The Children’s Museum is in Zone 13 of Guatemala City, near the international airport. It has over 50 interactive exhibits, as well as a reading room where you can relax for a while. It’s a good spot to kill a few hours before your flight if you have time to spare.
Another attraction close to the airport is the zoo of Guatemala City. Founded in 1924, the zoo has separate areas for African, American and Asian animals, as well as birds, marine animals and farm animals.
Over in Antigua, you can visit the ChocoMuseo and have a go at making your own chocolate. It’s fascinating for both adults and children, plus you get to take whatever you make home with you as a souvenir, if you can resist eating it.
These twin amusements parks are found near Retalhuleu in the west of the country. Xocomil is a water park packed with loads of slides and pools, while Xetulul houses recreations of famous world landmarks, a rollercoaster and a host of other rides.
Take the kids to Lake Atitlan and they’re sure to be impressed by the views of the volcanoes. Make the trip to Reserva Natural Atitlán, and they’ll get the chance to watch monkeys and coatis playing along the nature trails, and also see waterfalls. You can also visit a butterfly farm and relax on the beach of the private lake.