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Find your fun in Berlin this summer

Raise your fun factor this summer with our guide to the best events and activities in town – and how to kick the good times up a notch

Summer is full of opportunities for adventure – waterways to explore, trails to discover and gorgeous parks to plant yourself in for sunny afternoons (okay, that last one isn’t so adventurous—but we’re totally there). And we love all of that good stuff. This year, though, we want something more, and so Time Out is teaming up with Crocs to say no to standard summers. First, we’re helping you find your fun with dozens of great activities all over Berlin; then, we’re telling you how to take that fun to the next level. Try these great fun-stuffed activities below and use the hashtag #FindYourFun to show the world your summer of good times.

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Splash into summer


When the sun shines, Kinderbad Marzahn is a great place to bring the kids, because the landscaped pool is specially designed for fun, smaller children and families. The 60cm-deep waters are overseen by lifeguards. (Max Hermann-Strasse 7, 12687 Berlin, www.berlinerbaeder.de).

Make it more fun Put the kids in their Kids’ Karin Clogs so it’s easy for them to slip out of their footwear when the mood takes them, and don’t miss the water cave and waterfall. Great fun! Shop Now.



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Tiptoe through the tulips


The Britzer Garden bustles with excited children doing exciting things. There are themed plots and gardens and throughout the seasons there are waves of stunning, colourful blooms to create a magical natural wonderland. Look out for special events and enjoy the playgrounds all year round. (Sangerhauser Weg 1, 12349 Berlin, gruen-berlin.de/britzer-garten).

Make it more fun After a good run around, do your kids need a little chill out time? Then head for the ‘ruhige Mitte’ – ten hectares of specially designed parkland for peaceful play. Let them wander this space in their comfortable Kids’ Swiftwater Clogs and seek out the brooks and streams, the orchards and the lake. Shop Now.


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Build new worlds


At the Labyrinth Kindermuseum the kids are busy building a new city within their own city. In an exhibition so popular that it’s been extended into 2017, the museum encourages creative young minds to design, construct and think about city living and how we might improve the places we live in for the future. Construction helmets included! (Osloer Strasse 12, 13359 Berlin, www.labyrinth-kindermuseum.de).

Make it more fun During the school breaks there are craft and games sessions within the ‘Platz da! Kinder machen Stadt!’ exhibition programme, and lots of special activities to suit different age groups. Perfect for keeping the kids busy while you watch them work and you just sit back in your Leigh Graphic Wedges! Shop Now.

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Keep it crafty


The MACHMit! children’s museum is a lively place waiting to inspire young minds. Through play, children can explore social and scientific concepts in a fun way, and learn more about the world around them through arts and crafts activities. There are flea markets for kids to sell and buy each other’s unwanted/most wanted gear, one for under-12s and one for teens. The museum also has the most chic indoor play frame you’ll ever find, too – in east London it would pass as a designer apartment. (Senefelderstrasse 5, 10437 Berlin, www.machmitmuseum.de).

Make it more fun Time your visit for one of the shows. There are children’s film festivals from time to time, as well as theatre and dance performances throughout the year. The kids will be busy for hours, so keep them on their toes in their Kids’ CrocsLights Fire Dragon Clogs. Shop Now.


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Feel the hothouse heat


The Botanischer Volkspark is a wonderful city space for exploring nature, complete with twentieth-century garden art, forests and meadows. Wander around the ponds and seek out the sculptures. (Blankenfelde-Pankow, Blankenfelder Chaussee 5, 13159 Berlin, gruen-berlin.de/volkspark-pankow).

Make it more fun As part of an old estate, the park also features some stunning greenhouses. Wander around these lovely glass hothouses in your Sloane Platform Flips and see what fabulous flora you can spot. The flowers smell amazing, too! Shop Now.


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Spy on the past


It really wasn’t so long ago, yet the days when Berlin was divided feel centuries behind us. The Cold War touched the lives of most families here and visitors from around the world are still curious about this unique postwar period, which is perhaps why the DDR Museum is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Get a flavour for life under the watch of the Stasi, when the Wall dominated the landscape and when everyday life was very different for East and West Germans. (Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 1, 10178 Berlin, www.ddr-museum.de).

Make it more fun This stylish riverside museum holds all manner of old-fashioned gadgets and artefacts. One of the most remarkable experiences is the walk-through fog screen and a real highlight is the Trabant driving simulator. Spend hours exploring in your Yukon Mesa Clogs. Shop Now.


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Go Roman


The Pergamonmuseum is home to Berlin’s most stunning collection of Greek and Roman art. With displays including amazing pieces of original architecture, it gives a vivid sense of life over 2,000 years ago, on a scale to rival London’s British Museum. (Bodestrasse, 10178 Berlin, www.smb.museum.).

Make it more fun Every weekend there are drop-in tours, talks and workshops specifically designed for children aged six and over. The sessions look at a particular art or design style, or explore something curious in the collection. Slip on your Sienna Flats and prepare to step back in time with your little ones. Shop Now.


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Share a vision for living


Whether you live in Berlin or you’re just visiting, sooner or later a trip to the Bauhaus Museum is a must, and that also goes for the kids. Explore the Bauhaus-Archiv collection of the art, furniture and architecture that shaped the Bauhaus movement into one of the most exciting visions for twentieth-century living, and a lasting influence on designers across the world. Loved by design students, the museum’s focus on living and lifestyle makes it fascinating, and often amusing, for young visitors, too. (Klingelhöferstrasse 14, 10785 Berlin, www.bauhaus.de.).

Make it more fun Throughout the school breaks there are fun activities that invite young children to explore the concepts expressed in the museum’s exhibits, and all year round there are monthly Family Sundays sessions. Stay stylish in your Sloane Platform Flips and join the kids for a model-making journey into modern design. Shop Now.

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Find your inner painter


Berlin’s KunstHalle is one of the most dynamic spaces to see modern art in Germany, and because it celebrates the contemporary, it’s a great place to share bold new ideas with your children. In fact, children often relate better to modern art than old masterpieces, so go along soon – their programme of exhibitions for this year is really exciting. (Unter den Linden 13-15, 10117 Berlin, www.deutsche-bank-kunsthalle.de).

Make it more fun With a focus on the themes and ideas of the latest exhibitions in the galleries, the KunstHalle’s Youth and Family Programme includes workshops, courses and school break activities. Perfect for serious young artists of all ages. Slip on your washable Swiftwater Clogs and join one of the Family Brunch sessions, where parents are invited to cut, glue, stick, draw and doodle alongside their kids. Shop Now.

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Have a whale of a time


There are river cruises and then there’s the MS Moby Dick – a fabulous huge silver and black beast of a vessel designed to look like a depiction of Herman Melville’s beast of the deep. On a hot day, hop on board and chill out as you cruise back and forth across the Havel and Wannsee. (Puschkinallee 15, 12435 Berlin.)

Make it more fun Make a trip on the water part of a bigger day out in this lovely waterside part of the city. The Greenwich Promenade at Lake Tegel has playgrounds and pathways for you to stroll along in your Sienna Flats – get some ice creams and enjoy the sun once you’re back on dry land. Shop Now.


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Walk through history


The beautiful Märkisches Museum on the bank of the River Spree is a cultural treasure trove tracing Berlin’s heritage. The permanent exhibition Here is Berlin is a walk-through gallery where you pass through sets built to reflect the streets of the city at different periods through the ages. (Am Köllnischen Park 5, 10179 Berlin, www.en.stadtmuseum.de).

Make it more fun Kit the kids out in their easy Kids’ Swiftwater Clogs and spend the day exploring the Märkisches Museum. The Ask your City! gallery, especially designed for children, young adults and families, has lots of hands-on exhibits and questions you have to seek answers to. Shop Now.


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Get wet, wet, wet


The Stuttgarter Platz Splash Fountain is, understandably, one of Berlin’s busiest spots on the hottest days of the year. But this free and easy water feature, so handy for the shops, is the ideal place to let the kids cool off once you’ve got your chores done. Ten steel sprays shower the paving with water as children dare each other to get completely soaked! (Stuttgarter Platz, 10627 Berlin.)

Make it more fun The area around the fountains is sandy, just perfect if you’re all wearing your easy Swiftwater Clogs. Just kick off your clogs and enjoy the beach life without leaving the centre of Berlin. Shop Now.



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Have an adventure in art


The Gemäldegalerie houses one of the most incredible art collections in Berlin. With works from the thirteenth to eighteenth centuries and featuring some of the world’s most prized masterpieces, the dazzling paintings enthrall even the youngest visitors. (Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin, www.smb.museum).

Make it more fun There are exhibition talks aimed at ages six to 12 at 2pm on Sundays (check the website for the next date) and in the new Kinder-Reich part of the gallery there are all kinds of arty activities that help children appreciate the process of art making. It could get a little messy, so put them in washable Kids’ Karin Clogs. Shop Now.

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Slip and slide away


The summer pool on the Insulaner in Steglitz, with its long slides and 5m-high diving tower, has lots to keep older children busy on a hot sunny day – or even a grey, wet one (kids never care about the weather once they’re in the water). It can get busy, and the Prinzenbad in Kreuzberg can be a useful alternative, but there’s plenty of space here, even when it’s crowded. (Munsterdamm 80, 12169 Berlin, www.berlinerbaeder.de).

Make it more fun Little ones just love to wander from water to sand to grass to you. Make life easier by putting them in comfortable Kids’ Karin Clogs so they can enjoy the sandbox and jungle gym while their big brothers and sisters scoot down the big slides. Shop Now.


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Feel the flower power


The Gardens of the World Centre of International Landscape Art is Berlin’s answer to Kew Gardens. There are lots of different garden styles here – Chinese, Japanese, Balinese and European. Get the kids to guess which ‘country’ you’re in as you move from one style to another, and show them how the different cultures all place nature at the heart of their expressions of peace, prosperity and happiness. (Eisenacher Strasse 99, 12685 Berlin, gruen-berlin.de).

Make it more fun Time your visit to one of the many events that take place here through the warmer months. One of the most spectacular is Viva la Musica, a fireworks and music display on September 10 this year. There are lots of great one-off events like this around the city, so slip on your stylish Karin Floral Clogs and get along. Shop Now.

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Chill out at the pool


Ernst-Thälmann Park is a former coal gas plant that was completely overhauled when the machines were switched off in 1981. A few years later the park was opened, with the intention of offering something for everyone, including housing, plenty of green space for playing in, and a fabulous swimming pool. (Lilli-Henoch-Strasse 20, 10405 Berlin, www.berlinerbaeder.de).

Make it more fun If you’re wearing your Swiftwater Clogs you can explore all the landscapes of Ernst-Thälmann Park and discover the planetarium, with its striking 23m dome, set to reopen as an ultra-modern ‘scientific theatre’ later this year. Shop now.


Go where the wild things are


Berlin Zoo has a busy conservation programme, so it’s the place to encounter many endangered species, all carefully looked after in as natural setting as possible. Of course the kids’ favourites like elephants, giraffes, seals, lions and polar bears are there too. (Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin, www.zoo-berlin.de/en).

Make it more fun For little children there’s a petting zoo, and with feeding times for the various throughout the day, there’s always the chance to see the wildlife put on a bit of a show. Get the kids in comfortable Kids' Karin Clogs and head for the pirate-themed adventure playground. Shop now.


Make a personal cultural connection


The Daniel Libeskind-designed Jewish Museum Berlin welcomes one and all, not only to trace German-Jewish history against the backdrop of the Holocaust but also to celebrate cultural creativity, heritage and achievement. There are art installations, a permanent historical exhibition and a series of temporary exhibitions. (Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin, www.jmberlin.de).

Make it more fun On the day you plan to visit, go online first and check if there are any drop-in family workshops. These are often themed to the exhibitions running at the time, the themes of the collection, or even the amazing building itself. They shouldn’t get too messy, but kit the kids out in their washable Kids' Swiftwater Clogs to be on the safe side. Shop now.

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Let the kids run free


The Buerger Park in Berlin-Pankow is set on the vast former grounds of a stately home. It’s been one of Berlin’s best-loved parks for over 100 years. There are playground areas as well as lots of routes for walking if you want to give the kids a serious runaround, as well as a children’s farm. (Wilhelm-Kuhr-Strasse 9, 10439 Berlin, www. buergerpark-pankow.de).

Make it more fun On the western side of the park is a playground with a large climbing frame designed as a ship, and lots of brilliant water features for imaginative play. Let the youngsters run around and have fun in their Kids' CrocsLights Fire Dragon Crocs. Shop now.


Head for the beach


The Strandbad Jungfernheide is a lakeside haven with golden sands and great facilities to bring the beach life to the city. There are lots of watersports to enjoy, including water-skiing, so pack a picnic and your swimmies, and enjoy. (Jungfernheideweg 60, 13629 Berlin, www.strandbad-jungfernheide.de).

Make it more fun The beachside facilities include a play area for the kids, and for all ages – if your legs are up to it – there’s the chance to play beach volleyball. Don your Karin Floral Clogs and learn a new seaside sport on your next day trip. Shop now.


Pack your trunks and take a dive


If the heat is on, cool off with a day splashing about and improving your kids’ swimming strokes at the brilliant Stadbad Lankwitz indoor pool. (Leonorenstr. 39, 12247 Berlin, www.schwimmbadcheck.de).

Make it more fun The pool at Stadbad Lankwitz boasts an irresistible attraction for kids big and small – Berlin’s longest water slide. Wear your Karin Floral Clogs and be  comfy all day when you need to slip in and out of your shoes to join in the watery fun. Shop now.


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Inspire an organic generation


At the Dahlem Estate and Museum (Domäne Dahlem), you get a vivid sense of the history of agriculture and how our eating habits have changed over the last 150 years. It’s not just about the ‘field to plate’ ethos that informs some of Berlin’s hippest restaurants, but about understanding farming and fostering a respect for food culture that’s much more eco-focused. (Königin-Luise-Strasse 49, 14195 Berlin, www.domaene-dahlem.de).

Make it more fun Make sure the youngsters are wearing their washable Kids’ Karin Clogs so they can explore where they want to around the estate’s farm. There’s a tractor to climb on, the chance to milk a cow and lots of animals to say to including ponies, pigs and sheep. Shop now.


Take off for fun on the runway


The Templehof Field is a former airfield that’s been adopted as a vast park and outdoor sports space that’s much loved by the locals. Take your skates, bike or skateboard to whizz along the old runway, watch the kite surfers or just pack a picnic and a ball for a kickabout. (Columbiadamm 10, 12101 Berlin, gruen-berlin.de).

Make it more fun Artists, nature lovers and local residents have all helped create a unique urban park here, and there are nature trails to follow if you have a little time. Wear your Swiftwater Clogs and pack a bird spotting book and go on an afternoon twitching trek. Shop now.


Enter a piece of living history


On the site of a medieval village, Düppel Historic Village (Museumsdorf Düppel) recreates a picture of life as it was lived hundreds of years ago, based on archaeological finds and research. The result is a busy place that brings the past excitingly to life for children of all ages. Open weekends and public holidays, March to October. (Clauertstrasse 11, 14163 Berlin, www.dueppel.de).

Make it more fun The village is populated by volunteers in costume who work around the houses and farm, giving you a colourful picture of what medieval life was like. Get the little ones out and about for the day in their Kids’ CrocsLights Fire Dragon Clogs and time your visit for one of the special events days, when they can get hands-on with making wool or honey. Shop now.


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Offer the kids a fresh perspective


You might wonder why children need to go to a Youth Museum (Jugend Museum) – don’t they already know all about being young? But this dynamic thinking-space is a place for children and young people to see themselves being represented and celebrated. They also get a chance to grapple with social concepts in an intelligent way, and on their own level. There’s lots for families to explore in its changing exhibitions. (Hauptstrasse 40, 10827 Berlin, www.jugendmuseum.de).

Make it more fun The award-winning Wonder Box zone at the museum is a fabulous way to stimulate curious minds. There are 27 boxes waiting to be opened, each one containing items that invite you to explore the history of Berlin and Berliners. Keep on your toes in your Isabella Sandals as you go box hunting with the kids. Shop now.


Be a woodland ranger


At the Berlin Forest Museum (Berliner Waldmuseum mit Waldschule Grunewald) there’s a real sense of educating visitors young and old, so if you’re a family of nature lovers, get along and improve your woodlander skills. See if you can recognise different bird songs and identify woodland scents as you learn about the forest’s ecosystem. (Königsweg 4/Jagen 57, 14193 Berlin, www.waldmuseum-waldschule.de).

Make it more fun Are your little ones always restless? Let them slip on their Swiftwater Crocs and get outdoors for one the Waldmuseum’s regular night walks, when the forest comes alive in an entirely different and exciting way. Or enjoy one of the family activity days (check the website for dates). Shop now.


Get your skates on


With its east park and west park, Park am Gleisdreieck is a lovely green space to let the kids run about in, just so long as they keep an eye out for the joggers. Take a picnic and watch the beach volleyball players if you don’t have the energy to get busy with a ball yourself. (Möckernstrasse 26, 10963 Berlin, gruen-berlin.de/gleisdreieck).

Make it more fun With its long, easy pathways, Park am Gleisdreieck is a perfect place to hone your skateboarding skills, or even take the young ones to give rollerskates a first tentative try. Wear reliable Yukon Mesa Flips and make sure you can chase after them. Shop now.



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Spend a day out of this world


If your children like to use up all your foil to make astronaut costumes for their dress-up games, take them on a visit to the Archenhold Sternwarte Observatory. Find out about the observatory’s Treptow Giant Telescope (the largest moveable refracting telescope in the world) and how it helps the team who work here explore the known universe – and discover a few mind-blowing facts for yourselves. (Alt-Treptow 1, 12435 Berlin, www.sdtb.de).

Make it more fun There are regular weekend events for children in the planetarium. For ages six to 12 there’s a space adventure, complete with aliens, every Saturday afternoon and on Thursdays in school holidays. On Sunday afternoons (and Thursdays in the holidays) there’s a storytelling session to help ages seven to ten understand the movements of the moon. Sit back in your Leigh Graphic Wedge Crocs and listen in. Shop now.

Inspire your little scientists


With over 150 interactive exhibits, the Science Center Spectrum is a place where children should be seen AND heard. Through hands-on games, children can get to grips with scientific concepts like the senses, energy and technology, without having to wade through school books. (Möckernstrasse 26/Trebbiner Strasse 9, 10963 Berlin, www.sdtb.de).

Make it more fun Experiments are at the heart of what Science Center Spectrum is all about. You need to dash about and be prepared to get messy with hands-on play when you’re a budding boffin, so slip on your Sienna Flats and make a beeline for the exciting interactive areas. Shop now.


Get to know the city


The Story of Berlin is a colourful and vibrant museum that explores the history of the city, going back centuries to grand battles of old and right up to modern times with the end of the East-West divide. Take a virtual walk down the interactive Time Tunnel and check out the great high-tech features throughout the 23 themed rooms. (Kurfürstendamm 207-208, inside Kudamm Karree, 10719 Berlin, www.story-of-berlin.de).

Make it more fun Treat the kids to the unlikely pleasure of walking into a real nuclear bomb shelter, built during the Cold War. Get your Sloane Platform Flips on and be prepared for a walk back in time. Shop now.



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Dive into the blue


See over 5,000 underwater creatures as you go around the vast Sea Life Berlin aquarium. In fact, you can feel as well as see – the interactive rockpool zone allows you to hold crabs and touch the starfish. And make sure you catch the new exhibition Jurassic Seas, which offers a vivid, sometimes scary picture of what life was like in the oceans many millions of years ago. (Spandauer Str 3, 10178 Berlin, 01806 66 69 01 01, www.visitsealife.com).

Make it more fun  While you’re here, take a ride in the AquaDom – at over 25m high, it’s the largest cylindrical tank in the world. Perfect for photo opportunities and something that all the family will enjoy. See 1,500 fish gliding all around you as the lift takes you up into the tank for a mesmerising ‘underwater’ experience. For all that exploring, allow your little ones to enjoy the practical style of the Kids' Swiftwater Clog. Shop now.

Be inspired to invent


The massive propellered aeroplane that sits on the roof at the German Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) gives you your first taste of the scale and splendour of what you’ll see here. With massive galleries dedicated to aerospace, navigation, rail, road and the history of photography, there’s lots to fascinate curious young minds. (Trebbiner Str 9, 10963 Berlin, 030 90 25 40, www.sdtb.de).

Make it more fun The museum’s Transport Depot hosts Sunday Open Days in September, offering a rare chance to see historic vehicles that span the history of 150 years of transport. It’s all free, and there are daily museum attractions for families. The museum is set in a lovely park, with a wildlife reserve, historic windmills and an exhibition space in an old engine shed. There’s lots to see, so wear an easygoing pair of Kids' Karin Clogs. Shop now.

Hang out with the stars


The Natural History Museum (Museum für Naturkunde) invites children and adults to get closer to the planet we live on. The museum does extensive research work, and as a result, the exhibition galleries are full of fascinating finds and displays. Discover more about evolution, geology and the world of the dinosaurs, including a stunning T Rex skeleton. (Invalidenstr 43, 10115 Berlin, 030 20 93 85 91, www.naturkundemuseum.berlin).

Make it more fun The museum’s solar system gallery is a wonderful dark space to venture into. A specially designed staircase takes you through the cosmos as you climb it, while the colourfully lit displays invite the minds of budding astronomers to take off into outer space as they flit from one screen to another in their Kids' Karin ClogsShop now.

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Cross continents


The Berlin State Museums is a collection of museums located in clusters around the city, offering a wide range of historical and cultural experiences. Berlin-Mitte (Museum Island) is its busiest hub, but for something a little different, head for the museums at Dahlem. They’re full of wonderful cultural artefacts to fire the imagination. (Various locations, www.smb.museum).

Make it more fun The three museums at Dahlem have a wide variety of family activities, including a brilliant Art Safari Through Africa tour and regular workshops and games especially devised to encourage kids to explore art, cultures and history. You won't have to worry about achy feet when you throw on a pair of Sloane Platform Flips, which are perfect for a day of walking around the galleries. Shop now.

Eat, drink and be playful


Nothing could be better, for parents of restless kids, than to find a brilliant play centre with lots for children to do – and that also serves a really good coffee. Kiezkind Kindercafe has indoor and outdoor spaces with toys and books, plus excellent changing facilities, free wi-fi and a great café area. Perfect. (Auf dem Helmholtzplatz 1, 10437 Berlinwww.mein-kiezkind.de)

Make it more fun Don’t tell everyone, but this is a great place to come on rainy days too, when riding scooters and tricycles outside isn’t an option. The weather in Berlin can be unpredictable, but it's really nothing to worry about. Slip off your Yukon Mesa Clogs and join your little ones by the indoor sandbox to build something magical. No icky cold sand either – the sandbox is heated! Shop now.

Nurture their eye for art


The Hamburger Bahnhof art gallery is a transformed railway station – hence the huge amount of space for kids to be set free in. Far from being a hushed and serious grown-ups-only space, each of its rooms reveals incredible contemporary paintings, photography and scultpures – showing children that art doesn’t just mean just one thing, it can be whatever your imagination creates. (Invalidenstrase 50-51, 10557 Berlin, www.smb.museum).

Make it more fun There are regular workshops and sessions especially for children and families. These include ‘Look and Draw’ workshops for older children, and ‘Good Vibrations!’ art sessions on Sundays. Suitable for ages six to 12, they cost €9 (£7) and can be booked in advance. Just make sure the kids are wearing something they don’t mind getting messy, including washable Kids' Swiftwater Clogs. Shop now.

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Enter a haven for child play


With its gardens, pools, park and playgrounds, there’s lots for children and families to enjoy before they even discover the workshops at FEZ Berlin. Everything here is designed to be as accessible as possible to all, and courses, exhibitions and drop-in sessions are focused on encouraging children to learn more about their world through play and hands-on activities. (Str zum FEZ 2, 12459 Berlin, fez-berlin.de).

Make it more fun Check out the current All Things Family interactive exhibition in the excellent Alice Museum for Children at FEZ Berlin. Children, teenagers and adults are encouraged to get hands-on, creating their own art for display. Or why not get those Kids' CrocsLight Fire Dragon Clogs on and try your sleuthing skills looking for clues in the exhibition’s giant labyrinth? Shop now.

Have a morning of ‘let’s pretend’


The Das Spielzimmer play centre is a wonderland of imaginative play, including a games room with dress-up costumes, activity tables for painting and making music, and space for mums and dads to sit back and chill out. You’ll probably be here for a while, so it’s good to know there’s a great café, too. (Schliemannstraße 37, 10437 Berlin, 030 44 03 76 35, www.das-spielzimmer.net).

Make it more fun While the older children run around and get noisy, even the smallest visitors are well catered for at Das Spielzimmer. Kick off your Sloane Platform Flips and join them in the Baby Corner, with its ball pond, gentle slides and big, bright playthings to stimulate creative play. You’ll leave feeling invigorated, and the kids will hopefully be worn out, so you can put your feet up in the evening. Shop now.

Get busy with Lego


Legoland Discovery Centre probably needs little introduction, but if you haven’t been before, don’t be put off by its massive size. There’s something for everyone, from the Miniland model village for toddlers to explore, to the thrill rides suitable for eight to 12-year-olds. There’s also a new 4D movie included in the entry price. (Potsdamer Str 4, 10785 Berlin, www.legolanddiscoverycentre.de).

Make it more fun As well as the rides and 4D cinema thrills, the kids can let off steam in the Physical Play zone, complete with brightly coloured climbing frame, massive climbing wall and big slides that land you slap bang into the middle of the ball pit. Perfect for chasing the kids around in your Sienna Flats, which will help keep you swift and nimble in total comfort. Shop now.

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Seek out a funky playground


The Wasseturm Prenzlauer Berg is a stunning sight, built in the days when even a water tower looked like a castle. Despite its brief, dark history as a concentration camp, the tower is now swanky apartments, and the centrepiece in a beautiful park where everyone is welcome. There’s a great playground here, too, with funky equipment like little diggers for the sand. (Knaackstrase 23, 10405 Berlin).

Make it more fun As well as its fountain, trampolines and table tennis, the park at Wasserturm also features a little obstacle course among the bushes, which is suitable for older children while young ones can play in the sand. In a reliable pair of Isabella Sandals, you should have no problem joining them in either adventurous part of the playground. Shop now.

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