Kids in Paris

Paris has a wonderful selection of attractions for expat kids to enjoy.
 

Entertainment for kids in Paris

 

Disneyland Paris

Kids in Paris
Disneyland Paris first opened in 1992 and consists of two parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios. Those who have been to either Disneyland or Disneyworld in the USA might be disappointed by the size of Disneyland Paris, but it still offers plenty for the whole family to enjoy and is well worth the cost, which ranges from 119 EUR to 199 EUR for an annual pass.

Just outside the gates of the theme park is the Disney Village, which leads to one of four resorts. A number of great special events are held in the park for annual festivities, such as Halloween and Christmas. Walt Disney Studios is also highly geared towards children; kids can ride on almost all of the rides without adults, making them kings of the park.
 
Those craving American-style food and service can find this at the Disney Village, which includes establishments such as Rainforest Café, The Steakhouse, Earl of Sandwich and Planet Hollywood, as well as several diners. Expats whose first language is English will also feel right at home, as all employees within the Disney property speak it fluently.   
 

Musée Grévin (Paris Wax Museum)

It may be a little old-fashioned, but that's the point. The Musée Grévin is one of Europe's oldest wax museums (inaugurated in 1882) and currently boasts approximately 300 life-sized wax figures, from Leonardo da Vinci to Marilyn Monroe and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. This is a fun and sufficiently odd outing for kids and parents to enjoy, and the museum's Kids Discovery tour allows the young ones to learn about how wax artists bring famous personalities to (near) life.
 

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (Museum of Science and Industry)

Parc de la Villette, in the northern tip of the city, is a vast museum dedicated to learning about science in a fun way. The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrieregularly curates exhibitions designed to capture children's imaginations and adults' secret curiosities, such as a shows like Snot, which explores common human body functions in a comical, matter-of-fact manner. Special exhibitions for younger children and young adults guarantee no one in the family will be bored.
 

Jardin d'Acclimatation

Entertainment for kids in ParisThis 49-acre amusement park and garden hosts a house of mirrors, an archery range, a miniature golf course, zoo animals, a puppet theatre, shooting galleries and La Prévention Routiere, a miniature roadway operated by the Paris police. Expats worn out by all the attractions can always enjoy the garden, which is full of beautiful flowers and grassy areas to picnic, as well as a mill-stirred lagoon where boats can be rented.
 

Gaîté Lyrique

Opened in March 2011 to much fanfare, this modern cultural institution is devoted to exploring mixed-media and digital art forms. Located within a beautifully restored 19th century theatre in the Marais neighbourhood, the Gaîté Lyrique hosts a rotating calendar of events that ranges from music and multimedia performances, to design, fashion and architectural exhibitions. There is even an interactive room dedicated to video games. Older kids will enjoy the interactive, colourful and stimulating exhibits that often focus on aspects of play.
 

CinéAqua

Not far from the Eiffel Tower sits this state-of-the-art aquarium boasting more than 9,000 fish, 26 sharks and four million litres of water, including the largest tank in France. Complete with 16 projection rooms, live shows and hands-on workshops, children and parents alike will be entertained and educated about underwater life.
 

Fat Bike Tours

Expats looking to get their kids out of the house, get a little exercise and see some cool landmarks need look no further than Fat Bike Tours. They have day and night tours, a Versailles bike tour as well as a Monet’s garden bike tour; alternatively, expats can simply rent the bikes and make their own way through Paris’s idyllic avenues.

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Houston, Texas, USA. Paris, France
I quit my job of 18 years to allow my wife to follow her dream of working and living overseas. We left home, church and... more