Family-Friendly Guide to Mexico City

The city’s savviest locals know exactly where to go to keep kids happy.

Airbnb Magazine Editors
May 28 · 4 min read

Discover ancient history

The city’s origins are evident in the bustling Centro Histórico, which was once the heart of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. Today, you can still see the ruins of the Templo Mayor just off the Zócalo, or main square. Héctor Buenrostro, one of the site’s historians, says the temple and adjacent museum are an ideal starting-off point to explore the area’s rich past.

Eat at grown-up restaurants your kids will love

Enjoy a real-deal Mexican meal like you would’ve before you became parents — hit up one of the great eateries tricked out with jungle gyms or play areas. Take it from Lucía Benitez, mom of two, chef, and cofounder of the new kitchen and event space Sobremesa in Roma.

Catch some live entertainment

Family vacations may mean sacrificing late-night concerts, but there are tons of daytime shows that’ll give kids a new appreciation for theater, dance, and music. Some neighborhoods, like historic Coyoacán, seem to boast a cultural center on every corner. Airbnb Experience host, filmmaker, and mom Susana Bernal Uribe grew up in the area and leads a local walking tour.

“In Coyoacán’s main square, clowns and musicians have been performing on weekends since I was a kid. It’s so amazing to see the tradition continue.”

— Susana Bernal Uribe, Airbnb Experience host

“Danza de los Voladores, outside of Museo Nacional de Antropología, is a Mesoamerican dance still performed today. Five men climb a pole almost 100 feet tall. One plays a drum and a flute while the others — with ropes tied around them — descend headfirst, arms spread like wings as the pole turns. ”

Get a serious sugar high

Mexican desserts may not get the hype that street corn does, but they deserve it. Chef Elena Reygadas, owner of Rosetta and Lardo, should know — she serves the best pan dulce in town. To satisfy her sweet tooth — and those of her daughters — she has a few favorites.

Visit a super-cool museum

Mexico City has one of the highest numbers of museums in the world. For Nelsa Farrugia, mom of an 18-month-old son, it’s the best part about the vibrant capital. As founder of Mexico Cultural Travel, she builds itineraries with insider access to local creatives.


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