Inexpensive Activities to Do with Children in Lima
If you’re in Lima with children, you may find yourself looking for activities to do with them. Finding fun activities for kids is actually pretty easy, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some favorite ways to spend a Saturday with the kids without spending too much money.
One of the newest and most popular ways to spend an afternoon in Lima with young children is to make a visit to the Parque de la Reserva, and visit the Circuito Mágico de Agua (Magic Water Circuit) – a group of 13 ornamental fountains spread out over the length of the park, which crosses Av. Petit Thouars near the National Stadium. The park has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s biggest fountain complex in a public park. The fountains aren’t merely splashing towers of water; there are water tunnels and mystery water mazes for the kids to play in – especially fun on hot summer afternoons. And starting at 6:30 pm, the park features an impressive laser and light show, with synchronized dancing fountains and music. The park opens at 4pm in the afternoon, but is currently closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – this can always change, so check the website before going. Entrance is S/.4, children under 4 get in for free.
Another fun place to go with the kids is the Parque de la Amistad (Friendship Park) in Santiago de Surco. The centerpiece of the park is the 29 meter high Arco Morisco (Moorish Arch), with lookout points that allow you to see out over much of Surco and the gardens in the park below. A favorite attraction in the park is the 1920s vintage steam train, refurbished to working order which takes riders for a trip around the park on 550 meters of track. The park also has a man made ‘lagoon’ where you can rent pedal boats - a fun activity for kids. One end of the park features a replica of the old town of Surco, the original base of what is now the district, with shops and stores selling artisanal crafts and souvenirs. There’s also a restaurant, in case you get hungry. Entrance into the park is free. The train costs S/.5, and runs on Thursday and Friday afternoons and from 11:30am until near dusk on weekends. Pedal boats rental costs S/.4.
If you’re looking for some indoor fun, you’ll enjoy Lima’s Natural History Museum (Museo de Historia Natural), located on Av. Arenales in the district of Jesus Maria. The museum is everything kids think a museum should be, with exhibitions ranging from the full skeleton of a while to fossil dinosaurs and pre-historic mammals to what seems like hundreds of taxidermy birds. The museum also has exhibits of plant life and a large library of mineral samples. The museum is open weekdays from 9am-3pm, Saturdays from 9am-5pm, and Sundays 10am-1:30pm. Entrance S/.7 for adults, S/.5 for children and students.