It is well known that traveling for kids is not only a fun time for parents, but also plays a big role in their development.
As much as it is enjoyable, sometimes it can become a challenge : where to stay, where to eat, which places are child friendly to visit or simply where the kids can relax and have fun in the playground.
Let us help you with that a bit!
To start with, we can say that Paris is a really child-friendly city. If you plan to visit the most popular monuments, most of them are within walking distance. Most of the monuments are surrounded by parks or even playgrounds where the kids can have their own fun.
So, where to stay? It’s easy! Hotel Marignan (us :⊃ ) has more than 50 years’ experience welcoming families from all over the word. The rooms for up to 5 persons make it possible for everyone to stay in the same room, and our extra services help not only to minimize the cost but also to travel lighter! Find all information HERE .
Marché aux Fleurs et Oiseaux Elizabeth II
Created in 1808, the Marché aux Fleurs de l’Ile de la Cité (Flower market on the Ile de la Cité) took its current form a few years later in 1873, with a decor of about twenty cast-iron pavilions. It took the name of Queen Elizabeth II Flower Market in 2014, during the last official visit of the Queen of England in France. The flower and bird market had added “birds” to its name in 1881 when birders from the old Saint-Martin market decided to join the florists of the Ile de la Cité.
From Monday to Saturday, you can come and discover this historic flower market from 8 am to 7:30 pm.
On Sundays, it’s the birds’ turn to appear under the iron pavilions. Birdsong, rare species and discoveries of all kinds will accompany you on your Sunday walk. Vendors sell other animals like ferrets and mice, but children are usually especially keen on the dwarf bunnies (which can be petted).
37 Place Louis Lépine
Metro : Cité (ligne 4)
La Fabrique Givrée
After long walks and various adventures you might want some sweet treats, especially a delicious ice cream! La Fabrique Givrée might be the best place for that!
La Fabrique Givrée is the adventure of childhood friends with the same vision : to bring a new vision to the world of ice cream!
Since 2012 they have been offering super tasty ice creams with no artificial flavors, no coloring, no preservatives!
LFG PARIS SOUFFLOT
26 rue Soufflot
The Musée des Arts Forains ( Fairground Museum)
One of the most magical places to go for those who are looking for a hidden face of Paris! As soon as you step into the Pavillons de Bercy, you will forget everything that belongs to your daily life. This extraordinary site, also known as the Musée des Arts Forains (Museum of fairground arts), takes you off the beaten track. Discover a unique collection ofobjects from the performing arts of the 19th and 20th centuries.
One of the unique aspects of this site that combines culture, conviviality and curiosity is the possibility to play with century old attractions or ride old merry-go-rounds.
The Musée des Arts Forains (Fairground Art Museum) is accessible all year round, only through guided tours on Wednesdays, week-ends and every day during French school vacations. To live this original Parisian experience you have to buy your tickets HERE.
53 AVENUE DES TERROIRS DE FRANCE,
Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is located in the Bois de Boulogne, a couple steps from the Jardin d’Acclimatation, a small and very Parisian amusement park, which is worth a visit in itself.
It is a great place to visit for contemporary art lovers, but not only. The architecture of the building is worth a visit in its own right. The visionary architect Frank Gehry revolutionized the use of glass and created forms never before imagined, giving rise to a luminous, light, unique and innovative building.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation offers enjoyable activities for young audiences : storytelling tours, workshops, family events, entertaining digital applications, mini-activities to try at home.
A family pass, covering access to all areas of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Jardin d’Acclimatation and the electric shuttle service for two adults and up to four children under the age of 18, is available for €32.
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi,
The Jardin d’Acclimatation is the park of the future. It has regained its coherence, allowing it to offer visitors a variety of experiences and secure the site as a place for the public to walk within an exceptional landscape and architectural heritage.
The Jardin has 18 hectares (45 acres) of an entirely re-landscaped park where you can enjoy a relaxing ramble. Meadows, footpaths, belvederes… Its plant palette is laid out around “living pillars”. Four hundred oak trees, most of which were planted in the 19th century, provide shade
There are plenty activities for a thrill-seeking visitors as well : The speed rockets ; riding a small train; spiritual and authentic ambiance at The Korean Garden; The Kitchen garden where you can discover the virtues of vegetables grown with love; The Acrobatic Trail for the champions ; Interactive cinema at The Kinetorium and many other activities. There is something here for all ages.
It is strongly recommended to check the list of activities HERE before going and book preferred activities in advance!
Bois de Boulogne,
Route de la Porte Dauphine à la Porte des Sablons,
84 aquariums from 50 to 16,000 liters offer you a real journey in tropical oceanic and continental waters!
In an incomparable atmosphere, come and “dive” on coral reefs, “descend” the rivers of Amazonia and Asia, “observe” the depths of the great African lakes and the caves of Central America, or “roam” the mangroves. New tanks and new decorations, a renovated alligator pit, interactive wall to immerse yourself in the midst of cetaceans, expanded temporary exhibition space…You will also have a possibility to see extremely rare specimens: two albino alligators, Laury and Dundy !
Beside their impressive permanent collection, the aquarium organizes temporary exhibitions.
Online booking required!
Ticket valid only on the date and at the time indicated on the ticket. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
You can buy your ticket HERE.
Palais de la Porte Dorée
293 avenue Daumesnil
Arènes de Lutèce ( Lutece Arena )
Looking to enjoy fresh air, a historical monument and a soccer area for your kid at the same time? You should visit the Arènes de Lutèce!
It was built between the 1st and the end of the 2nd century and was able to hold up to 15,000 people. Originally, the arena was 132 m long by 100 m wide. You can still see the site where the actors stood, the stage platform and areas where animals were held. The Arènes de Lutèce and the Thermes de Cluny (Roman baths at the Musée de Cluny) are the only remains of the Gallo-Roman period that are still visible in Paris today.
For more facts you can read our article HERE.
49 rue Monge,
Parc Zoologique de Paris / The Zoo Vincennes
Here you might need a whole day! 14 hectares to walk and 2000 animals to see in a “reconstituted” natural environment! The zoo offers a course through 5 biozones: Madagascar, Guiana, Sahel-Sudan, Patagonia and Europe. You can visit the giraffe house, the Patagonian biozone , iguanas, piranhas, lemurs, snakes, lizards, turtles, white rhinoceros, otters, vultures, wolves and many others.
Think about buying your tickets HERE to avoid the queue.
Avenue Daumesnil (facing number 11),
Line 8, Porte Dorée station: less than a 10-minute walk from the zoo entrance
Line 1, Saint-Mandé station, then Bus 86 or 325
Line 1, Château de Vincennes station, then Bus 46
Parc Andreé Citroën
One of the newest parks in Paris, opened on the site of the former Parisian Citroën factory in 1992. The park is divided into three themed areas: the Jardin Blanc, the Jardin Noir and the big central park area. You can discover numerous exotic trees and rare plants, two impressive hothouses, and enjoy a beautiful view of the Seine.
Children can take advantage of the ball-games area, ping-pong tables, spring-based toys and toboggans, not to mention the tethered air balloon offering a 150m high ride for children and adults (subject to weather conditions).
2 rue Cauchy
Musée des Égouts (Museum of the Sewers of Paris)
Your kids are adventurous and you want to surprise them with a very unusual location for a museum.. Go for the sewers of Paris.
During the tour of the sewers you will discover the evolution of the sewage system and its usage whilst wandering along its dark and humid passages.
During the visit you will learn about the flood that destroyed Paris in 1910 due to a malfunction of the sewage system, or how in Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables, the sewers are extremely well portrayed, describing the dark tunnels and arches in detail.
Open Sunday -Wednesday from 11h until 17 h (1 May – 30 September ) and Sunday -Wednesday from 11h until 16 h ( 1 October – 30 April:)
Pont de l’Alma – Face au 93 quai d’Orsay
Jardin du Luxembourg ( the Luxembourg Gardens)
This is a “must see” on your trip to Paris. It covers more than 25 hectares of land, so you can walk, have a picnic, enjoy 106 statues spread throughout the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the Orangerie and the Pavillon Davioud.
Besides that it is heaven for kids! There are several playgrounds with sandboxes, slides, swings, and a climbing net.
You can relax on the chairs while the kids are having fun with remote-controlled boats and sailboats on the big basin.
Love animals and want to offer your kid the unforgettable experience of riding pony? You can definitely do that.
Afterward, you can walk or have a picnic at the Observatory or Orangerie garden.
And if you kid is a real smart one, you can even go for a chess game!
You can read more about these extraordinary gardens in our previous article HERE.
Rue de Médicis – Rue de Vaugirard
Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (Science and Industry Museum)
Do not hesitate to bring your kid into the world of science! The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie has prepared quite a visit even for the smallest , from 2 years old. Interactive exhibitions, You will find here a planetarium, spaces to discover, to learn, to invent and experiment.
Open Tuesday – Saturday; visits to the areas specially designed for children last 1,5 hours. It is strongly recommended to buy your tickets online in advance.
You can find a list of activities and prices HERE.
30 avenue Corentin Cariou
75019 Paris, France
If you love just exploring, the park La Villette might be the best place to go. Throughout the whole year there is always something happening there : concerts (jazz, world music, electronic, classical, contemporary, pop and rock), contemporary circus, exhibitions, theater, dance, open-air cinema…
While visiting La Villette you might be surprised how many shows, outdoor events and workshops they offer for kids. You can explore it on foot, on horseback or even by boat!
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès,