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 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!
Metro: Porte Dorée (line 8)
It may not be very big but, housed in the beautifully maintained Art Deco building, Le Palais de la Porte Dorée, this small aquarium won’t disappoint. Learn about the richness and diversity of the aquatic world and the importance it represents. Its 84 aquariums contain about 5,000 animals, including 300 species of tropical fish and fauna.
Founded in 1982 to bring together families in the Chantilly area who speak English as a mother tongue or as a cultural language. It’s primary function is to organize classes in English within the schools in Chantilly.
Metro: Arts et Métiers (line 3)
A wonderful little museum exhibiting over 2,400 inventions, from scientific instruments to energy to communication and transportation. Guided tours and numerous demonstrations and workshops are organized regularly throughout the year.
Metro: Porte de la Villette (line 7)
Inside this modern Museum of Science and Industry you’ll find permanent exhibitions on the universe, mathematics, transportation and more, plus regularly rotating temporary exhibitions. Inside this big sister to the Palais de la Découverte, families will also love the fabulous Cité des Enfants, a totally hands-on science adventure playground with hands-on exhibits including a water zone, mock recording studio, construction zone and much more. There are two distinct areas, for 2-7 year olds and 5-12 year olds, so parents with kids in two different age groups better bring another adult! Reservations highly recommended.
Love science? Get an annual Universcience pass to visit both the Palais de la Découverte and Cité throughout the year.
Metro: Porte de St-Cloud (line 9)
A team of “mad scientists”, who make learning about science fun, are at your service to put on a fun and engaging, interactive show at your event or children’s party. Choose from various age-appropriate themes, and they’ll come prepared to entertain the kids with fun scientific experiments. You just provide the laboratory and the cake. Also offering made-to-measure workshops on numerous science topics in schools and at various Savants Fous locations around France. They also organize daily and weekly workshops during school holidays.
If you have a little gamer at home, why not enroll them in a class on how to create their own apps, computer games, music and cartoons with simple coding skills, so that they learn a new skill which is increasingly important in a numeric world?
MAGIC MAKERS offers classes from New Scratchers to Minecraft Coding and Drone Making for kids from 8 years and up in multiple locations in and around Paris. They can also host a coding workshop birthday party!
Language: Most workshops are in French, but during school holidays, some of their locations offer selected workshops in English.
DON’T MISS THESE ROUNDUPS: Ultimate Guide to Kid’s Activities and 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
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.
Metro: Balard (line 8)
Grab your bathing suits and head to the largest aquatic park in Europe — equipped with indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzis, numerous large water slides and a wave pool. It’s an all-year-round fun attraction for everyone, and a great place to plan a kids’ birthday party! The complex also includes restaurants, a fitness center, Decathlon sporting goods store and movie theaters.
Also mentioned in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Metro: La Tour-Maubourg (line 8)
Offering numerous art classes during the school year, plus additional school vacation-time creative art workshops to children and adults. Bonus, English-speaking artists offer a selection of art classes from Tuesday-Saturdays during the school year.
Find out all the scoop in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
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: Les Sablons (line 1), Louise Michel (line 3)
One of the nicer fully-equipped aquatic centers around Paris, with multiple pools for leisure and for training, as well as an outdoor pool, two solariums and a “beach” in the summer. Clean and well-organized, they also have a spa, hammams, saunas, and UV cabins.
(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.
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: Pasteur (lines 6 and 12)
Created and run by American opera singer Valerie Beatson, Kid Jam offers an introduction to singing for babies and children in a fun and bilingual (French/English) environment. Children and their accompanying adults learn international songs, lullabies and finger-plays while expressing themselves with percussive instruments, props and musical games.
En plus, KidJam’s classes are open to all children, even those with special-needs. New classes like BodyJam, taught by movement specialist Corinne Ott, allow these kids to get their much-needed social activities and integrated therapy. And with the help of Association SPRINT France, psychologists volunteer to come shadow (aid, in France, they are called AVS (Auxiliaire Vie Scolaire) these kids in music and movement classes, for an optimum experience.
READ ABOUT KIDJAM in our Ultimate Guide After-School and Weekend Activities!
Metro: Porte Dorée (line 8)
At this zoo, also known as the Vincennes Zoo, imagine you’re in the savanna, Patagonia, or in the tropical climates of Guyana and Madagascar. All year round, you can come here to encounter more than 180 animal species kept in conditions as close to their original habitat as possible.
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.
Metro: Duroc (lines 10 and 13), Vaneau (line 10)
A classical dance school whose unique philosophy combined with a high standard for its teachings have made it the largest private dance school in Europe. Created in 1997 by American, Brooke Desnöes, she brings joy to the discipline of ballet dance. The school opens its doors to aspiring dancers from ages 4 to 21 years old and offers recreational, pre-professional and trainee programs, as well as master classes, workshops and summer intensive programs.
It’s Playmobil heaven! 12 different play areas where the kids can play with all their favorite Playmobil characters and structures. A special area is reserved for the youngest visitors from 18 months to 3-years-old. Could be a great place to plan your next children’s birthday party, too!
Metro: Rue du Bac (line 12)
BAW offers a full range of training and support for amateur and professional actors, writers, directors, and students in theatre and film. Experienced performers and directors teach the acting workshops and classes in English for all ages. BAW encourages a multilingual and multicultural exchange among performers to enhance creative expression. Aspiring teenage actors can enroll in the Wednesday workshops to study the acting craft and discover their potential.
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