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Family fun in Paris: activities with kids or teenagers

Paris is not only a “city of love” for happy couples, honeymoons or singles looking for theit soulmate. It’s also a great destination for families, with a plethora of activities and attractions that cater to children and adults alike. As a father, I’ve tried to gather the most family-friendly experiences Paris has to offer, ensuring that every moment spent is a treasure for both the young and the young at heart.

Paris with your family

Paris with younger kids (under 10):

Relax and Play at the Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg Gardens offer a serene escape with activities for the whole family. Children can sail model boats in the grand basin, enjoy pony rides, experience the Parisian tradition of Guignol puppet shows, have fun with the swings and explore a dedicated playground (there’s an entrance fee, but you can have a drink while your kid(s) play). Meanwhile, adults can appreciate the beautifully landscaped gardens, statues, and the Medici Fountain.

Have fun at Jardin d’Acclimatation:

Spark imaginations at the whimsical Jardin d’Acclimatation with its animals, rides and attractions. A small funfair in a wonderful setting.
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Experiment at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

Europe’s largest science museum, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, is a wonderland for curious minds. With its interactive exhibits on science and technology, planetarium, and the submarine Argonaute, it offers a hands-on learning experience that captivates both children and adults. The museum’s children’s area is specifically designed to engage young visitors in discovering the mysteries of science through play.
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Adventure in the Parc de la Villette

Just besides the Cité des Sciences, the Parc de la Villette is more than just a park; it’s a cultural hub with something for everyone. From the science museum to music halls, and thematic gardens, it’s a space where families can play, explore, and learn. The park also features playgrounds, including the Dragon Garden, with its giant dragon slide, making it a hit with kids.

Paris Zoological Park (Parc Zoologique de Paris)

Explore the biodiversity of our planet without leaving Paris. The zoo is divided into five biozones, where kids can see animals from all over the world in habitats closely resembling their natural environments.
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Le Petit Train de Montmartre

Take a ride on the little train of Montmartre, which offers a fun and informative tour around the hill’s main attractions, including Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Place du Tertre, and the Montmartre vineyards, making sightseeing exciting for little ones.
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Aquarium de Paris

Situated in the Trocadéro Gardens, the Paris Aquarium offers an immersive underwater experience with over 10,000 fish and invertebrates. Its touch pool and cinema screenings make it especially appealing to young visitors.
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Discover the Magic of Disneyland Paris

Ok, you certainly already know about this one. Just 30 min from the city center, this magical kingdom is home to beloved characters, thrilling rides, and spectacular shows. With two parks to explore, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, families can enjoy the attractions, meet their favorite Disney characters, and witness the dazzling fireworks display that lights up the night sky. Just be aware of the waiting times which can go beyond 1 hour for the most popular attractions. And make reservations in advance!

Paris with older kids and teenagers (10 and above):

Explore the Wonders of the Natural World at the Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is not just a garden but a haven of nature and science in the heart of Paris. Home to the Natural History Museum, it offers fascinating exhibits, including the Gallery of Evolution, Mineralogy Museum, and Paleontology Museum. The garden itself is a peaceful retreat with themed gardens, a small zoo, and a playground, making it a perfect spot for a family picnic.
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Street Art Tours

Paris is known for its vibrant street art scene, especially in neighborhoods like the 13th arrondissement, Belleville, and Montmartre. Guided street art tours can offer teenagers a glimpse into the city’s contemporary culture and the stories behind the art and artists.

Attending a Workshop or Class

Check out workshops or classes in English specifically tailored to teenagers, such as photography, cooking (focusing on French cuisine), or even a graffiti workshop. It’s a fun and educational way to engage with the culture.

Virtual Reality Experiences at FlyView Paris

FlyView Paris offers an innovative virtual reality experience that allows visitors to “fly” over Paris and its landmarks. This immersive activity is particularly appealing to tech-savvy teenagers, offering a unique way to see the city from above. And check for other virtual reality esperiences, since more and more exhibitions of this type take place in Paris.
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Aquaboulevard is Paris’s largest water park, offering a beach-like escape in the city with its wave pools, water slides, and tropical environment. It’s a great place for teenagers to enjoy some aquatic fun and cool off, especially during the warmer months.
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Climbing at Block’Out

Block’Out is a climbing gym that combines bouldering with a unique restaurant experience. It’s perfect for active teenagers looking to challenge themselves in a friendly and safe environment, no matter their climbing skill level.

Gaming at La Tête Dans Les Nuages

La Tête Dans Les Nuages is the largest arcade in Paris, offering a wide range of video games, simulators, and bowling lanes. It’s a hit with teenagers, providing entertainment and a chance to enjoy some competitive fun.
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Paris with kids of all ages:

Unleash Creativity at the Atelier des Lumières

Dive into the world of art in a way that’s engaging for all ages at the Atelier des Lumières. This digital art museum brings paintings to life through immersive, floor-to-ceiling projections accompanied by music. It’s a sensory experience that allows children (and adults) to see art in motion and explore creativity in an interactive setting. A perfect way to introduce art to children who’re not (yet) keen on museums.

Hunt for treasures at flea markets:

Discover unique souvenirs and trinkets at Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen.

Rooftop Views from Tour Montparnasse

The Tour Montparnasse offers the highest rooftop terrace in Paris, providing breathtaking views of the city, including a unique perspective of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a cool spot for teenagers to take selfies and appreciate the cityscape.
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Take a Scenic Cruise on the Seine River

Experience Paris from a different vantage point by taking a family-friendly cruise on the Seine River. These cruises offer stunning views of Parisian landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and Musée d’Orsay. Many cruises offer commentary specifically tailored for children, making it an educational and entertaining journey.