Whether you are in Paris for the Easter holidays, a weekend break or simply a day out, the French capital has a lot to offer for families, so you needn’t worry about how to keep the kids busy. At BabyBreaks we have researched 5 Things to Do in Paris with Your Children this Spring. So whether you are visiting for the first time, or you’re a seasoned Francophile looking for new ideas, read on and discover the best family activities this season.
1. Spend the afternoon at the Foire du Trône
Who doesn’t like a giant amusement park with rides, games and entertainment galore? Every Spring, Paris hosts this huge Foire du Trône (Fun Fair) in the 12th district near Bercy Village. From 5th April until 2nd June, your family can enjoy thrilling rides, live performances, food stalls and much more. Are you ready to take the Phantom train or do you dare to try the Skyfall ride? Let loose and relive your childhood days – don’t forget the Barbapapa (candy floss)!
2. Meet Toutankhamun
Egypt has always held a mystic fascination for many children, who are fascinated by tales of mummies, pharaohs and pyramids. So why not introduce them to the greatest pharaoh of all, Tutankhamun, at a new amazing exhibition at La Grande Halle de la Villette?
At “Tutankhamun, the Treasures of the Pharaoh” visitors can admire over 150 original ancient Egyptian artefacts found in the pharaoh’s tomb back in 1922. After you’ve visited this, you’re just around the corner from the Science Museum too, so you can enjoy even more culture.
Opening its doors just a few days ago, the temporary exhibition will run until 15th September, so you make sure you go before it closes.
Fun Fact: Back in the 1960’s, this Tutankhamun exhibition in Paris opened to great fanfare and admiration. Did you go to the original? Let us know what you thought!
Please note: Advanced Tickets are highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
3. Go to a Puppet Show near the Eiffel Tower
Enjoy a quintessentially French puppet show at this beautiful small theatre which locals flock to at the weekend. Sure to delight the whole family, there are over 300 puppets and different stories throughout the year, with lots of audience participation and tonnes of laughter. Your kids are certain to love it, even if they don’t speak French! The play lasts 45 minutes and tickets cost just 4.5 euros. A great activity among our things to do with Kids in Paris.
The timetable is available here.
4. Spot some Street Art at the Butte Aux Cailles district
The Butte Aux Cailles is a bustling area in the South of Paris, in the middle of the 13th district. The famous streets of Rue de la Butte Aux Cailles and Rue des Cinq Diamants have lots of bars and restaurants, but an even bigger attraction these days is the distinctive street art. Most of the artwork is temporary, and ever-changing, so even if you have visited before it’s always interesting to come back and see new artists. A great way to get you kids to appreciate all forms of art, and photograph it too. This picture was taken last winter – why not visit and see if it’s still there?
5. Introduce your kids to Van Gogh at an Immersive Exhibition
This modern, digital exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières showcases some of Van Gogh’s most famous pieces in a truly innovative way. It is always a gamble taking the kids to an art exhibition, but this unique experience is bound to impress them, and you. The immersive exhibition surrounds you with huge visuals of the famous Sunflowers, Starry Night and lots more. With the masterpieces displayed at this size, you will see new angels, new colours and new brushstrokes you’ve never seen before, and fall in love with the artist even more… Hopefully the kids will love this exhibition among other things to do in Paris! And there’s more good news, it’s free entry for children under 5.
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