With the Family

Fun all year round

Winter and summer, the capital offers all kinds of opportunities for family activities. In the Jardin du Luxembourg, children play in the sand pits and race along the pathways under the attentive eye of their parents, seated in green chairs or on stone benches. Children can also take a pony or cart ride, push small wooden boats with poles in the large ornamental pond, play on the swings or ride the merry-go-round. And when they are ready for a snack: two cafes, in the shade of the chestnut trees, serve hot chocolate, waffles, pancakes and ice-cream as well as savoury snacks. Some parks and gardens, such as the Jardin des Tuileries and the Jardin d'Acclimatation stage puppet theatre shows.

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 75001 - Metro Tuileries - www.jardins.paris.fr
Jardin des Plantes, Paris 5th - Metro Gare-d'Austerlitz, RER Gare-d'Austerlitz - www.mnhn.fr
Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris 6th - RER Luxembourg - www.jardins.paris.fr

Jardin d'Acclimatation

The Jardin d'Acclimatation was opened in 1860 by Napoleon 3rd at the same time as the Bois de Boulogne. Designed by the architect, Gabriel Davioud and renowned landscape gardener Jean-Pierre Barillet Deschamps (designer of the Buttes-Chaumont) the park contained lush flora, greenhouses and even some exotic animals. After the war of 1870, the garden gradually moved away from its role of acclimatization of exotic species in favour of a more playful direction. However, the garden has retained its educational vocation and organizes numerous workshops throughout the year.
And since last year, there is even more to enjoy at the Jardin d'Acclimatation: a wooden climbing course for children age 6 to 12 years and the Belvedere de l'lmperatrice, a tree-lined promenade with views of the Eiffel Tower! Other attractions include distorting mirrors, freely-roaming animals, a small farm and a large aviary, as well as the Rocher aux Daims (animal sanctuary), renovated in 2011.
The garden is synonymous with its little train - now electric - that transports visitors from the Porte Maillot, as well as the "enchanted river", a vestige from the Universal Exhibition attractions dating back to 1926!
Another reason to visit this green setting is le Carnaval: one of the highlights of the park and one of Paris's biggest carnivals. After submarine corsairs and overseas fairies last year, the theme of this year's carnival is a tribute to Japan, in the guise of manga characters and Samurai. The festivities feature make-up workshops, sweet throwing tournaments, the big musical parade, giant puppets and lots more!
Jardin d'Acclimatation Bois de Boulogne, Paris 75016 - Metro Les Sablons - Tel +33 (0)1 40 67 90 82 - www.jardindacclimatation.fr


Circus tents sprout like mushrooms in the Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne as the Christmas season draws near. Children and adults crowd into the tent and settle down to wait impatiently for the clowns, trapeze artists and acrobats on horseback to make their entrance. Some troupes, such as the Cirque Romanes, which specialises in the Eastern European circus tradition, stage their acts all year round. The Espace Chapiteaux at the Parc de la Villette regularly hosts very inventive circus troupes that turn the art of circus on its head.

Cirque national Alexis Gruss pelouse du cirque national Alexis Gruss, Paris 75016 - Metro Ranelagh - www.alexis-gruss.com 
Cirque Romanes 20 rue de Reuilly, Paris 75012 – Metro Faidherbe Chaligny - Tel +33 (0)1 40 09 24 20 www.cirqueromanes.com
Cirque d'hiver Bouglione 110 rue Amelot, Paris 75011 - Metro Filles-du-Calvaire - Tel +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81 - www.cirquedhiver.com
Cirque Arlette Gruss pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 75012 - Metro Porte-de-Charenton - www.cirque-gruss.com
Cirque Pinder Jean Richard pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 75012 - Metro Porte-de-Charenton. www.cirquepinder.com

ZOOS and other animals

Paris has all kinds of wild animals to see, whether it be hippopotamuses or sea horses. The forty-three tanks at the Aquarium du Trocadero, inaugurated in 2006, host an infinite variety of species, from angel fish to golden trevally and thousands of others. The calm of this underwater world is offset by the excitement of the zoo. At the Jardin des Plantes menagerie right in the heart of the capital, near to the banks of the Seine, you ll be able to see ostriches, antelopes, pandas and parrots. Across the other side of the garden, in the Grande Galerie de l'evolution of the Museum d'histoire naturelle, there are dinosaurs, mammoths and other life-sized animals to discover. A few months ago, the Galerie des enfants opened a permanent exhibition for 6 to 12-year-olds based around 4 themes: the town, the river, the tropical forest and the whole planet.

Aquarium du Trocadero CineAqua 2 av des Nations-Unies, Paris 16th - Metro Trocadero - www.cineaqua.com
Galerie des Enfants du Museum national d'histoire naturelle et de la grande galerie de l'Evolution 36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Paris 75005 - Metro Censier-Daubenton - www.mnhn.fr
Menagerie du Jardin des plantes Museum national d'histoire naturelle 47 rue Cuvier, Paris 75005 - Metro Jussieu Tel +33 (0)1 40 79 37 94 - www.mnhn.fr

Timeless toys

Children's eyes will light up when they see the window displays of department store toy shops, and they will be in a hurry to get in there to start rummaging among the shelves stocked high with toys. Toy shops are a delight for children, parents and grandparents. In Paris, there is something for all tastes and all ages.

Boutique JouéClub VILLAGE PARIS : 5 bd des Italiens 97 rue de Richelieu, Paris 2nd - Metro Richelieu-Drouot, RER Auber
A la poupee merveilleuse (jokes, costumes, magician's accessories) : 9 rue du Temple, Paris 75004, Metro Hotel-de-Ville, RER Chatelet-Les Hallas - Tel +33 (0)1 42 72 63 46
BHV : rue de Rivoli, Paris 75004 - Metro Hotel-de-Ville, RER Chatelet-Les Halles - www.bhv.fr
Bass and Bass :  7 rue de l'Abbe-de-I'Epee, Paris 75005 - RER Luxembourg - Tel +33 (0)1 43 25 97 01 - www.bassetbass.fr
II était une fois : 1 rue Cassette, Paris 75006 - Metro Saint-Sulpice - Tel +33 (0)1 45 48 21 10
Le Bon Marche 24 rue de Sevres, Paris 75006 - Metro Sevres-Babylone - www.lebonmarche.fr
Galeries Lafayette : 40 bd Haussmann, Paris 75009 - Metro Chaussee-d'Antin, RER Auber - www.galerieslafayette.com
La Pinata : 25 rue des Vinaigriers, Paris 75010 - Metro Jacques-Bonsergent - Tel +33 (0)1 403501 45 - www.lapinata.fr
Le Bonhomme de bois : 141 rue dAlesia, Paris 75014 - Metro Alesia, RER Denfert-Rochereau - www.bonhommedebois.com


Ready to splurge on designer wear for your children to take back as a special souvenir of their stay in the world"s fashion capital? A number of luxury brands have a children"s wear line. Try the Agnes b. store near the Eglise Saint-Eustache, Sonia Rykiel or Dior. Upper-crust Parisians get their children kitted out at Bonpoint, the brand for kiddie chic: they have a tasteful range of smocked dresses, Bermuda shorts and rompers in flowery and pastel fabrics.

Bonpoint 6 rue de Tournon, Paris 75006 - Metro Odeon, RER Saint-Michel- www.bonpoint.com
Le Bon Marche 24 rue de Sevres, Paris 75006 - Metro Sevres-Babylone - www.lebonmarche.fr
And for the older ones:
Agnes B. "Enfant" et "Le Petit B.B." 2 et 19 rue du Jour, Paris 75001 - Metro Les Halles, RER Chatelet-Les Hallas - www.agnesb.com
Bonton 5 bd des Filles-du-Calvaire, Paris 75003 - Metro Saint-Sebastien-Froissart - www.bonton.fr

Treats for a sweet tooth

Tea rooms and ice-cream parlours are great favourites with children. Located under the arcades of the rue de Rivoli a short walk from the Louvre, Angelina is famed for its hot chocolate. Berthillon, on the Ile Saint-Louis, has been adding to its range of ice-creams and sorbets since 1950 and now has an astonishing variety of flavours to titillate your taste buds, whatever your age: calisson, cappuccino, praline and pine nut, pineapple, white chocolate and tropical fruit cocktail, to name only a few. The legendary l.aduree macaroons are another treat to sample with the family, and can always be taken home as a little taste of Paris.

Angelina 226 rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001 - Metro Tuileries - Tel +33 (0)1 42 60 82 00 - www.angelina-paris.fr
Berthillon Glacier 29 rue Saint-Louis-en-I'ile, Paris 75004 - Metro Pont-Marie, RER Chatelet-Les Halles – Tel +33 (0)1 43 54 31 61 - www.berthillon.fr
La Charlotte de l'Isle 24 rue Saint-Louis-en-l'ile, Paris 75004 - Metro Pont-Marie, RER Chatelet-Les Halles – Tel : +33 (0)1 43 54 25 83 www.la-charlotte.fr
Amorino 4 rue de Buci, Paris 75006 - Metro Odeon, RER Saint-Michel- Tel +33 (0)1 43 26 57 46 – http://www.amorino.com/fr/les-boutiques/liste-boutiques
Mamie Gateaux 66 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris 75006 - Metro Vaneau - Tel +33 (0)1 42 22 32 15 – www.mamie-gateaux.com/
Le Bac a glaces 109 rue du Bac, Paris 75007 - Metro Sevres-Babylone - Tel +33 (0)1 45 48 87 65 - www.bacaglaces.com/
Laduree 75 av des Charnps-Elysees, Paris 75008 - Metro Franklin-Roosevelt, RER Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile – Tel +33 (0)1 40 75 08 75 www.laduree.fr

Kids in a candy store

Sweets of every description to take home as a souvenir of your Paris trip or as gifts for your children's friends. Here's a selection of particularly tempting confectioner's shops.

Les Bonbons 6 rue Brea, Paris 75006 - Metro Vavin, RER Denfert-Rochereau - Tel +33 (0)1 43 26 21 15
Les Gourmandises de Nathalie 67 bd des Invalides, Paris 75007 - Metro Duroc - Tel +33 (0)1 43 06 02 98
Fouquet 22 rue Francois-Ier, Paris 75008 - Metro George-V, RER Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile – Tel +33 (0)1 47 23 30 36 - www.fouquet.fr
La Maison du chocolat 225 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore, Paris 75008 - Metro Ternes,
RER Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile. Tel +33 (0)1 42 27 39 44 - www.lamaisonduchocolat.fr
A la mere de famille 35 rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, Paris 75009 - Metro Le Peletier - Tel +33 (0)1 47 70 83 69 - www.lameredefamille.com
Au bonbon royal 56 rue Jouffroy-d'Abbans, Paris 75017 - Metro Wagram, RER Pereire-Levallois –Tel +33 (0)1 42 27 80 98

Look who's cooking!

What children like even more than eating is to lend a hand with the cooking: stirring, kneading, decorating and, of course, tasting a cake just out of the oven. In Paris, children aged 8+ can sign up for workshops to learn about inventive French cuisine in the capital. Casa Luca offers an original concept: an Italian cookery workshop every Saturday and Sunday that includes a family brunch.

Les Petits Marmitons du Ritz (6-11 ans), Ecole Ritz-Escoffier 38 rue Cambon, Paris 75001 - Metro Madeleine
L'Atelier de Fred 6 rue des Vertus, Paris 3rd - Metro Arts-at-Metiers - www.latelierdefred.com
L'atelier des p'tits chef au Casa Luca 82 av Marceau, Paris 75008 - Metro. Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile - www.casaluca.fr
Graine de chef a L'Atelier des chefs 10 rue de Penthievre, Paris 75008 - Metro Miromesnil- www.atelierdeschefs.com
Le Cordon Bleu 8 rue Leon-Delhomme. Paris 75015 - MetroVaugirard - www.lcbparis.com
Succulent Paris 33 rue de Tocqueville, Paris 75017 - Metro Malesherbes - www.succulent-paris.com

Workshops galore for children with the family

It's a well-known fact that we learn best when we're having fun. The majority of Paris museums now offer workshops for children and families. Classic art and modern art at the Musee du Louvre or at the Arts decoratifs, contemporary creation at the "Tok Tok" workshops at the Palais de Tokyo or at the workshops on Wednesday and Saturday at the Centre Pompidou ... to reveal future artistic talents!

"Techniques and materials", "The keys of creation", "Dialogue with paintings" workshops at the Louvre pyramide du Louvre, Paris 75001 - Metro Palais-Royal- www.louvre.fr
Ateliers du musee des Arts decoratifs 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001 - Metro Tuileries www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
Ateliers du musee d'Art et d'Histoire du judaisme hotel de Saint-Aignan 71 rue du Temple, Paris 75003 - Metro Rambuteau - www.mahj.org
Centre Pompidou workshops Pl Georges-Pompidou, Paris 75004 - Metro Rambuteau - www.centrepompidou.fr
Wednesday workshops at the Musee national du Moyen Age 6 pl Paul-Painleve, Paris 75005 – Metro Cluny-La Sorbonne www.musee-moyenage.fr
Family activities at the Musee d'Orsay 1 rue de la Legion-d'Honneur, Paris 75007 - RER Musee-d'Orsay - www.musee-orsay.fr
Musee du Quai-Branly workshops 37 quai Branly, Paris 7th - Metro Bir-Hakeim - www.quaibranly.fr
Tok Tok (knock, knock) workshops and stories, Moments momes and co at the Palais de Tokyo 13 av du President-Wilson, Paris 75016 - Metro lena - www.palaisdetokyo.com
Cite des sciences et de l’industrie workshops 30 av Corentin-Cariou, Paris 75019 - Metro Porte-de-Pantin - www.cite-sciences.fr
Family workshops at the Cite de la musique 221 av Jean-Jaures, Paris 75019 - Metro Porte-de-Pantin – www.cite-musique.fr

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