Yep, we know… School just started last month, and it’s already time to plan for the Toussaint holiday, or mid-term break, depending on what school system your kids are in. And just to complicate things a bit, this year the vacation starts WEDNESDAY October 19 after class, with the kids going back to school on THURSDAY November 3.
Most parents don’t have as many vacation days as their children do, so just how are you supposed to keep your kids busy? Many of the places we mentioned in our “Ultimate Guide to After-School and Weekend Activities” offer holiday workshops (ateliers) and day camps (stages), and there may still be time to enroll in the very affordable centre de loisirs near you (registrations close October 5, 2016). But, if you’re looking to let your kids explore new horizons, INSPIRELLE has researched some alternative activities for kids during Toussaint holidays.
SPOOK-tacular Acting Camps
If your child possess a wild imagination and craves creative expression, they’ll have a monstrously good time at a Halloween-themed musical theatre camp. During the Toussaint holiday, the American Children’s Theater (ACT) in Paris offers two different week-long camps to draw out the inner Harry Potter or Hermione in your child. ACT’s creative and caring team of professional actors and musicians inspire budding performers to build confidence and learn self-expression, as they prepare to perform for their parents at the end of the week.
“Monster Mash”: Halloween-themed musical theatre fun. Different schedules according to the week.
Week 1: October 19 – 21, 2016. Either 2 full-day or 3 full-day sessions.
Ages: 5 – 12 (10am- 4pm)
Week 2: October 24 – 28, 2016.
Ages: 3 to 12 for the morning session (10am – 12pm)
Ages: 6 to 12 for the afternoon session (1:30pm – 4pm)
Where? American Cathedral, 23 avenue Georges V 75008 Paris.
Costs: 125€ for 5 half-days and up.
Details and registration: ACT WEBSITE
Discover Magic Through the Wonders of Nature
Young magicians can spend an enchanted week learning about all forms of magic through sensorial activities and fun games in a natural environment.
The Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature, just on the outskirts of Paris, is organizing a Halloween Festival with two themed camps: “A la recherché des creatures fantastiques” (searching for fantasy creatures) and its “l’Ecole des Sorciers” (School of Sorcerers) during the Autumn holidays. Here, kids will kids will embark on an adventure to find gnomes, goblins and other fantasy creatures. In the School of Sorcerers, they’ll earn their sorcerer’s diplomas after a week of completing tasks such as: crafting their own magic wand from objects found in nature, mastering magic tricks, and learning to care for magical creatures of the forest.
When? October 20 – 21, 2016 or October 24 – 28, 2016, from 10am to 5:30pm.
Where? Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature, 22 Allée Claude Monet 92300 LEVALLOIS.
Cost: 80€ for the two day camp, 190€ for the week. Bring raincoats, lunch and a snack.
Details and registration: online at WEBSITE or call: 06 10 24 40 82
Tell Stories Through Improv Games
Is your child a little drama queen or king? Let them express themselves by joining Little Tykes Theatre in re-creating the heartwarming Chinese folktale, The Magic Paintbrush, through improvisation, fun dramatics, theatre games, and crafts. There’ll even be a special show-and-tell at the end!
Ages: “Tots” 2 to 4 years (Adult accompanied); “Tenderfoot” 4 to 8 years (Independent)
When? October 20, 21, 22 & 24, 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where? The American Cathedral, 23 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris
Metros: George V, Alma-Marceau, Pont d’Alma (RER C)
Cost: 96€ (-10% for siblings or if you sign up with a friend!)
Contact: email@example.com or Tel: +33(0)6 188.8.131.52
Learn to Paint Like the Masters
Have a budding artist at home? La Petite Academie is offering painting and sculpture workshops (ateliers) based on the theme a “tour of the most beautiful museums in London and Amsterdam”. Half and full-day options available.
Ages: 4 – 14
When? October 20 to November 2, 2016
Where? 2, square Claude Debussy 75017 Paris or 43 Quai des Grands-Augustins – 75006 Paris (also locations in Avignon and Lyon)
Cost: from 55 Euros/half day to 320 Euros for 5 full days.
Details and registration: consult their WEBSITE or call: 01 46 22 37 19
Experiment Like Mad Scientists
Wouldn’t it be cool to solve a crime using science in a crime lab just like you see on TV? Well your kids can during the Toussaint vacation with Les Savants Fous (Mad Scientists). During the workshop Les savants mènent l’enquête (the scientists lead the investigation) kids get to look for clues and solve the crime, a great way for them to discover the police scientifique! If you are looking for something more traditional, there is also a two-day program focused on the solar system.
Ages: 6 to 12
When? October 20-21 (Les Défies Solaires des Savants Fous), or
October 24-28, 2016 (Les Savants Mènent l’Enquête)
Where? 19 rue Fantin-Latour 75016 Paris
Cost: 110 Euros for the two-day session; 190 Euros for 5 full days (pack your own lunch)
Details and registration: on their WEBSITE, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to Code the Next Hit App
Instead of spending the holidays chasing Pokémon in the streets of Paris, why not have your kids learn to code the next great app? Magic Makers has something for everyone, from writing your first animated story (ages 6-7) to coding within Minecraft (ages 13-15). And, as the dates of this years’ vacation are so random, they are conveniently offering daily programs as well as week-long programs.
Ages: 6 to 15 depending on the activity
When? October 20 – November 2, 2016.
Where? 31 rue de Douai 75009 Paris, 153 bis rue de la Croix-Nivert 75015, and other locations in and around Paris
Cost: from 90 Euros for one session to 475 Euros for 5 full days. Discount of 10% for each additional child.
Details and registration: on their WEBSITE
Learn Some Circus Tricks
If you have kids who love to tumble and climb all over your furniture, why not enroll them in a circus workshop? Circus workshops are becoming a popular way for kids and adults alike to improve their physical strength as well as their confidence and self-esteem, through learning various circus arts and techniques. At the Flip Flap Circus, kids can learn the basics of juggling, balancing, trapeze, tight rope walking, and riding a mono cycle.
When? October 20-21; October 24-28; October 31- November 1, 2016, from 10am to 4pm.
Where? Ecole de Cirque Flip Flap, 10 rue Cabanis, 75014 Paris.
Cost: 300€ per week
Details and registration: on their WEBSITE. Tel: 09 52 29 74 49