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!
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.
(NOTE: Due to a major renovation between September 2017 and May 2018, attractions and ateliers at the park will be affected. Please check WEBSITE for details before going.)
Metro: Les Sablons (line 1)
One of INSPIRELLE’s favorite family destinations, this is a 20-hectare (49-acre) children’s amusement park located in the northern corner of the Bois de Boulogne. The under 12 crowd will love the carnival type games, climbing wall, puppet shows, petting zoo, donkey and camel rides and sprinklers in the summer!
Their Maison des Ateliers offers workshops through the year and a party package for 350€, which includes an interactive workshop for 10 kids, birthday cake, drinks, candies and goody bags. All parents need to do is show up and take photos! But it’s very popular, so make sure to reserve at least one month in advance.
16 Rue Margueritte, 75017 Paris, France
9 Rue Villaret de Joyeuse, 75017 Paris, France
123 Rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris, France
23 Rue de Cronstadt, 75015 Paris, France
Ecole Internationale Bilingue (EIB) Paris is a network of bilingual schools which welcomes international students of more than 70 nationalities in its co-ed and secular campuses around Paris. EIB offers a bilingual education to students from preschool (maternelle) through high school, according to the British, American and IB qualifications.
EIB’s four campuses in the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements follow the official program of the French Ministry of Education (hence it is sous-contrat with the government e and tuition is partially subsidized), with daily lessons in English at various levels.
EIB Victor Hugo follows an English-language, international curriculum, with daily French lessons, from pre-school through high school. Students can earn an internationally-recognized High School Diploma or IB Diploma.
Contact individual schools for further information.
Metro: École Militaire (line 8), Saint François Xavier (line 13)
A well-known GP to the Anglophone community in Paris. She has special interest and experience in women’s health issues, as well as travel medicine, an interdisciplinary specialty concerned with the prevention and management of health problems associated with travel. For many of our commuting expats, a consultation can help avoid major discomfort and possible sickness when working or visiting abroad.
This modern cooking school has 16 locations around France, including 5 in Paris, which offer cooking courses for adults and children, and a professional training center in Rueil Malmaison. You can drop of your kids for a 1-1/2 hour Graines de Chefs workshop or share the fun with a parents and kids session on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year.
For more after-school and weekend activity ideas check out our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
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
Hidden away in a real greenhouse, you can admire the beauty of 40 different species of butterflies. It’s a wonderful new experience for your nature-loving children where you can witness the egg-laying, hatching and the metamorphosis of these beautiful insects.
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9)
The largest English-language lending library on the European continent, the ALP is more than just a library. It hosts popular evenings with authors and singers, organizes reading groups for toddlers, children and adults as well as offers writing workshops for teenagers. The super friendly staff serves more than 2,500 members from more than 60 different countries.
Metro: Rue de la Pompe (line 9), Trocadéro or Passy (line 6), Ave. Henri Martin (RER C)
Institut de la Tour is a private Catholic school offering an Anglophone section with over 500 students in the collège and lycée programs. Teachers and administrators aim to help their students develop intellectually, personally and spiritually employing their philosophy of “s’élèver ensemble” (raise them together).
See website for details on the Anglophone section application procedures, which begin in October for the following school year.
They also offer Wednesday afternoon English immersion programs for primary and pre-primary (maternelle) aged children.
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: Trocadero (lines 6 and 9)
Escape the rain and plunge into the water world at the Aquarium de Paris, located in the Palais de Chaillot at Place de Trocadero. Its darkly-lit rooms create the perfect ambiance for a mysterious tour of the large, underwater tanks with more than 100,000 species including clown fish, puffers, sharks and stingrays. With two cinemas screening documentaries and cartoons, as well as live entertainment on weekends and holidays, there’s plenty to keep you entertained for a couple hours.
Roaming Schoolhouse operates as a mobile school with classes in different locations throughout the week, depending on demand in the area. The classes are aimed at children growing up in the French education system with English as a regularly used language. They have classes through out the year as well as camps during the school holidays.
Metro: Odéon (lines 4 and 10)
This beautiful park, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, covers 23 hectares and is known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, and flowerbeds. The model sailboats on its circular basin will keep the kids busy for hours. For children, there’s an enclosed playground (small entry fee), a famous carousel with brass ring game, tennis and basketball courts, and pony rides.
Metro: Passy (line 6)
The International School of Paris (ISP) is the only school within Paris offering all three International Baccalaureate programs. From nursery school to high school, the educational program combining academics, arts and sports is designed to motivate students to become well rounded, sociable and open-minded. Classes are kept small (18-20 students) to encourage exchange between teacher and students. Its motto: “Educating for Complexity”.
Through their popular ISP Plus programs, also open to non-ISP students, they offer innovative and educational language and activity camps led in English on Saturdays during the school year and over the major school holidays.
Metro: Jasmin (line 9), Michel-Ange Auteuil (lines 9 and 10)
A French and English-speaking American trained clinical psychologist with a PhD specialising in behavioral issues, ADHD, parenting, anxiety and mood disorders, OCD and behavioral medicine.
Member of SPRINT France, a non-profit group of English-speaking and bilingual professionals who work with children of all ages with special needs.
Metro: Corvisart (line 6)
Your kids can get limber, keep fit, gain confidence and improve their personal and physical expression while learning traditional circus arts like juggling, balancing, and walking across tight ropes. Cirqu-Aouette works with many schools around Paris and offer courses throughout the year at their center in the 13th arrondissement, as well as workshops during school holidays. For kids from 2 and up, and adults too!
Find out about more after-school and weekend activities in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Metro: Porte Dorée (line 8)
Here’s a real cultural jewel. Learn about the immigrants who helped build France over the past two centuries at this fascinating multicultural museum. Discover a large collection of photographs, documents and video that trace the history, culture and contributions of the many ethnic groups that make up France today.
The museum is located in an exquisite Art Deco building, the Palais de la Porte d’Orée, built in 1931 for the International Colonial Exhibition in Paris. INSPIRELLE recommends this museum for adults and older children, but younger kids can fully enjoy the tropical aquarium on the lower level.
As mentioned in our article 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
When Parisian Cecile Birgand Ayasse couldn’t find original workshops for her own four kids, she set up Apprends et Rêve (“To learn and dream” in English) to create her own solution. From singing lessons with a coach from “The Voice” to Flamenco, computer coding or graffiti art, they offer imaginative weekend workshops and holiday camps where children aged 3 to 15. Activities are taught in French at various locations around Paris.
PERK FOR INSPIRELLE READERS! Mention INSPIRELLE when you sign up for a holiday camp or year-long workshop at Apprends et Rêve (“Learn and Dream“) and get a free yearly membership PLUS 15% off any one-day reservation.