Looking for a city that offers culture and history for the adults and fun and excitement for the kids? Well, over the next few blogs, as a mum of two with a strong passion for travel, I’ll be looking at the top cities in Europe for young families.
The first on my list has to be Paris. With so many child friendly attractions you will be hard pressed to see it all in a short break. Enjoying a crepe or two smothered in Nutella will also go down a treat and we can’t forget Disneyland Paris which is only a 35 minute train journey away with a frequent service all day long.
Children will be fascinated by the Eiffel Tower and older children will enjoy the climb to the top but for younger children, the Champ des Mars park close to the Eiffel Tower may be a better option. Incredible views of the Eiffel Tower can be enjoyed by all whilst the kids have fun on the vintage merry go round and playground.
Beautiful parks with excellent facilities can be found all around Paris and many are close to the main sights offering a perfect compromise when the kids have reached their limit of museums and sightseeing. Close to the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries provides the opportunity to hire a model sailboat on the fountain, play on the trampolines and playground and in summer enjoy amazing views of Paris from the Ferris wheel. Jardin du Luxembourg with its pony rides and puppet shows and Bois de Boulogne are other great options. Ice skating is another popular activity for children and several Paris sites are transformed into spectacular rinks between December and February.
If you are looking for something more educational for the kids, there is no shortage of museums catering for children.The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (the Museum of Science and Industry), at the Parc de la Villette has a children’s area with two sections, one for children from 3 to 5 years old and one for children from 5 to 12 years old. The Palais de la Découverte (the Palace of Discovery) will also appeal to younger visitors with 3-D exhibits covering everything from chemistry, biology, and physics to the weather. Many state museums do not charge admission for under 18s so you can have a brief visit without paying for the whole family.
Next week….. Gladiators, Gelato and an Ancient history lesson in Rome.