SIGHT­SEE­ING

Annabelle Mallia‘ s worst night­mare over win­ter is be­ing stuck at home with the kids. Here come Berlin’s Kin­der­museen to the res­cue!

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A dose of fun at Berlin's kid­fo­cused mu­seum en­sures happy kids and happy par­ents.

It’s way too cold th­ese days to be hang­ing out on play­grounds, but I have to get the kids out of the house be­fore we all go crazy. “Come on, we’re go­ing to a mu­seum,” I shout. “No, I don’t want to go, mu­se­ums are bor­ing,” they shout back. “Not th­ese ones,” I yell back, with a lit­tle hot choco­late bribe to as­sist in the speedy rob­ing of coats and boots. First stop, the MACHmit! Mu­seum (Sene­felder­str. 5, www.mach­mit­mu­seum.de) in the fam­ily-friendly dis­trict of Pren­zlauer Berg. Their lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion Paul Klee – Klee

fin­den just opened up on 2 Jan­uary and is all about dis­cov­er­ing the fa­mous artist. Along the so- called “Games Road” are var­i­ous pit stops where kids can build fig­ures with cre­atively shaped blocks and make pic­tures from string and col­or­ful mar­bles. Or let them try weav­ing on tra­di­tional looms and stamp­ing out their names at the olden- day print shop. We head up­stairs to Klee’s work­ing stu­dio and the kids run straight for the maze-like jun­gle gym be­fore get­ting cre­ative at the arts and crafts ta­bles. After a bite at the café and a cud­dle in the read­ing cor­ner,

“Let the kids try stamp­ing out their names at the olden-day print shop.”

we are done and can hap­pily re­turn home. Next stop, which I’ll save for a later week­end, is another hands- on ex­hi­bi­tion space called

Labyrinth Kinder-mu­seum Berlin (Os­loer Str. 12, www.labyrinth-kin­der­mu­seum.de). Their cur­rent ur­ban theme means the kids will be busy build­ing ci­ties: draft­ing up col­or­ful plans, play­ing hide and seek in minia­ture houses, mov­ing around town on makeshift clouds with pillows and ca­bles, lay­ing scaf­fold­ing and bricks at a child-safe con­struc­tion site, plus lots of other op­por­tu­ni­ties to be in­ven­tive and sim­ply let off steam while the par­ents drink tea at the café or just chat away with friends.

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