Legend'aire children's park, Aix en ProvenceYou're in Provence with the children, and the weather is meant to be fabulous. But the rain is pouring or the Mistral wind is howling: what to do?

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Fortunately, there are several indoor play centres in Southern Provence, based on the Center Parcs concept popular in Northern Europe. Formerly known as Legend'aire, this one has now become part of the Gulli Parcs mini-chain of indoor play centres.

Similar parks in the region include Montopoto in Saint Cannet near Aix, which claims to be the largest of its kind in France, a smaller play centre, Urban Kids, in Venelles also just outside Aix and LudiQ'Land in Marseille.

Like these other parks, Gulli Parc is slightly out of the city centre. It's located in a giant hangar in the industrial zone of Les Milles a short drive away from Aix, and not much further from Marseille. And it is, theoretically, accessible by bus from Aix (see below) if you don't have a car.

Legend'aire children's park, Aix en ProvenceThe 2300 square metre / 24700 square foot space offers a large range of games and activities aimed at children aged from one to 12.

Among the attractions on offer are mini go-karts, toboggansm Lego-building, laser gun games and a zip-line. Workshops are organised during school holidays.

Gulli Parc has its own snack bar. As seems to be the rule at most of these parks, families are not permitted to bring in their own food and drink, whether this is to boost profits at their own food outlets or to reduce mess and litter.

Certain rooms based on different themes (pirates, spaceships, etc.) can be booked for a birthday party, with cake, snacks, drinks, sweets, goody bags, piñatas and access to the park itself.

Parents can join in certain games or take refuge in an adults-only zone equipped with wi-fi and magazines.

The Gulli Parc can get very busy (and noisy), so go in the morning if you want to beat the crowds, especially if you have younger children, as the older kids tend to take over the place in the afternoons.

Admissions are limited, and at busy periods you will have to queue, or even be turned away altogether. Note: anyone, small or big, wishing to use the equipment must wear socks.

Birthday party at LegendaireWhere: rue des Frères Perret, 13090 Aix en Provence. Tel (+33) 4 42 38 94 85. Website for Gulli Parc (in French only).

How to get there:

From Aix by car, take the A51 motorway towards Les Milles/ Aix TGV, exit 3 (Bouc Bel Air), then take the third exit at the roundabout by the Total service station. Turn right just before Promocash and continue for 200 metres. It's a 20 minute drive.

From Aix by bus, several routes go here from La Rotonde in the centre of town. Get off at Bessemer, by the Total service station. From there it's a five minute walk.

From Marseille, take the A51 motorway towards Aix en Provence, exit 3, then follow the signs to Pôle d'activités d'Aix en Provence.

Continue for several kilometres, then turn right by the Total service station. Turn right again just before Promocash and continue for 200 metres. It's a 30 minute drive.

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