Are you planning a family trip to Paris? ... Before you go, don't forget to download Discover Paris on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch! Discover Paris - the latest app from Seven Academy - is a top educational/ travel app for kids and a must have for a visit to Paris. Very kids friendly it comes in three languages - English/ French / Spanish- and features the 12 most visited sites in Paris via a top engaging and interactive interface where kids learn about art, music and history of the “The City of Lights”!
On opening Discover Paris your kids are greeted by friendly Mr. Wise Owl ready to take your children on a discovery tour of the 12 most important places in Paris. The first stop is of course the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris. Followed by the Orsay Museum, Luxembourg Garden, Latin Quarter, Notre Dame, La Bastille, Le Louvre, Palais Garnier (Opera House), Montmartre, Place de la Concorde. The last stop Les Champs Elysées ... The most beautiful street in the world!!!
A picture illustrates each site and Wise Owl acts as the tour guide giving your kids audio information and fun facts about each place. Every time Mr. Wise Owl engages your kids via quizzes, fun games, puzzles and other fun surprises!
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Discover Paris is a must have for all kids (and parents!!!) planning to visit Paris or French teachers wanting to teach about Paris in the classroom. This app is very well designed with stunning graphics, kid friendly, engaging and interactive with lots to learn, and discover.
Being French, our family had a chance to visit Paris several times so I submitted the app to the kids to find out what were their reactions.... They loved it and only wished they had the app when we last visited Paris. They liked Mr. Wise Owl and his fun facts, enjoyed measuring the Eiffel Tower and learned lots of additional info about Paris.
All information and fun facts are provided by a journalist who has special knowledge of the famous “City of Lights” and are made very accessible for the age group. Kids learn a bit about art, music and history. For example at the Eiffel Tower kids learn why and when it was built along with fun facts. Make sure to use the measuring tape to find out its height; At La Bastille kids learn what happen on the 14 of July 1789 and get a chance to listen to the French National Anthem; In Le Louvre they learn about the famous Mona Lisa and Leonardo Da Vinci as well as it was stolen in 1911; At the Opera - Palais Garnier - they find out about two famous composers.... For each landmark there is just enough to captivate kids interest without loosing them in lengthy details.
Along their guided tour, kids are able to earn seeds they can plant in Seven Academy’s innovative virtual garden.... But at the time of the review the garden was not available and we are looking forward to it.
Parents will be glad to know that external links are under a protected Parent Section that can only be accessed by holding the tap for 3 seconds to prevent accidental exit of the app.
Discover Paris is a definite TOP PICK for Fun Educational Apps for its innovation; uniqueness and learning features on one of the most visited city in the world ... but there are few points we would like to highlight.
- The kids had difficulties in opening the drawer and dropping the seed ... It will be great to improve this feature in future update.
- We guess that many British children will use this app, as Paris is right next door ... we would love to have the option to get metric measurement for the height of the Eiffel Tower for example!. (Spanish and French version already uses metric units).
- When first using Discover Paris you need an Internet connection. The loading time of the app may take a while ... but be patient it is well worth the wait!
Overall, Discover Paris is a definite TOP PICK and a must have if your family plans to visit Paris. It offers a wealth of well-documented information and fun facts. It provides a very kid friendly interface that will let you and your kids have fun visiting the “City of Lights” with the perfect kids tour guide Mr. Wise Owl. We just hope that Wise Owl has plans to expand the concept to other great cities in the world!
Give it a try.... even if you have no plan to visit Paris but have an interest in discovering this magical city.... Download now! It’s FREE to try. If you like what you see, the full version is available via in-app-purchase for $2.99 - £1.99 - €2.69 ... Way cheaper than any tourist guide you can find!!!!
Discover Paris is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Remember, many kids will see their iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch as a gaming device, but with your help they can get much more out of it. Help them turn their iDevice into a fun learning center!
Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.