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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org