You’ll be surprised at how many things you can find to do with your kids in this huge city. Mexico City has a vast variety of museums, neighborhoods parks with swings and slides, theme parks, amusement parks with great roller coasters, theater, art and concerts for kids and all ages. You name it you’ll find it!
I was fortunate enough to have some kids with me to play and visit some of the attractions suitable for children. I spent a great time with Nico, Kareb, Taiz, Mia, Frank and Miris.
You may picture Mexico City as hectic and gray, but there are a lot of parks and greenery.
Mexico City is actually home to the largest city park in Latin America: Bosque de Chapultepec. Each neightborhood has a few parks where people exercise, take their dogs and where the children have special play areas that have a fence and only parents with their kids are allow to hang around. The play areas in the parks have been renovated recently.
Amusement and Theme Parks
The city has two big amusement parks, La Feria Chapultepec Mágico located in Chapultepec and Six Flags Mexico that is in the south of the city.
La Feria is a regular amusement park with approximately 50 different rides and other activities. You can find several former record-holding roller coasters, such as the wooden Montaña Rusa, which held the world’s record for tallest roller coaster, and Montaña Infinitum which was the first roller coaster in the world with three vertical loops. If you are addicted to adrenaline you’ll have a lot of fun here.
In Six Flags México you will also find more than 50 activities, shows, and roller coasters, including extreme rides like the Boomerang (which takes you on a 360-degree loop) and the Medusa Steel Coaster. For younger kids there are attractions like the flying chairs of Vuelo Alpino and Tweety’s House.
If your children ever wonder what it is like to be a grownup, they can experience this at Kidzania, the city for kids from 2 to 16 years old. Kidzania is a make-believe city environment. Upon entry kids are given a Kidso check they must deposit in the “bank”. They can work in a factory, in a newspaper in a bank, the list goes on and on and on. They can make some money for their expenses with Kidso money. In this city kids are treated with the utmost respect and parents aren’t allowed to interfere.
With the slogan touch, play and learn, the interactive Papalote Museum is a bright, clean and modern children’s museum. With Lego areas, arts stations, science and technology zones, there’s something for everyone. Kids can learn to make smart choices in a simulated shopping environment, or check out quieter areas for magnet and sand play. Two of the highlights of the museum are the Planetarium and IMAX theatre.
If you are an adult that is curious about this places and want to experience it, they are open until late on Thursdays, so can be access after work hours.
UNAM, the National Autonomous University has a science museum: UNIVERSUM. Another place ideal for kids with more than 700 exhibits spread over an area of more than 22,000 square meters (236,800 square feet). There are 14 indoor interactive halls and 5 outdoor areas, each dedicated to a scientific discipline or activity. The aim of this museum is to bring science and technology closer to the public, through interactive exhibits, presentations and workshops. Museum activities also include plays, videos, conferences, seminars, and round table discussions, conducted in the premises, as well as outreach programs.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to do with the kids in the city. The list continues with plays for children, concerts and more history and art museums. Don’t forget to check the tip section where I put a list of attractions.