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.
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
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
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.
Charlotte Debeugny is a UK-Registered Nutritionist providing nutrition and health advice for individuals, groups and companies in the Ile-de-France region. She is a published author, and an authority on nutrition, health and diet. Charlotte co-authored the best-selling 5:2 Lifestyle: More Than 100 Recipes Plus 4 Weeks of Menu Plans and Comment J’ai décroché du Sucre.
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 both English and French.
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.
2 Rue Hans List, 78290 Croissy, France 24.25 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.
The American School of Paris (ASP), was the first international school established in Europe, in 1946. Their mission is to provide an American education centered on the individual, in an international setting underlined by a philosophy of respect and responsibility.
ASP offers the International Baccalaureate program and a range of 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, sports and other activities led in English during the major school holidays.
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 offer a choice of tennis, golf, soccer, dance, English, and circus workshops during the major school breaks.
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.
A friendly, private tennis and multi-sports club devoted to kids, with courses on Wednesdays and weekends through the year, and holiday sports camps for children from 3 to 14 years old. You can sign up your kids for any of their regular classes on a weekly, half day or daily basis. A convenient door-to-door minibus service shuttles kids from Paris to the club, which sits on 2 hectares of green space, 20 minutes from the Eiffel Tower in Bièvres.
Their Les Gymnases Parisiennes offers golf, gym, soccer and tennis courses for kids from 2 to 10 years on Saturdays in gyms in the 7th, 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements of Paris.
They can even organize a sports birthday party for you. And, they speak English!
Just minutes from the Arc de Triomphe, The Standard Athletic Club is hidden in the forest of Meudon. An International English-speaking Sports and Social Club, it is the perfect place for the family to play sports casually or competitively or just relax and enjoy the social life.
See their website for membership fees and their many activities on offer.
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!
Metro: République (lines 3,5,8,9,11)
Once you step into the exotic surroundings of Les Cents Ciels, with it’s sensual ambiance and Moroccan décor, you’ll be transported to a land of “The Hundred Skies”. At this traditional hammam, every detail ensures your complete relaxation and serenity. Bliss out and try one of their Rituels du Hammam packages, which allow you access to their steamy hammam, sauna and pool for about one hour before your treatment.
A former professional dancer and ballet teacher, Canadian Maria Ney is a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor, offering group and personal coaching on mat and machines from her studio in Clamart. The coach of several INSPIRELLE readers, Maria is regarded as one of the finest Pilates instructors, helping women and men get into shape properly. Her fully equipped studio is the go-to-place for those living in the southwestern suburbs of Clamart, Sèvres, Meudon and Issy-les-Moulineaux.
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: Michel Ange Auteuil (lines 9 and 10)
Dr. Wallier is a very personable American clinical psychologist, who’s a mother of 3 boys herself, so she’ll understand your needs. She specializes in eating disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, giftedness, and anxiety disorders. She offers evaluation and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, parents and families.
Metro: Exelmans (line 9)
Based in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Club Atheon offers adults and children a wide variety of sports and fitness courses throughout the year, including martial arts, pilates, yoga, zumba and more.
During school holidays, they hold one-week multi-sports, dance and English class workshops (only during school holidays) for kids aged 7-15 at Stade Jean Bouin in the 16th arrondisement.
As mentioned in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities…
Metro: Porte de St Cloud
Known for its crispy Peking Duck served over several courses, the Palais du Bonheur serves up typical grilled and steamed Chinese dishes — all for a reasonable price, with a welcoming smile! Our faves: Peking duck of course, salt and pepper shrimp, ma po tofu, braised eggplant and hot and sour soup!