We get it—it’s hard to travel with kids. After a while, sight seeing, museums, walking tours, bus tours, river tours, and tours in general start to wear them out (they might wear you out, too!). But that is one of the appeals of Berlin; there are opportunities not only for those with the maturity of a 50-year-old or for those who are above legal drinking age. That is why we have created this quick reference guide of a variety of activities that you can do with your children in Berlin, specifically during the autumnal and winter months.
Though we do not list all the state museums here, it is important to note that the State museums in Berlin are free for children.
We know, we know. It's cold outside! Zoos are outside! But the Zoo Berlin and Aquarium are open year long, and the aquarium is a great option if you need to duck indoors after the zoo. With some 17,000 animals of nearly 1,500 species, this is the most varied zoo in the world. The kids will have their faces glued to the glass for hours at the separate aquarium complex; fish, reptiles and amphibians can be viewed at close quarters in landscape basins and tanks. Tickets can be purchased online for the Zoo, the Aquarium, or a combined ticket for both. If your child loves animals or would like some time outside, this is the way to do it.
One of the most beautiful places in Berlin during the autumnal months, Tiergarten is another must-see for those who need some time outside. Swing by the Victory Column and climb up the stairs to see a breathtaking sight of Tiergarten and the surrounding city for only €3.
Need to really do something but don't want to spend time outside because it's cold and wet? Let off some energy by climbing a wall! With walls for any skill level, this is a great place for the entire family to practice scaling mountains on their impressive indoor and outdoor climbing facility.
Another perfect way to get rid of access energy while staying indoors, the Jump House is a trampoline park where you can jump in their open jump area, do tricks into foam pits, play games with each other, and try your hand at being a ninja on their ninja course.
If you're looking to help your children learn a little more about Berlin and it's history, this is a great place to start. This attraction is exactly what it sounds like: a miniaturized version of the wonderful city Berlin. Walk with the about 6,000 mini residents through history, with displays of the medieval times through WWII to now. It's interactive and captivating narrators are sure to help children and adults alike understand a little more about Berlin while thoroughly enjoying it.
If your children are older, this is a great indoor activity with a splash of history. The new Dungeon is essentially a 60-minute trip past nine scary and funny live shows, where bilingual actors cherry-pick stories from 700 years of Berlin's history. Meet infamous characters like the monk Roderich or serial killer Carl Grossmann, learn about the plague in Klosterstrasse and about the fearsome torture chamber. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
If you need a change of pace for younger children, 'Little Charlotte' is a unique children's restaurant and theatre. Drop by for tasty meals, an indoor playground with slides and a castle, theatre shows, and other events. Call ahead or visit the website to find out when the next childrens' theatre, puppet or clown show will take place.
Berlin's Museum of Natural History provides all the wonders of nature under one roof; a grand collection illustrating the evolution of life as well as the diversity and beauty of nature. The largest mounted dinosaur in the world towers over visitors in the main hall. With so many activities catered to children, this is a fun opportunity to learn for children and adults
Do you have a child that loves space, stars, and exploring? One of the last buildings built by the GDR, this planetarium is the most advanced of its kind in Europe. The entire spectrum of natural sciences are embraced here with a healthy dab of music, culture and more. Be aware that it is closed on Monday, but ready and waiting throughout the rest of the week.
Communication is central to human connection, and that is exactly what this museum explores. These interactive exhibits explain the development of information and communication throughout the ages in a way that is appropriate, interesting, and fun for all ages. Yet another fun place to help your children learn about something new;
Kids will love this place, offering more than 150 hands-on exhibits and experiments spread over four floors of a glorious former old industrial building next to the Deutsches Technikmuseum. Why is the sky blue? Can you see heat? Any why does a plane stay up in the sky? These are just three of the hundreds of questions that you will able to have answered at the Science Centre.