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Kids' Stuff

Burgundy has plenty on offer for adults, but what about the kids?
New for 2014, Beaune Côté Plage, a fantastic leisure centre with four landscaped lakes, Catherine Zivi has put together 25 suggestions of ways to give the kids a good time and burn up loads of energy, Marilyn Floyde takes the little ones to Cardoland and don't forget Guédelon for a medieval day out.

Beaune CotE Plage

Beaune Plage, Burgundy Beaune Plage Burgundy

A fabulous new leisure centre costing 4.3 million euros has opened at Montigny-lès-Beaune, just outside the wine capital of Burgundy. Four landscaped lakes with natural filtration, (one specifically for toddlers) a 2.40m slide, diving boards and a water climbing wall opened on Thursday May 29 until September 28. You can hire a lounger and sun umbrella while the youngsters play and relax in the sun or go to the restaurant for a reviver. Open 11.00-19.00 from 29/05 to 01/06: daily; from 02/06 to 15/06 and 15/09 to 28/09: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays; from 16/06 to 14/09: every day.

25 great activities for teenagers with money saving discount vouchers

From white water rafting with accommodation in a yurt to quad biking, go-karting and accrobranching, swing into action this summer holidays with her adventure selection, Teensbox offering money off vouchers

There are plenty of fun outdoor activities for teenagers in Burgundy but they can be hard to find and sometimes difficult to organize. Here is the Teensbox selection of ideas for a weekend or couple of days, guaranteed to burn up some of that excess energy and get the kids away from their screens and gizmos to make the most of the great outdoors over the summer holidays.

The pricing is for two persons and in some instances an adult must accompany the teenager. You can opt for just the activity pack or activity and accommodation. Teensbox offers discount vouchers saving a substantial amount of euros but you do the booking yourself. Catherine Zivi is always there to help if a language difficulty arises. The venues are spread throughout the Burgundy region, a great way to explore a new area.

What's On offer?

Watersports

  • Raft one day,stay in a yurt or a hotel in the Morvan Natural Park and then hot-dog or hydro-speed on day two.
  • Canoe or raft down the Cure or Chalaux rivers then quad bike or mountain bike the following day through the Morvan forest.
  • Canoe down the Loire river to the Bec d'Allier nature reserve and stay bivouac style.
  • Sail on Lac des Settons then the following day mountain bike through the Morvan.
  • Canoe on Lac des Settons exploring the islands

Tree Climbing

  • AcroGivry has 22 routes and a huge zip. Spend the day whizzing around the forest and cycle or roller blade the following day
  • Accrobranche then spend the night in a teepee or tree house. Explore southern Burgundy by bike
  • Tree climbing in the Morvan then sleep in a hammock at the top of a tree.

Go Karting

  • Get on track with karting sessions at Burgundy's two famous racing circuits, Dijon Prenois and Magny Cours
Les Grilles Burgundy Turoparc Burgundy

Les Grilles Burgundy

Horse Riding

  • Three different locations - southern Burgundy, St. Fargeau or the Morvan, each providing stunning scenery

Arts and Crafts

  • Cookery lesson with one of Burgundy's top chefs, then cycling or roller blading the next day. Choice of Givry area or Dijon
  • Sculpture in the Puisaye, famous for its pottery. Join this weekend workshop or near Mâcon try your hand at sculpture and jewellery making

Theme Parks

  • Touroparc in southern Burgundy has 800 animals. Down the road is something for the adults too, the Beaujolais Hameau du Vin
  • Guédelon one of burgundytoday's favourite venues followed by the nearby Parc Boutissaint for cycling and exploring or accrobranching.
  • Enjoy Parc des Combes in Le Creusot. Spend a night in a trailer or in a cabin under stars in Divertiparc and the following day enjoying the attractions.

For full details and prices of all these attractions with the accommodation suggestions see Teensbox

Cardoland

In Burgundy there's a whole Jurassic Park-ful of dinosaurs, something to fire up the imagination of toddlers - see Touring Routes