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  • Writer's pictureDr Julien Drouart

Labyrinth Children's Museum: Entertainment and education

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

The Labyrinth Museum is a place of play, discovery and encounter.
A wonderful place for children to develop.

The Labyrinth Children's Museum is a wonderful place where children and parents can come together for a time of discovery. A child-friendly but not childish destination: here, the educators are betting on intelligence.

A visit to the Labyrinth Museum is optional. It is also a personal favourite.

As part of a cultural and social centre, the Labyrinth Museum offers a playful space for fun and discovery. It is not, however, a vast playground, a simple succession of activities or rides.

The pedagogical concept follows two main axes: intercultural learning and autonomy in the learning process. The workshops presented and freely accessible are designed to encourage the child's motor skills, but the interest is enhanced by a desire to give the child the freedom to create and to assert himself through creativity.

In addition, the exhibitions change according to the preferred themes of the moment and offer visitors different readings according to the maturity and experience linked to their age. They may deal with urban planning, world cultures or environmental issues. Each time, the workshops will be adapted to the theme of the exhibition and, in so doing, the Labyrinth Museum stays in touch with contemporary issues, educating children through play.

Combining fun and learning

The educators in charge of supervising and accompanying the children welcome the visitor very cordially and are familiar with the child's psychology. This assurance reinforces the thoughtfulness of the whole. This is a museum, not a playroom.

Once you have removed your shoes, you enter the former warehouse hall, which consists of a central area with a parterre surrounding the space, a median and a floor. The whole area is relatively safe and parents will have to be careful with their children, especially on the imposing stairs. Here and there are workshops for dress-up, tea party, construction and other forms of artistic creation.

The place is small in size, but there are about fifty of them, of varying quality. However, there are no toys as such. The aim is not to make the child play, but to invite him to discover and create. Informative inserts are placed to reinforce the educational input.

In addition, the educators organise regular animation and creation sessions. The fun is real, especially among children aged 3 to 8. A cafeteria offers various drinks and snacks.

A playful and recreational alternative

Despite its small size, the Museum offers a high quality educational programme. It is neither a day-care centre nor a playroom or toy room. The staff is made up of children's and animation professionals, but their vocation is not to provide free time for parents who would like to unload their children.

On the contrary, the Museum gives parents the opportunity to live and experience a time of discovery together with their children. Recreating links and offering a meeting place. In this respect, the children are given a great deal of freedom and, through the layout of the workshops, they can make the space their own and assert themselves. The uneven quality of the proposed activities cannot therefore be reproached as they are part of this process of discovery.

In view of the success of the project, you will decide not to go there at the weekend and to favour weekday afternoons instead. Of course, you only go there in the company of children.

Reasons to go

  • The competence of the educational staff

  • Regular renewal of the exhibitions

  • A well thought-out educational concept

Reasons to avoid

  • The crowds on some weekend days

  • Material is sometimes damaged due to frequent handling (children)

  • Hard to access

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