5 Fun Things to Do in Mexico City with Kids

When you tell people you’re off to Mexico City to explore family-friendly activities, the reaction you’ll most likely get is, “Seriously?” But this mega metropolis has come a long way from its once notorious reputation. Over the past 15 years, the city has quietly been revitalized. Much effort has been put into infrastructure, security, and top-notch tourist sites. Fine, you say, but what’s in it for children? Plenty, as it turns out. Here are five fun things to do in Mexico City with kids that your family will love!

There's so much to explore in Mexico City with kids!
There’s so much to explore in Mexico City with kids!

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Mide Museum

The world’s first museum dedicated to finance and economics is a must-see for families. Here, kids will learn through play how daily life is linked to the economy. Racking up a slew of international awards, the MIDE Museum bridges the gap between environmental sustainability and profit-making. Kids investigate the impact of their carbon footprint on the world, while having fun. Don’t leave without designing your own money or participating in a stimulating stock trading session.

Learning about the economy is fun at Mide Museum in Mexico City with kids
Learning about the economy is fun at Mide Museum (Photo credit: Mide Museum)


Kidzania gives kids aged 2 to 16 years a taste of what it’s like to be a grown-up through a make-believe city environment. Upon entry children are given a Kidso check they must deposit in the “bank”. Then it’s off to work.

Choosing between a spectacular number of career choices, kids get training in their desired field, earning more Kidso money. Children can spend their hard-earned dough on craft sessions, buying trinkets, or at a cafe when work is over.

The best part? Parents aren’t allowed to interfere. If Junior blows his paycheck and comes to you looking for a handout, you’re not allowed to spot him. He’ll have to take on more work or perhaps take a “university course” to stimulate his income. After all, there’s no such thing as a free almuerzo (lunch)!

Kids can even see what it's like to try a case in a pretend court at Zidzania in Mexico City
Kids can even see what it’s like to try a case in a pretend court at Zidzania in Mexico City (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Farm Tio Pepe

You’ll find sheep, pigs, and a host of other animals at the popular Farm Tio Pepe. Open every day of the year, this educational acreage introduces youngsters to all aspects of farming. Stroll through the vegetable garden, where kids can pick their own provisions. Then head to the outdoor kitchen where a traditional clay oven awaits mini-chefs who can prepare their own bread and pizza.

Children also learn how to care for and pet newborn chicks, rabbits and goats. Or, they can assist with milking a cow during the summer. Horse rides are included in the entry fee so mosey over there before the line-ups get too long. All visits are guided, so let them know you’re coming in advance. English-speaking guides are available.

Children learn all about animals and farm life at Farm Tio Pepe ~ Mexico City with Kids
Children learn all about animals and farm life at Farm Tio Pepe (Photo credit: Granja Tio Pepe)

Papalote Museum for Kids

The interactive Papalote Museum for Kids is a bright, clean and modern children’s museum. With Lego areas, craft stations, and science and technology zones, there’s something for everyone. Note that admission includes the Planetarium and the IMAX theatre, so budget plenty of time.

Kids learn to make smart choices in a simulated shopping environment. Or they can choose quieter areas for magnet and sand play. A biodiversity room teems with taxidermy and drawers of dirt for digging to find worms and other creepy crawlies. Be sure to venture outside to check out the well-equipped play area featuring a sand pit and bubble zone.

Learn through doing at the Papalote Museum in Mexico City with kids
Learn through doing at the Papalote Museum for Kids (Photo credit: Papalote Museum for Kids)

Chapultepec Park

This massive green space spreads over 1,695 acres, making it the largest city park in the world. In fact, it’s double the size of Central Park in New York City. Set smack-dab in the middle of the city, Chapultepec Park was renovated some years ago and is chock-a-block full of al fresco adventures.

This urban oasis includes the Chapultepec Zoo, lakes with paddle boats, and a small amusement park. It’s also home to the Museum of Anthropology, one of the finest museums in the world of its kind. Visiting Chapultepec Park with kids aged 12 or older? Sign up for a Segway tour for an experience they’ll always remember.

Family activities abound at Chapultepec Park in Mexico City with kids
Family activities abound at Chapultepec Park (Photo credit: kmiragaya, Depositphotos.com)

Where to Stay and Additional Places to Play in Mexico City

Looking for a hotel in Mexico City for your family vacation? Look no further than Arrivedo. This website provides a listing of hotels that offer useful travel guides written by locals. With Arrivedo, there’s no need to do a lot of research to find fun things to do near your accommodations. Users rank their hotels, too, making it easy to choose where to stay.

Arrivedo makes finding local activities near hotels easy to do!
Arrivedo makes finding local activities near hotels easy to do! (Photo credit: Arrivedo)

Beyond Mexico City, Arrivedo provides neighborhood guides for hundreds of hotels around the world. Take a peek at all Arrivedo has to offer!

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Explore More of Mexico

Looking for a different kind of Mexican vacation? Read our tips for visiting San Miguel de Allende in the Mexican Highlands.

Which of these fun things to do in Mexico City with kids would your family enjoy most? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Note from Travel Mamas: The Saucy Travel Mama’s trip was sponsored by Mexico City. All opinions are our own, as always. Travel Mamas will receive monetary compensation from Arrivedo related to this blog post.


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  1. Art Club CDMX is an English-language art club that offers art workshops for different age groups at weekends 🙂

    1. There’s so much for families in Mexico – I hope you can take the kids sometime!

  2. Mexico City is definitely on my bucket list for years. I would love to take the kids here someday. This is a great guide!

  3. Kidzania and Farm Tio Pepe look like the best places to go for families with young children. If my kids were still young, I am sure they would enjoy it there. Mexico City is an exciting vacation destination. I wish we could visit soon.