ZI Des Ebisoires, 12 Rue Paul Langevin 78370 Plaisir
Here’s a place where you can let your kids run wild, jump and climb to their hearts’ content without attracting nasty glares from people around you. Acrochats runs two indoor adventure playgrounds just outside of Paris (Thiais and Plaisir), with climbing frames, ball pits and obstacles for kids up to 12 years old. You can also privatize their themed cabins for a birthday party and sit back and relax with a book in their café complete with wifi.
Acrochats Thiais Village
Tel: + 33 (0)1 56 70 60 10
Tel: +33 (0)1 34 89 98 73
6 Rue Dupont des Loges, 75007 Paris, France
4 Rue Papillon, 75009 Paris, France
Specialist children’s hairdressers with TVs at each seat, a playroom for waiting, and a small toy when finished. They’ve been a fixture in the 17th near Parc Monceau for 15 years and are now in the 7th and 9th arrondissements . Also, the owner recently designed her own children’s clothing line which is available for purchase in the salons.
Metro: Balard (line 8)
Grab your bathing suits and head to the largest aquatic park in Europe — equipped with indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzis, numerous large water slides and a wave pool. It’s an all-year-round fun attraction for everyone, and a great place to plan a kids’ birthday party! The complex also includes restaurants, a fitness center, Decathlon sporting goods store and movie theaters.
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Metro: Porte Dorée (line 8)
At this zoo, also known as the Vincennes Zoo, imagine you’re in the savanna, Patagonia, or in the tropical climates of Guyana and Madagascar. All year round, you can come here to encounter more than 180 animal species kept in conditions as close to their original habitat as possible.
2 Rue Hans List, 78290 Croissy, France
At their two campuses (Junior and Senior) located in the western suburbs of Paris in the small market town of Croissy-sur-Seine, the British School of Paris is one of the largest and longest-running British international schools in the world. Established over sixty years ago, they follow an educational program based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales and are committed to encouraging their pupils to do and give of their best.
Metro: Porte de Clichy (line 13 and RER C)
Located on the largest public school campus in Paris, Lycée Honoré de Balzac offers, in addition to the traditional classes, international sections open to students who speak fluently and write in one of the following languages: Spanish, German, English, Arabic, Portuguese or Italian. Within this dynamic, culturally enriching international environment, these students pass one of the French general baccalaureate programs, with an international mention (Option Internationale Baccalaureate).
Entrance exams in the student’s “mother tongue” are required in order to ensure their language level is high enough to meet the rigors of the additional hours and subjects taught in these special international sections.
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon (line 3)
Did you know you can learn to fish in Paris? Here’s a unique place where kids and adults can learn more about their local aquatic and natural environment, located on the outskirts of Paris, on the Ile de la Jatte in the Seine. Built and maintained by the City of Levallois, the Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature is a buzzing centre of nature-based activity. They have a museum/aquarium where you can learn about the fish and biodiversity of the Seine, with a small pool where kids can pet and feed carp and sturgeon fish. There’s also a nursery where you can observe dragonflies, plankton and freshwater shrimp and a 360 degree Aquarama of the Seine which houses 18 aquariums. Their Nature and Biodiversity Centre regularly hosts individuals and school groups who come to learn all about the local flora and fauna, the birds and animals of the Seine region. And, there’s even a Fishing School for kids and adults from 7 and up.
They have a year-round schedule of weekly fishing courses, nature discovery workshops (ateliers) and holiday camps (stages). You can also organize fishing or nature-themed children’s birthday parties here for kids 4 and up!
Metro: Vavin (line 4), Raspail (lines 4 and 6), Port-Royal (RER B)
Oh My Princess! is every little girl’s fantasy brought to life. Picture dazzling silk gowns in every color, Alice in Wonderland-inspired porcelain tea sets, and a pink dressing table fit for a princess – all set within the magical Le Petit Boudoir in Paris’ 6ème arrondissement. But it’s not just about looking pretty, Oh My Princess also hosts unique leadership workshops for young girls, to reinforce their self confidence. Activities are led in English or French.
Metro: Porte Dorée (line 8)
It may not be very big but, housed in the beautifully maintained Art Deco building, Le Palais de la Porte Dorée, this small aquarium won’t disappoint. Learn about the richness and diversity of the aquatic world and the importance it represents. Its 84 aquariums contain about 5,000 animals, including 300 species of tropical fish and fauna.
Très haute de gamme. A 10-minute drive from the Arc de Triomphe, it’s an ideal place for all the family – 55 hectares of open green space, with a golf course, tennis courts, gym, swimming pools and kids’ club. The membership price is steep and requires other member sponsors.
INSPIRELLE tip: even non-member children can sign up for sports classes during the school year, and their holiday day camps (half and full day options available) offer a choice of tennis, golf, soccer, dance, English, and circus workshops during the major school breaks. If you live in the city there’s a shuttle bus pick up from Porte Maillot in the morning, but you have to pick up your child at the end of their stage.
65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France
53 Rue Erlanger, 75016 Paris, France
Established over 40 years ago as an independent and not-for-profit organization, all of their teachers hold AMI (Assoication Montessori Internationale) diplomas. The school offers a unique bilingual Montessori education, at 3 locations in the heart of Paris, for children from 2-9 years old.
A non-profit association founded over 50 years ago by UNESCO and the Education Nationale, SIS, Sections Internationales de Sèvres, operates within several French public school campuses in Sèvres, Chaville and Boulogne-Billancourt, on the western edge of Paris. SIS offers bilingual English/French and German/French education from nursery school through high school. An entrance exam is required to evaluate the child’s language level.
In addition to preparing students for the Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB), the international option of the French baccalaureate program, SIS offers post-bac counseling for applying to universities outside of France and organizes many extra-curricular activities, including a lively theater group, active book club and school trips abroad. Due to the school’s reputation and popularity, early enrollment is recommended.
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: Blanche (line 2)
Hop onto Le Petit Train to weave through the picturesque streets of the charming Montmartre neighborhood, once home to the likes of Picasso and Modigliani. It’s a 40-minute guided tour from the Moulin Rouge to the Sacré-Coeur, with fabulous views of Paris.
To make the most of your tour of Montmartre, visit the Espace Dali museum and travel into a world of fantasy. One of the biggest artists of the 20th century, Dali’s more than 300 works are displayed here.
Metro: La Tour-Maubourg (line 8)
Offering numerous art classes during the school year, plus additional school vacation-time creative art workshops to children and adults. Bonus, English-speaking artists offer a selection of art classes from Tuesday-Saturdays during the school year.
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It’s Playmobil heaven! 12 different play areas where the kids can play with all their favorite Playmobil characters and structures. A special area is reserved for the youngest visitors from 18 months to 3-years-old. Could be a great place to plan your next children’s birthday party, too!
145 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France
176 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
Founded in 1960 by a pioneer in bilingual education, Mrs. Patricia Lennen, this school welcomes children and their families from all over the world. With their staff of well-qualified and experienced teachers, they continue to adapt the concept of bilingual education affording children the skill to think and learn in both French and English from the beginning of their schooling – from ages 2 thru 11 years old.
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.
Meet the savviest eSafety expert we know: Elizabeth Milovidov – an American lawyer and foremost European consultant on Internet safety who shows children, parents and educators how to get the most from the Internet, safely.
On her website, Digital Parenting Coach, you will find free tips and information about workshops and downloadable guidebooks for parents who want to learn about the benefits and risks of Internet, social media and technology.
She is also a dynamic speaker on Internet safety issues, a part-time eSafety consultant at European Schoolnet and an independent expert on children’s rights and Internet for the Council of Europe.
Read her story: “Meet a Cyberspace Cop Protecting You from Internet Abuse” and find her biography and articles written for INSPIRELLE HERE
This huge, indoor trampoline park is a paradise for anyone of any age who just wants to burn off some steam, and calories. Space Jump has a dodge ball zone, basketball zone, wall run and free space zones, as well as a wi-fi café upstairs for drink and snack break. It’s a popular birthday party venue for older kids, and Space Fitness classes for adults allow you to burn 1000 calories per session! Closed Mondays.