Sporting activities for children in Paris

Swimming pools, skating rinks, bicycles: children love to be active. Great, because Paris is full of sports centres

Family-friendly swimming pools

Piscine Butte aux Cailles, Paris © OTCP - Gerard Sanz

All year round, Parisian swimming pools offer lots of facilities and fun for families. Swimming lessons, team sports and aqua gym. A refreshing option in summer weather. Paris also has forty or so pools some of which boast unusual decor.

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Ice rinks for families

Ice-skating, place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Fancy a spin on the ice? Paris has plenty of ice rinks for family fun. During the winter, a temporary ice rink, with an area for children aged under 6, is set up on the square in front of the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall.) At a similar one at Trocadéro, you can ice skate opposite the Eiffel Tower!
And for those who like to ice skate in summer, the Sonja Henie ice-skating rink at the AccorHotels Arena and the Pailleron sports area with its 800 square metres of ice welcome visitors all year round.
 

Patinoire Pailleron
32 rue Edouard Pailleron, Paris 19th - Metro Bolivar 
Patinoire Sonja Henié
8 boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12th - Metro Bercy
Patinoire éphémère - Hôtel de Ville
Parvis de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4th - Metro Hôtel de Ville

 

Roller and board sports in Paris

Roller parks

Roller parc du square du serment de Kouffra, enfants, Paris © Mairie de Paris

Rollerblading and roller skating are classic favourites. Paris offers specially designated parks for these activities, ideal for a family outing.

Roller Parc de Bercy
1 boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12e
Métro Bercy
Roller parc Emile Lepeu
34, rue Emile Lepeu, Paris 11e
Métro Charonne
Espace de glisse parisien
54 boulevard Ney, Paris 18e
Métro Porte de la Chapelle
Roller parc couvert Jules Noël
3, avenue Maurice d’Ocagne, Paris 14e
Métro Porte de Vanves
Espace de glisse rue Léon Cladel
Rue Léon Cladel, Paris 2e
Métro Bourse
Roller parc de la Villette
151, boulevard de la Villette, Paris 19e
Métro Stalingrad
Roller parc du square du Serment de Kouffra
1 avenue de la porte de Montrouge, Paris 14e
Métro Porte d'Orléans
Roller parc Bercy
1, boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12e
Métro Bercy
Espace de glisse de la Muette
52 boulevard Lannes, Paris 16e
Métro Rue de la Pompe
Roller parc Davout
134, boulevard Davout, Paris 20e
Métro Porte de Vincennes
Roller parc Jemmapes
142, quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10e
Métro Château-Landon

 

Skate parks

Skate park du Parc Clichy-Batignolles, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Kids and teens love skateboarding and Paris also offers specially designated parks for them. Beginners can practice in a safe environment whilst experienced boarders perform figures.

Bowl de la Muette
60, boulevard Lannes, Paris 16e
Métro Porte Dauphine
Skatepark Léon Cladel
Rue Léon Cladel, , Paris 2e
Métro Bourse
Skatepark des Batignolles
146 rue Cardinet, Paris 17e
Métro Courcelles

Other sports to enjoy with the family

Cycling

Vélib, P'tit Vélib, trois enfants en vélo, Paris © Jean-Baptiste Gurliat - Mairie de Paris

The highly-popular Vélib’bicycle rental system, which has been in operation for several years, is a great way to get around the city. An extension of this service to young children, P’tit Vélib’, now enables youngsters to follow their parents by bike in the French capital!

Mini golf

Mini golf en famille © Fotolia

For family entertainment, Mini golf or crazy golf is a classic favourite. Several places in Paris offer mini golf with original circuits and decor.

Mini-golf du Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide, Paris 12e
Métro Château de Vincennes
Goolfy
Rond Point Pariwest, Rue François Cevert, 78313 Maurepas
Speed Park
18 Rue de l’Hautil, 78700 Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
Mini-golf de Chelles
Parc du Vieux Moulin - Quai Auguste Prévost, 77500 Chelles
Jardin d'acclimatation
18 Bois de Boulogne - Paris 16e
Métro Les Sablons

Ten pin bowling

Boule de bowling © Fotolia

Kids usually love the chance to go ten pin bowling, which is easy and fun. It is also a great wet weather option and there are plenty of bowling alleys in Paris

Bowling Front de Seine
11-15 rue Gaston de Caillavet, Paris 15e
Métro Charles Michels
La Quille du 11ème
111 rue Saint Maur, Paris 11e
Métro Voltaire
Bowling laser de Rambouillet
11 rue Hippolyte Mège Mouries, 78120 Rambouillet
Bowling Mouffetard
73 rue Mouffetard, Paris 5e
Métro Place Monge
Bowling de Nogent
Place Maurice Chevalier, 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne

Different sporting activitie

Berges de Seine - mikados © Charles Mangin

In Paris, the Berges de Seine riverside promenade has a great variety of activities for all the family. Racing lanes, climbing wall, games marked out on the ground, and yoga provide fun and amusement right in the heart of Paris.

Since 2005, the Famillathlon has been inviting families to come and try out different sporting activities. This one-day highly colourful and festive event takes place every September in the Champs de Mars and promotes social solidarity, health and of course the positive values of sport.

Outdoor activity centres to discover near Paris

Ile de Loisirs de Cergy-Pontoise, kayak, Paris © Cyril Badet

Just on the outskirts of Paris, kids can enjoy the natural environment at various outdoor activity centres. With artificial lakes for swimming, sailing activities, white-water courses, barbecues and tennis lessons … the idea is sure to win the approval of all the family.

And for those keen to simply row a boat or go for a cycle ride (for hire) with the family, then the Bois de Boulogne or the Bois de Vincennes are the places to go to for a breath of fresh air in a wooded setting

Base nautique de la Villette
41 bis quai de la Loire, Paris 19e
Métro Riquet
Ile de loisirs de Cergy-Pontoise
Rue des Étangs, 95001 Cergy-Pontoise
Ile de loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Rond-point Éric Tabarly - 78190 Trappes
Ile de loisirs de Créteil
9 rue Jean Gabin, 94000 Créteil
Ile de loisirs du Val de Seine
Chemin du Rouillard - 78490 Verneuil sur Seine
Ile de loisirs de Vaires-Torcy
UCPA - Route de Lagny - 77200 Jablines
Ile de loisirs de Jablines-Annet
77450 Jablines
Ile de loisirs du Port aux Cerises
91210 Draveil
Ile de loisirs d'Etampes
5, avenue Charles de Gaulle
Ile de loisirs de Buthiers
73, rue des Roches - 77760 Buthiers
Ile de loisirs de la Corniche des Forts
Place de la laïcité - 93320 Romainville
Ile de loisirs des Boucles de Seine
78840 Moisson

Tree-to-tree adventure courses just outside Paris

Accrobranche © Fotolia

Combining nature and adrenaline, adventure courses through the treetops are hugely popular and make an ideal family outing. Woods and play parks close to Paris offer this activity.

Evasion Verte
Parc floral de Paris - Paris 12e
Métro Château de Vincennes
Sherwood Parc
Chemin des Rouliers - 95270 Viarmes
Atout Branches
9 route de Boutigny - 91490 Milly-la-Forêt
Aventure Floreval
Route de Limours - 91680 Bruyères le Chatel
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