Join the global community of indulgent but bored mothers, fathers and grandparents at this indoor Playmobil play space outside Paris. We brought our two boys now aged 7 and 9 to the Fun Park, and it was the highlight of their visit to Paris. Our well-traveled 9 year old is now rebelling against the cathedrals, monuments and sites he used to visit without complaint (and even enjoy), but he rediscovered hands-on play today and even played nicely with his brother.
The Fun Park is located in a shopping complex in Fresnes and consists of different play "scenes" (pirates, knights, police/fire, hospital, space, etc.) for kids 2-9ish. It's good for girls as well as there are also domestic, holiday and (I think) princess scenarios. Parents can sit in the cafe and have an espresso while les enfants play; lunch is also available and the food is reasonably priced and typical for this kind of place. The entrance fee of 10 euro for our family of four is a bargain compared to Jardin d'Acclimatation, Disney and Parc Asterix, and kids can play until you make them leave. You do, of course, have to walk through the gift shop to exit.
A few tips: follow the directions on the French-language website as they are correct (RER to La Croix de Berny, then the TVM) and the English-language directions (RER to Antony) are no longer applicable as the bus route has changed. There is a short walk from the bus stop to the Fun Park -- fine for our kids but younger children will need to be carried or brought in a stroller as the walk is through some busy traffic and a car park. For those using the RER, the park is not "10 minutes outside Paris" as advertised, but more like 45, depending on your starting point. Also, get there early in the day as the space gets crowded in the afternoon, especially on Wednesdays.
All in all, it was a fun day, something different from what we usually do, an unexpected opportunity for my husband and I to actually speak with each other for hours uninterrupted, and a truly "authentic" experience as we really were the only non-French there!
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