Did anyone tell you already about the stomping and tides of people?
If you have not been to Fiestas de la Calle and plan to take your family you need to know that the event is not kid-friendly, unless you take them very early in the morning. At San Sebastian, you can have the best time of your life, but it will be at the expense of having people pushing and stomping on your feet all the time. At the peak of the event, the streets in Old San Juan get so crowded that you will just give up trying to get somewhere, and just let the tide of people take you from one place to the other.
Kids are welcomed at the Rio Piedras’ Botanical Garden
But wait, don’t spoil the party. In some editions of the Festival, the Fundación Ecológica Educativa, Inc. an organization that produces ecological & cultural activities, has organized a activities for kids at Jardín Botánico that provide a fun, family-friendly environment, without traffic jams and parking hassles. To check whether Fundación will held the event this year, visit their website. You can also reach them via email or telephone. The event is free of charge but donations are welcomed.
What to expect
- Dramatized readings
- A carnival environment
- Circus activities
- Marching bands, batucada bands
- Traditional dances
- Jíbaro music (by Luis Daniel Colón, El Topo)
- Troubadour kids
- Arts and crafts kiosks and workshops
About the Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico)
The San Juan Botanical Garden, also known as the Botanical Garden of the University of Puerto Rico, is located in San Juan. This lush 300-acre (1.2 km2) “urban garden” of native and exotic flora serves as a laboratory for the study, conservation and enrichment of plants, trees, flowers, grasses and many other plants. Seventy-five acres are landscaped and open to the general public as well as researchers. The entrance is located off the south side of the intersection of Highway 1 and Road 847 in Río Piedras.
Check out this map.