If you’re thinking of a trip to France and looking for things to do in Paris with kids, don’t dismiss Winter as a great time to take a family break.
At Geo Journey we’re always excited to discover new places, and although it might take a little advance planning with kids in tow, we think they can be superb travel companions.
Travelling with children means you’re giving them the chance to try all kinds of new experiences, and it’s very rewarding to see things through the naturally curious eyes that children have.
Add reduced costs and less crowded attractions and we think you’ll agree that finding things to do in Paris with kids is a tempting option, even in Winter.
Here are 6 of our favourite things to do in the City of Lights in the colder months.
1. Go Treasure Hunting at the Louvre
The treasure hunt at the Louvre, organised by THATLou, has wild reviews on Tripadvisor and appears to be a huge hit with teens as well as younger children.
The hunt is based on the idea of photographing your visiting party in front of as many items as possible within a certain time. It’s interactive, fun and very well organised, making a great option when you need to escape the weather.
2. Learn to Ice Skate
Having a go at ice skating is great fun for all the family to try and across December and January in Paris you’ll be spoilt with a choice of ice rinks.
Some of the most popular include Patinoire Pailleron, The Grand Palais de Glaces and there’s even one on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Attractions seem to change from year to year so check before you go.
3. Visit the Pompidou Centre
This spacious, must-see building is the Parisian home of modern art and caters specifically for children with a kids gallery and studio.
There are also lots of activities for families to have fun with together, making this a great day out in an iconic Parisian landmark.
4. Indulge in Hot Chocolate and Crepes
For incredibly friendly service and crepes cited by visitors as “the best I’ve ever eaten”, try Marche Ou Crepe on Rue des Haies.
For hot chocolate, the most famous spot is probably Angelina (although there are mixed reviews about the service). At Laduree you’ll be spoilt with a choice of delicious macarons to go alongside a scrumptious hot chocolate treat.
5. Tour the Cite des Sciences et de L’Industrie
There’s a lot to interest children in the Cite des Sciences et de L’Industrie with interactive exhibits and a learning and play area. Make sure you book ahead for tickets - don’t get caught in the rain queuing for them!
6. Swoon Over a Renovated 1920’s Cinema
You’ll find the beautiful Cinema Louxor on Boulevard de Magenta. It was built in the 1920’s to show silent movies but fell into dereliction for several decades. An extensive renovation saw ithe building re-open in 2013.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings the cinema shows animated cartoons which kids are sure to love while adults can swoon over the beauty of a Parisian era gone by.
Are you planning your own trip to Paris with children? Which of our suggestions would you most like to try? Leave us a comment here.