Cannes: 4 Things to Do With Kids at the Fest

Plenty to see during your downtime between meeting and screenings.
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Sienna Miller out with her daughter, Marlowe Sturridge, in Cannes; Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with daughter Aaradhya at the Majestic Hotel

So you brought your child to Cannes? Forget the festival.

Unlike Berlin, there’s no Cannes creche to park the wee ones and, with the exception of the occasional DreamWorks or Disney special screening, most films are rated 18 and over.

Still, they’ve got plenty to see during your downtime between meeting and screenings. Here’s what to plan.

Yachting Yadda Yadda

For small parties, charter a classic '60s-style Riva motorboat (fits four, plus a skipper, for $2,400 per day) and jetty out to the Ile Sainte-Marguerite (home to the former prison of the Man in the Iron Mask) or Ile Saint-Honorat.

Green Scene

A minimal entrance fee ($3.50 for adults, kids are free) buys you access to Parc Phoenix, a botanical garden featuring six different climatic zones, from tropical to desert, including one of Europe’s largest greenhouses. All of this tranquility is just minutes from the Nice airport.

Up, Up and Hooray

Helicopter tours, starting from a six-minute flyby of the Lerins Islands off the coast for $130 to an hour tour of Cannes’ back country and the stunning Verdon Gorge for $1,800, can be booked at the Nice airport. Terminal 1 and 2, 33-04-9390-4070

Amusement Spark

A very French theme park, Le Village des Fous (literally, "crazy village") is a family-friendly amalgam of water slides, go-karts, giant tire toboggans and obstacle courses through the trees. $17 for adults, $15 for kids.