Things to Do With Kids in Berlin

To say that Berlin is kid-friendly is an understatement. Not only are children's activities abundant, but the pint-sized contingent also wins out when it comes to entry fees, which are drastically reduced for most attractions and waived altogether for under-18s at state museums.

In addition to classic destinations such as Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre (which offer combined-ticket discounts), Berlin has a wealth of kid-friendly crowd-pleasers, including two children's museums (Children's Museum MachMit and Labyrinth Children's Museum) and numerous animal attractions, such as the tropical Biosphäre Potsdam, Tierpark, and the Berlin Zoo and Aquarium. And few cities can compare to the German capital when it comes to playgrounds, which are both numerous and creatively designed (not to mention free).

Below are some more top picks for family outings in the German capital.

Berlin Zoo and Aquarium

One of the city’s main attractions and the oldest zoo in Germany. The pavilions provide lots of indoor space, making this zoo suitable for rainy days. The aquarium is one of the largest in Europe, featuring large tanks with piranhas, sharks, and alligators. Daily 9am–5pm (summer until 6pm).

Madame Tussauds

Have your picture taken with Angela Merkel, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, One Direction, or a host of other famous names in entertainment and politics. And, yes, there's even a wax Adolf Hitler, depicted as a little man standing in despair in his bunker during his final days.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Everything is built with the famous plastic bricks at this indoor Lego wonderland. There are videos explaining how Lego is made, a Lego factory, a 4D cinema with tactile effects, a Duplo village for the very little ones, and a medieval world with knights and dragons.

Domäne Dahlem City Farm

As an 800-year-old piece of agricultural paradise in the suburbs of Berlin, Domäne Dahlemis a functioning farm dedicated to offering a peek into living off the land and exploring the link between pastures and the shopping bag.

Sea Life & AquaDom

Dazzling clownfish, scary sharks, crawling spider crabs, and quirky seahorses are just some of the 5000 creatures inhabiting this small but interesting aquarium.

Labyrinth Children's Museum (Kindermuseum)

One of Berlin’s two children’s museums, the Labyrinth Children's Museum offers two floors of activity stations on the theme of construction. Pleasant outdoor area for the warmer days. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 1–6pm, Sun 11–6pm. €4.50 for all over-3s (3.50 Fridays).

Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt

The Ritter Sport bar is famous the world over, but here in Germany it comes in a zillion varieties, including honey and salted almonds, cookies and cream, and Jamaican rum.

DDR Museum

Learn about daily life in the former East Germany at this hands-on museum, located in front of the Berliner Dom.

Biosphäre Potsdam

This tropical indoor garden features a greenhouse with more than 20,000 plants, including a palm grove and mangrove swamp, as well as animals such as iguanas, parrots, geckos, frogs, and butterflies. Daily Mon–Fri 9am–6pm, from 10am on weekends and holidays. €11.50/9.80. Under-3s free.

Tiergarten Park

Created as hunting grounds for the Electors of Brandenburg, the park we know today was designed in the early 1800s by landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné and includes a pond with boat rentals and a café at the beloved

Museum für Naturkunde

Home to the world’s largest dinosaur skeleton, the Natural History Museum also features extensive collections of shells, insects, and taxidermy and prize-winning mounted animal dioramas. Tue–Fri 9:30–6pm, Sat–Sun 10am–6pm. €6/3.50.

Computer Game Museum

Over 300 items, including rare originals, walk visitors through the development of computer games from the 1959 Brown Box to the Playstation and beyond. Visitors can test most of the games. Daily 10am–8pm. €8/5.

Filmpark Babelsberg

In the early 1900s, the Babelsberg film studios produced some of the most important films of the silent era, including Metropolis, until the facilities were taken over by the Nazi regime to produce political propaganda.

Deutsches Technikmuseum

Dedicated to uncovering the history and science of everyday life, the German Technology Museum provides exploratory insight into the workings of aviation, railways, automobiles, film technology, computers, and beyond.