A visit to Paris is worth nothing without a discovery of the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral or the Opéra Garnier. Yes but … put yourself in the shoes of your children! Do you really think they will enjoy the Mona Lisa, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the 850-year history of a Gothic cathedral? Find out below some of the coolest things to do in Paris with your children. Your children will be delighted … and you too!
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1- Disneyland “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, fantasy.”
If you ever intend on visiting Paris with your children for a couple of days, Disneyland Paris is then a must-visit destination! The kingdom of Mickey Mouse will be the greatest happiness for your progeny.
Tricks to better take advantage of Disneyland: Book your tickets online, and avoid school holidays and weekends so as not to waste too much time in the queues in front of each attraction.
Open every day from 8 am to 7 pm
Price: from 39 to 209 Euros
It is pretty tough to step into Paris Aquarium and not to remain admiring before the fabulous spectacle of various colorful fish that exist over there. The spectators are literally immersed in the darkness, making the experience all the more intimate and soothing. Needless to say more about that, this is a place that will delight children as much as parents.
Tricks to better take advantage of the Aquarium: To fully enjoy the place without having too many schoolchildren, and therefore to feel more “close” to the fish, go there at lunchtime or 2 hours before closing.
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.
Price: 20,50 Euros for adults and 13 Euros for children.
3- CITÉ DES SCIENCES
One of the coolest things to do in Paris with your children is to actually visit La Cité Des Sciences. Some sciences are by nature fascinating. Visual illusions or astronomy naturally attract the curiosity of as well children as adults. But thanks to the ingenuity and talent of the designers of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, all sciences (even mathematics!) are a real pleasure and an oasis of discovery for children. Be prepared to stay here for a long time as the children will not want to leave.
Tricks to better take advantage of the Cité Des Sciences: The entrance ticket is valid throughout the day. Do not hesitate to go out for lunch and then return in the afternoon. Avoid weekends and holidays to avoid getting crowded.
Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm except Mondays.
Price: 9 euros for adults, 7 Euros for children under 25, free for children under 6 years old.
4- Zoo “Zoo: An excellent lace to study the habits of human beings” Evan Esar
After several years of closure for renovations, it is in April 2014 that the Zoo of Vincennes has finally reopened its doors. Modern and pleasant, the zoo is divided into 5 “biozones” recreating the natural environments of the animals existing over there. A sure-fire value to entertain and amaze children.
Tricks to better take advantage of the Zoo: Book your tickets online, and avoid school holidays and weekends not to waste too much time at the entrance.
Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.
Price: 22 Euros
5- Le Jardin Des Plantes
Last but not least in our list of the coolest things to do in Paris with your children is to visit Le Jardin des Plantes. If there is indeed a discipline that wins all the curiosity and admiration of children, it is well and truly paleontology. But do not forget to use the word dinosaur when you tell them about it! But the Museum of Natural History does not stop at the Palaeontology Gallery. It also includes the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, the Menagerie (a zoo dating from 1793) and the Grandes Serres. All these places surround Le Jardin Des Plantes, itself equipped with a small playground for children.
Tricks to better take advantage of the garden: There are many school outings in these establishments, so for a little more privacy, prefer a visit at lunchtime or at the end of the day.
Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm except on Tuesdays and public holidays.
Price: € 7 for the Grande Galerie, € 7 for the Palaeontology Gallery, € 11 for the Menagerie and € 6 for the Grandes Serres.