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4 child friendly places to visit in Paris

[ 0 ] October 3, 2013 |

Museum of Comparative Anatomy

Like most major cities, finding things to do with kids in Paris is now pretty easy. Whether it be visiting a child-friendly Museum or a visiting a theme park, Paris has more than it’s fair share of attractions to entertain your children throughout your stay.

You might already have a solid list of attractions that you are must visits for the adults in your party, like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc De Triomphe. But if you’re not prepared to intersperse these visit with things that are going to engage your children then you might miss out on a lot of their significance because you’ll be bombarded with questions like “can we leave now?” or “when are we going home”.

Here are four great ‘child friendly’ destinations in Paris that you can use to ensure you get the perfect day at those places you’re most looking forward to visiting.

Cité des enfants

Kids love a museum that lets them get hands-on and Cité des enfants is just the place to do it. The National Museum of Natural History has a specific kids area and a lot of interactive exhibits aimed at the inquiring 10+ crowd, but it’s Cité des enfants where the real educational action is.

Cité des enfants is a great spot for toddlers and even older kids. They get to explore scientific toys and activities, which is the sneakiest and best way for kids to learn. There are areas specifically created for 2-7 year olds and 5-12 year olds. So whether you are looking for that early learning experience or the chance to give your kids some surreptitious learning this is the place.

The Bone Museum

The Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy is part of the National Museum of Natural History. The gallery holds nearly a thousand skeletons. There are the bones of modern animals like whales and giraffes, as well as a fantastic array of prehistoric bones. You’ll even find fossilised eggs. The dinosaur section is fabulous, containing a range of less common dinosaurs as well as a few popular favourites.

Being a comparative anatomy museum, the bones are arranged in species groups, then in larger genus and family groups. This is what makes it so fascinating. Mammoths next to modern elephants, giraffes next to horses, a range of primates next to human bones. Spotting the differences and similarities  is easy when the bones are side by side.

Disneyland Paris

What’s every kids must see attraction? Disneyland! Disneyland Paris has five special areas inside the park, including Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Discoveryland. Each of these sections offers your kids the chance to ride on rides, watching shows and seeing all their favourite characters. You could even set yourself a challenge to see how many characters each of your children can be photographed with in the day. It might sound like a silly little game, but I bet it’ll motivate your younger children to walk that little bit further towards the end of the day to ensure you get to see more of the park.

The best part is that you can be guaranteed that your kids won’t be complaining when you tell them that you’ll be visiting this attraction while you’re in Paris.

Parc de la Villette

With 35-acres dedicated to lawns and gardens this 55-acre park is a fantastic place to take your kids for a picnic, a play in the maze or a slide down a huge dragon. One of the best parts about this plan is that around every corner in Paris it’s easy to find a place to buy a baguette and some fillings and you’ve got your ready-made picnic. It’s a stunning park so be sure to allow extra time to explore it. You may want to do that first as getting the kids away from this great park might prove a little difficult!

 

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include http://ourtravellifestyle.com, http://vagabondfamily.org, http://nunomad.com and now http://on-our-way-travel.com. View author profile.

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