Hola, it’s Hispanic Heritage Month for travelers
Since September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, here are a few options for Latin-flavored travel with kids:
** In Washington, DC, the Smithsonian Museum is sponsoring a series of Hispanic heritage events, including a Family Fiesta this weekend at the National Zoo, a Latino art and culture gallery tour (various dates) and a program of Bolivian music and dance September 27.
** In Austin TX, the brand-new Mexican American Cultural Center will open downtown this weekend (here’s a cool interactive tour from the Austin American-Statesman.)
** In Charlotte NC, the Festival Latino Americano will be held at the lovely Mint Museum on October 7th.
** In Phoenix AZ, there are a bunch of events planned; the About.com’s Guide to Phoenix has a full list.
** I’m a huge fan of Mexican mariachi music; here’s a list of mariachi concerts in September/October. Tip: if the amazing Mariachi Vargas ever come to your town, run, don’t walk, to get tickets (they’re playing the opulent San Antonio Municipal Auditorium December 1.)
Finally, here’s a great recommended reading list of Hispanic-themed books for kids at all grade levels plus adults. Check your local library for any of them.