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!
Metro: Pont Marie (line 7)
The ice cream shop where you hear La Vie en Rose playing in the background as you enjoy a scoop (or two!) on the picturesque bridge connecting the two islands, Ile Saint Louis and Ile de la Cité. All of the flavors are delicious, if you actually manage to choose from the incredible selection chez Berthillon!
Metro: Pont Marie (line 7)
Grab a refreshing gourmet popsicle at La Paleteria on Ile Saint Louis in one of their really fun flavors like chocolate cherry, clementine, mojito, and even speculoos — those delicious, spicy French biscuits !
Metro: République (lines 3,5,8,9,11)
Once you step into the exotic surroundings of Les Cents Ciels, with it’s sensual ambiance and Moroccan décor, you’ll be transported to a land of “The Hundred Skies”. At this traditional hammam, every detail ensures your complete relaxation and serenity. Bliss out and try one of their Rituels du Hammam packages, which allow you access to their steamy hammam, sauna and pool for about one hour before your treatment.
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: 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: 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!
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.
Gymboree, which some of you know from other locations abroad, is a great place for kids from 0 to 6 years old and their parents to have fun together while allowing the little ones to develop their motricity, English, gymnastic and musical skills in a colorful, padded play area. It’s also a fun birthday party venue. Ask for a FREE trial session!
3 locations in Paris (10th, 15th and 16th arrondisssments) and one in Lille la Pilaterie.
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.
The Women of Success (TWS) is a network of professional women created by business and life coach Dawn Z Bournand (founder of Fabulously Successful). The network offers valuable peer support, shares tips, tools and techniques for creating a fulfilling life and business, and offers opportunities for members to help each other grow professionally and personally.
Telephone call center staffed with English-speaking volunteers, who are trained and supported by psychologists and ready to listen to your worries. It’s completely confidential and available from 3-11pm daily, either by telephone or Skype.
Joanne Archibald is a Paris-based life coach and writer. She is also a wife, mother, yogi, singer, patchworker, bookworm, Francophile, life-lover, and day seizer. She left the UK for France intending to stay just seven months and it’s now been 12 years… As a family coach and personal development writer, Joanne is dedicated to living life on purpose and helping others, particularly expat families in and around Paris, do the same.
For face-to-face, Skype or telephone coaching sessions in French or English, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her on Twitter @joarchibald
Read her article on INSPIRELLE, The Motherhood Diaries: Living with Chronic Fatigue.
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 opportunity for youths to test their limits, to develop new skills and to make a difference.
Crew 2014 is an English-speaking group, with activities including hiking, camping, go-karting and an action course called Koezio.
Interior Designer, Amanda Godfrey, has created Maison32 to be synonymous with creating modern, elegant living spaces and providing practical support for projects ranging from small apartments to entire houses and second homes, in addition to a special home staging service to prepare properties for sale.
All aspects of a scheme are considered and supervised, from flooring and window treatments to furniture layout and sourcing accessories.
Whether your life is busy or you simply need inspiration, Maison32 provides solutions from concept to completion.
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!
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.
INSPIRELLE trusts owner Vincent Gowry with all its driving anywhere! He runs a topnotch chauffeur driven car service with a fleet of cars, vans and minibus to accommodate any number of passengers and baggage. Drivers all speak English and perform concierge services to make your day and movement as smooth as possible.
An informal organization for the exchange of news and information. Provides a comprehensive directory listing of more than a hundred English-speaking service groups and associations in the Paris region.
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.