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Visiting Paris with young child (4) - any ideas?

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Visiting Paris with young child (4) - any ideas?

We've been to Paris a few times as a couple, but are thinking of a few days there this month with our 4-year-old...

Any ideas for places to go, things to do?

The obvious things are the Eiffel Tower, various parks (if it doesn't bucket!), the Seine (any advice on the best boat trips?).

Any short trips out of Paris by train?

Any good (interactive?) museums/etc?

Good places to eat/stay?

...or are we mad?


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1. Re: Visiting Paris with young child (4) - any ideas?

You are not mad, this is a wonderful city to enjoy with kids.

The Cite des Sciences at the Parc de la Villette has interactive stuff for kids and right now they are featuring disgusting bodily functions... kids love it!

They is also the Jardin d'Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, a traditional little amusement park that even has a mini museum for kiddies.

The Tuilleries and the Luxembourg gardens both have great play grounds for the kids, with boats that you can rent to push around the ponds.

You can go to the Rodin museum and just buy the garden tickets to appreciate some of his best works and then go all the way to the back of the gardens where there are sand boxes for the kids.

There are merry go rounds at the hotel de ville, the eiffel tower and in the Tuilleries (where they also have trampolines) and ice skating rinks at the Hotel de ville and the Gare Montparnasse.

bon voyage

La Coupole is a very kid friendly restaurant in the Montparnasse area that serves at all hours, for when the tyke is hungry (most restaurants only open at 8pm).

Bon Voyage

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3. Re: Visiting Paris with young child (4) - any ideas?


I would say that four is a little young to enjoy many of the attactions in March that would be fun in warmer weather. It is always good to go to Luxenborg Jardins to let loose on some of his energy, weather permitiing, and the great playgrounds there.......also some puppet shows. I think children always love McD's too...........and happy meals.....(ugh). There is even one in Galleries Lafayette or maybe its Samaritine which have some neat toy departments too. He might enjoy going to a cafeteria where he can point to what he would like to eat and get super duper ice cream. Casino Cafeterias (scattered around Paris) usually gives little gifts (sometimes quite nice) to little ones. Be sure he puts some coins in the bucket in front of any mimes you might see. Many kids love the metros, maybe its the freedom, the escalators, music, long walks in the tunnels or the unusual people....The #14 line is totally automatic and if you sit in the front car the child can pretend he is driving the metro.

Of course I'm sure you will make sure the child is warmly dressed. You might read the post by the unhappy mother...."Paris was a nightmare".......or something like that....just for information and maybe to avoid some mistakes. Please dont pay any attention to the negative comments about children on that post..........As everywhere, people like children and Parisians are outstanding that way.

Not far from the Champs Elysees is Palais de la Decouverte...on Franklin Roosevelt close to the Seine. Much hands on exhibts and some geared to younger children. And, as suggested, Cite de Science might be good and mostly inside.........do go into the submarine in the rear. He might even enjoy Cite de la music, across the park from there...interesting exhibits of instruments inside....great for adults too...For some reason, kids get a big kick out of French cartoons on TV........somehow they seem to understand them...(international kids language ??).

And there is always crepes, ice cream and Disney!

I would guess you would find it not so different to take a child to Paris than you would any fair sized city. bonne chance, Bea