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The Space Invaders Tour from Localers is a fun walk that keeps both adults and kids entertained. Family tour veteran Isabelle is a children’s author and history buff, who has come up with the perfect solution to combat the holiday tendency to whine ‘I’m bored!’ – a walking tour in the heart of the historic center of the city that includes a gripping space invader hunt for the kids, and a chance to marvel at the glorious architectural history in peace for the parents. Click on the arrows above to see more!Photo credit: Nelson Minar
The inspiration for this excursion comes from an ’80s video game of the same name which features angular, pixilated space invaders. An anonymous French artist, known imaginatively as ‘Invader’, has been responsible for myriad mosaic representations of these creatures that have been popping up on buildings in major cities all over the world. The children’s task is to uncover the space invader’s hiding places and sketch them on their drawing pads. Photo credit: Tonio Vega
The aim of this tour is to let Isabelle take over and give the parents a chance to relax and experience some of the different neighborhoods of the city, including the historic Marais, without having to be distracted by the kids. In the Marais, Isabelle introduces you to an area that has changed little since the 17th century, with its stately aristocratic hotel particuliers and royal squares.Photo credit: Christian Wilmes
The space jaunt includes a stop off to see the Jean Sans Peur Tower; this rarely remarked-upon landmark is part of the remnants of an old 15th century fortress found smack bang in the heart of the city. Then a trip though the rue Quincampoix, where the kids can feast their eyes on some radical street art. And finally, Isabelle guides you past the spaceship-like Pompidou Centre.Photo credit: Christian Wilmes
After you have thoroughly traversed the Marais and witnessed the inhabitants in action − a melting pot of cultures and styles – you’re led to the Bastille and given a run-through of the events that led to the French Revolution. From then on, Isabelle leaves you and your happy campers to continue on with your exploration of the city. For more walks and information on Localers, click here.Photo credit: Christian Wilmes
Space invaders walking tour
Entertain adults and kids with this interactive walking tour from Localers