Theme parks for fearless kids

Thrilling rides and haunted houses guaranteed to offer an adrenaline rush will keep kids entertained for hours.

Theme parks

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.

Manège © Thinkstock

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.

Fête Foraine aux Tuileries, Paris © OTCP Marc Bertrand

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
 More info on the Fête des Tuileries

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!

Merry-go-round, parvis de l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

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

Manège 1913
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
December 2016
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Disneyland Paris Adhérent

Leisure park
Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, 77777

Too old? Are you sure? Even big kids can have great fun and thrills in a day at Disneyland. With 2 Disney parks®, more than 50......

L'Île de Robinson Adhérent

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......

Parc Astérix Adhérent

Leisure park
BP 8, Plailly, 60128

Welcome to the craziest of theme parks! Embark on an adventure to the heart of the famous Village and get a taste of what it's......

L’Antichambre Adhérent

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • Opéra - Grands Boulevards

L’Antichambre, escape games in Paris invites you to a unique game experience! In groups of 2 to 6 players, you must think......

Victory Escape Game Adhérent

Jeu et détente
21 rue de la Victoire, Paris, 75009

Victory is an incredible Live Escape Game of Paris, an epic-scale evasion combining reflection, cooperation and a major......

Team Break Adhérent

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • Opéra - Grands Boulevards

Team Break is a new concept of a "Live Escape Game" where 2-6 players live through an immersive adventure in a locked room in......

iFLY PARIS Adhérent

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • La Villette

iFLY Paris : delivering the dream of flying Discover alone, with friends, colleagues, family, unique sensations with the indoor......

Yoo Moov Stations Adhérent

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • La Villette

Embarquez dans le tout premier parc d’attraction indoor et découvrez ses attractions au travers des deux missions proposées sur......

Jardin d'Acclimatation Adhérent

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

Created in 1860, the Jardin d’Acclimatation combines landscaped spaces, a cultural programme and a theme park, and continues to......

Le Manoir de Paris Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Opéra - Grands Boulevards

Presenting the first haunted show in France, the Manoir de Paris retraces the steps of 17 Parisian legends in the prestigious......

Fête des Tuileries

June - August 2018
Jardin des Tuileries - Place de la Concorde, Paris

Children and adults, Parisians and visitors all enjoy the sixty or so attractions at this two-month-long funfair

France miniature

Leisure park
25 route du Mesnil, Élancourt, 78990

Paris Miniature gives you the chance to discover the different regions of France. Like a giant, you can stride around the Eiffel......

Playmobil Funpark

Leisure park
22-24 allée des Jachères - ZA La Cerisaie, Fresnes, 94260

The PLAYMOBIL FunPark - a giant playground made completely from PLAYMOBIL! At the PLAYMOBIL FunPark, children can play in giant......

Aquaboulevard de Paris

Leisure park
4-6 rue Louis Armand, Paris, 75015

Aquaboulevard de Paris offers an exciting day out for the whole family. It is the biggest urban water park in Europe, boasting......

La Mer de sable

Leisure park
La Mer de Sable - RN 330, Ermenonville, 60950

Your tour begins at Kilometre Zero, a genuine oasis and departure point for your adventures. Follow the jungle route and explore......

Foire du Trône

April - May 2018
Pelouse de Reuilly - Bois de Vincennes, Paris

Some 350 attractions on more than 10 hectares of land at the Pelouse de Reuilly.

La tête dans les nuages

Leisure park
5 boulevard des Italiens, Paris, 75002

The biggest games room in Europe, at the heart of Paris: bowling, racing simulators, pool table, games for children ... Free......

The Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde

November 2017 - May 2018
Place de la Concorde - Place de la Concorde, Paris

Each year, as Christmas approaches, the Big Wheel is set up on the Place de la Concorde.


Leisure park
Centre commercial régional du Carré Sénart - 7 allée du Trait d’Union, Lieusaint, 77127

Koezio is a thrilling team adventure game: this concept is unique and is aimed at both children (from 1.40m) and adults. For......

Christmas merry-go-rounds in Paris

mid-December 2017 to early January 2018
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

During the end of year festive season several merry-go-rounds are installed in Paris.