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From playgrounds to pizza parlors, São Paulo provides plenty to stave off boredom. Here are the best things to do with kids in this energetic city:
1. Pizza and hamburgers. While rice and beans form the foundation of the Brazilian diet, São Paulo specializes in two universal satisfiers of the young and hungry: pizza and burgers. Pizzaria Bráz probably takes the cake, or pie in this case, for most famous. Elsewhere, 50s-style American diners like Zé do Hamburger, Joakin’s, Twelve Burger and The Fifties serve burgers and shakes in kid-friendly environments.
2. Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS). The museum of image and sound invites visitors to interact with a collection of film clips, music snippets and photos across multiple media and languages. MIS previously has paid homage to video games from Pac Man to Rock Band, among other tot-tailored exhibits.
3. Parque Villa-Lobos. While smaller and lesser known than Ibirapuera Park, this play place packs in prime entertainment for kids. Small children will enjoy the jungle gyms and swing sets. We recommend renting bikes and riding around the park’s outer ring. For wannabe X Games athletes, Villa-Lobos also offers stunt courses for cyclists and skaters.
4. Amusement parks. If your children tire of stop-and-go São Paulo traffic, take them to the perpetually in motion Playcenter and Parque Marisa, where rollercoasters, swinging Viking ships and bumper cars await. Outside of city limits, Hopi Hari and Wet’n Wild offer dry and water-based thrills respectively.
5. Festa Junina. The festival running throughout June, also known as Festa de São João, brings countryside celebrations to the big city. Square dancing, spiced wine and corn-based treats, spark the seasonal parties typically hosted by churches.