Many visitors to Paris ask this question frequently. “I am so excited to be visiting the city, but what do I do with the kids?”
Paris can be a daunting challenge for families. It is one of the reasons why we love short-term vacation rental apartments like the Yellow Flat. Nothing better than being able to hand your tyke a bowl of cereal and a seat in front of the TV at 9am instead of calling room service.
Still, this question remains a tough one and I am often at a loss to help.
The bloggers at SRSCK, a Dutch blog with great articles and photos have just published a piece on this subject with some great ideas, but it is in Dutch. So, with their permission and the aid of modern technology, we have translated it into English. If you want to see the original just follow this link:
So please enjoy the English version (with a few of my comments and edits).
In Paris you do not get bored for a second. Apart from being a city that appeals to the imagination, it is also a city that has everything. Well, almost.
Paris, nice big city (c) unicellular via Flickr.com
Culture, nature, sports and games, you name it and you will find it in Paris. For all tastes and all ages especially for children because there is a huge range of activities and interesting places. We put together a top 10 for our highlights for kids in Paris!
This wax museum in Paris has a collection of images of about 300 images. The museum is similar to the Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam, well at least what the images are concerned, then, the atmosphere is in fact very different. Where Tussaud modern series, plays Grevin on old French charm and bygone times. The museum has therefore been around since 1882.
Gandhi in the museum (c) Christophe Recoura
The museum was conceived by Arthur Meyer. He was a journalist and pictures were still very little used in the press at that time so it seemed fun using wax to show how the people he wrote about looked his readers. He asks Alfred Grevin to help him. Grevin is a sculptor, cartoonist and costume designer, an artist so! Since then, the museum expanded course. There is a recently opened in Montreal in 2014 and one in Prague.
Pierrot in the museum (c) Christophe Recoura
The images are divided into different areas according to themes such as singers, political figures, historical figures, characters from children’s books and cartoons, actors from home and abroad and more. You’ll ao against Obama, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Frankenstein, Louis XIV, Picasso and Marsupilami. Calculate about 1.5 hours to see the Musee Grevin. On the weekends, except during school holidays, there are also special guided tours for children (from 7 to 12 years) in which the children are dressed up and also look behind the scenes. Everything is done in a fun way but is in French.
10 Boulevard Montmartre Paris
Metro Grand Boulevards or Richelieu Drouot
The Parks of Paris
To do in the parks (c) all Srsck
In the parks of Paris, there is a lot to experience. That in itself is 10 great things and in the parks you will find playgrounds, a zoo, a Ferris wheel, carousels, museums and much more. We have article on the best parks of Paris for both children and adults. (note: this piece will follow soon on Yellow Flat).
(C) Flight Experience Paris
This is a very special experience, but it is suitable only for older children The minimum age here is 10 years and the minimum length is 1m40. In this experience, you control a plane in a simulator, where you “sit” in a Boeing 737-800. The simulator is completely closed so you really feel like in an airplane.
(C) Flight Experience Paris
You can opt for a flight from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. You will be guided by an instructor, the instructors are all too real pilots. There should be one person playing for pilot and two people as passengers in the back.
Flight Experience. 6 Quai De La Gare Paris
The cirque d’hiver real circus lovers will certainly appeal. It is a classic traditional circus in a beautiful historic building. You really feel like you are sent back in time. The circus was founded in December 1852. The Trapeze movie from the 50s with Gina Lollobrigida, Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster is included here. The circus is in any case often been the scene of movies and events.
Phenomenal, new show every year. October 2013 through the end of February 2014.
Since 1934, waving the famous circus family Bouglione here with the scepter. Bouglione’s always come with new shows. It is recommended to the extent possible to buy tickets in advance as the shows always get quickly. Tickets can through the website of the Cirque d’Hiver be purchased.
110 Rue Amelot Paris, metro Files du Calvaire.
Cinéaqua is a very nice and super aquarium in Paris at the Trocadero. There are not only aquariums but also cinemas and a theater in the complex. There are more than 40 basins with countless fish, sharks (32 species!) And marine animals from all over the world.
There are also various workshops and activities for children. Oh, and there is a Japanese restaurant!All in all a very nice aquarium and fun for the kids for a day.
5 Avenue Albert Du Mun, Paris. www.cienaqua.com.
Boating on the Seine.
A nice change from the metro is a boat. The kids will also like to determine from the mythical Seine to explore the city.
Paris from the water (c) Couscous Chocolat via Flickr
Boating is also helping many different companies and both day and evening. The Bateaux Mouches are the most famous and offer many different options. Besides just off topic, or just the contrary: it’s fun to Paris before you leave the animation film “A Monster in Paris” look. A very nice movie then the children will recognize all of the film on the Seine and speed that makes the whole vivid for them.
Another way to enjoy the Seine is the Batobus. This systems uses boats going up and down the Seine as transport. Reasonably priced at 15 euro for the day or 18 euros for two days of unlimited rides with 8 stops at key destinations such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Musee D’Orsay.
For more information go to http://www.batobus.com/english/
Cité des Enfants at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie
The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in La Villette is a huge complex of five floors of anything and everything about technology and science. The building is to be found among others: a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a museum. A portion of the center is specially designed for children: La Cité des Enfants.
Cité des sciences (c) George Kiwi via Flickr.com
It is divided into two areas, one for children aged 2 to 7 and the other for those aged 5 to 12. There are all sorts of games and activities to do. Tests The program is interactive and children will not get bored here. It is worth also just to check what exhibitions there. These change regularly and are often very nice. For example, there now until August 18 an exhibition about the projects, designs and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.
Cite Des Enfants. 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris. www.cite-sciences.fr
Cites des Science. Same.
La tete dans les nuages
La Tete dans les nuages Paris
La tete dans les nuages is a great arcade (1500 m²!) with fun games and games for all ages. I would not linger too long because the money goes here quickly but just half an hour if it rains for the children long enough and they find it super fun. Also fun for the kids is the mini bowling here.
5 Boulevard Des Italiens Pris. www.itdn.com. Metro Richelieu-Drouot.
Ballon de Paris
Ballon de Paris (c) Groume via Wikimedia
Climb into a huge balloon and see Paris from a height of 150m. Paris looks great from high altitudes and some balloon offers respite from the view from the Eiffel Tower or from the famous Ferris Wheel. There can be up to 30 passengers in the balloon. Always check in advance the website of the Paris Balloon because they depend on the weather and sometimes not fly. That is always indicated on the site.
Great views of Paris (c) Ballon de Paris
This attracation can be found in the Park Andre Citroen located in the 15th and a great place to hang out and watch the French locals actually enjoying themselves.
Ballon De Paris, Park Andre Citroen, Paris 75015. Nearest metro Lourmel
Musée en herbe
This museum is especially designed for children from 3 years to 103.
Art for the little ones (c) Musée en herbe
Exhibitions are also arranged so that they will appeal to children. Currently, an exhibition of my great hero Hundertwasser on the program (until January 2014). Really fun! Visit the site of the Musée en Herbe to look at the exhibitions and workshops there. There are many activities and workshops and installations are often interactive for kids really involvement. It is located in one of the great parks of Paris, the Bois De Boulogne. Open daily.
Wide range of workshops (c) Musée en herbe
Musee en Herbe, 21 Rue Herold, Paris. www.musee-en-herbe.com.
In our top 10, we focused on Paris itself but if you are willing to step outside the city, in the vicinity of Paris, to go poking around there are plenty of options for kids.
Children will not get bored in Paris (c) Srsck
Of course there are the major theme parks such as Euro Disney and Parc Asterix but also the Palace of Versailles and children will be amazed by the beautiful zoo: Parc de Thoiry zoologique.
Closer to Paris itself are the pool of Neuilly and many indoor playgrounds like the Playmobil Funpark (yes a park dedicated to those goofy Playmobile toys) and Ludiboo. All in all, kids will definitely enjoy themselves in the French capital!
Thanks to our friends at Srsck for this great information. We could not agree more! And make sure the kids enjoy a crepe with lots of whipped cream during their day.
Do you have places that your family enjoyed while in Paris? Please comment so we can grow this list.