Thursday, September 22, 2016

Traveling to Paris with Kids - a Petite Family Guide!!

Traveling to Paris with Kids


As featured in the Sydney Morning Herald (Sept 2013), we're dispelling the myth that Paris in not a child friendly city. 'Au contraire' Paris IS a child's playground full or artistic and cultural fun for the little ones.
To begin, read our Top 10 practical tips to make traveling with kids a breeze in Paris, on our blog HERE

1.     Secret Garden: Jardin du Palais-Royale

5 mins from the Louvre, away from the street, read favourite kids books and enjoy a drink in peace. There's a lovely fountain, place to stroll under perfectly manicured trees, casual garden cafes, and ‘Daniel Buren’s’ striped columns are perfect for a game of ‘Tag’. 38 rue Montpensier 75001

2.     Magic Shows @ Musee de la Magique.

Artifacts and equipment used for magical purposes, optical illusions and special effects. 20euro entry includes 20min magic show. 11 rue saint Paul 75004. Open Wed, Sat, Sun 2-7pm

3.     Parks and Picnics

Pack a picnic and picnic blanket.  Across from ‘Au Bon Marche’ (Paris’ oldest department store) is a small secret garden through iron gates - a traditional French playground with a charming carousel. Or Jardin des Tuileries has a carousel, trampoline, water-well kids spin for hours, ferris wheel and pond with ducks (bring bread crumbs). Au Bon Marche garden 24 rue Sevres 75007

4.    Fun Eateries

Café Grenadine. Kids café with reading corner, play area with toys, arts & crafts and gourmet shop, creative workshops, baby massage and baby carrying classes. 161 Ave Maine, 75014

Les 400 Coups. With an indoor play area adjoining the main restaurant, a variety of activities, workshops for kids and a child-sized dining area complete with smaller-scale chairs, tables, meals are scaled-down versions. 12 rue de la Villette, 75019

5.     Kids Shops

1. Libellule et Coccinelle A kids book boutique and convivial space with fun creative workshops. 2 rue Turgot 75009. Open Tues – Sat 10am-7pm.
2. Un Zebra Au Grenier - Charming toy shop. Baby-wear, books and  pre-loved toys. 16 rue Villiers de L’Isle Adam 75020.

6.     Paris Beaches

Each Summer the Sein and Bassin de la Villette are transformed into a beach - complete with sand, deckchairs, ice cream sellers, and concerts. Play beach volley, take an aquagym class, kayak – or just enjoy.

7.    Museums

Musee Poupee – For the girls a private French doll museum. FREE. Open Tues to Sat 10am-6pm. 22 rue Beauborg
Cites des Enfants. A museum designed to help children develop/discover the world around them and introduce them to science/technology. 30 av Corentin-Cariou www.cite-sciences

8. See the Eiffel Tower at night


Head to Ave de Suffren, between Ave Octave Gréard & Quai Branly, to a small-unnamed alley leading to a small park directly below the Eiffel Tower. Spread out a blanket and watch the eiffel light show

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