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 Paris for Children

Paris for Kids If you thought Paris was totally adult fun, think again! Kids have an amazing range of fun places to go to. There are a variety of museums made especially for kids! While some museums specialise in science themes, some of them deal with a wide range of dolls! For the more creative tiny tots, there are café-theaters with productions catering to only children. And those kids who believe in being rough and tough, there is the Musée de la Marine which covers maritime France and includes scale models of ships.

Paris has some amazing parks. The best out of the lot is the Jardin d'Acclimatation. There is an admission charge for the park but it's worth every penny. This park is best visited on Wednesday.

And how can one forget kid's ultimate fun place, the Zoos? Though the largest zoo is at Bois de Vincennes, the most appealing is the small but wonderful Menagerie du Jardin de Plantes in the 5th arrondissement.

Kids will never be starved for entertainment in Paris. There is the magnificent Disneyland Paris, spread across 1,500 acres, and it is sure to win any red-blooded child's heart! You and your kids will also immensely enjoy a tour along the Seine river. A great one for sight seeing, this tour is unique in a lot of ways. For one, during the tour the child would get to see the entire overview of the beautiful city of Paris! Sure to kindle nostalgia in adults and unbounded excitement in kids! A visit to Notre Dame, should not be ruled out either, if not for anything else but for its breath-taking size and beauty.

On the Right bank one could take a stroll through the Jardin de Tuileries while savouring heaps of ice-creams or ride on a donkey back or even attend marionette shows depending on your little prince or princesses' mood. On the Left Bank, one can go to Jardin du Luxembourg to enjoy the same kind of fun.

If Puppets turn your child on, you can catch a puppet show anywhere in Paris as they are a great tradition in the city.

Don't let your child miss the wax museum at Musée Grevin, which is known for being the number one waxworks' museum in Paris.

And yes, you have come to the fashion capital of the world and your child is still attired in those normal clothes? There are many fashion shops specialising in children's clothes and also a lot of fashion houses have separate outlets for kids!

In fact, Paris holds so much enjoyment for your tiny tots, that for once you will be glad you have taken the children along for the holiday! For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Place to stay in Paris for more information.

The major children attractions are:

Disneyland - theme park

France Miniature - leisure park

Astérix - amusement park

Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie - futuristic science museum



Disneyland
Disneyland is Paris' biggest attraction. It is located 20 miles from the centre of Paris and it is conveniently connected by public transport. The magical world of Walt Disney will please children of all ages. It offers superb entertainment, sports and leisure facilities and other attractions : day and night parades, shows, a variety of shops and restaurants.

How to get there
RER line A :
TGV station straight at the park
Car : motorway A4 Metz-Nancy to exit 14

Opening times
Open 9am to 8pm

Entrance fee
From 1 to 3 days : adults from 27 euros to 73 euros, children from 23 euros to 62 euros.

For more info, visit www.disneylandparis.com




France Miniature
The France Miniature is an outdoor park easily accessible from Paris. It displays the different faces of France in miniature scale. It has over 200 models. New models are added every year. All the major sites, castles and monuments can be toured very "quickly" in this special park. It is particularly aimed at children and designed to be educational and fun.The aquatic sound and light show were added in 1999.

Address
25, Route du Mesnil
78990 - ELANCOURT

How to get there
La Verriere train station, then bus to the park

Opening times
open 10am to 7pm

Entrance fee
Adults from 12 euros, children (from 4 to 16) 8,50 euros.

For more info, visit www.franceminiature.com




Astérix
Besides Disneyland the other popular theme park is the Parc Astérix. It is located about 35 kilometres north of Paris in a beautiful setting. It is easily reachable from Charles de Gaulle airport. The park is based on comic books and you can meet the heros : Astérix, Obélix and friends

There are plenty of rides : water rides, hair-raising rides and the new Oxygenarium ride in inflatable boats. There is also a dolphin show. It has many other attractions for children and adults. There are restaurants and take-away outlets.

Address
Boite Postalel
60128-Plailly

How to get there
Bus Shuttle from RER Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle
Car : off the A1 autoroute

Opening times
From April to October : 10 am to 6 pm
For more information, please call 03 44 62 34 04

Entrance fee
Adults 28 euros, children (from 3 to 11) 20 euros.

For more info, visit www.asterix.tm.fr




Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie
Located in the north of Paris, Cité des Sciences is indeed a major attraction. It is an ultra-modern science museum and has its own internal television. It makes you feel in a futuristic city with its bridges, suspended walkways and transparent escalators and elevators.

It offers a variety of activities and workshops for kids with three floors of interactive exhibits. Its high-tech sections are very popular.

Address
Parc de la Villette,
30 avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19e
Tel : 01 40 05 70 00

How to get there
Metro line 5 or 7: Porte de la Villette, Porte de Pantin
Bus : PC

Opening times
Tuesday to Sunday : 10 am to 6 pm
Closed Monday.

Entrance fee
Adults : 7,50 euros
Reduced : 5,50 euros
Under 7s : free

For more info, visit www.cite-sciences.fr



 





























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