11 Mar 2021

How To See Paris With Kids AND Still Have A Fun Time For Adults

Travelling with kids isn’t always easy and sometimes, it isn’t even fun. It’s difficult to know where to go and what to do that’s enjoyable for both children and adults alike. Luckily for you, we have the answer, and it’s Paris!

As a child, I loved visiting Paris. The beautiful capital of France always made for an exciting, dynamic and varied trip away. I now understand why the City of Light was a popular destination for my family to visit. That’s because there truly is something for everyone. This guide will show you how to see Paris with kids and still have a fun time for adults. Paris is the city of romance, sophistication and adventure. But believe it or not, you can enjoy it with kids too!

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Where to stay in Paris with kids

The first step to take when planning your trip to Paris with kids is deciding where to stay in the capital. This decision has the potential to make or break your holiday, so here at easyGuide we’ve chosen a few of our favourite family-friendly spots in Paris for you to choose from.

View of Paris from window

Latin Quarter (located in the 5th and 6th arrondissement)  

The Latin Quarter, located on the left bank of the River Seine and within the 5th and 6th arrondissement, is a great option for where to stay in Paris with kids. The area is central enough to be close to the main attractions so will limit travel time (certainly necessary if visiting with younger children). At the heart of the Latin Quarter is Marché Monge – a market perfect for foodies! Children and adults alike can enjoy the array of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, fish and organic produce that would make for a perfect picnic. And for the grown-ups, why not select some delicious French wine to accompany your meal!  

Top tip: The Marché Monge is open Wednesday and Friday: 7am-2.30pm; Sunday: 7am-3pm.

Fresh vegetables at market in Paris

Also in the Latin Quarter you will find the popular Mouffetard Market. The large and vibrant street market is a popular destination for families to explore along the cobblestone pavement of the oldest street in Paris; Rue Mouffetard.

Top tip: The Mouffetard Market is closed Sunday afternoon and all-day Monday. The best time to visit is Saturday and Sunday morning when the locals will be in attendance. Most stalls open by 10am.

One of the main attractions of the Latin Quarter is the Jardin du Luxembourg. The beautiful garden was redesigned by Napoleon in the early 19th century especially for children and therefore makes it a top attraction for visiting Paris with kids. The garden houses a puppet show, pony rides, a merry-go-round and a large playground in the centre for children to enjoy. There are also 106 statues dotted around the park to enjoy.

Statue of lion in Luxembourg gardens

Top tip: Access to the Luxembourg garden is free. The garden opens between 7.30am and 8.15am and closes between 4.30pm and 9.30pm according to season.

The Latin Quarter is also an ideal location to visit Paris with older kids. Known as the student area for its student population, budget-friendly restaurants and vibrant atmosphere, older children and teenagers will be sure to enjoy The Latin Quarter.

1st Arrondissement

Tuileries garden's ferris wheel

The 1st arrondissement is smack bang in the hub of the main attractions Paris has to offer. Most notably, the 1st arrondissement is home to the Louvre museum and the Jardin des Tuileries. The Tuileries garden is a perfect exploration spot for children and adults alike. In summer, from June to August, there is a funfair called La Fête des Tuileries. The garden also houses a small playground in the centre of the park and a merry-go-round. For adults, the Musée de l’Orangerie is tucked in the western corner of the garden. Here you will find Claude Monet’s impressive Water Lilies series. Also, look out for the Ladurée macarons shop located just by the entrance of the Tuileries garden when approaching from the Louvre side!

Top tip: Access to the Tuileries garden is free. Opening times from the last Sunday in September to the last Sunday in March: 7.30am to 7.30pm. From the last Sunday in March to the last Saturday in September: 7am to 9pm. In June, July and August, opening times are from 7am to 11pm.

12th Arrondissement

Rue Cremieux street view

Although situated further out from the central hub of Paris, located on the outer east side of the city and the right bank of the River Seine, the 12th arrondissement is the perfect escape from the most touristy areas. Rue Crémieux is a popular street to visit for its colourful and charming appearance. Moreover, the Bois de Vincennes (Paris’ largest public park) is found in the 12th arrondissement and contains four lakes, a zoo and a botanical garden to name a few attractions. The park is great to visit in the daytime however being the largest public park, it should be avoided at night-time.

Top tip: There is also a direct RER line in the 12th arrondissement to Disneyland Resort Paris if you decide to visit the world-famous theme park.

What to do in Paris with kids

The list of activities and attractions in Paris is endless, but we’ve narrowed it down to the best things to do in Paris with kids also enjoyed by adults!

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower at sunset with people

Let’s start with the core of Paris. A trip to the Eiffel Tower cannot be missed and is greatly enjoyed by both adults and kids. You can choose to climb the steps up to the second summit or take the lift for a more relaxing journey upwards. If your kids fancy a thrill, you can take the elevator all the way up to the summit and view Paris in a way like no other. To get some energy before the ascent, why not have a picnic down below in Champ du Mars whilst looking up at the Eiffel Tower?

Book your skip-the-line tickets and guided tour of the Eiffel Tower here!

Top tip: Take the metro to Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel. Opening hours: June to Sept: 9:30am to 11:45pm. Rest of year: 10:30am to 6:30pm.

The Louvre

The Louvre at night time

No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the world’s largest and (arguably) most famous museum. The breath-taking museum is home to the likes of The Mona Lisa, the Venus of Milo and much, much more. It will certainly make for an unforgettable visit for both adults and kids. As the museum is so vast, and especially when travelling with children who can tire easily, we recommend you book a guided tour of the Louvre so that you can optimise your time.

Book your skip-the-line tickets and guided tour to the Louvre here!

Top Tip: Take the metro to Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday (except Tuesday when closed): 9am to 6pm.

Rodin's The Thinker sculpture

Rodin Museum

One of my favourite museums in Paris as a child was the Rodin museum. The museum itself primarily houses a vast array of impressive work by Auguste Rodin, including sculptures, paintings, prints, ceramics and archives. However, my favourite part as a child were the museum’s sculpture garden. Children love to explore the greenery dotted around with amazing sculptures including Rodin’s famous The Thinker!

Book your skip the line ticket to the Rodin museum and sculpture gardens here!

Top Tip: Take the metro to Verenne which is a 2-minute walk from the museum. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm.

Musée d’Orsay

Even if your kids aren’t that into museums, I promise you the Musée d’Orsay is worth a visit. With over 2000 paintings and 600 sculptures, there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained. The impressive museum houses a collection of masterpieces by the likes of Matisse, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Rodin and many more!

Book your entrance tickets to Musée d’Orsay here!

Top tip: Take the metro to Solférino – Musée d’Orsay. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30am to 6pm.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles gardens

The luxurious Palace of Versailles makes for a truly unforgettable visit. The magnificent architecture and opulent interior will wow both you and your kids. The Palace – rich in history and secrets – is an excellent and fun way for your children to learn more about French history. Moreover, the jaw-droppingly stunning Royal gardens make for a fabulous walk and picnic destination! As the Palace can get very busy with tourists, it is best to get there early to avoid the crowds.

Book your skip-the-line tickets and guided tour of Versailles here!

Top tip: The Palace of Versailles is located in île-de-France, just 12 miles southwest from the centre of Paris. Take the RER C train to Chateau rive Gauche train station. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9am to 5pm (6pm April to Sept).

Seine River Cruise

Seine river cruise at sunset

A fun and exciting way for your family to see more of Paris is by taking a Seine River cruise. Adults can sit back and relax on the smooth journey whilst kids can play “I spy” with the famous landmarks dotted along the Seine. Also, for something more luxurious, at easyGuide we have a variety of Seine River cruise options including champagne and dinner cruises.

Book your Seine River cruise here!

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris theme park for kids

The Disneyland Paris theme park is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions for kids and was certainly one of my favourite things to do in Paris. The theme park contains Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. With shows, parades, rides and interactive characters, there is something for everyone to ensure a magical family day out. Check out the best Disneyland Paris offers here!

Parc Astérix

Paris is also home to your favourite Gaul heroes park– Asterix and Obelix! If like me your kids devoured the comic series of Asterix the Gaul, then this theme park is a must-see! With over 42 attractions, 6 themed zones, 5 shows and new excitements at every turn, the park has something for everyone in the family.

Book your day out at Parc Astérix here!

For more inspiration on what to do on your trip to Paris with kids, check out our top 15 Paris attractions.

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