Kids and Family in Santiago
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Expats with kids in Santiago will find that the city has quite a lot to offer families, and activities for kids are organised on a regular basis.
Santiago can be a lot of fun for children if parents research well enough beforehand. From beautiful parks to museums, art galleries, zoos, indoor play centres, nature reserves and various arts and craft classes for toddlers, expat families in Santiago will not struggle for entertainment.
Outdoor activities for kids in Santiago
One of the drawbacks to living in Santiago with children is the lack of public green areas. Much of the countryside in Chile is privatised and seemingly cut off from the public. The only available green areas are parks and special nature reserves, which usually have an entrance fee and aren’t always particularly easy to get to. The following are some of the best places to visit if looking to stretch one's legs a bit with the little ones on the weekend.
Parques Natural Aguas de Ramon
This is a beautiful nature reserve in Santiago situated in the leafy district of La Reina Alta. It’s a large park with various trails for trekking and hiking. Parents can take their children on an easier route and those who don’t yet walk can be carried. There are waterfalls, streams and mountainous areas to be explored.
Located in the Buin area, south of Santiago, the Buin Zoo is one of six zoos in Santiago and one of the nicest outside the city. Big enough to include the favourites but not so huge as to be overwhelming for parents, the zoo includes a reptile centre, an aquarium and mini jungle.
Parque Intercomunal La Reina
This is one of the most spacious parks in Santiago. It contains designated picnic areas, swings and slide sets and many more activities for kids, including pony rides, mini golf and train rides around the park. There is also a small lagoon where families can watch and feed the ducks. This park is perfect for a Sunday afternoon outing. It's possible to enter by foot or drive in by car, although it is more expensive to enter with a vehicle.
Play centres for kids in Santiago
Indoor spaces for energetic children are definitely becoming more popular in Santiago and new soft play centres have been opening up around malls in the city. They are perfect for an outing on a rainy day.
City Toys and Yukids are the better soft play centres in Santiago. City Toys is located in Mall La Florida and is one gigantic spacious area with an array of entertainment for toddlers, ranging from reading rooms and toy areas to a pretend supermarket, fire station and theatre. Little ones can play in the different areas and ride around on the push toys.
Yukids is in Alto Las Condes and is a colourful little soft play centre with flying balloons, ball pools, soft slides and merry-go-rounds.