She was right: Meenakshi and Amrita were as engaged as I was on our trip to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán, in the southern part of the city. It’s a colonial-style home that’s painted a rich blue and has an interior patio with a beautiful garden with blooming flowers. We especially enjoyed seeing Ms. Kahlo’s wardrobe of dresses displayed on mannequins, and her brushes and easel, along with the mirror that she used to paint her self-portraits.
Afterward, we went to the San Ángel neighborhood, also in the city’s southern part, and walked through the vibrant crafts market where dozens of vendors were selling colorful piñatas, which, naturally, Amrita and Meenakshi wanted to buy. They cost only $1 each and with their bright hues — reds, blues and greens among the bunch — and varied shapes like stars and cones, they were works of art. I quickly agreed, and as we continued our stroll through the market, they talked excitedly about the candies they wanted to fill inside their new toys.
On another day, we explored the nearly 1,700-acre Chapultepec Park, in the heart of the city and across the street from our hotel. It’s the largest urban park in Latin America and has museums, restaurants, a zoo and plenty of paths for biking, walking and running.
The children’s museum, Papalote Museo del Niño, was definitely their favorite park attraction: The sprawling space had around 180 interactive exhibits, and they couldn’t get enough of the towering Ramon Tree, which they were able to walk through and which taught them about different forest ecosystems. And we spent at least an hour in the large garden, which had samples of the various kinds of soil and plants found in humid forests, wetlands and other ecosystems in Mexico.