Top 5 things to do in Paris with kids

I have often heard people say that travelling with a baby is a waste of time because he/she would not remember it. Sure, but for me, the important thing is not the memory but the discovery. To discover through travelling that something different is at the same time similar, to grow up with the possibility of hearing multiple languages and seeing different faces, to get to know many cultures, this can only make children more sociable, curious and open-minded.

I start this journey book by a Parisian getaway with my fifteen-month old daughter. Here are some best places for kids:

Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris is a beautiful place dedicated to music. You can visit the Museum of Music and its temporary exhibitions, attend classical music, jazz dance, world music or contemporary music concerts. Apart from the concerts, the Philharmonie de Paris offers a great number of activities for young children starting from 3 months: concerts, shows, musical awakenings, practical musical workshops, exhibitions and visits.

We were able to attend a musical awakening workshop for toddlers (from 3 months to 3 years). It was a great occasion for my daughter, who kind of wiggles as soon as she hears a song, to discover different musical instruments: from the most classical to the strangest. She adored the 45-minute workshop. She was not only a spectator, fascinated by the sound of each musical instrument, but also an explorer trying to reproduce the sound of the instrument in her turn, and a professional dancer.

The last attraction of our Parisian getaway was sort of the frosting on the cake: a dazzling view of the capital’s must-see buildings (Eiffel Tower, Sacré Cœur, Invalides) from one of the buildings (designed by Jean Nouvel) and a walk in the Parc de la Villette.

Where it is?
Philharmonie de Paris
221 avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris

 

The Puppet Show in Luxembourg Gardens

With a little apprehension (I was afraid that my daughter would be bored and begin to cry in the middle of the show), I wanted my daughter to see this famous puppet show in Paris. On the programme: the story of the three little pigs, one of her favourite stories. To my relief, everything went well. She even participated in the show by blowing every time the big wolf did on the houses of the three brothers (she does the same thing when I tell her this bedtime story).

After the show, we strolled in Luxembourg Gardens and enjoyed this beautiful and large green space in the heart of Paris. There are numerous facilities for adults and children: several playgrounds, pony rides, tennis courts, sailboats… We were also able to attend one of the many free concerts scheduled in the band stand of the gardens.

Where it is ?
Théâtre du jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg
75006 Paris

Le 104 / Centquatre

Located in the 19th arrondissement, a former funeral home that was renamed « Centquatre » and is now a house of eighteen workshops of artists, visual artists, musicians and dancers from all over the world. There are also shops, a café, a restaurant and the Maison des Petits.

We spent a whole afternoon in this contemporary space, full of colours and dedicated to young children (up to 5 years) and their parents, designed by a French designer Matali Crasset. People like to say that it is a special place. Very welcoming and social, the Littlies’ House encourages people to discover the world of art. We explored all the facilities designed for children: a mini play park, a water corner with an obligatory apron provided by the house, where my daughter spent most of her time; a play hut, reading, drawing, painting and sculpture corner. A real place of sharing and creativity!

Where it is ?
Le 104 / Centquatre
104 rue d’Aubervilliers – 5 rue Curial
75019 Paris

The Mombini Café

For those who want to have a cup of coffee, lunch or a snack with family or friends, without feeling embarrassed because they are with a baby who moves all the time, touches everything and does not want sit at the table, I recommend  this shop/café. It is one of the most successful family-friendly cafés in Paris. My daughter and I fell in love with this place. Everything is thought so that parents and children have a good time:

  • there is a play area where children can jump and play with many creative wooden toys.

  • there is a coffee / relax area for parents who can chat, relax and meet other parents.
  • there are different workshops available for parents, future parents, babies and children (i.e. baby gymnastics, parent coaching, musical awakening, mum and baby yoga, body awareness…).
  • there are high chairs, a changing table and toilets adapted for children. There is even a clever ‘handsfree kit’ for your baby so you can freely use the toilet!
  • lunch and snacks are 100% homemade, healthy and tasty. Concerning the drinks, there is a selection of teas, organic juice and very good coffee.

A cozy place for the whole family, with a Scandinavian-style decoration that you must visit!

Where it is ?
Mombini
22 rue Gerbert
75015 Paris

Paris Farm

My daughter loves animals so we set out to discover this farm. Hens, geese, turkeys, cows, pigs and sheep are all there waiting for children to visit them. On each enclosure there is a sign explaining the diet, the way of life and the habits of the animals that live there. We also discovered the farm’s orchard with its beautiful collection of fruit trees, the vegetable garden with various vegetables, aromatic and medicinal plants, and cereal fields (wheat, barley, flax, oats and sunflower fields).

The farm is not only a place where children discover animals, it is also the opportunity to raise awareness among the adults about a more rational use of the resources of the planet, therefore organic agriculture. The farm experiments new agricultural techniques, such as: conservation grazing, permaculture and urban agriculture.

After the visit, we enjoyed the Bois de Vincennes and went for a quiet walk!

La Ferme de Paris
1 route du Pesage – Bois de Vincennes
75012 Paris

 

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