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We know what it’s like to be trapped indoors by Berlin’s often rainy, grey weather. When going outside with your kids isn’t an option, restlessness can ensue.
Have no fear – we’ve got you covered with some amazing indoor playgrounds and activities so you don’t have to feel guilty about popping on another movie or having to endure ‘just one more’ episode of Paw Patrol.
Below are some of Berlin’s best indoor playgrounds and activities to enjoy when the weather is less than ideal.
Berlin’s Best Indoor Playgrounds:
Eltern Kind Cafés (Kid friendly cafes)
Perfect fun for you and your tots alike, these kid friendly cafes allow you to enjoy some coffee and cake or brunch, while your little ones can play and make new friends. They often have slides, games, indoor sandboxes, ball pits and toys to entertain your kids. For more indoor friendly fun, some cafes offer different birthday party packages like sports, dance, theatre, pottery workshops and more.
Some of the most popular kid friendly cafes are Amitola in Friedrichshain, Milchbart in Prenzlauer Berg, and Das Spielzimmer in Mitte.
Who should go: Suitable for babies to children up to age 12
Things to Note:
• There’s usually a charge of 1€ per child
• Kids 2 years and up are allowed to play in the play areas
Located in North Berlin, Jump is the perfect place for your kids to release their rainy day pent up energy! Jump Berlin has a huge selection of different trampolines and games for kids and adults alike. They also offer birthday party packages, with a free present for the birthday kid.
Location: Königshorster Str. 11-13 13439 Berlin
How to get there: The easiest way to get to Jump from central Berlin is the U8, all the way to Wittenau. From there you can take a variety of bus options. It should take under an hour to get there, even if you’re coming from Neukölln.
Cost: Different packages available, starts at 13€ per person
Who Should go: Good for all ages, however, children under 7 years must be accompanied by a paying adult
Things to Note:
• You have to wear special trampoline socks, which Jump can provide you with for €2.90
Science Center Spectrum
The Science Center Spectrum is a fun and educational experience for everyone. You and your kids can go on a tour, or check out the exhibits and try science experiments on your own. There are four floors of interesting and hands on activities for kids to explore being a scientist – this will keep your young ones engaged and learning for an entire day.
Location: Möckernstr. 26, Berlin
How to get there: The closest station is U-bahn Möckernbrucke strasse which serves the U1, U3 and U7 lines.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 to 17:30
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: Admission prices range, but they offer a Mini Family ticket (1 adult and 2 children up to the age of 14) for €9, as well as a Maxi Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children up to 14) for €17
Who should go: Everyone is welcome, although it is recommended for children aged 4 and up
Things to note:
• You can also use your admission ticket to visit the Museum of Technology if you go within the same day
• The Science Centre Spectrum is open 9:00 to 18:00 on most public holidays
SpreeWelten Water Park
Located just an hour outside of Berlin, The Spreewelten Water Park is as much a treat for your kids as it is for you. Spend an entire rainy day enjoying the wave pool, giant water slides, and the sauna. If it’s not raining, the outdoor fun includes swimming with penguins (between a glass division), a big lawn for sunbathing, beach volleyball and more.
Location: Spreewelten Bad Lübbenau Alte Huttung 13, Berlin
How to get there: You can easily get to the Spreewelten Bad in a little over an hour with public transit – you will likely take a regional train like the RE2.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 9:00-22:00
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 – 23:00
Cost: Prices vary, but a Family Day Pass (includes two adults 1 teen and children) costs €44
Things to note:
• The sauna is only open to all ages on Wednesdays (every other day, it’s open to people 7 and up)
• There’s also a baby pool and a solarium
• Open New Year’s Eve from 9:00 to 21:00
Regular swimming pools also make a great alternative to outdoor playgrounds. Some of the best kid-friendly indoor swimming pools are the Schwimmhalle Holzmarktstraße, in Friedrichshain, the Schwimm und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark (SSE), in Prenzlauer Berg and the Kombibad Seestraße – Halle und Sommerbad in Wedding.
The above mentioned swimming pools have options for babies and toddlers, like smaller slides and areas for ‘non-swimmers’.
Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin
The Labyrinth kid’s museum located in Wedding is more so an indoor playground as opposed to a museum. It’s a shoe free zone that has multiple floors filled with fun activities for your young ones. There are lots of different hands-on workshops to participate in, supporting education and creativity that can surely fill up an entire day with fun.
Location: Osloer Str 12, Berlin
How to get there: The museum is not too far from the U8 Station Osloer Strasse, but you can also hop on a tram (the 50 or M13) for two stops as well.
Hours: They have seasonal hours that vary, check their hours:
Cost: €6.50 per person (€5.50 on Thursdays and Fridays between 13:00 and 18:00), as well as Family and group pricing
Who should go: Ideal for kids 2 and up
Things to note:
• You can bring your own snacks (there’s also a café inside)
• The museum is closed on Wednesdays
• It’s often open on Public Holidays
• It’s a shoe-free zone, so always bring slippers, non-slip socks, or indoor shoes
Planetarium in Prenzlauer Berg
An educational and fun activity-for kids and adults alike! This impressive 30m2 dome was the last project created by the GDR. It is one of the largest planetariums in Europe. It uses artistic elements like music and theatre in combination with animation to tell the stories of the birth and death of stars and other interesting scientific findings. They offer many shows in English as well as other languages.
Location: Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin
How to get there: The planetarium is located right across from the Prenzlauer Allee so it’s easily reachable via the S85, S8, the 156 bus and the M2 Tram.
Cost: Most shows are 8€ for adults and 6€ for children. Tickets can be purchased on their website in advance.
Who should go: Ideal for kids 4 and up
Things to note:
• A list of the shows offered in English and other languages can be found here
Berlin has a lot of unique indoor activities for your kids to explore when going outside is not an option. We hope this list comes in handy next time you’re looking for some indoor fun! What’s your favourite indoor playground in Berlin?
Indoor playgrounds in Berlin are a great option to keep your kids entertained when the weather is looking grim. Even when the weather is good they are a nice alternative. Tell us what you think about the options we provided? Did we miss anywhere? Did your kids enjoy them?
Bonus: If you want a playground outside check our best outdoor playgrounds guide here.