When the kids tire of visiting Guadalajara’s museums, historical sites and handicraft shops, don’t worry. There are ample activities to choose from that are geared specifically for them.
The Museo Trompo Magico (Magic Top Museum) in Zapopan is fun for the whole family. The little ones will enjoy the dress-up play areas where they can don a fire fighter’s costume or a chef’s hat and play their chosen role. Older kids and teens (and their parents!) will enjoy the Garabato display where you can learn to make and edit your own movie, play an instrument in a rock-and-roll band or join a Brazilian drum group. Everyone will enjoy the bubble room where you and a partner can be encased in a bubble tube. The kids won't want to leave!
With nearly 400 different species, the Guadalajara Zoo has the largest collection of wildlife in Mexico. It also has an impressive collection of rare endangered animals, including the white rhinoceros, Bengal tiger and Komodo dragon. The Zoo is located on a 50-hectare property on the edge of the Huentitan Canyon. The terrain is hilly, but you can hop on the scenic train when the little ones get tired. Don't miss the spectacular views of the canyon from the far end of the Zoo.
The Selva Magica amusement park, s next to the Guadalajara Zoo, offers sufficient diversions for a separate day excursion. There are 37 mechanical rides, including a large roller coaster, a haunted house, go-karts, rides for small children, as well as a dolphinarium.
If it gets hot you can beat the heat by heading to Tobolandia waterpark in Ajijic. Take a dip in one of the pools, sunbathe in a lounge chair, get your adrenalin rush in one of the water park's 18 water slides, or while the day away floating down the lazy river. Don't forget the sunscreen!