Here’s one of our favourite little family fun discoveries…and the perfect distraction to cure even the grumpiest munchkin:
(The Teltow Bird Park & Petting Zoo)
With over 300 animals & birds to meet & greet kidlets are kept quite busy…
Here’s a little bit o’ trivia you may not know about me: I have tattoos…and love ‘em!
The latest ink to invade my skin? This extra special slice of fabulousness:
And just who was the talented artiste who wielded the needle?
Marvelous Mitja from Tätowierkult. I cannot recommend him enough! Not only is he a fantastic tattoo artist but he also speaks excellent English & has a groovy sense of humour, I immediately felt comfortable & at ease in his hygienic studio, an absolute must when you’re entrusting your skin to someone! If you’re in Berlin & looking for some new ink drop by Tätowierkult in Köpenick & ask for Mitja, you’ll be glad you did! Here’s another look at his awesome work:
FEZ-Berlin Kinder-, Jugend- und Familienzentrum is the largest Family Center in Europe. Located on over 100 hectares of land, FEZ has too many (free) play grounds to count, a mini railway, theater, cinema, swimming pool(s), space centre, museums and loads more all geared for kids from tot to teen. As we’re lucky enough to live nearby it’s a frequent stop for us to let the kidlet run her batteries down.
The Wuhletal-Wanderweg (walking trail) is over 15kms of re-naturized pathways in East Berlin. Starting from S-Bahnhof Ahrensfelde and ending at S-Bahnhof Köpenick the Wuhletal-Wanderweg welcomes walkers, joggers, cyclists & is also dog-friendly! Here’s a quick peek at the small section we frequent:
Much to our chagrin (& terror), our munchkin has developed into a fearless daredevil and has even begun building her own climbing-towers out of anything her little arms can lift - how do toddlers manage to make (& climb) such heart attack inducing creations in the 3 seconds your back is turned?? Thankfully we discovered a local park tailor made for our little monkey:
Maria Jankowski Park is chock full of climbing-kidlet fun!
The weather is cooling off and that means it’s time to seek out warm & toasty indoor activities for the munchkin to enjoy. One of our favourites? Babyschwimmen in der Kleine Schwimmhalle Wuhlheide (‘babyswimming in the Wuhlheide forest‘s little swimming pool’)
There’s loads of blogs & sites on the internet reviewing the many things to do, see & visit in Berlin. Helpful as they may be for foreigners living in the west of the city, they don’t seem to venture too far into East Berlin …where we are…and so in an effort to help other mommys & daddys who have chosen to live in the fabulously green, relatively quiet, river-at-your-doorstep, reasonably rented, up & coming areas of East Berlin I’ll be sharing our fantastic (& affordable) family friendly places to go…
First up: Himbeerfrosch Familien- & Spielcafé (Raspberry Frog Family Play Cafe)
When the fabulous Agy of Green Issues wrote about the world’s most liveable cities I was pleasantly surprised to see Berlin on the list…even more surprising? It was ranked 21 out 50! The best part? She wanted to know exactly what made these cities so “liveable” and I got to write about Berlin!
here’s my groovy Berlin liveability interview with Agy
After years of complaining about stinky, packed trains, rental car prices & having taxi companies rob us blind we finally decided it was time to invest in a car of our own…a frustrating adventure that finally ended with the purchase of this bit of fabulicious family functionality: