If you’re a parent, you know how it goes. You look forward to the weekend and plan to take the little ones out somewhere, but Friday’s weather report brings news of rain and an imminent depression. Now what? Thankfully, there are more than enough rainy-day alternatives for children in Munich that guarantee an exciting, entertaining day out even if the heavens open. The Deutsches Museum is a firm favorite, but there are many more places waiting to be explored.
The Sea Life Aquarium: A Magical Underwater World
A trip to the Sea Life aquarium in the Olympic Park is one of the most exciting weekend adventures for children in Munich. From the moment children set foot in the remarkable space, designed to resemble an underground cave, they are completely enchanted. Once inside, the circuit takes you on a journey from the Isar river and its inhabitants to the Danube, past the river delta, and then on to the Mediterranean and the world’s oceans. With more than 4,500 animals in 33 tanks and aquariums, there is a remarkable variety of species to discover along the way. Staff are on hand to inspire visitors with breathtaking stories, and interactive “diving stations” provide even more amazing facts. The highlight of the visit is a glass tunnel that runs through the largest tank, with a staggering 400,000-liter capacity. It offers spectacular 360-degree views so that visitors can admire sharks, rays, and Bavaria’s only giant tortoise, who goes by the name of Gonzales. The regular feeding sessions give children a front-row seat, and for particularly intrepid young visitors, there’s even the chance to touch different sea dwellers in the interactive rock pool.
Having Fun With Art, Science, and Technology
There is even more room for participation at the Kinderkunsthaus in Schwabing, where children of all ages can let their creativity run wild. There are courses in drawing, painting, photography, film, and a host of other artistic techniques. The diverse range of equipment in the creative workshop and media lab can be used by children in any number of imaginative ways. No matter the activity, the focus is always on the joy of experimentation and creativity, and friends, parents, grandparents, or siblings are invited to share the experience. The Kinderkunsthaus is open all day on the weekends.
Or what about the Kindermuseum near the central station? This attraction offers fantastic value for the whole family. Children and teenagers can make exciting new discoveries as they explore the interactive exhibitions, which cover a wide range of subjects. Boredom is completely vanquished time and time again while innovative and intriguing connections are forged between science and play, art and nature, culture, and technology. Not only is touching not forbidden here, it’s expressly encouraged!
The MVG Munich Transport Service Museum is another adventure that’s suited to young and old visitors alike. As you explore the halls of the former bus workshops in Ständlerstraße, you can’t help but marvel at the historic trams, buses, and working vehicles on display. Posters with photographs and text contain information on manufacturers, technical data, and the exhibits’ CVs. For kids, the most exciting attraction by far is the metro driving simulator, which puts them in the driver’s seat of a real metro cabin and lets them steer a metro train. The museum is open two Sundays a month from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.