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Top 11 tips for the summer holidays in Berlin

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Kinder beim Spielen auf der Museumsinsel im Sommer in Berlin
Kinder beim Spielen auf der Museumsinsel visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Summer in Berlin is just around the corner and we have picked out many exciting and fun activities for you. Many museums offer workshops for families, children and young people during the summer holidays. You can also do lots of things outside. We'll tell you the best tips for outdoor activities and things to do with your friends - including where you can party from the age of 16 this summer. Enjoy the summer and have a great summer holiday in Berlin!

Tip 1: Get out into the studio!

Berlin Cathedral with Museum Island in Berlin seen from river Spree
Berlin Cathedral with Museum Island in Berlin iStock.com, Foto: Chalabala

During the summer holidays, the Kolonnadenhof of Museum Island becomes an open-air studio. Discover the artist:in you. At "Raus ins Atelier" you are invited to paint, model, collage and much more. As a stimulus, you can admire the objects and artworks from different perspectives. The activities start every hour.

When: from 12 July to 20 August, always on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, every hour at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Bodestraße 1-3, Mitte

Museum Island Berlin

Tip 2: Celebrate at the SIO Festival

Diskothek Ballhaus Spandau
Party © Apres-Ski-Schlagerparty, Foto: Dennis Hofmann

If you are at least 16 years old and like to dance and party, you have already fulfilled all the requirements: Welcome to the SIO FESTIVAL! Fun is guaranteed: A great stage show with lots of special effects awaits you in the open air. Dance to well-known hip hop live acts and experience national and international festival DJs. LED walls bring them close to you - good, because around 10,000 guests are expected. The atmosphere culminates in a mega fireworks display in the night sky. 

When: Saturday, 13 August
Where: Central festival site Berlin

SIO FESTIVAL

Tip 3: Digital Kitchen - You (don't) play with food

Tickets Computerspielemuseum Berlin
Computer game museum Berlin Jörg Metzner/Computerspielemuseum

A journey into the world of virtual treats: Food in video games is mostly used for regeneration or only as decoration. The Computer Games Museum is dedicating a diverse special exhibition to the relationship between food and games. Let the virtual treats whet your appetite.

When: Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, Friedrichshain

Computer Games Museum

Tip 4: Artistic development at the Museum Barberini

Museum Barberini
Museum Barberini Lukas Spörl

Visit the Museum Barberini. In the guided tours for families and children, the selected works of art in the current exhibition and the Impressionism collection are explained in an age-appropriate way. You can also create your own works of art. At the end, you will have the opportunity to look at the paintings in the original and walk through the exhibition rooms on your own.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
Where: Humboldtstraße 5-6, 14467 Potsdam

Tickets for the Museum Barberini

Tip 5: A Culinary Journey to Italy

Pizza
Pizza GettyImages, Foto: Lew Robertson

At the cooking workshop in the children's museum under the roof (Kindermuseum unterm Dach) in the old malthouse in Lichtenrade, you will learn how to prepare a climate-friendly pizza. You will also learn a few words of Italian. Buon appetito!

When: Every Friday during the summer holidays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Steinstraße 41, Lichtenrade

Kindermuseum unterm Dach

Tip 6: Cool off in the summer heat

Orankesee
Orankesee Bezirksamt Lichtenberg

Bathing fun for family, friends and children. At Strandbad Orankesee you can expect a beach, a 52-metre-long water slide, a large sunbathing lawn and, of course, something to eat in between. You also have the opportunity to play sports - there are table tennis tables and a beach volleyball court. A perfect place to cool off on those hot summer days. You can find even more options for a refreshing dip in the cool water on our Berlin swimming map.

When: Daily except Mondays from 10am-1pm
Where: Gertrudstraße 7, Hohenschönhausen

Die The Berlin Swimming map

Tip 7: Say it with a flower

Sunflower plant with Berlin cityscape in background
Sunflower plant with Berlin cityscape in background Getty Images, Bild: Andi Weiland / Eye Em

In this workshop at Haus Bastian, you will get to know different plants and their meaning better through touching and smelling. A great inclusive offer for families and children with and without disabilities. At the end, you will create a colourful collage that is an expression of your own personal message. Think about what you want to express through the plant.

When: Every second Sunday from 26 June at 12 noon and 2 p.m., last workshop on 30 October.
Where: Am Kupfergraben 10, Mitte

Say it through the flower

Tip 8: Island adventure with the family

Spielplatz im FEZ Wuhlheide
Spielplatz im FEZ FEZ, Foto: Claudia Weidemann

A great adventure awaits you with lots of fun activities such as juggling, acrobatic tricks and cooking like in prehistoric times. With all the adventures, you also need to cool down in between, so what would an island trip be without a swim? Pack your swimsuits, uncover the secret of the Green Heart and explore the jungle and desert.

When: Saturday 9 July to Sunday 21 August, Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Straße zum FEZ 2, Köpenick

Tip 9: Robots and axolotl dolls

Children at Technikmuseum
Children at Technikmuseum visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Do you dream of flying, do you want to show robots the way or do you want to make your own cute little sock puppet? Then come and visit the German Museum of Technology during the summer holidays. Workshops, demonstrations and walks around the grounds are guaranteed to awaken your exploratory spirit. You can find an overview of the activities on offer in the Museum of Technology's calendar. Registration is not necessary. All you need is an admission ticket to join in.

When: Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, public holiday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Trebbiner Straße 9, Kreuzberg

Tickets for the German Museum of Technolog

Tip 10: Scavenger hunt through Berlin

Klasse von Schülern am Pariser Platz
Klasse von Schülern am Pariser Platz visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

Puzzle and detective audio tours through Berlin: Explore many different routes that you can walk, for example in and around the government district. Exciting puzzles and fun tasks await you. 

When: You can decide for yourself 
Where: Depends on the tour package

More city rallies and Escape Rooms

Tip 11: Lego Dots model building workshop

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

Make your own Lego bracelet at the Lego Discovery Center. In the colourful festival trolley, you can pick out the "dots" in a variety of colours and take the bracelet home with you at the end. You can also let your imagination run wild at the large construction tables: Whether you want to build a UFO, a pony farm or a skyscraper, you can assemble anything from the colourful bricks. And there's even a test track for rolling speedsters. Book yourself a time slot.

When: Only while stocks last
Where: Potsdamer Strasse 4, Tiergarten

Tickets for Legoland Discovery Center

Find more attractions for kids in Berlin here.

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.