Cubans love kids and kids invariably love Cuba. Welcome to a culture where children still play freely in the street. There's something wonderfully old-fashioned about kids' entertainment here, which is less about computer games and more about messing around in the plaza with an improvised baseball bat and a rolled-up ball of plastic.
- Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña
Havana's huge fort has museums, battlements and a nightly cannon ceremony with soldiers in period costume.
- Castillo de la Real Fuerza
This centrally located fort has a moat, lookouts and scale models of Spanish galleons.
- Parque Maestranza
This park has bouncy castles, fairground rides and sweet snacks overlooking Havana Harbor.
- Isla del Coco
A huge Chinese-funded amusement park in Havana's Playa neighborhood, the best of its type in Cuba.
- Parque Lenin
A park with 'rustic' playground rides, boats, a minitrain and an equestrian center south of Havana.
- Acuario Nacional
Various reproductions of Cuba's coastal ecosystems, including a marine cave and a mangrove forest, can be found at the nation's main aquarium, in the Miramar district.
- Carnaval de la Habana
Music, dancing and effigies along Havana's Malecón in August.
- Playas de Este
Miles of sandy beaches 20km east of Havana, with plenty of water toys available to rent. Makes a good day trip.
A riot of playful public art that has the ability to inspire any age group.