Mexico city – vibrant and colorful city, which will cause the adrenaline level to skyrocket when visiting with a baby and a toddler.
Four years ago, when we visited without kids, I could not anticipate that the visit with our kids would make me seeing Mexico City with completely different eyes. In case you are feeling sad that you can not go on zipline or rafting adventures with your baby – do not worry, just take your kid to Mexico City metro and the adrenaline adventure is guaranteed!
I must say that this is the attraction number one of Mexico City – we loved it the first time. You can buy almost anything in the metro itself : CD, movies, food, batteries, listen to someones concert, see a dance performance, literally anything! Also it is very cheap – for 6 pesos you can even not exit it for the whole day and just travel around the city and absorb the vibe;) With kids – it is a slightly different experience;) First of all, you should note that in Mexico City it is almost impossible to spot a stroller. There is a reason for it. Upon arrival to Mexico City we decided to take a metro – later on did we realise why people do not do it with a stroller. First of all – there is no elevator! Not a single one, on all of the metro stations we visited. Secondly – with a stroller you will have to lift it over ticket control, cause there is no wider entrance through which you can enter with a stroller, but luckily in Mexico there is always someone to give you a hand and help:) But the real adrenaline rush starts once you enter the metro – doors have no security check so once they are closed – they are closed, the doors are opened for very short. I was never so stressed in my life, I did not care about the luggage, just that legs of my kids do not get stuck in doors during exiting. Adrenaline rush – wooohooo, and it is most of the time extremely crowded and you have to be creative in finding your way out. It is definitely an experience you have to try, but if you have issues with heart you might want to avoid it;)
Our favorite place to be with kids in Mexico DF is Bosque de Chapultepec – beautiful big park area, where you can have nice walks, go for a boat ride, visit a zoo and amazing museums. What I loved about this park is that it is so well organised – for example in certain part there are tables with big photos of all animals you can find in that part of the park. Our daughter loved it – she would look at the photo and then try to spot the animals!! I wish this could be found in all the parks around the world. Whatever you decide to visit in the park, you will not regret it! Since we have visited the Museum of anthropology in the times without kids, and our kids were too small to appreciate it, we skipped it this time. But that is a museum you MUST visit at least once in your lifetime, and it will take you a whole day. We decided to visit this time the kids science museum – Museum Papalote. It was a great choice and Natalia had lots of fun. I think 2 year olds should have a discount, as they are not allowed for the whole floor of activities due to age, but we had to pay the full price for her. I must admit it, it is the best children oriented science museum I have ever visited (and I visited a lot since its my passion;)).
Everything can be and it is supposed to be operated by kids. They can learn how do tornadoes form, they can play a synthesizer and see the “fire” of sound waves, etc. What Natalia enjoyed a lot was the part where she had to design her own rocket and launch it to space;) She was fascinated to observe how different design of rocket influences its performance. There is also a big part of the museum dedicated to the human body – so kids can enter various parts of body, check their function etc. And of course the most beloved part for Natalia was the part with various animals:))) If you have kids that are 5 or older you should really not skip visiting this place!
There are numerous amazing museums in Mexico DF, science museum being the most child friendly. You ll enjoy and learn so much when you visit any of the fascinating museums in the city. What you should not skip when in Mexico DF, is a ride with a gondola in Xochimilco – so much better and more romantic experience than Venice. Just don’t forget to bargain. In order to get a good price, refuse first 2-3 offers, pretend you are leaving and do not worry there will be someone running after you with a budget friendly offer;) If you are traveling on a tight budget,it will take you at least one and a half hours to come here – first by metro than you ll need to take tren ligero till the last stop of amazing Xochimilco.