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!
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: 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.
Metro: Rue de la Pompe (line 9), Trocadéro or Passy (line 6), Ave. Henri Martin (RER C)
Institut de la Tour is a private Catholic school offering an Anglophone section with over 500 students in the collège and lycée programs. Teachers and administrators aim to help their students develop intellectually, personally and spiritually employing their philosophy of “s’élèver ensemble” (raise them together).
See website for details on the Anglophone section application procedures, which begin in October for the following school year.
They also offer Wednesday afternoon English immersion programs for primary and pre-primary (maternelle) aged children.
Get ready to rock ‘n roll! What better way for kids and teens to develop their musical talents than to join a band? Musicians in grades 3 to 12 (or CE2 – terminale) can join Rock U, which holds practice sessions at the American Church. Guitarist and vocalist Matt Black, a familiar face at parties and Anglophone events, leads the Rock U. You can register for Fall, Winter, or Spring sessions, and everyone’s invited to the Rock U band’s concerts at the end of each session. Cost is 335€ per session.
Read about Rock U and other activities in our Ultimate Guide to After-School and Weekend Activities for Kid!
This huge, indoor trampoline park is a paradise for anyone of any age who just wants to burn off some steam, and calories. Space Jump has a dodge ball zone, basketball zone, wall run and free space zones, as well as a wi-fi café upstairs for drink and snack break. It’s a popular birthday party venue for older kids, and Space Fitness classes for adults allow you to burn 1000 calories per session! Closed Mondays.
(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.
Metros: Riquet (line 7) and Stalingrad (lines 2, 5, 7)
The unique and vibrant Centquatre (104) Paris, a multi-purpose hub of arts and culture (including cinema, culinary, dance, music, theatre, video, digital and urban art) whose Maison des Petits is a modern space dedicated to little ones up to 5 and their parents. You can sign up for FREE artistic activities en famille on Wednesday afternoons, as well as a variety of artistic workshops for kids 6 to 12 during school holidays.
Metro: Alma Marceau (line 9), Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 & 9)
American Childrens Theatre is a theater company for children ages 3-16 with classes during the school year, camps (stages) during school holidays, and occasional specialized workshops. With a little acting, a little singing, a little dancing, a little silliness, your child will have a LOT of fun! They only use material that has positive values and messages. A highlight of the Fall and Spring sessions is performing in a professional theater here in Paris! The children get to experience the thrill of a real stage performance with lights, sound, effects, and a full audience. ACT can also bring their program into schools, birthday parties, and other events!
Metro: Wagram (line 3)
The Salésienne is a French cultural and sports association for children and adults in Paris, offering a wide range of activities for adults and children throughout the year, including performing arts (dance, singing, theater) and sports (basketball, football, pilates, tennis, yoga and more). They also run popular camps during the school holidays. Consult their website for details and enrollment.
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: Dupleix (line 6)
For their next birthday party, kids 6 and up can invite their friends to become patissiers for 90 minutes as they don chef’s aprons and learn to bake bread. They leave with the yummy fruits of their labor and a diploma in hand.
Wednesdays – Sundays
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon (line 3)
The Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature is a buzzing centre of nature-based activity. They have a museum/aquarium, a nursery, a Nature and Biodiversity Centre, and a Fishing School for kids and adults from 7 and up. Be sure to check out their 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!
Metro: Alma Marceau (line 9)
The Nicolaïte de Chaillot is a cultural and sports association which offers after-school activities such as football, gymnastics, judo, kung fu, tai chi and tennis, as well as camps during the school holidays. They also organize artistic, educational and sports activities and outings for kids from 6 to 17 years on Wednesdays and weekdays after-school at their Centre de Loisirs. Activities are led in French.
Check their website for details and to enroll.
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!
Metros: Cambronne (line 6), Vaugirard (line 12)
A wide offering of courses for adults and children of all ages, from Monday through Saturday. Children’s classes run the gamut from baby gym (1 year and up) to fencing and multiple martial arts disciplines (Aïkido, Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Self Defense, Viet-Vo-Dao). They even offer dance classes (baby dance, street dance, hip-hop) and Circus/Acrobatics. For adults, all the martial arts, plus Zumba, Salsa, Classical Dance and Modern Jazz.
Guédelon has been described as the “world’s largest archaeological experiment”. It all began in 1995, when an archaeological study at Saint-Fargeau Castle revealed a medieval stone fortress hidden within the red brick walls.
A team of construction builders works from medieval financial records, manuscripts, stained-glass cathedral windows and research. Their mission is to build a 13th century castle over 25 years using the construction techniques and logistical organization of the Middle Ages. The site, located in the heart of Burgundy’s wine vineyards in eastern France, possesses all the resources necessary for the building of a castle: a stone quarry, an oak forest and a water supply.
Read abotu it here: “Archaeological Challenge: Building a Real Medieval Chateau Today”
Apprendre à coder pour apprendre à créer (learn to code to learn to create) is the slogan at Magic Makers. You can find coding classes and workshops for children 8 yrs and up. Magic Makers offers an innovative way of teaching code as a form of creativity.
For more information and their various locations around Paris: CLICK HERE
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.
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!
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