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Antigua, Guatemala

5 Things To Do With Kids In Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala is full of rich history and culture that adults will find astounding, but what about the kids? We spent a day walking the streets with our little Princess, but here are all the things she wished she could have done that day.

1. Chocolate Making

After doing our own class we knew the kids would get a real kick out of this and we were right. The kids had a blast making chocolate or rather eating chocolate. And you get to take it all home.  $25 per adult, kids $16.50 AUD. 

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2. Carpet Making

I have heard the carpets are made all year by some, but at Semana Santa (Easter) you will find plenty of them. Usually made with coloured sawdust, the kids were invited outside one of the hotels to help make one of these beauties. Free. 

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3. McDonalds Playground

What’s so special about McDonald’s? This McDonald’s is one of the only branches in the world without noticeable golden arches. It is in a colonial building with gorgeous gardens and surrounds. The playground is an added bonus for the kids, while mums can sip tea in the delightful courtyard. Free or the cost of a cone.

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4. Porta Hotel Antigua

This hotel caters well for its guests. You can use the facilities too either by paying a fee or simply by ordering lunch. They have a pool, playground and kids club – all of which my kids enjoyed while we ate the $20 buffet lunch. 

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5. Xocomil Water Park

This water park is more then a day trip, you might like to make it an overnight trip as it is a good 4 hours away. But it is worth it. Much like our beloved Waterbom Park in Bali, this waterpark is awesome. It’s packed with countless slides and water playgrounds just for the kids. Tickets are based on height for children so my 2-year-old was free and for my 4-year-old and 2 adults, the total price came to $33 AUD.

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Posted by Eileen, The Super Tourists on
Wow, that's a McDonalds? What odd item do they have in Guatelaman Mickey Dees?
Love everything about this. Although Central America isn't on the travel planning anytime soon, I just love thingslike this that 4 year olds would be able to enjoy. I've always made it a point to make travel plans that has the boring cultural and tradition part and then some exciting kid friendly stuff as well.
but kids, somehow, remember the boring parts. Like when in Japan, instead of gushing about Disneyland and Universal Studios - my 4yo was gushing about going back to Japan because we get to sleep on the cushy floors again. :)
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