About Anja H
Lives in Copenhagen, Denmark
Since Mar 2015
Formerly an enthusiastic backpacker and shoestringer trawling through Europe and South America, I now travel mainly with a pram and too many suitcases. Still not finished with neither South America, specifically Sao Paulo, nor Europe though.
Arenas & Stadiums
A really popular museum with both locals and tourists. The interactive exhibitions cover four areas: Earth, Life, Ingenuity and Society. There is a DC-3 plane on display outside the building, which is a particular hit with the kids, and inside they can get to touch a real meteor!
Aquariums are usually a hit with children and in Sao Paulo you can get close to species that are native to the country. The Amazonian fish are particularly fascinating, but the highlight is the shipwreck from which you can look at salt water fish, including sharks.
The Pacaembu Stadium is home to the national Football Museum and is one of the arenas used by the Palmeiras team. A visit to the stadium and museum is a must for any sports crazed family.
Prepare to spend the better part of a day in the Butantan Institute on the University of Sao Paulo campus. This institute is a working bio-medical research center where you can get up close to scorpions, lizards, snakes and other reptiles. There are also educational trails for older children, and the park itself is a great place for a walk among the tropical plants.
You can spend hours at Villa Lobos Park, playing in the playgrounds, exercising, having a picnic, or riding bicycles. The park is a large oasis in this busy city and a great place for the children to run around in.
Zoo Safari is located right next to the Sao Paulo Zoo and offers you the chance to experience animals running free. It is a nice alternative to a traditional zoo.
Agua Branca is another great park that offers more shade than Villa Lobos. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and there are horses, turkeys and chicken that children can feed. On weekends the park hosts an organic market which is extremely popular.
Located in the bohemian neighborhood of Vila Madalena, Oficina de Pizzas serves traditional Brazilian pizza with interesting toppings. The atmosphere is relaxed, the rooms are decorated with branches, which the kids find funny. There are high chairs available for babies and nobody bats an eyelid if your little one throws the cutlery on the floor.