One of the main reasons we love living in Playa del Carmen is the strong sense of community. Not only is this city a gorgeous beach destination for tourists, it's also a family-friendly town for locals with a strong focus on Mexican culture and the environment. If you know where to look, you'll find fun and unique activities for kids every single week ... and most of them are free! Below is a list of some of our very favorite free kids activities in Playa del Carmen:
Parque La Ceiba
Calle 1 Sur and Diagonal 60 in Colonia Edijal
This large park provides a natural escape from the surrounding city where local Playa del Carmen families can find all kinds of free activities. The biggest attraction is the Saturday Tianguis on the third Saturday of every month, with a day of workshops, book readings, crafts, games and more. The park also has eco activities for kids, a small playground, and an on-site kitchen with local cuisine. To find out about what kids events they have coming up, follow Parque La Ceiba on Facebook or call (984)859-2327.
Free Kids Shows at the Theater
Circuito Chinchorro and Av 115 (by Walmart La Cruz
The new Teatro de la Ciudad (City Theater) is always offering free shows for the public, whether it's the symphony, a play, or an interactive kids show like puppets or clowns. Almost all of the shows are free of charge. Follow Teatro de la Ciudad on Facebook to see what shows they have in the upcoming weeks.
The Playground at Parque Fundadores
Avenida Benito Juarez between 5th Avenue and the beach
Fun with an ocean view! This pirate ship-themed playground is located right by the beach in Playa del Carmen's iconic Fundadores Park. It's an especially beautiful place to go around sunset, when families congregate around the beach area to enjoy the breeze and the view.
Golf FORE Everyone at Mayakoba
El Cameleon Golf Course
The annual OHL Classic at Mayakoba golf tournament offers their Golf FORE Everyone program every year to bring the local community together through golf. This free family program typically takes place one Sunday afternoon a month in the summertime, and it’s open to all ages and skill levels. Your family can participate in one-on-one classes, group classes, raffles, treasure hunts and some local cuisine from restaurants in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Visit the Golf FORE Everyone website or the OHL Classic Facebook page for the latest info. (Summer 2016 info has not yet been published as of February)
El Pueblito at Mayakoba
Mayakoba resort complex
In 2015, Mayakoba resort opened a new area called El Pueblito, a lovely plaza with traditional Mexican charm. Every month, El Pueblito offers several free family events, such as: the Kermesse Mexican fair with games, music and Mexican cuisine (free to enter but must pay for some food and games), outdoor movie nights with El Cine Club, storytelling, arts and crafts, live outdoor music, and some traditional cultural events on Mexican holidays. El Pueblito publishes their upcoming event calendar every month on their Facebook page.
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