Paris is a magical city that has something for everyone, including families with kids. From world-famous museums to beautiful parks and delicious food, Paris is a perfect destination for a family holiday. Here are some of the best things to do with kids in Paris that will keep both the young and the young-at-heart entertained.

1. Visit Museums in Paris

Paris is home to some of the world’s most famous museums that offer a great opportunity for kids to learn about art, history, and science while having fun. The Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, is a must-see, but don’t miss the Musée de l’Orangerie, which has a great collection of tapestries, and Le Musée en Herbe, a fascinating art museum for children. 

The Louvre
The Louvre

2. River Cruise on the Seine

Take a river cruise down the Seine River and see Paris from a new perspective. Kids will love cruising down the river and seeing the city from the water. There are many different companies that offer river cruises, so shop around to find the best one for your family. Some of the cruises offer guided tours and even meals on board. We unfortunately went on a day where it was pouring with rain but fortunately we were able to sit inside. 

3. Visit Parks in Paris

Paris is home to some beautiful parks that are a great place for kids to run around and burn off some energy. The Jardins du Luxembourg is a great choice, with its beautiful gardens and playgrounds. There is also a really nice pond area where you can hire little boats to sail, this was a big highlight for Willow and her friend. The Jardine du Tuilleries is another great option, with its large open spaces and many fountains. There was also an amusement park area when we visited which can be a money drainer so best to avoid if you don’t want to end up spending amusement park prices on things. 

4. Try French Food in Paris

Paris is known for its delicious cuisine, and kids will love trying some of the local specialties. From croissants to crepes, there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to try some classic French dishes like escargot and coq au vin. Food is an important part of French culture, and trying new foods is a great way for kids to learn about the local culture. Our favourite places to eat from our recent trip:

  • BO&MIE: A bakery and cafe that serves delicious pastries and sandwiches. With its cozy atmosphere and friendly staff, BO&MIE is a great spot to stop for a snack or a meal during your Paris adventure and is very kid friendly and reasonably priced.
  • Pierre Hermé: Another great option is Pierre Hermé, a famous patisserie that offers a wide range of macarons and other sweet treats. It’s on the pricey side, so be prepared not to eat too many macarons.
  • Riviera Fuga: Looking for Italian/Japanese fusion food using French cooking techniques? Riviera Fuga is a great choice and well visited by Parisiens. It is based on a boat on the Seine so what more can you ask for – great food and a fab view?

5. Visit Disneyland Paris

Of course, no list of things to do with kids in Paris would be complete without mentioning Disneyland Paris. I’m going to write another blog post about Disneyland Paris but it was a magical experience for our two little ones.

Disneyland Paris

There are many other great things to do with kids in Paris, but these are some of the best. No matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to have a great time exploring this beautiful city with your family.

Bonus Tips for Visiting Paris with Kids

Make the most of your family vacation to Paris with these bonus tips:

  • Consider spending a few days exploring the city and then finishing off the week with a visit to Disneyland Paris. This is a great way to experience the best of both worlds – the beauty and culture of Paris and the magic of Disneyland. We planned it out so that we arrived in Paris on a Saturday afternoon and then went to Disneyland Paris from a Wednesday to Friday and then back to the UK on the Eurostar on a Saturday. We felt this was the perfect amount of time to experience Paris and Disney without rushing too much, especially with young kids.
  • Paris is a very walkable city, so bring comfortable shoes for you and your little ones. Exploring Paris on foot is a great way to take in all the sights and sounds of the city.
  • Consider renting an apartment instead of staying in a hotel. This will give you more space and the opportunity to cook your own meals, which can be a great way to save money and keep the kids happy. We ended up staying at a really great Airbnb in The Rue de Rivoli. The area is full of great food, shops and the amazing departmental store Samaritaine – imagine Selfridges on steroids, this is part of the Louis Vuitton empire.
  • Don’t forget to bring both a pushchair and baby carrier for your little ones. Paris is a city of cobblestone streets and uneven sidewalks. Highly recommend a light pushchair like a Baby YoYo if you have one and it’s a French brand.

Happy travels!

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