Children are kings this season at Chambord Castle

In Chambord, the child is king. It is, if not a revolution, the main novelty of the year with, again for young people, the organization of birthdays. A Logis for children will open “around May 15”says Olivier Marchant, the production designer.

A strategic place

This new space is found, which is accessed via the famous royal staircase on the second floor of the castle. And it’s not a danger. “After visiting the ground floor, the children may be tired, not wanting to go any further. The Logis allows families to take a break,” explains Marie, who will be one of the two facilitators of this space. .

Fun and informative

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Young people will approach the king in a playful way. Space is both a classroom where we learn and a playground where we have fun. A stage, which, perhaps, will make them drag less during the continuation of the visit.

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Free activities

Virginie Berdal’s service, however, recorded the fundamental principles: the activities are free and are supervised by facilitators. But space does not want to be a nursery, adults must accompany young peoplethey cannot leave them and continue their visit.

Upon entering, families will rediscover the vision they had upon entering the estate: the roof of the castle that emerges above a forest where we find deer, wild boar, osprey … All illuminated by a moon that will follow its cycle. .

Château de Chambord – installation works of a children’s home Photo Pascal Proust

For the little ones

A reading area will distribute his books to the little ones e a space of curiosity will invite them to recognize the cry of a wild boar, the sound of the lute, the noises of a construction site at the time of the Renaissance …

For children aged 6 to 12

For the older children, an entire path has been imagined. Mesh of sixteen devices. Young people will thus be able to compete (literally) with François 1er. And they will find that they will have to wait to be admitted to the big leagues because the king, represented on a life-size screen, was 1.98 meters tall! Young people will still be able to wear the royal cloak and wear the attributes of the monarch : the crown, the scepter or even the Hand of Justice … Enough to cultivate ambitions.

With a constructive spirit, they will discover the main materials used for the construction of the castle : wood, tuff, lead… All this they will see on the pieces exposed to the wall and will be able to touch some samples. They will also see the model of the castle and will understand, thanks to a puzzle on the screen, how the initial project evolved during its realization.

The material library

In the second room, the materioteca, they will be able to enter the detail of the work of the stonemasons and find out why they left their “signature” on the stones they cut. Enough to give birth to builder vocations!

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royal tea party
The National Estate of Chambord offers three birthday formulas
for groups of children (from seven to twelve years old, from 6 to 12 years old). Activities are open on Saturdays, from 2.15pm to 4.45pm, and are supervised by a facilitator. It ends with a snack, “regal” as it should be: My birthday at the castle.
After discovering the organization of the court, the daily life of an itinerant ruler and some historic rooms, children are invited to furnish a Renaissance mansion with fake furniture and objects. My birthday in the forest.
Children follow the tracks of forest animals by detecting clues such as food scraps, nests, footprints or excrement. They start with the cast of an impression they made themselves. My birthday cut in stone.
Children are introduced to freestone carving. They use the traditional tools of stonemasons to recreate a typical castle pattern (salamander, lily, etc.).

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