Hummingbird Festival Family Fun at El Charco

By Sheridan Sansegundo

A scavenger hunt, a puppet show by the edge of the Presa, making origami hummingbirds—these are just a sampling of the events at the Kids + Nature Family Day, part of the second annual Hummingbird Festival, hosted by Audubon of Mexico.

ids + Nature
Family Day
Festival Internacional
de Colibrí (Oct 9-11)
Sociedad Audubon de Mexico
Sat, Oct 11, 10am-2pm
Jardín Botanico el
Charco del Ingenio
10 pesos
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The seeds of an abiding love of nature and a concern for the natural world around us are so often sown at an early age—walking through fields with your mother and learning the names of wildflowers, seeing a chick hatch from an egg, watching an ants’ nest or a squirrel stealing from the bird feeder—and Audubon is introducing a number of environmental programs to schools in the greater San Miguel de Allende area to encourage this.

But Family Day is all about fun. “The idea for this day was to create an event which would be fun for both children and adults, surrounded by nature,” said Lorie Topinka, who is overseeing the event. “An opportunity to learn about our plants and wildlife, particularly hummingbirds, in an entertaining way, and also to discover the enchantments of El Charco. After the abundant rains, it is full of wildflowers.”

Various activities will be set up, some in the open air and some in tents. There will be interactive presentations on how to identify different hummingbirds and an activity exploring their iridescence. One tent will be filled with children making paper chains of hummingbirds and their favorite flowers; another will feature charming hummingbird finger puppets made from recycled toilet paper rolls. Or you might choose to attend a craft class to make and color a two-sided spinner that shows a hummingbird in flight, while learning about their special flight characteristics.

The scavenger hunt will not involve picking wildflowers or collecting items, but locating things and answering questions. For instance, “If this barrel cactus is 60cms tall, and it grows 8mm a year, how old is it?”

While Family Day might not be for everyone (because there are so many different events going on during the Hummingbird Festival), maybe there is a neighboring family who would like to hear about it, or even get a ride up to El Charco. Or you might like to be a volunteer. If so, contact Lorie Topinka at

Kids + Nature Family Day will be held on October 11 from 10am to 2pm at El Charco. Admission is 10 pesos each. For more details about the International Hummingbird Festival visit

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