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Things to do in Paris with kids

Paris’ picturesque squares, green urban parks and historic manicured gardens are ideal for little ones to let off steam and provide endless free outdoor activities for kids. Previously an additional driving lane, the banks of the Seine have recently been pedestrianised, making for a beautiful pathway to stroll along the riverbanks, taking in the French capital’s world famous monuments and unique architecture from a different perspective. 

 

Outdoor things to do in Paris with kids

Other fun activities and things to do in Paris with kids include the popular river cruises on typical “bateaux mouches” which run year-round, ideal for enjoying a sunny day on deck. In the summer, many spots along the river are transformed into sandy urban beaches with deck chairs and pop-up street food stalls that kids will love. There are several great family-friendly walking and cycling tours of Paris, ideal for older kids to learn about the city of light’s fascinating history and hidden corners in a fun interactive way. 

 

Things to do with kids in Paris indoors

The French capital is home to countless family-friendly indoor attractions, including a plethora of world-class museums, indoor play centres and a popular aquarium complete with live mermaid shows and plenty of sharks. Paris has so many educational indoor activities for children and young people, from iconic art galleries to interactive  exhibits and creative workshops focusing on France’s incredible culture and history.

 

Other child-friendly things to do in Paris

Children of all ages will also love visiting the city’s many iconic sites, from the Eiffel Tower, to the ancient Notre Dame cathedral. Many of the river boats offering trips up and down the Seine have glass roofs for staying cosy and dry in the winter months without missing out on panoramic views of the city from the river.

 

Sports Clubs and after-school activities Paris

There are also various different sports clubs in Paris with indoor facilities and plenty of family-friendly courses and workshops after school, at weekends and throughout the school holidays. 

 

Here is a useful list of things to do in Paris with kids, as recommended by expat families in the French capital. If you have a recommendation for this section please get in touch via email info@mumabroad.com. Visit MumAbroad.com for more tips and recommendations from local families, including the best family services in Paris.

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

Abricadabra Théâtre

Abricadabra Théâtre

On this barge, Péniche Antipode, moored in the Bassin de la Villette there’s always something happening to suit all ages and all weathers. In 2002, the theater group Abricadabra transformed this boat into a floating café with (if the weather) ...
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Paris d’Enfants

Paris d’Enfants

Paris d’enfants organizes treasure hunts and excursions so that parents and children discover the sights of the French capital together. Luxembourg gardens, Montmartre, Notre-Dame and the Louvre are some of the 15 or so guided tours available in ...
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Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris

Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris

AADP was founded in 1997 by its director, Brooke Desnoës. In only a few years AADP has become, by its size and reputation, one of the largest private dance schools in Europe. They offer classes dance and jazz for children of all ages and teenagers. ...
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St George’s Anglican Church

St George’s Anglican Church

Each Sunday morning during the main service at 10:30 there is a meeting in the library, for children aged 3 to 12, which follows the theme of the Sunday’s readings. This Sunday School is fun, a time to learn and a time to make friends with the ...
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Canauxrama Cruises

Canauxrama Cruises

Boat trips on the canals of Paris on the banks of the Seine, the Marne, the Canal Saint-Denis and the Canal Saint Martin. Discover Canal St Martin between Arsenal Marina and Parc de la Villette by day or by night, lined with hundred year old trees ...
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Aquatic Centre Neuilly-sur-Seine

Aquatic Centre Neuilly-sur-Seine

Public swimming pool in Neuilly-sur-Seine just outside of Paris. More than just a pool, this is a full aquatic center with a huge indoor pool with slides. One pool of 25m for swimmers with no shallow end, one learners pool and a big mixed pool that ...
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Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou, commonly shortened to Centre Pompidou and also known as the Pompidou Centre in English, is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles. It is a 20th- century architectural ...
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Aquarium Tropical

Aquarium Tropical

The Palais de la Porte Dorée is an exhibit hall located on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes. It now houses the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, as well as a tropical aquarium in its cellar. The Aquarium houses 5,000 ...
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Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. They get their name from the tile factories which previously stood on the site. It hosts an annual funfair ...
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Le Jardin d’Acclimatation

Le Jardin d’Acclimatation

The Jardin d’Acclimatationis a 20-hectare children’s amusement park with a menagerie, the Exploradome museum and other attractions located in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne. The park includes an archery range, house of, ...
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