People might think that Paris is a city that can only be enjoyed by lovers and artists, but no. Kids can also have fun in Paris. They may be too young to understand the valuable art pieces in the museums but these will surely pique their interest and would give them good memories.
Kids who are not yet into art might discover their love for the craft after a trip to Paris. There are also some kids who might get bored with the long histories of battles and French revolution, but as they grow older, they would learn to appreciate it more knowing that they have set foot in Paris. There are also some kids who could be fascinated with all the paintings, the sculptures about war, the classic impressionism pieces–it really varies. Kids may be too young to appreciate the rich culture that Paris has to offer, but who’s rushing? One painting at a time, one sip of wine, one walk in the pavements of Paris, one smell in the perfumerie, or one stroll at the Louvre–all these and more would surely enhance the sense of culture, history, and art of these kids.
10 places and activities for kids in Paris
For parents who are traveling to Paris and would like to bring their little kids along, here are some suggested activities that the whole family can do together. These activities will allow the kids to explore and experience the culture of Paris, without being overwhelmed by it. Kids could also learn a lot from these activities and they would surely want to go back to this city of love, culture, and art, Paris.
1. Have a pizza picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower
Everyone who has set foot in Paris should pay a visit to the Eiffel Tower and spend some time around the area. Little kids might not be ideal to be brought up into the peak of the tower so it is best to just lay a blanket on the green grass near the Eiffel and have a simple picnic. This is also great for parents who are a bit worried about taking their kids to restaurants in Paris. There are many restaurants around the area of the Eiffel where parents can pick up a box of pizza and take it across the park for a simple picnic.
Parents can also bring other food from Paris that kids could try and enjoy like :
- The following–French onion soup that has loads of cheese on top;
- Cheese plate that has cheese, fruit and bread;
- Pate, a meat–often liver–or vegetables, slowly cooked with herbs and ground to a smooth paste that is often spread on bread, like a sandwich;
- Quiches that are made of eggs, cheese and a flaky pastry crust that hide veggies;
- Croque Monsieur, a fancy name for an open-faced ham-and-cheese sandwich dipped in egg;
- Crepes that are whole-grain thin pancakes usually filled with meat, cheese and/or vegetables;
- Tarte tatin, an upside-down apple pie and of course, chocolate mouse that everybody is familiar of.
2. Ride bikes around Paris.
The Velib, which is the bike system of Paris is constructed systematically and would please any adult. However, kids are not allowed to be on their own bikes while exploring the city of Paris. For families, the best way to go is to bike along the park paths of the city and along the Seine. There are bikes that have kids seats where they can seat as passengers to their parents or other adult companions and these are allowed.
3. Seine River Cruise
The Seine boat tour is another one of the activities in Paris that kids would surely enjoy. Visitors usually pick up a ride at Ile St. Louise for an hour of cruising along the center of Paris as the sun goes down. This is a romantic experience for couples, although kids can also enjoy this because of the boat rides. These also offer a view of tourist attractions like huge structures that could be easily seen from faraway.
4. Carousel rides
In addition to the boat rides, carousel rides are surely part of the things in Paris that most kids wouldn’t get enough of. The carousels in Paris are everywhere and they are very easy to spot. Also, the intricate design of the carousels set against the background of Paris looks so good and relaxing that parents would also enjoy this activity as well. Carousel rides are also a great way for kids to take a rest after touring the city of Paris.
5. Ferris Wheel in Paris
If there are carousels, then it is okay to look for a Ferris Wheel, and in Paris, there is one that is located at the popular place of Champs Elysees. The one at Champs is present during winter and for the hot summer days, there is one at the Tuileries.
A 360 degree of the whole Paris and the neighboring cities atop the Ferris Wheel is an unforgettable experience to most tourists and kids would surely appreciate it.
6. Le 104
One of the most special places in Paris, the Le 104 is part art installation and part interactive museum. The Le 104 was made specifically as a play area and a place where people can “experience” the art.
Kids and adults are welcome to spend time in the area and just savor in the experience of being in Paris. In a way, the Le 104 is considered a public art center and is often described as a combination of a small carnival and the Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA).
In the Le 104, there are various metal bugs that kids and adults can ride on and there are also rooms where tourists have to take their shoes and lay down on a conveyor belt that would carry the people across the room.
There are also other exhibits and art installations where people are to be seated on a chair in a big plastic room and for 30 seconds, hundreds of balls would be blown around the person. Most of the art pieces in Le 104 need to be experienced so that they would be fully appreciated. More exhibits are giant mazes made out of cardboard, chains that look like laces, and in the back, there is a giant thrift store.
7. A puppet show in Paris
Now that just sounds a great thing for the kids. Big parks like Jardin de Luxembourg and Champ de Mars have classic old marionette shows where the medium is French and the acts are filled with physical comedy that even babies find funny! To be sure regarding the time of the show, it is best to check the time in the office itself although the usual schedule is on afternoons of Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are also various smaller puppet shows throughout the streets of Paris.
8. Toy sailboats
In Paris, there are toy sailboats in Jardin de Luxembourg and Tuileries. The toy boat rentals are affordable and are often run by old men that have deep fascination for sailboats. Kids can choose from the numerous toy sailboats present there and send them off to a little pond. A stick will be provided so that the sailboats can be guided. Little kids must not be allowed to guide the sailboats with the stick, although most of the time, the sight itself is already enough for them. For older kids, supervision is needed as they guide their little sailboats.
9. La Cité des Enfants
The Cite des Enfants in Paris is a kids museum that is a favorite of all. The museum is specially designed for little kids and toddlers as most of the exhibit present there are science-related toys that the kids could play with.
There are experiments about water, light, sound, and wind that could educate and entertain kids aged two to five. While for older kids aged five to twelve, there are more than 150 activities that they can enjoying playing and learning from. Most of these activities are about science, communication, and mechanics.
The activities were also designed to be interactive so kids won’t get bored. Some of the activities include mini maze, water play area, an area where kids can build small trucks, and more.
10. Parc de Floral
Lastly, the Parc Floral which is a park composed of huge collections of flowers, toys for kids, and activities on the lake. Other tourists describe Parc Floral as a public Disneyland with similar slides, ziplines, snack bars, and fields of flowers.
There are also various activities that could be done on the lake and during Sundays, there are free concerts on the park. Technically, Parc Floral is divided into two main areas–the Plateau de Sologne and the Plaine du Val de Loire.
- The Plateau de Sologne is a semi-natural forest composed of oaks and hornbeams. There are also animal enclosures in the area like alpaca and Ouessant sheep.
- For the La Plaine du Val de Loire, it is the area for flower and horticultural works.
Some of the gardens present here are :
- Rose garden,
- Miroir rose gatden,
- Iris garden,
- Valley of perennials,
- Garden of Source,
- Kitchen garden,
- Dahlia garden,
- The exotic butterfly glasshouse.
- There are some aviaries of exotic birds as well.
With these activities, no kid or adult would get bored in their trip to Paris. A city of culture, art, and history, Paris has many activities that visitors and locals can be engaged in. Some of these places in Paris can be accessed without any charge while some require a few euros. A city favored by lovers, artists, gourmet lovers, and historian–Paris is a city for everyone, even for kids!