If the kids need to blow off a little steam, you could be in luck in Ile-de-France as two amusement parks are located in the region. Parc Asterix and Disneyland Paris both offer hours of family fun with a variety of rides, shows, and games. Parc Asterix is located northeast of Paris, 10 km (6 miles) south of Senlis. Disneyland Paris is located 38 km (24 miles) east of Paris.

Parc Asterix -- is a low-key alternative to Disneyland Paris, this Gallic-themed park is based on the French comic strip hero Asterix. Among the attractions of this park include Europe's tallest wooden roller coaster, a water park, and a variety of shows. The park is open April through August, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and September through mid-October, open Wednesdays and weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission rates for a one-day pass are 34 Euros for Big Gauls aged 12 and older, 24 Euro for Little Gauls aged 3 to 11, 32 Euro for seniors, and free for children under the age of three. There is also an additional 6 Euro fee for parking.

Disneyland Paris -- originally called Euro Disney, the once reviled and ridiculed park has now come into its own as the renamed Disneyland Paris. With all the bells and whistles of its other renditions, Disneyland Paris is all Disney, all-the-time, but with a European twist. Disneyland Paris is made up of two parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios. Admission rates for a one-day pass for one park are 43 Euro for adults and 35 Euro for children aged 3-11 (children under the age of 3 are free). A one-day park hopper ticket, which allows admission to both parks, is 53 Euro for adults and 45 Euro for children. Hours vary throughout the year, although the park's core open hours are usually between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.o