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11 tips for the winter vacations in Berlin

The ultimate guide to creative vacation fun

Family at the Humboldt Forum Berlin
Family at the Humboldt Forum Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

The Perfect Winter Vacation Guide: In this blog we have some great tips for you, what you can do during the vacations in Berlin. Many museums invite you to get creative in workshops. But also little circus acrobats, robot fans and polar explorers will get their money's worth. 11 tips for a few unforgettable vacation days with the family in Berlin.

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Tip 1: Clay monsters and plaster ghosts

Blick auf den Kolonnadenhof auf der Museumsinsel
Museumsinsel © Foto: Marcello Zerletti

When it's gray and dim outside, it's easy to get caught up in the world of ghosts with a little imagination. The old masters were no different. You can spot spooky creatures and strange figures in many of the artworks on Museum Island. But don't be afraid. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use a variety of techniques to create your very own ghosts and protective monsters - or perhaps a wild beast?

Who: Workshop for families

Where: House Bastian, Am Kupfergraben 10, Mitte

When: from 1 to 4 February 12 - 14 pm 

 

Tip 2: Can robots see?

Deutsches Technikmuseum
Deutsches Technikmuseum © bzi, Foto: Joseph Hoppe

Help the little robot Ozobot find its way. How do you do that? You can try it out in this workshop at the German Museum of Technology. You'll learn which commands the mini-robot's sensors respond to - and, of course, how Ozobot responds to your commands. What happens when you mark its path with different colors? And how can you program it for turbo speed? An interactive digital experience for accompanied kids aged seven and up. Meeting point is in the new building of the museum in kids.digilab.berlin. 

Who: Accompanied kids aged 7 and up

Where: German Museum of Technology, Trebbiner Straße 9, Kreuzberg

When: February 5, 3 - 3:45 pm

 

Tip 3: Me as a work of art in the museum

Alicja Kwade zu ihrem Projekt "In Abwesenheit" in der Berlinischen Galerie
Alicja Kwade zu ihrem Projekt "In Abwesenheit" in der Berlinischen Galerie © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Who am I? This is the question you will ask yourself in this workshop at the Berlinische Galerie. You will first discover the work of the artist Alicja Kwade (picture) and perhaps even herself. She, too, has asked herself who she is as a human being in time and space and has found various answers as to how this can best be represented - and reduced herself to the basic chemical elements, for example. And then it's your turn to develop your own sculptural self-portrait.

Who:Teenagers from 12 - 16 years

Where: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124, Kreuzberg

When: January 31 and February 1 - 4 from 11 am - 4 pm each day

Tip 4: Flags

museum Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin
museum Hamburger Bahnhof © visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer

In this workshop you will deal with the topic of community and which forms of living together exist. You will discuss whether and how community can be created through art. What are the different forms of community? What do you understand by it? And how can living together succeed in a larger framework. Based on this, you will design your community concept and create a flag to express it.

Who: Teens & young adults

Where: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50/51, Mitte

When: Tuesday, February 1 to Thursday, February 3 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (multiple days)

Tip 5: Meet Minimal | Maximal

Neue Nationalgalerie
© visitBerlin, Foto: mulinarius

In this family workshop you will experiment with movement and balance. You will first look at the works of art by Alexander Calder from the perspective of a researcher. How does the artist manage to keep his works in a moving balance? How can you achieve this with your own work? Afterwards, of course, you can try it out in practice.

Who: Workshop for families 

When: February 1 - February 3 from 12 to 2 pm each day

Where: Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Straße 50, Mitte

Tip 6: Polar Expedition

Britzer Garten
Britzer Garten © Grün Berlin GmbH

The Freilandlabor Britz invites you on an imaginary polar expedition. You will follow in the footsteps of famous polar explorers. How did they explore the Arctic, overcome the cold, find food and shelter? With the help of different tasks and games you will go on a polar expedition together.

Who: Children from 7 - 12 years

Where: Britzer Garten at the park entrance Buckower Damm 168, Britz

When: February 2, 9:30 am to 3 pm

Tip 7: We build a Mars Rover

Archenhold-Sternwarte
Archenhold-Sternwarte © Foto: Zeal/wikimedia commons

From the polar expedition, the journey continues to Mars. The Stiftung Planetarium Berlin invites young constructors (and their parents) to build a Mars rover. LEGO bricks are available on site. Afterwards, of course, you can test your rover on a track modeled after the planet Mars.

Who: Children from 6 years and their parents

Where: Archenhold Observatory, Alt-Treptow 1, Treptow

When: Saturday, Feb. 5, starting at 3:30 pm

Tip 8: Circus School

Circus tent
Circus tent © iStock.com/Linda Steward

Dance, play, laugh, be an acrobat, a clown or just listen to stories: All this awaits you at the free circus training of the circus school Faranuka. You train for seven days and then it's off to the ring. Raise the curtain on your winter circus stories! 

Who: All children who are interested in circus.

When: Saturday, January 29 - Friday, February 4 daily 11 am to 3 pm, performance on Saturday, February 5 at 4 pm

Where: Monumentenstraße 28, Kreuzberg, registration at post at faranuka.de

What kids can do for free in Berlin

Tip 9: Skiing, surfing, flying

Surfer im Wellenwerk Berlin
Surfer im Wellenwerk Berlin © Wellenwerk, Foto: Julius Niehus

Did you know that you can ski very close to Berlin? And in any weather? That's possible at Snowtropolis, a large indoor ski slope in the Lausitz region. On Wednesday, students get a 50% discount on their entrance fee. If you prefer to stay in Berlin, we have put together a selection of indoor activities for you: from indoor surfing to flying in the wind tunnel.

More indoor activities

Tip 10: Writing workshop for teenagers

Skyline of the Ahrensfelde mountains in Berlin Marzahn
Ahrensfelde mountains in Marzahn-Hellersdorf © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Writing is fun! Together you will work on your texts, inspire your creativity with writing games and then present your projects in the group. In addition to pure writing, the focus is also on illustration and, of course, the exchange with like-minded people.

Who: Young people aged 10 and up

When: February 5 from 2 p.m.

Where: Marzahner Promenade 54/55, Marzahn

Writing workshop for Teens & Young adults

Tip 11: Talking Feet. Move the Bode Museum with us!

Bode Museum Eingangsbereich mit zwei Figuren
© (c) visumate

This may sound a little crazy to you, but in this museum workshop the sculptures talk to you. To be precise, the feet of the sculptures. Together with students, the artist Mathilde ter Heijne has given the feet a voice. Listen carefully, because they really have a lot to say about themselves and the sculptures, sometimes funny, sometimes serious - and some even sing.  Afterwards, you can become active, tell the story yourself and develop drawings to go with it. 

Who: Families

When: Saturday, February 5, 2 - 4 p.m.

Where: Meeting point is the large dome in the Bode-Museum, Am Kupfergraben, Mitte

Talking Feet. Move the Bode Museum with us!
 

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.