This weekend is the perfect time to indulge in croissants and brioche, wear a beret and sing the nursery rhyme Frère Jacques. It’s Bastille Day on Sunday - France’s national holiday that marks the storming of the infamous Bastille Prison on July 14, 1789. It would be fantastic to experience the celebrations in Paris on Bastille Day. But once the revelry is over, here at Escape Travel, we thought we’d put together our top family-friendly attractions in country’s capital.
Sure to be a popular choice with kids of all ages, Disneyland Paris attracts over 15 million enthusiasts every year making it one of Europe’s most visited themed attractions. The big ticket attractions within the park include Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Big Thunder Mountain and It’s a Small World, where you’ll be take on a musical tour of the globe. Families may want the complete experience by staying in one of the seven on-site resort hotels.
The Cité des Enfants
The Cité des Enfants provides a great educational opportunity that makes science fun. The focus of the centre is to assist kids to discover the world around them and to allow them to learn about technology with interactive displays. This is a hands-on affair. There are dedicated sections for children aged two to seven and another space for children aged five to twelve with the displays in three languages: French, English and Spanish.
This gorgeous park has plenty to keep the family entertained. There’s a mini train that does a 1.6 kilometre loop and a river boat that takes the family on an enchanted ride between the willows and the reeds. On the other hand, take a pony ride around the parkland or experience the thrill of riding a camel. There are numerous picnic tables to enjoy a picnic lunch and various rides to round out the day.
For traditional, wholesome entertainment, head to Musee Grevin, Paris’ wax museum. There’s a variety of settings within the attraction including The Spirit of Paris, The Palace of Mirage and The World of Children, which recreates popular cartoon and fictional characters. After admiring the recreations, head to The Discovery Trail to learn about how these magnificent wax celebrities were devised.
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Founded in the years after the French Revolution, this zoo is one widely acknowledged to be one of the oldest continuous public zoos operating in the world today. Within the collection are many rare animals and engaging animals including Chinese leopards, southern pudus and Sichuan takins. There is also a natural history museum that features dinosaur bones.