Think Paris is all about couples looking for romance? Think again. It turns out the French capital has many fun activities that kids will love. So, book a hotel, pack your bags and get ready to say bonjour to Paris.
Millennium Hotel Paris Opéra
The Foire du Trone is one of the oldest fairs in Paris, dating back over a thousand years. The annual trade show (foire) welcomes millions of locals and visitors from the end of March through to May. From carousels to heart-stopping thrill rides, candy floss and popcorn, this much-loved fair will create lasting memories for the whole family. Entry is free and rides are priced individually.
Paris's famed public gardens, Jardin des Tuileries, hosts La Fete des Tuileries from the end of June through to August. The park is located between the Louvre and the Place de le Concorde, which is an easy stroll from Millennium Hotel Paris Opèra. Ride the Paris Big Wheel, get lost in the hall of mirrors, win a teddy bear or watch the model boats on the pond. Remember, as well as going to the carnival, these former royal gardens are a great place for a family picnic and a good spot for taking photos in front of its numerous sculptures.
Jardin des Tuileries
Still looking for fun and fantasy? A day trip to Disneyland Paris is a must for all families with young children. Just like its American counterparts, Disneyland Paris has Sleeping Beauty's Castle and rides such as Space Mountain and the Mad Hatter's Teacups. Reviewers on TripAdvisor recommend buying a VIP pass to avoid the long queues if visiting during July and August, which is the park’s busiest time of year. Plan to stay for Mickey's Magical Fireworks and Bonfire at Lake Disney. You may even see Mickey himself.
Ticket prices start at €69 (US$74) for adults and €62 for children aged three to 11. Children under three have free entry.
The bird market is open every Sunday at Marchè aux Fleurs (the flower markets). Described as paradise for children, this market offers them a chance to meet and learn about many common and unique birds from around the world. You'll hear their vocal talents long before you see them.
Strolling along the Seine offers a great vantage point to the main tourist sights of Paris: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle, with many artists to observe sitting along the river bank looking for inspiration. Why not take a river cruise too? It's a great way to relax while taking in the sights and history of Paris.
If there’s one French food the kids will love, it has to be crepes. It's not hard to find these thin pancakes in Paris; these are served at fun fairs, cafes, restaurants, hotels and street stalls. 142 Creperie Contemporaine on Rue Saint-Charles is about a 20-minute walk from the famous Eiffel Tower and offers a nice sit-down place for families. Crepes come with a variety of savoury or sweet fillings and can be enjoyed as a meal, dessert or snack. If you have a sweet tooth, try a crepe with Nutella.