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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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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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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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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TENNIS OPEN DAY

Have you never played tennis, but are interested to do so? Or haven’t played tennis for years and want to get back into it? Or would like to introduce your kids with tennis? Then this is the opportunity for you. Santiago Tennis is organizing an Open Day for everyone who likes tennis. For an hour they will introduce to you…
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Jurassic Park Land at Parque Padre Hurtado

Jurassic Park comes to Parque Padre Hurtado in La Reina from 14-29 July. A chance for kids (and big kids) to meet moving dinosaurs and interact with them. There is also a small petting farm alongside where children can feed animals including birds and rabbits. Cost – 5,000 CLP for children, 6,000 CLP for adults. For more information, see my…
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What’s on in Santiago and beyond

After a few queries from fellow Expaters, I decided to start a round up of events and happenings in Santiago and beyond which I’ll try to keep updated. Click here for the events page. Please do message me if you know of anything else happening in our ‘hood.
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