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- Paris for families
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
city’s most famous monuments can be great with
the whole family.
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- 1st. Musée du Louvre & Place de la
- 4th Notre-Dame cathedral
- 7th Eiffel Tower
- 8th & 17 The Arc de Triomphe and the
- 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
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
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.
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.
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
4. Jardins des
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
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
families which offer activites coveniently combined with a
little shopping area for kids items.
Here is Tovi's
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
The owners really have done a great job, the decoration is beautiful,
creative and very kid friendly.
café du monde entier
95 rue du Chemin Vert, 11th Arrondissement Monday 10h to 14h, Tuesday
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 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
highchair or a changing table in parisian
restaurants can be
a challenge. Here are some of Paris's child-friendly
Happy families -
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
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
Jardin d'acclimatation rue de la Muette 16th arrondissement
Family brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from midday. Clowns, kids
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
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 /
Rue Saint-Martin, 4e Arrondissement Every day except Monday 11 am to 9
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.
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.
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
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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