If the children were over three or under fifteen, they found the kingdom of their dreams just to the left, as they entered the Atomium.
on the left as they entered the Atomium gate.
This installation, built in an arc, opened wide to the south and covered 10,000 m2. It was the Wonderland where the interplanetary rocket took the well-behaved children to the moon.
Fantastic and impressive landscapes unfolded behind the window, while stars and planets brushed against the rocket.
Back on earth, they still had countless opportunities to be, for a day, kings and queens of this small world, which they could ride around on ponies or in the comfort of horse-drawn carts.
A complete visit to their village, no doubt, took a lot of time because there were many temptations: the funfair, its carousels and duck fishing, its luna-park, its shops, not forgetting the puppet theatre "Les cœurs de bois". They could experience a day like they had often dreamed of.
But the highlight of the day was the race on the autodrome in real electric cars. Just like the grown-ups, they had to drive around a track full of obstacles, signals to follow and crossroads to watch out for.
First aiders gave the children all the help they needed. The race was educational, fun and rewarding.
But all of this gave them an appetite. No matter, because in the vast refectory, with its ceramics representing games, they could have a full and appetizing meal.
The exhibition did not forget the little ones. Mothers could leave their children in the care of the nursery in complete peace of mind. They received a very complete identity card giving all the necessary information and competent people (social workers, foebelians, nurses) took care of them while waiting for your return.
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