Metro: Vaugirard or Convention (line 12)
Everyone in the culinary world has heard of the Cordon Bleu cooking school for professional chefs. Here, kids from 8 to 12 can also learn to develop their culinary skills in fun workshops (translated into English), or organize a birthday party to share the fun with their friends.
For more after-school and weekend activity ideas, check out our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Metro: Porte de St-Cloud (line 9)
A team of “mad scientists”, who make learning about science fun, are at your service to put on a fun and engaging, interactive show at your event or children’s party. Choose from various age-appropriate themes, and they’ll come prepared to entertain the kids with fun scientific experiments. You just provide the laboratory and the cake. Also offering made-to-measure workshops on numerous science topics in schools and at various Savants Fous locations around France. They also organize daily and weekly workshops during school holidays.
Lynette Andersson is a Le Cordon Bleu Paris-trained Australian chef who provides personal catering for small events and private dinners, as well as one-on-one cooking classes in your home. Providing bespoke canapés for your small gathering, or a cocktail dinatoire for up to 30 people, Lynette removes the stress from entertaining. Similarly, plan a delicious luncheon or dinner for up to 12 people with a personalised menu for you and your guests.
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon (line 3)
The Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature is a buzzing centre of nature-based activity. They have a museum/aquarium, a nursery, a Nature and Biodiversity Centre, and a Fishing School for kids and adults from 7 and up. Be sure to check out their 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!
Mary’s passion is sharing elegant French family cuisine with you and your guests. A “Top 5” culinary graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, she combines classic French chef techniques with the wisdom and advice gained from years of cooking along side her French mother-in-law. Mary can spend a half day with you in your kitchen where you will create a traditional 5 course French meal for you, your family and guests. She frequently caters dinner parties and cocktail parties for American Embassy Defense Attachés and their VIP guests, a UNESCO director, and various private clients in Paris and its environs.
Metro: Pont Marie (line 7)
Stop by the Musée de la Magie for a tour from a wizard or one of the museum’s favorite magic shows. Located in the Marais, this quirky museum is full of amazing artifacts illustrating the history and magic of the art of illusion. Examine antique magicians’ props and gadgets, learn about stunning optical illusions and how to stump your friends with a slight of hand.
As mentioned in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities or in 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
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.
Kids 5 to 14 years will love the caché of training at this soccer school, which is affiliated with the professional team Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Courses are offered throughout the year on both indoor and outdoor pitches, plus they have intensive workshops (stages) during school holidays for kids up to 17 years.
Multiple locations: 10 centers around Paris/Ile de France and 4 in other provinces.
Metro: Les Sablons (line 1)
An ideal setting for a festive family brunch, the Pavillon des Oiseaux sits in the middle of the Jardin D’Acclimatation, so you can turn brunch into a family outing. On weekends, there’s an all you-can-eat buffet and entertainment to keep the little ones entertained. (Not recommended for couples looking for a quiet and romantic setting!). You can also privatise part or all of the restaurant for private parties.
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!
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!
Metro: Marcel Sembat or Porte de St-Cloud (line 9)
All around party organizers – birthday parties (kids or adults), artist workshops, school fairs, bouncy castles and more!
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.
Metro: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau (line 1)
Immortalize your loved ones in a portrait captured in the iconic Studio Harcourt in Paris. With its distinctive black and white style, Studio Harcourt has been creating legendary portraits since 1934. If this studio is out of your price range, have your portrait quickly done in one of the two Harcourt luxury photo booths in Paris for 10€!
Harcourt Photo Booth: MK2 Cinema, 128-162 avenue de France 75013 or Franck et Fils department store: 80, rue de Passy – 75016 PARIS
It’s party time! This is one of our favorite sites when we need to find special touches to make a celebration fabulous. Whether you need materials to make fabulous fondant decorated cakes, or balloons and themed tableware to mark a special occasion, you’ll find it all here on this one-stop online shop. You can order everything from personalized candies and cake toppers to themed party decorations and loads of ideas for adult and children’s celebrations, from baptisms to weddings. They have fast and reliable delivery service too!
Metro: Argentine or Porte Maillot (line 1), Neuilly-Porte Maillot (RER C)
Cute little shop located near Porte Maillot offering all of your party supplies. Check out the wide selection on their website before you make a visit.
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) Bastille (lines 1, 5 and 8)
A one-stop shop for all your child’s birthday party supplies and costumes. This store is 100% dedicated to children’s-themed parties. From Snow White and Cinderella to Spiderman or Ninja Turtles, they have something to suit almost any children’s theme. Visit this Paris location or order everything online!
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8), Bastille (line 1, 5 and 8), Bréguet Sabin (line 5)
Part of the family of Viva Fiesta stores, this location offers 150m² of pure fantasy when it comes to finding your favorite disguise. Whether it’s for that special adults only soirée or your child’s birthday party, you’ll find plenty of options here. Order online for home delivery (4.99€, or free for purchases over 40€) or pick-up in the store.
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8 and 9)
The largest in the family of Viva Fiesta stores, this location has three floors packed with all of your favorite party costumes and themed party decorations. Whether you’re looking for a generic disguise or superhero characters, or famous cartoon character costumes for you or your kids, they have a wide selection for you to choose from. Perhaps you prefer to mix and match to create your own look? No problem, you’ll find plenty of wigs, make-up, and even special effect contact lenses. Order online for home delivery (4.99€ or free over 40€) or pick-up in the store.
Planning a wedding in France? Here’s your one-stop shop for everything to help make the day your prettiest yet! Experts in party supplies, with three locations in central Paris, this suburban location has all the themed materials for your fête, plus a huge selection of unique and beautiful items to deck out any wedding venue.
Visit their website for detailed driving directions from in and around Paris.