Here's some activities you might love in the City of Love. There's always something new to discover in France's majestic capital.
I must admit that Paris is one of my favourite cities to visit in Europe. And I think you'll agree with me that there's always something new to discover, always something beautiful to experience. And no visit is quite like the last.
If you've already visited with the kids at least once, and seen all the top tourist attractions, then now it's time to deliver deeper and discover more of the magic Paris has to offer families.
Disclaimer: this article doesn't reference Disneyland Paris, but trust me, there's plenty of things to do that are equally magical!
So if you are heading to Paris check out the following:
1. Magic shows and workshops at La Musee de La Magie
During the summer magic workshops are organized for children aged 6 to 11 (2.5 hours). The school of magic adapts tricks in accordance with the age of the children. There's also a guided tour of the museum and a little gift at the end of the workshop. An activity that all the little Harry Potters and Hermione Grangers are sure to love! And maybe the adult ones too...
2. Sunday brunch in Le Marais
Ahhh le Marais, with its nice cafés, bars, museums, galleries and so on. It holds a special place in my heart. What can be truly magical is taking the children on a Sunday brunch at a beautiful Parisian café.
My top pick is Café Creme, which features healthy food options, freshly squeezed juices, croissants and pancakes to delight everyone in the family.
3. A bite to eat at the most Instagrammable café
EL&N at Galeries Lafayette features not only pink decor, but also pink drinks and sweets. It's playful, pleasant, and the cakes are delicious. EL&N is a rare thing: it started in London and expanded to Paris. Let me know how you find it!
4. A themed cruise on the Seine
The Bateaux Mouches are known worldwide, but less known is that you and the kids can go on a themed cruise with them on the river Seine, where the children can meet their favourite characters like LadyBug from the Croisiere Miraculous. The tour is in English or French and lasts an hour.
5. Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
A must for all book-lovers. Located opposite Notre Dame, this famous bookstore is atmosphere, small, unique, magical, and very well visited. There's usually a small queue to get in but it's worth the wait. Because where there are books, there is magic.
6. Private guided family tour of the Louvre
Hire a specialized guide for a private tour for up to 25 people. You can pick a themed tour that is suitable for children of different ages:
- The masterpieces of the Louvre explained to children (from age 7)
- Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs (from age 6)
- Monsters and Heroes of Mythology (from age 6 to 10)
- THe masterpieces of the Louvre explained to teenagers (from age 13)
7. LEGO Expo
From 6 July to 25 September, the LEGO Expo is celebrating 90 years of those iconic Danish bricks. For LEGO fans, but not only!
8. Pop Air Expo
9. Musee des Arts Forains
I love what this museum says on its website because it's true:
‘’As soon as you step into the Pavillons de Bercy, you will forget everything that belongs to your daily life. This extraordinary site, also known as the Musée des Arts Forains (Museum of fairground arts), takes you off the beaten track. Discover a unique collection of objects from the performing arts of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a timeless getaway into the themes of curiosity cabinets, carnivals, incredible gardens and Belle Epoque funfairs’’.
So add it to your list of things to do when in Paris.
10. Dinosaurs exhibition
In our family we love everything dinosaur-related. And yes, there's an exhibition in Paris this summer for these majestic animals.
11. Eiffel Tower at night
You can appreciate the full majesty of this iconic landmark from the gardens. It's worth waiting until nightfall to get the full effect, even if it does mean the kids staying up a little longer...
12. Cite Sciences et Industrie
Endless fun with science activities. For instance, kids aged 5 to 12 can enjoy themed games and activities related to the body, communication, TV, water games, a garden, and a factory.
13. Paris Plages
The beach comes to the city - every summer next to the river Seine and La Villette from 10am to 6.30pm every day.
For even more ideas check out the official website of the Paris Tourist office.
Enjoy, Happy Explorations and let’z TravelmatKanner!