Munich’s Hollywood is always a hit. Children enjoy film presentations and the Bavaria Action Show, which features a stunt team that demonstrates fistfights and fire stunts, tumbles down staircases and takes a 30-meter plunge. Guided tours (book four weeks in advance for a tour in English) take place from March to October daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is 10 euros for adults, 9 euros for students and senior citizens, and 7 euros for children ages four to 14. Children under three enter for free. Be sure to visit the film sets for The Neverending Story (1984) and Das Boot (1981), two German classics which were filmed at the studio.
Tel: 089 649 923 04
Bavariafilmplatz 7, Geiselgasteig
Photo: Bavaria Film Studio / Fuchur
One of Europe’s largest circuses, the Circus Krone venue is similar to London’s Albert Hall with its varied productions. Matinee performances are held daily. Tickets are 15 to 36 euros for adults and 9 to 30 euros for seniors and children. Between December and the end of March, the circus presents three separate international shows. During the circus’ traveling season (roughly April until mid-November), the venue hosts concerts, lectures, sporting events and various other artistic performances.
Tel: 089 558 166
The Munich Zoo Hellabrunn was founded in 1911 as the first geo-zoo worldwide. The geo-zoo concept holds that animals should live according to their geographic distribution in complex communities. This means that visitors will witness the animals in a habitat closely resembling their original environment. There are 15 separate areas subdivided into “continents” and encompassing 86 acres. Attractions include the polarium, the aviary, the tortoise house and the elephant house. Feedings and special animal shows are listed are at the zoo’s website.
Tel: 089 625 080
This bilingual Australian Outback-themed daycare center caters to children ages 3-10. Intended as a safe place for parents to drop off their children, it is also a popular spot for birthday parties. Trained personnel provide supervision as children take advantage of the bountiful toys and play opportunities. Jogili’s also has a jungle-themed business lounge with free high-speed Internet access. The center organizes fun classes and day camp-like activities as well. Rates range between 5 and 20 euros per hour. Check their website for exact prices and offerings.
Tel: 089 990 188 510
Friedenstraße 22 b
Kinderland at the Munich Airport Center offers trained staff to look after children between the ages of three and 10. Children partake in arts and crafts, computer games and board games and even have access to a climbing wall. The daycare center is open Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The facility is located in the central area on the third level, in close proximity to Burger King. And the best part: It is free of charge.
Tel: 089 975 259 98
Photo: Munich Airport
This centrally located daycare center welcomes children ages 18 months to 10 years. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Hourly rates are 4.50 euros. It is located just east of Marienplatz.
Tel: 089 242 316 00
Sea Life Munich opened in 2006 and is part of a group of aquariums in the UK, Ireland, Germany and other parts of Europe.Currently there are nine Sea Life centers in Germany, of which the Munich center is the largest. Sea Life Munich occupies over 2,000 square meters andholds more than 30 aquariums. One of the highlights is a400,000-liter, 7-meter deep "Sea Life" aquarium.The giant aquarium can be viewed from two levels from the lower level, bywalking through a tunnel, and from the top level, where visitors are eye-to-eye with sharks and other sea life.A giant shipwreck in the shape of a Trojan horse adds to the whole underwater aura. Also popular is an exhibit devoted exclusively to the various seahorse species.
Tel: 089 450 000
Willi-Daume-Platz 1 (in the Olympic Park)
Photo: Pixelio / Mohi
There is no better way to spend a chilly and damp winter day than lounging in a 1,400-square-meter thermal pool complete with tropical decorations, water jets and a lazy river. The Therme Erding GmbH is an oasis for the health conscious, but it is also a paradise for youngsters. The facility boasts 16 slides, three of which are outdoors. The Galaxy is 320 meters in length and boasts the longest indoor water slide in Europe.
Tel: 08122 227 00
Thermenallee 2, Erding
Photo: Pixelio / adel
The Spielzeugmuseum contains a huge collection of European and American toys spread out over four floors. The museum, which grew out of the private collection of cartoonist Ivan Steiger, has become one of Munich’s top tourist attractions. The collection includes dolls, trains, airplanes, bears and animals, many of which date back to the 1800s. And not a single Nintendo or Playstation in sight! Nonetheless, the museum offers children an intimate look at their parents’ (or grandparents’) most prized youthful possessions.
Tel: 089 294 001
Photo: Pixelio / Danny TD
The 140-acre Wildpark Poing is a nature reserve in the truest sense of the word. It is home to many wild animals that once were common in Western Europe but were driven out by development: wolves, elk, deer and lynx, to name but a few. The park does at excellent job catering to children. The deer and red squirrels will feed out of your hand, and there are animal petting areas and play areas for the children. Highly popular is the Greifvogelschau, or ‘bird of prey demonstration’, featuring falcons and ospreys. The 45-minute show takes place daily (not Fridays) at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. between April and November.
Tel: 08121 806 17
Osterfeldweg 20, Poing
Photo: Wildpark Poing