Family outings

There is no lack of back-to-school cultural events for children in Paris, from the circus and exhibitions to shows for children

Circus time in Paris

Exploit  - 2017 - Cirque Bouglione © Dominique Secher

A circus show is an enchanting outing for children and adults alike. Acrobats, jugglers, magicians, clowns and dancers in feathered costumes make a show an unforgettableexperience for all.

This autumn, clowns, trapezeartists and jugglers will make a spectacular comeback. The venerable Cirque Bouglione is putting on its new show Exploit and the Cirque Alexis Gruss will display dazzling aerial acrobatics in its show Quintessence, while the Cirque Eloize will captivate Parisian audiences with an unusual, whimsical show called Cirkopolis. Paris circus heavyweights Cirque Romanès and Cirque Bormann Moreno will also be back on the scene.

Family-friendly exhibitions

Hello My Game Is - Musée en herbe © Invader - Hello My Game Is

Kids learn better when they’re having fun, and the cultural calendar this autumn features a number of exhibitions that will appeal to children and adults alike, with guided tours and entertaining workshops to make learning a thrilling experience. These exhibitions are designed especially for youngaudiences, with a focus on inventiveness to stoke the curiosity of children as well as their parents.

Valérian et Laureline, the revolutionary science fiction comic book, will have both kids and grown-ups hooked at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. At the Musée en herbe, the exhibition/event Hello My Game Is … focusing on the work of the street artist Invader will be back this autumn, having already drawn large crowds (guided tours available in English). The Musée de l’Homme, Musée des Arts Ludiques and Musée des Arts Forains are another three welcoming places for young visitors.

Concerts for children

Opéra côté cour - Bercy Village © DR

Every Sunday in September, L’Opéra côté cour event has people swaying along in Bercy Village to famous opera arias. This is a wonderful outing with the family.  Get your fill of music this autumn at the Philharmonie de Paris, where you can enjoy music-infused prose and poetry readings, and the Jazz à la Villette festival, which has concerts and workshops for kids.

Festivals and fairs for children


Kidexpo at Porte de Versailles is a not-to-miss event, on from 26 to 30 October: a hundred-odd educational workshops, plus all-new toys for children to discover, and many stands targeted to parents. Fans of superheroes and superheroines gather at the Comic Con show, where exciting surprises are in store for them, with guest stars of note and a host of cosplayers. And children and adults alike can enjoy thrilling rides and attractions in the good-humoured atmosphere of the Fête au Bois de Boulogne throughout the month of September.

Cirque Bouglione

Show - circus
from 14 October 2017 to 11 March 2018
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione - 110 rue Amelot, Paris

The Cirque Bouglione is back at the Cirque d’Hiver with its new show 'Exploit'

‘Hello My Game Is …’

Exhibition | Games | Jeune public
from 26 January 2017 to 07 January 2018
Musée en herbe - 23 rue de L'Arbre-Sec, Paris

Play space invaders at this interactive exhibition.

Opéra Côté Cour festival

Festival | Show - opera
June to September 2018
Bercy Village - Cour Saint-Émilion, Paris

Completely free and outdoors, the event presents opera in the form of short performances.

Jazz à La Villette

Festival | Jazz music
September 2018
Grande Halle de La Villette - Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

A line-up featuring the most innovative artists in all styles of jazz


Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show
October 2018
Paris expo Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS - 1 place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris

The big family event at the Porte de Versailles.

Comic Con Paris

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
October 2018
Grande Halle de La Villette - Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

The trade show on Pop Culture born in California arrives at the Grande Halle de la Villette.

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain

Show - circus
from 01 February 2018 to 04 February 2018
Cirque Phénix - Pelouse de Reuilly - Bois de Vincennes, Paris

Acrobates, d’équilibristes, de clowns, jongleurs, trapézistes confrontent leurs talents dans l'une des plus grandes compétitions d...

Salon #BON

Trade fair, trade show
Octobre 2018
Espace Congrès les Esselières - 3 boulevard Chastenet de Géry - Rond point du Général-de-Gaulle, Villejuif

Le premier salon gastronomique pour enfants

Halloween at Disneyland® Paris

November 2018
Disneyland® Paris - Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée

Encounter Disney goodies and baddies at Disney’s Halloween Festival