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 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 - Dingue

Show - circus
from 17 October 2020 to 03 January 2021
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione - 110 rue Amelot, Paris

The new show from the Cirque Bouglione, packed with magic, laughter and surprises

Jazz à La Villette

Festival | Jazz music
August - september 2021
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


Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 21 October 2021 to 24 October 2021
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 | Festival
October 2021
Grande Halle de La Villette - Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

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

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain

Show - circus
from 27 January 2022 to 30 January 2022
Cirque Phénix - Place du Cardinal Lavigerie, Paris

Acrobats, tightrope walkers, clowns, jugglers, and trapeze artists present their talents in one of the world's biggest circus comp...

Salon #BON

Trade fair, trade show
October 2021
Espace Congrès les Esselières - 3 boulevard Chastenet de Géry - Rond point du Général-de-Gaulle, Villejuif

The first gastronomy festival for kids

Disney’s Halloween Festival

from 26 September 2021 to 01 November 2021
Disneyland® Paris - Disneyland® Paris, Marne-la-Vallée

For Halloween, Disney goodies and baddies are at Disney’s Halloween Festival