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Tips from Tovi the Penguin
for spending time in Paris with younger kids


Tovi the Penguin was born in Paris and he loves showing people around his city! You will see: Paris with kids can be fun!

Paris has 20 arrondissements (districts) and each of them has its little treasures. Let him tell you about some of them.

   

Sights of Paris.

Before we start, here’s a little overview of the most important sights of Paris, and the quarter of Paris in which you can find them..
Visiting the city’s most famous monuments can be great with the whole family. 
  • 1st. Musée du Louvre & Place de la Concorde
  • 4th  Notre-Dame cathedral
  • 7th Eiffel Tower
  • 8th & 17 The Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées
  • 18th Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and the "village" of Montmartre
  • 19th Cité des Enfants - in the Cité des Sciences science museum, Parc de la Villette
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Parks & Gardens

Paris has many beautiful parks which are perfect for outdoor activities. Tovi has picked his top 5 for you!  And in all Paris parks, and in many smaller green spaces, you'll find free access childrens' play areas with a range of equipment including climbing frames, swings and seesaws and other fun items.

1. Jardin du Luxembourg  
Rue de Médicis - Rue de Vaugirard, 6e Arrondissement
Surrounded by beautiful Hausmann buildings near the Latin Quarter, this park is one of the prettiest in Paris. It has the city’s oldest carousel and a fenced in playground for young kids.

2. Jardin d’Acclimatation
Bois de Boulogne, 16e Arrondissement A children's amusement park with animals and workshops, located in the west of Paris. There is a small entrance fee but it has lots to offer and kids will really enjoy it.
3  Jardin des Tuileries
113 Rue de Rivoli, 1e Arrondissement
This park is located in the heart of Paris, you can have a nice walk from the Louvre to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Kids will enjoy the fountains, where there are deck chairs and benches for parents, while kids watch the toy boats sailing on the toy-boat area.

4. Jardins des Plantes
In the 5th arrondissement.  This is the Paris botanical garden; it has a small zoo and exotic plant houses, (paid entry) but also extensive areas which are free to roam.

5. La Ferme de Paris  - Metro 1 Chateau de Vincennes  (2.5 km)
1 route du pesage, Bois de Vincennes, 12th Arondissement.
Open weekday afternoons from 1.30 pm. Free access to this organic city farm belonging to the City of Paris. Located in the Bois de Vincennes park, 2.5 km from Chateau de Vincennes metro station. Animals, activities.  Combine a walk in the park with a visit to the farm, for a very enjoyable afternoon outing.

Cafés & kids stores

What about a pain au chocolat for breakfast or a goûter in the afternoon (that’s how the french call their tea time). Paris has some cafés which are especially
designed for families which offer activites coveniently combined with a little shopping area for kids items.
Here is Tovi's selection:

Mombini, store, café & play area
22 rue Gerbert, 15th Arrondissement
Tuesday to Saturdays, 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It’s a kids store with a small cafe that also offer events for kids.
The owners really have done a great job, the decoration is beautiful, creative and very kid friendly.  

Le petit café du monde entier
95 rue du Chemin Vert, 11th Arrondissement Monday 10h to 14h, Tuesday to Saturday 10h to 18h30 Sunday 11h to 18h. Brunch Sat/Sun 11h to 13h30.
This little cafe is located in the 11th arroundissment and also combines a kids store and a cafe. They serve soups, salads and sandwiches. The café/store offers a range of
creative activities for the little ones.

Une Mère une Fille à Paris
43 Boulevard Garibaldi, 15th Arrondissement. Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
You can either enjoy the tea room or book one of the open spaces for private events. The café also has a toy store on offer. Call for reservations 00 33 (09) 54 04 04 80

Restaurants

Finding a highchair or a changing table in parisian
restaurants can be a challenge. Here are some of Paris's child-friendly restaurants !

Happy families - restaurant
5 Rue du Cloître Saint-Merri, 4th Arrondissement
Monday to Sunday 10h to 20h
Located in the center of Paris, next to Hotel de Ville, this place is not only a restaurants for families but also has a play area and a workshop (atelier) for children. Have a look
at their agenda beforehand to see what events are on.

Les 400 Coups
51 rue de Bercy 12th Arrondissement
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12h to 15h, Wenesday - Saturday - Sunday 10.30 am to 6 pm.
A restaurant with a play area for kids, which offers a variety of activities and games for children up to 8 years old. Has chairs for children and adapted meals.

Le Pavillon des Oiseaux
Jardin d'acclimatation rue de la Muette  16th arrondissement
Family brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from midday. Clowns, kids make-up artist

Museums & culture

After playing in the park, having breakfast & lunch it’s now time for some culture.
These tips are good for rainy days but of course you can also do them when the sun is shining.

Aquarium de Paris - Cinéaqua  -  Metro Trocadero - line 6
5 Avenue Albert de Mun, 16th Arrondissement. 
Open daily (Monday to Sunday) 10 am to 7 pm. Last entry 1 hour prior to closing.
The Aquarium is located just opposite the Eiffel tower, so you can easily combine the two together. It’s always a great experience for kids to dive into the underwater world.
So why not also do it in Paris!
Centre Pompidou / Children’s gallery
Rue Saint-Martin, 4e Arrondissement Every day except Monday 11 am to 9 pm.
The gallery offers activities for young chidren from the ages of 2 upward. It’s never to early to introduce your kids to art and the children’s gallery at the centre Pompidou is a great place to start.  
Cite des Enfants - Metro Porte de la Villette - line 7
Located in the Cité des Sciences science museum at the Parc de la Villette, the Cité des Enfants is an adventure playground and discovery area, with two sections; one for  children aged 2-7, the other for children from 5 to 12.
 

Outside Paris

Disneyland Paris
Located at the end of the RER A express metro line at Marne la Vallée. Easy to access from central Paris. Plenty of fun and amusement guaranteed for children aged 2 upwards.

Parc Astérix
The Astérix theme and adventure parc located at Plailly, north of Paris. There are regular shuttle buses running every day from the RER station at Charles de Gaulle Airport terminals 1 & 3 (take care! Not at Terminal 2 station, which is the end of the line! ). Bus tickets at the Parc des Loisirs counter in the RER Terminals 1 & 3 station.


Versailles - La Ferme pédagogique du Hameau de la Reine
Access : RER C Versailles Rive Gauche.  This "learning farm" in the grounds of the Chateau de Versailles was originally built for Queen Marie Antoinette.  
  There is another farm for children just outside the grounds of the château; la Ferme de Gally is a larger and more authentic farm with more animals and activities, plus farm shop.
It is located on the D7 just outside the frounds of the château. It can be reached directly from the grounds of the château via the "grille de l'étoile royale" gate... but note that this exit is a 5 km walk from the chateau itself.

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In an emergency
in Paris:
24 hr chemist / pharmacies:
a) 84, av des Champs-Elysées 75008, tel
0145 62 02 41
b) 6, place Clichy 75009, tel
0148 74 65 18 .

English-speaking pharmacies:
British Pharmacy
62, Avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008 Paris
0143 59 22 52

British-American pharmacy,
1 rue Auber, 75009
0142 65 88 29

English-language crisis line;
SOS-Help
Daily 3 pm - 11pm
01 46 21 46 46

Ambulance:
Call/phone: 15

Hospitals:
Hertford British Hospital: 3, rue Barbès, 92300 Levallois-Perret
Tel 0146 39 22 22

American Hospital of Paris
63, Bd Victor Hugo
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
0146 41 25 25

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