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!
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
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: Corvisart (line 6)
Your kids can get limber, keep fit, gain confidence and improve their personal and physical expression while learning traditional circus arts like juggling, balancing, and walking across tight ropes. Cirqu-Aouette works with many schools around Paris and offer courses throughout the year at their center in the 13th arrondissement, as well as workshops during school holidays. For kids from 2 and up, and adults too!
Find out about more after-school and weekend activities in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
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.
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”!
A former professional dancer and ballet teacher, Canadian Maria Ney is a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor, offering group and personal coaching on mat and machines from her studio in Clamart. The coach of several INSPIRELLE readers, Maria is regarded as one of the finest Pilates instructors, helping women and men get into shape properly. Her fully equipped studio is the go-to-place for those living in the southwestern suburbs of Clamart, Sèvres, Meudon and Issy-les-Moulineaux.
Metro: Alésia (line 4)
This chocolate shop has got that extra special something. Chloé Doutre-Roussel is extremely passionate about chocolate, offering not only delicious hot chocolate but also chocolate tours and chocolate tasting lessons! Her hot chocolate is from Bolivia and is melted in hot milk before sugar is added. It is 85% pure elixir that is one of the most refined hot chocolates I’ve ever tasted. Since Chloé’s is such a unique place, appointments must be made before you can taste her one of a kind hot chocolate.
Read The Hot Chocolate Challenge for other great spots to satisfy your chocolate craving.
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.
Just minutes from the Arc de Triomphe, The Standard Athletic Club is hidden in the forest of Meudon. An International English-speaking Sports and Social Club, it is the perfect place for the family to play sports casually or competitively or just relax and enjoy the social life.
See their website for membership fees and their many activities on offer.
A super friendly, exclusive, private tennis and multi-sports club for kids, with courses on Wednesdays and weekends through the year, and holiday sports camps for children from 3 to 16 years old. As long as they have places you can sign up your kids for any of their regular classes on a weekly or à la carte basis.
Even if you’re just visiting Paris, you can drop off your kids here for a session or two so they can play with kids their own age. There’s a convenient door-to-door minibus service shuttling kids from Paris to their “Energy Country” club location which boasts 2 hectares of green space in Les Jonnieres, Bièvres. They can even organize an Olympic sports-themed birthday party for you!
Their recently-opened “City Energy Academy” which offers golf, gym, soccer and tennis courses for kids from 2 to 12 years on Saturdays in gyms in the 8th and 17th arrondissements of Paris. And, they speak English!
Metro : Denfert-Rochereau (Lines 6, 4 & RER B)
Using the Palo Alto systemic model, Alexia is there to help you resolve your most troublesome life or work problem. She is an expert problem solver whose passion is to get people unstuck. Through laser-focused questions, discussion of an alternative vision and a strategic mindset, together with your own expertise on how the problem recurs, Alexia will help you design your own totally customized plan to get yourself out of that seemingly insurmountable rut.
Also, read her INSPIRELLE article here: Child Bullying: How to Help Your Child Stand Up for Himself.
With one division dedicated to kids’ themed parties and a sister division specialized in adult gatherings and corporate gigs, CLAP Jour de Fête can cover all your party planning needs, whatever the size of your event. From the theme to the venue, caterer and decorations, they can tailor a package to fit your needs.
For kids they have multiple themes to choose from for birthday parties and school fairs. Need a Princess or a Power Ranger to visit the party? They can arrange that too.
For adults they can cater to anything from themed private parties to team building or weddings. Looking for a belly dancer or a pop singer to animate your party? They can help you find the right entertainment.
Ecole Internationale Bilingue (EIB) Paris is a bilingual network of schools which welcomes international students of more than 70 nationalities in its 5 co-educational and secular schools, located in central Paris. EIB offers a bilingual education to students from Preschool (Maternelle) through High School, according to the British, American and IB qualifications.
EIB’s four campuses in the 8th and 16th arrondissements follow the official program of the French Ministry of Education (hence it is sous-contrat with the State and tuition is partially subsidized), with daily lessons in English at various levels.
EIB Victor Hugo campus follows an English-language, international curriculum, with daily French lessons at all levels, and in September 2015 they introduced a new curriculum taught in English, French and Russion for Middle School Russian speaking students (aged 11 to 14).
Contact individual schools for further information.
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: Vaugirard or Convention (line 12)
Everyone in the culinary world has heard of the Cordon Bleu cooking school for professional chefs. Here, kids from 8 to 12 can also learn to develop their culinary skills in fun workshops (translated into English), or organize a birthday party to share the fun with their friends.
For more after-school and weekend activity ideas, check out our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Metro: Vavin (line 4), Raspail (lines 4 and 6), Port-Royal (RER B)
Oh My Princess! is every little girl’s fantasy brought to life. Picture dazzling silk gowns in every color, Alice in Wonderland-inspired porcelain tea sets, and a pink dressing table fit for a princess – all set within the magical Le Petit Boudoir in Paris’ 6ème arrondissement. But it’s not just about looking pretty, Oh My Princess also hosts unique leadership workshops for young girls, to reinforce their self confidence. Activities are led in English or French.
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!
Metro: Vavin (line 4)
A fixture in the expat community in Paris since 1949, AWG Paris is the longest standing organization of American women in France. It welcomes all English-speaking women of any nationality. With a mission to foster and encourage social, educational and cultural activities among English-speaking women in France, whether you will be in Paris for a month, a year, or a lifetime, AWG Paris could be the place for you!
Metro: Vavin (line 4)
Founded in 1973 as an international, non-partisan association with members in 46 countries. Advocates on vital topics that affect overseas Americans such as: taxation, absentee voting, citizenship, representation, Social Security, and Medicare.
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!