Thursday, 30 August 2012

Instrumentenkarussell

I came across this music class at the Kiezfest on Florastrasse. It is aimed at children age 5 and above and is taught in German. We haven't taken the class but I thought it was a fantastic idea. Children get to try out and learn a bit about 6 instruments over a 6 month period. Instruments include trumpet, piano, guitar, violin and recorder. The class is based in the Pankow area.



I hope that my son can take part in something like this when he is the right age. What a great way for children to find their musical niche and save parents loads of time and money.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Lieblingsplatz

This fantastic new shop has just opened on Kollwitzstr. in Prenzlauer Berg. It sells amazing handmade toys, cushions and iron on decals to name a fraction of the stock. For those of us with sewing machines, they have an great selection of colourful fabrics. They will also be offering sewing courses.





Well worth a visit!



Address:  Kollwitz Strasse 22, 10405 Berlin

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Weinbergsweg, Mitte

Whilst spending time at one of our favourite playgrounds at Weinbergsweg recently we took a little walk down the actual Weinbergsweg street and it has a wealth of cool little shops, stylish stores and lovely little cafes. The street has a wonderful vibe and we always enjoy time here - whether having fro-yo in Efa or lunch in Yumcha Heroes.

There were a couple of shops we enjoyed. First was Freak Butik. This shop sells of manner of things from retro sunglasses, t shirts, Berlin gifts and postcards to little pocket money toys and more expensive  novel toys.



Freak Butik, Weinbergsweg 3, 10119 Berlin

Next is Schoene Schreibwaren, a beautiful shop selling the softest leather goods including wallets, and glasses cases. They also have an amazing selection of stationery,  Berlin gifts and artwork. The whole shop is beautiful.



Schoene Schreibwaren, Weinbergsweg 21, 10119 Berlin
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Monday, 27 August 2012

Berlin Zoo

So after almost a year of living in Berlin, we finally made it to Berlin Zoo and it was a great day out. The Zoo has a lot of animals but feels very manageable to walk around. We were there for almost three hours and saw all the animals we want to (apart from panda, which we couldn't find - answers on a postcard (or in the comment box) as to where they are!)





Some of the enclosures can look a bit cramped for the animals but you do get to see them up close, like this lion above.




There is an amazing playground in the centre of the zoo, close to the main restaurant and gift shop. I like to keep my reviews positive but I will say that next time we go I will take a picnic and avoid the expensive and distinctly average food on sale in the restaurant.





There are maps dotted around the zoo but it is worth buying the zoo guide as it has a map at the back.
You can hire little wooden pull along carts which are great when little legs get tired. We had a great time and will certainly be back - and hopefully see the panda next time!



Address: Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin 


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Friday, 24 August 2012

Pinke Panke city farm, Pankow

I have been reading about Kinderbauernhof Pinke Panke in Pankow. The information about the farm says it is an ecologically orientated playground for children, with of course animals. We loved it! It was built on a piece of land where the Berlin Wall once stood.  There is a huge sandpit with toys, kitchens, spades etc, lots of little trikes, bobby cars for kids to ride on and a big metal tractor sculpture to climb on. Whilst this is a city farm, it is also so much more.

Little update - the paths down to the river and the kitchen garden were open and made for a lovely walk in the sun.













There are a number of interesting buildings housing a little cafe and spaces of activities.



For older children there is a building playground.




They run a number of activity days, their website has more details.

There is no admission charge but they ask for a 1€ donation into an honesty box at the entrance.



Address: am Burgerpark 15-18, 13187 Berlin
Website: www.kinderbauernhof-pinke-panke.de
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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Nola am Weinbergsweg

We had lunch at this amazing restaurant in Weinbergsweg Park today. I hear that it is virtually impossible to get into this place for the Sunday buffet without a reservation so it was great to enjoy it today in the late summer sun.


We sat out on the terrace and I had the amazing risotto and my son enjoyed the pancakes. The menu is  seasonal and very interesting. I have never been to a Swiss restaurant and the fondue to share looked exciting for another day.


 
I loved the retro interior and it looks like a place that will be suitably cosy in the winter. They are open every day except Christmas Day (25 Dec).


They have a changing table in the disabled toilet and there are a number of highchairs. The waiting staff are friendly and I loved that our waiter spoke to my son like he was a grown up customer. A great place - ambience, food, service and location.



Address: Veteranenstrasse 9, 10119 Berlin
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Swimming Pools - Prenzlauer Berg and Pankow

Swimming and enjoy time in the water is an important and enjoyable family activity for us as I am sure it is for many families. We particularly love both the pool at Ernst Thalman Park  and Europa Sportspark.  The one at Ernst Thalman Park is always fairly quiet and a good way of making your toddler happy in water with floats and slides in shallow water. Read my review of it here

Photo from BBB website (see link below)




And the open air summer pool in Pankow.



Main website for searching for swimming pools in Berlin

All the websites are in German but with trusty Google Chrome to help they are easy to navigate

This link will take you to all my swimming pool posts.









Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Volkspark am Weinbergsweg

We regularly go to the playground at Volkspark am Weinbergsweg but this was the first time we ventured down to the park area on the lower level and it was a delight.



There is an old lido there but it looks as though it isn't used anymore but nevertheless provides a great safe play area.



There is a lovely looking Swiss cafe called Nola's with a terrace overlooking the park (view below). We didn't eat there but it looked like a promising future lunch venue.







There are peaceful little picnic spots as well as a real suntrap slope.


This is probably the best tended park we have scene so far in Berlin and as most are weedy and scrubby (but with character) it was a refreshing change.

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Monday, 20 August 2012

Efa's Frozen Yoghurt



We were delighted to discover another great fro-yo place and so close to one of our favourite playgrounds on Weinbergweg. Efa's is all organic and sugar free (sweetened with fruit sugar). The formula is very similar to Yoli's but the interior is a bit more special.


They have an outdoor seated area, bar stool window area and booths in front of the counter.



They offer free wifi and there is a great lounge area in the back for chilled out surfing. It is a great stop so close to a great playground and nestled amongst lots of other cool shops.


Best of all (for a VW lover like me) they have a split screen converted into an ice cream van that regularly travels down to the Eastside Gallery.


Address: Weinbergweg 24, 10119 Berlin

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