There are plenty of playgrounds and outdoor activities on the French Riviera, but what do parents do if the weather is adverse or you fancy introducing your little one to the world of theatre shows?
Théâtre de la Cité in Nice runs regular shows for all ages including theatre, music, comedy, mime and dance.
Here are some suggestions below for upcoming shows at Théâtre de la Cité suitable for children under the age of 3 years.
I find this is a tricky age for entertainment in this region as little ones are often not in the school system, or old enough to subscribe to pre-arranged classes.
Saturday 24 January – 2 shows – one at 10.30am and one at 4pm.
Duration: 25 minutes.
Recommended for age from birth upwards.
Show includes songs (French nursery rhymes) such as ‘Mes petite mains’ and ‘Maman regarde’. Violin interludes.
Magie à la ferme
Monday 23 February at 10.30am and Tuesday 24 February at 10.30am.
Duration: Between 25-45 minutes.
Recommended for ages up to 3 years.
It is 8am when the farmer wakes up to a disaster. The rooster did not sing this morning and he is now missing! The farmer and the animals have to investigate to find out what happened to him.
C’est la vie
Saturday 11 April – 2 shows – one at 10.30am and one at 4pm.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Recommended for ages from 2 years upwards.
A theatre and marionette show about discovering the world through the four elements.
Une journée au zoo
Monday 27 April at 10.30am, and Tuesday 28 April at 10.30am.
Duration: 30 minutes
Recommended for age from 3 years upwards.
It’s a mad adventure! Sebastian is looking for work and finds himself the next day as the zoo keeper with no experience of working with animals. The show has him share his experiences of meeting the animals at the zoo and the adventures begin – the sea lion is hungry, the crocodile has a toothache and so on!
Where: Théâtre de la Cité, 3 rue Paganini, 06600 Nice
How to get there:-
By bus within Nice: Lignes 12, 30, 64, 71, 75, 99 : Station Gare SNCF
Lignes 1, 2, 4, 17, 18, 22 : Station J. Médecin-Pastorelli
See bus timetables at www.lignesdazur.com
By train: The nearest train station is the main Nice station (Nice-Ville) and the theatre is an easy 5-minute walk from the station.
By tram: Get off at stop Jean-Médecin, the theatre is a few minutes walk.
By car: You will find carparking locations at:
Mozart – 11 avenue Auber
Le Louvre – 20 boulevard Victor Hugo (Angle Rossini/Karr)
Nicetoile Shopping Centre – 30 avenue Jean Médecin
Notre Dame – 28 Avenue Notre Dame
Price per person: €6 per show (or €5 with special deals). There is also a pass you can buy from the theatre for 4 shows called ‘Pass Enfants/Parents 4 Spectacles’ which costs €22 per person for 4 ‘tout petits’ shows.