Traveling with kids can be difficult at the best of times, but in Mexico City – the massive metropolis with millions of inhabitants – it can be even harder. However, even though things can be logistically trickier, there are still a ton of fun things to keep the little ones entertained on your next visit to the Mexican capital. Here are our top eleven.
If the sea doesn’t float your kids’ boat, then maybe the sky will? At Planetario Luis Enrique Erro they can get an insight into the solar system and star constellations at one of the regularly scheduled sky shows. Alternatively, head to the planetarium’s 400-seat theatre and watch an immersive and informative projection. While you may have to go to the northern Mexico City neighborhood of Zacatenco for this option, it’s worth the traveling time.
Moving away from museum environments, an outdoorsy option for those of you traveling with kids is Parque Bicentenario. Although you can’t take your pets in (if you’re also traveling with them, that is), kids are 100% allowed. Let them loose on the football pitches, play areas or even the botanical garden. As an added bonus, this park is completely free and definitely more lively at the weekends.
Run by the leading university in Mexico, UNAM, Universum is a science and technology museum that opened in 1992. Nowadays, it has thirteen separate halls replete with different exhibits that will intrigue even the most scientifically sceptical of children. With themes like recycling, health, the universe and even sexuality, all bases really are covered here.
For something a little more active, why not take your children to an ice skating rink? Even if they’re skating experts or total beginners, they’ll be able to give it a go during the public opening hours. Check the website for more details about when exactly these are closer to the time of your visit, and keep this option in mind in case you’re heading to Mexico City during rainy season. It can make a great back up activity.
For a hands-on farm experience, Tío Pepe Granja Didáctica is a great shout. If your kids are animal lovers, or even if they’re on the fence about whether they prefer pigs or bacon, Tío Pepe’s Granja (or farm) is the perfect destination. They can interact directly with docile animals who are used to human contact, and even feed them. From pigs to donkeys, horses to cows, there are even smaller, domestic animals that they can hold and pet.