Easter is here and there are lots of events going on in and around Berlin that offer entertainment for those young and old. Here are some ideas for what to do this Easter for families in Berlin...
If you are having difficulties with breastfeeding, there is English language support available, with a number of qualified, English speaking lactation consultants available in Berlin. Here is a list of where you can find support for breastfeeding in Berlin.
December is here and as you would expect, there is plenty going on in the city for all the family to enjoy and not all Christmas related (for those who are feeling all ''Ba Humbug!''. Here is my December listings for what's on this month that is aimed at families. Have fun!
Ps. don't forget that Nikolaus should be visiting on the 6th December (for those of you who follow this German tradition)
With December almost here, you may well have started hearing mentions of Nikolaus! If you are new to Germany or new to parenting in Germany, you may not yet know of this much loved tradition so I thought I'd give you a little introduction to it's history and what to do should you want to get involved...
Numerous articles on the number of refugees coming in to Berlin have been written in a spattering of languages around the world and of course locally too. Whilst many report about the bureaucratic chaos ensuing, they often have failed to report on the huge dedication, drive and support that many Berlin residents are giving, both German and migrants / expats alike.
There are a huge amount of groups, organisations and individuals who are dedicating their time and resources to try and help and I have compiled a list of some of the ways in which you can help too. Whether you have some money to give, items to offer or even time to donate, there are plenty of ways in which you can do your part to help and be part of this support system. There are of course many wonderful options out there and I can't include them all, so I have chosen some key ways in which you can get involved, the majority of which you can do in English, for those who aren't confident reading or writing in German.
I am so excited to show you the first ever Berlin for all the Family poster! Designed by the mega talented Sarah from Gretas Schwester, this poster has been created for you to enjoy and treasure whether you want to hang it on your children's bedroom wall, in the nursery or as a present / gift of course. The main thing is to enjoy it!
The poster can be purchased printed on gorgeous high quality paper from Gretas Schwester in size A3 here. All proceeds from the sales go directly to the illustrator and you can follower her Facebook page too.
Beginning this year, I will be inviting a talented Berlin-based artist to create a poster specifically for families living in Berlin or who simply love the city for Berlin for all the Family. The aim is to give families something beautiful to hang on their walls and, with full sales going directly to the artist (this year, Sarah from Gretas Schwester), it is also to support a talented local artist whose work I admire. This coming Sunday I am holding a family-friendly launch party to celebrate the first ever Berlin for all the Family poster and I will be there along with a host of talented people. The details for the event are below...
Sunday 22nd November, 2 - 4pm
Location: Greta + Bjørn, Rykestr. 19, 10405 Berlin (Prenz Berg)
Food + Fun with Berlin for all the Family
No tickets, just come along & join us!
Facebook event for the launch party
On Sunday 22nd November, I will be at Greta + Bjørn, a gorgeous new kids shop in Prenzlauer Berg to launch the first ever Berlin for all the Family poster, along with fun things for the kids to do, food to eat and the chance to meet the creator of this year's poster, Sarah from Gretas Schwester.
Delicious homemade cakes will be available kindly donated by Stephberry Cakes and there will be colouring-in fun for the children and the chance for children and parents alike to play with the amazing crafted wooden toy twins Avakai from Berlin based children's toy company Vaikai.
I will also be there so please do come by and say "Hello", it's always nice to put faces to names and to meet people who connect through the blog!
You can find out more about the wonderful creatives that are helping make this launch party possible at the links below...
Greta + Bjørn:
Vaikai / Avakai:
Please share this event round and I hope to see many of you there on Sunday!
November is here and many of you will have likely noticed lanterns and sticks with lights on the end appearing in the shops. This means St. Martin's Day is coming and this post will explain some of the story behind St. Martin's Day and how it is celebrated with children here in Berlin
Where did October go?! The leaves have turned golden and are near falling and the morning's are getting colder. That means November is here and it's time to wrap up warm (here's my guide to dressing the kids through winter in Berlin) and keep yourselves entertained.
Jenni over at Museum Diary blog has created a November listings of family-friendly museum events which is well worth checking out. Here's my guide to some of the best Berlin family-friendly events on offer throughout November, I hope it helps...
I am in no way trying to rush Winter along, I am more than happy to stick with Autumn / Fall for now, but I know us parents like to be prepared and planning your child's Winter wardrobe can be a good idea before the cold truly hits. Some Berlin winters, such as last year's, can be really mild but with temperatures of -20 degrees a possibility, it's always a good idea to stock up on some wardrobe essentials. Here are my tips for dressing your baby, toddler and children through a Berlin Winter...