Activities for children

Play areas, animals, sporting activities … experience the joys of nature with your children


Jardin d'Acclimatation, les miroirs déformants, Paris © Frédéric Grimaud

Most of the green spaces in Greater Paris have play areas for children, with swings, slides, merry-go-rounds, trampolines, etc. – all the equipment on which childen love to play. The Jardin d'acclimatation (16th), France’s oldest amusement park, deserves a special mention – it is packed wih attractions that will enchant children and adults alike.

Exploring the animal world

Parc floral de Paris, bernaches du Canada, jardin botanique de la Ville de Paris, Vincennes © Christophe Noël / Mairie de Paris

Parks and gardens in Greater Paris are home to a variety of birds, insects and small animals to look out for in the course of a walk. There are many places for wildlife enthusiasts to explore in Paris: a birdsanctuary in the Bois de Vincennes, an apiary at the Parc Georges Valbon, a butterflygarden at the Parc Floral de Paris (12th), a pettingzoo and of course the Ménagerie at the Jardin des Plantes (5th).

Sport for kids

Ponies in the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Many parks also have free sporting facilities for young children and teenagers to use: roller skating rinks, mini golf courses, football pitches, etc. Besides these facilities, some green spaces also offer instructor-led lessons and workshops. During the school holidays, there is the ‘Vacan’Sports 92’ initiative in the Hauts-de-Seine: free sporting activities for 6-17-year-olds at the Parc départemental des Chanteraines in Villeneuve-la-Garenne and the Parc départemental de l'île Saint-Germain in Issy-les-Moulineaux.

If your children are keen on a ponyride, you’ll find there are riding schools in some parks and gardens: Parc de la Villette (19th), the Jardin d'Acclimatation (16th), the Parc départemental de l'Île Saint-Germain, the Parc départemental des Chanteraines, the Bois de Vincennes, etc.

And if they enjoy climbing trees, then they’ll love AccroCamp with himalayanbridges, tarzan lianas near Versailles, at Chaville (92), the ‘Évasion verte’ treetopadventuretrail (‘accrobranche’ in French) at the Parc Floral de Paris (12th).

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Jardin d'Acclimatation

Leisure park
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

Enjoy a unique experience at the new Jardin d'Acclimatation. Situated between Porte de Neuilly and Porte des Sablons, at the edge......


Leisure park
Parc forestier de la Mare Adam - Route des Huit Bouteilles, Chaville, 92370

AccroCamp is a group of 4 tree climbing parks: Chaville in the Meudon forest, Saint-Germain-En-Laye, Rueil-Malmaison and Giverny.......

Fondation GoodPlanet / Domaine de Longchamp

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • Bois de Boulogne

Within a 3.5 hectare park in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, the GoodPlanet Foundation welcomes all types of visitors in its green......

Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris

Park, garden, promenade
Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

Opened in 1969, the Parc Floral de Paris changes with the seasons, and is popular with plant and nature lovers. Along with the......

Parc de La Villette - Plein Air

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

Built on the site of former abattoirs and designed by the architect Bernard Tschumi, the Parc de la Villette is the largest urban......

L'Île de Robinson

Leisure park
50 rue du Sergent Bobillot, Montreuil, 93100

An indoor amusement park that is unique in Europe and is themed on Robinson Crusoe. Situated on the outskirts of Paris, at......

Sherwood Parc

Leisure park
Chemin des Rouliers, Viarmes, 95270

Sherwood Parc is a leisure and amusement park, offering roughly 20 activities with its main activity being tree climbing, The......

Ferme de Paris

Zoo & aquarium
1 route du Pesage, Paris, 75012

Since 1989 the Ferme de Paris has allowed visitors to discover cultures and livestock. It is a place of resources and awareness......

Réserve ornithologique - Bois de Vincennes

Zoo & aquarium
Allée Royale - Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

This area at the heart of the Bois de Vincennes is dedicated to the protection of birds and also has two hides with guides to......

Jardin des Papillons

Zoo & aquarium
Parc Floral de Paris - Avenue des Minimes - Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

Make the most of a sunny day by visiting the Parc Floral in Paris, and experience the Jardin des Papillons (butterfly garden)......

Île de loisirs de Créteil

Leisure park
9 rue Jean Gabin, Créteil, 94000

Looking for adventure and excitement? Head over to the Créteil outdoor activities centre, just outside Paris. Sailing, wave pool,......

Jardin des Tuileries

Park, garden, promenade
Place de la Concorde, Paris, 75001

The Tuileries Gardens take their name from the tile factories which previously stood on the site where Queen Catherine de Medici......

Jardin Nelson Mandela

Park, garden, promenade
Passage de la Canopée - Rues Rambuteau et Coquillère - Rue de Viarmes - Rue Berger, Paris, 75001

The Jardin Nelson Mandela is at the heart of the new district of les Halles. It is completely open and offers stunning views of......

Parc André Citroën

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue Cauchy, Paris, 75015

The Parc André Citroën is located on the site of the former Parisian Citroën factory. Opened in 1992, with a surface area of 14......

Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King

Park, garden, promenade
147 rue Cardinet, Paris, 75017

A park full of surprises: laid out with many original areas, like the Jardin du rail, with its deckchairs, a play area for......

Parc de Belleville

Park, garden, promenade
47 rue des Couronnes, Paris, 75020

Until the 18th century Belleville was just a corner of the countryside with farms, windmills and open-air cafes. The former......

Parc de Bercy

Park, garden, promenade
41 rue Paul Belmondo, Paris, 75012

Situated on the site of former wine warehouses, the Parc de Bercy still retains some reminders of its past, such as a vineyard......

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Park, garden, promenade
1-7 rue Botzaris, Paris, 75019

The Buttes-Chaumont Park, in the north-east of Paris, is one of the biggest and original green spaces in Paris, measuring 25......

Parc Monceau

Park, garden, promenade
35 boulevard de Courcelles, Paris, 75008

The construction of Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th century, under the orders of the Duke of Chartres. Situated in the 8th......

Parc Montsouris

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue Gazan, Paris, 75014

The Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It is located in the 14th arrondissement, between rue d'Alésia......

Bois de Boulogne

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

A former hunting ground for the Kings of France, the Bois de Boulogne has become the largest spot for relaxation in the west of......

Evasion Verte

Leisure park
Parc floral de Paris - Esplanade du Château de Vincennes - route du Champ de manoeuvres, Paris, 75012

Tree climbing adventures. For fun with family, friends or groups, Evasion Verte, the only park that offers treetop adventures in......