Heilbronn is a young and modern large city with a heart for children. In 2005 Heilbronn was named the world’s first UNICEF Children’s City. What started as a distinction has grown into a pleasant duty - Heilbronn is now Germany’s first large city where kindergarten is completely free of charge.
Kindergartens are free of charge for children aged three to six years. Further places are provided for even younger children in so called "Kitas" (day care for under threes) - often open from the early morning until late in the afternoon. This way, parents can be sure that their children have a good time while they are at work. For more information on Heilbronn kindergartens please visit www.heilbronn.de
School-aged children and young persons benefit from a wide variety of schools and education facilities. (See "Learning and Education")
Being family-friendly will remain Heilbronn’s number one priority in the future and will continue to be supported by a range of sustainable programmes by the city administration, including numerous special offerings and events which impart knowledge to children in a fun way and promote their development.
Heilbronn is rich in leisure activities and offers various opportunities to get involved. Take, for example, the programmes which are tailor-made for children at the City Museums, at the city's library or the Gaffenberg summer camp for children.
At the experimenta Heilbronn children and adults find a world of education and excitement, crammed full with playful and interactive experiments, learning and fun go hand in hand there. Once the experimenta II extension is inaugurated, it will be the most attractive centre for technology and the natural sciences all over Germany.
The Robert Mayer Observatory also offers special tours for children.
The “Boxx” houses the “Junges Theater Heilbronn” which is dedicated to plays for children and young people. It is also home to the “Radelrutsch” Children’s and Youth Theatre which delights its audience with imaginative plays.
Besides all of that, there is a multitude of events especially for children such as “Children, Children …” in the city centre or the Children’s Party in the Wertwiesen and Pfühlpark public gardens.
By the way, parents may shop in a particularly relaxed atmosphere here as Heilbronn is most likely the city with the most playgrounds in its centre - the “book box”, “wool and sheep”, “play ship”, or “lighthouse” playgrounds are just some of the many places where children can play in the pedestrian zone.