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Lille: ideas to occupy or diversify family holidays

Running out of ideas to occupy your children during the school holidays? Here are some ways to entertain them until April 24.

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The unavoidable

Rides, thrills and churros. The very traditional and equally awaited rides fair is making a comeback! To be found, the great classic mirror palaces and bumper cars for everyone, a pendulum for the bravest, the bubble pool and trampolines for the youngest. You will also be able to test the novelties of the edition, such as basketball or hoop games. The fair moved to the Champ de Mars until May 8th. During the holidays, it is accessible from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. (except April 17, until 1 a.m.). Possibility to park on site or to get there by metro (line 1, Beaux-arts stop) and by bus (lines 1 and 90, Champ de Mars stop; line 12, Jardin Vauban stop).

Closer to animals. Have you ever heard of the crane, the binturong, the red coati? Nope ? These are some of the hundred or so species that you can discover, as a family, at Lille Zoo, for a world tour of our furry, feathered or four-legged friends. With a little spring novelty, Elliott, a young gibbon, just arrived from a Swedish zoo! Appointment from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Prices: free for children under 5 and holders of a Lille & Moi pass; €4.50 for adults, €2.5 for 5-17 year olds. Family ticket parents + 2 children at 12 €.

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Window open on the countryside. Behind the large glass buildings of Lille Europe hides a small corner of greenery, the educational farm Marcel Dhénin. In addition to the discovery of farm animals and plants, there are fun workshops for young children, such as feeding animals, making butter and soap, spinning wool. Goats, rabbits or even pigs await you at 14 rue Eugène Jacquet in Lille, Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The farm is located 400 meters from the Gare Lille Europe metro station (line 2). Admission is free. Registration for workshops only on weekdays on 03 20 55 16 12.

The Educational Farm.  Photo Florent Moreau
The Educational Farm. Photo Florent Moreau – VDNPQR

To discover

From drawing to Fine Arts. If you want to awaken your artistic side, the Palace of Fine Arts is the place for you. Throughout the holiday period, the museum organizes introductory drawing workshops. During sessions of 1h15, a plastic artist will give you “tips and tricks” for drawing: a landscape, a portrait, an animal… The activity summarized in three words: come in, try, draw! No reservation is necessary, just buy the ticket (free for children under 12) at the entrance to the palace. Access to the Beaux-Arts stop by metro (line 1) and by bus (line 1, 14, 18).

Palace of Fine Arts.
Palace of Fine Arts. – The voice

Learn while having fun. At the Lillenium shopping center, the Cité des enfants allows you to continue to educate your girls and boys in a fun way. The different activities are intended for children from 2 to 12 years old and their parents. On the program: discovery of the physical properties of water, miniature construction sites to be managed as a team, wooden games and a special effects studio. During 1.5 hour sessions, your children will learn while having fun. No reservation is necessary. Count 15 € for a child and an adult, 20 € for three people. The shopping center is located 500 m from the Porte des Postes stop.

The city of young people in Lillenium.
The city of young people in Lillenium. – The voice

Walks around the city. The good weather is pointing the tip of its nose in Lille! So what could be better than a little family outing to appreciate it? To start, the stroll along the banks of Bois Blancs. For almost 2 kilometres, you will discover one of the greenest districts of Lille. And throughout your excursion, you will walk along the Deûle. For the most motivated, take up the challenge of walking along the ramparts. It is an 18 kilometer long circuit where you will mark out the old ramparts of the city. Otherwise, take a quiet break in the botanical garden and its equatorial greenhouse, between the gates of Arras and Douai (metro line 2). The greenhouse is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The promenade of the ramparts.  Photo GDP
The promenade of the ramparts. Photo GDP – VDNPQR

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