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“One just for the children.”

La Cite des Enfants
Ranked #237 of 1,243 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: An interactive science museum for children.
Reviewed April 8, 2012

We took our near 4 year old to the 2-7 year old part of the Cite des Enfants for a well-deserved totally child oriented day in Paris.

She had a ball with multi-themed areas of interactive science play. Truely engaging activities and even the child within (my partner and myself) were fascinated and delighted at the prospect of what it would be like to be 3 again and let loose here.

Particularly fun was the mini maze, which was like a mouse run, and the water play area, which supplies water aprons to help reduce saturated children.

Only complaint is the queueing system prior to the timed entry. We were 'ushered' into a 'holding pen', shoulder to shoulder with other families awaiting entry. Screaming and crying kids, frustrated and impatient. It was stressful and irritating. The 'holding pen' had no activities or entertainment to amuse waiting children and this caused much tension. Bored kids picking on other kids, cranky parents, whinging and whining. Horrible.

A visit to the Cite des Enfants requires a booking with a timed session. I think from memory there may be 3 to 4 sessions per day. And the session last around 1hr 45 min hours. So while there is a lot to explore and play, there is not enough time to thoroughly utilise the whole presentation of themes and activities. It is a bit of a mad rush in, once we are allowed to enter, and chaotic rampage around play centres.

Our daughter loved it but as a parent I found the crowding and timing of the visit stressful. We even 'lost' our daughter in the mad rampage between sections. So keep a hold of your 2-7 year old. They can easily get carried away scuttling from one section to another. Like a child in a candy store.

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Reviewed February 15, 2012

Having visited the Glasgow Science Center earlier this year, this just didn't cut it.

Firstly, the science museum appears to be in the middle of some industrial wasteland (it isn't - its just in the middle of an enormous characterless concrete edifice).

Second, the exhibits just arent engaging enough - and there isn't any basic scientific knowledge that the various displays impart.

Thirdly, the areas are divided into an area for two different age groups - with seperate tickets. Of course, there aren't any families that could have kids in both those age groups.

3  Thank fgyara
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

Back in Paris again to re-do Cite des Science. Surprise, it was free Science Museum weekend! Awesome! Got there when they opened, Saturday was moderately busy; enough people to keep it interesting and fun. Got free tickets to everything we wanted all day long; visited both the 2-7 yr old and 5-12 yr old sides. Son is now 5, so both held his interest. Lots of shows and displays all over the museum. Sunday was much busier, so we toured around the Parc Villette, also well worht the visit. Great family attraction, even better as the whole weekend was surprise-free!

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Reviewed September 3, 2011

This place is awesome for toddlers and kids. We were so pleased with the sheer amount of activities to do with our daughter. She was so excited and it was wonderful to see her so happily playing and learning at the same time. Only problem was that nobody warned us that there was a time limit on our visit! Not even at the ticket counter! You are only allowed a 1.5 hour session and apparently less when there are school groups visiting. There are a few restaurants there, but my suggestion would be to pack a nice picnic and eat outside as there are designated areas.

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Reviewed October 16, 2009

Took my 3-yr old son to this Science Museum. It had an area for 3-5 year olds where he could experiment with water, lights, wind, and sound. Also an area to build small cars/trucks using large blocks, etc. Many, many activities. A must see/go for toddlers. Because this is the only area we visited, I can not speak for the areas for the older children. According to my sister-in-law who is French and lives in Paris, the weekends, Wed. afternoons, and any school holiday is booked, so you need to make reservations weeks/months in advance. We went on a Friday afternoon and it was empty. My son got to spend the entire area with about 5-10 other toddlers. No waiting, no lines.

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