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Though it may not be as child-friendly as other South American cities, Santiago has great options for the younger jet set, too. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editor’s picks for five best to do with kids in Santiago:
1. Museo Infantil. For those traveling with children ages 10 and younger, this museum is a welcome diversion, particularly on a rainy day. Its educational, hands-on exhibits — all of which have a focus on learning and engaging young minds — mean kids can run around and touch as many things as they want.
2. Parque Quinta Normal. Another one of Santiago's sprawling outdoor spaces, this park is great for families because of its artificial lagoon. Here, you can rent rowboats and go out on the water, which has good views of the city.
3. Museo de Ciencia y Tecnología. If interactive exhibits are what keep your kids happy, then they’ll adore the options at this science and technology museum, which offers the chance to learn about geology and astronomy through a hands-on approach to science.
4. Cerro Santa Lucía. For those whose children are a bit older and might appreciate a historic park with grand, sweeping views of Santiago, head to Cerro Santa Lucía. The beautiful park has terraces, trails, and grassy knolls a plenty.
5. Santiago Planetarium. Little-known fact: Chile is at the forefront of researching the sky, thanks to the curve of the earth and the clear air here. Kids can take in the stellar audiovisual show in the domed planetarium.