Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Activities to do with kids in Paris

On weekends and Wednesday afternoons (Parisian children go to school on mornings only), the city's parks become lively playgrounds. Most have pony rides, carousels, bumper cars and buvettes (fast-food kiosks that sell croque-monsieur sandwiches, hot dogs and cotton candy).

The Luxembourg Gardens, the Bois de Boulogne and the Champ de Mars have marionette theaters and big playgrounds.

The puppeteers perform entirely in French but children should have no problem following the plots of such well-known tales as  "La belle au bois Dormant" , " Le petit chaperon rouge",  "Les Trois Petits Cochons" ("The Three Little Pigs"), "Blanche Neige" ("Snow White") and "Pinocchio" and the famous Guignol.

Marionettes du Champ de Mars, (1), hold performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, at 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. (often daily during school vacations)

Marionettes du Luxembourg, (1), on Wednesday at 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m and 4 p.m.


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