The Best Summer Camps and Workshops for Kids in Paris

The Best Summer Camps and Workshops for Kids in Paris

This article originally appeared on May 25, 2017, and has been updated with current information for Summer 2018.

summer camps in Paris
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Ready for summer holidays? School’s nearly out for kids in and around Paris, and “les grandes vacances” are about to begin. Whether you’re a local or planning a trip to Paris with teenagers or little ones, there are plenty of workshops and camps to offer kids of all ages fun and enriching experiences in the City of Light.

Here’s the scoop on summer day camps (“stages”), workshops (“ateliers”), and educational courses for kids in and around Paris. Hurry though! Spots fill up quickly! (Note: Activities are led in French unless otherwise noted.)

Day Camps in and Around Paris


kids playing basketball
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American Basketball Camp

Alley-oop! Boys and girls from 7 years and up can practice their lay-ups with the American Basketball Camp, a complete basketball academy where kids can learn the game’s fundamentals and skills from professional players. Whether you want to introduce your child to American-style basketball, develop their skills or help your established basketballer get to the next level, the American Basketball Camp caters to players of all levels. Kids will receive intermediate and advanced skills training focused on individual development, and have fun while competing against each other. Sessions are held in French and in English.

Weekday Camps in Saint Cloud
 11 to 18 years

When: June 25-29, 2018 and July 2-6, 2018, 9:15am-12:15pm (ages 11-14) and 1:15pm – 4:15pm (ages 15-18).
Where: American School of Paris, 41 Rue Pasteur, 92201 Saint Cloud
Price:  275€ for week-long camp
Inquiries/Registration: visit WEBSITE 

Weekend Camps in Versailles-LeChesnay
 9 to 18 years

When: June 30-July 1 or July 7-8, 2018, 9am-5pm
Where: Gymnase Municipal Remilly, 50 bis Rue Remilly, 78000 Versailles
Price: 95€ in advance or 135€ at the door
Inquiries/Registration: visit WEBSITE 

American School of Paris
Summer fun at the American School of Paris © American School of Paris

American School of Paris

Every summer and during other major school holidays, the American School of Paris (ASP) opens up its world-class facilities to external students aged 4 to 18. New camps this year include: WonderScience! for cool science and computer workshops, Play Like A Champion Sports (basketball, baseball, tennis, track, volleyball), Calliope Arts Camp (visual arts, music, theatre, fashion drawing & design, painting, digital filmmaking), Summer Bilingual Fun and French Immersion. You can even mix and match various activities to make up a full day. Older students in high school or lycée who are preparing for university studies or looking for ways to be a better student can join the Academic Summer Prep programs which include College Essay Writing, SAT Test Preparation, and an AP/IB Study Skills workshop. All camp activities are led in English except for French immersion.

Ages: 4 – 18 years, depending on activity
When: weekly camps between June 18 – July 20, 2018; morning, afternoon and full-day sessions (depending on the activity)
Where: American School of Paris, 41 Rue Pasteur, 92201 Saint Cloud
Price: 175€ and up for week-long camps
Inquiries/Registration: Tel: +33(0)1 41 12 82 40/76, visit WEBSITE

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Energy Kids Academy (multi-sports)

Did you know there’s a kids-only sports club just 20 minutes away from the Eiffel Tower? Energy Kids Academy is a friendly, exclusive, multi-sports club for kids from 3 to 14. On their two hectares of green space, they offer tennis, soccer and golf courses through the school year and holiday sports camps when school’s out. They’re flexible too — so you can sign up your kids 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. Bonus for busy parents: there’s a convenient door-to-door minibus service shuttling kids to/from the club in Bièvres. (Instruction in English and French)

Ages: 3-14 years
When: June 18 – September 5, 2018
Where: Lieu-dit Les Jonnières, 91570 Bièvres
Price: 110€ per morning, 130€ per afternoon, 160€ for a full day, and 750€ for one week (including door-to-door transport, lunch and snack)
Inquiries/Registration: Tel: +33(0) 47 01 59 60, Email: or visit WEBSITE

Magic Makers Paris
© Magic Makers

Magic Makers (computer coding)

If you have a techie at home, why not let them learn to create their own apps, computer games, robots or cartoons with simple coding, a new skill which is increasingly important in a numeric world? Magic Makers offers half-day and full day intensive workshops from Video Games with Scratch to Lego construction, App design or Minecraft coding and Robot Making for kids from 7 years and up in multiple locations around Paris. Both younger children and adolescents will love the chance to express their imagination and learn that programming can be a creative tool. Most of their stages are taught in French, but at the International School of Paris they’re in English!

Ages : 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-12 years and 13-15 years
When: all major French school holidays, including summer (July 2 to 27, 2018)
Where: International School of Paris, 96 bis rue de Ranelagh 75016 (CLICK HERE for their other locations with French-taught classes)
Price: 220€ and up
Tel: + 33(0)1 82 88 14 15,
Registration: visit their WEBSITE


Just use the code: MAGICINSPIRELLESUMMER18 when you register online before August 31, 2018! 

Roaming School House
© Roaming School House

Roaming School House (English-language activities)

Ever wondered what the Vikings did for us? Find out at the Roaming School House Summer Camp, which is aimed at children growing up in the French education system but who speak English. This summer, campers will learn about the history of the Vikings, Viking legends and myths, the discovery of North America and Scandinavian geography, as well as enjoy a concert, a trip to the American Library and maybe some longboat building!

Ages: 4-14 years
When: July 9 – July 13, 2018; drop off between 8:30 and 10am, pick up between 4:30 and 6pm
Where: School Sainte Catherine, 13 bis rue des Bernardins, 75005 Paris
Price: 300€ (270€ for second child)
Inquiries/Registration: Tel: +33(0) 6 62 72 87 93Email: derek@r-sh.frWEBSITE

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Other Summer Day Camp Options in Paris

Still looking for more ideas? There are plenty of other options to let your kids have some active fun over the summer holidays!

Centres de Loisirs

Approximately 280 Centres de Loisirs, housed in local French public schools, offer low-cost supervised activities and outings for kids 3 to 14 all summer. Register ONLINE or directly at participating schools between June 11-25, 2018.

Sports and Cultural Associations

Neighborhood sports and cultural associations like La Salésienne (17th arrondissement), or La Nicolaïte de Chaillot (16th arrondissement) offer affordable sports-oriented day camps, run in French, at reasonable prices.

And Even More Options in our I-LIST!

For the lowdown on more tried-and-tested day camps in Paris, visit our I-List directory HERE. No matter what your child’s interests you’ll be sure to find a camp near you!


Summer Ateliers (Workshops) in Paris

Camps and workshops for Kids

If your kids prefer shorter workshops rather than full-day activities, Paris is packed with places offering inspiring and creative ateliers. From cultural activities in French, to English-language theatre or science, you’ll find dozens of ideas in the workshops and classes section of our I-List.

Museum-based workshops

The plethora of amazing museums in Paris offer regular workshops for children, some with and some without their parents. Some of our favorites include: 

Brought to you in partnership with: American Basketball Camp, American School of Paris, Energy Academy, Magic Makers, and Roaming School House.


  1. Is there any updated information for summer 2019 summer camps for kids 8 and 9 years old? we are interested either in arts or sports camps but in an immersion summer camp for kids for this year in Paris or around France?


    • HI Avril, thanks for your message. We haven’t updated the camps article for 2019 yet, but the majority of the camps we have written about run the same camps with slight changes to the theme, or new elements, each year. The best thing to do is to check the websites of those we have listed here, and also check our I-List under the Children’s section for all the different children’s activities in and around Paris.

  2. Bonjour,

    My 13 yr old son plays competitive soccer here in Seattle. I am trying to find some competitive soccer programs in France for the summer for him to improve his French. Possibly a soccer program that also has boarding. Last summer he was in Switzerland with a friend’s family but it seems it was off season for soccer and he didn’t have a chance to play with any teams.
    Also I am wondering how competitive soccer works in France due to the long school days vs here in USA? Normally here they are done with school by 4pm then have soccer practice 3 nights a week for about 2 hrs each day on a team they had to try out for and pay to play. Then they have usually 1-4 games on the weekends. I am trying to figure this out for when he does a high school exchange program.
    Merci beaucoup for any advice and help!

  3. We have an apt in the Marais and would like to bring 2 of our grandchildren (6 yrs old) from Canada for a week over Easter. We would like to enrol them in a day camp to upgrade their French and ideally be able to walk them to camp each day. The nature of the camp is not as important as that they are communicating with French kids.

  4. Any recommendations on a Christian Based French Day Camp where my children who are French Speakers can interact with native French children in Paris? A similar camp in the US would be Young Life, Pine Cove or a YMCA type camp. My children are ages 7 and 9. Thanks!

  5. Hello!
    Does anyone have a good suggestion for an art camp/class/program in the South of France for 13 year olds??
    Thank you SO much!!

    • You can research the summer camp program for teenagers in Cap d’Ail or Centre International d’Antibes. Nice has a large expat community so google and check out their expat questions. The Nicois will know best what there is to offer teenagers.

  6. Could anyone recommend a good french immersion summer camp for kids? I am looking to spend the summer in Paris and would like to enroll my 13 & 9 year old in a camp where they can learn French.

    • Hello! the Paris Country Club (mentioned in the post above) offers French immersion in partnership with Acadomia (which specializes in French academic tutoring and workshops), along with sports and fun activities (unless you specifically choose the English immersion option of course); and the other camps such as Magic Makers, Urban Soccer, plus the workshops at museums and the camps we mention in the post under “Other Summer Day Camp Options in Paris” are all led mainly in French to kids of all ages. If you do book with any of the camps mentioned here, we would really appreciate if you mention that you heard about it through INSPIRELLE!

      • Greetings! I am following your guide in finding an immersion summer course – day camp. The activities are only for 2017. Is there any information for Acadomia in summer 2018? My son is 8 years old.

  7. This is a gold mine to break the 24hour-playstation vacation day ! I’ve tried the American school of Paris camp for French kids who want to learn English the fun way and they quite liked it. They have classes in the morning (they learn songs and American history) and all kinds of sports in the afternoon.

  8. I’ve tried several of these camps with my kids, and we’ve been pleased with the quality of the instruction. One son prefers coding, so he’s done most of the Magic Makers workshops for his age group; the other is more sporty and often does the PSG workshops during school holidays. Both have liked the Paris Country Club, which for parents is quite flexible. You can book up till the weekend before a new week starts for their summer day camps.


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