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Buenos Aires — By Pablo Juan Augustinowicz on July 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Filed under: arts, family, festival, holiday, kids, top-feature, winter

Winter Break Rocks in Buenos Aires

Every July, Buenos Aires becomes a happening place. It is Winter time, cold and gray, but with the beginning of the Winter Break the city explodes with an array of activities. Besides the important cultural and entertainment offer for everyone, there is a wide range of shows specially custom for kids and parents. The agenda (in spanish) contains more than one hundred options turning the entire city into a huge playground, starting this coming Friday the 16th.

Buenos Aires offers plenty of open spaces where everyone can enjoy a picnic, play fútbol or ride a bike. The most common place to visit is the beautiful Bosques de Palermo (map), with lots of green space, artificial lakes with boats or water bikes and more. Furthermore, it’s possible to rent roller skates and bicycles, have a ride on mateo (a picturesque horse drawn carriage), or visit the famous rose garden, with more than one thousand flowers. Within the same circuit, you will find the Jardín Japones, a beautiful landscape with bridges and lagoons and amazing colourful fishes. Close by, there is the Botanical Garden (map), famous for its beautiful sculptures and the great number of cats.

South of the city, the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur (map) allows visitors to learn how nature looked before the city was built. It is an ideal place to take a bicycle ride or a walk. All the paths go to the beach in front of the river. There are special guided tours for kids that let them discover the fauna and flora of the place.

More so, each neighbourhood has its theatre, and each theatre presents shows for kids during the holidays, although the greatest offer is found around Avenida Corrientes. There are shows to suit everyone: classic plays, adaptations of TV programs, interactive shows, musicals, puppets, circus performances and more. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance or at least reserve them by telephone. Many cultural centres have free shows, or there are those in which each spectator decides the price to pay at the end of the play.

The Zoo (map) is also an excellent option, with more than 350 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Among its attractions, people can visit the aquarium, which presents a show in the afternoon, or the reptile’s house, or the “rain-forest”, where a suspension bridge lets you discover the environment of the subtropical jungle down below. The zoo provides educational programs that, through different activities, let kids become aware of ways to care for nature. Furthermore, there are workshops and shows.

Buenos Aires has two museums specially designed for kids. The “Museo Participativo de Ciencias” (map) (a museum of science where children can be part of), there is a sign at the entrance that reads “It is forbidden not to touch”. Here, kids are invited to discover the mysteries of science through games and small experiments. The Museo de los Niños, located within the Abasto shopping mall (map), is a children’s size city. Here, kids can pretend to be policemen or nurses or dentists. There is a mini supermarket as well as a mini fast food store, among other activities.

Other museums also have programs for children during holidays. El Malba (map) provides activities, workshops and guided tours in order to get children closer to Latin American art. The Museum of Natural Science (map)(whose main attraction is a dinosaur skeleton) also offers guided visits. Perhaps the most amazing tour for children is the underground tunnels that begin in the area known as “Manzana de las Luces” (map). During colonial times, these tunnels ran all the way to the harbour. Kids love mystery. Going through the tunnels is completely safe.

The Planetarium Galileo Galilei, located in the Bosques de Palermo (map), presents shows adapted to different ages with the purpose of getting kids in touch with the universe. For generations, porteños have been amazed at its dome, which can simulate a night full of stars. For those who want the direct observation to the stars, the best place is the Club de Amigos de la Astronomía at the Parque Centenario (map). Every Friday and Saturday, people are invited to observe the sky with a telescope, with the assistance of guides.

As you can see, there are many things to do during the Winter Break in Buenos Aires, so if you happen to be around mind as well take advantage of the opportunity…

Photo credit: nanx on Flickr and me (Pablo Juan Augustinowicz)

Related places:
  1. A
    Bosques de Palermo
    1425, Buenos Aeres, Argentine
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  2. B
    Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays
    Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  3. C
    Reserva Ecolgica Costanera Sur
    Buenos Aires, , Argentina
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  4. D
    Zoo de Buenos Aires
    Av Sarmiento 2827, Buenos Aires, Argentine
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  5. E
    Museo Participativo de Ciencias
    Fray Justo Santa Maria De Oro 2960, Piso 3 Depto B, 1425 Ciudad De Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  6. F
    Abasto Shopping
    Avenida Corrientes, City of Buenos Aires, , Argentina
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  7. G
    Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
    Avenida L. Alcorta Avda. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, C1425CLA Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  8. H
    Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales
    Ciudad Aut?noma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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    Instituto de Investigaciones Hist?ricas de La Manzana de Las Luces
    Ciudad Aut?noma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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    Planetario Galileo Galilei
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    Parque del Centenario
    Avenida A. Gallardo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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