Children: Days Out For Kids

LIle aux Papillons
Stroll amongst hundreds of butterflies from the four corners of the world, flying freely among tropical plants and flowers, in Frances largest butterfly house. At ZA des Mandeliers (behind Intermarche), La Gueriniere (85), Ile de Noirmoutier.
Sealand Aquarium de Noirmoutier
Aquarium open February to November. Fantastic universe of underwater flora and fauna. 500,000 litres of water, 200m circuit, 200 different species, 1000 creatures. At Le Vieux Port, Noirmoutier (85).
Indian Forest
Climb and swing through the trees at this treetop adventure land. At Le Bois Lambert, Le Bernard, Moutiers les Mauxfaits (85). See website for further information.
Futuroscope
Theme park with dinosaurs, robots, deep sea 3D and much more in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou (86). Visit the website for full details, map and prices.
Karting at Challans
Karting at Challans. Night karting in July & August. Open all year round. Children must be 7 years and older. Route de Cholet, 85300, Challans.
Mini-Ville
Reduced-scale models of traditional French houses. MiniVille features homes in the French countryside, region by region. These reproduction mini-houses have been made using materials from the areas represented. At LEpine (85), Ile de Noirmoutier.
Kart One Karting
Karting open April to September at 7 Avenue des Desmoiselles, St Jean de Monts. 17 karts. Adults and children welcome (height restriction 1m30).
Mervent-Vouvant Forest
Aerial assault course set in the Mervent-Vouvant Forest. Courses & games on the ground and up, 3 to 6 year old, 7 to 12 year olds and 13 and over. Childrens area 3-10 year olds with inflatable games, a turbo slide plus more
Bio Park Zoo de Doue
Located in de Doue-la-Fontaine, 17km from Saumur. Internationally recognised for its involvement in the preservation of endangered species. Camp giraffes, rhinos valley, canyon leopards, okapi sanctuary, plus more animals from around the world.
LExpress Montois
Welcome on board the Saint-Jean-de-Monts (85) tourist trains, from April to September. Also out of season for groups.
Planete Sauvage
Wildlife Entertainment Park with an African Village, Safari trails (drive through in your car) and a Marine City with shows. Themed restaurant. In Port Saint-Pere (44).
Mining Centre of Faymoreau
Journey into the depths of the coal mines of Faymoreau (85). Museum open all year, with the descent inside the roadways, the mining village and Carmelo Zagaris stained glass windows in the Miners Chapel.
City Zebres
Enter into the heart of African Savana, located close to the Flâneries commercial center at La Roche Sur Yon, Bar and Restaurant. Activities for all ages, Opening Hours vary check website for details. Closed Sunday
Atlantic Toboggan Water Park
Water park with wave pool, 100m long river with inflatable rings, fun pool for children, fitness pool with jacuzzi, bubbles and geysers. Picnic areas and on-site catering facilities available. In St Hilaire de Riez (85).
Zoo des Sables dOlonne
Zoological park with an endangered species breeding programme. Set in 3 ha of established land. Partner to the Doue Zoo in Maine et Loire. Open from mid-February to late October. See website for further details. Annual tickets available.
Musee du Coquillage
Museum of sea shells at Les Sables dOlonne (85). Open all year. Varied exhibits of rare and unusual crustaceans, starfish, crabs, giant clams, and even sharks. Unique in Europe. See website or call for more information.
Spaycificzoo
Discovery zoo for children with birds, reptiles, mammals, insects and more. in Spay (72), west of Le Mans (72).
Terra Botanica Theme Park
Plant-themed amusement park, over 40 attractions spread over 30 acres. Prepare for a voyage of discovery for all the family.
Le Refuge de lArche
Animal park with 1,500 animals in natural surroundings on 14 hectares of land. Childrens playground, picnic areas. On the Route de Menil Saint Fort in Chateau Gontier (53).
Nantes Planetarium
Planetarium equipped with the latest digital technology allowing you to travel through the solar system in 3D. Closed Saturday and no admission for children under 5. 8 rue des Acadiens, Nantes (44).
Parc Zoologique
Discover animals from the five continents. The zoo is at La Chataigneraie in La Boissiere du Dore (44) and is closed in December and January. Visit the website for times and tarifs.
Doue Zoo
Zoo located on the Route de Cholet, in Doue la Fontaine (49). Open daily from the beginning of the February holidays to the end of the All Saints holidays in France. Animals and other attractions.
Puy du Fou
Medieval Park, travel through time at this historic and educational theme park. Day trips or short breaks,
Aquarium Le Septieme Continent
Tropical aquarium at Talmont St Hilare (85), with realistic seascapes. Free parking for up to 600 cars, catering, and disabled access. Annual passes available. Open almost all year. Call for entry prices and seasonal opening times.
Zoo la Fleche
Zoo in la Fleche (72) with a large selection of all types of animals. Open year round, but check the website for exact hours as they vary.
EscalAtlantic
International Ocean Liner Centre and Submarine Espadon at EscalAtlantic in Saint-Nazaire (44). Also The Shipyard and The Airbus Factory - reservations obligatory.
Face Painting (Maquillages Enfants)
Face painting and temporary ink and glitter tattoos for all ages. Available for birthday parties (provide party bags), fetes, soirees, marraiges, promotions, christmas fairs and business events (53).
Les ptits Mousses
Hire of electric boats for navigation on the river Jaunay. Avenue de la Cour Saint Laud in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (85). Open from April to September.
Holly Park
Lots of rides including bumper boats, roller coaster, dodgems, train. Cafe, restaurant and picnic areas. Free parking. 4km from Bauge (49).
Ocearium de Croisic
Aquatic exhibitions and visits of different species. Avenue de Saint-Goustan, Le Croisic (44). See website for exact opening times as they vary depending on time of year.
Le Velo Rail
Pedal along 10 km of former railway line, travelling in railcars for 2-4 persons. Cross the river Vie and pass through the former Saint Maixent sur Vie railway station. At Gare du Velo-Rail, Commequiers (85).
Château de Monsoreau
Built on the river, few monuments today can brag about having the royal river. Open every day from 2PM till 6PM with the exception of May till September Open from 10am till 7PM. Multimedia tour of 18 rooms, Regular Family events, Hall Hire.
Planetarium de Nantes
Planetarium at 8 rue des Acadiens, Nantes (44). Call for opening times and tickets.
La Maison de lAne
Childrens farm in the heart of the Vendee marshes. VIsit and learn about various breeds of donkeys. Trekking and carriage-driving and donkey rides. At Route du Gois, Beauvoir sur Mer (85).
Oceanile - Water Park
Water park with typical attractions including water slide, waterfalls, jacuzzi, wave pool, covered swimming. In lEpine (85), on the island of Noirmoutier.
201 Forest Avenue
Leisure complex featuring bowling alley, Laser Games, Bar, fully equipped business centre space for meetings and seminars. Fitness club, Turkish Bath, Restaurant with panoramic views of the ocean. Free WI-Fi
Arbre et Aventure des Alpes Mancelles
Adventure day in the trees for all ages. At Sille Plage in Seille le Guillaume (72).
Feeling Forest
Adventure playground of Feeling Forest, 6 courses up in the trees on an aerial assault course. Trampolines, air games, mini golf. Suitable for ages 6 and over depending on height. Open: from April till early September
Papea Parc
Family/childrens park incorporating a mini aqua park at Yvre lEveque (72). 20 hectares of flora and fauna, as well as boat circuits and bouncy castles.

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