With Berlin’s baby population booming at an unconstrained rate, it should come as no surprise that there are more than a handful of baby-friendly curated locations all around the city. On every second corner you can find a Kita (nursery) for babies aged nine months and up, and it won’t take long until you see a bicycle with a baby strapped into the backseat. Some bikes even have an extension in the front or back that can carry more than one child at a time. With Berlin’s fast-growing population there must be plenty of places for these babies to hang out and have a good time, right? Here are some of the best places to be with your baby in Berlin.
Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin
The Labyrinth Kindermuseum is basically a giant indoor playground with all kinds of fun activities to keep babies entertained for hours. The ‘museum,’ is located in Berlin’s Wedding district. We’re still trying to figure out why the German’s have pinned this place as a museum, but maybe we should reconsider our own definitions of the word.
This location has different activities on every floor. Your child can drive kiddie cars around traffic lights, explore the dress up room, little houses can be climbed and explored, and of course there’s an eating area where you can purchase food or bring your own snacks. Like most German flats, this is a shoe-free zone, so make sure to bring the right socks when you head over to the Labyrinth.
There are farms and petting zoos in some of the most unexpected parks and places in Berlin, like Görlitzer Park for instance. You only have to walk through Görlitzer one time in your life to know why it seems like a curious location for a petting zoo. Most of the farms and petting zoos are open year round and offer pony rides, pottery, and many other activities depending on the location. Some of the parks even have exotic animals which you would never expect to find in Berlin. You can see camels in Hasenheide Park, among other furry animals to pet and feed. In Charlottenburg there is a goat farm that is open to volunteers on the weekend (in case your family has a particular passion for goats). In almost every neighborhood you can find a nearby petting zoo that will entertain your child for an hour or two.
FEZ offers both indoor and outdoor activities, making it a safe option for a rainy and then spontaneously sunny day in Berlin. As locals know, the sky can be clear and blue one minute and a fantastic rain can appear at the very next minute, with the sky clearing again just as quickly. However, FEZ is more than just a rainy day alternative. They have indoor nature exhibitions, an aquarium, and activities for children to learn and explore their natural environment. Outside you can find lizards, ponies, and a whole variety of fun activities depending on the month and day of the week.
Prenzlauer Berg deserves its own category since there are heaps of places that are especially designed to entertain children of all ages. One great place to visit in Prenzlauer Berg is the MachMit Museum, which is a non-profit organization that is filled with arts and crafts activities that promises to excite and entertain.
One of the more popular baby-friendly kindercafés is Prenzlauer Berg’s Kiezkind café. Besides all of the adult and baby food options on the menu, there is also an indoor sandpit and toys for kids to play with. And, if you really want to treat your Berlin baby to a sweet time, stop by Sugafari. It’s a land of candy that comes from all over the world. Sugafari has a special inkling towards the unusual candies of the world. It’s truly a magical sight.
Here you can find a café and a puppet show on the weekend for kids. The show is in German but the action and the puppeteer captivates its audience regardless of its Sprache (language). During the week the Theater der kleinen Form puts on fairy tale shows for visiting classrooms, but the weekends are open to the public.
This nature reserve is way more than just a park. Here you can take a look at old train tracks, admire the art and exhibitions displayed during your visit, and of course visit the giant steam train that’s permanently resting there for viewing. The entrance fee for the little ones is free and adults pay only one euro. Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is an all-season adventure, but if you’re lucky enough to get there in the spring, autumn, or summer, make sure to look out for the herbs, mushrooms, and plants.
The Berlin playgrounds are truly a sight to see, even if you don’t have children. They are artistically curated to keep its little explorers active and excited. Many of the parks have their own theme, with wood carvings painted in a fun and alluring style. It won’t take long until you stumble upon a playground in Berlin. This green city is filled with parks and every park has its playground. In Görlitzer Park you can find amazingly wide metal slides, in Hasenheide Park a park made of elaborate wooden sculptures for climbing, swinging and sliding. If you’re in Friedrichshain check out the Dragon Park—the name says it all, doesn’t it? There is also the Pirate Ship’s playground located just next to the spree to really give you that watery effect.