Trip to Santiago’s Museo de Taller (Workshop Museum)

Last week we headed with our kids to the Museo Taller (the workshop museum) in my hometown of Santiago, Chile. You’d be mistaken for missing the museum: the entrance is not at all imposing and we had to ring the bell a couple of times. The doorway leads into a dark space, where we were treated to a really cute animated…
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Trip to the baha’i temple

A little while ago we visited the Casa de Adoracion de Baha’i (the Baha’i temple) in Penalolen. It’s glorious moment of calm, just a short drive from Santiago centre. It’s a breath of fresh air, both literally and spiritually. The foundation of this place of worship is openness to all. Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith describes it as follows:  ​’Build…
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Artequin: arty fun for kids in Santiago

Before I had kids I would happily spend a day wandering around art galleries. I love the way art questions our belief systems, gets us thinking differently, inspires us to change. I’d like my kids to feel the same. But I don’t love art enough to rush through white spaces, being shushed at by attendants as my monsters rampage past…
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Trip to the Granjaventura petting farm

Last month we visited a petting farm and playground in Santiago called Granjaventura. If your kid likes animals or needs space to run around, I’d thoroughly recommend it. It’s based in La Reina district, about 10 minutes by car from Las Condes. The main attraction was of course the animals. We saw ponies, sheep, goats, donkeys, ducks… You can buy…
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The best play cafes in Santiago

Recently we’ve been making use of Santiago’s fabulous play cafes. In case you’re new to the concept: you pay an entrance fee per child so they can play in a safe zone full of toys for an unlimited time. If you’re lucky you’ll get a moment of peace to yourself to enjoy a coffee, catch up on emails or chat…
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Babarrun: a new old favourite play cafe opens its doors

My son, Rafa, recently suffered a severe allergic attack. Until we know what caused it, he can’t go to nursery, so I’ve been watching him 24/7. The thing is, he isn’t sick and he needs to play. He needs to socialise with other kids and he needs to run off his energy. In a moment of desperation when we all…
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Everything you need to know about Fiestas Patrias 2018

I’m a Fiestas Patrias virgin but I love a party and I’m all for any excuse for a little vino tinto. Friends have told me that the parties around “Día de Independencia” are a much bigger deal than anything in the UK though and there are a few basic rules and cultural norms to take note of here in Chile. Here’s…
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Luxury children’s clothing and accessories for bargain prices. A new store …

Last week I wrote about my love of recycling and my hatred of waste when it comes to kids stuff. You can imagine my joy when I discovered a new sustainable luxury baby and kids store in Vitacura, Santiago. The Loop is a new cut price store selling top quality baby and kids clothing, toys and accessories for a fraction…
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Peekaboo: A play cafe in Santiago for kids with big imaginations (and …

When I first arrived in Chile I didn’t see the point of play cafes. The weather’s so nice here, so why stay cooped up indoors when the kids can be frolicking in the sunshine? Even Santiago winters are nothing compared to the UK. Mind you, sometimes I just need to wear my little soldiers out without having to haul my…
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Trip to the alpaca farm near Santiago

Last week we went to see some friendly alpacas. The largest alpaca farm in Chile, Quintessence, is an hour’s drive from Santiago and it’s a rather pretty drive getting there. I’d taken my kids to see some dinosaurs a few weeks ago, but they got a little scared by the big T-Rex and Triceratops, and I’d heard that alpacas are…
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