A few steps away from Merci store, you can find its kids version at the colorful concept store Bon Ton, which sells kids clothes, shoes and toys. The brand has more stores in the city but this one is a three level high, filled with Kids accessories, decors, clothes and toys with little fitting rooms, playing space and photo booth. Everything is so colorful and every detail is carefully planned. Even the friendly sales women wear colorful clothes that match some of the items. It is definitely friendly store both for kids and their parents.
Traveling with the Tots
Though I'm not a parent, I have enough child-toting friends in my entourage to be well versed in the attendant challenges of traveling the world with little ones. These spots promise to be family-focused and in most cases, very budget-friendly.
BRUSSELS, Belgium --Bookshops can be found in virtually any metropolitan city throughout the world. But in Brussels, bookshops are particularly revered.
In fact, most Brussels stores are closed on Sundays -- except for bookshops.
It's a favorite pastime for locals (as well as expatriates like me) to take in the city’s finest bookshops on a late Sunday afternoon.
And you should see how our favorite bookstore called Cook and Book makes up a kid's lunch table. ( See above photo. )
A little bit about COOK AND BOOK as follows:
Cook and Book is a store consisting of nine mini-bookshops and two restaurants, all under two roofs. Each bookshop carries a central theme.
For example, there is a travel room, a lifestyle and interior decorating room, an art room, a music room, a children’s room, etc. But each of the theme rooms goes beyond the norm.
My children particularly loved the travel room where...
Record snowfall and temperature lows can't stop Canadians from playing outside. Everyone is in the park on a gray winter Saturday. People are cross country skiing, snow shoeing, walking, sledding and ice skating. Stick to the plowed paths or make your own trail in the deep snow. Want to join in?? Head to the house next to Beaver Lake where you can rent cross country skis and ice skates.
When Philadelphia's battered asphalt and noise begin to tire, head for an afternoon at Longwood Gardens, a verdant hamlet 35 miles West of the city in the Brandywine Valley. 1,077 acres of horticultural magnificence occupy one of Pierre S. du Pont's many estates, including an impressive conservatory that stretches about 1/2mile.
Ornamental gardens and topiaries, which rotate regularly, can be appreciated all year round in addition to seasonal illuminations (the Christmas light display is so well-received, guests must reserve tickets in advance). It's not only the sheer size of the property that draws in visitors from around the world but the robust display that easily rivals the impeccably manicured gardens of Europe.
The indoor children's garden, treehouses, model trains (seasonal) and concert series make Longwood a great option for traveling families.
Last summer, Canadian medical school student Amy Gajaria, 27, joined a Brazilian circus. Gajaria volunteered for three weeks in Rio de Janeiro with Crescer e Viver (Grow Up and Live), a nonprofit circus school program that aims to educate and boost the self-esteem of children from low-income communities. “The kids have a chance to be physically active, express themselves creatively, and work with others,” says Gajaria. “A lot of them come from homes in favelas where they may not have great adult role models. They really look up to the circus school staff.”
Crescer e Viver is one of more than 50 programs that have partnered with the organization Iko Poran, which places international volunteers with Brazilian nonprofit groups that need an extra hand. Participants might teach English or environmental conservation, or coach soccer or gymnastics, among other possibilities. Gajaria has a...
ISTANBUL, Turkey --- Opened in late 2007 Santralistanbul is a former power station that has been converted into a five-floor museum cum laude modern art gallery space. Most folks in the know simply refer to this museum as Turkey's Tate Modern. Sure the Istanbul Modern and the Sakip Sabanci receive all the attention in town, but if you are traveling with kids to Istanbul this place should be on your Top Ten without a doubt.
Fun factor for the kids: The Museum of Energy that's located in the basement. Monumental structures of cast iron structures built by companies such as Siemens and AEG are fully on display. Kids can play around in the control rooms that years ago controlled the entire city's power supply. In addition there are 22 interactive scientific displays that can keep the kids entertained. Parent note: The museum is very, very difficult to find. Be sure to hop on the free...
Athens, Greece -- No matter your age, it's a thrill to visit the Parthenon -- one of the world's most famous landmarks. Yet Athens has much more to offer than simply traveling from one magnificent ruin of the city’s classical past to another. For instance, there are the kid-friendly events at the New Acropolis Museum whereas individual family backpacks are provided to families upon arrival. The backpacks provide games and fun gadgets for children to use while visiting the museum, such as the challenge of finding 12 representations of the goddess Athena located throughout the museum. The quest for Athena can really bring the museum’s antiquities alive for the younger visitors.
Duplicates of the family backpacks are available in the gift shop as souvenirs of the museum. (Retail value: $85) Plus, the outside cafe on the 2nd floor of the building offers free WiFi and an amazing overhead...
The Jardin des Tuileries is a popular park for kids, second only to Luxembourg Gardens. Why? A kids' trampoline playground is located near the park's southern edge. But what gets kids really excited are the wooden boats, more wildly known as toy schooners by the pond that sits near the Louvre. The wooden boats sail across the ponds with just the push of a stick and are not battery-operated. Sailing the boats on the ponds is a Parisian pastime like no other.
The Luxembourg Gardens offers 56 acres of formal gardens, child-friendly lawns, playgrounds, a puppet theater, carousels, old-fashioned swings, ponies—kids can easily be distracted for hours here.
For either park, be sure to pack a lunch while visiting the gardens then plan to hop over for an afternoon visit to the Louvre. FYI: Visit the Louvre on an admission-free day then you can spend the rest of day at the park. This way you can...