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Things to do with Kids in Lyon 

There are seemingly endless fun things to do with kids in Lyon, and many international families are drawn to the city’s outdoorsy lifestyle and favourable climate. There are activities in Lyon for all seasons, from indoor activities to outdoor parks and sports as well as numerous day trips from Lyon within easy reach. 

 

There is a handful of friendly, bilingual mother and baby groups around the city where English-speaking parents in Lyon can meet while their little ones interact and play. For older children and teenagers, there are plenty of educational courses, creative workshops and English summer camps in Lyon during the famously long French summer holidays. 

 

Fun things to do in Lyon outdoors

The city’s many urban parks and gardens are popular for picnics, and little ones can run around and play, with many different free activities for kids throughout the year.  Lyon is home to many different sports clubs with indoor and outdoor facilities, with team sports like football and rugby making great outdoor group activities for kids after school. Some of the best outdoor activities Lyon has to offer include water jousting – a popular thing to do in Lyon in the Summer.

 

The best indoor things to do in Lyon for families

With dynamic culture, a vibrant gastronomy scene and world-class museums, there are many excellent things to do in Lyon with kids indoors, The city is home to a cinema museum and little ones will love the many indoor play centres in Lyon for toddlers. More indoor things to do in Lyon include rock climbing centres and yoga workshops for kids and there are many chocolate-making workshops, cookery and baking courses available for foodie children and tweens. 

 

Exciting day Trips from Lyon

The countryside in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region offers magnificent day trips from Lyon within easy reach. There is an enormous chocolate factory not far from the city centre, with tours teaching the process of making chocolate, fun demonstrations and tastings. Older kids will love the numerous zip-lining and treetop adventure parks and outdoor laser tag within easy driving distance from Lyon too. 

 

As Paris is just two hours away by TGV (high-speed train), it’s possible to visit the city at the weekend or make day trips from Lyon during school holidays.

 

For a neat list of 10 things to do with your family in Lyon (inc. karting, Lyon’s Parc de la Tête d’Or, macarons and a puppet factory) check out this list from Hotels.com.

 

This is the MumAbroad.com list of the best indoor and outdoor things to do in Lyon and day trips from Lyon, tried and suggested by local families based in the city and surrounding areas. If you have a recommendation for this section please get in touch via email info@mumabroad.com

INDOOR & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS, TWEENS AND TEENS – PLAY CENTRES, INDOOR FACILITIES, MUSEUMS, EXHIBITS, SPORTS, WORKSHOPS, ADVENTURE PARKS, GARDENS AND SUMMER CAMPS

The Musée Cinéma et Miniature

The Musée Cinéma et Miniature

Set in the heart of Lyon’s old town, The Musée Cinéma et Miniature is the only museum of its kind in Europe. Founded by miniaturist Dan Ohlmann, the museum combines the art of creating miniatures with the tricks and secrets of special effects in ...
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Top Music

Top Music

Top Music is a music school for children and adults in Lyon’s 6th arrondissement, offering individual classes and multi-instrument workshops. Their group workshops for children and adults provide the opportunity to play in different styles (jazz, ...
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Drums Emblem

Drums Emblem

Drums Emblem is a contemporary music school with a difference. Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished musician, Drums Emblem has the expertise to help you progress. With individual and group lessons in a variety of instruments and vocal ...
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Workshops by Karen Chocolat

Workshops by Karen Chocolat

On Wednesdays, Saturdays and throughout school holidays, Karen Bonnet offers courses for children and their parents. During each hour and a half long session, children discover the secrets of chocolate making. After a fun introduction on how to ...
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Funky Fabrik

Funky Fabrik

Funky Fabrik offers creative workshops for children including sewing, photography, drawing, puppets and more. With a plethora of different themes and techniques, they also host birthday parties with a highly personalised approach. Based on the ages ...
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Cité du Chocolat Valrhona

Cité du Chocolat Valrhona

Valrhona, the famous chocolate factory located in Tain L’Hermitage, opened a museum in 2013. Located just an hour from Lyon, the Cité du Chocolat is an interactive experience with 15 different chocolate tasting stations. Interactive games use all 5 ...
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Ateliers de la Galerie Vaubecour

Ateliers de la Galerie Vaubecour

The Vaubecour Gallery offers creative workshops for teens, adults and children from 4 years old. Children’s workshops include drawing, painting, pastel, textile creation, recycl’Art, history of art, engraving, comic strip, DIY and more. ...
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L’Union des Jouteurs et Sauveteurs de la Mulatière

L’Union des Jouteurs et Sauveteurs de la Mulatière

L’Union des Jouteurs et Sauveteurs de la Mulatière is the home of nautical jousting and rescue boat services in Lyon. Water jousting is a sport practised primarily in France, Switzerland and Germany, in which participants “joust” with lances ...
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Là-Haut sur La Montagne

Là-Haut sur La Montagne

Just 35 minutes from Lyon, in the heart of the Monts du Lyonnais, the Guyot family welcome guests to their berry farm and beautiful wooden chalet. Their “goûter à la ferme” includes a visit to the family orchard to learn all about how their jams ...
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Hold’Up Escalade

Hold’Up Escalade

Hold’Up Escalade is a thrilling indoor rock climbing centre for all ages from 5 years old and up. Located close to the Valmy metro station, the centre is a fantastic place for all the family, with multi coloured climbing walls to explore, and ...
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