My Favorite Paris Activities with Young Children

Because we live in New York City, we tend to avoid city vacations as a family. We want to spend as much of our free time in nature as possible. However, there are some cities we can’t resist and Paris is one of them. This city has a tremendous amount of beautiful outdoor venues for children.  We also found the Parisians to be very friendly to our little ones, which was also a surprise.

Carousels

We have two favorite carousels in Paris. One is at the bottom of the hill at Sacre Coeur in Montmartre where the street performers are fun to watch. The other is at the Luxembourg Gardens where there is a water basin for children to sail boats and plenty of space to run around.  Additionally, there are puppet shows at Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4p and on Sundays at 11a and 4p.

Notre Dame

Upon a friend’s recommendation we watched Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame before our trip and on the plane; this was a great way to introduce our toddler to this famous Paris landmark. She loved seeing Notre Dame in person after seeing it in the movies.

Louvre

Exploring the Louvre Museum is daunting with young children. To make our visit as a family more fun, I designed a treasure hunt through the museum ahead of time; I marked up an online map with a “treasure” to find in each area we would explore. At the end of the hunt, I brought a little wrapped gift as a reward and placed it under a bench while she wasn’t looking for her to discover.

Musee de la Poupee

Our museum excursion went so well that we decided to give the doll museum, Musee de la Poupee, a try. It has 300 French dolls dating as far back as 1850 displayed in beautiful French scenery. They offer fun educational tours, as well as a look at the doll workshop. Our daughter and her friends loved this place!

French Pastries and Breads

Although there are many restaurants that are not kid-friendly in Paris, eating out is still a fun experience with children. Our kids love all the French pastries and breads and it was fun to explore all the different, delicious options throughout the city.

Once we arrived home, my husband and I agreed that nature trips can be overrated compared to this!

Relevant Links:

Favorite Toddler-Friendly Parks in Paris

Favorite Kid-Friendly Dining in Paris

The best places to stay in France with kids

5 Comments

  1. Great suggestions! I know I shouldn’t play favorites, but I can’t help it- Paris is my favorite city with kids so far. It was easy and gorgeous. Plus, everything said in that beautiful language sounds musical! We can’t wait to return.

  2. Great list. Can’t wait to take our kids to Paris. I have such fond memories of my first visit with my parents. I loved the boat pond in Luxembourg gardens the best.

  3. I wish I had read this BEFORE I took my kids to Paris. My 6 year old spent three days rolling his eyes and declaring “I hate Paris”, which is fairly sacrilegious to me. The only part that he enjoyed was the trampoline park at the Tuileries Garden. Next time we go, I’m checking here first!

  4. thanks a lot, will be going in March this year with my two sisters, every day i can’t help my self thinking how am going to handle my 1year old baby and 5 year old boy and keep thinking if my kids will enjoy or not

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