Berlin Museums for Kids – What’s On in February

January 31, 2016

Kids in Museums, News

Uff, this month’s listing is quite a bumper edition. Lots of workshops and performances, and I discovered a couple new monthly events that are free! Hope you find something to enjoy with your kids. And if you have any feedback about the monthly listings, please do let me know! Thanks.

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Workshops

“Magical Trees and the 7 Sacred Fruits”, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, 10am – 3pm
When: 3rd & 4th February
Where:
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
What: 
In Berlin, we are in the midst of winter and the trees are bare, but in Israel trees start to bloom again in the new year. At the Jewish New Year ‘Festival of the Trees’, Tu Bishvat, seven sacred fruits are eaten. During this workshop, the children will explore the museum’s permanent exhibition to find some of these special trees, and others. After lunch, everyone gets to create their own fantasy forrest to take home.
Recommended age:
7-10 years
Price:
15 Euros (includes lunch and all materials)

Pre-booking required >> phone (030) 259 93 437 or email kinder@jmberlin.de
>> Website

“bauhaus_lab”, Bauhaus Archiv Museum für Gestaltung, Saturdays 11am – 2pm
When: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th February
Where: Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 (Tiergarten)
What: An open drop-in event where children, young people and adults can engage with architecture and design in a practical way. Everyday objects from the museum stimulate observations and design ideas. The aim is to build and draw together on varying topics and using different materials.
Recommended age: 5+
Price: Participation in the workshop is free
>> Website

“Nanu, wie geht does?”, Deutsches Technikmuseum, Saturdays at 2:30pm, 3:15pm and 4pm
When:
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th February

Where: Trebbiner Straße 9, 10963 Berlin (Kreuzberg) – Meeting point is
What: “How does that work?” In these weekly family workshops, children and families can discover how a ship swims, and do some experiments related to water and propulsion. The workshops last around 30 minutes.
Recommended age: 4-8 years
Price: Regular museum admission fees apply, no additional costs for the workshop
>> Website

Offenes Atelier ‘Bunter Jakob’, Berlinische Galerie, Wednesdays 3 – 6pm (not during school holidays)
When:
  10th, 17th & 24th February

Where: Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
What: A space for children and young people to drop in, experiment and express their ideas through drawing, painting, printing, photography or stop motion filming. No pre-booking required.

Recommended age: 6+
Price: Free!
>> Website

“Masel tov: What is happiness to you?”, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, 11am – 1pm
When: 14th & 28th February
Where:
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
What:
What is happiness to you? How do you share happiness and when do you wish someone happiness? In the museum’s permanent exhibition, the children will learn about objects from Jewish customs and festivals, and how they relate to happiness. Afterwards, everyone can put their own personal wish in their homemade paper pomegranate to take home.
Recommended age:
6-11 years
Price:
40 Euros

Pre-booking required >> phone (030) 259 93 437 or email kinder@jmberlin.de
>> Website

“Wir bauen einen Mars Rover”, Archenhold-Sternwarte, Saturday 20th February, 2pm
Where: Alt-Treptow 1, 12435 Berlin – meeting point: the “Amateurastronomie” gallery
What: Children (and their parents) are invited to build a Mars-Rover out of LEGO® bricks. The vehicles then need to prove their stability on a small, Mars-like piste. The best Mar-Rovers will be awarded a prize.
Price: 3 Euros
>> Website

Werkstatt der Dinge, Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Saturday 20th February, 2pm – 5pm (every third Saturday of the month)
Where: Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
What: Things may be old or new, beautiful or ugly, big or little, expensive or cheap, familiar or strange. After a visit to the museum’s exhibition, with its 40,000 objects to discover, you can create your own objects in ‘The Thing Studio’, using a range of materials and techniques. And, of course, you can take your finished thing home with you!
Recommended age: 6+
Price: Free!
>> Website

“The Crazy Crooked House”, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, 11am
When: 21st February
Where:
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
What: A
 playful introduction  to the architecture of Daniel Libeskind. After a tour of the museum, building blocks, cardboard, paper and other materials are availablefor the children to make their very own crazy fantasy house.
Recommended age:
6-12 years
Price:
general admission + 3 Euros for materials

Pre-booking required >> phone (030) 259 93 437 or email kinder@jmberlin.de
>> Website

Music, Concerts & Performances

Klingendes Museum, Open Workshops for children aged 3-6 years, Saturday 6th February, 2:30pm and 4pm 
(takes place monthly on the 1st Saturday of the month)
Where: Behmstraße 13, 13357 Berlin (Gesundbrunnen)

What: In these one hour long workshops, families with young children can make first encounters with rhythm and percussion, as well as try out some age appropriate wind and stringed instruments. Staff trained in musical education are on hand to give guidance. NOTE: For those already familiar with the Klingendes Museum, please note these workshops have replace the previous ‘Open Saturday’ drop in days!
Recommended age: 3-6 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Price: adults 8 Euros/ children 4 Euros
Pre-booking required >> phone (030) 364 66 22 3 or email info@klingendes-museum-berlin.de
>> Website

Tischpuppenspiel “Die Grille”, MACHmit! Museum für Kinder, 4:30pm
When: 6th & 7th February
Where: Senefelderstr. 5/6, 10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
What: A ‘table puppet play’ by the transit-theater-berlin, about a cricker, drawing on the works of Theodor Fontane and Janosch.
Price: 5.50 Euros/ concessions 3.50 Euros
>> Website

“FILMab! Kiriku und die Zauberin”, MACHmit! Museum für Kinder, Saturday 7th February, 6:30pm
Where:
 Senefelderstr. 5/6, 10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

What: From January – March, the MACHmit! children’s museum is showing a series of international children’s films, each followed by an activity. After this screening, in which Kiriku goes on a journey to free his village from a curse laid upon it by a witch, the children will learn how to put on a turban.
Price: 5.50 Euros
>> Website

“König Unsichtbar und der verzauberte Vogel”, MACHmit! Museum für Kinder, Sunday 14th February, 4:30pm
Where: Senefelderstr. 5/6, 10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
What: A musical performance ‘out of a suitcase’, about ‘King Invisible and the Enchanted Bird’.
Price: 5.50 Euros/ concessions 3.50 Euros
>> Website

Klingendes Museum, Open Workshops for children aged 6+ years, Saturday 20th February, 3pm 
(takes place monthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month)
Where: Behmstraße 13, 13357 Berlin (Gesundbrunnen)

What: In this two hour long workshop, families and adults have the opportunity to try out all brass,  woodwind,  stringed and percussion instruments typically found in an orchestra. Staff trained in musical education are on hand to give guidance. NOTE: For those already familiar with the Klingendes Museum, please note these workshops have replace the previous ‘Open Saturday’ drop in days!
Recommended age: 6+ years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Price: adults 8 Euros/ children 4 Euros
Pre-booking required >> phone (030) 364 66 22 3 or email info@klingendes-museum-berlin.de
>> Website

“Faschingskonzert mit Clown Filou”, Klingendes Museum, Saturday 20th February, 3:30pm
Where: Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie, Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1, 10785 Berlin (Tiergarten) – NOTE: For those familiar with the museum, please note this is not their usual location!
What: Clow Filou guides the Chamber Orchestra ‘Unter den Linden’ through J.S.Bach’s “Backpfeifensonate” and Andreas Peer Kähler’s orchestral piece “Die Vier Temperamente”. Beforehand, all the instruments are introduced to the audience.  The performance last about one hour, after which visitors are invited to try out the instruments of the Klingendes Museum in the foyer.
Price: adults 15 Euros/ child concessions 8 Euros
Recommended Age: 5+
Pre-booking required >> phone (030) 364 66 22 3 or email info@klingendes-museum-berlin.de
>> Website

“FILMab! Billy Elliot – I Will Dance”, MACHmit! Museum für Kinder, Saturday 20th February, 6:30pm
Where:
 Senefelderstr. 5/6, 10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

What: From January – March, the MACHmit! children’s museum is showing a series of international children’s films, each followed by an activity. This screening, in which Billy prefers learning to dance ballet over learning to box, will be followed by a short dance workshop.
Price: 5.50 Euros
Recommended Age: 6+
>> Website

“Schattentheater” at the MACHmit! Museum für Kinder, Sunday 21st February, 4:30pm
Where: Senefelderstr. 5/6, 10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
What: A shadow theatre performance with Murhaf Amayry
Price: 5.50 Euros/ concessions 3.50 Euros
>> Website

MIM-Kids: “Vierviertelschwein und Auftakteule – Karneval der Tiere Einmal Anders”, at the Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Saturday 27th February, 3pm
Where: 
Ben-Gurion-Straße, 10785 Berlin (Tiergarten)

What: In this special performance of The Carnival of Animals, the audience does not just encounter Camille Saint-Saëns’ protagonists and the animals from Peter and the Wolf, but also many others such as the Mondschaft, Vierviertelschwein, Auftakteule, Inzy Winzy Spider and more. Their songs, melodies, poems and dances will be sung and played by a variety of instruments, ranging from well known classics such as oboe, horn or bass, to biblical and Medieval instruments you may have never heard of.
Price: 5 Euros
Pre-booking recommended. Ticket reservation available via phone at (030) 254 811 78.
>> Website

Torchlight Tours

Here is your chance to discover whether museum exhibits really do come alive at night time. Don’t forget to bring your torch! (or flashlight, for the non British English speakers)

Museum für Kommunikation: “Was machen die Roboter nachts im Museum?”
When: Saturday 6th & Saturday 20th February, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Leipziger Strasse 16, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)
What: Experience the museum and its robots on a special night time tour (in German). NOTE: We took part in this last November and it was brilliant!
Recommended Age: 5+
Price: Regular museum admission (adults 4 Euros, under 18s free) + 1.50 Euro per person
Pre-booking required >> phone (030) 202 94 205
>> Website

Museum für Naturkunde
When: Fridays 8 – 9:30pm on 19th & 26th February, Saturdays 8 – 9:30pm on 20th & 27th February, and Sundays 6 – 7:30pm on 21st & 28th February
Where: Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin (Mitte)
What: Special night time tour (in German) around the museum, including behind the scenes!
Recommended Age: 8+ for the 6pm tours, 12+ for the 8pm tours
Price: adults 15 Euros, children 12 Euros
Pre-booking required >> email: besucherservice@mfn-berlin.de
>> Website

Family Sundays

Several museums across Berlin have monthly ‘Family Sundays’. The topics and themes vary. Here are some of the ones in January:

Berlinische Galerie, Sunday 7th February, 11am – 2pm
Where: Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
What: “Himmel und Hölle” – Creating pop up cards inspired by pictures from the exhibition on Max Beckmann

Recommended age: 8+
Price: adults 9 Euros/ children 6 Euros + 3 Euros each for materials
Pre-booking required, via Jugend im Museum >> email: info@jugend-im-museum.de/ phone: (030) 266 42 22 42
>> Website

Villa Oppenheim: Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Sunday 7th February, 12 – 2pm
 (every first Sunday of the month)
Where: Schloßstraße 55, 14059 Berlin (Charlottenburg)

What: “Backe, backe Kuchen…” – making puppets out of wooden spoons
Recommended age: 5+

Price: Admission to the museum and the event is free!
>> Website

Jugend Museum Schöneberg, Sunday 7th February, 2 – 5pm 
(every first Sunday of the month)
Where: Hauptstraße 40/42
, 10827 Berlin (Schöneberg)
What: Discover how the upper class lived 100 years ago in the house the museum is located in, why the maid was homesick, and who lived in the dark back yard. On the old printing press you can print off your own picture of those times.
Price: Admission to the museum and the event is free!
Pre-booking required >> email: mail@jugendmuseum.de/ phone: (030) 90277 6163
>> Website

Märkisches Museum, Sunday 7th & Sunday 21st February, 2pm (every first & third Sunday of the month)
Where: Am Köllnischen Park 5, 10179 Berlin (Mitte)
What: “Ich Sehe Was, Was Du Nicht Siehst” (lit. “I see something you don’t see”, but also the German name for the game known in English as “I spy”) – in this guided family tour, tricky tasks, unusual objects and stories about Berlin offer families an exciting and enjoyable way to get to know the museum and the city. After the tour, there will be a demonstration of the amazing world of mechanical musical instruments.
Price: 5 Euros/ concessions 3 Euros/ free for children under 18
>> Website

Museum für Naturkunde, Sunday 7th February, 3 – 4:30pm 
(every first Sunday of the month)
Where: Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin (Mitte)
What: “Dinosaurier, Flugsaurier und Ammoniten” – How did dinosaurs and other animals live in land, air and water during the Jurassic period? After a short journey through time, children can cast a fossil.
Recommended age: 8-12 years
Price: children 5 Euros + general museum admission (5 Euros for children age 6+)/ adults just pay general museum admission (8 Euros/ 5 Euros concessions)
Pre-booking required >> phone (030) 2093-8550 or email besucherservice@mfn-berlin.de
>> Website

Museum für Kommunikation, Sunday 14th February, 2-5pm

Where: Leipziger Strasse 16, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)
What: “Im Jahr 2036. Werkstatt für Zukunftsmaschinenerfinder” – A workshop for little inventors, looking ahead to the year 2036
Price: Regular museum admission (adults 4 Euros, under 18s free) + 1.50 Euro per person
>> Website

Bröhan Museum, Sunday 21st February, 11am – 12:30pm
 (every 3rd Sunday of the month)
Where: Schloßstraße 1a, 14059 Berlin (Charlottenburg)
What: “Kind Sein Vor 100 Jahren” – Come and find out what it was like to be a child 100 years ago! Did they go to school? What did they play with? How did their lives compare to yours today?
Recommended age: 5 – 12 years
Price: Participation in the ‘Familiensonntag’ is free.
>> Website

Museum für Kommunikation, Sunday 28th February, 3-5pm

Where: Leipziger Strasse 16, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)
What: Internet Family Day: Tips for Kids and Parents, for safe online surfing and downloading
Recommended age: 10+
Price: Regular museum admission (adults 4 Euros, under 18s free) + 3 Euro per person
Pre-booking required >> phone: (030) 202 94 205
>> Website

Special Opening Times

U-Bahn Museum, Saturday 13th February, 10:30am – 4pm
Where: Rossitter Weg, 14053 Berlin (inside the U-Bahn station Olympiastadion!)
What: The Berlin U-Bahn Museum is open every second Saturday of the month, and is worth a visit for little train geeks. You can read our review of it in my previous post
Price: 2 Euros/ 1 Euro for children under age 12
>> Website

The Labyrinth Kindermuseum will have extended opening times during the Winter holidays, 01.02.-05.02.2016. Opening times during the holidays are Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 1pm – 6pm, Sun 11am – 6pm (Regular opening times = Fri/Sat 1pm – 6pm, Sun & public holidays 11am – 6pm). >> Website

From 10th to 15th February, the Berlinische Galerie will have extended opening hours, until 8pm >> Website


Please note, I take no responsibility for the accuracy of any events. All information at the time of writing has been obtained from the various museum websites at the time of writing. You are recommended to double check the details for any changes before heading out to one of the museums or events listed. I have included the relevant websites for each entry.

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