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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.