- By Kevin
- On Aug 7, 2017
- Travel Tips
The city of love – or lights – can also be a delight for children, with special sessions at many cultural attractions and parks with playgrounds, ponds and puppets. Paris tours guide about the things to do in Paris with kids, taking the kids to Paris.
Where are all the kids?
Most Parisians live in apartments, so the city’s parks provide a place for kids to run wild. Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement is a favourite. At its centre is the Grand Bassin duck pond, where children can hire vintage wooden toy boats and manoeuvre them across the water with long sticks (€3.50 for 30 minutes). The large playground is worth the €2 entrance fee. On Wednesdays and weekends, join Parisian families at the Theatre des Marionettes and watch a traditional French puppet show for €6pp. Next to the playground is the recently opened La Table du Luxembourg restaurant, run by top chef Philippe Renard; it does a tasty Sunday brunch for €40, half-price for kids.
The French adore Le Cité des Sciences in Parc Villette in the 19th arrondissement. Book the special 90-minute sessions for children aged 2-7 or 7-12 from Tuesday to Sunday. Accompanied by you, the kids wander through a series of interactive experiments. Tickets cost €12, or €9 for under-25s; arrive 30 minutes beforehand.