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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

La Grand Galerie de l’Evolution

La Grand Galerie de l’Evolution

Previously known as the Galerie de Zoologie and renovated in 1994, the gallery offers a fascinating trip through the history of the various species. Take your children on a voyage of discovery through these vast halls where you will find 7,000 ...
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Parc de la Villete

Parc de la Villete

Parc de la Villette is located at the outer edge of the 19th arrondissement, bordering the Boulevard Périphérique, which is a ring road around Paris, and the suburban department of Seine-Saint-Denis. At 55 hectares these grounds constitute the ...
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The American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris is the largest English-language lending library on the European continent. Open to all, the Library serves as a centre for literature, learning, culture, and community. The Library is open Tuesday to Saturday, from ...
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La CLEF cultural centre

La CLEF cultural centre

La CLEF (Culture, Loisirs Et Formation) was founded in 1984. It’s a centre for social and cultural innovation and offers more than 50 activities including martial arts, gymnastics, tennis, yoga, dance, juggling, music, percussion, drama ...
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Les Fermes de Gally

Les Fermes de Gally

With two locations just outside of Paris, Saint-Cyr-l’École and Sartrouville, this interactive farm offers a variety of animals and ateliers for children beginning from 3 years of age and up. Holding many different activities & games, the ...
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Palais de la Découverte

Palais de la Découverte

The Palais de la Découverte is a science museum located in the Grand Palais, in the 8th arrondissement on Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Palace of Discovery, inaugurated during the 1937 Exposition Universelle and thus the world’s first ...
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Playmobile FunPark Paris

Playmobile FunPark Paris

Situated just outside of Paris, to the south of the city centre, the Playmobile FunPark offers 12 play areas adding up to a size of 2000 square meters including a separated area for toddlers aged 18-36 months. There’s a cafeteria where ...
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La Cité des Enfants

La Cité des Enfants

The Cité des Enfants has been designed to help children develop and discover the world around them and to introduce them to science and technology through a series of hands-on activities. There are two separate areas: an area for 2-7 year-olds, ...
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Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque French château located in Maincy, near Melun, 55 kilometres southeast of Paris. As well as entering the Chateau you can explore the formal gardens and visit the Carriage Museum. Audio guides avalable and ...
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Futuroscope, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Futuroscope, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Parc du Futuroscope is a theme park near Poitiers in western France, based upon multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques. It is set in 60 hectares of green countryside and offers 25 original experiences you won’t ...
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