fun things to do with kids in arles france   Travel for Kids
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  Roman ruins –
Roman arena - Arles
    Roman Amphitheater – Visit the Amphitheater, an arena built in the 1st century A.D., where spectacles were staged with gladiator combat and wild animal shows. This is absolutely a great place to run around. Climb up the watchtower (a later addition from the Middle Ages when the amphitheater was used as a fort) for a bird's eye view of Arles.
    During the summer, in the arena are gladiator re-enactments, complete with helmets, shields, and swords.
    - Go to a "bull game" (Course Camarguaise) – Not quite a bull fight, guys run around the arena, attempting to pull a ribbon from the feisty Camargue bulls. Fun to watch, April to October.
      Roman Theater – In the theater are performances of Roman pantomime and theater during the summer months. Scenes are acted out, and afterwards, kids can try out the masks worn by the actors.
      Museum of Ancient Arles (Musee de L'Arles Antique) – Across the river, but an easy walk from the amphitheater, visit this archeological museum to see a collection Roman marble statues, amphorae and sarcophagi.
      Hortus, Jardin d'Inspiration Romaine Next to the archaeological museum is a super Roman Garden (laid out like a hippodrome), where kids can play versions of Roman children's games. In summer are events such as chariot races. Lots of grass to run around, a playground, bring a picnic. Garden is closed on Tuesdays.
    Arlaten Folk Museum (Museon Arlaten) – Step into country life in Provence. Full size dioramas of houses and farming in the 17th - 19th centuries, and lots of period costumes.
  Costume Festival First Sunday in July is the Costume Festival (Fete du Costume), a colorful parade of women (and girls) wearing regional dress – full skirt with cinched-in waist, delicate shawl and charming headdresses.

Van Gogh walking tour – Van Gogh was living in Arles when he painted some his best paintings – Sunflowers, The Bedroom, The Yellow House. Around town, there are 10 sites where you can stand in the spot where Van Gogh set up his easel – follow the yellow arrows to each site, marked with a laminated picture panel. E.g., Place Lamartine for The Yellow House or the Jardin d'Ete on Boulevard des Lices for the Public Garden at Arles.

      Read our blog post: "Van Gogh's Sunflowers: Light on Light"
kids books arles france van gogh
van gogh and sunflowers  

"Where Camille lived, the sunflowers grew so high the looked like real suns…" One day, Vincent, a painter, comes to live in Arles, and Camille, the postman's daughter, becomes his friend. (Picture book)



What did van Gogh see when he walked in the Dutch countryside as a boy, looked at paintings in art museums, practiced drawing people in fields, lived in a yellow house and painted sunflowers in France? (Picture book)


vincent van gogh saw world in vibrant colors
Vincent's Colors  
Vincent's Colors
Vincent van Gogh, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vincent van Gogh's own words are paired with his paintings – violet irises, pink sky, green shutter, blue and white vase, "a yellow sky with yellow sun" – it truly makes the paintings come alive. (Picture book)


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