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Tier- und Freizeitpark Germendorf is where your kids will find limitless fun and excitement. Situated in the quaint town of Oranienburg on the outskirts of Berlin, this one-of-a-kind park promises to create lots of smiles and laughter. With a petting zoo, leisure park and an amusement park, there isn't much here that won't have the children skipping with excitement. Be sure to bring your fishing equipment along to enjoy fishing at the lake within the park. The park also features a live animal section, where kids and adults alike can enjoy feeding and petting the animals.

Established in 1909, Blankenfelde Botanical Park is a stunning natural sanctuary, home to an astounding variety of native as well as exotic and rare plant life. Initially a smaller site intended as a school garden, it was later expanded to the 34 hectares (84.01 acres) that stand today. Beyond the botanic aspect, the park is also home to a rich variety of animals and especially birds, making it a popular bird-watching site. Greenhouses in the park, home to a fine array of exotic flowering species are especially worth a visit. The park is actively involved in spreading knowledge about its rich ecology through numerous tours as well as summer camps for kids.

Kinderbauernhof Pinke-Panke is in a city farm that is bordered by the small river Panke and in the district of Pankow. This is the perfect family-friendly outing that allows children to learn more about where their food comes from in a fun setting. You can help with farm chores, listen to a storyteller, do crafts, and more. At set times, children can even feed the animals, including pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, and chickens. You may even learn how to bake bread on an open camp fire.

Situated on the banks of the River Spree, the Lustgarten, which literally translates to 'pleasure garden', at Museumsinsel was created in 1573 as a garden for the Hohenzollern royal family (the former Royal Palace was situated close by). In the 18th Century, Friedrich Wilhelm I turned it into a military parade ground. 60 years ago, what remained of the garden was uprooted to provide space for Nazi parades and rallies. The historic garden was re-landscaped in 2000 according to original plans and is once again full of lawns, fountains and bushes. It is a wonderful spot for a stroll or picnic on a sunny afternoon.

The concept behind Berlin's Children's Farm is to give city-dwelling kids the opportunity to get to know more animals than just dogs, cats and rats. Built in 1981 by volunteers on a deserted site next to the Berlin Wall, children can visit to feed and tend for the donkeys, pigs, ducks and rabbits. There is also an a wonderful garden onsite to explore.

Opened in 1955, the Tierpark covers 160 hectares (395.3 acres) is an educational zoo situated in a safari-like setting. Visitors can get up close to elephants, big cats, manatees, and more. Make sure to check out the animal feeding and show times, which will teach you all about these exotic animals while they enjoy their lunch. There's also a wonderful petting zoo and children's play area located in the park.

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