Paris for Children

Tour Guides

For all its monuments, Paris is a remarkably child-friendly city and, if you're traveling with a young baby, any idea of Parisians as standoffish will disappear under a barrage of advice and comment. Many of the most famous sights will be on every child's list: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the glass lifts at the Grande Arche de la Défense, the Centre Pompidou or the pyramid at the Louvre.

Museums for Children

Most kids' events take place on Wednesdays (when primary schools close), weekends and holidays: see the weekly listings in Pariscope, L'Officiel des Spectacles and Figaroscope. The bimonthly freebie Paris-Mômes is full of imaginative suggestions; it comes with the daily Libération or can be picked up at the Office de Tourisme, Musée d'Orsay, MK2 cinemas and the Louvre's children's bookshop.

Eating out is a vital part of French culture and even if the reverentially silent haute-cuisine temple or latest fashion restaurant is out of the question, it's perfectly possible to have an authentic French restaurant experience with the kids in tow. Most places will happily accept children as long as they are kept (relatively) under control. Informality, speedy service, croque-monsieur, salads, quiche, baguette sandwiches and chocolate mousse - not to mention the intrigue of expresso machines, beer pumps and lurid drinks - make cafés a good bet with small children. (Article taken from Webscapes)

Paris-anglo.com Both the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are chock-full-of-playgrounds for all ages. Both have zoos and lakes for feeding ducks, canoeing, etc. The Jardin d´Acclimatation is a full day´s worth of fun for toddlers. The labyrinth, the free playground, and the carrousel in the park at Les Halles is a blast for 2 year olds. The playground at the Champs de Mars as well. Perhaps the most fun is Paris´s old-style manèges with horses and cars and flying elephants.

Paris-anglo.com Both the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are chock-full-of-playgrounds for all ages. Both have zoos and lakes for feeding ducks, canoeing, etc. The Jardin d´Acclimatation is a full day´s worth of fun for toddlers. The labyrinth, the free playground, and the carrousel in the park at Les Halles is a blast for 2 year olds. The playground at the Champs de Mars as well. Perhaps the most fun is Paris´s old-style manèges with horses and cars and flying elephants.

Museums for Children

Most major museums have workshops, tours, and special art initiation programs for children. These activities include an introduction to the world of robots at La Villette, calligraphy courses at the Institut du Monde Arabe, painting at the Centre Pompidou and art appreciation tours at the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. These programs change each season. For complete information contact the individual museums, or the following offices: Affaires Culturelles de la Ville de Paris: Hotel d´Abret, 31, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 PARIS (Métro: Saint-Paul). Tel: 01.42.76.67.00. Open 8h45-18h00. Closed Saturday. Direction des Musées de France: 34, Quai du Louvre, 75001 PARIS (Métro: Louvre). Tel: 01.42.60.39.26. Open daily from 9h45-18h30. Closed Tuesday.

The Louvre Admission's free for under-18s - a great opportunity for young people to explore the Louvre's collections and temporary shows with family or friends. A wide-ranging program of activites for children ages 4 and up is available in the museum, the Auditorium, and the Tuileries gardens. There are lots of ways to enjoy a family outing at the Louvre: A self-guided tour: choose one of our thematic trails for children. Other thematic trails are available at the Information Desk under the Pyramid. A guided tour with a museum guide: choose one of our guided tours for children and families. A children's workshop: book your child a place in one of the thirty or so themed workshops (ages 4 to 12, in French only). Children's entertainment in the Auditorium (in French only; consult the program for details): ages 7 and up: dance perfomances and storytelling, animated films, and films with musical accompaniment: ages 10 and up: classical concerts performed by up-and-coming musicians

Eutelsat Ballon Ride

Paris for Visitors Balloon rides aren't just a luxury for well-heeled sightseeers. In Paris, the Eutelsat Balloon offers 10-minute rides to an altitude of 150 meters, or about 500 feet, for as little as 10 euros. (That's for a weekday adult ticket; kids pay half price.) The current tethered Parisian balloon began service in 1999, when an insurance company sponsored the balloon and offered free rides to Parisian children during pre-Millennium celebrations. The balloon then went into storage for several years until Eutelsat, a French Paris-based satellite communications company, became its new sponsor. The balloon (in Eutelsat livery) was relaunched in May, 2004, and it now operates year-round.

Batobus River-Boat Shuttle Service

Batobus takes you to the heart of Paris, to reach the various quarters of the capital. With 8 stops on the route, Batobus shows you a different view of Paris and is an original way of getting about in Paris.

Aquaboulevard

Water Park The largest water park in Europe: 7000m dedicated to relaxation, getting away from it all and fun. Tropical surroundings: air and water at 29°C all year round. 10 giant waterslides, wave pools, jacuzzis, outdoor beach, contraflow water courses and lots of other water play equipment. Also on the site, a 14 screen cinema complex, 7 restaurants, the Forest Hill club - Europe's largest fitness club, 1000m sports store, play area.

Miniature Park

France Miniature is the biggest miniature park in Europe, in a map of France drawn on a 5-acres-ground. 130 monuments and places of interest, 150 remade landscapes, villages, castles, harbours, train stations and a huge railway line, 60 000 characters, 20 000 dwarf trees, rivers, mountains seas and oceans : all gathered during a day to offer all the family an unusual, amusing and educational day-trip.

Paris with kids You know you've reached middle age when, all of a sudden, Paris is no longer the city of light, of love, of romance, of a thousand vins rouges and cafes au lait and moonlit walks along the Seine, but instead... a place to go with your kid. And, as it turns out, a wonderful place to visit with children. You just have to adjust your sights a little. Instead of spending hours in the Musee d'Orsay, the old train station converted into a resplendent home for impressionists and other 19th-century artists, it'll be 15 minutes or no stop at all. Instead of bistro dinners stretching into the night, it might be a few nems (as the French call Vietnamese spring rolls) wolfed down at a counter. And those walks along the Seine? In afternoon sunlight, oui; moonlight, mais non .

Paris Digest Paris is well known as a beautiful and culturally rich city, which would classify it as a city for adults. But Paris also has plenty to offer children and families. Just think about Disneyland Paris and the Asterix amusement park. First class places to have fun at all ages.

Children will be impressed by the Eiffel tower, they will love the river cruises on the Seine river. They will be fascinated by the Grévin wax museum, the Navy museum and the Air museum with its collection of historical planes and rockets.

The France Miniature park displays famous monuments of Paris and France in miniature scale. A funny and quick way to tour Paris and France children will appreciate. They will love the animals at the Vincennes zoo. The Thoiry park, a bit farther away, will be a safari like experience close to Paris and far from Africa.

The Museum in the Plant Garden with its dinosaur skeletons is a children's favorite. Paris also has impressive hemispheric movie theaters like the Géode and many game entertainment centers like Séga La Tête dans les nuages and the Bowling Montparnasse. On a more intimate side, don't skip the lovely doll museum and the Compagnie Blin's puppet shows.