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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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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Jurassic Park comes to Santiago

We just got back from a trip to Bosque Jurasico (Jurassic Park to you and me). The event is being held at Parque Padre Hurtado in Santiago until 29 July and I thought to share a few pics in case you have curious little dinosaurs of your own too. It’s only a small enclosure but there are several (moving) dinosaurs…
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Things to do with kids: The Santiago railway museum

A few weeks ago we visited the Museo Ferroviario (railway museum) in Santiago, Chile. Now, as a mother of a former trainspotting, Thomas the Tank Engine obsessive I thought we were over trains. But I guess the love of steam engines never really leaves the soul. I thought to share a few pics for any parents with kids as dedicated…
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Day out with the kids in Santiago – the Museo Interactivo Mirador

A few weeks ago we headed with the kids to the MIM – the Museo Interactivo Mirador. If you struggle for ideas to keep your children entertained, add this place to your list. Not to be confused with the more centrally located Museo Interactivo Audiovisual, the MIM is about half an hour’s drive from the centre of Santiago. For any…
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Family day trip to the Andes Mountains

I used to struggle to think of ideas of what to do with my kids in the UK. Here in Chile it’s so easy. The beach, the mountains, the desert… they’re all just a couple of hours from our Santiago apartment. On Saturday morning my kid asked to play in the snow. So we headed to Valle Nevado, just an hour…
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The Secret garden library for kids in Vitacura, Santiago

Last week a friend let me into a tip that I’m going to share with all you expat mums in Santiago. Hidden behind a busy road in a less than glam district of Vitacura is a secret oasis of calm. The Casa de los Matta is a wonderful little retreat in the heart of the city’s traffic and chaos, and…
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