The city which is famous for being an encapsulation of all things romance, culture, history and cuisine – but what does Paris hold for its younger visitors? We’ve broken down a few of our favourite things to do for little visitors to the French capital.
Clíchès with a difference
While we all would love and value the idea of going to Paris and seeing all the tourist hot-spots – the Eiffel Tower, La Louvre, La Champs-Élysées – you may worry it won’t be quite as captivating for the kids. However, there are many options to make it more exciting for your little ones. You can partake in a Treasure Hunt at the Louvre, or maybe have a picnic at the Champs de Mars which is situated behind the Eiffel tower. It’s even possible to organise personalised tours of Paris that will cater specifically for your family and what you want to see and do.
Located only a couple of miles from the Paris-Orly Airport, this park’s infrastructure appears as if it is entirely made of Playmobil and all of its attractions and activities are made especially for little guests aged zero to eight. With themed zones such as the Adventure Park, Fairyland, Dinosaurs’ jungle and many more. With various water areas being open in the summer months for refreshing swims and many seasonal events going on annually, this park is ideal for younger guests in search of adventure and entertainment. Admission is €3.00 per child over the age of 3 and free for younger kids. See company.playmobi.com for more information
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
This park is suitable for little and long legs alike as its vast greens, sublime scenery and beautiful grass areas are ideal for simply sitting around and enjoying a family picnic with your family. If you fancy adventuring, go on search of the park’s cliffs waterfalls and forestry. In addition, the park has various kids’ entertainment such as puppet shows, outdoor activities, fairground-like games and family friendly shows running daily in the summer months. Entry to Parc des Buttes Chaumont is FREE.
Les Catacombes de Paris
If you are in search of some historically haunting adventures and spooky exploration locations, Les Catacombes are an absolute must. Guided tours in a variety of languages are available so you can fully submerge yourself in the location’s history and educational aspects. Seasonal activities and private tours are all on offer as well, all of which can be found on their website. Entry for Les Catacombes from €5.00 per child and €13.00 per adult, with other rates available for those seeking a guided tour. See catacombes.paris.fr for more information.
Le Jardin d’Acclimatation
This park is famous and popular among visiting families for its jam packed variety and range of adventure opportunities. Whether you fancy dedicating your visit to the countless amusement attractions on site, or wish to see what else is on offer here, it is sure to make for a brilliant day out. Other activities include the sky-high swing carousel, taking a stroll on the back of a donkey, camel or pony, or maybe even just embracing the areas beautiful grounds with a picnic on The Empress’s Belvedere green and a boat ride along the oriental Korean Garden. Entry from €28.00pp when booked online seven days in advance. See jardindacclimatation.fr for more information.
Aquarium de Paris
Take a plunge into the French capital’s home for many exotic and exciting sea creatures. Explore the sea and its inhabitant through interactive shows, exciting cinematic films, exhibitions, and workshops all catered specifically to suit kids. This aquarium holds its own unique components in that it has interesting night time exhibitions and exciting treasure hunts for curious little ones. Admission from €20.50 per adult, €16.00 per child aged 13 to 17 and €13.00 per child aged 3 to 12. Children under 3 go FREE and family rates are available. See cineaqua.com for more information.
Probably the only draw-back of a family break in Paris is the lack of nearby beaches and water-side locations – or so you may think! Paris Plages are man-made beaches which are constructed yearly along the river Seine. These artificial beaches are usually host to various activities, workshops and playgrounds ideal for both children and adults alike. Equipped with cafes, ice-cream stands and refreshment stalls, this area is ideal for getting the beach-holiday experience during a city break. Admission to the Paris Plages are FREE.