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a day for the family

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Morning Having a free day to spend with the family might become a real marathon. Therefore, nothing could be more appropriate than a hearty breakfast. Panneteria ZN (Av. Eng. Caetano Álvares, 4740, Mandaqui; 2236-6000) is a godsend place to boost not only the children’s supply of energy, but that of whoever is taking care of them. In their own pace, parents can help themselves with bread, cold cuts, fruit and cakes at the buffet, for there is a kids area with toys, video games, tv and coloring pages. Then, to stay outdoors, visit the Juventude Park (Av. Zaki Narchi, 1309, Santana, 20898600; juventude.sp.gov.br). The former site of the Carandiru penitentiary now shelters a cultural and recreational complex with 240000 sq m; it is frequented by people from North Zone and beyond. Woods, alleys, gardens and fruit trees compose the green area, which represents nearly 40% of the extension of the park – perfect for hiking and even for picnics. The area devoted to sports has eight pitches, for volleyball, basketball, handball, futsal, and two others for tennis practice. A skateboard park is available for those who enjoy radical sports. If your kids are calmer and enjoy reading, do not miss the chance to take them to visit Biblioteca de São Paulo, right there within the park. The library offers Internet access, equipment to listen to music and watch movies, as well as more than 30,000 books, including best-sellers of juvenile literature, such as copies of the adventures of Harry Potter and the Twilight saga. If you feel a bit hungry early on, keep the family atmosphere and go to Casa Garabed (R. José Margarido, 216, Santana; 2976-2750), an Arabic restaurant that has a collection of cityofsaopaulo.com

Bacalhoeiro: monitors supervise the children

good original recipes. From a large oven fed by eucalyptus logs, come out delicious items such as sesame bread and typical sfihas, useful to prevent your little ones from getting irritated over empty stomachs.

AFTERNOON If you long for a place with structure to receive children for lunch, the tip is the Portuguese Bacalhoeiro (R. Azevedo Soares, 1580, Tatuapé, 2293-1010). In addition to a slide and a ball pool, the restaurant has a separate video game room, but under the sight of parents. And the good news is that there are monitors overseeing all the games. After eating, take the kids to Catavento Cultural (Pça. Cívica Ulysses Guimarães, s/n,

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