70 Fun Places for Kids in Mexico City
Are you planing a family trip to Mexico City? Do you wonder what to do there with your kids? We’ve got you covered. Here is our list of hand-picked indoor and outdoor places that you and your children will love (or at least will have fun visiting):
Maybe from the outside this place looks more like a suburban self-storage facility than a world-class aquarium but looks can be deceiving. You certainly won’t regret visiting it. Aquario Inbursa features over 14,000 specimens of 300 species including Gentoo and chinstrap penguins, sting and manta rays, barracudas, piranhas, blacktip sharks, jellyfish and other marine species. Fish are displayed in modern exhibits spread over five stories (of which 4 lie underground) and everything is geared towards educating its visitors about the species in its tanks. Fun for all ages.
Just across the street from Aquaria Inbursa, at Plaza Carso, you can start your underwater adventure by boarding and “descending” in a submarine. Once you reach the bottom, marine biologists engage you (and the kids!) with fascinating explanations of different aspects of the sea, including how tsunamis are formed. Kids are also given the opportunity to touch crabs and medusas (jellyfish) and feed sharks and manta rays. And since the museum is also filled with interactive stations, you can expect to spend at least a couple of hours here.
Do you like colors and creativity? Then Museo de Arte Popular is a place for you to visit. The museum presents traditional and popular Mexican Art, handcrafts and folk art. Its collections include textiles, pottery, papier-mâché, glasswork, alebrijes (brightly colored sculptures of fantastical spirit creatures), wooden toys and more. On Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 till 14:00, the museum offers workshops for children 6-12 y.o. in various craft techniques including paper, wood, clay and papier-mâché. To register, you must visit the box office at least 15 minutes before the class.
This is a hands-on museum, which encourages learning through play and creativity. The museum has over 288 interactive exhibits divided in five areas where children can learn about the surrounding world, science, the human body, infrastructure, biodiversity, ecology and music. In addition, the museum features an indoor playground, an outdoor archeology-themed garden with a sand pit and bubble zone, a Lego building zone, art stations, a planetarium and an IMAX theater. Plenty of fun activities to fill the entire day.
The museum contains one of the world’s largest collections of archaeological and anthropological artifacts from prehispanic Mayan civilizations to the Spanish conquest. Each of the museum’s 23 permanent exhibit halls is dedicated to a different geographic region or culture. The museum’s collections include the famous Aztec Stone of the Sun (often called the Aztec Calendar), giant stone heads of the Olmec civilization, treasures recovered from the Mayan civilization, and replica models of the Templo Mayor, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and Pakal’s Tomb. You can easy spend an entire day exploring the nearly 20 acres of the museum.
It is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony performed near the entrance to the Anthropology Museum (or near the Xochimilco boat docks if your visit takes you there). According to the myth, the dance was created during a severe drought to ask the gods to send down rain for the crops. Five “dancers” climb to the top of a 30-meter pole and from there, four dancers (representing each of the four seasons) spin around and descend gently to the ground tied with ropes. The fifth one remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. La Danza de los Voladores is performed approximately every 30 minutes.
Imagine a petting zoo designed by Disney. Now bring it down a notch or two. Granja las Americas gives children an interesting countryside experience right in the heart of Mexico City. At the Granja, kids learn many useful things such as how to harvest crops; produce milk and sugar; and make their own tortillas, bread and ice-cream. Kids can feed farm animals, learn about reptiles, and join one of the many workshops to gain other practical skills. Other attractions at the Granja las Americas include: labyrinth of mirrors, climbing wall, playground, zip line and mini-golf.
From rollercoasters to go-carts and spinning tea cups to galloping carrousel horses, Six Flags has a great selection of rides for kids of all ages. It also has live shows (including a dolphin show), restaurants, and shops. More extreme rides for older kids include the Boomerang, Batman: The Ride, and Ataque Galáctico — a roller coaster combined with virtual reality. Most rides have height restrictions. When you get tired of the rides, you can escape the sun by visiting the Serpentarium, which has an impressive collection of snakes, lizards and other reptiles.
Chapultepec Park is the main recreational and cultural centre in Mexico city and it’s one of the largest and most visited parks in the world. The park houses many attractions including the Castle of Chapultepec (where there is currently the National History Museum), a lake where you can rent paddle boats, a zoo, the Modern Art Museum, a botanical garden, an entertaining complex El Jardin de los Espejos, and fun play area like e.g. La Hormiga Playground.
The Lincoln Park playground is located in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City, right at the heart of Lincoln Park. The playground has numerous slides and swings, climbing walls, monkey bars and other fun activities for the youngest and older kids. Next to the playground you will find numerous restaurants (some of them like Pacifica feature indoor play areas on weekends) or, if you want a change of scenery, you can visit the nearby Abraham Lincoln Aviary, which is a home to parakeets, canaries, ducks, peacocks, and more.
FOR ACTIVE KIDS:
It doesn’t matter what the weather is, you can bundle up your kids, lace up some skates, and throw them out onto the ice for an hour or two. You can even sign them up for a lesson. Classes are available even for 3 year-olds. The entry free includes skate rentals. There are lockers on site, as well as a cafeteria and a store. Pista de Hielo Santa Fe is located in the Santa Fe Shopping Center. It is the largest and the most modern ice rink in Latin America.
Sky Zone is filled with both standard and sloping trampolines, which literally will have your kids bouncing off the walls. It also gives them the opportunity to work on their dunking skills in the trampoline basketball courts. Moreover, there’s the FoamZone, which is filled with 10,000+ foam cubes. It’s a great way to tire out the kids and disconnect them from their devices. Open to visitors of all ages, sizes, and physical ability. Sky Zone recommends purchasing tickets online in advance to guarantee a specific entrance time.
OUTSIDE THE CITY:
It is a European-style labyrinth made out of shrubs over 2 m (6.6 ft) high. The maze is almost an exact replica of the labyrinth located in Hever Castle, Kent, UK except that this one was built to be even bigger. Right next to the maze there is a charming Tudor type manor (which you can also visit) and together, both attractions seem as if they were extracted straight from a fairy tale. The labyrinth is located near the mountains, right next to the Cumbres del Ajusco National Park and the Ajusco volcano. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to find your way out of the maze.
It’s known also as the City of Gods. It is a vast archeological complex that preserves the remains of one of the most important civilizations in Mesoamerica and kids love to visit it. They can climb up the Pyramid of the Sun or the Pyramid of the Moon, or wander around the Palace of the Jaguars and the Palace of the Quetzalpapalotl, “divine butterfly”, whose image is carved on the pillars of the court and represent a butterfly with the body of a quetzal. Remember, when you get to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun make a wish. According to the city’s legends it will come true.
Lemurs may originally come from Madagascar, but a short drive out of town will put you face to face with them and dozens of other species (including jaguars, bison, and llamas). Rancho Magico is like a zoo and amusement park wrapped into one. Kids can interact with animals; take part in workshops, and enjoy attractions, such as zip lines, pony rides, and a climbing wall. Activities are available for kids of all ages, so the entire family can enjoy themselves. It’s located 30 to 40 minutes south, so set out early in order to have enough time for all attractions.
Considering a safari trip? Pile the kids in the car and head east to Africam Safari. There you will tour the “African plains” in your own vehicle surrounded by wild animals (which include rhinos, giraffes, and lions). Then walk through the Adventure Zone where you can pet a kangaroo, stand face to face with emus, and crawl through a tunnel to see a sleeping leopard right above your head. Set aside a full day to enjoy this safari. Africam Safari is about a 2-hour drive from CDMX and very close to Puebla, a city with many attractions of its own. Consider a weekend trip that combines both!
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