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