Let’s start off with a recently opened destination in swanky Polanco. This tranquil neighbourhood has a very different vibe to it than much of Mexico City, which can make it easier to navigate with kids in tow, and it also plays host to Acuario Inbursa. Owned by Carlos Slim, this underground aquarium has all manner of sealife for them to marvel at, and even though it’s exterior isn’t as visually enticing as the neighboring Soumaya museum, the interior more than makes up for it.
Planetario Luis Enrique Erro
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.
Six Flags México
Mexico City is well known for being the location of the excellent Six Flags theme park and for the older kids this makes a perfect day-long destination. Situated in the southern area of Mexico City, in Tlalpan forest, some of the attractions include laser tag, bumper cars, Justice League-themed rides and, erm, even the world’s former largest piñata. Get there early, as this is a popular destination amongst visitors and locals alike.
Papalote Museo del Niño
For younger children, Papalote Museo del Niño is a well-curated and excellent museum located within the heart of Mexico City, in the Bosque de Chapultepec. Full of crafty and interactive exhibits that could literally keep even the most easily distracted of children occupied all day long, one of its stand outs is the Lego section. They also have well defined sections, such as ‘My body’, ‘Mexico’ and ‘Mi City’, so it’s about learning as well as playing.
Bosque de Chapultepec
Speaking of the Bosque de Chapultepec, that on its own is a fantastic destination to head to with the kids tagging along. Full of wide open green spaces, a ton of museums to choose from and overflowing with mostly tame squirrels (take along some crackers or peanuts if you want to feed them), it’s a safe and tranquil spot. You can easily pick up food there too, so you could theoretically stay all day!
Museo Interactivo de Economía
The economy doesn’t sound like the most interesting of topics for a museum, especially one to which you’re planning to take your children. However, the Museo Interactivo de Economía, known colloquially as MIDE, is an exception to the rule. It uses interactive exhibits to help your kids learn more about the economy and the financial world in an immersive and fun way. You never know, you might even learn something too.
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.
La Pista, San Jerónimo
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.
Tío Pepe Granja Didáctica
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.
With a name like KidZania, this place was always going to be up there as a top destination to take the kids to in Mexico City. The Cuicuilco branch is easily accessible and full of fun exhibits and activities for them to get stuck in to. Give them the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild, while you get a breather from the madness of taking children on holiday. Highly recommended.