Paris is jam-packed full of wonderful Museums for kids - here we have listed some of your favourites. Please let us know if you would like to add your own recommendation to this section.
Recommended by Jodie Hutchins
The Musée des Arts et Métiers (] Museum of Arts and Crafts) houses the collection of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (National Conservatory of Arts and Industry), which was founded in 1794 as a depository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions.The museum has over 80,000 objects and 15,000 drawings in its collection, with 40,000 at the Paris site
66 rue Réaumur, 75003. Tel: 01.53.01.82.00. Metro Arts et Métiers
"Brunch 21 euros + entry into the museum. Lots of space. Terrace and cool museum for kids" (JH, Nov 2010)
Recommended by Sarah Jane Lindsay
The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is a private museum of hunting and nature located in the IIIe arrondissement.The museum houses a collection of weapons and stuffed animals.
It is open daily except Mondays and holidays; an admission fee is charged.
62, rue des Archives. www.chassenature.org Tel: 01.53.01.92.40 Metro Rambuteau
"La Musse de la chasse (hunting museum) sounds an odd choice but is full of stuffed animals and Thea loved it" (SJL, NOv 2010)
Recommended by Christina Greveldinger
The Paris Doll Museum is a lovely museum well suited to children.It has 300 French dolls from 1850 to today, displayed as part of lively Parisian scenes..A few metres away from Centre Pompidou modern art museum, on the edge of Le Marais district, the Paris Doll Museum will delight boys and girls alike.
Impasse Berthaud , 75003 Paris Metro: Rambuteau, Bus 29 - 38 - 47, Telephone: 33 1 42 72 73 11. www.museedelapoupeeparis.com
“Super cute, and charming, in a old house, very old school. All sorts of dolls from all dates to buy and collect in the shop! There is a room for birthdays, that’s quite cool, there they get to play with dolls, dress them up and so on!” (CG, Nov 2010)
Recommended by Time Out Paris
This ultra-modern science museum pulls in five million visitors a year. Explora, the permanent show, occupies the upper two floors, whisking visitors through 30,000sq m (320,000sq ft) of space, life, matter and communication: scale models of satellites including the Ariane space shuttle, planes and robots, plus the chance to experience weightlessness, make for an exciting journey. In the Espace Images, try the delayed camera and other optical illusions, draw 3D images on a computer or lend your voice to the Mona Lisa. The hothouse garden investigates developments in agriculture and bio-technology.
The Cité des Enfants runs workshops for younger children. See the website for details.
La Villette, 30 av Corentin-Cariou,
Mº Porte de la VilletteTelephone 01 40.05.70.00
British Corner Shop – the supermarket for British Expats
It is sometimes funny and often surprising the things that you really miss when you are living abroad. Although you have access to many wonderful new and exciting things to eat and drink for the whole family and plenty of choice when it comes to household products and toiletries, you naturally often crave some familiarity.
For example, maybe you can’t live without baked beans? Or you miss the smell of your favourite washing powder? British food and other products can be found abroad but they are often very expensive and the range can be limited.
That’s where British Corner Shop (BCS), the online supermarket for British Expats can really make a welcome difference to your life! The website carries over 7,000 of the most popular branded food, household and toiletry items not forgetting the impressive toddler and baby section - parenting can be hard enough at times without struggling to get hold of those key products that really work for you!
So you don’t have to live without Heinz Baked Beans, Marmite, PG Tips Tea, Cow & Gate baby food, Persil Non-Bio Powder, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Calpol and lots more! And if you can’t find what you are looking for, British Corner Shop will do their best to add it to their product range.
BCS delivers worldwide and delivery costs to France are a very reasonable £11.99 for a large 25-30kg parcel. The website features a very useful shopping basket optimiser that makes sure you get the best value for delivery.
There is also a fantastic range of premium quality fresh products available for delivery to France including pork, beef, lamb, bacon, sausages, pies, cheese, cream and even bread. The fresh element of an order is delivered separately in specially designed packaging and delivery costs for fresh products start at only £10.99.
British Corner Shop prides itself on excellent customer service and has been packing and delivering food parcels for over a decade. There is even a generous Reward Point scheme. You just need to register to start earning points every time you shop and you can then cash them in against future orders. You can also get up to 15% discount by recommending your friends.
At British Corner Shop you can pay in GB Pounds, Euros or US Dollars either online by debit, credit card or PayPal or alternatively offline by cheque or bank transfer.
Take a look at http://www.britishcornershop.co.uk
British Corner Shop would like to offer MumAbroad readers a 15% discount off their service (excluding delivery costs) until the end of April 2011. Please enter the code MUMABROADBCS when prompted at the checkout. Happy Shopping!