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The Kapla center is located at the tip of the Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, close to the Bastille. The district is extremely charming. The furniture makers and all other trades involving wood are housed in the Faubourg. More and more fashion designers have also recently decided to open shops in the district. The writer Patrick Sûskind, in "the Perfume" very accurately describes the atmosphere (and the smell!) of the street. The Kapla center offers workshops for children. With small pieces of wood called Kapla, they can build monsters, houses or cars. Children, a lot more than their parents, know that game and love it. The center also offers to babysit your kid during the course! They're really friendly.
This popular ice skating rink was established in 2002 through the combined efforts of Paris' town hall and the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. It was named after the Norwegian champion of figure skating Sonja Henie, and at the time it was the only permanent skating rink in Paris. It continues to delight ice skating amateurs and aficionados alike with its frequent events including concerts, hockey matches, and DJ nights.
Each summer, Parisians and tourists can enjoy the sand, palm trees, and beach umbrellas installed along the banks of the Seine - but the river is much too murky and dirty for swimming. Enter Piscine Joséphine Baker to the rescue. The public pool, which can be found in the 13th arrondissement on a boat floating on the Seine, makes it nearly possible to really swim in the river. The boat boasts a retractable roof, swimming and wading pools, a sauna and hot tub, and plenty of deck space for sunbathing. As the pool has only been open since summer 2008, everything is new. - Betsy Mikel
The geometrical lines of the carrés de la perspective garden greet visitors upon entering the Jardin des Plantes with marvelous effects of perspective created through careful planning and maintenance. In the 65-acre (26-hectare) botanical garden, bejeweled by flowerbeds, you'll find several attractions, including an alpine garden, a greenhouse split between a tropical winter garden, a Mexican desert ecosystem, and a rose and iris garden. Also visit the small zoo and explore one of the museums on site, which include the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and the Galerie de Paléontologie. The garden was first created in 1635 by Louis XIII's physician Guy de la Brosse to illustrate plants' medicinal properties to medical students. It opened to the public in 1640.
Situated inside the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, the ice rink is a popular winter destination among locals and tourists. Add more excitement to Christmas by indulging in some ice-skating here. Glide over the cold ice and let the adrenalin flow. A hit with people of all age groups, the entry to the rink is free however, one might have to pay for the skates.
Swimming at midnight right in Paris is possible! The Pontoise swimming pool, located near Boulevard Saint-Germain in the heart of the capital, offers this possibility thanks to late night openings from Monday to Friday. The swimming pool dates from the 1930s and is listed as Historical Monument. It is one of the most beautiful and famous pools in Paris. There is a 33-meter (108-foot) long pool, and there are individual cabins over two floors, and all of this is covered by a glass roof providing natural light. Besides water activities, you can enjoy squash classes, a body building space, and a sauna. The night ticket (from 8p) provides access to the pool and all other spaces. After your sporting efforts, you can relax at the bar.
Opened in 1867, this park was built by Jean-Charles Alphand who designed a number of parks during the reign of Napoleon III. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is spread over 24.7 hectares (61.03 acres) and features an artificial lake, a rocky island, exotic trees, bridges, waterfalls and a grotto. The most significant part of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle which is a scaled-down replica of the iconic Roman Temple of Vesta. The public park also has restaurants, puppet theaters and other facilities making it very popular among locals and tourists alike. A stroll through the historic Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is definitely worthwhile.
The Foundation of the Institut Océanographique has a deceptively simple mission: to know and develop understanding of the ocean. It was created in 1906 by Albert I, the Prince of Monaco. The Institut in Paris is the seat of the Foundation and serves as a center of research for students, professionals, and anyone interested in the sea. Conferences, lectures, and exhibits are hosted at the site, and a bookshop at the pedagogic Centre de la Mer provides materials to carry the experience and education home!
This popular boat rental company offers cruise that spans across the River Seine and the St. Martin Canal, taking visitors of the Musée d'Orsay on a three-hour trip to the Parc de la Villette, and back. Departing from the Museum and the park, the cruise serves as a magnificent way to discover this part of the city. Reservations are essential, hence call for more information.
If you're looking for an ultimate partying experience on a barge in Paris, La Balle au Bond will help you accomplish this mission! With a cafe, concerts and cultural events, this barge is never a boring place. Its terrace offers a magnificent view of the Musée du Louvre, the Passerelle des Arts and the Seine with space for up to 200 people. Moreover, La Balle au Bond can be rented for private receptions. Check the website for additional information like hours.
Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this swimming pool is said to be one of the nicest in town. Its location certainly helps with so many cafés and cinemas nearby to relax in after a good workout! Swimming and diving lessons are available with the recent addition of water gymnastics sessions. Hours vary during school breaks; call for details.
This immense site, spread over three kilometers (one-and-a-half miles), is first and foremost a park where both children and parents can play and relax. With its wooded glens, a canal winding through the lawns, staircases climbing up the hillsides to lovely views, and flat lots for roller blading, this place is very popular on sunny Sundays. Children of all ages are invited to unleash their imaginations here: dragon gardens, astounding acrobatics, gentle dunes, and rolling fog set the stage. Linger for awhile in the Bamboo Garden to hear the wind blowing through these enormous grasses and imagine you are surrounded by jungle!