A while ago I wrote a post about what to do in Paris with (young) children. Well, thinking about it again, there are actually loads of things to do in Paris with children. Here are some more ideas:
The Eiffel tower from Musée du Quai Branly
La Tour Eiffel is definitively a must if you’re in Paris for the first time and children really enjoy the view from there but be prepared for a long long queue especially if like recently there’s been only one lift working (waiting time becomes more than 2 hours!) – you can prebooked tickets though to reduce waiting time. If you’re in the neighborhood you can go and visit the Musée du Quai Branly. It is really worth the visit: for the building itself and for what’s inside. They have special programs for family; We have already participated in 2 family workshops on week ends (booking mandatory, not sure they have them in English though), which includes in 1,5 to 2 hours a story telling, a focused guided tour of the musée and art&craft workshops in line with the story telling
Bonny and the river of words at Musée du Quai Branly
Blondie at a art&craft workshop at Musée du Quai Branly
A good alternative to the Eiffel Tower is the Arc de Triomphe. Did you know that you could climb on the top and enjoy a great view over Paris. If you are in the neighborhood you may decide to go north west and go to the Jardin d’acclimation (A huge playground with various attractions – go for the glass maze and a small zoo). I would recommend that you catch the “petit train” (little train) at Porte Maillot.
- Blondie at Jardin d’Acclimatation
Le Jardin is 150 years old. You pay 3 euros and you can enjoy various free playgrounds, a city farm and a small zoo, a “paddling” pool, a muppet theater. There are additional games you can do for an extra cost around 3 euros each such as a glass maze, trampolines, etc.
Another must go with children in Paris is Cité des Enfants located within Cité des Sciences in the Parc of La Villette (Northeast of Paris). Booking is mandatory during summer break and school holiday season if you want to avoid long queues and choose the time slot that suits you best. Cité des Enfants is a place where I would go with Blondie and Bonny very regularly. Children can experience with their hands, brain and body or listen to story telling. They just love it. Blondie still remembers the story about the Indian boy and the wolf 1 1/2 year later. Although she was the only one to find it very scary and we had to take her off the room in order to let the story teller do her job!
Parc de La Vilette is also very good place for the entire family with so many different things to do that I cannot describe them all. If it is a hot day/night you definitely must head to Parc de La Villette where you live enjoy loads of exhibitions, concerts, open air movies, some of these events are even free. You can picnic in the parc or if you do not like seating on the grass, you can go to some cafes/restaurant such as Hippoppotamus (I do not like to advertise for such chain restaurants but they are children friendly which is not always easy to find in Paris). If you want to visit Paris and live like a Parisian and avoid hords of tourists that’s the place you should go!
Finally if you visit Paris between July 20th and August 19th, you might have heard about Paris Plages. This is an annual event during which Seine riverside expressways are closed to traffic between Paris Town Hall and Pont Neuf and transformed into beaches with sand, beach cafes, deckchairs, concerts and a giant screen in front of Paris town Hall where you can watch the London Olympic Games! Another great opportunity to live like Parisians during summer time.
Hope you enjoy my city as much as I
do did. Sigh!
Me & The Girls