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Make sure your half-term is the Tricera-Tops at the World's largest dinosaur exhibition, Paris 

23 October 2012

  • Great entertainment for the whole family
  • Convenient travel to France and Northern Europe with DFDS Seaways

This half-term, take a family break for as little as £11 each way* with cross-Channel ferry operator DFDS Seaways, and visit the World’s Largest Dinosaur Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Paris and let your imagination re-wind back in time. This fascinating exhibition explores the life and biology of some of the largest dinosaurs to have ever walked the Earth and is certainly big enough to capture the attention of any child making the perfect family outing.

Keep little hands busy with the interactive exhibits, which surround an awe-inspiring, life-sized replica of the gigantic Memenchasaurus. The model’s left side is exposed to display projected images so children can marvel at how the dinosaur’s gigantic organs looked and worked. Highlights of the exhibition include an excavation workshop, which introduces youngsters to a career in palaeontology and armed with goggles, brushes and a chisel, they can be let loose on a replica dig site to uncover fossils for themselves.

This breath-taking exhibition premiered at the American Museum of Natural History, New York in April 2011 and was so successful that it has now moved to Paris where it will entertain, educate and astound visitors from 24th October 2012 – 13th May 2013.

Located in the Jardin des Plantes, the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle is open every day except Tuesdays from 10am to 6pm and ticket prices to the exhibition are €9 for adults and €7 for children, while under-4s go free. So keep the kids busy this half-term and plan a cultural break for the family to the exhibition together with other famous Parisian landmarks.

For fuss-free travel to the French capital, take a car and up to four passengers from Dover to Calais or Dover to Dunkirk with DFDS Seaways. Crossings take 90 minutes to Calais and approximately two hours to Dunkirk. With plenty of family-friendly facilities and restaurants on every ferry, your holiday starts as soon as you board.
DFDS Seaways runs up to 44 daily sailings between Dover and France and the centre of Paris is around a three-hour drive from the Calais and Dunkirk ports, providing passengers with flexible crossing times and convenient travel options.

Chris Newey, international passenger director for the English Channel at DFDS Seaways, said: “Half-term is a great time to take the family away for a short break and travelling by ferry is a perfect way to start a holiday to France and Northern Europe. It offers a great experience for all the family, including a wide range of onboard facilities, such as an onboard shop, restaurants and dedicated children’s play area. Travelling by car, means holiday-makers have the option of staying outside of Paris where the accommodation is better value and families can explore northern France without the hassle of air travel.”