Parc Jourdan (Aix-en-Provence) – within walking distance of the Cours Mirabeau, fenced in children’s play area
Parc Georges Vilers (Avenue St John Perse, Jas de Bouffan, Aix en Provence) – at the heart of Jas de Bouffan, 5 hectare park with an area for children to play
Parc Borely (Marseille) – just off avenue Prado, you can bring your bike or rent one, go-karts, rowing pond where you can rent a boat, rose garden in the spring
L’Estaque Village (Marseille) – a modern playground for 2-8 year olds with water sprinklers in the summer, grassy picnic area with public restrooms
Park Pastre (157 Ave de Montredon, 13008 Marseille — on the 19 bus route) – ropes course for kids 5 and up (Pastre Adventure), lots of open space for picnics, 2 nice playgrounds, an equestrian center, a small carrousel, a jolly jumper (inflatable bouncy castle), walking paths
Longchamps Park (Marseille) – kids’ theater (Theater of the Giraffe), a small carrousel, two playgrounds, a small waterfall, and pony rides on weekends and Wednesdays
Fort St. Jean (Marseille) – near the Vieux Port in Marseille, a playground and some grassy area, spectacular view of the water
Oxylane village (Bouc Bel Air) – climbing structures for all ages, space to ride bikes, ropes course in the trees
(Pertuis) – slides for all ages, wooden train to climb on, swings, shade and grass
(St. Paul la Durance) – large outdoor complex in the countryside, lots of playground equipment, swings, etc.
(Lourmarin) – train to climb on, slides, climbing structures for all ages
(Roquevaire) – slides, rope/climbing gyms, large space near a stream with ducks
(Gemenos) – big playboat with slides, ladders, bridges in a park
Village des Automates (St. Cannat) www.parc-de-loisirs-provence.com – animated play park – moms especially like the shows
Ok Corral (Cuges-les-Pins) www.okcorral.fr – amusement park
Magicland (Ensuès-la-Redonne) www.magic-park-land.com – amusement park
Little Jungle (Cabries) – adventure ropes course for 3-14 year olds http://www.little-jungle.fr/
Urban Kids (Venelles) http://www.urban-kids.net/ – like “Little Monkey Business” in the States. (PAID)
Legend Aire (Aix-en-Provence) www.legend-aire.fr – like “Little Monkey Business” in the States. (PAID)
Zoo de la Barben (Pélissanne) www.zoolabarben.com – take the train to get to the top!
Ecomusée de la forêt (Gardanne) www.ecomusee-foret.org – learn all about the forest and its plants and animals
Parc du Mugel (La Ciotat) – amazing variety of plants, bamboo forest, little pathways, garden of exotic plants and of aromatic plants
Préau des Accoules (Marseille) – museum specifically designed to accompany children in their discovery of art and culture, completely organized around children, even the exhibits are placed at a child’s height, various activities, games and workshops organized around the exhibitions http://preau-des-accoules.marseille.fr
Seaquarium (Grau-du-Roi) great aquarium near Aigues-Mortes and Arles
Alcazar Library (Marseille) – public library near the Centre Bourse with a children’s room, story hours, and even a small English section
Club Hippique Aix-Marseille www.cham-aix.com – pony rides and horseriding lessons
Bowling (Aix) www.bowlingdubrasdor.com
Divadlo Theater (69 Rue Sainte-Cecile 13005 Marseille) www.divadlo.org – nice, small theater for toddlers and kids, shows for children 1 year-old and up, acting camps, etc.
Badaboum Theater (Marseille near Vieux Port)
Theatre de la Giraffe (Marseille) in Park Longchamp
La Souris Verte (Aix-en-Provence) – at the Centre Social la Provence – ages 0-3 (FREE)
La Maison Soleil (Jas de Bouffan) – ages 0-4 (suggested donation 2 euros per child per visit)
La Passerelle (near parc de Cuques) – ages 0-4 (suggested donation)
English Bubble (Val St. André, Aix) www.englishbubble.fr – classes for children in English – theater classes, baby playgroups, gym class for mom with childcare, a café and play area for children
Edenkids (Oxylane village, Bouc Bel Air) www.edenkids.fr – gym, swimming, and English classes for babies and children up to age 12
La Casa Fitness gym (55 Avenue de la 1ere DFL – Montee d’Avignon, 13090 Aix) www.lacasafitness.com reasonably priced babygym classes, they also look after the kids 2 evenings a week for 5 euros an hour while mom does a class!
Zebre Zen (26 Rue Pastoret 13006 Marseille) www.lezebrezen.org – activity center for kids 3 months to 4 years, classes including baby gym, music, baby sign language, prenatal yoga
Centre Social Julien (33 Cours Julien 13006 Marseille) – community center open to all families, activities and classes for kids of all ages, small library, play times for kids accompanied by an adult, music classes, martial arts, etc.
Centre Socio-Culturel d’Endoume (285 Rue d’Endoume 13007 Marseille) http://csc285.free.fr/ – community center open to all families with loads of valuable resources, beautiful halte garderie (nursery/day care center), weekly playgroup, free playtimes, yoga classes, parenting classes, etc.
L’Heure des Merveilles (10 Boulevard d’Arras 13004 Marseille) http://www.lheuredesmerveilles.fr/ – classes of all sorts for parents, babies, toddlers, and kids
A Petits Sons (119 Blvd Longchamp 13001 Marseille) www.apetitssons.com – Music classes for babies, toddlers, and bigger kids.
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