Immerse yourself in animal picture books and the virtual world, make rockets or stroke microbes – the Long Night of Science on Saturday has a lot to offer for children and young people.

The Technical University presents a particularly extensive program on its children’s campus in the university library on Fasanenstraße. Edible Alchemy’s Bacteria Bar fizzes and bubbles. Here Natalia Svedlund explains how a microbial circus creates kimchi, miso or sourdough in the process of fermentation. If you’ve always wanted to pet microbes or try new ferments, you’ve come to the right place.

Biologist Florian Sicks invites you to a “journey to the graces of the savannah”. He explains how giraffes talk to each other and why they hardly sleep. Children can also have their faces painted as giraffes in the university library. “Football is mathematics,” says Martin Skutella. The professor prepares young sports fans for the World Cup and explains why algebra, geometry and game theory also play an important role in soccer.

In the foyer and on the fourth floor of the library, students from the elementary school of the arts at the UdK Berlin invite you to a “tent camp for children who love picture books”. Here the little ones can immerse themselves in picture books that tell unexpected stories about animals. The works touch on questions of longing and friendship, conflict and crisis: What does it mean if we wish for a dog but can only dream of one? How does our everyday life change when a penguin shows up at our door because the Arctic is melting? And how does a lion roar in sorrow?

Under the motto “Into the future world” the Futurium offers a family tour through its exhibition. In it, different futures are presented and visitors can discover future options in the thinking spaces of man, nature and technology. The one-hour tour for children from the age of six and their families starts at 7 p.m.

Making air rockets is on the program at the Archenhold Observatory in Treptower Park. In the subsequent competition, the question is: Which rocket flies the furthest? But stars, planets and moons can also be observed in the largest and oldest public observatory in Germany – provided the celestial bodies show up. What can you learn from stargazing? “Every look at the stars brings us back to earth. We realize that it is the only place in the entire universe where we can live,” says Tim Florian Horn from the Planetarium Berlin Foundation.

“Build your own zoo” is the motto at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Wilmersdorf. Equipped with tablets, augmented or virtual reality glasses, visitors move in a virtual world in which they have to collect and hatch eggs from different animal species in order to properly populate their own zoo. With the offer, the MPI wants to explore the potential of digital applications for learning research. The offer is aimed at children from the age of four – but adults can also play along.