Guadalajara´s Trompo Magico: A World Class Children´s Museum

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Guadalajara´s Trompo Magico: A World Class Children´s Museum

Magico Trompo Cover Shot

People kept telling us that we needed to visit the Museo Trompo Magico. Was it because we have children from ages 1 to 15 and live within a day’s drive of Guadalajara? Yes, on both counts. We have already made it our practice, around the world, to visit ANY child-friendly museum. For its interactive exhibits, the Trompo Magico takes its place among the best worldwide.

We decided not to tell the children where we were going. The suspense was building as we drove through downtown Guadalajara.

Tromp Magico Mexico

The Inion Eleven ready to tackle the world class children’s museum in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Interactive exhibits: Elementary Level

For the pre-scholars and early elementary students, the interactive exhibits are colorful and well laid-out. Staff are attentive but allow children to freely play. Our youngest daughter could have spent all afternoon buying her groceries at the mercado; complete with life size produce, a checkout line, and “real” pesos to pay at the cash register.

Market Shoppers

Market Shoppers–this was Hadassah’s favorite spot. She would have stayed here to play the entire day.

All of our little ones relished the chance to take orders, cook, and bus tables at the restaurant.

Magico Trompo Restaurant

Playing cook, servers and cashier was a favorite activity for our crew.



Hot from the pretend brick-fired oven

Our children with disabilities were well able to navigate the sprawling one-level property. Brightly colored mats, shapes and inclines provided an interactive environment for both our one year old and our quadriplegic son.

Trompo Magico Children's Museum Baby

The baby area is filled with sensory and tactile play. Our baby got up on his knees for the first time while playing in this section.

Magico Trompo Special Needs

Two different areas are set up with sensory toys and bright play areas for children with extra physical and developmental needs.

The bubbles were a favorite with our crew. While learning about solutions and surface tension, the children (of all ages) could make bubbles two feet or more in diameter. A staff assistant formed a four feet around bubble around us as it rose eight feet high.

Magico Trompo Bubbles.

Bubble fun.

Magico Trompo Guadalajara

Farm Town at Magico Trompo

Medical Fun

Dr. Jeremiah and Midwife Hadassah examine a baby in the medical clinic.

More Interactives: Middle to High School

Media exhibits: The museum covered all aspects of mass media from print, recordings, radio and television. Staff were on hand to demonstrate recording equipment and cameras.

Magico Trompo Music

The Inion musicians.

We could have spent even more time in the grand exhibit hall. Appropriately, the exhibits majored on physics–momentum, gravity, aerodynamics–keeping the exhibits visually fascinating and hands-on. Our 15 year-old tested his strength while generating electricity on an exercise bike and giving the “perpetual” motion machine its send off.
Since the exhibits are indoors and air-conditioned, Trompo Magico is a great rainy day activity. Outdoor playgrounds and water fountains complement the experience. For its interactivity and quality, Trompo Magico takes its place proudly among great children´s museums throughout the world.

Magico Trompo Guadalajara

The science area for the older children proved fascinating for all.

Museo Magico Trumpo

So much to do, see, touch and imagine. Fun all around.

Watch this video of the Inion Eleven exploring Trompo Magico:

Getting there

The roads toward the Museo Trompo Magico are surprisingly well-marked for miles around. The museum is located at Avenida Central 750, Residencial Poniente, Zapopan. Telephone: (33)3030-0001. Tickets cost 40 pesos ($3 U.S.). Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Note: Admission is FREE to all on Thursdays. Free to handicapped children and their caregivers daily.

Do you have a favorite children’s museum? We’d love for you to tell us about it in the comments.

Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion, parents of nine (including four children adopted with special needs), 2014 National Geographic Travelers of the Year and the National Geographic Travelers People's Choice Travelers of the Year. They love to laugh, to read and to explore as a family. The secret to their marital bliss is an early morning cup of freshly brewed coffee before the children awake.


  1. Ari says:

    Hi there! I love your blog. You inspire me to be as best a mother as I can, and to not ever make excuses. With that said, I’m growing more and more inspired to buy an RV and worldschool as you do. For right now it’s just my husband, 3.5 year old daughter and I. How do you get around the scary thought of higher crime rate in some of these countries? Do you worry about kidnapping, muggings and rape? All I ever hear about Central and South America is that the human trafficking industry is out of control. I also have only ever had negative reports from friends who have visited these areas. That poverty is rampant, violent crime is popular and that the food and water is bad. It’s a narrow view, and seems a little TOO negative. If it was so bad, clearly you wouldn’t bring your children there. So can you tell me why you don’t worry about these things? I would love, more than anything, to follow in your foot steps, but I have to do my due diligence first. The community we live in now is extremely safe, so I would hate to uproot us for a bad situation. I would appreciate any reply that you could provide, truly.

    • Stacey-jean Inion says:

      What a encouraging message. Thank you so much. Being the best mothers/fathers we can me is the greatest way to invest our lives. I often think that if I were in the US now having never traveled, I would be terrified to cross that border into Mexico. All the news posts are the crime stories. None of which I or most of the over one million Americans living here have ever seen. Sure there are some areas in Mexico we avoid. We also avoid some spots in the US. I might be hesitant to drive through downtown Detroit on a Friday night with my children. Most of Mexico is safe, beautiful, inexpensive, sunny and family friendly. We were living in Belize and visiting Mexico from that border. We always say we learned to enjoy Mexico through the backdoor. That is why we had no qualms about driving down. We have now been all over Mexico and still find the country to be wonderfully fun and safe. There is poverty in some areas although much less than in some countries where we visit. Poverty is not something to fear. A child learns lifelong lessons and will be changed for the better by getting to know people who are living with very little.

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