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Activities for babies, toddlers & kids in La Mayenne

  • Dance classes, Gorron

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    Modern Jazz danse courses from 5 yrs old up to adults.
    Times and prices vary. Contact Mme CHÉNEL Magali
    Club Modern Jazz - Gorron, 14 rue Corbeau Paris Tel : 02 43 04 10 19

    Comments:
    "I started the adult course and it was enjoyable, good to do something different and nice to socialise in a different way. At the end of the year they hold a show with all the different classes and ages together which is open to the public so throughout the year you are working towards a common goal which gives a good focus to the groups. The show has an annual theme and all the danses are based on that theme" (AP, Nov 2010)
     

  • Médiathèque Victor Hugo, Gorron

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    This library is a great place to come and get books, CDs and DVDs,play on the computer, see the small exhibitions they host and participate in activities. The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month they do book readings for kids: for 0-3yrs at 10.30 and from 3-10yrs at 3pm.
    Opening hours:
    Monday : Closed in the morning / open 4-6pm, Tuesday : 10-12am / 4-7pm
    Wednesday : 10-12.30 / 2-6pm, Thursday : 10 - 12am / 4-6pm
    Friday : 10-12am / 4-6pm, Saturday : 10 - 12am / 2-4pm, Sunday closed
    Address: 7 Grande Rue 53120 Gorron

    Comments:
    "My children love to come here and we get box loads of books and audiobooks out, they are never fussy about late returns and it is a brilliant way of helping them learn French.the people that run it are kind and helpful and the storytimes are a nice way of meeting
    people and getting your kids to integrate. My children ask to come here all the time and I am happy to oblige"
    (AP, Nov 2010).

  • Music Courses, Gorron

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    A music school that runs a musical introduction course for 4-6yr olds on wednesdays from 10.30 – 11.15am and music courses in violin, flute, trumpet, tuba, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, drums and vocals for all ages.
    Ecole de Musique Intercommunale
    Contact : 02 43 08 47 47
    www.gorron.org

    Comments:

    "My 4yr old has just started the introductory course and is really enjoying it, there are about 5 children with him and they get to tinkle with instruments and learn songs. They get introduced to Instruments and music, bang drums, shake rattles, tinkle bells etc. A good way to get started in music" (AP, Nov 2010)
     

  • Pony Club, Ambrières Les Vallées

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    Learn to ride a horse or a pony in the nice surroundings of the Parc de Vaux
    in Ambrieres les Vallées. They welcome all riders, from toddlers to veterans, starters to professionals. They have a range of horses and ponies, most reared by themselves. Amoung their activities are :
    Dressage, Jumping, cross Preparation and passing exams, Outings and competitions, Pony-Games, Promnades
    For hours and prices visit http://centre-equestre-ambrieres.over-blog.com/pages/Planning_sur_temps_scolaire_-1595391.html
    Centre  Equestre DAmbrières es Vallées,  Poney Club. Parc des Loisirs de Vaux, 53300 Ambrières Les Vallée ,
    Tel. 0243014853 http://centre-equestre-ambrieres.over-blog.com

    Comments:
    "A nicely situated riding school, I dont recommend it for the seasoned rider but it is a good place to go as a starter and the woman who runs it is very nice, good at what she does and knowlegable about Blues music" (AP, Nov 2010)
     

  • Association VITANIM, Gorron

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    An activity centre for 10 year olds plus that organises activities on wednesdays (when there is no school), Saturdays and school holidays.
    They organise all sorts of activities, arts and crafts, outings and camps.
    During School – Wednesdays and Saturdays 10-12am and 2 – 5.30pm.
    School holidays Monday – Saturday 2pm-5.30pm
    Various locations. See website for details.
    Tel 02.43.08.11.68 vit.anim@wanadoo.fr
    http://assovitanim.e-monsite.com

  • Centre de Loisirs, Ambrieres Les Vallées

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    An activity centre that welcomes children from 3 to 12 years
    During the school year : Wednesdays the whole day and during school holidays.
    10, Rue Porte de Chammay
    02.43.08.95.11

    Comments:
    "We enrolled our 4yr old here for a couple of days a week during the summer holidays. It had a nice atmosphere and nice people running it, they organise all sorts of activities and there is an optional outing once a week to the swimming pool or something similar. If you need to get some work done. When schools out, its a good place to hand your kids over to" (AP, Nov 2010)
     

  • Parc de Vaux, Ambrières

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    An Leisure park that hosts the pony club, canoeing, pedalos, electric boats, minigolf, walks around the lake, tennis, archery, a kids playground, camping and a good Lido with a main pool, a toddlers pool and a slide. Hours and prices vary.
    Lido Tel : 02-43-04-90-22 (summer opening hours)
    Archery : Tel : 02-43-04-93-03
    Camping Tel : 02-43-04-90-25
    Tourist office Tel : 02-43-08-48-30

    Comments:
    "A good place to come in the summer, the pool is nice and the little pool for very young kids is a bonus. The big pool gets very busy though. It is good having all the activities available in one place, an easy place to spend the day with a little café open in the summer if you get hungry or a picnic area if youve bought your own food" (AP, Nov 2010)
     

  • Aquabulle swimming pool, Laval

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    An all you can want swimming pool for all ages, offering games, sport and anything to do with swimming.
    Baby swimming is available as are swimming lessons, fitness swimming, spas, massages and 30 degree pools with slides and games. Open 7 days a week.
    Rue du Commandant Cousteau
    53000 LAVAL 02.43.59.29.99
    www.aquabulle.fr

  • Le Monde des Petits Loups, Laval

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    An indoor games park for kids. There is a climbing frame 300 m2 on 3 levels . In this giant labyrnthe, children can cross the monkey bridge, zipwire and ball pool to get to the giant slides. Theres a mini Kart track, a 13 metre inflatable slide and a trampoline. There is also a play area specially adapted for the youngest children. For babies there is a play area filled with shapes and colours. For adults, a café!
    During school holidays :
    - open 7 days a week from 10am - 7pm  except Mondays 2 - 7pm.
    During school time :
    - Open Weds, Sat, Sun and bank holidays from 10am - 7pm, Thursday and Friday from 4-7pm (reduced rates)
    Rates:
    from 1 to 3 ans 5 Euros
    from 4 to 12 ans 8 Euros
    Adults – free entrance for those accompanying
    Rue Bruxelles, 53000 Laval Tel 02 43 56 99 37
    www.mondedespetitsloups.fr

    Comments:
    "The perfect place if you need to take the kids out on a rainy day. Its all safe without being boring, the slide is enormous! They do a jug of squash for a euro as the kids get very thirsty and they do kids food also. They cater for parties so if theres a winter birthday its a good place to know" (AP, Nov 2010)
     

  • Gym Club, Gorron

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    A well kitted out gym with a huge climbing wall and plenty of equipment.
    10-10.45 baby gym, 11-12am 4-6yr olds, 13.30-15.00 7/8yrs, 15hr-16h30 9/10yrs  76€ per year.
    Gorron Gym Melle Mylène JOHAN 24 rue du pré, 53120 GORRON - 06 11 50 25 04 in the Salle Omnisports.
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    Comments:
    "The gym is run by nice people and my daughter enjoys the baby gym sessions which include balance practice, ball skills, games and general coordination" (AP, Jan 2011)

  • Judo Club Gorronnais, Gorron

    Recommended by Andrea

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    A judo club for all ages, judo for leisure and competition, jujitsu, brasilian jujitsu and self defense. Inscriptions welcome all year round.
    M. Maurice LESTAS, Impasse du pavé, 53120 GORRON, 02 43 00 23 64 / 06 09 70 68 44.

    Comments:
    "I only know this club for the baby judo classes which are great fun, lots of games and techniques and the teacher is great with the children" (Andrea, Jan 2011)
     

  • Le Vox Cinéma, Mayenne

    Recommended by Jean Fioul

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    A great cinema showing mainstream projections, Cinéma dauteur, art seances, Ciné bleu and Ciné goûter for 3/5 year olds, every second Wednesday.
    16, Place Juhel, 53100 Mayenne. Tél : 02 43 04 10 79 Yann Giovanelli, cinemalevox@paysdemayenne.fr

    Comments:

    "For the young kids the Ciné goûter is lovely, they screen animation they all the children get together for a snack after. An excellent all round cinema"(JF, Jan 2011)

  • Swimming Pool Gorron

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    A swimming pool with a roof that opens in the summer, a jaccuzi and a paddling pool with toys for babies. Swimming aides are freely available. Swimming lessons start from age 6.
    Open from Sept - June, Tues 16h45-21h, Weds 15h - 17 h, thurs 16h45 - 20h, fri 16h-18h and 19h45 - 21h15, sat 15h-17h30 and sun 9h15 - 12h15. Holidays Mon 14h30 - 18h30, Tues-Thurs 10h - 12h, 14h30-18h30. Fri 10h-12h , 15h-21 h, Sat 15h-17h 30 and Sun 9h15 - 1h15. Adults 3.20€ reduced tarif 2€ free for 4yrs under.
    Ave Charles de Gaulle, 53100 Gorron 02 43 08 11 69

    Comments:

    "I come here with the children all the time and they love it, it is not full of fun extras but for a simple swim and play it more than suffices. It is always clean and not too crowded and they have hot showers for after" (AP, Jan 2011)
     

  • LudoAnim, Gorron

    Recommended by Anna Powney

    Integrated with Vitanim this service rents out family games. Every Weds and Sat you can go and play games there or rent 3 games for 3 weeks to take home. Games for all ages and the rules are explained before you take them away. Only 10 € a family for the year.
    La Grange, 53120 GORRON
    Tel 02 43 08 40 71

  • Cinema Gorron

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    A sweet little cinema in Gorron that has includes english film screenings and films for children.
    Boulevard Favrie 02 43 08 11 67 cinema@gorron.fr

    Comments:
    "A nice local cinema that screens a lot of good current films and family films. The English film screenings are a thoughtful extra and prove popular" (AP, Jan 2011)

  • Le Refuge de lArche

    Recommended by Armande Leon

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    Animal park with 1,500 animals in natural surroundings on 14 hectares of land. Kids playground, picnic areas. On the Route de Menil in Chateau Gontier (53).Tel: 02 43 07 24 38
    www.refuge-arche.org

    Comments:
    "A reputed animal refuge that takes in local wounded or ill local animals, treats them and re-releases them into the wild. Only animals that are too dependent on humans are kept. They also welcome domestic or exotic pets that have become too difficult for their owner to keep . A great mix of exciting exotic animals and our own local favorites to visit" (AP, Jan 2011)

  • Le Velo Rail St Loup de Gast

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    St Loup de Gast: 6 km (there and back) of fun on a bike-train that seats up to 4 people. Pedal along a disused railway track across the Viaduc de la Rosserie.
    Rue de la Gare Ancienne Gare SNCF 53300 SAINT-LOUP-DU-GAST
    Tél. : 06.26.10.60.17
    Fax : 02.43.00.81.10

    Comments:
    "On a nice day this is a brilliant activity, unusual and fun. Make sure you have some strong people with you though, you have to lift the (heavy) bike-train off the track when someone is coming the other way!" (AP, Feb 2011)

  • Musee Robert Tatin, Cosse-le-Vivien

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    Musee Robert Tatin: Started in 1962 by Robert Tatin and containing his sculptures and paintings in the genre of mythic and imaginary characters. Exhibitions include films of his life and temporary exhibitions of other artists work.
    La Frenouse, Cosse-le-Vivien (Mayenne). Tel: 02 43 98 80 89
    www.musee-robert-tatin.fr

    Comments:
    "An amazing original museum that is well worth a visit. They run an education programme and kids have a great time" (AP, Jan 2011)

  • Jublains Ville Romaine

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    A Gallo-Roman town with roman ruins. Go and discover the temple, the fortress, the roman theatre and the baths and explore the excellent Archaeological museum
    13 rue de la Liberation, Jublains (53). Tel: 02 43 04 30 16
    www.jublains.fr

    Comments:
    "A nice day out to explore the ruins and look around the well designed and interesting museum" (AP, Jan 2011)
     

  • Caves at Saluges

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    A couple of hundred metres from the charming village of saluges is the canyon de Saluges where 20 or so caves await visitors. The presence of the caves makes Saluges an exceptional site, particularly as it has been occupied by man since prehistoric times. Explore the caves, climb the canyon and come and learn about the history of the caves.
    www.grottes-de-saulges.com

    Comments:
    "A good family outing" (AP, Jan 2011)
     

  • Petit Loup Indoor Children’s play area, Laval

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    Indoor play area for children up to the age of 12. Great places to visit on the occasional rainy day.
    Age 1-3. 5€
    Age 4-10. 8.50€
    Adults free
    Rue de Bruxelles - Zone des Bozées, Laval.

  • Jimp and Jump Indoor play area, Le Mans

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    Indoor play area for children up to the age of 10. Great places to visit on the occasional rainy day.
    Age 1-3. 5.90€
    Age 4-10. 8.80€
    Adults free
    3 rue Louis Harel de La Noë, 72 000 le Mans

  • Jardin de La Perrine, Laval

    Recommended by Rosie Quigley

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    Beautiful gardens in the west of La Mayenne with a huge variety of shrubs and plants. Lots of space for kids to play.
    Includes: Picnic area, Refreshment stall and sweet shop, Childrens playground, Merry-go-round, Swings
    Allée Alain Bruneau
    Phone 33 (0)2 43 49 44 22
     www.mairie-laval.fr

    Comments:
    "mini zoo, play ground, lovely views over the Mayenne river. The trees are amazing and great for little ones to wonder at" (RQ, April 2011)

  • Le centre d’activités de Chênedet

    Recommended by Rosie Quigley

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    This activity centre is ideal for kids who enjoy outdoor sports such as horseriding, canoeing, hiking and cycling. Forest walks and eco-trips also organized. You can also camp overnight.Route forestière de la Villeboeuf
    35 133, Landéan
    Tél.: 02 99 97 35 46
    chenedet.loisirs@wanadoo.fr
    www.chenedet-loisirs.com/

    Comments:
    "It has a sandy beach, a play area, safe cordonned area for swimming, clear water with little fish to nibble toes, a jetty for older ones to dive off, plus there’s the circuit of the forest path that meanders around the lake, with keep fit aparatus to have a laugh on. Cant actually manage to actually complete any of the excersises…." (RQ, April 2011)