Adventures for Children
If your parents didn’t have any children,
there’s a very good chance you won’t have any.
~ Clarence Day, 1874-1935
There are many things kids can enjoy in Costa Rica. Anything to do with
water comes to mind – look for swimming pool parks at Ojo de Agua and
Orosi, in addition to many small towns. But for other distractions, look to
Pueblo Antiguo (“Old Town,” open Fridays and weekends), two km/1.25
miles west of Hospital Mexico in La Uruca, on the way to the airport. In
its 4.86 hectares/12 acres, it attempts to re-create Costa Rican life as it
was between 1880 and 1930 in three sections: City, Coast and Country.
Live actors display and explain crafts. Rides and fast food. Proceeds benefit
the hospital, built in 1964 in response to the polio epidemic of the
1950s. . 506/231-2001.
Of course, San José offers the Children’s Museum, Bolivar Zoo and
Spyrogyra (see San José Walking Tour, above), and the Butterfly
Farm and Ave Zoo near Alajuela (see Alajuela section
for details). Catch the Dulce Nombre de Coronado bus from Av 7, Calle Central,
to the Clodomiro Picado Institute (. 506/229-0344). Here, kids
can research snakebite venom and watch the staff extract it on Fridays at
2 pm. Ask the driver for the stop. Free.
Costa Rica Expeditions (. 506/257-0766; www.costaricaexpeditions.
com) offers active Family Tours, which they’ve done for years. This might
be a good choice for your family group.