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13 Reasons Why Kids Fall in Love With Mexico City

Family Travel
by Susannah Rigg Apr 28, 2015

1. On Sundays Coyoacán looks like a fair.

The beautiful zocalo of this historic neighborhood is home to balloon sellers, organ grinders, bubble blowers, and so many clowns and artists! It is almost like stepping into a fantasy world from a children’s book. Get a paleta at La Catrina and walk around the zocalo and the tree-lined streets, with tiny little cobbled streets to explore.

2. At Viveros Park, you’ll meet the world’s craziest squirrels!

Everybody feeds them peanuts and they are almost a little creepy. There are a lot of trees to climb, trails to run, and a great play area. On the way back hit El Jarocho, on Avenida México, for a coffee or a hot chocolate (Coyoacán).

3. Older kids might even enjoy the numerous legends of the ghosts that haunt El Callejon del Aguacate.

Afterwards, go and order some traditional, very sweet atole at Las Lupitas (Coyoacán).

4. The trolley tour is hilarious!

Your Spanish will be tested by the jokes of their fabulous guides. More info here (Coyoacán).

5. Frida Khalo, of course!

You can visit the house Casa Azul — now a museum — where she was born. Check out their calendar for children’s activities. You can even arrange to have a visit guided by an actress impersonating Frida Khalo, who sings while telling her story. Don’t forget to dress up your kids as mini-Fridas! (Coyoacán).

6. Universum makes science engaging and entertaining.

Science students will guide you throughout the different exhibits making every single detail comprehensible and entertaining. Your children, and even your inner child, will be craving for more science after visiting this museum.

7. And there are flying men at the Museum of Anthropology.

Just pick one or two rooms to enjoy (Introduction to Anthropology is best for little children), before heading out to catch the Voladores de Papantla, spinning upside down from an 30 meter high pole.

8. Papalote is the most fun place to learn in Mexico City.

Whether making music, playing with air machines, building sandcastles or making the most enormous bubbles, you could spend the entire day here with…or without your child!

9. Chapultepec is popular for good reason.

Not only is it a fun and safe place to run around and explore among the trees, but there is also a lake with row boats for rent, bikes for hire, a zoo, a castle, and plenty of stalls selling fun things for kids. If you go on Saturday or Sunday, then head to the park’s Casa del Lago, where they tell stories and have theatre shows often for children.

10. Take colourful boats out on Aztec-era canals while listening to live mariachi music.

Head south to Xochimilco! Rent a trajinera and float along the waters. Pass boats selling drinks and prepared food, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Or you can pay passing Mariachis to play you all a song or two.

11. If you want to be an adult…go to Kidzania to learn how!

When entering this child-sized replica of a city each child is issued a Kidzania passport. The children learn to work in different places, from banks to cafes, even the dog pound. Whilst working they earn special Kidzania money, which they can use at the gift shop later.

12. You can see the city from the top of a double decker!

Turibus has different routes that you can take, and you can jump on and off as many times as you like, making it the perfect way to get around all of the many sites.

13. The markets of Mexico are made for kids.

Piñatas, toys, costumes, fresh food, and oh so many candies!

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