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    Exciting activities for families traveling to France


    These are your family holidays and you wish to enjoy them in complete harmony. You will therefore take care to choose something that will please everyone, both children and adults.
    For those traveling in Paris and through France, we have suggested some ideas for possible visits, but there are many more. France is a vast area for play and discovery... for enjoyment!


    Paris / Ile de France

    BABY SITTING

    Babysitting Service: 18, rue Tronchet, 75008 Paris Tel : 01 46 37 51 24
    Home Service: 2, rue Pierre-Semard, 75009 Paris Tel : 01 42 82 05 04
    1, 2, 3 Soleil: 17, rue Louis-Bonnet, 75011 Paris Tel : 01 43 57 44 53
    ABABA: 8, avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris Tel : 01 45 49 46 46
    Allo! Service Mama: 58, avenue Wagram, 75017 Paris Tel : 01 42 67 99 37
    Kid Service: 159, rue de Rome, 75017 Paris Tel : 01 47 66 00 52

    MUSEUMS

    La Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie
    30, avenue Corentin Cariou - 75019 Paris
    Metro: Porte de la Villette -Tel.: 08.36.68.29.30 www.cite-sciences.fr
    See also the "Cité des Enfants" (Children's City) for kids from 3 to 12 years; science, technology and submarine "l"Argonaute"

    Palais de la Decouverte
    Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt - 75008 Paris-Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt Tel.: 01.40.74.80.00 - Fax: 01.40.74.81.81

    Musee National des Techniques
    (et des Arts et Métiers) www.cnam.fr
    292, rue Saint-Martin - 75003 Paris - Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol, Arts et Métiers Tel.: 01.40.27.23.31 ou 01.40.27.23.71 - Fax: 01.40.27.26.62 - Open every day from 10:am to 7.30:pm -Closed Mondays and Holidays - Free admission

    Musee Oceanographique
    Centre de la Mer et des Eaux. Study the sea world - Films from J.-J. Cousteau and seven aquariums - 195, rue Saint-Jacques - 75005 Paris
    Metro: Luxembourg - Tel.: 01.46 33 08 61 - Fax: 01.40 51 73 16
    Open every day: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 12.15pm and 1.15pm to 5.30 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5.30pm.
    Closed : Mondays

    Musee de la Curiosite et de la Magie
    Everything about magic.11, rue Saint-Paul - 75004 Paris
    Metro : Saint-Paul - Tel. : 01.42.72.13.26
    Open: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 7pm

    Musee de la poupee / Dolls Museum
    Collection of 300 dolls with porcelain heads, made in France from 1860 until 1960. Impasse Berthaud - 75003 Paris -
    Metro: Rambuteau - Tel. : 01.42.72.73.11
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm - Closed on Monday

    Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle Jardin des Plantes / Botanic Gardens
    Musée National des Thermes et de l'Hôtel de Cluny.
    6, place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris. Tel: 01 43 25 62 00.
    RER: lines B-C Saint-Michel, Notre-Dame. Metro: Cluny, Saint-Michel.
    9:30am-5:15pm.
    Winter: 9:30am-12:30pm--2pm-5:15pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
    Medieval collections. A tapestry masterpiece: the Lady of the Unicorn, in a flamboyant style town house. Thermal bath of Lutèce.

    Musee de l'Homme
    Anthropololy, Ethnology and Prehistory. Palais de Chaillot
    17, place du Trocadéro - 75016 Paris - Metro: Trocadéro Tel. : 01.44.05.72.72
    Open every day: from 9.45am to 5.15pm - Closed: Tuesday and Holiday

    Musee de la Marine
    Palais de Chaillot - Place du Trocadéro - 75116 Paris
    Metro: Trocadéro Tel.: 01.45.65.69 69 - Fax: 01.47.27.49.67
    Open every day from 10am to 6pm and on holiday except on May 1st - Closed: Tuesdays

    Musee National du Moyen-Age / Middle-Ages Museum
    All about the Middleage time in a beautiful house from the 15th century. (Information: 01.46.34.51.17). Thermes de Cluny 6, place Paul Painlevé - 75005 Paris
    Metro: Cluny, Saint-Michel, Maubert-Mutualité - RER B-C : Saint-Michel, Notre-Dame
    Tel.: 01.453.73.78.00 - Fax: 01.43.25.85.27
    Open every day from 9.15am to 5.45pm. - Closed on Tuesdays

    Musee de la Musique
    www.cite-musique.fr Collection of 4,500 music instruments from the 16th century to now. Cité de la Musique
    221, avenue Jean Jaurès - 75019 Paris - Metro: Porte de Pantin Tel. : 01.44.84.44.84

    GUIDED TOURS FOR CHILDREN

    Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites
    Hôtel de Sully, 62, rue Saint-Antoine - 75004 PARIS
    Tel : 01 44.61.21.69/70 Fax : 01.44.61.21.62
    How to help children from 7 to 12 discover Paris. Special visits every Wednesday, Saturday and
    Sunday (more visits available during school holidays). In French only. Programs and information also available at the Paris Tourist Office.

    Children's Academy on Tour
    2, rue Paul Escudier - 75009 PARIS
    Tel : 01 42.82.17.07. Fax : 01.42.82.17.07.
    On Wednesday and Saturday afternoons in school time. Everyday except Sundays during holidays. Artistic programs and cultural sightseeing for children. This association aims at :
    getting children to be familiarized with works of art to improve their knowledge in English, French, Spanish and German to learn while getting entertained. Children participate in the elaboration of various artistic works. They are managed by selected artists and qualified organizers. programs on request.

    Martine Moisan Gallery / Visit Paris and Draw What You See
    Graduated from The Arts Décoratifs Paris - licensed in en Arts Plastiques - GALERIE MARTINE MOISAN, 8, passage Vivienne - 75002 PARIS (entrance at 5 rue de la Banque) Tel. 01 42 97 46 65 Fax. 01 42 97 46 65
    Drawing lessons given out while walking around Paris during day time or at night in order that you may discover outlines, plays of light, the Parisian bridges, the sky, the shadows.
    The following techniques are taught: watercolors, pastel, gouache, Indian ink, modeling.

    AMUSEMENT PARKS

    Disneyland
    In Paris, the whole world of Walt Disney in a grand American-style parade! Fairy tales, the Arabian Nights, Treasure Island, not forgetting the star attraction: "Pirates of the Caribbean", a boat ride through an underground world of animated scenes... incredible! Other attractions: Frontierland and How the West was Won with its mining train, the Haunted House and the great paddleboats which go up the river... Discoverland's theme is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. Address: Marne-la-Vallée Tel : 01 60 30 60 30 (general information and hotel reservations) 32 km / 20 miles from Paris, take motorway A4, exit 14 (Euro-Disney). RER A - Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy Children over 3 years old: around 30% off; Free for children under 3 years old. At the Visionarium set off on an extraordinary journey into space and time and fly off in Star Wars space shuttles...great fun!

    Miniature Park of France
    Take them to the Miniature Park of France; over an area of some 5 hectares / 12 acres in the open air you can discover the riches of France (open from April to mid-November).
    Address: FRANCE MINIATURE, 25, route du Mesnil, 78990 Elancourt
    Tel : 01 30 62 40 79 - Fax : 01 30 51 31 31
    From Paris take motorway A13 or A 84 direction Elancourt - Dreux. RER C St-Quentin-en-Yvelines then bus 420 - Open from 10 am to 7 pm (until 11 pm on Saturdays) from March to November.

    Safari Park of Thoiry
    Visit the Safari Park of Thoiry, an amazing African reserve with its lions roaming free. Address: Chateau et Parc Zoologique de Thoiry www.thoiry.tm.fr, 78770 Thoiry-en-Yvelines Tel : 01 34 87 40 67 From Paris take motorway A13 at
    Pont de St Cloud, then motorway A12 direction Dreux, at Bois d'Arcy take the N12 direction Dreux, exit Pontchartrain. Open all year round from 10 am to 6 pm (until 5 pm in winter). Safari park with 80 species of animal (lions, elephants, bears, monkeys ...) who roam the grounds of the château. There is a little train that tours the gardens providing a view of less ferocious beasts and rare specimens. Also, a reptile house and tea-room.

    Miniature Park of France
    Take them to the Miniature Park of France; over an area of some 5 hectares / 12 acres in the open air you can discover the riches of France (open from April to mid-November).
    Address: FRANCE MINIATURE, 25, route du Mesnil, 78990 Elancourt
    Tel : 01 30 62 40 79 - Fax : 01 30 51 31 31
    From Paris take motorway A13 or A 84 direction Elancourt - Dreux. RER C St-Quentin-en-Yvelines then bus 420 - Open from 10 am to 7 pm (until 11 pm on Saturdays) from March to November.

    TOY STORES

    Au Bon Marche
    L'Espace Trois Hiboux au 1er sous-sol (400 m2 / yard sq.)
    5, rue de Babylone -75007 Paris
    Metro: Sèvres-Babylone - Tel. : 01.44.39.80.00
    Open Mondays to Saturdays from 9.30 am to 7 pm.
    Situated in one of Paris' most prestigious department stores, a large choice of toys (exchanges possible) over 400 square meters/yards of shop floor dedicated to toys alone !

    Au Nain Bleu
    408, rue Saint-Honoré - 75008 Paris
    Metro: Madeleine - Tel. : 01.42.60.39.01
    Open Mondays to Saturdays from 9.45 am to 6.30 pm.
    One of Paris' most famous and luxurious toy stores ; wooden and stuffed toys, dolls tea parties, toy boxes, etc

    Au Paquebot Normandie
    247, rue de Tolbiac - 75013 Paris
    Metro: Glacière, Tolbiac - Tel. : 01.45.89.57.38
    Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9.15 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 7 pm. A splendid model of the "Normandie"boating vessel, card games, dolls and stuffed toys.

    Baby Reve
    32, avenue Rapp - 75007 Paris
    Metro: Ecole Militaire - Tel. : 01.45.51.24.00
    Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9.30 am to 7 pm (from 2 pm to 7 pm on Mondays). Large choice of puzzles and educating games.

    Butty
    84, rue Manin - 75019 Paris
    Metro: Porte de Pantin - Tel. : 01.42.41.01.72
    Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am 7 pm.
    A large choice of stuffed toys, puppets, porcelain dolls and costumes at reasonable prices.

    Dragon Bleu
    140, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré - 75008 Paris
    Metro: Saint-Philippe-du-Roule - Tel. : 01.43.59.14.84
    Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am to 6.30 pm. (Closed in August). Large choice of quality games, toys and books for children.

    La Grande Recre
    Metro: Forum des Halles, Porte Berger, niveau 2

    75001 Paris - Tel. : 01.45.08.01.91
    Open Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 8 pm (until 7 pm on Saturdays).
    A huge 'supermarket' of toys where you can find Lego, Barbie, video-educating games and special items for babies.

    Jouet International du monde
    28, rue des Trois-Bornes - 75001 Paris
    Metro: Parmentier - Tel. : 01.43.57.48.44
    Open Mondays to Saturdays from 12 pm to 8 pm.
    Handmade toys from around the world, boomerangs, Frisbees, kites, skateboards, small-scale models.

    Le Nain Blanc
    33, rue du Commerce - 75015 Paris
    Metro: Emile Zola - Tel. : 01.45.75.26.13
    Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 7.15 pm (from 1 pm to 7 pm on Mondays) All types of toys can be found here, ranging from card games to exact replicas of plastic guns.

    L'Oiseau de Paradis
    211, boulevard Saint-Germain - 75007 Paris
    Metro: Rue-du-Bac - Tel. : 01.45.48.97.90
    Open Mondays to Saturday s from 10 am to 7 pm.
    Muppets, dolls, teddy bears, tricycles, baby toys, Breton sailing boats, pedal cars, etc. ...

    Pintel
    16, rue Fabre-d'Eglantine - 75012 Paris
    Metro: Nation - Tel. : 01.43.07.95.52
    Open Mondays to Saturdays from 9 .45 am to 6.45 pm.
    Large choice of toys at reasonable prices.

    La Ronde des Jouets
    86, rue Monge - 75005 Paris
    Metro: Monge - Tel. : 01.47.07.24.32
    Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm (from 2 pm to 7 pm on Mondays and from 11 am to 7 pm on Sundays) Games, toys, puzzles, stuffed toys and dolls.

    Toys'R'us
    Centre Commercial 4 temps - La Défense-92800 Puteaux
    Metro: Grande Arche de la Défense - Tel. : 01.47.76.29.78
    Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm.
    Forum des Halles
    Porte Lescaut, niveau-1- Tél : 01 53 00 93 33
    Metro: Les Halles
    More than 18,000 items, party games, fancy dress, video tapes, outdoor games, bicycles, etc ...(reasonably priced).

    Alsace - Strasbourg Area, Eastern France, At the German Border

    Kintzheim
    A feeling for ancient history! In Alsace you have Kintzheim, with its "Monkey Mountain" and falconry

    Burgundy/Bourgogne - Between Paris and Lyon, Eastern France

    Archéodrome
    Turn off the A6 motorway and visit the Archéodrome, an exciting reconstruction of the life of the first inhabitants of this region

    Franche-Comte - South of Alsace, North of Lyon, by the Swiss Border, Eastern France

    Toy museum in Moirans

    Brittany/Bretagne - Western France, By the Atlantic Ocean (on the other side!)

    Oceanopolis
    Brest to visit Oceanopolis, on the beautiful beach of Moulin Blanc

    Lorraine - Eastern France

    Parc Walibi / Smurf Park
    Lorraine offers you the Parc Walibi with its Smurfs, another favorite with the children

    Picardy - Northern France, by the Border of Belgium

    Parc Astérix
    It has three parks of an exceptionally high standard; one of these is a leisure park and the other two are theme parks. For leisure, the Parc Astérix will give you the sensation of traveling through a huge cartoon strip, one in which the history of the Gaul is drawn, revised and modified with humor!...Merry-go-rounds, a super water flume ride, themes attractions, performances by dolphins and sea lions; the children love it, and the parents too, it has to be said! (open from April to mid-October). Address: 60128 Plailly Tel : 03 44 62 34 34 (general information)
    30 km from Paris, take motorway - A1 Paris-Lille.
    RER B - Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle - 1 + autobus (every half an hour)
    Open from 10 am to 7 pm from April to October.

    Museum of the Horse
    Visit also the modern Museum of the Horse in Chantilly. The Mer de Sable ("Sand Sea") in Ermenonville, is an adventure park built on a natural desert-like deposit of sand. The theme is Cowboys and Indians with a ranch show at 2 pm, an Indian attack at 4 pm and a horse show at 5.15 pm. There are fairground attractions, water rides, a steam train and pony rides, real buffaloes and camels. Plenty of food stops and a picnic area.(open from April to September). Address: 60950 Ermenonville - Tel : 03 44 54 00 96 (general information) From Paris take motorway north - A1, exit 7, direction Ermenonville. RER B - Roissy Charles de Gaulle - 1 + autobus - Open from10.30 am to 7 pm from March to September.

    Prehistoric Park of Samara
    Do not miss the Prehistoric Park of Samara, an archeological park for the exploration of the natural environment, and in Boulogne, Nausicaa for an exploration of the sea world.

    Poitou-Charentes - Western France

    Futuroscope
    Futuroscope, a science fiction spectacular! The park is steeped in the atmosphere of a futuristic world : new technologies, steel, light and glass in the woodland. The Kinemax revisits the moving image on its 600 sq. meters/yards screen, the Omnimax places you at the heart of the action with a 360 degree cinema screen. From your armchair you race in a racing car or descend to the bottom of a mine ... watch out, these are scary moments! Fans of video games, this is your kingdom...there is a room with 110 computers.
    Address: BP 2000 - 86130 Jaunay-Clan 350 km from Paris, take motorway A10, exit 18; by train from Gare Montparnasse to Poitiers (TGV 90 mins) For more information, please call : 05 49 49 30 80

    If the children are fascinated by fish, make your way to Le Croisic or La Rochelle. Do not let them miss Aliotis in Sologne with its 60 open air aquariums which blend harmoniously into the surrounding greenery

    Southern France

    Do not miss the Parc de la Préhistoire, in Ariège, and Tautavel near Perpignan, both organized around the theme of prehistory. Surprise them with the wildfowl Réserve of Teich or the monkey forest and the butterfly gardens in Rocamadour in Aquitaine. In this region, delight them with the Parc Walibi theme park. In the south east take them to the Park of Mini-France in Brignoles, to the Marineland of Antibes with its performing dolphins, and to the very pretty museum of perfumes in Grasse to smell and recognize all the fragrances...





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