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Buenos Aires is a kid-friendly city, and those with youngsters will find plenty of interesting activities, many of which will keep your little ones active as well as educated. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ recommendations for the five best things to do with kids in Buenos Aires.
1. Galileo Galilei Planetarium. A great pick for rainy days, the space itself is impressive to glimpse from the outside — and once you’re inside, your kids will learn about the stars of the Southern Hemisphere and the constellations in general.
2. MALBA. Buenos Aires’ modern art museum is the largest in the country. Check out an impressive permanent collection alongside touring shows; it’s a great pick if you have older children interested in culture. If your kids need more of an incentive to visit, there's also a café with some of the best desserts in the city.
3. Jardín Zoológico de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Located in the middle of Palermo, the Buenos Aires Zoo packs hippos, cheetahs, white tigers and lions into a 45-acre space that's charming and well-kept. It's a good pick for smaller children when the weather’s nice.
4. The San Telmo Market. A perennial tourist pick, this Sunday market is a great choice for those traveling with youngsters because of the numerous street performers and child-oriented activities sprinkled in with endless shopping and food options.
5. Bicycle Tours. Whether you choose the DIY approach by picking up free one-day-use bicycles in the city's numerous plazas or sign up with a tour group based out of San Telmo or Recoleta, seeing BA via bicycle is becoming a more popular activity — and one that's feasible if you and your kids are good at riding in the city.
One of Buenos Aires’ best assets is its park system, which teems with people playing sports, strumming instruments, relaxing and exercising, particularly on weekends. The Parque de los Bosques and the Rosedal (a stunning natural palette of colors when the roses are in bloom) are favorites, and people can rent bikes, rollerblades and paddleboats. The Ecological Reserve in Puerto Madero is another favorite place to spend the day outdoors.
The Buenos Aires Zoo near Plaza Italia is a big hit with families, whether locals or tourists. And this being South America where the rules are generally more relaxed, kids will get a thrill out of how seemingly close they can get to the animals. For indoors activities, there is a hands-on, interactive Children’s Museum in the Abasto neighborhood, as well as the Museum of Natural Sciences with the requisite dinosaurs on display to please the niños.
For sports-loving children, the city is alive with activity. It is easy to catch a soccer matches in the parks throughout the city—though attending a Boca or River match, for example might not be advisable for safety concerns—and there also is the Boca Juniors stadium, which visitors can tour. During the spring and summer months polo is regularly on, and rugby matches happen every weekend all over the city during all seasons except summer.