Visiting Paris is not all rest and relaxation, and that doesn’t always sit well with the little ones! To help you, Paris Attitude has put together a selection of places and activities suitable for children, in order to make their stay in Paris an unforgettable one.
An ideal day with children in Paris
You can start your “special children’s day” by visiting the Musée Grévin, located in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. It’s one of the most beautiful wax museums in the world, featuring sculptures of famous people. Since its founding in 1885, the museum has welcomed over 2000 celebrities: singers, actors, athletes, and even fictional characters who all made headlines at one time or another. Also for younger visitors, the museum offers a “discovery” tour along with narration that will enable them to discover the steps involved in creating wax figures, which will no longer hold any secrets from them! The ninth arrondissement is also home to many of the city’s charming passages and arcades, where you can bring your kids to walk around, particularly in the Passage du Grand Cerf, where a few lovely toy stores can be found.
Musée Grévin – 10 rue Montmartre, 75009 Paris
Often when you have small children, going to the restaurant is no simple task: crying children, bulky strollers… The other patrons giving you dirty looks! But at the Poussette café (stroller café), a place dedicated babies, children and their parents, you can have lunch or grab a cup of tea while your children have fun in one of the play areas. And then there is Schwartz’s Deli, a place as different as it is delicious, in the heart of the Marais, serving burgers in a fifties style American diner, sure to be a hit with parents and kids alike.
Poussette café – 6 rue Pierre Sémard, 75009 Paris
Schwartz’s Deli -16 rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris
For your afternoon activities, bring your children to the evolution gallery in the Natural History Museum. It is a magnificent place where you are greeted by an imposing whale skeleton. Then, throughout your visit, you will discover impressive collection of naturalized animals: giraffes, elephants, tigers, extinct or endangered animals, specimens more lifelike than nature itself which tell the amazing story of evolution and will be sure to impress the children. Since the museum is located in the Jardin des Plantes, after your visit you can bring their children out of your the gardens to let off steam and visit the pink flamingos and other animals in the zoo.
Muséum d’histoire naturelle – 36 rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 75005 Paris.
At Snack Time…
For a snack, dig in at Bogato, a tearoom with a retro atmosphere, where children and their parents will enjoy delicious, colourful, and unconventional pastries: a burger macaroon with raspberry and white chocolate, the Lego shaped cakes, chocolate stars and multi-coloured candies, this boutique will delight the eyes of the curious and the taste buds of gourmets. If you want to, you could even take a class in pastry making. And finally, to wrap up this wonderful day in the company of your children, you can take them on a bateau mouche boat tour of the city to discover Paris and its history from the water, through songs and tales. It’s a cruise they won’t soon forget!
Chez Bogato – 7 rue Liancourt, 75014
Paris Attitude offers a wide range of additional services in order to facilitate your stay in the city with your children, including an at-home babysitting service and baby gear rentals.