Mexico is a great place to live most of the year, with an amazing climate that makes people in most of the world jealous. However rainy season in the City, with kids is a little challenging. Here are some of my favorite “local” tips for keeping kids busy and dry in the summer in Mexico City.
1. Fantasias Miguel Stores: These shops are all over the city, and will remind you of Michaels in the US. You can buy arts and crafts supplies that will keep your kids busy all summer. The added bonus is that they offer free classes every day to learn how to make anything in the store, all you have to do is buy the materials.
2. Liverpool Stores: The toy sections of many Liverpool stores in the Mexico City have beautiful carousels. Each ride costs only $10 pesos. In addition there are often toys with which the kids can play. Stome stores even have small Krispy Kreme shops inside, a great pit stop for hungry kids.
3. You can always go to the movies at Cinemex, Tuesdays are 2×1, if you have the Invitado Especial card. You can sign up for the card at the ticket counter. The card gives you points to use to pay for other movies or treats for the concession stand. Cinemark offers the CineFan card which gives you access to special promotions and has a cost of $60. Cinepolis also offers different promotions throughout the summer.
4. The Granja de Las Americas may not be the best choice for a rainy day but they offer summer camp starting July 8. You can usually get a 2 x 1 coupon or use your TDU card for a 30% discount. TDU now has an app now that helps you figure out where to get discounts all over the city. Sams Club cards come with the TDU discount built in so this is a great value.
5.The US Embassy sponsors the Benjamin Franklin Library Story Time at the library on the last Friday of each month at 4pm. The library is located on Liverpool 31, Col. Juárez.
A great inside option for kids on a Friday afternoon.
6. Play Time Arcade in the Santa Fe Mall. My daughters and I spent two very fun hours at the arcade on a rainy day a couple of weeks ago. We bought a $300 peso card and got 60% bonus play time which allowed the three of us to play quite a few games, making sure the girls had plenty of tickets with which to buy prizes at the end of the afternoon. My girls are 7 and 4 and there were plenty of options for each of them. The are other locations in Mexico, look for them on the website.
7. Have you been to the Museo Interactivo de Economia (MIDE)? If not, you should make it a point to check it out. It’s in downtown Mexico City and fun for both parents and kids alike.
A very modern museum in a beautifully restored building. There are special activities for kids of all ages and your children can design and print their own personalized peso bill and credit card.
Mexico City has more museums than any other city in the world, summer is a great time to visit some that you have never been to. These are just a few of the fun things we have done in the last couple of months. The beauty of Mexico City is that there is always something new to try.