Metro: Châtelet (lines 1,4,7,11), Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
In a cute house just a few steps from the Centre Pompidou art museum, you’ll find the friendly Happy Families, where everything is considered for your children no matter what their age. Relax and have a coffee while young bubs can play in a safe and secure soft playroom, and then order healthy kid-friendly snacks from their cafe, which is equipped with high chairs. Need a break from the little ones? Their friendly staff will watch them while you have a haircut, a manicure, or a massage — and your kids can get their hair coiffed too. It’s also a great birthday party venue, where they offer value packages for up to 10 children with special themes and a party leader.
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: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11), Châtelet (lines 1, 4 and 7)
You’ll find all your costume and party supply needs in this jam-packed little gem in the heart of the Marais district, just beside the BHV department store. Look through their online catalogue first, then go imagine yourself dressed as a banana at your next side-splitting party!
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
The Centre Danse du Marais offers over 40 different dance disciplines for children and adults, from beginners to the most advanced dancers. Choose from Classical ballet, African, Bollywood, Balinese, Belly dancing, Tap, Flamenco, Salsa, Tango, Hip Hop, Martial arts, Pilates, Yoga and much more. English is spoken.
Get more ideas about after-school and weekend activities in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11)
We could spend hours in one of Paris’s original department stores, where you can find everything from high-end art supplies and stationery to an eclectic selection of lighting for your home, to curtains and doorknobs, or specialty items for home maintenance, decoration and repair, to clothing, shoes and accessories for the whole family. And in the summers you can enjoy evening drinks on the rooftop at the Perchoir Marais (entrance at 37 rue de la Verrerie)
Telephone call center staffed with English-speaking volunteers, who are trained and supported by psychologists and ready to listen to your worries. It’s completely confidential and available from 3-11pm daily, either by telephone or Skype.
Rita Golstein-Galperin is a multicultural expat living in Paris and a Career Makeover Strategist® for expat women.
She created Expat Renaissance to help women rediscover, reinvent and redefine their professional-awesome-self while thriving overseas! Combining her honed strategic problem solving skills and widely interdisciplinary background as lawyer, entrepreneur, public policy professional, economist and lecturer she helps women get unstuck and embrace new opportunities abroad, whether in the job market or starting (and growing) their own business.
Gymboree, which some of you know from other locations abroad, is a great place for kids from 0 to 6 years old and their parents to have fun together while allowing the little ones to develop their motricity, English, gymnastic and musical skills in a colorful, padded play area. It’s also a fun birthday party venue. Ask for a FREE trial session!
3 locations in Paris (10th, 15th and 16th arrondisssments) and one in Lille la Pilaterie.
Drawing from both professional and personal experience, Isabelle offers intercultural coaching that helps you better understand both French culture and administration, as well as focusing on improving language and communication skills. Isabelle lived 10 years in the United States before returning to Paris. She works closely with many international companies based in France to help their overseas staff adjust to their new French environment. She particularly enjoys helping individuals in private sessions.
Her bi-cultural coaching can make it easier and more rewarding for you to live and work in France!
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.
An informal organization for the exchange of news and information. Provides a comprehensive directory listing of more than a hundred English-speaking service groups and associations in the Paris region.
A non-profit organization of English-speaking and bilingual professionals who work with children of all ages with special needs. The network of specialists share their knowledge and resources to help families in Paris find the appropriate support to enable their child to thrive. The website has a thorough directory of all the professional members in the SPRINT organization to help families, schools and professors seeking guidance and study new ideas. SPRINT also provides counseling, and organizes lectures in and around Paris.
Founded by two cultural addicts, Artecase is a collectible design sourcing service working with individuals and interior designers. Whether you’re looking for specific pieces, types of items or groups of furniature (chairs, chimneys, lighting, etc…), they search, then organize their findings to share with you or accompany you around Paris to view the art pieces they’ve found.
Their focus is on 20th century and contemporary design and they bring passion and the highest level of scholarship and connoisseurship to clients looking to make this type of acquisition. Services range from the sourcing of single object to the development of a collection over time.
Learn more about Artecase here: Artecase: Parisian Treasure Hunters in Search of Collectible Design.
The first Venturing Crew in France offers teenagers from age 14 and up an invitation to adventure, leadership, personal growth and service. A program of the Boy Scouts of America, Venturing places strong emphasis on its policy of co-ed “youth-led’ programs with adult-guidance, providing both young men and young women an opportunity to test their limits, meet new friends, develop new skills, make a difference and have a lot of fun working together in a close-knit team.
Crew 2014 is an English-speaking group, though many of its members are fully bilingual and come from many cultures and countries, including the US, France, Russia, India and Ireland. Last year’s activities included hiking, camping, go-karting and an action course called Koezio. Monthly meetings were accompanied by spaghetti dinners and a time to relax together during the intensive school week.
Young children from 0 to 6 will have fun discovering music, rythym and dance with percussion instruments, theatre songs, gymnastic movements and puppets at the Jack N’ Jill Music Club. All classes are run in English and are limited to small groups. They have locations in Paris (17th arrondissement) and in the suburbs near Disneyland Paris, and will soon be opening another location in Paris (15th arrondissement). Contact them for exact locations.
Find out all the scoop in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Want to find out where luminaries like Josephine Baker, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis hung out during their heydays in Paris? Explore the rich cultural heritage of Black Paris through Julia Browne’s Walking The Spirit Tours.
They offer a full range of Black Paris & Beyond vacation and travel services that help share their passion for Black heritage and give travelers an authentic taste of traditional France and Europe.
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A boutique luxury consultancy based in Hong Kong and also operating in Paris & Shanghai. With an international crowd, founder Emilie Joulia conducts made-to-measure projects while keeping an eye at new trends. The team brings a French artistic direction and uses its expertise to organize memorable moments and original strategies. At the core of Paris Art Ltd is the strong belief that art and fashion are the ideal vehicle to make a real impact for an occasion or a unique present. The marketing expertise gets inspired in Paris!
The Women of Success (TWS) is a network of professional women created by business and life coach Dawn Z Bournand (founder of Fabulously Successful). The network offers valuable peer support, shares tips, tools and techniques for creating a fulfilling life and business, and offers opportunities for members to help each other grow professionally and personally.
Hayley sold her clinic in Florida to move to the City of Lights, where she runs Acupuncture In Paris (www.AcupunctureInParis.com). She’s given over 10,000 treatments to people on two continents, and loves the diversity of the work. When she’s not treating patients or writing about the benefits of Acupuncture, she’s exploring the city with her dog Codex, and enjoying the fabulous sights.
Get some questions answered in her article: Acupuncturist in Paris: Why Tiny Needles Can Offer Major Relief.
A Gift IT card is the ideal present for anyone who’s hard to shop for. You can personalize a gift card in the denomination of your choice and allow them to select from one of Gift It’s unique Parisian partner boutiques.
Read more about this unique, time-saving website and it’s founder, Gillian Szaga, here: Too Busy to Shop for the Perfect Present? Try Gift IT