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!
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: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (lines 1,2,6 and RER A)
Step into a haven of tranquility and escape the hustle of the city at the first Spa My Blend spa by Clarins, which boasts 1,500 sq m of space to offer a full range of exclusive beauty treatments, as well as a fitness room, hammam, laconium room, sauna and a 23-meter infinity pool — all housed inside the luxurious Hotel Royal Monceau. Free access to the Spa for all appointments of over 2 hours. Club membership packages also available if you want regular access to their fitness and spa facilities.
It’s party time! This is one of our favorite sites when we need to find special touches to make a celebration fabulous. Whether you need materials to make fabulous fondant decorated cakes, or balloons and themed tableware to mark a special occasion, you’ll find it all here on this one-stop online shop. You can order everything from personalized candies and cake toppers to themed party decorations and loads of ideas for adult and children’s celebrations, from baptisms to weddings. They have fast and reliable delivery service too!
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: La Motte Picquet Grenelle (lines 6, 8, 10)
One of Paris’ oldest Anglophone associations bringing together expats, new and old, through year round cultural, educational and social activities and events. WICE keeps the mind sharp, the body active and the spirit alive. Join the internationally known writer’s workshop, book club, learn a language or participate in an art class, walking tour or wine tasting.
Métro: Rennes (line 12), Sèvres Babylone (lines 10/12)
Step into this oasis of eternal spring and you’ll feel all your tensions melt away. As the first fragrance day spa in Paris, every treatment Free Persephone offers – from manis and pedis to facial treatments and full body massages – is around fragrant themes: aromatic, citrus, or floral, depending on your mood.
Bring a friend, get treated like goddesses, then linger in their salon du thé. You can even privatize the space for a bachelorette party, birthday or other private event.
Prices: 18€ for a 10-min mini-massage; 34€ and up for manis/pedis; 96€ and up for facial and body treatments.
Read our review of Free Persephone HERE!
6 Rue Dupont des Loges, 75007 Paris, France
4 Rue Papillon, 75009 Paris, France
Specialist children’s hairdressers with TVs at each seat, a playroom for waiting, and a small toy when finished. They’ve been a fixture in the 17th near Parc Monceau for 15 years and are now in the 7th and 9th arrondissements . Also, the owner recently designed her own children’s clothing line which is available for purchase in the salons.
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.
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.
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9)
The largest English-language lending library on the European continent, the ALP is more than just a library. It hosts popular evenings with authors and singers, organizes reading groups for toddlers, children and adults as well as offers writing workshops for teenagers. The super friendly staff serves more than 2,500 members from more than 60 different countries.
For a personalized and rich historical tour of the D-Day beaches throughout Normandy, contact Danielle. Not only will she escort you to the major sites that altered the course of World War 2, she’ll share her insights on how the German occupation in France and the allied invasion impacted her family’s lives and those who survived June 6, 1944.
Metro: Charles Michel (line 10)
Known for their manis and pedis, My Color also has a Beauty Bar where you can get 30-minute flash facials, which include a remise en beauté to touch up your hair and make up before you head out for a night on the town. They also do waxing (épilation).
Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9)
Part of a big international chain, this full service beauty salon and spa is pricey (107 – 157€ for a women’s cut and blowdry), but you will walk out feeling like a well-coiffed glamour queen. We love chilling out in massage chairs while getting our tresses washed.
9 Rue Jacob, 75006 Paris, France
22 Rue Saint-Nicolas, 75012 Paris, France
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.
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.
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: 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: Opéra (lines 3, 7 & 8)
Just a few meters away from the beautiful Opéra Garnier, the Grand Hotel serves a delicious hot chocolate in its adjoining restaurant and bar, Café de la Paix. You can ask for the chocolate to be fort en goût (very strong) or touché delicate (delicate touch) depending on your preference. Hot chocolate is served all day and even late into the evening, so it’s perfect for that late night craving. It’s another pricey venue but the place itself is stunning and the hot chocolate is wonderful.
Read The Hot Chocolate Challenge for other great spots to satisfy your chocolate craving.