Papalote Museo del Niño
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A wonderful place of interactive learning for children in Mexico City, Papalote Museo del Niño has been educating children in innovative ways since 1994. The building was designed by decorated Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and features geometric figures and colorful Mexican tiles in its design. “Toco, Juego y Aprendo” (“I touch, I play and I learn”) is the museum’s motto, which encourages children to adopt a hands-on approach towards learning, and this way they start to become familiar with ecology, the human body, science, and music.
The Papalote Museum has 288 interactive exhibitions divided into 5 areas:
Soy (“I am”): Focuses on the way the human body and mind work. Teaches children about their bodies and identities.
Comunico (“I communicate”): Focuses on the many different ways people communicate with each other.
Pertenezco (“I belong”): Teaches the children of the spaces they belong to, from the most intimate, their families; to the most complex and difficult to understand: the universe. It also teaches them the value of taking care of their environment.
Comprendo (“I understand”): Focuses on science, math, chemistry, and geology; and how important science is to the world.
Expreso (“I express”): Develops the children’s abilities to express their ideas through art, creation, discovery, and appreciation.
Papalote is located in the 2nd section of the Parque de Chapultepec and although a quick search in Google Maps suggests that it’s a short walk from Metro station Constituyentes, there’s actually the need to go around a huge block in order to reach the entrance, so you’re best bet is to just take a taxi or Uber. Individual tickets cost $199 pesos but if you go during the week, from Tuesday to Thursday, the price goes down to $99, plus you get to avoid the big weekend crowds.
The museum is one of the best in the world for children but it’s well known that adults are sure to have a good time as well, not only can they participate in the interactive activities, but the museum boasts one of the biggest IMAX screens in the world, a curved 17×24 meter screen that’s sure to make something like “Turtle Odyssey” all that more exciting and enjoyable. There are also on location other grown-up amenities like a fast-food court and cafés.
It’s recommended that you check out the temporary exhibitions and areas (like an awesome Lego Playtime exhibition that lasted close to 5 years at the museum) but the permanent exhibition is sure to entertain you and your family for 3 or 4 hours. You can go ahead and pretend you’re “just taking the kids” and enjoy being a child yourself all over again.
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