Everybody heard about Disneyland Paris. Fewer know about Asterix. However, even fewer have heard of the other amusement parks France boasts. Here is a selection of three venues where you can combine entertainment with science teaching:
Located less than ten miles away from Poitiers, Futuroscope is a park that focuses on innovation and creativity. For over 25 years, the park's management team has found inspiration in new technologies (multimedia, cinema, Internet) in order to find always new ways of welcoming and entertaining over 8 million visitors each year.
A visit to Futuroscope is fun and entertaining, but also an educational experience. What kind of surprises are awaiting Futuroscope's visitors in 2013? You should know that after conquering all the parisian dance clubs, DJ Martin Solveig stops at Futuroscope this year and he will make you dance with robots. This experience is enabled by 10 robots (each one measuring about 7 meters) and takes place in a 2000 square meters pavillion featuring a modernist architecture.
The aero bar offers a break in the clouds. Comfortably seated in a balloon, you will ascend towards the sky and remain up there for a drink or a snack. There is nothing to worry about. The bar is fitted on a metallic structure and it can fit up to 12 people. If you are in love with water, join Kelly Slater who will make you surf on the mythical wave Teahuppo. If, on the contrary, you prefer flying, enter the Drones' Attack - a 4D movie that simulates two types of adrenaline releasing experiences: flight and motor bike ride.
With so many accommodation options in its close proximity, Futuroscope can also become the venue of a weekend getaway. You can choose between a comfy hotel located a few minutes walk away from the park's entrance, the camping where you can get in touch with nature, and the charming guest rooms and cottages.
Located in Toulouse (the European capital of space) Space City is the ideal venue for an educational getaway if your little ones are interested in different sorts of field experiments. There is no better place where the young scientists can experience simulations and learn interesting things about space travel and astronomical advances.
At launch center, they will find out exactly how men, rockets and satellites go into space. Try the moonwalk simulator if you are up for some spatial sensations. At the heart of a 2-hectare garden, you can venture into the Alley of infinity or, even better, the Labyrinth of the Galaxy, where you can climb aboard a real spacecraft. Until September 1st, 2013, the exhibition "Explore Mars" reveals the secrets of the red planet Mars and of its funny inhabitants through unique sensory experiences.
Website: www.cite-espace.com Entrance ticket: 42 euro/person, but there are other formulas which can reduce the price to 18 euro/person
A theme park and a museum at the same time, Vulcania focuses (as its name clearly shows it) on the theme of the Auvergne volcanoes - a tourist emblem of the region. This park dedicated to volcanic activity combines scientific discovery and family tourism through fun attractions and giant screen projections. For the new season 2013, Vulcania hits hard with his new dark ride, Sacred Volcanoes and the exhibition "From lava and fire."