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!
If you love some of INSPIRELLE‘s portraits and Paris photos, turn to professional photographer Alexis Duclos. One of our most fervent supporters, Alexis is an experienced award-winning photographer and video cameraman who can capture your individual and family portraits for business or personal use as well as produce corporate videos to enhance your company websites.
To consult his versatile work visit his website: http://www.alexisduclos.com
Metro: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (lines 1,2,6 and RER A)
Step into a haven of tranquility and escape the hustle of the city at the first Spa My Blend spa by Clarins, which boasts 1,500 sq m of space to offer a full range of exclusive beauty treatments, as well as a fitness room, hammam, laconium room, sauna and a 23-meter infinity pool — all housed inside the luxurious Hotel Royal Monceau. Free access to the Spa for all appointments of over 2 hours. Club membership packages also available if you want regular access to their fitness and spa facilities.
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!
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
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.
Métro: Rennes (line 12), Sèvres Babylone (lines 10/12)
Step into this oasis of eternal spring and you’ll feel all your tensions melt away. As the first fragrance day spa in Paris, every treatment Free Persephone offers – from manis and pedis to facial treatments and full body massages – is around fragrant themes: aromatic, citrus, or floral, depending on your mood.
Bring a friend, get treated like goddesses, then linger in their salon du thé. You can even privatize the space for a bachelorette party, birthday or other private event.
Prices: 18€ for a 10-min mini-massage; 34€ and up for manis/pedis; 96€ and up for facial and body treatments.
Read our review of Free Persephone HERE!
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.
Metro: Champs Elysées Clemenceau (line 1 and 13)
A hands-on science museum housed in the magnificent Grand Palais in the heart of Paris. Includes a planetarium, permanent and temporary exhibits and regular demonstrations and workshops. It’s also a sister museum to the Cité des Sciences, so you can get an annual Universcience pass to visit both museums through the year.
Make your own salads at Jour’s numerous locations in Paris including 8 shops in the 8th arrondisement (see all locations on their website). You can also order online for delivery.
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon(line 3), Pont de Neuilly (line 1)
Marymount is a private Catholic school with a proud reputation for embracing cultural and religious diversity. The international day school offers an American based curriculum for students aged 2.5 years to 14 years from all over the world. Located in the leafy Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, the school believes in providing a stimulating and challenging curriculum to bring out the best in students.
INSPIRELLE trusts owner Vincent Gowry with all its driving anywhere! He runs a topnotch chauffeur driven car service with a fleet of cars, vans and minibus to accommodate any number of passengers and baggage. Drivers all speak English and perform concierge services to make your day and movement as smooth as possible.
Metro: Charles de Gaulle Étoile (lines 1,2, and 6, RER A)
Open daily 24 hours. International team of multilingual pharmacists located in Publicis building next to the Arc du Triomphe. All their staff speak English.
Metro: Miromesnil (lines 9 and 13)
“A place of peace and expertise where everything is for you.” Includes swimming pools, 8 treatment rooms, a Russian Banïya and a private couples suite. Leave the kids in the Kids Club while you have your treatment!
32 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris, France
57 Avenue d'Italie, 75013 Paris, France
19 Quai André Citroën, 75015 Paris, France
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.
Metro: Parmentier (line 3), Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9)
Another hip and must-visit gluten free bakery in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Their pastries are to die for and you just have to try their famous rectangular bread!
Read full review here of gluten-free bakeries in Paris by INSPIRELLE contributor Chloe Martin.
Metro: La Muette (line 9) Boulainvilliers (RER C)
Situated in what once was the “Passy La Muette” train station, in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, La Gare is an impressive spot for brunch. In nicer weather, you can enjoy sitting in one of its two lush outdoor terraces. On weekends, they have an all-you-can-eat buffet spread and entertainment for the little ones. It’s also an elegant spot lunch or dinner on Monday thru Saturday, too!
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!
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.
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.