Day 625 in Brazil: More resources to entertain our children [and avoid going crazy!]

18 Apr

Being a parent/caretaker requires lots of diplomacynegotiationpeacekeepingpolicy implementation and strategy skills. That said, managing a household, its respective juvenile population and the consequent budgetary implications, is a… HUGE, EXPERIMENTAL and UNFORESEEN task! There is a never-ending need to keep kids and parents sane (as much as possible!). Family outings require loads of planning and logistics management – even if we’re just talking about a Sunday lunch! We’re 20 months into our assignment, and  our current post wasn’t a totally new experience for us, since we’ve visited Brazil several times before we moved here. Visiting was fun and care-free. Living and adjusting as a family, a little harder than we’d expected, but still very manageable.

This week we happily discovered a new resource for parents, like us, looking for an alternative for our children [we’d already shared a list of activities/places for children on a previous post]. Here it is: the First Toy Library (“brinquedoteca“) in Recife, Pernambuco.


Surprise your children. Here are some links on good stuff to do around Recife:

  • Praia de Boa Viagem (beach) – natural war water pools protected by coral reefs guarantee a delicious time a the beach. The sand and waters are continuously monitored by the state’s environmental agency, CPRH and are pollution-free.
  • Jardim Botânico de Recife (Botanical Gardens) – a natural reservation measuring 25.7 acres, a member of the Brazilian network of Botanical Gardens.
  • Parque Dois Irmãos (park) – one of the most beautiful and picturesque green areas of the city, the 38.7 ha park is a zoo, botanical and environmental education centre and an Atlantic Rainforest reservation. Ecological walking trails are guided by Biologists.
  • Parque da Jaqueira (park) – located by the Capibaribe river, the park covers 7ha and its the city’s largest one. Very green and has got beautiful gardens designed by Burle Marx.
  • Parque 13 de Maio (park) – also designed by Burle Marx, in downtown Recife. Children’s playgrounds, jogging lanes, benches, royal palm trees and sculptures.
  • Museu do Homem do Nordeste (museum) – one of the most historical and anthropological museums in Brazil. Hosts the “Family at the Museum” program.
  • Paço Children’s Project – contemporary arts program in Recife.
  • Escolinha de Arte do Recife (Junior Art School) – dedicated to awakening creativity and love for the arts in children.
  • Mirabilândia – one of the largest amusement parks in NE Brazil, the fairground has more than 20 rides divided into radical, family and children.
  • Game Station – there is an arcade in every major shopping mall, offering electronic games and fun for children and adults.

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13 responses to “Day 625 in Brazil: More resources to entertain our children [and avoid going crazy!]

  1. changeversations

    April 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Children are so special. Keep up the awesome work of parenting. Be blessed and encouraged!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you so much for the encouraging words! Definitely, not an easy task, but well worth it! 😮


  2. island traveler

    April 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Wow! Those colors are amazing….beautiful and rich culture all over….thanks.


  3. Bella Remy Photography

    April 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    And some people say that moms don’t work. The way you describe it makes it sound like the CEO executive job of a major corporation. Well done!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      August 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      You see?! that’s what I’m talking about, girl! 😮 Thanks for stopping by!


  4. rondomtaliedraai

    April 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Lovely pictures



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