Two Disney parks keep kids occupied for days, let alone hours: little ones get a kick out of Fantasyland, in the main Parc Disneyland, where the Cheshire Cat and the wicked Queen of Hearts await in Alice's Curious Labyrinth. It's a Small World takes you on a musical adventure past automated toy soldiers and animals. Meanwhile, over in Discoveryland, kids love helping Buzz save the world from little green men in the delightfully noisy Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. For older children (and daredevils of all ages) Disney's latest adrenalin ride, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Walt Disney Studios, Production Courtyard) takes the brave to the top of an old Hollywood hotel, before sending them plummeting down a 13-storey lift shaft.
For all its commotion and traffic-clogged boulevards, the French capital is actually a very child-friendly place to visit. Most Parisians have to raise their children in gardenless apartments, so the city powers ensure there is plenty of provision for youngsters to expend their energy outside the home: every arrondissement has spaces with playgrounds, and in the big parks like the Jardin du Luxembourg and Buttes-Chaumont, pony rides, sandpits, swings, puppet shows and boating ponds enliven the childhood of many a young Parisian. For your visit this summer, we've compiled a list of the best family-friendly activties: whether it's bright and sunny or raining cats and dogs, take your kids to one of these places.