Mexico City - Activities
Activities for smaller children
Many of the fast food restaurants have activity centers and schools have play equipment, so the latter especially are excellent meeting grounds for young children.
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But I assure you that there is no way of getting bored in Mexico City. There is just too much to do. I strongly recommend that you buy a magazine named: Tiempo Libre. It lists each and every important cultural/sports event in Mexico City every week. You can find this magazine at newsstands and Sanborn's stores.
The Reforma newspaper also features an interesting section named Primera Fila, on Fridays.
The Mexico City Government has set up a hotline, Locatel
Tel: + 52 (55) 5658 1111
This number covers an incredibly wide variety of emergency and non-emergency issues, including the "Sports hotline" ("Linea Deportiva"), to provide information regarding spaces, schedules, addresses and directions for the public sports infrastructure of Mexico City. This service is free of charge.
Early stimulation centers for children and toddlers, featuring "mommy and me" classes. 20 locations throughout Mexico City. We suggest to access their website and find the Gymboree nearest your home.
Many sports take place either at a sub-division, league or suburb level. Ask the local school or a neighbor. For individual contacts for the sports you are interested in, please look at the section on 'Sports'.
Some sports and activities have age restrictions.
Places to visit with children
- Bioparque Estrella
It is a nature center with zoo, animal exhibits, and rides. It is located outside Mexico City. In their website you will find the exact directions and map to get there driving or by bus.
- Six Flags
- Ice Skating rinks
Pista San Jeronimo
Ave. Contreras 300
Col. San Jerónimo Lídice
En el Sur de la Ciudad de México.
Tel: + 52 (55) 5683 1929/+ 52 (55) 5683 6767
For information on family and hobby entertainment, ask the school for local groups or read the newspaper or the school newsletter.
Scouts Club activities guides
Be sure to visit the Chapultepec forest, which is a wide green area -essential in this huge city- encompassing museums, cultural centers, amusement parks, a zoo and lakes, and is crisscrossed by access routes.
Here we list the main spots of interest for families around the Chapultepec area.
1. Chapultepec Castle and Nat. Museum of History
3. Caracol Historical Museum
4. Niños Héroes Memorial
5. Modern Art Museum
6. Rufino Tamayo Museum
7. Antropology Museum
8. Casa del Lago
10. Botanical Gardens
11. Auditorio Nacional - concert hall
12. Del Bosque Cultural Centre
13. Campo Marte Flag
14. Lago Mayor - lake
15. Molino del Rey State House
16. Amusement Park
17. Technology Museum
18. Papalote Children's Museum - world class interactive museum for children 19. Natural History Museum
20. Hall of Fame Cemetery
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