School’s nearly out for kids in and around Paris, and “les grandes vacances” of summer are coming. If you’ve been as busy as us, you might just be finding yourself in a last-minute panic on how to keep your children active and away from digital devices in France for the next couple of months. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!
Here’s the scoop on day camps (stages), workshops (ateliers) and overnight camps which still have spaces available for kids of all ages in Paris and further out. Hurry though! Spaces are going to fill up quickly once the word’s out! (Note: Most activities are led in French unless otherwise noted.)
SUMMER ATELIERS (WORKSHOPS) IN PARIS
If you’re looking for shorter workshops for your children rather than full-day activities, Paris is packed with places offering inspiring and creative ateliers. Whether your children love singing and dancing, acting, sculpting, science or computer coding, you’ll find dozens of ideas in the workshops and classes section of our I-List.
Don’t forget the plethora of amazing museums in Paris, which offer regular workshops for children, some with and some without their parents.
Some of our favorites include:
- Centre Pompidou (contemporary and modern art)
- Louvre (fine arts)
- Musée du Quai Branly (indigenous arts)
- Musée D’Orsay (19th and 20th century French and European art)
- Musée Guimet (Asian arts)
- Palais de Tokyo (modern and contemporary art)
- Musée des Arts et Metiers (inventions and technological innovation)
The Musée des Arts Decoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts), also offers a rich variety of 2 to 2-1/2 hour ateliers – from watercolor painting, to sculpture, to storyboarding, linocutting, caricature drawing, bag design and fashion design – at reasonable prices.
Ages: 4-18, and adults too!
When: June 22 through August, depending on workshop
Where: Ateliers du Carousel, 107-111, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Price: 12€ per 2 hour workshop and up
Reservations for kids under 18 and families: Call + 33(0) 1 44 55 59 25 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For 18+: Call +33(0) 1 44 55 59 26 or Email: email@example.com
DAY CAMPS IN AND AROUND PARIS
For the lowdown on all the tried-and-tested day camps we’ve written about before, visit our I-List directory of children’s day camps HERE. No matter what your child’s interests, you’ll be sure to find a camp near you. But, since it’s summer in France and the gorgeous, sunny weather beckons, we’ve highlighted some of the day camps that will get your children active outdoors:
Outdoor Activities/Sports Camps
Sporty kids will love the activities offered at sports clubs in the suburbs of Paris like Paris Country Club (Rueil-Malmaison) and Energy Academy (Bièvres) which run soccer, tennis and golf camps throughout summer, starting June 20. Parents will love the flexibility of booking half day or full day sessions, by the day or by the week.
The Paris Country Club offers a shuttle bus (navette) from Porte Maillot to the club in the morning, and Energy Academy offers a door-to-door minivan pick up and drop off — which makes it pricier than other camps. Both clubs are used to welcoming visiting international children, so they will have animateurs who speak some degree of English.
Paris Country Club (multisports)
Ages: 4-16 years
When: weekdays from June 20-24, and Aug 1-Sept 9
Where: 121, rue du Lieutenant Colonel de Montbrison, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison
Price: from 60€ for half day and up (lunch and shuttlebus extra)
Inquiries/Registration: Call +33(0)1 47 77 64 00, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit WEBSITE
Energy Academy (multisports)
Ages: 3-16 years
When: weekdays starting June 20
Where: Lieu-dit Les Jonnières, 91570 Bièvres
Price: 105€ for half day, 150€ for full day (including door-to-door transport)
Inquiries/Registration: Call +33(0) 47 01 59 60, Email: email@example.com or visit WEBSITE
The first American basketball camp in France where boys and girls from 7 years and up can learn fundamentals and skills from professional basketball players. They’ll receive intermediate and advanced skills training focused on individual development, and have fun while competing against each other. Sessions held in French and in English.
Ages: 7-17 years
When: June 18-19 and July 2-3, 9am-5pm
Where: Gymnase Remilly, 50 rue Remilly, Versailles
Price: 95€ in advance or 115€ at the door
Details/Registration: visit WEBSITE
Paris Saint Germain Academy (soccer)
This soccer school runs weekly 5-a-side soccer camps for kids through the summer (and other school holidays) at various Urban Soccer locations. Participants receive a PSG/Nike branded uniform and get a thrill out of visiting the Parc de Princes for a multi-team competition. They also run an intensive sleep away training camp for older kids outside of Paris (see Overnight Camps).
Ages: 5-13 years
When: between July 4 – Aug 26
Where: various locations
Price: 350€ per week
Details/Registration: visit WEBSITE, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +33(0)1 74 70 47 16
La Salésienne (soccer/tennis)
The Salésienne is a sports and cultural association in the 17th arrondissement of Paris offering year-round activities for children and adults (tennis, soccer, dance, art etc…) They value, friendship, conviviality, and solidarity. In July, they run soccer and tennis day camps as well as a multi-sport camp in Savoie (see Overnight Camps).
Soccer: training workshops for boys and girls
Ages: 9 to 15 years
When: July 6 – July 12, 9:30 to 5pm (excluding Sat/Sun)
Where: Stade de la Porte d’Asnières, 2 avenue Brunetière 75017 Paris
Price: 135€ per week
Details/Registration: CLICK HERE
Tennis: Half-day, full-day and tournament circuit tennis camps for boys and girls of all levels
Ages: 4 – 17 years
When: June 20 – July 15
Where: Paris 75017
Price: 105€ and up
Details/Registration: visit their WEBSITE
La Nicolaïte de Chaillot (gymnastics/soccer)
Another well-known sporting and cultural association in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, la Nicolaïte’s goal is to develop children’s appreciation of culture and sports. They offer soccer and gymnastics summer day camps and a week-long sleep away camp in Charente from late-June/July (see Overnight Camps).
Maison de la Pêche et de Nature (fishing/nature)
Fan of fishing and nature? Fishing is actually quite a thing in Paris! Open since 1993, Maison de la Pêche et de Nature runs unique five-day, nature-themed and fishing day camps in July and during other school holidays. Situated on l’Ile de la Jatte, just on the periphery of Paris, the goal of the foundation is to sensitize children about the preservation of the environment and fishing. During day camps, children will learn about the biodiversity and the life and manners of the predators of the Seine!
Ages: 7-12 years
When: various camps between July 6 until August 26
Where: Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature, 22 Allée Claude Monet 92300 LEVALLOIS.
Price: 120€ – 190€ for 5 days, depending on the activity.
Details and registration: online at www.maisondelapeche.net or call: +33 (0)1 47 57 17 32 / +33(0)6 10 24 40 82
For more ideas, visit the children’s day camps section of our I-List.
If your kids are ready to venture further away from home, check out our selection of tried-and-tested overnight camps in France. READ MORE …
(with reporting by Gillian Szraga)