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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

M[ART]melade

M[ART]melade

The mmelade workshop specialises in artistic and creative workshops including mixed arts and drawing classes, using recycling crafts and DIY, drawing and painting with oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastel or ink, and more. They also offer a workshop ...
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The Plum Kitchen

The Plum Kitchen

Located on the hill of the Croix Rousse, The Plum Kitchen is owned by Lucy, an American expat in Lyon and a qualified pastry chef. She offers children’s workshops in English covering a variety of techniques and themes in French cooking. She also ...
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The Association Musicale Crescendo

The Association Musicale Crescendo

The Association Musicale Crescendo has been running instrument lessons and music classes for over a decade. They offer classes at home and around the city. Most musical instruments are learned from around age 6, but after many requests from ...
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Do Ré Mi

Do Ré Mi

Do Ré Mi and You is the first “Music Together” centre in Lyon, offering music and movement classes for parents and children from birth to 5 years old. Sing, dance and play along with instruments as your child learns and develops by mimicking. Even ...
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Générations Roller

Générations Roller

Générations Roller organises various rollerblading events in Lyon, including a weekly group skating session every Friday night! All are welcome, including parents pushing little ones in prams. They also have a skating school for children, providing ...
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City Aventure, Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon

City Aventure, Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon

City Aventure is a tree climbing adventure park located in a beautiful forest in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon. This family-friendly, woodland theme park also has educational walking paths, playground climbing frames, rides & picnic areas. They offer ...
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Moi, J’m’en Fous Je Triche

Moi, J’m’en Fous Je Triche

Moi, J’m’en Fous Je Triche, in the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood is a space dedicated entirely to playing board games with family and friends. There is something for everyone, with more than 1200 games and a group of friendly volunteers to offer ...
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Fabulous Biscuits

Fabulous Biscuits

Fabulous Biscuits offer fantastic workshops for kids on the basics of decorating cookies and biscuits. A really great concept for celebrating a birthday that can be adapted to any theme! The little chefs leave with their creations and can even eat ...
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Pince-Mi

Pince-Mi

Pince-Mi is a creative laboratory for children from 4 to 12 years old, located in Saint-Paul. They offer DIY workshops, where each child learns how to make an object using materials and arts and crafts techniques, and Laboratory workshops, where ...
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Cléabois Workshops

Cléabois Workshops

Cléabois offers creative woodwork workshops for parents and children. Using tools like a hammer and nails, children learn to make small objects and toys in a fun and safe environment. The worshops last up to 2 hours and can accommodate 4 to 8 ...
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