What to do in Paris during Easter holidays?

Easter weekend is a chance to discover some amazing events

Nota Bene - Covid

Île-de-France is in lockdown again. Restrictions, announced on 18 March, are due to last for at least four weeks. These new measures could affect activities planned for the Easter 2021 school holidays, which start on Saturday 17 April. Luckily there are still plenty of covid-compatible open-air activities available! Follow your guide!

Culture in Paris

To make sure art lovers don’t miss out, in addition to the online exhibitions available, certain open-air events have been maintained. The streets of Paris currently feature a number of open-air exhibitions. From 26 March to 9 June 2021, the Champs-Élysées is home to 20 three-metre high sculptures by Philippe Geluck of his famous cartoon cat. Visit the Huberty & Breyne art gallery to see more of the Belgian artist’s sculptures and drawings.

On the historical side, the city’s streets will be the backdrop for numerous events marking the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune. Throughout the spring guided tours, talks, an immersive street theatre show and a travelling exhibition will be organized to commemorate the 72 days that made history.

Further details about open-air exhibitions in Greater Paris.

Arts and crafts in Paris

Wecandoo - Atelier artisan ébéniste, Paris  © Edouard Eyglunent

Handicrafts, gardening, cooking and more – during the holidays kids and grown-ups alike can try out tons of new arts and crafts activities. WeCanDoo offers a varied programme for children on their own or with a parent, or for the whole family. Try your hand at cooking organic macarons, soap-making, pottery or weaving, or building a house for the three little pigs – there’s something for everyone. Les Inventeurs in the 18th arrondissement, the Ressourceries or the MJC (Maison des jeunes et de la culture) are also running workshops or taster sessions during the holidays. Pop in to your local associations and shops to see what’s on offer.

Wecandoo – arts and crafts with Parisian craftspeople

Nature on Paris’s doorstep

Fondation Claude Monet - Giverny - Façade de la maison, Paris

Rien de mieux que se dégourdir les jambes en plein air au printemps. En plus des classiques balades dans les plus beaux parcs parisiens comme Le Jardin des Plantes (et sa ménagerie !) Les Tuileries, le Luxembourg ou encore le Jardin Bagatelle ou le jardin du Musée Rodin pour admirer de magnifiques statues, ne manquez pas de partir à l’assaut des trésors du Grand Paris pour vous offrir une échappée verte. Ainsi, à moins d’une heure de Paris les Châteaux de FontainebleauRambouillet ou encore Versailles vous ouvrent les portes de leur parc. La Cité Universitaire d’Orsay, le Parc de Sceaux ou encore l’Arboretum de Chèvreloup sont parfaits pour une journée pique-nique et détente. La Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet et la Ferme de Gally de Saint-Cyr permettent, quant à elle, de se familiariser avec les animaux et la vie de la ferme pour apprendre en s’amusant.

Le Centre des monuments nationaux propose de passionnantes visites guidées extérieures dans les parcs et jardins de certains sites emblématiques. Ainsi, par petits groupes de cinq personnes - et sur réservation - les parcs des châteaux de Rambouillet, de Champs-sur-Marne, de Maisons et le jardin de la Villa Savoye vous ouvrent leurs portes pour des visites commentées exclusives.

The fine spring weather is an invitation to get out into the fresh air. Paris itself has many beautiful parks such as the Jardin des Plantes (and its zoo of course) Tuileries Gardens, Luxembourg GardensParc de Bagatelle or the garden of the Rodin Museum where you can also admire the magnificent sculptures. But Greater Paris has plenty to offer in the way of green spaces too. The parks and gardens of the Châteaux of FontainebleauRambouillet and Versailles, all within an hour of Paris, are open to visitors. The Cité Universitaire d’Orsay, Parc de Sceaux or Chèvreloup Arboretum are ideal spots for a picnic and a day out. Or take the kids on a fun day out to the farm and meet the animals at the Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet or the Ferme de Gally de Saint-Cyr.

Some fascinating outdoor guided tours in the parks and gardens of a number of emblematic sites have been organized by the Centre des monuments nationaux. The parks of the Châteaux of Rambouillet, Champs-sur-Marne, and Maisons and the garden of the Villa Savoye are offering  exclusive guided tours for small groups – limited to five people (by reservation only).

For an art-inspired outing, visit the Monet gardens at Giverny or walk along the River Marne and admire the views that inspired the Impressionist painters. 

Fontainebleau Tourisme offers a wide choice of open-air activities during the Easter 2021 school holidays. Beautiful Fontainebleau forest has something for everyone, including guided biodiversity tours, storytelling walks for children, and forest bathing walks. If you’re looking for something more sporty or unusual, why not try a discovery session in bouldering or dog sledding? The interior of the Château de Fontainebleau is closed to visitors for the time being, but its park and gardens remain open. Why not take a guided tour of the park and gardens or hire a boat and go for a row on the carp pond?

Thrills and spills in Paris

Ballon de Paris Generali - OAG en vol 2020

Thrill-seekers won’t be disappointed during the Easter holidays. Hop into the basket of the Ballon de Paris Generali hot-air balloon at the Parc André-Citroën and rise 150 metres up in the air! The ten-minute ride offers a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city.

Ballon de Paris Generali

De leur côté, les aventuriers dans l’âme ou les Indiana Jones en devenir profiteront de l’arrivée des beaux jours pour arpenter les forêts sous un angle original sur des parcours d’accrobranche. À seulement quelques minutes de Paris, les centres de ChavilleRueil-Malmaison ou encore Saint-Germain-en-Laye offrent des parcours, tyroliennes et autres activités, entre sports et nature, adaptés à tous les âges.

Parcours d'accrobranches

Would-be adventurers or future Indiana Joneses can make the most of the fine spring weather to swing through the treetops on a high ropes course. Just a few minutes from Paris, tree-top adventure centres at ChavilleRueil-Malmaison or Saint-Germain-en-Laye feature Himalayan bridges, zip wires and other activities that combine sport and nature – fun for all ages.

High ropes courses

Walks with a difference in Paris

Rewind - 1 bienvenue à Montmartre, Paris

Le temps d’une journée, partez à la découverte d’un quartier parisien pour admirer votre ville comme si vous en étiez des visiteurs : à la rencontre du street-art monumental dans le 13e, flânerie insolite dans le village des Batignolles ou de Charonne ou encore marche sur les traces de Ladybug, l’héroïne préférée des enfants. Laissez-vous aller à la balade et n’hésitez pas à vous perdre dans les rues pour vous laisser surprendre ! Il existe également des applications de visites guidées avec des parcours originaux et fascinants comme Rewind Stories. Avec votre téléphone en poche, vous pourrez donc en savoir plus sur le Paris des Artistes, des courtisanes ou encore de la Royauté. Et pour rendre vos déambulations encore plus ludiques, testez des visites entre découvertes et défi comme Explorhappy ou le jeu de piste 2.0 et immersif Mission Tuileries.

Visites guidées à pied

Spend a day exploring the lesser-known side of a district of Paris. Admire the monumental street art in the 13th arrondissement, stroll through the village of Batignolles or Charonne or follow in the footsteps of popular teenage female superhero Miraculous Ladybug. Don’t worry about losing your way – you might discover something surprising! Try one of the many self-guided walking tour apps that feature fascinating and unusual themed walks, such as Rewind Stories. With your smartphone in your pocket, discover Paris street art, scandalous Paris or royal Paris. Or, for a ready-to-go fun family outing including challenges and discoveries, why not test Explorhappy or the scavenger hunt and interactive immersive tour Mission Tuileries.

Tours of Paris - Rewind

Let’s bike!

Retro Tour - Graffitti Montmartre, Paris

Paris offers multiple opportunities for bike rides. The Seine riverbanks, the canals and the tree-lined alleys of the Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes make up just some of the more than 1,000 kilometres of cycle routes in and around the city. Paris à Vélo and Paris Bike Tours not only organize themed tours but also hire out any kind of bike you might need – city bike, e-bike or a bike with a trailer for kids.

Guided tours by bike

And if you want to move up a gear, take the family on a tour of the city’s most beautiful streets, squares and avenues in a legendary 2 CV. Tours are organized by Paris Authentic or 4 roues sous un parapluie. There’s also the side-car option with Retro Tour.

Guided tours of Paris in a 2CV

Guided tour of Paris in a side car