You Asked – What Are The Best Things To Do In Paris With Kids?


I am very excitedly planning a trip to Paris for my birthday. I will be traveling with my eight-year-old son and would prefer to be able to wander the city leisurely, seeing as much as possible while still relaxing. I feel as though I have read myself in circles about where, what, when, and so on!

"If you had five to six days in Paris in October what would you do for simple family enjoyment?"
– Charalee, USA


We Answer. Kids + Paris = Fun!

Chére Charalee,
You can relax and look forward to your trip with pleasurable anticipation. We're here to help our recommendations to make your best birthday party ever!. We've been traveling to Paris with our son since he was a toddler. He's now 15 years old and we'll share his top places to go and things to do in Paris over the years.

Paris for kids

Let's start off with a few Paris tips for kids of various ages. They need down time between museums, so plan to break up the museum viewings with visits to one of the many parks in Paris. We recommend the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Tuileries Garden for some of the best playgrounds in Paris.

Long before you leave on vacation get ahold of some children's books about Paris Get your kids excited about going to Paris.

Use a stroller. Small children can't walk long distances and the stroller is useful for naps and carrying their games and snacks. Strollers are also great for carrying your maps, shopping and packages, so use one until your kids are old enough to object! We still miss the stroller years.

Paris With Kids Ideas

This list of kid-friendly activities should help all parents. It's gleaned from the places we've been to and things we've done with Alexandre.

Palais de la Decouverte


Palais de la Decouverte

This is Alexandre's favorite museum in Paris. He's been there many times but never tires of their amazing displays and activities.

This science discovery museum is filled with changing exhibits — from dinosaurs to the inner world of hair. There are dozens of hands-on displays and interactive games based around science. Plan to spend three hours. Located just off Champs-Elysees.
• Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008


Jardin des Plantes & Paris Zoo

Kids love exploring the gardens, the Natural History Museum, the Grand Gallery of Evolution, and especially the zoo.You can easily spend the entire day here.

The best part is that it's easy to get to since it's centrally located in the 5th Arrondissement, up against the Seine and therefore accessible from both banks.
• 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005


Musée d'Orsay

Of all the art museums in Paris the d'Orsay is the most kid-friendly — and it's loved by all ages, being home to the greatest collection of Impressionist art in the world. On our last visit, our son loved finding all the paintings featured on the museum brochure. He treated it like an art treasure hunt.
• Quai d'Orsay, 75007
Free Entrance With The Paris Insiders Pass


Cité des Sciences

This super science emporium acts as the national science museum of France. It's huge, with numerous exhibits on at any given time. There are usually lots of hands-on displays, especially in the Cité des Enfants, a museum-within-a-museum built especially for children 3 to 13.
• Parc de la Villette, 75020
Free Entrance With The Paris Insiders Pass


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