3. What are the things to do in Paris with kids?
So many museums. So many cinemas. So many markets. So many theatres. In any areas of Paris, you can discover places that even locals fail to recognise. So my list of suggestions is again totally non exhaustive. At BabyBreaks, we have selected the Top 5 Child-Friendly Activities to Do in the French capital. So I will look a bit further by picking activities off the beaten track.
I would start by spending a morning at the famous Conciergerie closed by Notre Dame at the Ile de la Cité. Formerly known as a medieval palace, this place was also a big tribunal institution during the French revolution and was the place where the last queen Marie Antoinette was jailed. This site is magical because of its recent renovation. I really love the fact that they also thought about children by letting them rent an iPad for 5 euros and discover by themselves the different rooms. There is also a a 3D treasure hunt where your kids will need to find 5 golden coins. I would also take the combined ticket to visit the famous Sainte Chapelle, probably one of the most beautiful Gothic chapel in the world with incredible stained glasses all around. Be careful that there are a lot of little steps to go up to the Sainte Chapelle on the 1st floor so not so great with pushchairs.
In the 16h district, you will walk around the Eiffel Tower and not too far away you can visit the Modern Art Museum. Unfortunately the workshops for children are only in French language but you can guide your kids towards the permanent exhibition and let their imagination explaining what the artist wanted to express with over 13,000 works.
Back to the South of Paris, I can’t recommend enough to queue in the morning to spend a few hours underneath Paris Catacombs. It might freak you out but it could be great fun with children if you prepare them in advance with the visit. This site explains how complex the city of Paris was built under the street level. The Catacombs are so unique that they only allow 200 people at a time. I would encourage you to visit the Catacombs either at 10am or at 7pm and please don’t steal a bone. The ticket box closes at 7.30pm and you can visit the site until 8.30p, everyday of the week. Fun fact: in 2017, 41% of visitors were North American.
I have recently found this great interactive private museum hosting temporary exhibitions around modern art such as Mangas, Comics, Video Games, Fantasy and more. In February they were hosting an exhibition on the trilogy movie How to Train your Dragon. Past exhibitions features the world of Pixar, Disney, Marvel or the Japanese Ghibli studios. Art Ludique is a great museum for the whole family who want to know more about new forms of art that we are experiencing in the 21st century.
Last but not least, going to see a child-friendly play in a little theatre is something you need to do with your kids even if the language is French. You could go to this 150 seats theatre near Montmartre called Theatre de 10 Heures when they feature a new show until May called The Kingdom of Songs. Perfect for young children. Also you can take your little tribe to a magical show called l’Antre Magique. You won’t need to speak French. The show will delight every kid under 10 willing to be surprised by the magic tricks in a little old private theatre. You could also find some shows in English or with English subtitles, more information available here.
BabyBreaks Tip: If you need to get a stroller for your baby or toddler, make sure to check out Baby’Tems where you can hire baby equipment during your stay in Paris.
Did I give you enough reasons to visit Paris this year? No.
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