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Centro Cultural La Recoleta

Centro Cultural La Recoleta Review

Art exhibitions, concerts, fringe theater performances, and workshops are some of the offerings at this cultural center. The rambling building it occupies was converted from the cloister patios of the Franciscan monks.

Museo Participativo de Ciencias. The motto of this mini science museum inside the Centro Cultural La Recoleta is Prohibido No Tocar (Not Touching Is Forbidden), which says it all. Ten hands-on rooms aim to teach kids how things like electricity, music, light, and computers work through thoughtful interactive displays that include giant musical instruments and DIY whirlpools. Explanations are entirely in Spanish, so your little ones may not get the full educational experience, but there's so much to touch and try that they probably won't mind. Centro Cultural La Recoleta, Junín 1930, C1113AAT. 11/4807–3260. www.mpc.org.ar. 50 pesos, free for children under 4. Jan.–Feb., daily 3:30–7:30; Mar.–Dec., Tues.–Fri. 10–5, weekends 3:30–7:30; school holidays (approx. last two weeks of July.), Tues.–Fri. 12:30–7:30, weekends 3:30–7:30.

Feria de Artesanos de Plaza Francia. On weekends artisans' stalls line the small park outside Recoleta Cemetery, forming the open-air market known as La Feria de Artesanos de Plaza Francia (also Chapter 3, Shopping). It's usually teeming with shoppers eager to stock up on quality crafts—including leather goods, pottery, table linens, and other textiles, plus lovely pieces of handmade jewelry. Although the market officially opens at 11, many stalls aren't properly set up until after 1. Plaza Francia, Avs. Libertador and Pueyrredón, C1113AAX. www.feriaplazafrancia.com. Weekends 11–8.

Updated: 07-09-2014

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