Going to Giverny with your children means offering them a fun and educational experience, which combines the visit of Claude Monet’s property (house and garden) with a coloring exercise book to express their artistic talents.
Claude Monet, the Father of Impressionism, is famous for his haystacks, poplars, and water lilies. The garden surrounding his house is not only the place where he painted but also the place shown in his famous canvases.
Provided with their skip-the-line tickets and a drawing booklet, your children will explore the world of Impressionism while enjoying a gorgeous natural environment. They’ll be challenged to find the secret way that to the famous Japanese bridge. Helped by their art historian guide, they will learn everything about Claude Monet, his life, and his style.
Your private chauffeur and your expert guide will meet you in Paris, at the place of your choice. A little less than 2 hours will be needed to reach Giverny, an attractive village in Normandy.
On the way, your “Mary Poppins” guide will engage your children with a few anecdotes to undertake a journey through Claude Monet’s life and the Impressionist art movement.
Once at the location, you’ll skip queue and enter Monet’s charming manor: la Maison du Pressoir (i.e. apple mill house). The inside will take you back to a 19th century-like atmosphere. Your children will learn about Monet’s family life (8 children at home… no less) and the painter’s passion for Japanese prints. You will feel like the house is still inhabited with its charming household details- even the pans are still in the kitchen!
The perfect escapade to have an enjoyable Giverny and Monet Garden Tour with your family
The highlight of the tour will definitely be Monet’s gardens. The first one is made of flowers, near the house, and the next one, on the opposite side of the road, is “made of water.” How to reach the latter? That will be your children’s mission, to find the way, following flowery paths – and the clues given to them by their guide.
Finally! Here you are on the Japanese Bridge, glorified in so many canvases! Your guide will tell you how Monet succeeded in making this wonderful water lily pond out of a swamp. Your tour ends in the workshop where Monet put final touches on his paintings. The reason it is oversize will be one of the questions your kids will have to solve.
A small stroll through the village will allow you to view typical Norman settings while you stop for a quick lunch. This will be the time to see your kids express their creativity with their drawing booklet and color markers set. Who knows, maybe there is a future Monet among the family!
And if you would love to see both Versailles and Giverny in the same day, have a look at our Palace of Versailles & Giverny Family Tour by Van!