Children love visiting theme parks, and the Paris region has a good (and varied) selection of them: the indomitable Gauls at the Parc Astérix, Disney magic at the two parks of Disneyland Paris, a Wild West adventure at the Mer de sable, the tropical setting of Robinson Crusoe’s island at L'île de Robinson, the ‘world in miniature’ at France Miniature and 40 exciting attractions at the Parc Saint-Paul. A memorable outing for all the family!
On rainy days, there are indoor entertainment options like the huge Playmobil Funpark. Older children will enjoy the interactive games at Laser Paris and Koezio. Then there’s HintHunt, the first live escape game in Paris. Teams of players are locked into a room, and the only way out is to solve a puzzle by tracking down clues. This fast-paced new mystery game is ideal for problem solvers of any age.
LeavinRoom is another escape game to try with the kids. This one is personalized: you pick the theme for your prison setting (e.g. ‘Around the World in 80 Days’) and gradually move towards the exit as you solve clue after clue.
La tête dans les Nuages is the biggest leisure and gaming centre in Europe, with no fewer than 130 attractions. It has a special area for kids aged 3 years and over, with mini table football and a mini bowling arcade, so the little ones won’t feel left out of the fun.
Royal Kids, an indoor entertainment centre with several locations near Paris, provides a safe play environment for children, with a host of attractions to keep them busy and happy. It is also the perfect place to throw a kids’ birthday party.
Nautil Parc, a waterpark near Paris, is another great place to go with the family. There are lots of water-based activities for kids, and you can rent bikes to cycle around the estate. More family fun can be had on the 50-hectare lake, with canoes and pedalos available to use in the afternoon.
And for fans of giant water slides, there’s no need to leave central Paris: Aquaboulevard in the 15th arrondissment offers lots of splashy fun for both kids and adults, plus an enormous swimming pool.
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.
The Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde
From 11 November 2016 to 15 May 2017
Place de la Concorde, Paris 8th - Metro Concorde
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The Foire du Trône
March - May 2017
Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris 12th - Metro Liberté
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The Fête des Tuileries
June - August 2017
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 1st - Metro Tuileries
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The Fête au Bois de Boulogne
From 3 September to 9 October 2016
Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16th - Metro Avenue Henri Martin
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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
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