For those of you with children aged 6 years and over, who are looking for ways to keep your child(ren) entertained, here are a list of activities to keep school-age children busy in Berlin
Berlin has a number of bowling alleys throughout the city, offering fun indoor time for older children. Check out this list for ideas on where to go bowling with children in Berlin.
Scattered across the city, you will find a number of mini-golf (also known as crazy golf) courses. Many public parks feature them and some are more popular than others. There's even two indoor, neon light mini golf courses (in Kreuzberg and Reinickendorf.) If you are unsure where to go to play a round, check out the biergarten Brachvogel (which also features a playground), the course in Insulaner park in Schöneberg or the course in Hasenheide Park in Neukölln.
If your kids like to jump, Reinickendorf has the JUMP House, a huge space that offers trampolining on a mega scale.
Berlin is home to a number of museums that cater to many interests. You can play sausage seller at the Currywurst Museum, meet the dinosaurs at the Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum), step in to a surreal world of rather extraordinary objects at the Surreal Museum for Industrial Objects, experience computers and computer games from their infancy at the Computerspielemuseum (Computer Games Museum) or, head to my favourite museum, Spectrum and learn about all things science related. If you want to find out about more Berlin museums, check out Museum Diary.
Explore Berlin's Underbelly
For those of you with children that are a bit older, you may want to check out a tour that explores the underground scene of Berlin from Berliner Unterwelten. I went on one of their tours for the first time last year and absolutely loved it.
Across the city there are some playgrounds created specifically for children of school age +. They usually come with specific opening hours and some don't allow the adults to enter with the kids so make sure you are comfortable with the rules before going. Here are the ones I know of:
Adventure & Archaeology Playground Moorwiese, Pankow
Wildbergstraße 29a, 13125 Berlin
Adventure & Building Playground Forcki, Friedrichshain
Forckenbeckplatz/Ecke Eldenaer Straße 12, 10247 Berlin
Adventure Playground Kolle 37, Prenzlauer Berg
Kollwitzstraße 35, 10405 Berlin
Adventure Playground Sonnenhaus, Zehlendorf
Teltower Damm 310, 14167 Berlin
Whether your child is a newbie or an experienced skateboarder, they can get on their boards at various locations across the city. Many large Berlin parks have skateboard areas and there are also skate parks such as the indoor skate hall Die Skatehalle in Friedrichshain and Mellowpark in Köpenick. The website Skatespots details where different skate areas can be found across the city. Go to the left hand side and click on the link 'Rampen & Anlagen' and then search by area.