Paris funfairs to enjoy with the kids
Churros, the Big Wheel, hook a duck … kids will really enjoy Paris’s traditional funfairs.
Come summer, the Jardin des Tuileries in the heart of Paris becomes a magnet for children with the return of the annual fête foraine, packed with attractions for people of all ages. At Christmastime, kids will enjoy a ride on the Big Wheel at the entrance to the garden. Soaring to a height of 65 metres, it offers a stunning view over the city.
Also in summer, the Fête à Neu-Neu in the Bois de Boulogne and the Foire du Trône on the Pelouse de Reuilly draw eager crowds. Children will love the colourful rides and the sugary fairground staples on sale at these bustling events.
Open all year round, the Jardin d’Acclimatation has a variety of attractions and amusement stands: a good option for an afternoon family outing.
Merry-go-rounds for all the family
Merry-go-rounds, manèges in French, are timeless attractions and a firm favourite with toddlers. Wooden horses, exotic animals, motorbikes and even space ships … In Paris, there are merry-go-rounds galore for kids to ride on.
Designed by the architect of the Palais Garnier Opera House, the Garnier merry-go-round in the Luxembourg Gardens is a veritable work of art. Equally famous, the 1913 merry-go-round in the Champ de Mars is completely ecological and made of traditional wooden horses. And to complete this list of historic places, the Forum des Halles merry-go-round with its traditional decor is a wonderful sight that all the family will appreciate.
The City Hall merry-go-round is quite a special one. It is one of the biggest in Paris and has two impressive floors. Higher still, on the hill at Montmartre is the Sacré-Cœur merry-go-round, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the Paris.
Finally, the Supersonic merry-go-round in the 11th arrondissement and the Dodo merry-go-round in the Jardin des Plantes offer kids the chance to pilot hi-tech vessels and ride astride extinct animals like dinosaurs and sivatheriums.
Good to know: during the festive season, merry-go-rounds are installed in all arrondissements of Paris (except the 1st and 2nd) to give free rides!
Garnier merry-go-round at the Luxembourg
Paris 6th – RER Luxembourg
Merry-go-round at the Hôtel de Ville
Paris 4th – Metro Hôtel-de-Ville, RER Châtelet-Les Halles
Paris 7th – Metro Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim
Merry-go-round at the Jardin des plantes
Paris 5th – Metro Gare-d’Austerlitz, RER Gare-d’Austerlitz
Merry-go-round at the Sacré-Coeur, in the quare Louise Michel
Paris 18th – Metro Anvers
Christmas merry-go-rounds in Paris districts