There are a number of family-friendly cafes in Berlin and they can come in handy throughout the year, especially in the colder months when you need an alternative indoor space for your child to play or a relaxed place to meet up with friends and let the kids entertain themselves (ideally!) while you have a coffee and a catch up. Kiezkind on Helmholzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg is a splendid example of a kinder-cafe done well.
One of the major pluses of Kiezkind in Prenzlauer Berg is that it offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. Indoors you'll find a wall to wall sandpit (yes, really) which has a number of toys and wooden bench seating around the edges for the parents to perch on. The outdoor space has both grass and paved areas with tables and chairs for the cafe and loads of ride-on toys such as Bobby cars, tractors, scooters and tricycles. Beyond the Kiezkind fence lies the main Helmholzplatz playground, a mere stone's throw away.
One thing to keep in mind with the outdoor space, is that is very open, so, if you have a child that is very mobile and likes to walk or drive away, it isn't always simple to hold a conversation or stay in one place and keep sight of your child. For those with less mobile children, this isn't such a problem though and this parent-child cafe is often frequented by many parents in the area and visiting.
The cafe serves a small selection of food, such as sandwiches that can be toasted, cake and some fresh fruit, as well as hot and cold drinks. The prices are pretty standard for the area. There is a baby changing table in the toilet (which is unisex, so both mums and dads can use it), but there is only one toilet, so there can be a wait at busy times.