Any traveling parent wants to know what to do with kids in Paris.
Rest assured, your children are going to
have a great time in Paris.
The city is full of fun activities.
Paris's many parks, large and small, are designed
with children in mind. Many have playgrounds with things to climb and swing on, fences and
gates to keep the little ones from wandering
off, and benches for parents. More...
At the large pool in the Jardin
des Tuileries they can rent little toy sailboats, and
there are always plenty of pigeons to feed! More...
Childhood reigns at the Jardin
amusement park) in the Bois de Boulogne (Métro: Les Sablons,
then a six-minute walk). More...
This large, very central park has an extensive
admission fee) and a Marionette Theater. More...
Rare in most cities, they're common in Paris! Your little ones can enjoy a ride in many parts of the city while you rest on a bench and watch. More...
Stop here for a look at the Ménagerie (zoo).
France's Natural History Museum has lots
of kid-oriented programs.
Paris's major zoo
in the Bois
de Vincennes (Métro: Porte
Au Nain Bleu is the largest toy
store in Paris. More...
This huge amusement park on the outskirts of Paris is the most popular tourist attraction in Europe. More...
Everybody enjoys panoramic views,
so if your children are toddlers or older,
head for the high spots:
Your kids may be old enough to climb the stairs to the
mezzanine level, which means no waiting in
line (which kids hate). After that, there's
a carousel (merry-go-round)
at the foot of the tower between it and the bridge over the
Seine. More carousels...
Look also for the many souvenir
sellers nearby, especially on
the spacious Champ-de-Mars—they
often have fun action toys like little
kites, airplanes and rubber-band rockets
to shoot into the air in the spacious park.
Across the river, the Jardins
du Trocadéro has an Aquarium (Métro:
Another fine viewpoint, and with lots of
military and national history thrown in.
Paris has a good schedule of circus shows throughout
Look in the entertainment listings such as Pariscope to see which shows are currently in town.
The marvelous Musée des Arts-Forains is wonderful for children: antique traveling-fair entertainments with animatrons, carousels, games, calliopes and more. Most of these marvels still operate and some of them you can ride! More...
Who doesn't like boat cruises? With
some of the lines, you can hop on and hop
off as you like—perfect for childish attention
de la Découverte,
Avenue Franklin D Roosevelt between the Champs-Élysées and
the Seine (just
behind the Grand Palais, Métro:
Franklin D Roosevelt or Champs- Élysées- Clemenceau)
is an institute with working demonstrations
in various branches of science, including astronomy,
biology, computers, medicine, and dentistry.
There's a planetarium here