Young children and museums don’t necessarily mix, but maybe you just haven’t been to the right ones! Berlin has some fantastic modern museums that are great for kids, offering hands-on experiments, exciting workshops and guided tours, all aimed at piquing your children’s interest and keeping them entertained.
With a complex history, wealth of museums and cool urban vibe, Berlin may not immediately strike you as a family destination. But think again – this city is full of green spaces, parks and playgrounds which kids will love, as well as the largest zoo in Europe! So why not rent a bicycle or take a river cruise to explore?
So without further ado, let’s look the best things to do with kids in Berlin:
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1. Science Centre Spectrum
Why is the sky blue? Can you see heat? How does a plane stay up in the sky? These are just some of the hundreds of questions answered at Science Centre Spectrum! After a multi million refurbishment in 2013, this science museum consequently receives rave reviews for its family appeal.
Hands-on experiment and interactive activities will help you get to grips with the world of science and technology, and each one appeals to your five senses, for a full-body, sensory experience.
Address: Möckernstraße 26, 10963 Berlin
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday: 09.00 am – 5.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Public holidays: check website for information
2. Computer Games Museum
Are you always grappling with the kids over screen time? Let them have their way for once whilst educating them, at this unique museum! Winner of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence, this museum is dedicated to computer games – sure to be a hit with any young XBox fans!
It covers six decades of gaming history, from nostalgic Pacman to the ultra-modern virtual reality video games of today. There are also plenty of opportunities for interactive fun along the way, making this a great choice for all ages.
Address: Karl-Marx-Allee 93a , 10243 Berlin
Opening Times: 10:00am – 8:00 pm every day, including public holidays
3. Natural History Museum
Discover millions of years’ worth of zoological exhibits as you chart our planet’s evolution at Berlin’s much-loved Natural History Museum. Dinosaur lovers can admire the world’s largest dinosaur skeleton (a 13.27 metre tall Brachiosaurus) as well as a gigantic, 66 million year Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Overall, your young astronauts will be fascinated by the cosmos and solar system displays, and all of us can learn how to better look after our planet for the generations to come.
Check out the museum’s family-focused events, from torchlight tours to art workshops for instance.
Address: Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin
Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday: 09:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday / Sunday / public holidays: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
4. Labyrinth Children’s Museum
“Learning by doing“ is the motto of this interactive museum, a renowned city hotspot for children’s education. It encourages children, aged 3 – 11 years, to explore big ideas through imaginative play and activities.
The Wall of Senses and The Maze are particularly popular attractions too. This museum is only open to the public at weekends as it is reserved for school groups during the week.
Address: Fabrik Osloer Straße 12, 13359, Berlin
Opening Times: Friday 1:00pm – 6:00 pm
Sat and Sun 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Public Holiday opening times may vary, check the website for more info
5. Legoland Discovery Centre
Finally, if you really can’t drag the kids to a museum, Legoland is one of the city’s best Indoor activities for a rainy day. The huge building encompasses rides, build and play zones, a 4D cinema, a miniature city and a dragon castle!
More than 5 million LEGO® bricks await your children’s creativity. This is why it is a much better place to build than their bedroom floor!
Address: Potsdamer Straße 4, 10785 Berlin
Opening Times: Monday- Sunday 10:00am – 7:00pm (last admission 5:00pm)
Public Holiday opening times however may vary, check their website for more info.
6. Zoo Berlin
When visiting Berlin with kids, they will no doubt be delighted to go to this zoo, where they can see the world’s largest variety of animal species. Germany’s oldest zoo is home to almost 20,000 animals, including rare giant pandas, elephants, giraffes, gorillas and more!
Animal feedings, tours and talks run throughout the day, and the large adventure playground is an added bonus. However, the zoo can get busy at peak times, so avoid the queues by buying your entry tickets online before you visit.
Address: Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin, Germany
7. Aquadom & Sealife
Located in the heart of the city, this aquarium is home to over 5,000 marine animals, from tiny seahorses to huge rays. The AquaDom is a unique glass elevator surrounded by 1 million litres of saltwater filled with colourful tropical fish. Certainly an amazing experience that’s not to be missed!
Address: Spandauer Str. 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
8. Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhofer Park)
A former airfield, this large green space is now a favourite with locals for picnics, sports and post-work drinks. In addition to its open green spaces, the car-free tarmac paths are perfect for skaters, and cyclists. So, sit back and relax with your family, or grab a frisbee and maybe make some new friends!
Address: Tempelhofer Damm 12101, Berlin, Germany
Europe’s largest zoo is a must-visit on your trip to Berlin. Within the extensive grounds of Friedrichsfelde Palace, this amazing place offers an adventure playground, daily feedings, elephant bathing, and llama walks. With over 9,000 animals to discover in an area of 160 hectares, this will certainly keep the kids entertained all day long!
Address: Am Tierpark 125, 10319 Berlin, Germany
10. Kinderbauernhof Pinke-Panke (Children’s Farm)
An urban farm that’s much more intimate and hands-on than a zoo, Kinderbauernhof Pinke-Panke is perfect for children aged 7 to 14. There are donkeys, ducks, goats and chickens to stroke and feed, plus some great workshops and activities which will really help to educate and entertain little ones. Above all, this is a really tranquil space in the midst of a busy city – great for some time out.
Address: Am Bürgerpark 15-1813156 , Berlin, Germany
11. The Sounding Museum
If you want to introduce different instruments to your children and have fun with them, you can’t go wrong by visiting the Sounding Museum in Berlin. The Klingende Museum exhibits lots of instruments with different workshops on explaining how they build them.
Your little one(s) as young as 3 years old can participate in percussions workshops too. Please bear in mind that you need to register on their website to enrol your kids in a desired workshop or any other events like concert.
12. MACHmit! Museum for Children
This museum is very original and features many attractions designed for children such as maze, climbing wall and workshops. This very much hands on activity in Berlin will delight children and parents especially on a rainy day in Berlin.
As expected, a lot of information will be written in German, but kids will still have lots of fun whilst you can drink your favourite hot drink at the café. Indoor playgrounds are perfect if you have toddlers in Berlin too.
13. Berlin City Tour by Boat
This boat will take you on a 1-hour journey through Berlin across all seasons, rain or shine. The boat is indeed glass covered and can be heated during the Winter months. Exploring Berlin on a boat is a total different experience from the traditional hop on hop off bus. Kids will love visiting the city of Berlin this way for sure.
Also strollers can be boarded so perfect if you are visiting Berlin with small children. The starting point varies so make sure to check the website or your email confirmation if you have made a booking.
14. Illuseum Museum
As the name suggests, this Berlin museum is all about illusions with different exhibits such as holograms, optical illusions and rooms turned upside downs for funny pictures. This private museum is great to young kids as they will be surprised by what they see and would probably ask you some explanation.
You definitely want to bring your camera or your smart phone so you can take crazy pictures of you and your children in different situations such as your head on a plate. A great little immersive experience in Berlin for sure.
Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 9, 10178 Berlin, Germany
15. Madame Tussauds Berlin
15 Things to Do in Berlin with Kids
- Science Centre Spectrum
- Computer Games Museum
- Natural History Museum
- Labyrinth Children’s Museum
- Legoland Discovery Centre
- Zoo Berlin
- Aquadom & Sealife
- Tempelhofer Feld
- Kinderbauernhof Pinke
- The Sounding Museum
- MACHmit! Museum for Children
- City Tour by Boat
- Illuseum Museum
- Madame Tussauds Berlin
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