Walk V: Down the streeet

August 15, 2016 § 1 Comment

A lazy one yesterday. One can’t be a roaming warrior all the time.

Yet there’s always something to see. As with every big city, Berlin is many things to many kinds of people. Here’s one demographic that’s well served:

Children.

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This is, simply titled, the Museum for Kids. It’s half a kilometer away from our front door, and it’s a hybrid playground/learning center for ankle-biters.

The best part: parents are not allowed in. They can sit on the perimeter and watch, but once the kids head off to play, the only adults who can communicate with them are the teachers.

What do the kids learn? Well, the unique element in this playground is that it is a constantly growing, evolving space being built by the children. The supervisors show the kids how to make fire, build structures, plant gardens, etc.

This is the kind of wild, imaginative space that goes deep into us as children, creating memories that remain as long as we’re sentient.

And it’s free. No document proving you’re a resident of the neighborhood, no special form to provide. Just be a human child and you’re in.

Berlin is increasingly appearing to me to be a wonderful place for a child to grow up. Which is no guarantee that my wife and I plan to stay here. But it weighs strongly in the argument.

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