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Munich: Especially for Kids

From the Deutsches Museum to the Mɒnchner Marionettentheater to the Bavaria Film Studio, kids love Munich.

Take your children to the Mɒnchner Stadtmuseum, St. Jakobsplatz 1 (tel. 089/23-32-23-70; U-Bahn/S-Bahn: Marienplatz). On the third floor is an array of puppets from around the world, with star billing going to the puppeteer's art. The comical and grotesque figures include both marionettes and hand puppets. The collection also includes detailed puppet theaters and miniature scenery, a Lilliputian version of the world of the stage. A special department is devoted to fairground art, including carousel animals, shooting galleries, roller-coaster models, and wax and museum figures. The main exhibit contains the oldest-known carousel horses, dating from 1820.

If children have a favorite museum in Munich, it's the Deutsches Museum, Museumsinsel 1 (tel. 089/2-17-91), which has many interactive exhibits.

Spielzeugmuseum, in the Altes Rathaus, Marienplatz 15 (tel. 089/29-40-01; U-Bahn/S-Bahn: Marienplatz), is a historical toy collection. It's open daily 10am to 5:30pm. Admission is 3€ ($3.60) for adults, 1€ ($1.20) for children, and 6€ ($7.20) for a family.

At the Mɒnchner Marionettentheater, Blumenstrasse 32 (tel. 089/26-57-12), you can attend puppet shows. Adults as well as children are delighted with the productions; many are of Mozart operas. Performances are on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3pm. Admission is 6€ ($7.20) for adults and 3.50€ ($4.20) for children. Performances on Saturday evening at 8pm cost 9€ ($11). Matinees tend to be more animated and crowded than evening performances and are particularly well suited to younger children age 4 and up. To reach the theater, take the U-Bahn to Marienplatz.

At the Bavaria Film Studio, Bavariafilmplatz 7, Geiselgasteig (tel. 089/64-99-23-04; tram: 25 to Bavariafilmplatz), Europe's largest filmmaking center and Munich's version of Hollywood, children enjoy the film presentations and the Bavaria Action Show, which features a stunt team demonstrating fistfights and fire stunts, tumbling down staircases, and even taking a 28m-high (92-ft.) plunge. Guided 1 1/2-hour tours (book 4 weeks in advance for a tour in English) are given March to October daily 9am to 4pm (off season 10am-3pm). Admission is 10€ ($12) for adults, 9€ ($11) for students and seniors, 7€ ($8.40) for children ages 4 to 14, and free for children age 3 and under.

Hellabrunn Zoo has a large children's zoo where children can pet the animals.

Not to be ignored is the Circus Krone, Marsstrasse 43 (tel. 089/55-81-66; U-Bahn: Hackerbrɒke). It might be compared to London's Albert Hall, since its productions are so varied. Matinee performances are held daily. Tickets are 15€ to 36€ ($18-$43) adults; 9€ to 30€ ($11-$36) seniors and children.

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