A charming village located just 80 km West of Paris, Giverny’s picturesque gardens were the source of inspiration for Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s most esteemed works from 1883 until his death in 1926. The gardens and restored house have since become a pilgrimage for artists, tourists and nature lovers alike.
After a peaceful stroll through the cascades of flowers and weeping willows, take a short walk over to Le Jardin des Plumes, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving dishes as beautiful as the surrounding scenery. Or, lunch in one of the many quaint local restaurants near Monet’s house. Complete the day with a visit to the fabulous Museum of Impressionisms in the village.
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As its name would suggest, the Museum of Impressionisms Giverny focuses on all the different forms of Impressionism, one of the most popular painting movements in history. Explore the origins, geographical diversity, history and development of this genre of art. Giverny is not only an essential stop on an Impressionist route in the Seine Valley, it is also a crucial landmark in the turn from Impressionism to the art of the 20th century.
If you’re passing through Giverny, Le Jardin des Plumes is a boutique hotel featuring Art Deco and contemporary furnishings as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant. Less than an hour from Paris, this is the ideal place to relax in any season. With a very welcoming, young team at the reception, you’ll feel like a special guest every time.
New and innovative reusable food pouches. Now available for purchase on Amazon.fr as well as numerous online children’s product websites – see possibilities on the Squiz website.
This non-profit, volunteer association aims to help entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs “to be” to gain access to new and valuable skills, through workshops, networking, and real opportunities to showcase their products and services. Based in Paris’ western suburb of Yvelines, come and meet like-minded women who want to share their knowledge and experience as business-owners in France.
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
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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.
38 Quai de l'Écluse, 78290 Croissy-sur-Seine, France 48.65 km
At their two campuses (Junior and Senior) located in the western suburbs of Paris in the small market town of Croissy-sur-Seine, the British School of Paris is one of the largest and longest-running British international schools in the world. Established over sixty years ago, they follow an educational program based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales and are committed to encouraging their pupils to do and give of their best.
A wonderful family activity just outside of Paris! You can pick your own fresh fruits and vegetables, visit the farm animals, and shop in the country store for homemade products. Think apples and pumpkins in the fall and strawberries and raspberries in the summer! They offer regular workshops and presentations for the whole family.
The first ever American Basketball Camp in Paris. During the summer holidays, boys and girls aged 9-17 can learn basketball fundamentals and techniques with the pros, in English and French.
Très haute de gamme. A 10-minute drive from the Arc de Triomphe, it’s an ideal place for all the family – 55 hectares of open green space, with a golf course, tennis courts, gym, swimming pools and kids’ club. The membership price is steep and requires other member sponsors.
INSPIRELLE tip: even non-member children can sign up for sports classes during the school year, and their holiday day camps (half and full day options available) offer a choice of tennis, golf, soccer, dance, English, and circus workshops during the major school breaks. If you live in the city there’s a shuttle bus pick up from Porte Maillot in the morning, but you have to pick up your child at the end of their stage.
Footballers of all ages head here to play soccer year round. Adults can book the pitches at multiple locations around Paris online.
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. Bonus: all registered kids get a nice PSG-branded football outfit and bag.
It’s also a popular birthday party venue (for 10 to 15 kids). Book at least one or two months in advance.
Multiple locations: 10 centers around Paris/Ile de France and 4 in other provinces.
The American School of Paris (ASP), was the first international school established in Europe in 1946. Their mission is to provide an American education centering on the individual, in an international setting underlined by a philosophy of respect and responsibility.
ASP offers the International Baccalaureate program and a range Advanced Placement (AP) courses. In addition, it has a rich technology, arts and sports program.
Through their popular Extension Program, open to non-ASP students as well, they offer language courses on Wednesdays and Saturdays and an art workshop in English on Tuesdays and Fridays; in addition, they have intensive week-long language classes during the major school holidays.
A non-profit association founded over 50 years ago by UNESCO and the Education Nationale, SIS, Sections Internationales de Sèvres, operates within several French public school campuses in Sèvres, Chaville and Boulogne-Billancourt, on the western edge of Paris. SIS offers bilingual English/French and German/French education from nursery school through high school. An entrance exam is required to evaluate the child’s language level.
In addition to preparing students for the Option Internationale du Baccalaureat (OIB), the international option of the French baccalaureate program, SIS offers post-bac counseling for applying to universities outside of France and organizes many extra-curricular activities, including a lively theater group, active book club and school trips abroad. Due to the school’s reputation and popularity, early enrollment is recommended.
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon (line 3)
Located on a tiny island 5 minutes by car from Étoile in Paris, this spacious loft style brasserie is housed in a 19th-century building with a dinosaur skeleton suspended above the entire dining room. They also offer a weekend brunch menu with freshly squeezed juices, mini viennosseries such as “feuilletée au Nutella” for chocolate lovers, an appetizing selection of antipasti and Italian desserts.
Read about this and more weekend brunch spots in our weekend brunch roundup!
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon(line 3), Pont de Neuilly (line 1)
An international day school offering an American based curriculum for students from all over the world, from ages 2.5 to 14 years old. Marymount is a private Catholic school with a proud reputation for embracing cultural and religious diversity. Located in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, the school believes in providing a stimulating and challenging curriculum to bring out the best in students.
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.
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon (line 3)
Did you know you can learn to fish in Paris? Here’s a unique place where kids and adults can learn more about their local aquatic and natural environment, located on the outskirts of Paris, on the Ile de la Jatte in the Seine. Built and maintained by the City of Levallois, the Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature is a buzzing centre of nature-based activity. They have a museum/aquarium where you can learn about the fish and biodiversity of the Seine, with a small pool where kids can pet and feed carp and sturgeon fish. There’s also a nursery where you can observe dragonflies, plankton and freshwater shrimp and a 360 degree Aquarama of the Seine which houses 18 aquariums. Their Nature and Biodiversity Centre regularly hosts individuals and school groups who come to learn all about the local flora and fauna, the birds and animals of the Seine region. And, there’s even a Fishing School for kids and adults from 7 and up.
They have a 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!