the cinema
Children in the cinema © Getty Images, Foto: andresr

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

Brandenburger Tor Berlin with soccer player
Footballer in front of the Brandenburg Gate © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

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
Berliner Unterwelten © Berliner Unterwelten e.V., Foto: Dietmar Arnold

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

Symphony Orchestra on stage
Classical Music © Getty Images, Foto: DeshaCAM

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

Hurricane Factory Berlin
Hurricane Factory © Marat Daminov

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

Fairytales in Berlin
Magic Fairy Tale book © Getty Images, Foto: Eva Carollo Photography

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

Tyrannosaurus rex Tristan at the Museum für Naturkunde
Tyrannosaurus rex Tristan at the Museum für Naturkunde © visitBerlin

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

Circus tent
Circus tent © iStock.com/Linda Steward

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

LEGOLAND Discovery Center - Two boys blaying with small Match Cars
LEGOLAND Discovery Center © 2018 LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Deutschland GmbH

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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