Metro: Rambuteau (line 11)
Make a dream come true for doll lovers by taking them to the Musée de la Poupée in the Marais. Imagine finding over 500 of the finest French dolls, from 1800 to today, on display in their best finery and accessories! Admire the furnished miniature dollhouses. From baby dolls to Barbie, learn about the evolution of the doll and understand why she is your little girl’s eternal best friend.
As mentioned in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities and 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
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: Rambuteau (line 11)
Try Riad Nejma in the heart of the 4th arrondissment of Paris for a hot, cold and sugary brunch buffet Middle Eastern style. Buffet means you can try all the delicious offerings from Barh’il (thousand hole crepes) to Seffai (sugared semoule with almonds and raisins, and briouats (flake pastry filled with tuna, cheese or chicken) as well as a variety of salads.
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!
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: Arts et Métiers (lines 3 and 11)
It’s not often that you walk into a restaurant that looks like you’re in a shabby chic, Parisian apartment; but when you do, you’re in for a real treat. Here, you’ll find guests drinking, dining and flirting in the bedroom, living room, dining room or boudoir, making themselves quite literally “at home”. There’s even a Ping-Pong table and a smoking room hidden behind a mirrored wardrobe… très chic.
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.
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 (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)
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.
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.
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.
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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Marie de Tilly is a business etiquette and a French savoir-vivre coach. She offers training courses, tailor-made workshops and individual coaching sessions to help both individuals and professionals gain the confidence they are seeking in their personal and professional life in France.
Madame de Tilly masters to perfection manners and French “art de vivre” and gives conferences all around the world. She demystifies and clarifies the meaning of true good manners by adapting them to modern life. She also teaches manners at the EIML in Paris (International School of Luxury Marketing), and is a regular TV host in Stephane Bern’s daily show on French television.
Planning a visit to Paris for yourself, or someone who needs a bit of extra TLC? This unique Parisian tour operator makes the City of Light an accessible travel option for seniors and people who may have mobility or health issues by working with you to create personalized and comfortable travel plans.
Paris for Seniors will ensure you have a blast while helping you avoid cobblestones, curved staircases, uneven surfaces and maniacal drivers.
Alannah is passionate about demystifying the world of website creation. She runs workshops to show ordinary, not especially technical people how they can create their own website or blog. Her books are available on Amazon (her latest, Create Your Own Website The Easy Way, will be out in Spring 2016) and you can visit her website at http://www.alannahmoore.com.
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
Lynette Andersson is a Le Cordon Bleu Paris-trained Australian chef who provides personal catering for small events and private dinners, as well as one-on-one cooking classes in your home. Providing bespoke canapés for your small gathering, or a cocktail dinatoire for up to 30 people, Lynette removes the stress from entertaining. Similarly, plan a delicious luncheon or dinner for up to 12 people with a personalised menu for you and your guests.
Through Project M – Mind & Money, Yulin Lee, offers uniquely designed services for women in all stages of life to become financially independent. Her services include 1-on-1 private coaching, group coaching, accountability coaching as well as workshop and seminar training. As an expat who lived in Paris, France for many years, she understands how family displacements, career changes and a new environment can impact a woman’s life.