Top 10 family activities in the Paris Region

1/ Reach for the skies with FlyView®

Fancy flying over Paris’ most famous landmarks? FlyView® merges real images with computer animations, giving visitors 360° views into the recesses of towers and sculptures. From inside the Jetpack flight simulator you’ll feel like you’re flying in the open air, with accelerations, slowdowns and rotations and the wind in your face. Zoom in on the hieroglyphics carved into the obelisk at Place de la Concorde, climb up the centre of the Eiffel Tower to admire the iron scrolls and move on to the grand finale above Notre-Dame.
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2/ Enjoy a vintage Christmas at Vaux-le-Vicomte

The 17th-century Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte celebrates the festive season with a magnificent themed display each year, bedecked in thousands of decorations to give visitors the experience of Christmas past. This year the theme is vintage toys, which will delight children and adults alike. The chateau, its courtyards, outbuildings and immaculate French gardens will be transformed into a wonder world, where twinkling lights and animations will enchant the entire family.
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3/ Experience the magic and adventure of Disneyland

Inimitable Disneyland is known around the world for being the place where dreams become reality – and Disneyland Paris is no exception to the rule. Experience the magic just 30 minutes from the heart of the city, spread across two parks and boasting over 50 rides and attractions, and a plethora of parades and performances. Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages at FantasyLand, navigate the pirate-infested waters of AdventureLand and play Indiana Jones at FrontierLand… it’s all here!
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4/ Immerse yourselves in the world of musicals

An exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris (until 27 January 2019) explores the joyous world of musicals, seeking to immerse visitors in the films themselves thanks to its giant projections. Accompanying photographs, rare documents and fun interactive exhibits place the genre within its historical context. From Fred Astaire to John Travolta, and from West Side Story to Beauty and the Beast, this is a spectacular panorama of musicals’ richness and diversity.
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5/ Get close to nature at the Parc Zoologique

Reframe your idea of the zoo: Paris’ new Parc Zoologique is all about animal welfare and conservation, maintaining the animals’ natural environments across five ‘biozones’ – the Sahel-Sudan savannah; the rocky coast and pampas of Patagonia; the great European coniferous forests; the tropical climates of Guyana; and the ecosystem of Madagascar. In total, the zoo houses around 2,000 animals and roughly 180 different species, including giraffes, lions, manatees, wolverines and the rare white rhino.
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6/ Join the circus with Alexis Gruss

It’s all theatre and showmanship at this fabulous tribute to the origins of the equestrian circus, which were established 250 years ago. Supported by a succession of tableaux illustrating the important milestones in circus history, around 40 horses and 15 artists are in the performance ring, accompanied by a small orchestra with a singer and narrator, who together bring it all to life.
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7/ Admire Klimt’s masterpieces in 360°

Paris’ Atelier des Lumières is a new addition to its cultural scene and its first digital art museum, housed in a former foundry in the east of the city. Using state-of-the-art visuals and audio, Klimt’s dazzling works are transformed into projected imagery across the building’s 10-metre-high walls over the vast 3,300 square metre surface area of the renovated 19th-century building. It’s a great attempt at making fine art more accessible to younger audiences.
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8/ Shake hands with the stars at the Musée Grévin

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The Musée Grévin is to Paris what Madame Tussaud’s is to London. The gilded entrance near the charming Passage Jouffroy is hard to miss – and as you enter the plush interior, Jean-Paul Sartre, Madonna and Picasso make their astonishingly lifelike appearances. Monica Bellucci, Brad Pitt, Cara Delevingne, Inès de la Fressange, Charlie Chaplin, Pierre Hermé, Pierre Gagnaire… there are over 200 French and foreign celebrities here, providing endless selfie opportunities.
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9/ Take a scenic cruise on the Seine

Paris’ famous river is the lifeblood of the city, snaking its way past its finest museums and monuments, majestic rows of weeping willows and beneath 37 bridges. One of the loveliest ways to admire the landmarks is from the water. Hour-long cruises are usually held in French and English and headsets offer other translations too, so you can learn Parisian history while soaking up the sights. And to really push the boat out, why not treat yourself to lunch or dinner while cruising?
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10/ Make friends with the horses at Versailles

Versailles is a family-friendly gem outside the city of Paris, especially at weekends, when its equestrian academy presents a unique, multidisciplinary riding ballet called ‘La Voie de l’Écuyer’. Visitors are able to visit the stables after the show. Old and young (from aged 5 upwards) may also enjoy the ‘Matinales des Ecuyers’, Sunday open mornings (10am-noon) with guided tours that present a snapshot of the riders’ daily life and a chance to watch them in training.
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