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KarlosKKrinkelbeim Mon 02-Oct-17 07:22:20

Always find new year a bit meh and overshadowed by return to work dread. Would like a short trip somewhere that won't be hideously expensive and have pre DC memories of Paris on NY day being so peaceful it felt like we had it to ourselves! But now have DC aged 9 and 11 who will want to do something other than trail about looking at buildings... any suggestions?

Ricekrispie22 Thu 05-Oct-17 19:49:41

Try a treasure trail with THATLou, a scavenger hunt where you follow clues to various works of art where they take a photo in front of it, and all scores are tallied afterwards at a café with the organiser. The hunts are themed, be it love, food, animals, or kings. Note that the price of the hunt does not include entry into the museum.

The children’s gallery at the Centre Pompidou is a great way to engage those six and above with contemporary art. Check on their website to find out what’s coming up on the day of your visit. The rest of the Pompidou is itself a playground for children who will get a kick out of riding the escalator to the top for a panoramic view of the city from the hamster cage-like tubes that transport you to the top. In front of the centre there are always buskers, magic shows, or other spectacles to watch when the weather cooperates.

Instead of going up the Eiffel Tower, you could ride the hot air balloon at Parc André Citroën for a unique aerial view of Paris. Tickets are on par with the other towers, (€12 for adults, €6 for kids) but there won’t be nearly as many people.

Mazet de Montargis sells traditional French sweets. caramelised almonds that are just the perfect amount of sweet. Kids will love that they can sample the wares around the store. If you want to stop for a bit, the friendly staff will let you sit down at their bar in the back and enjoy a small pot of fondue.

Head to Sugar Dazecupcake boutique just south of Montmartre for a cupcake decorating workshop.

Head to the Parc de la Villette playground for slides and various jungle gym-esque activities that will tire out even the most sugar-rushed child. The Jardin des Dunes et des Vents is an activity centre with kid-sized hamster wheels and zip lines for older kids.

KarlosKKrinkelbeim Fri 06-Oct-17 09:22:09

These are all brilliant ideas thank you so much!

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