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Paris parks for kids - Tuileries/Luxembourg/Villette, etc.?

Paris parks for kids - Tuileries/Luxembourg/Villette, etc.?

Old May 12th, 2013, 11:47 PM
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If ever you are in town on a scorching day (ha ha fat chance this year!), the Parc André Citroën has one of those fountains where the water jets spurt directly from the pavement unexpectedly. Children love getting drenched there.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 12:44 AM
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I'd second the Jardin des Plantes, I see lots of people there with their kids and if you walk along the waterfront to the East it's like taking a Modern Architecture tour. The waterfront is lovely and you can go down as far as the Bibliothèque Nationale and then across the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge to Gehry's Cinemateque. It may be a long walk with kids.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 08:40 PM
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Parc Andre Citroen has been voted worst public space of the year in 2011 or something. In fact, there really is only the fountain, and it's a long trek out there. Jardin des Plantes is mainly for looking at. That in itself can be interesting, the serres etc, and the animals, but it's not at all interactive, like La Vilette is.
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I am wondering who votes in this sort of election.
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I don't think I spotted exact dates for the trip here, but if it's in July/AUgust, don't forget Paris Plages:
http://www.paris.fr/english/visit/hi...146_port_18969

The official English texts on parks and gardens:
http://www.paris.fr/english/visit/pa...meteries/p8210
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We were just in Paris with our daughter who is almost seven. She loved the Tuileries, because of the trampolines. You can find these in the North-West corner, near Place de la Concorde. For 2 euros you can jump on your own trampoline for five minutes. There is also a playground on the other side of the carrousel. It was a perfect 30 minute break from museums and other sight seeing, since it is so centrally located.

We also loved the playground at Luxembourg. You have to pay a few euros, but it was definitely worth it.

If you click on my name you can find my trip report with more info on this stuff, and other things we did.
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Oops, Jacolis, you are the Canadian who posted on my trip report, right? If so, I suppose you already saw my thoughts!
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Old May 14th, 2013, 04:07 AM
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Yes thanks eastave! That is why I had noted Tuileries and Luxembourg. We were thinking of adding one more park (either La Villette or Buttes de Chaumont). Now I can't decide... poor me! Can't decide which Paris park to visit.

I did note some of your restaurant suggestions as well. Merci!
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The Gardens of the National Archives in Le Marais would be an educational option
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@kerouac LOL, public spaces experts I suppose.

I used to go to the Citroen Parc with my son quite a lot, and he loved the fountains too, but Buttes Chaumont remains our favorite: it's kind of faux adventurous.
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Hi all,

We are back from our trip and I thought I would quickly report back. Unfortunately the weather was not great so we did not get to hit all of the parks we wanted to. We had one sunny afternoon at the Jardins de Luxembourg which the girls ADORED. They spent hours on the play structure (while mom could sit outside the fence and enjoy a cafe creme!) and especially enjoyed the flying fox ("zip line"). Another big highlight was renting those sailboats. I think my husband actually enjoyed that even more than the girls! They also did the swings and the pony ride.

We took in the marionette theatre which was really well done. DH does not speak french but was able to get the gist of the story because there is so much physical comedy. I am glad the girls got to see the guignol theatre because it was something they would not get to see here in our hometown.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Pavillon de la Fontaine right in the park on the terrace (yummy open-faced tartine sandwiches and salad).

We did end up stopping at the Jardins de Tuileries since it was smack dab in the middle of some other sights we saw. The girls liked the trampoline and merry go round. Note that there were also the sailboats for rent but only in the afternoon (we were there in the morning).

Other activities (non-park related) that the girls enjoyed included the Centre Georges Pompidou (there is a kids area but the girls liked seeing the art - the Simon Hantai exhibit was perfect to get them interested in modern art). The fountain outside was also a big hit.

We ended up visiting the Musee de la Poupee because of the weather (it was walking distance from our hotel). It was actually a fun morning and the girls liked making their own "Bleuette" dolls after touring the museum which consists of dolls from around the world.

Our apartment was around the corner from the park in Place des Vosges so we usually would end up there in the afternoons after sightseeing. It was a good way for the girls to also interact with the local French children. One day was spent at Versailles which we all enjoyed (kids especially liked the rowboats, running through the gardens and Marie Antoinette's hamlet).

Merci a tous! This forum was so helpful in planning our trip!

Lisa
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