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|Paris with kids|
Where to go with the children is one of the top five questions I am always being asked. To answer this question, I chose to ask children themselves about what they preferred during their stay. Action!
is without a doubt the winner of the category and this, I must
confess, makes me a bit sad…am I already rigid at the age
of 40? Anyway, the big mouse has a very detailed Internet site
www.disneylandparis.fr where you can get information on opening
hours (they change all the time!) and the works agenda of the rides.
- do you need to go to Disneyland and/or Walt Disney Studios? Without hesitation, a day in Disneyland is more than enough. The crazy guys who went to the Studios said they were disappointed. Why is that? "Because Disneyland rocks". Kids…
what’s the damage? A full day ticket will cost 64 EUR
per adult, 58 EUR for a child (between 3 and 11). If you
buy online, at least 5 days before and for a specific date,
you will get a unique price of 46 € (adult/child). It’s
good value. There are other tariffs but they are either too
expensive or not valid on weekends.
- how to get to Disney? All the information is here. The easiest way is to take RER trains (RER A) and get off at "Marne la Vallée-Chessy". The trip will take about 1 hour and it will cost you 14,60 EUR (return). During school holidays, there is less traffic and you can try to drive there: it should be a bit quicker, a lot friendlier, but the car-park costs 15 EUR.
- one last detail I have read on their Internet site : "It is not allowed to bring any food or drinks in Disney Parcs". Surely their sandwiches are better than yours…
think about leaving the Eiffel Tower out of your schedule. This
amazing building really deserves a climb... so
join the 7 million annual visitors! A word of advice:
- Things to know before going up
There are lifts at the feet of the North, South, East & West pillars of the Tower. No surprise, of course it is strictly forbidden to go up in the Tower carrying a knife or a parachute (really !). Bottles or cans are also forbidden and prams which cannot be folded up. Good to know.
- Which floor to visit?
The Eiffel Tower has 3 floors: The first is the Tower’s Museum with a glass floor and is 57 metres above the ground. The 2nd has a panoramic view at 115metres and the 3rd has a very panoramic view & a champagne bar at 280 metres. Without wanting to encourage you to drink the view at the top is by far the most impressive.
- Lift or stairs?
The first 2 floors can be reached by using the 2 big lifts or the 2 flights of stairs. To reach the 3rd floor you are obliged to take the 4 yellow & orange lifts from the 2nd floor (there are no stairs). The lifts take 1 minute from the ground floor to the 1st, 1 minute between the 1st & 2nd floor and 4 minutes from the 2nd to the 3rd.
With the stairs allow 15 minutes from the ground floor to the 1st floor and 20 minutes from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor.
If you are fit & in good health and you have a small budget I recommend the stairs. It is the only way to understand and experience Eiffel’s genius… And “the icing on the cake” is that I have noticed that the tickets are not controlled on the way down. So go up on foot & come down free in the lifts…
If you choose to take the lift I would recommend that you come down by the stairs from the 1st floor. It is really very pretty!
- Waiting time
To be honest this is the downside of the visit…
You will have to queue 4 times:
- On the ground floor for the lift or the stairs. The queuing time is minimum 30 minutes for the lift, much less for the stairs. Attention! The ticket "skip the line" sold on the internet only avoids the queue to buy the ticket, afterwards you join the line with the other visitors without any priority.
- To go up from the 2nd to the 3rd allow 15 minutes of queuing,
- To come down from the 3rd to the 2nd allow 0-15 minutes,
- To come down from the 2nd to the ground floor 0-15minutes. There is never a queue to come down on foot by the stairs.
A small piece of advice: Always compare the queues. For some inexplicable reason the visitors seem to queue without any special order so sometimes you can save 15 minutes by just walking a few more metres. On the ground compare the queue at the North pillar to that of the West (lifts) and the South pillar to that of the East (stairs). On the 2nd & 3rd floor there are 2 queues for the yellow & orange lifts. And lastly to come down with the big lifts don’t forget that there are 2 queues per lift as they carry the visitors on 2 levels.
when should you go ?
Les Bâteaux Mouches
|Paris is one the most beautiful city in the world, and what about enjoying its beauty from the deck of a boat? Kids definitely have good tastes... Several companies offer cruises on the river Seine and the best offer is to be found on www.vedettesdupontneuf.com||If you book online (a one-hour cruise), it will cost you 10 EUR for an adult and 4 EUR for a child (Winter 2013/2014 promotion). Remember that the boats sail off until 10pm. The lights coming from the boats are just fantastic.|
Renting an electric boat
|When I discovered for the first time «Marin d’Eau Douce» in 2014, I immediately thought that the idea was great and how come nobody had thought of it before. Renting an electric boat without a license on the Canal de l’Ourcq. It is very successful and the boats (5, 7 & 11 people) are never empty. There are 40 kilometres of river routes which are accessible, with the Science Museum de la Villette in the East & The Bastille in the South. What a wonderful atmosphere!! Silently and at a speed of 8 km/h you can see some houseboats, go under the 1885 bridge which opens and even go through the locks of the Saint Martin Canal.||Some details to prepare you for your trip:
- Children are allowed on board from the age of 6 months,
- It is possible to have a picnic on the boat,
- You need to have a 300 EUR deposit.
Open every day from 9 am to sunset.
The boat for 5 people costs 70 EUR to rent for 2 hours.
More info: www.marindeaudouce.fr
My photos of this unusual outing
Le Musée Grévin
|I am always stunned by the success of this museum. While the Playstation is today’s Star and wooden toys are on the wane, wax statues are loved by all! You will find practical information on||www.grevin.com and find out that tariffs are rather costly : 23,50 EUR for an adult, 20,50 EUR for students and 16,50 EUR for children between the age of 6 and 14 (13,50 EUR for discount card holder).|
Jardin du Luxembourg et Jardin des Tuileries
|The younger ones love these gardens. Situated at the heart of the capital city, they can safely ride poneys (in a cart or on the animal’s||back), go on the rides, do trampolining, go on the swings, eat a crêpe, and will even ask for more.|
|This is the type of day-out children do not think about but just love once they have been convinced…|
|The Parc de la Villette and its cultural infrastructures are definitely a success. Adults love le Zénith, the Grande Halle’s programme planning and the other events. They like to play and walk in the huge park. Children love the dedicated fun and educational areas. To name but a few activities : the Cité des Enfants (2/7 and 5/12),||Explora, the planetarium and the Géode, a cinema shaped like a ball. The Villette is a smart world that every member of the family will enjoy even the hard to please young ones. Needless to say tI suggest you check out the website on www.cite-sciences.fr and leave the Palais de la Découverte out for good.|
Le Jardin des Plantes
|Everyone knows that children love plants and animals. Like the Villette, the Jardin des Plantes will work wonders with children thanks to the variety of its collections and its clear museography.||The living world is highlighted by the quality of the various sites: Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, Ménagerie, Galerie de Minéralogie etc. To find out more, check out their website www.mnhn.fr|
taking the children to the Louvre a challenge? It depends on the
tour you are planning for them…What they like best is usually
the ancient Egypt period. The museum is great for this: mummies,
sarcophaguses, sculptures etc. Egyptians were the fathers of design:
even big bad wolves look like cute doggies… Some tips:
- there are a dozen of entries to access the Louvre besides the
So don’t waste 20 minutes
of your time in the main courtyard and opt for the other
entries as indicated on www.louvre.fr
- the museum is free for under 18s and EC nationals between the age of 18 and 25. It is free every 1st Sunday of each month and on July 14th.
Le Palais de Tokyo
conclude, a good suggestion that I got from a family from Normandy.
Their kids were delighted to go there so I am just forwarding this
“The Palais de Tokyo is an emerging venue for contemporary art, striving to build up activities for the young visitors. Part of an original and fun approach to contemporary art, the Tok-Tok activities have
designed to place the children at the very core of current creation.
There they can develop their observation, creativity and
independent skills.” blablabla … "Through
originality, humour and innovation, the activities offered
attract both parents and children."
I suggest you have a look at their website www.palaisdetokyo.com as you need to enroll!