Already planning for the summer holidays? Before you know it, school “les grandes vacances” will arrive! Whether you’re a local or planning a trip to Paris with teenagers or little ones, there are plenty of workshops and camps to offer kids of all ages fun and enriching experiences in the City of Light.
Here’s the scoop on summer day camps (“stages”), workshops (“ateliers”), and educational courses for kids in and around Paris. (Note: Activities are led in French unless otherwise noted.)
Day Camps in and Around Paris
Winner of Expatriates Magazine’s Best of Paris 2018 Summer Camp category, American Children’s Theatre (A.C.T.) offers not only year-round musical theatre classes in English but also fun weekly camps during school holidays for children aged 3 to 16. Depending on the children’s age group, they can sign up for the Morning (ages 3+), Afternoon (ages 6+), or All-day (ages 6+) camp sessions. All camps are led by experienced actors and drama teachers. Each week is different, so children can sign up to one, two or more different sessions. During the week the children learn and prepare a show ready to perform in costume on Friday to end the week on a high note!
Ages: 3-11 (Broadway Baby), 6-13 (Broadway Bop and Cre-Act Camps), 10-16 (Gleek Week)
When: July 1- 5, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26
Where: Maison St. Agnes, 23 rue Oudinot 75007 Paris & American Cathedral, 23 avenue George V 75008 Paris
Cost: Broadway Baby: 25€ annual registration fee, Morning: 150€ per week;
Broadway Bop: 25€ annual registration fee, Afternoon: 175€ per week + / All-day: 350€ per week;
Cre-Act Camps: 175€ per week + 25€ annual registration fee;
Gleek Week Camp: 25€ annual registration fee, Afternoon: 175€ per week
Details/Registration: visit their WEBSITE
Would you like to travel around the world while staying in Paris? This summer, with Apprends et Rêve, your children can search for the treasures of Tutankhamen, explore the Native American great plains, journey on an odyssey to Crete and Greece, or learn how five people changed the world. Workshops and complementary activities will let your kids and teens explore each topic to provide a creative, cultural, sporty, playful, and sensory experience, allowing them to travel without going far. Additionally, Apprends et Rêve offers diverse workshops throughout the summer: sewing/fashion, coding, 3D, soccer, gardening, YouTube, animated movies, drawing, modern dance, Parkour ADD, theatre, musical theatre, circus… whatever stimulates your children and teens’ interests!
When: June 17-July 26 and August 26-August 30, 9:30am-noon, 1:30pm-4:30pm, OR 9:30am-4:30pm.
Where: 69, rue de l’Assomption, 75016 Paris
Cost: 35€ – 355€ (depending on the camp chosen)
Details/Registration: Tel: +33 (0)6 10 25 80 69, Email: [email protected], WEBSITE
Magic Makers (computer coding)
If you have a techie at home, why not let them learn to create their own apps, computer games, robots or cartoons with simple coding, a new skill which is increasingly important in a numeric world? Magic Makers offers half-day and full-day intensive workshops from Video Games with Scratch to Lego construction, App design or Minecraft coding and Robot Making for kids from 7 years and up in multiple locations around Paris. Both younger children and adolescents will love the chance to express their imagination and learn that programming can be a creative tool. Most of their stages are taught in French, but some workshops are in English!
Ages : 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-12 years and 13-14 years
When: all major French school holidays, including summer (From 17 June to 26 July 26 and the last week of August)
Where: More than 20 locations in Paris and Ile-de-France
Price: 220€ and up
Informations: Tel: + 33(0)1 82 88 11 77, [email protected]
Registration: visit their WEBSITE
Roaming School House (English-language activities)
School’s out! Keep your children active mentally and physically at the Roaming School House Summer Camp: a fun and structured week aimed at English-speaking children growing up in the French education system. This summer, campers will learn about the history of Sport and Games, from the Olympics to Duck Duck Goose via Scrabble and all in English. Add art and drama and a visit to the American Library and you have the perfect recipe to keep your children happy for the first week of those long summer holidays.
Ages: 4-14 years
When: July 8 – July 12, 2019; drop off between 8:30 and 10am, pick up between 4:30 and 6pm
Where: School Sainte Catherine, 13 bis rue des Bernardins, 75005 Paris
Price: 300€ (270€ for second child)
Inquiries/Registration: Tel: +33(0) 6 62 72 87 93, Email: [email protected], WEBSITE
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Other Summer Day Camp Options in Paris
Still looking for more ideas? There are plenty of other options to let your kids have some active fun over the summer holidays!
International School Camps
Want your kids to have constructive fun this summer in an English-speaking environment? Some of the international schools in Paris open their doors to all kids and offer a wide range of artistic, cultural and educational activities during French school holidays. Check out the American School of Paris and International School of Paris for a start:
- Year-Round Fun for Kids at the American School of Paris Holiday Camps
- ISP Plus Offers Fun, Skill-Building Holiday Camps for Kids in Paris
Centres de Loisirs
Looking to immerse your kids in a French environment on a budget? Approximately 280 Centres de Loisirs, housed in local French public schools, offer low-cost supervised activities and outings for kids 3 to 14 all summer. Register ONLINE or directly at participating schools between June 11-25, 2018.
Sports and Cultural Associations
Neighborhood sports and cultural associations like La Salésienne (17th arrondissement), or La Nicolaïte de Chaillot (16th arrondissement) offer affordable sports-oriented day camps, run in French, at reasonable prices.
And Even More Options in our I-LIST!
For the lowdown on more tried-and-tested camps in Paris, visit our I-List directory HERE. No matter what your child’s interests you’ll be sure to find a camp to suit your kids!
Summer Ateliers (Workshops) in Paris
If your kids prefer shorter workshops rather than full-day activities, Paris is packed with places offering inspiring and creative ateliers. From cultural activities in French, to English-language theatre or science, you’ll find dozens of ideas in the workshops and classes section of our I-List.
The plethora of amazing museums in Paris offer regular workshops for children, some with and some without their parents. Some of our favorites include:
- Centre Pompidou (contemporary and modern art)
- Cité des Sciences (science)
- Louvre (fine arts)
- Musée du Quai Branly (indigenous arts)
- Musée Guimet (Asian arts)
- Palais de Tokyo (modern and contemporary art)
- Musée des Arts et Métiers (inventions and technological innovations)
- The Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Decorative Arts: painting, sculpture, storyboarding, linocutting, fashion design, etc.)
Brought to you in partnership with: American Children’s Theater, Apprends et Rêves, Magic Makers, and Roaming School House.