Free Paris for Kids


It’s great to be a kid in Paris all year round, but especially in July and August.

Museums

Although kids pay reduced admissions for monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, most city museums are free for kids under 12 years old. Remember this when you buy museum passes so you don’t end up paying twice as much as is necessary.

Paris Plage

Paris Plage is by no means ‘Adults Only’. The City of Paris has gone out of ways to make Paris Plage convenient for toddlers. Diaper changing stations are available and a FREE snack (or goûter) on Wednesdays and Saturdays afternoons at 3 pm next to the Bout’chou Right Bank changing stations.

The changing stations or ‘cabines’ come equipped with changing tables, diapers, handy wipes, and warmers for formula. There are two ‘cabines’ situated on Georges Pompidou Way and Quai de Seine. Open daily (while Paris Plage is open in late July and August) from 11 am to 7 pm.

Adventure for Kids at Paris Plage!
Strictly for Age 4 to Age 7 (
Plage Adventure is located by the bridge Pont au Change.
Hours 9 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 to 7 pm (while Paris plage is open in late July to August)

Splash pool for kids – 7 Years and older
Swimming near the bridge Pont Marie. A pool just for kids (10-15 years old unaccompanied) from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and for accompanied kids (under age 10) from 3:30 to 7 pm (pool closes at 6 pm on Sundays).

Art for kids at Paris Plage

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Don’t wait until your kids are in college to send them to the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Starting at Age 6, kids can sign up for a plastic arts class. The theme this year is the environment. Pastels, crayons, tempura painting are just some of the possibilities.
Classes are held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4 pm to 5:30 pm (during Paris Plage season –late July and August) Georges Pompidou Way (near the kid’s ‘cabine petite enfance’).

Stories and Music for kids at Paris Plage
Storytelling is a well respected profession in France. What a great way to introduce kids to the French language. Even if they can’t follow the stories told by Anne-Sophie Peron, Marcel’s
accordeon music is internationally understood. Each Saturday and Sunday 5:30 to 6:30 pm (during Paris Plage season), kids can enjoy stories accompanied by accordeon music at Georges Pompidou Way (near the kids’ ‘cabine petite enfance’).

Kid sports at Paris Plage (La Villette location)
For the past few years, thanks to a shuttle boat system, Paris Plage has expanded from the Right Bank – to the Left Bank and also La Villette Basin which makes it possible to include sports for kids at various locales. Here are some of the possibilities:

Trampoline
Quai de la Seine
Ages 4 to 12 years.
From 9 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 7 pm.

Pedalos (Peddling)
Quai de la Loire. Ages 6 to 10 years.
From 9 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 7 pm.

Canoeing and Kayaking
Quai de la Loire
Age 10 and older
From 9 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 5 pm.

Sailing
Quai d la Loire
Age 10 and older
From 9 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 5 pm.

Rock en Seine for Kids
The 6th annual rock festival Rock en Seine has taken off in a big way. This year (2008) R.E.M. and Amy Winehouse headline the show – and Parisgirl’s favorites ‘Blood Red Shoes’ will be there too! But kid ‘rockers’ get their own FREE show. The Mini- Rock en Seine, located in a special village created just for kids (adjacent to the Rock en Seine event in Parc St. Cloud). While kids under Age 10 can accompany their parents to the actual show for free, the City of Paris discourages bringing kids under Age 6 to this event.

Meanwhile, the Mini-Rock en Seine village will be open for kids both August 28 and 29th (2008) with plenty of attractions organized by Chap’Mazik, 3C and the Festival d’Anjou.

I leave it to you to figure out which parent gets to watch Amy Winehouse and R.E.M. while the other parent enjoys ‘kiddie rock’. Ahh! The fine art of compromise.

Free (and almost free) Fun in Paris Gardens

Throughout the year, many Paris parks feature recreation specifically for kids including jungle jims, swings, merry-go-rounds, toy boat sailing in the ponds, poney rides, as well as the famous puppet or marionette shows.

Although there’s usually an admittance charge to enter the closed off areas for kids’ slides and jungle jims, the price is not so bad when you consider the hours of fun for the kids during a sunny day in Paris.

Les Pestacles Children’s Festival

PARC FLORAL DE PARIS – 12e
Esplanade du Château de Vincennes
Metro : Chateau de Vincennes
tel:39 75
01 43 65 43 99
www.parcfloraldeparis.com
www.paris.fr
Dates: 17 Wednesdays through September 24, 2008.
The annual Pecstacle is a free children’s festival at the Parc Floral,
Although the festival is free, there’s a 5 Euro admission charge to the Parc Floral.
Program
Concerts

Free music at park bandstands.
Throughout the summer months.
Bring a sandwich and enjoy the music with the kids at many of
Paris’s park band stands. (One of our favorites is the Luxembourg Park bandstand) (located on the Boulevard St Michel side of the park).