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Amusement and theme parksAnd what if you just want to have fun? In Paris and its region, there are many theme parks that appeal to both children and parents. Here’s a selection of the best places to relax and have fun with the family.
It is in Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France, in the world of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Peter Pan and Snow White, that the adventure begins. The must see attraction for over 20 years, Disneyland Paris welcomes millions of children a year, fascinated by this magical and enchanting kingdom set in over 22 square kilometres, located to the east of the capital. With themed activities depending on the season (Halloween, Christmas), spectacular shows and unforgettable attractions (‘Space Mountain: Mission 2,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’), Disneyland Paris pulls out all the stops to delight visitors. Recently, a new attraction has been added: ‘Ratatouille’, the crazy adventures of Rémy, inspired by the eponymous film by Pixar. The park is accessible by high speed local train from central Paris.
Back in eastern Paris, stop off at the Cité de la Mode et du Design and specifically at the fun-filled Art ludique–Le Musée. This space, opened in November 2013 on the banks of Seine, below the Gare d’Austerlitz, exhibits art works based on the world of comics, manga, cartoons and video games in over 1,200m2. In this unique place, you can become familiar with the world of new digital technology!
In the centre of the capital, in the Opéra district, Paris-Story, a multimedia and interactive museum, attracts lovers of technology and history. You will be able to discover a high quality 50 minute film, with images by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, retracing 2,000 years of Parisian history.
Further west, in the Trocadéro gardens, the Paris Aquarium is a great value family day out. Children love to observe fish from all the seas of the world, such as the emperor angel-fish from the coral reefs of Tahiti, the devil of French Guiana or the clown triggerfish of New Caledonia. Even more impressive are the 32 sharks (sandbar shark, black-tip reef shark, nurse or sleeper shark, zebra and leopard shark), which your kids will spend hours watching.
The last step of our journey leads us to the far west of Paris, to the Bois de Boulogne, on the border with the Hauts-de-Seine department. It hosts another popular place for young Parisians: the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Among the many attractions, a boat trip on the enchanted river and the opportunity to discover farm animals, children won’t have a minute to get bored! That’s why it has been one of Parisian children’s favourite places for over 150 years.
It is also worth noting that the Ile-de-France offers many outdoor recreation centres, which are poetically named ‘Iles de loisirs,’ offering a variety of activities: swimming, horse riding, boating, tree-top adventure parks, mini-golf, cycling... Twelve sites are open to the public in the Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and Val-d'Oise departments.