IRTRA, Guatemala – Theme Park on a Rainy Day – Kids Still Have a Blast

Going to a theme park is a big deal in my house.  Not sure why, but it usually takes a lot of preparation to head on over there. A few rules – we never go during high season or weekends, because the last thing we need is to be stuck in lines.

Also, it’s not around the corner from our house. So when we make plans to go to Guatemala City and to visit IRTRA in Mundo Petapa we normally have other things to do like getting ‘official’ papers or passports or ‘important’ stuff.

IRTRA guatemala

Soaring through the air

Planning our trip to IRTRA, Guatemala

This time around was no different.

We decided to go on Thursday, since the park is only open Thursday – Sunday. Chances are Thursdays are their slowest.

We had to hit the US embassy for some ‘official’ business as well.

Everything was going smoothly, until we arrived to IRTRA and it started to pour on us.

And pour.

Upside of going to an Amusement Park in the Rain

  • No lines
  • Kids still have a blast
  • We can get things done faster and more efficiently
  • Feeding kids is not a problem – except that the food has got to be the worse we have ever tried.

STRONG RECOMMENDATION – if you can eat before arriving do so. We have never ate worse food than what is offered at this amusement park, even if it is dirt cheap. 

Cafeteria - IRTRA Mundo Petapa, Guatemala

The Rides – Always the Main Attractions

My three year old was just the right height for most of the baby rides. Last time we came to IRTRA he couldn’t do anything at all. So this time he had a blast:

Planes – he did this one alone – and he survived!

Flying Kid - IRTRA Mundo Petapa, Guatemala

Ready to Fly

Carousel – I had to join him on this dare devil ride. Somehow we made it.

Carousel - IRTRA Mundo Petapa, Guatemala

Energy User – the harder you peddle the higher you fly. This time around the big bro was there to help, otherwise my baby would never get off the ground

Flying action - IRTRA, Guatemala

Bumper Cars – if you can believe it, they actually recommend for tiny people to go alone. If anyone has ever sat in a bumper car, they will know very well how DIFFICULT it is to steer. So at first we tried it with my three year old on his own. This was a total farce and they had to stop the ride cause he was going no where and everyone was bumping into him. And then they let his big brother drive him around.

Bumper cars - IRTRA Mundo Petapa, Guatemala

Papa and son moment – this looks a lot more fun than it actually is for adults. But seeing your baby full of excitement and anticipation makes you forget that the rain is pelting down and you’re being swung round and round.

Flying High with Papa - IRTRA Mundo Petapa, Guatemala

Papa and son

Driving a car – ok, this has to be the coolest ride here. And one that my three year old can do on his own. Drive a smart car. There is a little track that goes around a miniature village that resembles a lot like a smurf village with mushroom-like houses. And he drives it on his own.

Driving my Smart Car - IRTRA Mundo Petapa, Guatemala

Driving fun

Tackling Icebergs and Playing with Penguins – do the rides get any cuter than this one? Not sure, cause seeing my son’s face as he goes up and down the little ride was without a doubt the highlight of our day – even in the downpour.

Iceberg Fun with Penguins - IRTRA Mundo Petapa, Guatemala

 

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

4 Responses to IRTRA, Guatemala – Theme Park on a Rainy Day – Kids Still Have a Blast

  1. I love theme parks. Even without kids they are fun. I haven’t been to any theme parks outside of Europe, but I think that they are everywhere the same: TONS OF FUN!
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  2. Jennifer says:

    Theme parks are fun, though I don’t know about in the pouring rain…
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  3. I still love them parks and can really relate the the upside of a rainy day visit as it would save you all of the waiting time in wildly long lines! So happy to see that you all had fun – even if not so much as your sons!
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