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Pays de La Loire

Day-trips for kids in La Mayenne

  • Zoo de Champrépus, Villedieu-les-Poêles

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    A world class zoo including a Malasian zone, an African zone, a Tropical zone, Exotic domestic animals, a Mini-farm, Themed gardens, Animations, Childrens play area, Conservation area
    Prices- Adults : 13,20 €
    Children from 3to 12 years: 7,50 € and 13 to 18 years : 11,50 €
    Parc zoologique de Champrépus
    50800 Villedieu-les-Poêles
    Normandie
    Tél. : 02 33 61 30 74
    www.zoo-champrepus.com
     

  • Alligator Bay, Beauvoir

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    An original reptile farm with an alligator zone, a tortoise farm, a dragonLabyrinthe and plenty of snakes.
    April-Sept open every day 10am-6pm. Oct-Nov every day 2-6pm, Dec-Jan weekends and school holidays, 2-6pm, Feb-March every day 2-6pm.
    Adults 11.50€, 13-18yrs 9.50€, 4-12yrs 7.50€
    62 Route de Saint-Michel, 50170 Beauvoir
    www.alligator-bay.com

    Comments:
    "My children loved it here, particularly my son! You can climb up and down through glass tunnels Looking at the reptiles, it is very well done and the children can touch turtles and lizards. A highly recommended outing" (AP, Nov 2010)
     

  • Le Village Enchanté, Bellefontaine

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    The "Village enchanté" is a kids amusement park which offers a diversity of things; A course of 5 zipwires above the lake of pirates, and 3 zipwires crossing the parc above the games, 20m high, the biggest canopy walk in the west of France, a little train, inflatable slides, softball shooting ranges, pedalos, a mini village, a wood of elves, animals living in little stone house and many more fun things.

    Opening hours

    - Weekdays and weekends from 3 april – 11am - 6pm
    - May and June - weekends from 11am-6pm, wednesdays from 11.30am to 5.30pm and every day of the week on reservation (minimum 20 people)
    - July and August - Every day from 10.30am - 7pm
    - September from 11am - 6pm Mondays and Wednesdays, all other days on reservation (minimum 20 people)
    - October- Saturday, Sunday and School holidays from 12am to 5pm
    - November 1st - 3rd from 12am - 5pm
    Closed from beginning of November through to May
    Prices
    - from 3 to 7 yrs 7.50 € 8.50 €
    - from 8 to 12 yrs 8.00 € 9.00 €
    - Adults 9.00 €

    7 route du Moulin50520 BELLEFONTAINE
    Tél : 02.33.59.01.93 E-mail : levillageenchante@wanadoo.fr
    www.village-enchante.fr

    Comments:
    "We spent an afternoon here as a family in the summer and it was great fun, theres loads of stuff to do and if the adults get bored of the kids activities the zip wires get your adreneline going. Its a little bit run down and nicely lacking in health and safety rules although my husband did get a huge burn on his arm from going down the almost vertical inflatable slide! Its all there for you to enjoy without being too precious. The inside of the miniature village could do with a bit of rennovation though! You can easily pass an afternoon with happy children here" (AP, Nov 2010)

  • Leisure park, Ferte Mace

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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    A large lake and park with a manmade beach, cafe and activities.
    - Surveyed bathing zone (July-August)
    - Playgroung on the beach for children
    - Volleyball
    - Activities : pédalos, electric boats, wind surfing, optimists, canoës-kayaks, sailing, mini-golf, archery, climbing wall, boules pitch, go-Karting
    - Animations every Sunday in July and August
    - Fishing
    - Picnic grounds
    - Beach Café, bar brasserie.
    Open from the 1st week-end of April until the last week-end of october, from Monday to Wednesday 8h30/22h, from Thursday to Sunday 8h30/1h
    Base de loisirs Bd de la Forêt d’Andaine 61600 LA FERTE MACE tél. : 02-33-38-99-00
    www.lafertemace.fr

    Comments:

    "You want a nice hot day to come here, its no good in the cold. In the summer its a good substitute For the beach with plenty to keep everyone occupied. Dont expect to make sandcastles though, the sand is only a couple of inches deep!" (AP Nov 2010)

  • The Castle in Lassay

    Recommended by Anna Powney

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     Lassay les Chateaux is a beautiful town in Mayenne about an hour and a halfs drive from Caen. With a population of 2500 its more of a village . Lassay has three chateaux, one of which is the best example of its kind, a XV Century next to a beautiful lake and medieval gardens. Well worth a visit (apart from the stunning scenery) for the eccentric octagenarian tour guide who likes to rib the British! Its claim to fame is that Victor Hugo was refused entry to the castle as he was too scruffy! The local pub is now named after him.
    Lassay has lots of little bars and shops and in the Rosarie has the national collection of roses, the stream which feeds the Mayenne river runs through the town and theres a picture opportunity on every corner. In the summer costumed re-enactments take place along side the lake and through the village.
    8, rue du Château - 53110 LASSAY LES CHATEAUX
    Tél : +33 (0)243047433
    http://lassay.typepad.com/

    Comments:
    "I wouldnt recommend this for young children but for older children Interested in history these castles are worth a visit. The guided tour is done by a man who grew up working in the Castle so knows it intimately. We were allowed to pull up the drawbridge which was a bonus" (AP, Nov 2010)
     

  • Sillé le Guillaume

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    Swimming lake and beach in National Firest of Sillé for windsurfing, sailing and pedalo hire

    Comments:
    ".Bicycles can be hired here for the superb trails in the forest which vary in length and difficulty. There are plenty of picnic areas to enjoy your lunch or bbq and also restaurants for those who would prefer to be waited upon. You can tour the forest and lake on a small train which takes about 30 minutes or hop aboard the boat "Silius" for a water tour of the lake and forest. If you enjoy walking there are several walks through and around the woods or why not take a leisurely 2.3mile walk around the lake ending up at one of the bars for a drink or just a crepe. Theres mini-golf, pony riding, fishing, tennis, sand-ball, nature walks, swimming, VTT (mountain bike) hire and forest adventure routes or you can just relax in a pédalo. If there is a few of you, why not try your hand at kayaking, canoeing or a catamaran. Cafés, bar and eateries are available all round the site and there is always ample parking. The main town of Sillé le Guillaume, just a short drive away and has many shops, restaurants, bars and pizzerias where you can unwind" (YM, Feb 2011)

  • Ambrieres-les-Vallées

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    A leisure park with swimming pool, kayaks, electric boats, tennis, riverside walks, horse riding & cycling
    53300 Ambrières-les-Vallées
    Tél : 02 43 04 90 25
    www.ambriereslesvallees.mairie53.fr/

    Comments:
    "Near to Ambrieres in the small hamlet of La Haie Traversaine you can windsurf or sail at the sports centre" (YM, Feb 2011)

  • Saint Loup du gast

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    A beautiful little village with a velo railway

    Comments:
    "Great fun but make sure you have lots of energy to make it back. The Velo takes you over a lovely viaduct and you can stop off and have a picnic en route. This Velo is bout 3km long but if you fancy more of a challenge there is also a Velo at Bagnoles de l’Orne which is around 8km" (YM, Feb 2011)

  • Saulges

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    Prehistoric caves , with stalactites and stalagmites and walks through the Glacial valley and Canyons.

    Comments:

    "There is a pleasant restaurant within the Gorge to sit and enjoy the scenery" (YM, Feb 2011)

  • Papea City, Le Mans

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    One of Le Mans main family attractions is Papea City, a wild west-themed amusement park located on the outskirts of the city. As well as water attractions and amusement rides, Papea-City caters for Le Mans younger visitors with a small animal farm, boat rides on the parks lake, and model train rides.
    Le Mans tourist attraction open: daily, July to August - 10:30 to 18:30; April to June, September - reduced opening hours apply
    www.papeacity.com

  • Le Souterroscope des Ardoisières

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    Closed since the start of the 20th century the slate stone quarries at Caument have been given a new lease of life with a subterranean voyage of discovery through 400 metres of galleries, culminating in a ‘son-et-lumière’ and an underground rainbow – the Arc en Terre as the showpiece.
    There is an excellent restaurant at the site as well as a picnic area.
    The gulf is the the highlight of the visit! The output of the Hall of fears leads the visitor towards the light of day through the gulf of Souterroscope. A magnificent spectacle of fountains and lights awaits you.
    General Information: Open from Feb-mid Dec; every day May –Sept. but not Mondays at other times. Prices are in the region of €9.75 for adults and €4.60 for children aged 4-12


    Directions:
    Junction 43 of A84 péage and then D71 to Caumont (12 kms). The attraction is found on the western edge of the village of Caumont l’Eventé.
    www.souterroscope-ardoisieres.fr/

  • Terra Botanica, Angers

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    This is a theme park near Angers which is based on the land and vegetation. There are 40 attractions and amusements and plenty to keep the children entertained for the day.
    Individual tickets
    Adult : €17.50 Young : €10.00 (from 4 to 12 years old included) Child : free (from 0 to 3 years included) Families* : €50.00
    (* the family pass can be bought only at the entrance of the park. It is for 2 adults + 3 children from 4 to 12 years old included or 1 adult + 4 children from 4 to 12 years old included.)
    Route de Cantenay Epinard, Angers, France, 49000 Tel 02 41 25 00 00
    www.terrabotanica.fr

  • De Loisirs Ange Michel

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    This is a great attraction offering more than 30 water and land based activities such as waterslides, boats, quad bikes, trampolines, mini-golf and much more besides.
    Tariffs  April May September : Adult : 11 € Children (under 12) : 9 € Little children : free
    June July August : Adult : 12 € Children (under 12) : 10 €  Little children : free
    www.ange-michel-attractions.com
     

  • Zoo la Fleche

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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     La Fleche zoo is one of the five biggest zoological parks of France. It has more than 1200 animals coming from 5 continents. You can visit a lot of shows, for example a sea lion show, bird show, parrot show.
    It is open every day of the year from 01/04 to 30/09 from 9.30 am to 6.00pm and until 7.00pm in July and august. From 01/10 to 31/03 from 10.00 am to 5.30pm.The tariff is for adults 18€ and children 3 to 11 years 14.50 €.
    www.zoo-la-fleche.com
     

  • Refuge de l’arche -Château Gontier

    Recommended by Yasmeen Moore

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    At the Refuge De Larche, there is a zoo with a wide variety of animals that have been rescued by Greenpeace and similar organisations. These animals mainly come from test laboratories and included peacocks, crocodiles, chipmunks, wolves, tigers and bears. The main attraction is "Baboon Island", an island surrounded by lake with a large colony of baboons. The children are set the challenge of completing a "letter quest", clues will lead them to each enclosure where they will have to translate the plaques and answer questions on the different species of animals .
    Rte de Menil 53200 Chateau-Gontier
    Tel.: .02 43 07 24 38

    Comments:
    "The town of Chateau Gontier has a large and very typical French market every Thursday."