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Day Trips for Kids in and around Paris

Here we have listed your recommendations or day-trips with the kids in and around Paris from DisneyLand to the The Futuroscope theme park in Poitiers. Please let us know if you have any recommendations for this section.

  • Disney Land Paris

    Recommended by Isabelle Guyon

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    Disney Land in Paris, supposedly the biggest tourist attraction in Europe, attracts around 15 million visitors a year with its 5 magical lands, endless attractions, Disney characters, family parades and shows, Disney Land promises a fun day out for all the family. Park opening hours are generally from 10-6 although on some days it stays open later. www.disneylandparis.com

    Comments

    "Avoid weekends!" (IG, July 2011)

    "We went in the peak of the summer holidays, so the park was jammed full. We didnt buy our tickets in advance so had a really long wait - big mistake as you can buy them online and therefore can miss all the queues on the day. Our friends who live in Paris say if you go out of school holidays you really do get your money worth as there is little queuing and superior service. We bought a Park Hopper pass, which meant we could go between Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios park rather than just having to stay at the one park. The restaurants inside are very expensive so if possible I would certainly recommend taking a packed lunch. My kids loved every single minute of their experience so I can wholly recommend it."
    (KA, Sep 2010)

  • Parc Astérix

    Recommended by Katie Aldridge

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    Parc Astérix is an amusement park in France, based on the stories of Asterix. They have a variety of rides for all ages including rollar coasters, water slides, swinging ships and rapid rivers. It is open only from April to October
    www.parcasterix.fr 

    Comments:
    "France´s answer to Walt Disney. This park has all the fun of Disney Land but with slightly more French charm. What can I say? What child doesn’t love a theme park regardless of all the noise, dirt, bad food and service. You are guaranteed a fun day out if you come here with children, irrelevant of age even if its not your cup of tea!" (KA Sep 2010)

  • Jardin du Luxembourg

    Recommended by Letiticia Browning

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    Jardin du Luxembourg is a large park which can be reached by the following metro stations: Odeon or Cluny La Sorbonne

    Comments:
    "We just love this park on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Beautiful stately home set in a lovely park where the kids can play and you can have a picnic. There is a lake where children are allowed to sail little boats and sometimes a puppet theatre and horse riding. At one end of the park there is a nice playground." (LB Oct 2010)

    ·"for pique-nique, playground and carrousel" (Isabelle, July 2011)

  • Bois de Vincennes

    Recommended by Katie Aldridge

    The Bois de Vincennes park is huge - apparantly four times the size of London´s hydepark. There are four large lakes as well as a zoo, botanical garden, farm and fairground which is open all year round.
    Chateau de Vincennes Metro

    Comments.
    "Great day out for all the family" (KA Nov 2010).

  • Parc Montsouri

    Recommended by Katie Aldridge

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    This park has a beautiful lake with ducks, swans and geese as well as plenty of hidden pathways for a good game of hide and seek. In the summer there are puppet shows and pony rides. There is also a little train running through the park.
    Metro: Cité Universitaire

  • Futuroscope video theme park, Poitiers

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    The Futuroscope theme park offers a whirlwind of attractions with giant images of Astromouches, the jolts and strong sensations of the EcoDingo simulator, the universe of the “Monde des Enfants” (Children’s World), enriched with new amazing games indoor and outdoor and the evening show.
    Day ticket at Futuroscope: adult 35€, children 26€, senior 32€. 2 day ticket at Futuroscope: adult 66€, children 47€, senior 60€.
    www.futuroscope.com

    Comments:
    "Not a great deal for very young children to do, but a great day out if you have children that are aged 8 or above" (JH, Dec 2010)

  • Vaux le Vicomte

    Recommended by Christina Greveldinger

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    This Chateau is every bit as elaborate and beautiful as Versaille but without the crowds.Some recommend buying the ticket for the entire chateau- both the private apartments and the representational areas. Audio guides avalable and children may wear a costume, available at the front desk, while touring the chateau.
    Vaux Le Vimcomte77950 MAINCY Tél : +33 (0)1.64.14.41.90 www.vaux-le-vicomte.com

    Comments:

    "Really, really great! A Childrens paradise.Chanelle and I went here for a birthday party. Quite small and a bit old world but she loved it. You can visit the state rooms, even rddle books to help the kids discover” (CG, Dec 2010)
     

  • Bercy Village

    Recommended by Caroline Aoustin

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    Located in Eastern Paris, a historic landmark now trendy shopping & a park, are both a great place for Mum & kids. Plenty of kid friendly restaurants, including The Frog at Bercy & Compagnie de Crêpes. Among the shops, Nature et Découvertes and Loisirs & Création are perfect to spark the imaginations of little ones, along with Animalis, for the pet lover. Need a little rest while kids play, the park is one of the most beautifully designed in Paris with two playgrounds (one enclosed for young ones), and plenty of ponds with curved bridges.
    Tel: 01 40 02 90 80
    Metro: Cour St-Émilion
    www.bercyvillage.com

    Comments:
    “We went here on Fathers Day for lunch and ate at the Frog. Then, we spent a good hour in Nature et Découvertes, where we explored gadgets, music, and books. The Atreum, was another great store with plenty of unique art pieces from kitchenware to wall hangings, and a childrens section. It was like the MOMA, Tate Modern, and Centre Pompidou gift shops wrapped into one. Then we headed for the park for the remainder of the afternoon, where my daughter played in both playgrounds. The one designed for older ones, was a little more fun with contemporary design and equipment. If supervised, it can be a safe alternative to the other traditional aire de jeux,which is nestled in a corner of the park. One thing to keep in mind, the bridges and footpaths along the many ponds do not have any railings or fencing, so just be careful with smaller children who may get to close to the edges” (CA, June 2011)

  • La Cité des enfants

    Recommended by Isabelle Guyon

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    The new-look Cité des Enfants has been expanded and completely renovated, but its initial concept remains exactly the same. It is designed to help children develop and discover the world around them, and to introduce them to science and technology through a series of hands-on activities. Young visitors can experience a variety of absorbing situations devised for their age, and enjoy doing interesting experiments they wont find at home or at school.
    The Cité des Enfants comprises two separate areas:
    - an area for 2-7 year-olds, with entertaining early-learning situations and activities
    - an area for 5-12 year-olds, where youngsters can discover science and technology in a series of activities.
    Tel 01 40 05 70 00
    http://www.cite-sciences.fr/fr/cite-des-sciences/contenu/c/1248104303612/cite-des-enfants/

  • Playmobil Fun Park

    Recommended by Isabelle Guyon

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    Fun Playpark with various play areas. Great for kids parties
    22/24 allée des Jachères
    La Cerisai
    94260 Fresnes
    Tel +33-(1)-49-84-94-44
    Email: funpark@playmobil.fr
    http://www.playmobil.es/on/demandware.store/Sites-ES-Site/es_ES/Link-Page?cid=DIRECTION_PARIS

  • Palais de la Découverte

    Recommended by Isabelle Guyon

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    The Palace of Discovery, inaugurated during the 1937 Exposition Universelle and thus the world’s first interactive museum, is a fascinating place to take kids thanks to its hands-on exhibits on astronomy, biology, medicine, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, physics and earth sciences. The planetarium usually has four shows a day (in French) at 11.30am, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.30pm; call or consult the website for current schedules.
    Palais de la découverte - Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 75008 Paris - Tél : 33 (0)1 56 43 20 20

    www.palais-decouverte.fr

  • Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes

    Recommended by Isabelle Guyon

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    The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes is a zoo in Paris, France, belonging to the botanical garden Jardin des Plantes. It is the first and thus the oldest civil zoological garden in the world.The Zoo is located directly by the Seine in the centre of Paris. It takes up about one third of the Jardin des Plantes.
    Jardin des Plantes - 36, rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris
    www.mnhn.fr

  • Ferme de Gally, St-Cyrs-lEcole & Sartrouville

    Recommended by Caroline Aoustin

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    With two locations just outside of Paris, St-Cyrs-lEcole & Sartrouville, this interactive farm offers a variety of animals and ateliers for children beginning from 3 years of age & up. Holding many different activities & games, the farm also hosts a Nature Club for children 8 to 10 years old. The larger St. Cyrs grounds, just outside of Versailles, boasts five corn mazes. The farms also sell homemade products at their on-site store.

    Ferme de Saint-Cyr-lEcole
    Route de Bailly à Saint-Cyr-lEcole (CD7)
    78210 Saint-Cyr-lEcole
    Ferme de Sartrouville
    Rue de Chatou
    78500 Sartrouville

    Tel: 01 30 14 60 86
    www.ferme.gally.com

    Comments:
    “My daughter had loads of fun at the Sartrouville farm. We feed and petted the goats, even holding a baby goat. She enjoyed watching the swans & ducks frolic in their small pond. And she even pretended to drive two of their antique tractors. Later in the day, she made an actual loaf of bread in one of their workshops, which we baked at home. There was also a picnic area to enjoy” (CA, Sep 2011)