On your first visit to Paris, you’ve probably have on your checklist the Louvre Museum or Orsay but what about if your children are asking for activities more suitable for them?

Paris has a lot to offer for families with plenty of things to do indoor especially if it rains.

BabyBreaks has done the research for you and selected the best things to do with kids in Paris.

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1. Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

Located in the North East of Paris, the City of Sciences will please every member of your family for the whole day as it offers many exhibitions, activities all year round. The Cité is open from 10am until 6pm. Don’t forget to head to La Géode to watch a movie about Space our about our planet Earth.

Cité des Enfants has 2 areas for 2 distinct age groups from 2 years old until 7 and another area from 5 years old until 12.

Address: Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris, France

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2. Cinéma Pathé La Villette – Salle “Mômes”

Open in 2017, this theatre called Salle Mômes (understand Kids in French slang language) has been designed for kids to enjoy the movie and for parents not to be worried about their whereabouts. This concept is very innovative with great play areas full of Lego. This is quite unique in Europe and hopefully more cinemas will copy the concept. Bear in mind that most films are shown in French but they also show some in English too.

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Address: Cinéma Pathé La Villette – Salles “Mômes, 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris, France

3. Musée en Herbe

Le Musée en Herbe is a private museum located in the centre of Paris is a gem that not many tourists know about.It displays original pieces of art with an ambition to allow children from the age of 2 having fun whilst discovering the gallery. It’s a good way to let your littles ones discover artists like Picasso, Giacometti or Basquiat. The museum has different workshops at different hours with 2 different age groups: from 2 to 4 years old and from 5 to 12 years old.

You need to book the session in advance here in order to avoid disappointment of a sold out event:

Phone: +44 (0) 1 40 67 97 66 or send an email to resa.meh@gmail.com

Address: 23 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris, France

Website: www.musee-en-herbe.com

4. L’Aquarium de Paris

L’Aquarium de Paris will please the eyes of all generations and appreciate the renaissance of this aquarium located close to the Eiffel Tower. The venue also offers workshops for kids from 3 years old and different shows around the year. A great venue among our things to do with kids in Paris for sure.

Address: Aquarium de Paris – 5 Avenue Albert de Mun, 75016 Paris, France

Website: www.cineaqua.com

5. Musée Grévin – Wax Museum

The Musée Grévin is a wax museum with over 200 celebrities and a magical sound and light show called Hall of Mirrors. The museum currently have a section dedicated to the TV show The Voice where you perform or seat in The Voice chair. Definitely a great museum to visit if you are bored with the conventional attractions of the city.

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Address: 10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France

Website: www.grevin-paris.com/en

6. Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione

Taking your children to the Circus can be a mixed feeling experience as some children (or parents) can be scared of clowns or you might not be comfortable to see animals being taught to entertain humans. However, going to Cirque d’Hiver will make you feel very different. This is one of the best circus we have been able to see and the place itself is just magical. The Bouglione family also rent their circus theatre for great concert experiences as well. No wonder why their circus is one of the few in Europe with a real full orchestra playing along the different acts.

Address: 110 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France

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7. Musée des Art Forains

Finally in our list of things to do with kids in Paris, the Musée des Arts Forains is a fabulous private museum dedicated to old funfair objects. If you would like to be a child again and also get your kids involved in what a funfair looks like in the old days, this great attraction is perfect for families. Bear in mind that you need to book in advance to be allowed entries to the museum.

Address: 53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France

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If you are looking to spend the day outdoor in Paris, make sure to check our fun things to do outside with kids and why not trying one of our recommended Paris family friendly restaurants as well.
If you are planning to stay a few days in Paris, we have a  great family friendly hotels & holiday rentals.

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