It may be home to Germany’s stock exchange, but Frankfurt has its playful side. From outdoor adventures to a host of interactive museums, the city has enough to keep even the most restless child occupied. Here, five of the best.
Go into the wild
Frankfurt’s forests stretch for miles across the south of the city, making up the largest urban wooded area in Germany. A favorite spot for children is the Scheerwald playground, which has a roller-skating rink, a mini-golf course and ping-pong tables, along a giant revolving sprinkler that, in the summertime, allows kids to splash around while the grown-ups incinerate Frankfurters on nearby BBQ grills.
Sachsenhäuser Landwehrweg, frankfurt-tourismus.de
Forget “do-not-touch”-signs. The 130 exhibits at Experiminta ScienceCenter are made to be climbed on, pulled about and played with. Children can immerse themselves in disciplines like physics and computer science by experimenting with giant eyeball, a standing seesaw, puzzles and pulley systems. They can also lie on a bed of nails and attend electrifying (sometimes literally) science shows.
Hamburger Allee 22-24, experiminta.de
Sip and slide
Sunday mornings are prime time at Play-Café Zebulon. Mamas and papa can tuck into pretzels, muffins, breakfast rolls and reinvigorating cups of coffee, while the kids burn off excess energy bouncing, sliding or cooking their own “breakfast” on a toy stove in the adjoining playroom. They’ll be ready for a real portion of food in no time.
Grempstraße 23, frankfurt-tourismus.de
Play the artist
Frankfurt’s contemporary art space, the Schirn Kunsthalle, has a special area where kids can explore color and form via a series of elaborate interactive installations that they can climb on, bounce through or simply fiddle with. On Sunday afternoons, the overall museum has a children’s hour, in which the little ones are treated to tours and workshops designed to entertain as well as educate.
Dig dinosaur bones
Kids who know their Diplodocus from their Triceratops will love the Dinosaurs Unlimited exhibition at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum. Along with exploring a huge collection of skeletons and fossils, kids can learn how to use excavation tools by digging for dinosaur bones. VR apps, meanwhile, transform part of the museum into a prehistoric environment, allowing children to encounter these creatures without being eaten by them.
Senckenberganlage 25, senckenberg.de