8 fun hours in Tijuana with kids

Have you ever had a day that was so much fun that you just had to go home and tell all your mommy friends about it?

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We have too! And this was it (for the record it was on a Saturday):

11:00am- Mini City. Mini City is a child sized “city” where the kids become the workers and the customers, the producers and the consumers, the public servants and the business entrepenuers. Kids begin the day (upon entry into Mini City) with $100 pesos. They can use this money to buy time on a trampoline, a beauty salon, or other service providers throughout the complex. Or, if they choose, they can start off by looking for a “job” and earning more money (That they can later spend on buying services). Mackenzie decided to complete her fire fighter training and help to save a burning building. She also worked as a cashier at the supermarket, a car wash attendant, a farmer and a newscaster. She then proceeded to spend her earnings by taking a new car out for a test drive, getting her make up done at the beauty salon, going down the huge slide, and jumping on the trampoline. And that was just in the four hours we were there. Truth be told we could have spent the whole day there… but we were hungry and wanted to try out a new restaurant (new to us). Our cost: $149 pesos for child admission and $45 pesos for adult admission ($9.31 and $2.81 U.S. dollars respectively). Tuesdays are a great day to visit because you can take advantage of their 2 X 1 deal on admissions.

At Mini City the kids get to learn about fire safety and firefighter training, as well as help put out a "fire"

At Mini City the kids get to learn about fire safety and firefighter training, as well as help put out a “fire”

A hospital inside of Mini City turns kids into doctors

A hospital inside of Mini City turns kids into doctors

The supermarket in Mini City hires kids to run the cashier or restock supplies. Kids also have the option of simply going inside the store to buy the products available

The supermarket in Mini City hires kids to run the cashier or restock supplies. Kids also have the option of simply going inside the store to buy the products available

Kids can test drive a new car, work in the car wash, or work in the gas station in this interactive playland

Kids can test drive a new car, work in the car wash, or work in the gas station in this interactive playland

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3:00pm- Princess Tea Party Glamour Restaurant. A short drive away from Mini City and we arrived at this super cute, Parisian themed restaurant. The place was packed but the pink strawberry milk shakes we worth the wait! I ordered the salmon and loved how it was cooked. Mackenzie ordered the kids personal pizza and ate one tiny slice. Unfortunately, I can not recommend their kids pizza. The taste can be compared to cold cardboard. But the adult meals were nice enough to make me want to go back and order from that side of the menu. The real draw at this restaurant is their upstairs kid beauty salon area. That’s right, I said there is a kids beauty salon on the second floor of the Princess Tea Party Glamour restaurant. The cost for this service is approximately $100 pesos- depending on which hairstyle and whether or not you want to pair that with getting your kids nails and make up done. But THIS is an excellent service. The hairstyles are amazing, the people professional, and your daughter will LOVE getting pampered. Our next visit (yes, we are already planning on going again) will consist of a milk shake and snack for Mackenzie, a nice lunch for mommy, and a complete beauty salon experience for the kiddo. Our cost: my perfectly cooked salmon was $159 pesos ($$9.94 U.S. dollars) and the basic hairstyling and nails package at the beauty salon was $100 pesos ($6.25 U.S. dollars). Not bad for my daughter to feel like a princess.

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The kids pizza was not a good food option but the straeberry milk shake rocked!

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5:15pm- Right across the busy street from the Princess Tea party restaurant is the Galerias Hipodromo Mall. And, on the top floor of Tijuana’s new mall, you can find Oh! Zone. Oh! Zone is a family friendly, all ages welcomed to play, entertainment center. We walked in not exactly sure of what to expect. But we were quickly won over by the rock wall climbing section, bowling alley, games center, roller skate area, food court, and sky level obstacle course. Truth be told, we didn’t know what to try first! Mackenzie chose to climb the rock wall first, then went off to buy an ice ($33 pesos), then off to try roller skating (where I was especially thankful for the little wheeled push helper thingy that she could prop herself up with and help to learn to balance on), and we finished with a lot of fun games at the game center (the typhoon 4D experience was awesome!). Costs vary depending on what activities you choose to participate in but, as a general rule, roller skating costs $63 pesos for two hours (3.94 U.S. dollars), bowling is $52 pesos and includes the shoe rental ($3.25 U.S. dollars), and the game center charges vary depending on the game (The fireball fury, as an example, costs 3.2 credits- the equivalent of $4.16 pesos and $.26 cents). The Oh! Zone website and Oh! Zone Facebook page do a great job of letting their customers know about prices and any promotions that are available.

Roller skating at Oh! Zone was awesome! We were also very thankful that they have those wheeley thingies to keep Mackenzie off her behind!

Roller skating at Oh! Zone was awesome! We were also very thankful that they have those wheeley thingies to keep Mackenzie off her behind!

Feel like doing some rock climbing? They've got that too!

Feel like doing some rock climbing? They’ve got that too!

Games, rides, challenges... Oh! Zone is a complete family entertainment package

Games, rides, challenges… Oh! Zone is a complete family entertainment package

It was 7:30pm before we tore ourselves away from Oh Zone! and decided it was time to go home. Less than an hour later Mackenzie was sound asleep. It was a fun, educational, and yummy day. More importantly for you, it was a day I would highly recommend to anyone with kids. We had a blast and if you want to come down to Tijuana for a day and have some kid friendly fun this is definitely an itinerary worth considering.

 

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