With children around, it's not possible to just stay at home, huddled under a duvet, and there's not always enough snow to go and have fun building snowmen, sledging and throwing snowballs, so I've put together some ideas for things to do with the kids during the Berlin Winter.
- Ritter Sport Chocolate Workshop - For children aged 7-18 years, there is the opportunity to learn more about how and where chocolate is made, with Berlin's Ritter Sport offering fun 75 minute workshops for the kids (in German.) At €9 per head, €6 for school kids, it could well improve a cold day. Places need to be booked and you can do so here.
- Science Center Spectrum - Berlin's Spectrum, based in Kreuzberg is a fabulous museum full of delights for children young and old. For the toddlers and young children, there are lots of hands-on activities offering noise and movement and for school-aged children, there are a number of hands-on experiments to teach you about electricity, water, weight and much much more. As a bonus for the Winter months, the building housing Spectrum is always super warm, so peel off those layers and wander through this fabulous Kreuzberg museum. A full review and photos can be seen here.
- Biosphäre Potsdam - In Potsdam, just outside of Berlin, you can find wonderful warm temperatures along with a butterfly house, animals, ponds and lots to explore. The dinosaur exhibit included in my review is sadly no longer running, but the Biosphäre still has a lot to offer for a family looking for a great (indoors) day out. Full review and photos here.
- Black Light Minigolf - For those with children old enough to manage a golf club, why not try out this funky, indoor mini-golf center where you play under special lights with glow-in-the-dark features to hit your ball around. More info and pictures (in German) here.
- Zoo Aquarium Berlin - Spend the day with the fishes and delight your little ones with the floating jelly fish and undersea creatures of all shapes and sizes. website
- Museums - Berlin has a large number of museums available to visit, many of which are great for children. The Natural History Museum with it's impressive dinosaur skeletons, the Computer Games Museum for those who want a go at giant Pac Man and to learn about the history of games and gaming and of course, so much more. Here are some reviews written about some of Berlin's most child-friendly museums.
- Swim! - Berlin has a number of indoor swimming pools, many with children's facilities. I've created a list of Berlin's best indoor swimming pools to take babies and children to, along with the water temperature noted for each pool (where available online).
- Indoor Playgrounds - If your kids are missing visits to the local playgrounds, why not visit one of the many indoor playgrounds Berlin has to offer?
- Bim & Boom Kinderspielland
- Kinderkiste Lankwitz
- Jolos Kinderwelt
- Bamboo Land
- Tropical Islands - Whilst the temperatures aren't quite a 'tropical' as I'd hoped, Tropical Islands, just outside of Berlin, still offer a magical day out for little ones in the Winter months. Inside the giant dome, you can find a tropical rainforest, live creatures, hot air balloons, a beach, pools and more, all under cover. Photos and more information about Tropical Islands can be found in my review here.
You can find a number of indoor ideas for children in Berlin in my 'Things to Do' section.
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