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La Cite des Enfants

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Address: Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie | 30 av Corentin-Cariou, 19th, Paris, France
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+33 1 40 05 12 12
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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An interactive science museum for children.

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there is actually 2 parts - one for small kids and other for bigger. You need to reserve your 90 minutes and even then inside it is very noisy and full of kids, so it is... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
Gints K
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Riga, Latvia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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68 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazingly interesting for kids. We were at the science museum (la cite de science/ also in the same building) first and the kids had fun, but they LOVE la cite des enfants waaay more. Although its not a big museum, but the hands on activities are new and interesting. A must visit for kids. Make it a... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

there is actually 2 parts - one for small kids and other for bigger. You need to reserve your 90 minutes and even then inside it is very noisy and full of kids, so it is impossible to try all attractions in the time limits - most of them are quite simple and not so much interactive as in other... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

This place is amazingly interesting for kids. We were at the science museum (la cite de science/ also in the same building) first and the kids had fun, but they LOVE la cite des enfants waaay more. Although its not a big museum, bit the hands on activities are new and interesting. A must visit for kids. Make it a... More 

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Sunderland
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

We've been to Imaginosity in Dublin (which was very good) and Eureka in Halifax, even Kidzania - I thought this gave them all a great run for their money, beating Imaginosity for the simple reason of being all on the same level which made it easier to keep an eye on an excited 4 year old. It's in the Science... More 

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Thank andymwood
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Visited the 7-12 part with our 6 year old. Expensive (25 euros for the 2 adults 1 kid) for 1.5 hour. Many stations broken/closed. The whole thing is quite old, run down, and not very interesting... I doubt any child above 7 would find it interesting... In another note, All the staff in the entire building seemed so ininterested and... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Visited 7-12 years old section with 5, 6 and 10 year old and it was great and educational. Time is limited to 1.5 hrs but I think it is enough. Explora exhibitions upstairs are fantastic for kids and adults, highly recommend those.

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

We visited with our 5 year old on a rainy day. While educational, the museum lacked the quantity of interactive and play areas that I expected. The ticket situation is very confusing. There is no category to buy a ticket that get's you access to all areas. We had to piece a few options together. The 2-7 play area did... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

We visited La Cite de Enfants as well as the Parc de la Villette during our recent trip to Paris with our family (4 adults, 4 kids all under 5) and had a FANTASTIC time! The kids loved the activities indoors at La Cite des Enfants but also the rides, slides, etc outside in the park. We took a picnic... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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Reviewed 14 April 2016

As for the Cite des Enfants itself, it is kind of a disappointment. There are five spaces. They are fun, indeed, but not much more than a nice playground. Also time is limited - you have 1,5 hour to use any of the five areas and then it is over. An extra letdown was the fact that we paid full... More 

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Larnaka City, Cyprus
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Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

Children? That is what I thought, but believe me I enjoyed it as much as the children, must visit, very educative, fantastic displays, unforgettable...

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La Villette
This futuristic landscape has come to define the northeast of Paris. The Saint-Denis canal is framed with luscious lawns and metallic buildings over a wide-open space. Home to Europe's largest science museum, this area rewards daytime and nighttime explorations; there are three concert spaces, plus cinemas and bars, and even open-air cinema in the summer. The surrounding homes are a sharp contrast to the futuristic space. Though on the outskirts of Paris, La Villette is worth the short Metro ride from the centre.
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