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    City breaks in Paris with kids

    Q. Before we had kids, we loved our (grown-up) city breaks in Paris. How do we make them fun now that we have young children in tow?

    By Mark Frary, Editor of 101 Family Holidays

    A. You can do a treasure hunt for children in the Louvre, climb the 704 steps to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower or scale the South Tower of Notre Dame to pull faces at the gargoyles. A visit to Montmartre or the Pompidou Centre to watch artists at work is also a fun thing to do with kids. Littl’uns love sailing the wooden yachts on the pond in Tuileries Gardens, while older children will lap up the gross appeal of the Catacombs, piled with the bones of six million Parisians exhumed from overcrowded cemeteries in the 1700s.

    Alternatively, book a city hotel with Kirker Holidays. Surprisingly good value, the Hotel Royal is located right in the heart of Paris and has interconnecting rooms. Kirker also offers a concierge service for families, arranging everything from excursions to babysitting.

    One final tip – creperies make excellent city pitstops for boosting the energy levels of flagging children, while Berthillon (31 rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile) is a must for all serious connoisseurs of ice cream.

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