Metro: La Motte Picquet Grenelle (lines 6, 8, 10)
One of Paris’ oldest Anglophone associations bringing together expats, new and old, through year round cultural, educational and social activities and events. WICE keeps the mind sharp, the body active and the spirit alive. Join the internationally known writer’s workshop, book club, learn a language or participate in an art class, walking tour or wine tasting.
I signed up my mom, who was visiting from Hong Kong for a month, for a few courses with Jan, and it was a wonderful way to see Paris—through the eyes of an artist. She opens up her studios in the 15ème, including one at the historic artists’ colony La Ruche, and takes students on outings to learn to draw landscapes in real-life situations. Highly recommended!
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The American School of Paris (ASP) in Saint Cloud, a western suburb of Paris, is a great place for families to find innovative activities and holiday camps in English. Through its Extension Program the private, international school opens its world-class facilities to external students aged 4 to 18 during school vacations as well as Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the school year.
Camps and year-round activities led in English include basketball, tennis, soccer, coding, science, fashion design, filmmaking, theatre and more. Kids looking to improve their English skills have a choice of English immersion classes and even intensive workshops to prepare for the English BAC exam or the SAT American college entrance exam. At ASP, there’s bound to be a camp or workshop right for your child.
Check out their WEBSITE for all the details!
65 Rue du Théâtre, 75015 Paris, France 0.34 km
15 Rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris, France 0.43 km
141 Avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris, France 0.91 km
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.
Metro: Dupleix (line 6)
A friendly, bilingual and international “edutainment” center which offers a variety of activities for kids from 3 to 10 and parents in English and French, including: after school and Wednesday activities, holiday camps, art and music, baby gym and kids yoga (pre and post natal yoga for moms), theatre classes. If you live in the area, you can also arrange for one of their animateurs to pick up your child from school and supervise homework at the center.
Find out all the scoop in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Metro: Dupleix (line 6)
For their next birthday party, kids 6 and up can invite their friends to become patissiers for 90 minutes as they don chef’s aprons and learn to bake bread. They leave with the yummy fruits of their labor and a diploma in hand.
Wednesdays – Sundays
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: Charles Michel (line 10)
Known for their manis and pedis, My Color also has a Beauty Bar where you can get 30-minute flash facials, which include a remise en beauté to touch up your hair and make up before you head out for a night on the town. They also do waxing (épilation).
Who doesn’t like to bowl? There are several bowling alleys in Paris for great family fun, from the Bowling Mouffetard to Bowling Foch near the Champs Elysées, or the child-friendly lanes at Front de Seine in the 15th arrondissement which has lightweight balls for little ones 5 years and up.
Bowling is a great birthday party option as well. Check the lanes nearest you for their party packages.
Bowling Mouffetard: 73 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 31 09 35
Bowling Foch: 2 Avenue Foch, 75016 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 00 00 13
Front de Seine: 44 Rue Emeriau, 75015 Paris
Tel:+33 (0)1 45 75 35 37
Bowling de Champerret: 2 Rue du Caporal Peugeot, 75017 Paris
Tel: + 33 (0)1 43 80 24 64
You know Zara Women’s and Men’s affordable clothing stores so visit the chain’s home furnishings boutiques throughout Paris. Discover attractive collections of small furniture, decorative objects for the bathroom and kitchen and a textile selection (bed linen, tablecloths, towels, throw covers).
Madura creates collections with the aim to give pleasure and to make interior design easy, enjoyable and approachable. Together with their vast range of textiles, they also offer a wide selection of lamps, blinds and other accessories.
Numerous locations in Paris, around France, Europe and New York City.
Metro: Charles Michels (line 10) Other ways to get there: CLICK HERE
Underground parking and valet parking available.
The spanking new Beaugrenelle shopping center is one of our favorite one-stop destinations in central Paris: a 50,000m2 modern shopping center and cinema complex in the 15th arrondissement. Shoppers, You’ll find some of your favorite brands. Hungry? Try the food court which offers a range of family-style restaurants.
A multiplex Gaumont Pathé cinema offers online bookings with your choice of seating–including love seats for snuggling up to someone.
Want to drop off your kids while you shop? Viens Jouer à la Maison offers workshops and an indoor playroom with regular activities to keep your little ones busy on Wednesdays and weekends!
Look for more activity ideas in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities or in 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
Apprendre à coder pour apprendre à créer (learn to code to learn to create) is the slogan at Magic Makers. You can find coding classes and workshops for children 8 yrs and up. Magic Makers offers an innovative way of teaching code as a form of creativity.
For more information and their various locations around Paris: CLICK HERE
Metro: Ecole Militaire (line 8)
Yuzuka is a Japanese spa salon located just minutes away from the Champs de Mars and Ecole Militaire in the chic 7th arrondissement. As you step through the door and smell the scent of yuzu, the aromatic Japanese citrus fruit from which this spa gets its name, you’ll feel your stress melt away.
Read our full review of Yuzuka HERE.
The merveilleux (marvelous) is a small cake that originated in Belgium and is now found in France and some US cities. Baker, Frédéric Vaucamp, fell in love with the cakes at an early age. His famous cakes are now sold in 5 locations in Paris as well as numerous other locations across Europe and in New York City.
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.
This large chain with 250 stores in France and around Europe, offers a huge variety of styles for all your home decorating needs. Whatever your preference the Maisons du Monde’s own team of furniture designers imagine their exclusive and unique collections of furniture and decor each year in 3 different catalogues – indoor, outdoor, and junior.
New Zealander Sophie Dingemans is a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner involved with movement education for over 20 years. Learning with Feldenkrais® has a wide range of applications including: rehabiltation from injury, surgery, and neurological conditions; releasing chronic and acute pain, tension and stress; improving co-ordination, posture and self-awareness; refining specialist skills; gaining confidence and improving actions and behaviour. Sophie works with a range of people, specialises in working with special needs children, and is known for the high quality and efficacy of her work.