10 Awesome Things to Do with Kids in Playa del Carmen

Want to know one of the best-kept secrets for anyone looking for things to do with kids in Playa del Carmen? In addition to offering world-class restaurants, nightlife, and luxury accommodations for adults, it’s also a paradise where families and children can make memories that last a lifetime. That’s because Playa’s safe, walkable streets, abundance of […] ... Continue Reading »
By: Laura Pulling 
on: June 10, 2024

Want to know one of the best-kept secrets for anyone looking for things to do with kids in Playa del Carmen? In addition to offering world-class restaurants, nightlife, and luxury accommodations for adults, it’s also a paradise where families and children can make memories that last a lifetime.

That’s because Playa’s safe, walkable streets, abundance of family-friendly activities, and stunning beaches make it a great place to explore all the city has to offer with your loved ones. When it comes to Playa del Carmen excursions, you have the option of exploring ancient ruins, splashing into crystal-clear cenotes and so much more.

Below you’ll find a list of my top 10 picks for enjoying all Playa has to offer with your kiddos! 

Top 10 Kid-Friendly Activities in Playa del Carmen


1. Splash and Play at Punta Esmeralda Beach 

Punta Esmeralda Beach is a favorite among locals, thanks to its calm waters, white sandy enclaves, and kid-friendly amenities. What makes this different from other beaches is the nearby cenote, a natural freshwater pool that is super shallow, and perfect for little ones to splash and play in. Parents can relax under the shade of palm trees while the kids build sandcastles or explore the shallow waters.

Free of beach clubs and resorts, Punta Esmeralda is nature at its finest.  With its calm and tranquil atmosphere, Punta Esmeralda Beach is the ideal spot for packing up a picnic and having a family beach day in Playa del Carmen.

2. Dive into Adventure at Xcaret Park 

Xcaret Park is an adventure park for families, offering a diverse array of activities and attractions to suit every age and interest. Kids can snorkel in underground rivers, explore ancient Mayan ruins, and interact with exotic wildlife, including dolphins and butterflies.

The Children’s World area features water playgrounds, educational exhibits, and interactive games designed to engage and entertain young visitors, all based on the Mayan Culture of the area.

3. Discover Marine Life at Xel-Ha Park 

Xel-Ha Park is a natural preserve located outside Akumal where families can snorkel among colorful fish, float down lazy rivers, and explore hidden cenotes. This protected area is free of noisy beach clubs and bars. Kids can delight in the park’s water playgrounds, shallow swimming areas, and interactive exhibits, while parents can relax without worry. 

With its emphasis on conservation and environmental education, Xel-Ha Park offers a unique opportunity for families to connect with nature and learn about the importance of marine conservation. Whether you’re exploring the underwater world or hiking through the pathways near the beach, Xel-Ha Park is sure to create lasting memories for the whole family.

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Introduce your little swimmers to the underwater realms at Xel-Ha

4. Exploring Nature at Xaman-Ha Aviary in Playacar

Xaman-Ha Aviary in Playacar offers families a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature while encountering a diverse array of tropical birds. As you wander through lush vegetation and winding pathways, kids will be delighted by the colorful sights and sounds of exotic birds from the jungle of Quintana Roo.

From vibrant parrots to majestic toucans, Xaman-Ha Aviary provides a memorable and enriching experience for families looking to connect with nature in Playa del Carmen.

5. Explore the Mysteries of Cenote Chaak Tun 

Cenote Chaak Tun, located about ten minutes outside the center of Playa del Carmen, is a hidden gem. Guided tours take visitors through the underground caves and crystal-clear waters, revealing stunning rock formations and hidden chambers along the way. Kids can snorkel and swim as they learn about its cultural and ecological significance.

Cenote Chaak Tun offers a unique and unforgettable experience for families looking to connect with nature and discover the mysteries of the underground world. The cenote is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

6. Discover the Ancient Ruins of Tulum 

This is one of the most popular Playa del Carmen excursions as it invites you to take a step back in time and explore the ancient Mayan city of Tulum with your family. Only an hour’s excursion from the center of Playa del Carmen, you’ll find dramatic cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Tulum offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rich history and culture.

Kids will love exploring the well-preserved ruins, climbing stone staircases, and learning about the Mayan civilization from knowledgeable guides. The ruins are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and can get quite crowded in the high season, so it’s advised to go early – you’ll also be able to skip the midday heat too! Be sure to bring snacks, water, and sunscreen.

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Visiting the ruins is a fun day out, and going to Tulum – rather than Chichen Itza, is a more manageable journey with little ones in tow.

7. Play and Relax at Parque La Ceiba 

Parque La Ceiba is a peaceful jungle oasis and one of the best Playa del Carmen parks, offering families a chance to escape the busyness of the city and reconnect with nature. At this beloved park, kids can run freely in the green spaces, play on the playground equipment, and participate in workshops and cultural events held throughout the year.

Parents can relax in the shade of towering ceiba trees while the kids explore and play. Enjoy a home-cooked meal of sopes and tacos as well as smoothies and juices at Munay Cafe, located in the center of the park. The park is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day and closed on Mondays and the cafe is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. 

8. Connect with Nature at Eco Park Kantun Chi 

Eco Park Kantun Chi is an ecological park in Aventuras with lush jungle trails, serene cenotes, and abundant wildlife that is accessible for the whole family. Families can explore the park on guided tours, swim in the refreshing waters of the cenotes, and learn about the importance of conservation and environmental protection.

Spot tropical birds, butterflies, and other native species as they wander through the jungle. With its emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly practices, Eco Park Kantun Chi offers families a chance to connect with nature and experience the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean in a responsible and respectful way.

9. Enjoy Playa del Carmen Family Resorts

Playa del Carmen offers a variety of family-friendly resorts, each providing an array of activities to keep both kids and adults entertained. While you might not be staying in a resort exclusively, you can often find a great ‘staycation’ deal to stay at one for a night or two. Resorts along the coast are equipped with a wealth of amenities that guests of all ages can enjoy.

Kids can unleash their imagination at dedicated kids’ zones, complete with supervised activities, games, and even mini water parks. Theres also nightly entertainment and shows that the whole family can enjoy. Meanwhile, parents can pamper themselves with spa treatments, take a dip in infinity pools, or savor delicious cuisine at the delicious restaurants.

Check out our blog on best all-inclusive resorts where you can bag a day-pass!

10. Bring School Donations to KKIS

Exploring another country is always exciting, and it’s wonderful to see how different cultures live and support each other. A great way to give back while you’re on vacation is by bringing along some school supplies to donate to the KKIS offices. Many visitors pack a few extra items in their suitcases to drop off during their trip, and involving your kids to pick out some special school items can help them feel invested in the charity spirit too.

Our office is right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, making it easy to stop by on your way to a rooftop pool or while you’re out exploring the town and having breakfast. Giving back to the local community can make your vacation even more special and heartwarming.


Keeping Kids in School

While you’re having a blast with your kids in Playa del Carmen—whether you’re visiting theme parks or exploring nature reserves—we’d love for you to think about giving back to the local community.

In this beautiful part of Mexico, many children face challenges in getting a full education. Unlike in some other countries, high school education here isn’t free. The costs can be pretty high for families, often amounting to two months’ worth of local wages for a year of school fees. Plus, the cost of resources, uniforms, and other supplies needed for school can make it tough for some kids to attend.

The good news is that it costs less than $2 USD per day to keep a student in high school. KKIS is a non-profit charity in Playa del Carmen dedicated to helping students stay in school.

So, while you’re planning all the fun family activities, consider how you can make a difference in a child’s education by supporting KKIS. It’s a great way to add a meaningful touch to your vacation! Donate today!


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