Musée des Arts Forains (Museum of Carnival Arts)

Musée des Arts Forains (Museum of Carnival Arts)

53 Avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012 Paris, France
53 Avenue des Terroirs de France Paris Île-de-France 75012 FR
+33 (0)1 43 40 16 22+33 (0)1 43 40 16 22

Metro: Cour St-Emilion (line 14)

One of the best kept secrets in town is the enchanting Musée des Arts Forains, or Museum of Carnival Arts. Discover a stunning collection of beautiful, old amusement park rides and other carnival-related attractions in a magical space hidden in Bercy Village, southeast Paris. The gorgeous craft and workmanship of these carousels will astound you.

As mentioned in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities and 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!

293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France 1.51 km
+33 (0)1 53 59 58 60+33 (0)1 53 59 58 60

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.


293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France 1.51 km

Metro: Porte Dorée (line 8)

Here’s a real cultural jewel. Learn about the immigrants who helped build France over the past two centuries at this fascinating multicultural museum. Discover a large collection of photographs, documents and video that trace the history, culture and contributions of the many ethnic groups that make up France today.

The museum is located in an exquisite Art Deco building, the Palais de la Porte d’Orée, built in 1931 for the International Colonial Exhibition in Paris. INSPIRELLE recommends this museum for adults and older children, but younger kids can fully enjoy the tropical aquarium on the lower level.

As mentioned in our article 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!

8 Avenue du Bel air, 75012 Paris, France 1.62 km
+33(0)1 43 07 28 98+33(0)1 43 07 28 98

Metro: Nation (lines 1, 2, 6 and 9)

Authentic Northern Chinese cuisine in a brasserie-type atmosphere. Avoid the Thai-influenced dishes on the copious menu and go for the more authentic specialities such as eggplants sautéed in soy sauce, Squirrel Mandarin Fish (poisson écureuil), and shredded Peking-style pork served with little pancakes.

96 Boulevard Masséna, 75013 Paris, France 2.07 km
+33 (0) 1 45 83 98 88+33 (0) 1 45 83 98 88

Metro: Porte de Choisy (line 7 and T3)

An authentic Chinese “dim sum” restaurant that’ll transport you back to the big banquet halls of Hong Kong, with pushcarts that circulate the dining tables offering dozens of dainty, traditional bite-sized delicacies for you to choose from. Try steamed, fried or stuffed. Rely on old favorites like: steamed shrimp dumplings (Har Gao), steamed pork brioches (cha siu bao), stuffed raviolis and sticky rice in lotus leaves. It’s noisy and crowded, but definitely kid-friendly!

For more brunch recommendations, read our article:  “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!

Route de Ceinture du Lac Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France 2.11 km
0811 22 41 22 (toll free in France)0811 22 41 22 (toll free in France)

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.

15 Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris, France 2.27 km
+33(0)1 45 84 74 44+33(0)1 45 84 74 44

Metro: Porte de Choisy (line 7 and T3)

One of the oldest Chinese canteens in Paris, this family-style restaurant continues to be popular with locals. You come here for quick service and a vast array of soups, dim sum delicacies, BBQ duck and rice plates at a good value. It’s big, noisy and often crowded, but very kid-friendly and perfect for weekend brunch en famille.

10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris 0 km
+33 (0) 1 42 82 12 80+33 (0) 1 42 82 12 80

Homesick Brits love this popular, English style bakery-cafe with four establishments around Paris serving a wide variety of homemade cakes, scones, quiches and fresh bread. A favorite treat is the carrot cake with icing made from organic quality ingredients. They also serve organic salads and soups and brunch on weekends. The original Rose Bakery is located on the rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement, a street made popular by its numerous resident artisans and specialty shops.

For more brunch recommendations, read our article:  “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”

22 Rue Saint-Nicolas, 75012 Paris, France 0 km
6 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris, France 2.34 km
+33 (0)1 44 61 04 20+33 (0)1 44 61 04 20

Founded in 1995 by Françoise Dorget in the Marais district, Caravane’s collection are a mix of bohemian and modern.  The furniture along with the lighting, handcrafted objects and textiles are a source of inspiration for everyday interiors.

57 Avenue d'Italie, 75013 Paris, France 0 km
32 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris, France 2.54 km
+33 0800 80 40 20+33 0800 80 40 20

This large chain with 250 stores in France and around Europe, offers a huge variety of styles for all your home decorating needs. Whatever your preference the Maisons du Monde’s own team of furniture designers imagine their exclusive and unique collections of furniture and decor each year in 3 different catalogues – indoor, outdoor, and junior.

32 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011 Paris, France 3.02 km
+33 (0)1 79 75 71 17+33 (0)1 79 75 71 17

Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) Bastille (lines 1, 5 and 8)

A one-stop shop for all your child’s birthday party supplies and costumes. This store is 100% dedicated to children’s-themed parties. From Snow White and Cinderella to Spiderman or Ninja Turtles, they have something to suit almost any children’s theme. Visit this Paris location or order everything online!

38B Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011 Paris, France 3.05 km
+33 (0)1 79 75 71 17 (then touch #3)+33 (0)1 79 75 71 17 (then touch #3)

Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8), Bastille (line 1, 5 and 8), Bréguet Sabin (line 5)

Part of the family of Viva Fiesta stores, this location offers 150m² of pure fantasy when it comes to finding your favorite disguise. Whether it’s for that special adults only soirée or your child’s birthday party, you’ll find plenty of options here. Order online for home delivery (4.99€, or free for purchases over 40€) or pick-up in the store.


11 Rue Saint-Paul, 75004 Paris, France 3.07 km
+33 (0)1 42 72 13 26+33 (0)1 42 72 13 26

Metro: Pont Marie (line 7)

Stop by the Musée de la Magie for a tour from a wizard or one of the museum’s favorite magic shows. Located in the Marais, this quirky museum is full of amazing artifacts illustrating the history and magic of the art of illusion. Examine antique magicians’ props and gadgets, learn about stunning optical illusions and how to stump your friends with a slight of hand.

As mentioned in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities or in 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!

20 Rue Saint-Paul, 75004 Paris, France 3.07 km
+33 1 42 77 68 29+33 1 42 77 68 29

Metro: St-PaulParis_m_1_jms.svg

Offering a large selection of American grocery store favorites, including kitchen and baking accessories. At Thanksgiving time, they sell fresh turkeys, hams, cranberries, homemade desserts and other seasonal treats.

73 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France 3.07 km

Who doesn’t like to bowl? There are several bowling alleys in Paris for great family fun, from the Bowling Mouffetard to Bowling Foch near the Champs Elysées or try La Quille’s “mini” bowling lane off rue Oberkampf, or the child-friendly lanes at Front de Seine in the 15th arrondissement which has lightweight balls for little ones 5 years and up.

Bowling is a great birthday party option as well. Check the lanes nearest you for their party packages.

Bowling Mouffetard:73 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 31 09 35

Bowling Foch:2 Avenue Foch, 75016 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 00 00 13

La Quille:111 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 55 87 21

Front de Seine: 44 Rue Emeriau, 75015 Paris
Tel:+33 (0)1 45 75 35 37


92 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris, France 0 km
+33 (0)1 45 22 32 47+33 (0)1 45 22 32 47

One of the largest and most varied selection of white porcelain pieces, plus more, with 5 locations in Paris.

17 Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris, France 3.27 km
4 Rue Malher, 75004 Paris, France 3.26 km

An authentic American diner serving breakfast all day, juicy hamburgers, homemade chile con carne, bagels, and much more!

READ MORE IN OUR “Top 15 Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris” article!

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