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  • Large park north of Polanco

    Reviewed 20 August 2017

    This park is huge and a great place to spend an afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday. Bring a ball, frisbee, or even your kid's bikes or scooters. Don't forget your picnic lunch and a blanket. Great with a large group. There's a large playground and "mud/sand pit" that will guarantee hours of wet fun (bring a change of clothes for little ones).

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    To get one of the few concrete picnic tables, you may need to show up early. Otherwise, be sure to bring a picnic blanket to spread out under a tree. Also, don't forget your sunscreen and plenty of water. Finally, be sure to park in one of their free parking areas in the southeast portion of the park. If you park just north of the park, you may be charged a fee (private lot?).

  • 20,000 leagues under CDMX

    Reviewed 20 August 2017

    As another reviewer already noted, this aquarium doesn't look like much from the outside -- in fact, with its corrugated metal siding, it looks more like a suburban storage facility back in the States. That said, it's a pretty impressive place considering it's located hours from the ocean. You start your adventure by going down several subterranean levels by elevator and then slowly working your way back up. After viewing countless tanks of tropical fish, pulsating jelly fish, and even an underwater tunnel (where you can view larger fish and sharks), you end the tour with a penguin exhibit. There's also a hands-on (please touch) area where kids can handle sea creatures while attendants give more information about the animals on view.

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    Try to avoid lines by either going later in the day (1 pm or so) or by purchasing tickets online in advance through Ticketmaster (but that involves picking them up elsewhere and can be a pain). This is definitely a place you can repeat with the kids if you're in Mexico City for the long haul. It's located near several shopping malls with food courts. It's also across the street from two museums (Soumaya and Jumex).

  • Great for birthday celebrations

    Reviewed 20 August 2017

    The fact is, organizing, running, and paying for a birthday party in Mexico City can be a daunting and costly experience. In Mexico City, families of your child's classmates treat annual birthdays not unlike a bat or bar mitzvah back in the States (over the top, costly, and with the added pressure to one-up the last one). While still relatively expensive, having your child's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's is generally a smart move since they do all the planning and keep the timing on track. There are various price packets as well (with or without a piñata, amount of pizza, number of tokens, etc.). My main experience (including the party above) has been with the Santa Fe location at Plaza Patio Santa Fe (but I can't imagine the experience would be much different). The Polanco location is relatively new -- and I will consider it for future birthday celebrations.

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    If you're hoping to get one of the private party rooms, book a month or two in advance. Also, time slots are set -- so keep that in mind when planning and creating invitations. Fortunately, time slots run 2.5 hours -- so that keeps your Mexican birthday party short and sweet (compared to the more common 5+ hours).