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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.