Kid Friendly Mexico City
Being parents of a 5 year old while running our busy food tour business means we have had many years to explore the kid friendly sights and amazing places for kids Mexico City has to offer. Not only do people adore kids (and dogs!) there are plenty of parks and restaurants with ludotecas (play areas with games and toys, and in most cases a nanny too). There are some restaurants that have ludotecas everyday and a higher number that have them only on weekends. Another way to experience the best of Mexico City’s food scene as a family is on our Taste of Condesa experience.
Also, there are tons of things to do to keep kids entertained.
Restaurants with kids play areas (ludotecas)
Parcela (Calle Querétaro 217, Roma Norte): A very pretty restaurant in Roma Norte with a great outdoor play area.
Bonito Pop Food (2 locations: Av Nuevo Leon 103, Condesa and Avenida de la Paz 39, San Ángel): Nice restaurant for parents with a large menu and good cocktails too. Ludoteca also has a nanny to supervise the kids.
5M Restaurant (Avenida 5 de Mayo 10, Centro Histórico): A modern restaurant serving everything from non-Mexican food to exotic Mexican. There is a small kid’s area at the back, which comes in handy when toddlers are in tow.
Comunal Condesa (367 Campeche, Hipódromo): Three levels, with many different food options. You can sit where you like and order from any of the restaurants. The top floor (my favorite) is an open air but covered patio, at the Bacon Bar you will find delicious burgers and fries. The second floor is dedicated to a beautiful permanent ludoteca with nannies for the kids. The top floor has some glass tile flooring so you can watch your kids playing below – the best of both world’s as you eat and drink.
Chai (Galileo 38, Polanco): This is a nice family restaurant which has a good brunch on weekends. The ludoteca with nannies for the kids is called “Mockocity”. It is located upstairs and is a bright, colorful fun place for kids.
San Ángel Inn (Diego Rivera 50, San Angel Inn): A gorgeous hacienda with a stunning patio and back garden to stroll through after lunch. On weekends families dress up and visit over extended lunches. They are well known for their margaritas served in a “special” way. Every weekend there is a play area set up in the back and they entertain the kids with so many great activities, including skipping rope in the garden.
Things to Do
Museo Trick Eye (Av. Ejercito Nacional 843, Polanco): This modern interactive museum located inside the Antara Shopping Mall is worth visiting – especially if you love taking fun pictures! You will be able to interact with each scene by making silly poses and making funny faces that result in awesome pictures.
This gigantic park, sized at over 1,695 acres, has an abundance of things to do, including:
- a free zoo (Zoológico de Chapultepec).
- a really cool historic castle with amazing views (Chapultepec Castle).
- feed the very friendly squirrels, have a picnic (lots of picnic tables) and run around at Parque de la Hormiga.
- Papalote Museo del Niño – this kid’s museum is fabulous and a great place for the whole family, including 3-D movies and outdoor space.
- Museo de Arte Moderno – the space is open and includes a fabulous outdoor garden space as well (it is possible to ask for a picnic basket in the cafeteria).
- Anthropology Museum – older children may enjoy the exhibits and outdoor space here, this museum is ranked among the world’s best.
- La Feria de Chapultepec – a smaller amusement park close to the city, with rides for all ages and not pricey. Food options are limited.
- Chapultepec Lake – there is a small man-made lake in the park and you can rent boats for a paddle.
Ballet Folklórico de Mexico at Bellas Artes (Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico): This is an amazing show (not a ballet) the whole family can enjoy. Stunning costumes, music, colors and dance of Mexico. Our 4 year old was mesmerized until he fell asleep as it was past his bed time. The performance hall is stunning with its Tiffany glass curtains and the upstairs is worth a visit to view the murals. Tickets can be picked up at the Ticketmaster booth in any Liverpool department store.
Lucha Libre (2 locations: Dr. Lavista 189, Doctores and República de Perú 77, Centro Histórico, Centro): Inexpensive and a blast for the family. It can be politically incorrect, but if you do not take it too seriously and just go for the “show” you will have a great time. There are masks, wrestlers, popcorn and more. If your kids are a little older they will love cheering on their favorite wrestler while wearing a super cool mask. There is a family friendly Sunday edition at 5pm at Arena Mexico in the Doctores neighborhood (near Roma Norte).
Six Flags (Carr. Picacho-Ajusco, Tlalpan): Full scale amusement park with some very scary rides, but also a Bugs Bunny zone for the little ones. Always a fun time!
Granja Las Americas (http://granjalasamericas.com/): Half petting zoo (you can feed the goats) and half amusement park with some rides and activities for kids, you can even rent a car to drive around a mini-city track.
Acuario Inbursa (Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 386, Polanco): Great aquarium, with sharks and penguins along with many other beautiful sea creatures. It is a small, so about an hour and half is enough time to see everything. If your kids are older you can jet across the street to the Museo Soumaya (Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Polanco) entry is free and the building itself is uniquely cool. Located beside the Soumaya is the Jumex Museo (Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada) housing a private art collection and many modern art works, if your kids are so inclined.
Xochimilco (Blvd Adolfo Ruíz Cortinez (Periférico Sur) N/A, Xochimilco or Calle del Mercado 133, San Jerónimo, 16420): Head out here any Saturday or Sunday (it is quieter the rest of the week, which you may prefer) and you will find boatloads of families, friends or just couples cruising along the ancient canals enjoying the colorful floating fiesta. Rent your own boat (trajinera) (it is a fixed rate of 500 pesos an hour but don’t forget to tip your boatman) bring some food and drinks or you can buy it all on the water, everything from drinks to full meals can be served on your boat. This is a fun and festive way to spend the afternoon (cash only!).
Turibus (locations around Mexico City): This is a brilliant way to get a feel for the city with many different circuits to choose from depending on your taste. I recommend the Circuito Centro, as it takes in some of the city’s best neighborhoods including the historic center. Kids really enjoy sitting on the top of the double-decker bus and can’t complain they are tired of walking.
Templo Mayor (Seminario 8, Centro Histórico): Ruins of the Aztec empire. The history is gory enough to entertain most children and the museum highlights all the objects unearthed during the archaeological dig.
Torre Latinoamericana (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2, Centro Histórico): Kids really enjoy the elevator ride up and the sprawling view of the city below. Note there are 4 levels but only 2 are reached by elevator. There is a restaurant and bar as well and if you go have a drink or bite you can avoid the admission cost. Some say it is best around sunset or at night to see all the twinkling lights.
Tasty Bites Food Tours (https://www.tastybitesfoodtours.com.mx/): We have had many families book our food tours for a fun and tasty afternoon. Not only do will you get to taste many different food items, you also stroll historic neighborhoods while learning about the city, its culture and history. My favorite with kids is the Condesa Taco Tour, which also includes chocolate and ice-cream.
Mexico City Parks
Parque España (Parque España, Condesa) and Parque México (Av México, Condesa):Located in Condesa just a few blocks apart, both of these parks are fantastic green spaces to let the kids run free. On weekends there are many activities, including bikes to rent, trampolines to jump on, dogs to walk, a little train to ride, and artwork/ceramics to paint.
Parque La Mexicana (Lomas de Santa Fe, Contadero, 01219 Álvaro Obregón, Santa Fe): This new modern park is visually stunning and very clean. The funky architecture of the new buildings surrounding the park makes you feel like you are in a futuristic place. There are multiple playgrounds, as well as many places to eat and lots of grass for the kids to run wild.
The park is also close to Latin America’s largest mall Centro Santa Fe (Vasco de Quiroga 3800, Lomas de Santa Fe, Contadero) which houses an arcade, ice skating rink and a very cool bowling alley. On the bottom floor of the mall you will find Kidzania, which is like a city for kids. They can get jobs and live in a real city but its best for kids older than 5. Also on the bottom floor just before the ice rink is a small ludoteca with nannies and if your kids are over 3 you can leave them while you shop.
Parque Lincoln (Av. Emilio Castelar 163, Polanco, Polanco III Secc): A pretty place to walk around with a fenced kids play area, and lots of seating for parents. On weekends you can steer boats in the adjoining water features. Great place to stroll around and grab lunch or an ice-cream. On weekends many of the restaurants in the area have play areas and nannies. An especially great one can be found at the President Intercontinental Hotel with a ton of restaurants to choose from, kids are hosted in their own private banquet room with a free buffet lunch, including chocolate fountain.
Parque Bicentenario (Av. 5 de Mayo No. 290, San Lorenzo Tlaltenango): This kid-friendly but not pet-friendly park, is an expansive green space, with play areas and football pitches and even a botanical garden. This park is definitely a lively place on weekends.
El Moro: This churrería has many locations across the city. With its bright white tiles and blue accents it is easy to spot, the Condesa location also has fun rocking chairs out front. They are famous for their churros, but an even better option are the mini consuelos (3). A trio of mini ice-cream sandwiches made from churros and filled with ice-cream. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and cookies and cream.
Santa Clara: A high quality ice cream chain. You will find them all over the city, and I highly recommend making a stop when you come across one of their locations.