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Children at Berlinale - Want To Go To The Movies Without The Kids?
by Shelly Schoeneshoefer

Looks like the Berlin Film Festival is on the ball; they actually offered a child-care program for those accredited festival participants with children. What’s nice is that anyone could leave their children in the Berlinale kindergarten as long as they called ahead. So there was no excuse for not going to this festival and the prices were great, only EUR 5 for two hours. The kindergarten was located on the premises of the Gemäldegalerie (The Old Masters Paintings) which is between the Philharmonic Concert Hall and the National Gallery. It is perfectly located only five minutes from the center of the festival. Professionally trained people were involved with the kids in art and craft experiments as well as playtime. The hours were also great: Monday through Friday from 10 until 19. Saturday and Sunday, 14:30 until 18:30. It was made possible by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (State Museums in Berlin) and the Lillabo Hus e.V. I certainly hope that the festival will continue with this idea which gives many movie goers a chance to see some interesting films while their children are having fun too.