Children’s Day (Día del Niño) is celebrated in México each April 30. So for celebrating the youngest ones from home, here you will find some options to do during your stay in Yucatán.

Animals

Mariposario (butterfly house) at Parque Científico Tecnológico de Yucatán

Observe and learn everything about butterflies.

Sierra Papacal – Chuburná Puerto Highway Km 5
Tel. (999) 341 0038

Parque Zoológico del Centenario (zoo)

Say hello to the animals at the Centenario zoo, daily from 8 am to 5 pm, and don’t forget to take a ride on the little train or the cable car.

Av. Itzáes x 59, Centro
Tel. (999) 928 5815

Parque Zoológico Bicentenario Animaya (safari style animal park)

Enjoy a safari day at Animaya. See the animals in their natural habitat on special transportation. From Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 4 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm and 1:15 pm to 4 pm.

Calle 60 #866, Ciudad Caucel
www.merida.gob.mx/animaya

Skills

Actix Park

Enjoy a day with lots of fun at Actix Park. Show off your skills on the zip-line, go karts, mini golf, climbing wall, giant labyrinth and much more. Fun for all ages.

Periférico Norte beside CRIT Yucatán
Tel. (999) 316 2255
www.actixpark.com

Pista de Patinaje (ice skating rink)

Escape from the heat! Enjoy a cool moment at the ice skating rink in Centro Comercial Galerías. You don’t need to know how to skate; the instructors can help you. Skates for rent.

Centro Comercial Galerías
Calle 60 Norte, Col. Revolución
www.galerias.com

Xtreme Jumping

Jump, jump, and keep on jumping on the trampolines at Xtreme Jumping! The whole family can show how good they are at jumping like a cricket.

Gran Plaza
Tel. (999) 941 9391
www.xtremejumping.com

Activities

Bici Ruta

The streets of Centro and Paseo de Montejo are closed every Sunday from 8 am to 12:30 pm. Bicycles for rent.

Paseo de Montejo and Centro

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya (Maya museum)

See the children’s movies that will be projected at the Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, on Sunday, April 16, 23, and 30. Free.

Calle 60 Norte #299
Tel. (999) 341 0435
www.granmuseodelmundomaya.com.mx

Espacio Lúdico: Técnica de Abstracto II (playful space: abstract techniques)

Create an abstract painting with threads and vinyl painting, on April 15 and 22 at 10 am. Free workshop.

Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida
Calle 56 #529 x 65 y 65-A, Centro

Hilos, Cuerdas y Sogas (threads, cords, and ropes)

Crafts workshop for children using recycled materials such as ropes, strings, or threads as the main materials. On this occasion “Vamos a Pescar,” (let’s go fishing). Make a fishing rod and three fish out of recycled materials. It will be held on April 15, 22, and 29 at 12 pm.

Museo de Historia Natural
Calle 59 #648 x 84 y 84-A, Centro

Lola y el Rompecabezas (Lola and the puzzle)

Kids’ theater. Lola has discovered that life has too many pieces that don’t fit as she would like; sometimes some are lost and to find them takes tons of energy. Lola is nine years old and lives with her mom and her dog Lucas. Between school, laundry on Saturdays, and her Legos, Lola’s life is quiet, until one day she finds a photo…The play will be held on April 16 and 23 at 12 pm. General entrance $50 pesos and students $25 pesos.

Centro Cultural Olimpo
Calle 62 x 61, Centro

Espacio Lúdico: Arlequines (playful space: harlequins)

Create a handcraft out of plastic bottles, cardboard, crazy eyes, and glue. April 29 at 10 am.

Centro Cultural José Martí, Parque de las Américas
Av. Colón x 20, Col. García Ginerés

Espacio Lúdico: Pintura Psicodélica (playful space: psychedelic painting)

Make a psychedelic painting with markers and colors on April 29 at 10 am.

Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida
Calle 56 #529 x 65 y 65-A, Centro

Diverticiencia (fun science)

Become a little paleontologist on April 29 at 12 pm and make your own dinosaur fossil.

Centro Cultural José Martí, Parque de las Américas
Av. Colón x 20, Col. García Ginerés

First Bird Rally

Have you heard the “Toh” bird legend? In this scenic representation performed by 8 and 12 years old children, they tell the story of this mystic bird’s origin. After that, you can make your own face mask of your favorite bird. April 23 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Parque Ecológico Metropolitano del Sur “Yumtsil”
Festival de Aves Toh (bird festival)
www.festivalavesyucatan.com

Day Trips

El Corchito (ecological reserve)

Only 30 minutes from Mérida you will find the ecological reserve of El Corchito. The adventure starts when you get into a boat to cross from one side to the other, and then you can enjoy the fresh water of the three cenotes and two springs.

Blvd. Víctor Manuel Cervera Pacheco Km 2. Dowload the Progreso map
Wednesday to Monday: 9 am to 5 pm

Ría de Progreso (estuary)

After visiting El Corchito, or maybe on another day, you could go to the Ría de Progreso and rent some kayaks and tour the mangroves. Enjoy being surrounded by nature.

Calle 86 s/n Periférico Poniente, Progreso. Dowload the Progreso map
Tel. (999) 340 0459

Hacienda Sotuta de Peón

Ideal for the whole family, learn about how henequén was processed, visit the hacienda in a “truck,” swim in the cenote, and then have a delicious Yucatecan lunch.

Tecoh, Yucatán
Tel. (999) 941 6441

Celestún

Everybody loves Celestún. Hire a boat and do the Ría tour, and see the flamingos. After that go to the spring and enjoy the fresh water.

Download the Península of Yucatán Map to get to Celestún

Campeche

Only two hours from Mérida there is a city where there used to be pirate attacks! In order to defend themselves, they built two forts that you can visit today. At San Miguel fort, there is a museum where you can see remains of boats and weapons.

Download the Península of Yucatán Map to get to Campeche