Paris is always a good idea! Even with kids!
Can you have a good time in Paris if you’ve got young kids with you? Absolutely! In fact, a Paris trip with kids could be one of the best experiences you’ll ever give yourself (or your kids!) Where should you go in Paris with kids? Is the Louvre kid friendly? I have the answers!
Paris With Children
Think Outside the Box
We did the Louvre and luckily arrived at an uncrowded time, but all of my friends have horror stories about taking their children to the Louvre. In general, we’ve found if you try to take your kids to the same places everyone else goes, you’re setting yourself up for a miserable time. Everyone says to skip the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. Instead, think about how to show your kids what the city is really like. If they’re not run off their feet, they’re more likely to remember the visit. Don’t feel guilty about missing any of these spots either, your child will be fine.
One Iconic Spot
There’s just one iconic Paris monument you want to visit with kids, and that’s the Eiffel Tower. If your children are a bit older, you can climb it, but if they’re young, they’ll get just as much out of it by looking at it from a bit of a distance. There’s a carousel under the tower, and at the back you’ll find an amazing park where you can let the kids run around to their hearts’ content. Piper and I took the lift to the top and walked down, it was insane.
Rainy Day Activities
If it’s pouring rain, try the City Science and Industry Museum, or Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. Everything and anything you could want in a science museum you can do here, from learning about wind to pretending to work on a construction site.
One of the best events at the museum is the show about mixing colors. There’s no need to worry about the language barrier, either, as it’s all done in sign language.
A Day at the Park
If you want a day (or at least an afternoon) to walk about in a beautiful park and let the kids roam free, try the Jardin de Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Palace is absolutely fantastic, and when you (or the kids) are done looking around, head outside to the gardens.
The flowerbeds are restful and relaxing for adults, and the gentle fountains invite you to relax. There is seating galore, so feel free to take get off your feet while you allow your children to run. It’s also a great place for a picnic, and for just a few euros you can rent little sailboats to use on the lake.
Give Them Something Sweet
A Paris trip with kids isn’t complete until you’ve had a melt-in-your-mouth French pastry or macaron. Whether you want a breakfast croissant warm from the oven or a specialty cake, this is a great way to bond. Even if the kids don’t appreciate the refined decadence of a true Paris pastry, you certainly will! Try Le Grenier a Pain and its award-winning bread or the La Patisserie des Reves, where they specialize in cakes for children.
Get Them Off Their Feet
When the kids have had enough walking, book a boat trip down the Seine. You’ll get to see some of Paris’ greatest sites, the children will get the rest and the novelty of a boat ride, and you can get on and off as often as you like.
Several groups offer boat tours down this river, so choose a guided commentary if you want to learn more or a quiet ride if you’d rather have some private family time. Start at the quay by the Eiffel tower.
Have a Great Paris Trip With Kids!
You can have an amazing time in Paris with young children. All it takes is a little thought about where to go, what to do if it rains, and how to keep them occupied (and fed).
Life with kids is always a fun; and always chaos! Check back with Faust Island blog and learn more insight about how we manage the chaos and maximize the fun.
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