I have never been to Paris. I have had dreams of traveling there since I took French in high school. The language is beautiful, the fashion amazing and the thought of spending my days strolling along the Seine with my girls as we stop for beignets and cocoa make me giddy. Alas, it has not come to fruition to this point, but one can dream.
I am being proactive; I am talking to my friends who have been and I came up with a small list of places to go with your children in Paris, when you are not strolling the Seine, climbing the Eiffel Tower or in awe of the Louvre.
CitÃ© des EnfantsÂ - It is designed to help children develop and discover the world around them, and to introduce them to science and technology through a series of hands-on activities. Young visitors can experience a variety of absorbing situations devised for their age, and enjoy doing interesting experiments they won’t find at home or at school.
The CitÃ© des Enfants comprises two separate areas:
- an area for 2-7 year-olds, with entertaining early-learning situations and activities
- an area for 5-12 year-olds, where youngsters can discover science and technology in a series of activities.
Parc de la VilletteÂ - This is a reclaimed industrial landscape turned into futuristic park. Most of the playful park structures were designed by Bernard Tschumi with a childâ€™s imagination in mind.
Tuileries GardenÂ - The beautiful garden outside of the Louvre. You can rent sailboats for the kids to play with and spend the day at the fountain. The children will have a blast exploring the garden. You can take advantage of the many photo ops as your little ones frolic amongst the majestic statues of the garden.
Le Jardin des PlantesÂ - A beautiful botanical garden in the center of Paris. It also houses a zoo and a museum of natural history. There is enough here to keep the kids busy and engaged for hours.
Have you ever been to Paris, France? What would be number one on your must see list with children?
Photo Source: Rodrigo Galindez