10 things to do in Paris with children
January 17, 2010
A little while ago I was asked by Ciao Bambino to guest write a post for them about my top ten favourite things to do with kids in Paris. They’re running a feature this week all about kids in Paris and have asked a few writers to contribute.
You can read my post on the Ciao Bambino blog here. Hope you like my ideas (it was really difficult to decide on ten!) and do let me know if you have any other favourite things to do and see in Paris!
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Hard to limit, so here’s some more:
1.There is a little island in the Bois de Boulogne accessible by a tiny ferry which my son loves. Once there, you can picnic on the grass by the water, or go have tea and ice cream at the Auberge de Bonheur (restaurant/café). You can also rent row boats and feed the ducks.
2. Parc Monceau is also a nice place to promenade with the kids. There is an cute retro carrousel and you can drink a coffee and eat crêpes while your kids go around. You are also allowed on the grass during the warmer months.
3. Palais Royale is wonderful also. The parents can windowshop while the kids run amuck in the square or jump on Daniel Buren columns. There are also a few cafés to choose from that open directly on the square. YOu can even get take-away coffee.
4. Bercy Village and park is also great. You can take the metro direct or bike on an actual raised bike route from Bastille. The park is very green and even has ponds. And in Bercy Village there are many kid friendly restaurants with outside terrasses and a cineplex. There is also a pet store, a craft store and a Nature and Découvert!
5-7. For museums I would add the Rodin Museum and the Picasso Museum which both have gardens. When the kids get museumed-out the can take a break in the garden. Palais de Tokyo may have the best kid-interesting exhibits, however.
8. Le Jardin des Plantes. There’s the museum and the zoo, but alas you can’t walk on the grass. Take bikes, the stroller, or a scooter and make your way there au bord de la Seine. The quaie has ample room for riding and there is a kid’s park and a batomouche stop.
9. The paris Sunday markets. My kid always walks away with a free piece of cheese and loves seeing the fish stands.
10. Lastly, but certainly not least, Ladurée. The quintessential french pastry shop. And one of the only to provide high-chairs! Eat macaroons and be happy.