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.
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.
All of our little ones relished the chance to take orders, cook, and bus tables at the restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch this video of the Inion Eleven exploring Trompo Magico:
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.