Berlin Summer Vacation 2022: The best vacation tips for kids and families — and it’s FREE


Children and young adults will find a wide range of holiday activities in Berlin this summer. You can become an artist, circus performer or game designer yourself, immerse yourself in the world of classical music, astronauts or record your own music. Here are the best offers:

What Free Zone Offers

For kids who don’t travel long distances, there’s fun playing and bathing at the Wuhlheide in Berlin-Köpenick. Beginning July 9, the EEZ invites children from the age of six and their companions to the new “Island Adventures and Me(e)hr” program for six weeks (excluding Mondays). At the 30,000 square meter site, kids can try their hand at campfire and archery, canoeing or build a water pipeline in the sandy desert on four activity islands around the bathing lagoon.


Participants can examine insects under a microscope under the supervision of professionals, conduct archaeological studies or create their own circus program.

The day pass (€7) for “Island Adventure” is valid for the first time this year, including bathing fun. Additionally, there are several four-day workshops on space and blogging. All information and events in Fez-Berlin

Summer vacation program in the gardens of the world

From July 12 to August 16, 2022, there will also be a summer vacation program every Tuesday and Saturday at Gardens of the World. On a trip to the Marzahn Botanical Gallery, families can immerse themselves in the world of strings and nattains with violin, violin, cello and the like. Kids can take first aid lessons, dance like Disney cartoon characters, and participate in experiences.

Free programs take place in the open air. Parents are welcome to watch. Tip: The summer vacation ticket is worthwhile to get into the Gardens of the World. The Special Day ticket is available from July 7 to August 19, 2022 every Monday and Tuesday at the inhabited ticket offices on site and costs €7 for an adult and one child, including the cable car ride.

All information about the summer vacation program and registration can be found online at gaertenderwelt.de

Outdoor studio on Museum Island

During long vacations, the Colonnade Square on Museum Island is also converted into an outdoor studio. The idea behind it: we go first to the museum and then children, young adults and adults can become artists and draw, design and make assembles on tables outside.

From July 12 to August 20, promotions run every hour on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. For children and young adults, state museums offer multi-day workshops on topics such as urban archeology, radio plays, or photography. All offers at www.smb.museum

Ski courses for beginners and advanced

During the summer holidays, the youth club at the Drop In eV skating hall at Revaler Strasse 99 in Friedrichshain is open Monday through Friday from 1 pm. Young people from the age of 12 can hang out, relax in the outdoor area and take advantage of the recreational activities. Among other things, there are beginner and advanced skating sessions in the skating hall, art or cooking workshops together.

Playstation, table football, table tennis, etc. are also available for free and without registration. Young people who have their own new ideas and want to organize a summer party or their own projects, for example, can simply contact the on-site support team. More information at jup.berlin/events

Experience in the museum garden

The Berlin Museum of Technology in Kreuzberger Gleisdreieck is also focusing on its 12-hectare outdoor area this summer. During the holiday weeks, there are many hands-on activities and family tours from Tuesday to Sunday, most of which do not require pre-registration. Among other things, young visitors can print outdoor plant motifs or learn how to program the robot. The amazing experiments of the Science Center Spectrum, where there is usually a lot of noise and steam, also take place on stage in the museum’s garden. In addition, young children can also test unusual vehicles in the traffic lane.


The Spectral Science Center's incredible experiments will take place on a stand in the museum garden of the Technikmuseum in Berlin-Kreuzberg during the summer vacation of 2022.

The Spectral Science Center’s incredible experiments will take place on a stand in the museum garden of the Technikmuseum in Berlin-Kreuzberg during the summer vacation of 2022.
© Photo: Clemence Kirchner

Bonus tip: Due to the huge success of the special exhibition “Madness – Illegal Car Racing”. How do we stop the madness of speed? In Ladestraße at the Technikmuseum extended until August 28. Detailed program at technikmuseum.berlin

You don’t play with food – except for the Computer Museum

On the other hand, a special exhibition at the Computer Games Museum in Friedrichshain is currently devoted to the relationship between food and games. The games also treat the need for food as an element that creates tension in terms of game mechanics, for example by saving the character from starvation in a barren environment. There is also the most famous villain in video game history – Pac-Man, who turned 40 in May 2020.

The Computer Museum at Karl-Marx-Allee 93a with additional exhibition areas on various themes is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm and costs 9 euros, reduced by 6 euros for admission. All information is on www.computerspielemuseum.de

Make pizza like the Italians do

A workshop at the Children’s Museum Under the Roof in Old Malthus in Lichtenried teaches you how to cook properly. There, during the summer holidays, young visitors can prepare climate-friendly pizza under professional supervision every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn a few words of Italian at the same time.

In addition, the small museum on Steinstraße 41, which houses exhibitions on healthy eating and environmental protection, offers free yoga and handicraft courses for children aged 8 to 12 during the summer holidays. All information at www.kindermuseum-unterm-dach.berlin

Design your own clothes

GoodLab on Prinzenstraße in Kreuzberg offers a free workshop for children aged 10-14 on the topic of fair textile and clothing design. From August 15-19, participants can work on their own fashion ideas. Children get acquainted with the plotter and, among other things, immerse themselves in graphics programs. All production steps are carried out from the design draft to the printing of the final drawing. Eventually, participants can take home all of their products, such as a T-shirt they printed themselves or accessories. You are welcome to bring your own clothes, bags or other accessories and decorate them in the workshop.


In the garden of the Technikmuseum Berlin, schoolchildren can print floral motifs, among other things, during the summer holidays of 2022.

In the garden of the Technikmuseum Berlin, schoolchildren can print floral motifs, among other things, during the summer holidays of 2022.
© Photo: Clemens Kirchner

However, there are still free places for three-day workshops on topics such as the green city and robotics. The number of participants is limited and a quick registration is required at Good-lab.

Design your own video games

Children who have always wanted to develop their own video game in the right place at the “Game Design – Your Jump & Run” workshop (August 9-11, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the “Metek” media center in Pankow. From the age of 10, participants become game designers themselves and develop a whole new approach to 2D jump-and-run in pixel-graphic style with other creative minds. Children and young people decide for themselves what role they want to play

For example, you can create wallpapers or revive skins as a pixel artist, create exciting clips as a level designer or define the behavior of opponents as a programmer. The developed games can then be played on your smartphone or tablet.

All together, just shell out eight euros for items and snacks. Register at: medienmachen@wetek.de. Interested parties can find the entire program at www.mezen-berlin.de

Graffiti and Videography Workshop

At the Weinmeisterhaus, a youth cultural center in Mitte, children from 8 years old can develop their own dance video, create an animation or take part in a graffiti workshop for a multi-day holiday show. But there are also regular open workshops on ceramics and graphics. In the ‘Studio for the Whole Family’, kids from 5 can experiment with colours, pencils, and everyday items with or without artist supervision. All dates are available at https://weinmeisterhaus.de/angebote

Forgery workshop at the Communication Museum

The Berlin Communication Museum in Mitte put together a colorful and slightly crazy program for children aged 5 to 12 for their summer vacation weeks. Every Tuesday through Thursday, visitors are invited to, among other things, visit the forgery workshop, experiment with secret inks, try print art or draw comics on an iPad. Clips and podcasts are also produced on YouTube under supervision.

The program begins at the museum located on Leipziger Strasse in Mitte on July 12. Information and registration at www.mfk-berlin.de/ferienprogramm. The number of participants is limited. Children have free admission to the museum and only have to pay a fee of 1.50. But parents and grandparents can participate, too. All dates are at www.mfk-berlin.de

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