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August 27, 2010

Paris Kid’s Zone Guide

Paris can be a fun city for kids or teenagers who are history lovers. They will love visiting Versailles, Les Invalides military museum where galore, cannons, mortars, armor, swords, daggers, souvenirs from Napoleon’s time, including his hat and sword are exposed, and even the Egyptian section of the Louvre, where children flock to see mummified cats. Science lovers can’t miss the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie at La Villette which as so many special events and exhibitions for kids. They will also be thrilled by the Palais de la découverte’s planetarium. Another enthralling museum, particularly for teens, is the Pasteur Museum.Intimately set in his former home, the museum boasts impressive display of Pasteur’s most famous experiments. If they like animals take the kids to the Jardin des Plantes’ Natural history national museum the permanent exhibitions are amazing and there are great temporary exhibitions too. The Centre Pompidou has a children’s atelier on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And of course, kids will love getting on top of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. An Unusual place to visit is the Sewers museum where a part of Victor Hugo’s Misérables took place. Guided tours are organized in foreign languages only in summer.

As far as open air activities are concerned, the Bateau-mouche tour on the Seine is great fun for kids. Also check out the Bois de Boulogne, a huge park at the West border of Paris also called the “main lung” of Paris. The Jardin d’Acclimatation, at the northern edge of the park, is for children, with a zoo, an amusement park, and a narrow-gauge railway.

Kids will never be starved for entertainment in Paris. There is the magnificent Disneyland Paris, spread across 1,500 acres, and it is sure to win any red-blooded child’s heart. Both kids and adults will also immensely enjoy a tour along the Seine River. A great one for sight seeing, this tour is unique in a lot of ways. For one, during the tour the child would get to see the entire overview of the beautiful city of Paris. Sure to kindle nostalgia in adults and unbounded excitement in kids. A visit to Notre Dame, should not be ruled out either, if not for anything else but for its breath-taking size and beauty.

On the Right bank one could take a stroll through the Jardin de Tuileries while savouring heaps of ice-creams or ride on a donkey back or even attend marionette shows depending on the little prince or princesses’ mood. On the Left Bank, one can go to Jardin du Luxembourg to enjoy the same kind of fun. If Puppets are fun for any child, then catch a puppet show anywhere in Paris as they are a great tradition in the city. Don’t let any child miss the wax museum at Musée Grevin, which is known for being the number one waxworks’ museum in Paris.

And yes, has one come to the fashion capital of the world and the child is still attired in those normal clothes? There are many fashion shops specializing in children’s clothes and also a lot of fashion houses have separate outlets for kids. In fact, Paris holds so much enjoyment for the tiny tots, that for once tourist will be glad to have taken the children along for the holiday.

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