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Re: Need some help! RE: Paris with 3 yr old

July 13 2010 at 9:11 PM

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Response to Need some help! RE: Paris with 3 yr old

Hii Phil..

It's been many years since i last went to Paris. And i visited the city as an adult so am not exactly sure on how to give u advice. Perhaps a local Purist can give you tips ( i understand there was a Purists gathering in Paris 3 weeks ago and those who attended may be in a better position to give you the insider scoop ). These are some of the tips i shamelessly copied off the internet :

1) Ride the carousels Paris has numbers of charming carousels, especially popular for younger kids. Give it a whirl whenever you happen to stumble onto one. Carousels can be found in the Jardin Des Tuileries, in the Parc du Champ de Mars, at bottom of the hill of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, and in the Luxembourg Gardens.

2) Ride the Metro Riding the Metro (subway) is fun, not just because you can hop on and off anywhere in Paris, but theres all those long tunnels. While meandering up and down, you come upon unexpected delights, such as a chamber orchestra playing Baroque music, a lone violinist, playing for coins, a jazz combo.People take strollers on the Metro all the time, but there are stairs in the stations, and it's not easy to maneuver the stroller with just one person

3)Batobus Take the "batobus," a water taxi, to ride up and down the Seine, stopping off at "must-see" sightseeing spots, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower. With a day pass, you can get on and off as much as you like. The Batobus runs from April to Nov., 10:00am - 9:00pm in the summer months.

4) Bridges There are 36 different bridges across the Seine, and they're all different. Some are wooden, metal or stone, some are plain and functional, other like the Pont Alexandre III are decorated with gilded statues and cherubs. The Pont Neuf (where Madeline fell into the river) is four hundred years old, the newest is the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge. Some bridges are just for pedestrians, others are for the metro. At the Pont de l'Alma, look for the statue, a soldier at the base of the bridge when the Seine rises too high, the statue is covered with water. Kids can have fun choosing their favorite bridge, and if they like to draw, bring pads of paper to sketch the bridges.

5) Paris Story Paris Story is a splashy 50 min. multimedia show, a good introduction to 2000 years of Paris history in a virtual reality theater that makes you feel like you're there. Headsets with 14 languages, including French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, etc. Kids will get a kick out of Paris Miniature, a huge detailed model of Paris with interactive buttons to locate sights on the model. Show will appeal to kids 5 and up (Located on 11 bis, rue Scribe, near Galeries Lafayette.)

6) Aquaboulevard (rue Louis Armand, Porte de Sevres) Aquaboulevard is a big aquatic park, with a wave pool, slides, indoor swimming pools, plus other recreations such as golf, tennis and bowling, right in the center of the city. Fun for everyone in the family.

7) Musee Grevin (Paris Wax Museum)
It may be a little old-fashioned, but that's the point. The Musée Grevin is one of Europe's oldest wax museums (it was inaugurated in 1882) and today boasts around 300 life-sized wax figures, from Leonardo da Vinci to Marilyn Monroe and current French President Nicolas Sarkozy. This is a fun and sufficiently odd outing for kids and parents to enjoy, and the museum's "Kid's Discovery" tour will allow younger ones to learn about how wax artists bring famous personalities to (near) life.

9) Paris Parks and Gardens
Parisian parks are known for their stately, impeccably groomed and presented lanes, lawns, and flora, but they are also wonderful places to play and discover. From old-world pasttimes like sailing toy boats at the Jardin du Luxembourg, riding ponies and enjoying vintage puppet shows, to fun and games on sleek, mentally stimulating new playgrounds, the city's parks and gardens can provide an ideal opportunity for parents to relax a bit while the kids let loose.

10)Cite des Sciences (Museum of Science and Industry)
Nestled in Paris's ultramodern Parc de la Villette in the northern tip of the city is a vast museum dedicated to learning about science-- the fun way. The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (Museum of Science and Industry) regularly curates exhibits designed to captures children's imaginations and pique adults' secret curiosities-- shows like "Snot", which explored common human body functions in a comical, matter-of-fact manner. Special exhibitions for younger children and young adults guarantee no one in the family will be bored.

11) Menagerie (Zoo) at the Jardin des Plantes
The Menagerie, which was founded as a public zoo after the French Revolution, hosts dozens of species of rare animals, in a format that is decidedly out of date. The zoo still has its charm, somehow, though, and can provide a welcome outing for parents looking for kid-friendly activities in Paris.
Also see: Vincennes Zoo

12) Paris Plage (Paris Beach)
Inaugurated in 2002, Paris Beach (or "Paris Plage" in French) is a free summer event that transforms several spots in Paris into full-fledged beaches, each with a distinct theme. The beach has become a permanent fixture in the Parisian summertime scene. From sunning in the sand to swimming in pools suspended over the Seine, kayaking, or enjoying an evening concert, Paris Plage offers activities that both kids and adults will enjoy.

13) Many Paris museums offer something of interest to children, such as the Louvre, which has Egyptian/oriental exhibitions that will fascinate even the smallest kids.

14) Going up in the Eiffel tower is another great idea that the kids will enjoy, but be sure to bring along lunchbags. Not only can the lines be very long, but the area does not offer alot of good lunch options. So a better choice is to sit down on the grass fields right next to the Eiffel tower to enjoy the lunch. Another good place to have lunch is Marché des Enfants Rouges Pariss oldest market near the Marais area. There are several lunchspots to choose from Italian, Vegetarian, Moroccan and so on. And across the street, inside the Square du Temple, is another big playground, perfect for the kids to play in.

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