Guédelon has been described as the “world’s largest archaeological experiment”. It all began in 1995, when an archaeological study at Saint-Fargeau Castle revealed a medieval stone fortress hidden within the red brick walls.
A team of construction builders works from medieval financial records, manuscripts, stained-glass cathedral windows and research. Their mission is to build a 13th century castle over 25 years using the construction techniques and logistical organization of the Middle Ages. The site, located in the heart of Burgundy’s wine vineyards in eastern France, possesses all the resources necessary for the building of a castle: a stone quarry, an oak forest and a water supply.
Read abotu it here: “Archaeological Challenge: Building a Real Medieval Chateau Today”
Metro: Porte de Choisy (line 7 and T3)
An authentic Chinese “dim sum” restaurant that’ll transport you back to the big banquet halls of Hong Kong, with pushcarts that circulate the dining tables offering dozens of dainty, traditional bite-sized delicacies for you to choose from. Try steamed, fried or stuffed. Rely on old favorites like: steamed shrimp dumplings (Har Gao), steamed pork brioches (cha siu bao), stuffed raviolis and sticky rice in lotus leaves. It’s noisy and crowded, but definitely kid-friendly!
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8), Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9)
For a traditional circus, the Cirque d’Hiver is an institution in Paris. Watch lions and tigers, elephants and clowns in an authentic, round, high-top arena. The Bouglione Circus has been dazzling audiences with its shows for over 170 years and brings you new thematic shows each season.
You can also rent out their space for medium to large-scale private events such as corporate parties, meetings and concerts.
Check out more family activity ideas in our guide to 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
Metro: Corvisart (line 6)
Your kids can get limber, keep fit, gain confidence and improve their personal and physical expression while learning traditional circus arts like juggling, balancing, and walking across tight ropes. Cirqu-Aouette works with many schools around Paris and offer courses throughout the year at their center in the 13th arrondissement, as well as workshops during school holidays. For kids from 2 and up, and adults too!
Find out about more after-school and weekend activities in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Metro: Exelmans (line 9)
Based in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Club Atheon offers adults and children a wide variety of sports and fitness courses throughout the year, including martial arts, pilates, yoga, zumba and more.
During school holidays, they hold one-week multi-sports, dance and English class workshops (only during school holidays) for kids aged 7-15 at Stade Jean Bouin in the 16th arrondisement.
As mentioned in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities…
Metro: Marcadet Poissonniers (lines 4 and 12)
Adults and kids from 7 to 12 years old can learn how to cook the French way at Cook’n with Class. Classes range from market cooking to foie gras and wine and cheese pairing, to classic French desserts.
And here’s the icing on the cake: Cook n’ with Class is one of the few schools in Paris that offer cooking classes in English. They’ll even organize private family classes in the kitchen with a translator in Spanish, French, Italian or Chinese!
For over 50 years, Cours Legendre has provided tutoring services, including individual lessons in your home or group lessons at their centers in all major cities around France.
Your first contact is with a dedicated pedagogic counselor who will help determine your child’s needs (based on information you provide) and recommend the best tutor to fit those needs. If the first tutor doesn’t work out, you can ask to change tutors until you find the right one to work with your child. They also check in with you regularly to see if you’re satisfied with the services.
As with all of the professional tutoring companies, 50% of the fees are tax deductible!
The first Venturing Crew in France offers teenagers from age 14 and up an invitation to adventure, leadership, personal growth and service. A program of the Boy Scouts of America, Venturing places strong emphasis on its policy of co-ed “youth-led’ programs with adult-guidance, providing both young men and young women an opportunity to test their limits, meet new friends, develop new skills, make a difference and have a lot of fun working together in a close-knit team.
Crew 2014 is an English-speaking group, though many of its members are fully bilingual and come from many cultures and countries, including the US, France, Russia, India and Ireland. Last year’s activities included hiking, camping, go-karting and an action course called Koezio. Monthly meetings were accompanied by spaghetti dinners and a time to relax together during the intensive school week.
Metros: Cambronne (line 6), Vaugirard (line 12)
A wide offering of courses for adults and children of all ages, from Monday through Saturday. Children’s classes run the gamut from baby gym (1 year and up) to fencing and multiple martial arts disciplines (Aïkido, Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Self Defense, Viet-Vo-Dao). They even offer dance classes (baby dance, street dance, hip-hop) and Circus/Acrobatics. For adults, all the martial arts, plus Zumba, Salsa, Classical Dance and Modern Jazz.
Metro: Michel Ange Auteuil (lines 9 and 10)
Dr. Wallier is a very personable American clinical psychologist, who’s a mother of 3 boys herself, so she’ll understand your needs. She specializes in eating disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, giftedness, and anxiety disorders. She offers evaluation and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, parents and families.
Metro: Jasmin (line 9), Michel-Ange Auteuil (lines 9 and 10)
A French and English-speaking American trained clinical psychologist with a PhD specialising in behavioral issues, ADHD, parenting, anxiety and mood disorders, OCD and behavioral medicine.
Member of SPRINT France, a non-profit group of English-speaking and bilingual professionals who work with children of all ages with special needs.
Metro: École Militaire (line 8), Saint François Xavier (line 13)
A well-known GP to the Anglophone community in Paris. She has special interest and experience in women’s health issues, as well as travel medicine, an interdisciplinary specialty concerned with the prevention and management of health problems associated with travel. For many of our commuting expats, a consultation can help avoid major discomfort and possible sickness when working or visiting abroad.
Metro: Iéna (line 9)
Ear nose and throat specialist for children and adults. Office hours at the reputable American Hospital in Neuilly Sur Seine and at his office in the 16th arrondissement.
Metro: Kléber (line 6), Iéna (line 9)
A welcoming sister team, both trained in the USA, practising pediatric dentistry. Office includes a large waiting area with toys, computer games and books. Every child leaves with a toothbrush and a small gift!
16 Rue Margueritte, 75017 Paris, France
9 Rue Villaret de Joyeuse, 75017 Paris, France
123 Rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris, France
23 Rue de Cronstadt, 75015 Paris, France
Ecole Internationale Bilingue (EIB) Paris is a bilingual network of schools which welcomes international students of more than 70 nationalities in its 5 co-educational and secular schools, located in central Paris. EIB offers a bilingual education to students from Preschool (Maternelle) through High School, according to the British, American and IB qualifications.
EIB’s four campuses in the 8th and 16th arrondissements follow the official program of the French Ministry of Education (hence it is sous-contrat with the State and tuition is partially subsidized), with daily lessons in English at various levels.
EIB Victor Hugo campus follows an English-language, international curriculum, with daily French lessons at all levels, and in September 2015 they introduced a new curriculum taught in English, French and Russion for Middle School Russian speaking students (aged 11 to 14).
Contact individual schools for further information.
65 Rue du Théâtre, 75015 Paris, France
15 Rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris, France
141 Avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris, France
Founded in 1954, École Jeannine Manuel has now become the largest non-denominational independent school in France. With a mission to promote international understanding through the bilingual education of a multicultural community of students and parents, they now educate 2,900 students, representing over 65 nationalities, between their Paris and Lille locations.
For new non-French speaking students beginning in CE1 (~age 7) and up to seconde (~age 15), enrollment takes place in “adaptation” classes where they follow a one-year French immersion program. Further special instruction in French continues for another additional year including three additional hours of French each week and individual support, as required.
They have 4 locations in Paris and boarding opportunities at their Lille, France location.
A super friendly, exclusive, private tennis and multi-sports club for kids, with courses on Wednesdays and weekends through the year, and holiday sports camps for children from 3 to 16 years old. As long as they have places you can sign up your kids for any of their regular classes on a weekly or à la carte basis.
Even if you’re just visiting Paris, you can drop off your kids here for a session or two so they can play with kids their own age. There’s a convenient door-to-door minibus service shuttling kids from Paris to their “Energy Country” club location which boasts 2 hectares of green space in Les Jonnieres, Bièvres. They can even organize an Olympic sports-themed birthday party for you!
Their recently-opened “City Energy Academy” which offers golf, gym, soccer and tennis courses for kids from 2 to 12 years on Saturdays in gyms in the 8th and 17th arrondissements of Paris. And, they speak English!
34 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Eurécole was founded in 1989 and offers a pre-school through secondary level of tri-lingual education. Following the French national educational curriculum, the experience is strengthened through additional activities such as sports, music, history of art and others. They offer language tuition every day from pre-school in French, English and Spanish or German.
Gymboree, which some of you know from other locations abroad, is a great place for kids from 0 to 6 years old and their parents to have fun together while allowing the little ones to develop their motricity, English, gymnastic and musical skills in a colorful, padded play area. It’s also a fun birthday party venue. Ask for a FREE trial session!
3 locations in Paris (10th, 15th and 16th arrondisssments) and one in Lille la Pilaterie.
Metro: Châtelet (lines 1,4,7,11), Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
In a cute house just a few steps from the Centre Pompidou art museum, you’ll find the friendly Happy Families, where everything is considered for your children no matter what their age. Relax and have a coffee while young bubs can play in a safe and secure soft playroom, and then order healthy kid-friendly snacks from their cafe, which is equipped with high chairs. Need a break from the little ones? Their friendly staff will watch them while you have a haircut, a manicure, or a massage — and your kids can get their hair coiffed too. It’s also a great birthday party venue, where they offer value packages for up to 10 children with special themes and a party leader.