It's easy to breeze through vacation without actually delving into the essence of a city's history or heart. What makes a city tick is based on an intricate cultural tapestry woven from history, food, language, and true local leisure. What better place to get a dose of cultural medicine than one of the most interesting and paradoxical cities in the world: Mexico City.

With over 150 museums, a thriving art and music scene, and strong ties to its Aztec and Mayan roots, there?s nothing more exciting than finding a place amid its large and numerous streets that resonates with you and your family. Here's a short agenda to make sure you steer clear of the junk and experience the real deal.

1. Museo Nacional de Antropologica. This is a cant miss museum for anyone who comes to Mexico City, the archaeological and anthropological exhibits will impress the entire family. Your children will be fascinated by the animal carvings and the symbolism of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations, which feature the sun and moon. Just imagine, one day they will see these very same symbols and artifacts in their textbooks in the classroom and be able to relate on a whole other level. See more museums in the travel guide.

2. El Museo del Juguete Antiguo Mexico (MUJUM). The Museum of Antique Toys is fascinating for both parents and children; however, its more for looking at old-school toys than actually playing with them. (So let the kiddos know ahead of time.) Even so, this impressive collection (more than a million!) by Mexican architect Roberto Shimizu shows another aspect to Mexican culture that your entire family can enjoy together. This museum is a great place to explain strange objects from the past to your children, and they will be interested in this history lesson because it centers around their favorite subject: toys! Find more details here about the museum.

3. Ballet Folklórico de México. A dance performance full of energy, colors, and technical mastery--even those who don't normally appreciate the ballet will find themselves enchanted by this show. While mom and dad may want to come alone for an evening show, the performance offers the entire family a taste of traditional Mexican culture.  We recommend the Sunday show at the Ballet Folklórico if you're bringing the children since it's a more casual dress affair and you'll be sure to find other youngsters clapping along with you. The children will love the costumes and the lively music! 

4. Jardín del Arte Sullivan.The Sullivan Art Garden is an outdoor arts market located inside a public park where close to 400 painters, sculptors, engravers, photographers, and other kinds of artists have been exhibiting their work as part of a civil association that's existed since 1955. The art market is open every Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00 in the neighborhood Colonia San Rafael near the historic center of Mexico City. Its&#