12 things to do in Bogotá with kids

The cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Bogotá D.C. sits on a plateau atop the Eastern Andes in the centre of Colombia, South America. The political and economic capital of the country, it is located at an average of 2,640 meters above sea level and it spreads as far as the eye can see over the Bogotá savanna.

The city also serves as its entertainment, sports, cultural and artistic capital. There is lots of things to do in Bogota with kids too as well as restaurants to try and new adventures to explore for families of all sizes and kids of all ages all year long!

Updated for 2021. Guest post and photos by Ana Maria. 

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The view from Monserrate

One of the best things about traveling to Colombia with kids is the fact that most Colombians wholeheartedly subscribe to the idea that “children should come first”. As such, families traveling with children are given preferential treatment from the moment they arrive at its new international airport by way of a dedicated line for immigration.

My family is originally from Colombia and now that I have two girls, we make it a point to travel there throughout the year. Bogotá is one of our favorite destinations because there is always something new to try.

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The church on Monserrate 

See a city view from Monserrate

A great first stop for visitors is the mountain of Monserrate. Sitting at 3,152 meters above sea level, it is the perfect spot to get a lay of the land and take in the vastness of the city.

Getting to the top of Monserrate is very fun, too. While some people may choose to walk, if your’e visiting Bogota with children then the cable car or funicular are an easier option. One option is to take the cable car up and the funicular down – or vice versa. Both are a fun thing to do in Bogota in their own right!

Once at the top, visitors can check out the beautiful church and monastery, shop for local wares, or dine in one of the delicious and beautifully appointed restaurants. If you happen to be there in the month of December, you will get to see the mountain top decorated with very festive and traditional Colombian Christmas lights.

Please note that the top of the mountain is paved with cobblestones and there are lots of stairs. As such, we would not recommend taking strollers. Explore on foot and bring a baby carrier, if needed!

You can get tickets to visit Monserrate via Tiqets here.

See all that glitters at the Museum of Gold

The Museum of Gold is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colombia and for good reason. The Museo del Oro
Is home to more than 55,000 pieces of gold as well as the materials from Colombia’s major pre-Hispanic cultures.

The displays – which are in Spanish and English – might be a little lost on young kids but older children and teens will find this veritable treasure chest fascinating.

The collection is exhibited according to region and themes. The third floor, for example, looks at how gold was used in ceremonies and rituals. Don’t miss the Balsa Muisca (Music Raft), a gold boat that was found near the town of Pasca.

Free tours take place at the gold museum daily.

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Divercity

Let the kids run the show at Divercity

Divercity in Santa Fe Mall is a city built for kids! Here, children ages 3-13 can try their hand at being veterinarians, doctors, policemen, fighter fighters and more.

There are more than fifty attractions for them to role play, explore, and learn with the goal of making children better citizens. Diversity is very similar to Kidzania, which has branches around the world.

Some of the attractions are “jobs” where children earn “Divis” or Divercity cash that they can then spend on fun activities like rock climbing or getting pampered at the kids’ salon.

Although parents may not enter the attractions with their children, safety here is paramount and each child is given a bracelet that Divercity staff uses to check them in and out of each attraction. Parents can always see where their kids are based on their check-ins and no one can leave Divercity unless they are with the parent assigned as “group leader.”

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The Museo de los Ninos

Have fun at the Museo de los Niños

Bogotá’s Museo de los Niños, the Children’s Museum, is one of our favourite activities in Bogota. It is different from other children’s museums in that each visit consists of a guided “route” which is made up of three 30-minute modules. You can buy more than one “route” to add more modules to your visit. The schedule for the modules available each day is posted weekly on the website.

When we went the tours for the general public started at 1pm and the museum was reserved for school field trips in the morning.

The biggest challenges, however, are that tours start at a specific time and that they are divided by age. If you have children in different age groups, you will either have to split up your party (one adult goes with each group) or get guidance from the museum staff regarding which age group tour might be most appropriate for all of the ages in your group.

During our most recent visit we explored a physical activity station, learned about the art and science of bubble making, and dug in the dirt to understand how biological recycling works. Other modules include themes related to gardening, the science of food and cooking, the five senses, energy, and more.

Let the kids loose at Monki’s Place

If you need to kill time on a rainy afternoon or just need a safe place to let the kids roam and burn energy, head to Monki’s Place. This three-storey house converted into a dream playground has play spaces divided by age group.

At the very top, children aged 1- to 4-years-old have an amazing space to crawl, totter and run. There is even a jump space with a small trampoline and a slide perfect for little ones. Finally, there are two living rooms on each side of the room, for parents to sit, relax, and let the little ones explore.

The two lower levels are geared towards older kids and are truly a kid and preteen paradise! There are indoor soccer fields, trampolines and climbing courses, and even a Lego room where kids can let their imagination do all the work. You pay at the end of your visit based on the amount of time spent there.

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Centro Comercial Andino

Shop and play at Centro Comercial Andino

Bogotá’s shopping centers serve as social hubs for locals and visitors alike. Most shopping centers have kids’ areas with games and small attractions. Of these, one of our favorite places to visit is the Centro Comercial Andino.

Located in one of Bogotá’s more upscale neighborhoods, this mall offers more than most to keep kids engaged and entertained while parents eat, shop, or relax. The fantastic indoor playground and arcade, Game Box, is located on the top floor of the building. This particular game area is nice because it also has an exclusive area for babies and toddlers with rides, swings and the always popular ball pit.

One of the things that set Andino apart, however, is its unique “adoption” program. Kids, with a parent’s identification document, can check out doll strollers, tricycles, dolls and stuffed animals for the duration of their shopping trip.

Kids receive a button identifying them as the official caretaker of their new friend and there is even a doll sized area for kids to take their adopted dolls and animals for a little bit of fun!

Andino also has arts and crafts and kids’ shows periodically on the schedule.

Maloka Science Museum

The very family-friendly interactive science and technology museum, Maloka, is a great way to spend the day in Bogota, Colombia.

This hands-on museum is home to nine different rooms, each focusing on different topics. There’s the Telecommunications Room where you can learn, among other things, how mobile phone works. In the City room, kids can explore how the city of Bogota grew and developed. There are also two cinemas: Cine Domo which plays films on a large domed ceiling and a 3D cinema.

You can buy tickets for Maloka via Tiqets.

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Parque Simon Bolivar

Get outside at the Parque Simon Bolivar

When we want to get away from shopping and indoor games, a trip to the Parque Simon Bolivar is our Bogota activity. It’s official title is the Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar. Spanning close to 113 hectares, the park has lakes, running and cycling trails, and a great children’s playground.

In this busy metropolitan city, the Parque Simon Bolivar is the perfect oasis to stretch, run and play. For us, a great day here includes a stroll and a picnic. The best part is that it is free!

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Sunday Ciclovia

Exercise and play at the Ciclovia

One of our most favorite days to spend in Bogotá is Sunday because of the Ciclovia. Colombians are serious about their fun, so every Sunday (and on holidays), the city of Bogota closes off some of its biggest and most important thoroughfares and encourages everyone to get outside.

Families, dogs and strollers in tow, take to the streets to run, walk, bike, and roller blade. There are even stages set up for impromptu Zumba and aerobic lessons.

Participating in the Ciclovia is free and there are plenty of police and volunteers guiding participants through intersections where cars may be crossing. There are also food and refreshment stands along the routes.

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Meet the animals at Finkana

Try your farm hand at Parque Finkana 

If you are looking to really get outside, take a day trip to the Finkana amusement park a short distance outside of Bogotá.

Here, visitors young and old can spend the day experiencing the sights and smells of farm living. There are educational exhibits, horse shows, organic gardens, and lots of opportunities to pet and feed the farm animals, plus much more. If you are feeling adventurous, you can milk the cows, play pony polo, and even sign up for horseback riding lessons.

The park is closed on Mondays and schedules vary depending on the month, so plan ahead. Most interactive activities are charged separately but there is still plenty to do with the general admission ticket.

If you decide to venture to Finkana, keep in mind that the weather is a bit colder as you leave the city. Also, although the park is about an hour outside the city, traffic can get especially heavy getting in and out of Bogotá on the weekends.

Another great option, also about an hour outside of Bogotá, the Restaurante La Granja offers a unique culinary experience with great atmosphere. Here, you can also check out the farm animals and participate in fun activities and arts and crafts.

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Make your own pizza

Make your own pizza at Archie’s Trattoria

All the exercising is sure to make you hungry and making their own pizza is one of my kids’ favorite ways to get full and get happy. At Archie’s kids are a big deal. In addition to arts and crafts, children get their own chef to help them make their own pizza. All the way from kneading the dough to picking the ingredients, children get the full chef experience.

In addition to the pizzas and pasta dishes, Archie’s Trattoria has desserts and coffees for everyone! My daughters are especially fond of the gelatto, and I can’t say I blame them. I’m a fan, too!

Fill up on traditional Colombian treats

Perhaps our most favorite thing to do in Bogotá is to try all of the typical Colombian treats and pastries. There is a bakery or café in pretty much every corner, and most of the time, you can’t go wrong. The best thing to do is follow your nose to find the fresh baked goods!

My personal favorite since I was a little kid are the buñuelos – amazing fried, cheese dough balls of goodness that are crispy on the outside and soft as clouds on the inside.

In the same family as buñelos, our family encourages visitors to try the pandebonos (Colombian bread made with cassava starch and cheese), pandeyucas (yucca bread) and almojabanas (another soft, cheese bread). All are great with a hot coffee.

Make sure you don’t miss the traditional arepa de choclo, Colombian corn cakes filled with melted cheese and butter, or the Colombian empanadas, fried meat and potato cakes.

On the sweet side, my daughter’s favorites are the obleas, crispy, flat wafers that are topped with a variety of delicious add-ons. The most traditional obleas are topped with arequipe or dulce de leche, a deliciously creamy caramel. Colombians also enjoy them with shaved, toasted coconut, nutella, or nuts. However you choose to have them, you can’t go wrong.

1 thought on “12 things to do in Bogotá with kids”

  1. My 10 year old twin grandchildren will be in Bogota from Feb-June and I am wondering if you have suggestions for Christmas gifts that would be useful for them to bring with them to Bogota?
    Thank you.

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