Kids in Paris will never get bored, walking the small streets, stopping in the shops, riding the metro, buses and trams, walking along the Seine and crossing the bridges,  watching street performers - they really don't get bored at all.

Don't overdo the museums. There are parks where they can sail little boats, many carousels to take a ride, donkey rides and top of the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame to climb.

Don’t delay, take your kids to Paris today.

Here are the top attractions that are perfect for kids in Paris:

Cité des Science et de L’Industrie

It will be hard to decide what to do first in this enormous, modern science complex with interactive exhibits on everything from outer space to genetically manipulated plants. It has a planetarium, movie cinemas, 10 themed gardens and an aquarium, adventure playground designed  for 3- to 12-year-olds and much more.

The Explora features exhibits, models, robots and interactive games, demonstrates scientific techniques and presents subjects that include the universe, the earth, the environment, space, computer science and health. The Children’s City is divided into exhibits for 5- to 12-year-olds, including: Machines and Mechanisms, the Living Species, and Techniques of Communications.

The gigantic Géode sphere, is a wonder, with a huge hemispheric IMAX screen that shows many films. The Cinaxe is a simulator that projects movies on a screen while accelerating and moving the audience in different directions. You can climb aboard an actual submarine in the l’Argonaute exhibit and participate in technology demonstrations at the Technocité.

30, avenue Corentin-Cariou, 19th
M° Porte de la Villette, Website Cité des Science et de L’Industrie

The Exploradome

This interactive space was created to discover Science, Art and Multimedia. Children from 6 to 14 feel at home there.

Jardin d'Acclimatation Bois de Boulogne 75116 PARIS

Metro :  Pont de Neuilly RER : Porte Maillot Open: 10am to 6pm. Website

Palais de la Porte Dorée - Aquarium Tropical

On offer is the rich collection of some 5,000 fish from 300 species. Tours can include lectures, workshops, special itineraries and activities for those who prefer to explore the aquarium from an educational standpoint.

293, avenue Daumesnil, 75012 

Open Tuesday to Friday: 10am-5:30pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10am-7pm.


Museum of Inventions

60, rue Réaumur, 3rd, M° Arts et Métiers or Réaumur-Sébastopol Website Musée des Arts et Métiers

There is much to see in this  century old museum that specializes in technological inventions and discoveries and has about 3,000 such items on display. From computers and cars to early aircraft and even a scale model of the Statue of Liberty that you can climb inside. Exhibits also include Pascal's calculator and Foucault's pendulum.

It was believed that this museum once stood on an old abbey, and recent excavations have proved it. Get a guided taped tour to understand all the inventions you are going to see or get the guide book in English, available at the entrance.

NOTE: Ask the guide in the museum to show you the big room where you can talk to other person facing the wall at the opposite corners. This is the most amazing thing you’ll ever experience. You will face the wall in one corner and the other person will do the same just diagonally from yo. You can whisper into a wall and he/she will be able to hear it clearly by facing the opposite corner.

Fun fact: On 25 July 1909, Louis Bleriot took off from Sangatte in northern France, and 37 minutes later landed in Dover, England becoming the first man to ever cross the English Channel by airplane. Original Bleriot XI used by Louis Bleriot for his historic 1909 Channel crossing is on display in the museum.

Grevin Wax museum

10, boulevard Montmartre, 9th, M° Grands Boulevards, Website Musée Grevin

Musee Grévin was created in 1882, by Arthur Meyer, a journalist and founder of the famous daily newspaper Le Gaulois.  He called on Alfred Grévin, who was a cartoonist, sculptor, and designer of theatrical costumes to do the project and ended naming the museum after him.

You can meet with over 200 celebrities and take souvenir photographs  with them.
Don’t miss the Hall of Mirrors spectacular Light and Sound show. It  was created for the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris and moved to the Grévin in 1906 where it has fascinated thousands of visitors. If you want to know the well-kept secrets of making wax celebrities, join the Grévin's discovery tour. This is your unique opportunity to touch some wax figures.

Did you know that all wax figures have real human hair and that each one is individually attached to the wax. How many? As many as 50,000 of hairs.

The Museum of Magic

11, rue Saint Paul, 4th, M° Saint-Paul, Bastille or Sully- Morland, Website Musée de la Magie

The Museum is  housed in the cellar of a former royal palace where you will find the history of modern magic as pioneered by Robert Houdin, optical illusions, robots, interactive games and the magic show.

If you are serious about magic visit the nearby  Magasin de Magie store (13 rue du Temple) where you can get everything you need for your next magic performance, from magic cards, boxes with secret compartments, wands and even the instruction videos.

The story of chocolates

28 blvd Bonne Nouvel, 10th
Open daily 10am-6pm. Website Choco Story: Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat

The doll museum

Impasse Berthaud (near 22 rue Beaubourg), 3rd
M° Rambuteau, Website Musée de la Poupée

Once upon a time the perfect poupée was a French Lady. From 1850 to Barbie time, 300 dolls are there to show you the evolution of the dolls and French history fashion. The shop sells antique dolls and plush animal toys.

Museum of the natural history

Jardin des Plantes - 36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 5th, M° Jussieu, Gare d'Austerlitz or Censier Daubenton, Website Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle

Andre Citroen Park

This park has water fountains to splash and exceptional hot-air balloon that takes them high above the ground for a great view of Paris.

Parc André Citroën 2, rue de la Montagne de la Fage, 75015. Website

Donkey rides

are on offer in the Parc Monceau - 8th; Bois de Vincennes - 12th (near to the Saint-Mandé, Daumesnil and Minimes lakes); Parc Montsouris - 14th; Parc Georges-Brassens - 15th; Parc des Buttes Chaumont - 19th; Jardin du Luxembourg - 6th. Donkeys: Champ de Mars - 7th; Jardins du Ranelagh - 16th. Carriages: Parc des Buttes Chaumont - 19th

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Known as the best ice cream in Paris, this is a great place to stop in after a visit to Notre Dame. We highly recommend the excellent Sorbets. If you visit on a day when Berthillon is closed, there are nearby shops serving their ice cream.

Berthillon Ice Cream, 31 rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile 75004, Hours Wed-Sun, Metro Pont Marie, Saint Paul or Cardinal Lemoine

Bon Marche La Grande Epicerie (Grocery store), 38, rue de Sèvres, 75007, Hours Mon-Sat 8:30am-9pm Website

Chez Clemant, 123 avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008

Chope D'alsace, 4 Carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006, Metro Odeon. Traditional brasserie, casual enough to accommodate kids.

Eric Kayser, 87 rue d'Assas 75006. One of the best bread bakers in Paris, offering delicious takeaway sandwiches that you can pick up on your way to Luxembourg Gardens.

Gosselin, 258 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007. This bakery also has excellent sandwiches prepared to go and beautiful pastry and is close to the Orsay museum.

Cafézoïde is the only café in Paris, which is reserved exclusively for children from 0 to 16 years old (accompanied by a parent)! Every day, hosts games, shows, exhibitions, encounters, chats, outdoor games and parties.  Open 10 am to 7 pm, from Wednesday to Sunday, on public holidays, and all through the summer, 92 bis Quai de Loire 75019 Paris M° Crimée ou Laumièr.

Culinary Workshops for Kids

Some of the top chefs in Paris offer culinary workshops for kids at Ritz-Escoffier École de la Gastronomie. Single two and one-half hour workshops are offered for kids ages 6-12 and Juniors 13 and up. The certificate of completion documents their accomplishment and makes a unique souvenir.

Ritz-Escoffier École de la Gastronomie, Hotel Ritz, 15, Place Vendôme

La Cuisine de Marie Blanche, 18, Avenue de la Motte Picquet, offers a Little Pastry Chef class for children. The little pastry chefs gather on Wednesdays at 4 :30 pm.

École Lenotre, 48 Avenue Victor Hugo, has special Wednesday afternoon sessions for kids ages 6-12.

Outside of Paris

Disneyland Paris

The magical world is out there. It’s different from the ones in California and Florida,  like the upside down Space Mountain.  Next door is Disney Studios, which is worth a half-day on its own for Disney fans.

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Park Asterix near Paris

Before you visit the Asterix and Obelix theme park in Paris, you'll want to get your hands on some copies of Asterix and Obelix series.  It’s a funny French comic book, that will introduce you to French mentality. It gives an excellent idea of how the French see themselves: the whole world is against them but they do not care !

In a small village, totally surrounded, with the whole world against them and particularly the powerful Romans, they have fun eating, singing and drinking, and making Romans afraid. To fight the enemy, they get the strength from the magic potion made by their druid Panoramix.

Near Charles-de-Gaulle airport, the "Parc Asterix" is a theme park devoted to these characters : it is smaller and less spectacular than Euro Disney but not bad at all. You can discover Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages, visit the Gauls' Village and marvel at the scale model depicting Paris through the centuries.

There are plenty of places to eat inside, as well as picnic places outside if you bring your own food.
You can watch stone-carvers, stained-glass makers, iron-smiths, and other artisans making traditional toys and then purchase some of the most unique toys you’ve ever seen.

A1 Paris-Lille Highway , (between exits 7n and 8n) , Plailly, 60128, Ils-de-France France
Open: Apr to mid Oct, 9:30am-7pm, daily Website

Getting there By RER : Gare de Lyon from Paris, A shuttle service is provided between the train station and the park.

Miniature France

Reproduced one thirtieth of their real size, this place gives you the opportunity to France’s finest and best-known monuments (over 150 of them). TGV fast trains, boats, cars, planes and mini airport complement them. Different themed shows take place every year.

Picnics are allowed, so consider bringing along your own food.

Ask for the translated commentary in English, which is available at the ticket widow.

Boulevard Andre-Malreaux Elancourt, 78990, Ils-de-France France Website

Directions: the park is situated 25km from Paris and 10 mins from the Château de Versailles. Take the train from the La Défense or Montparnasse railway stations and get off at La Verrière, where you can catch a shuttle bus to France Miniature.

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