Saturday, March 20, 2010

Top Ten for Kids in Paris

Awhile back, David Hogg, author of the family travel blog, My Little Nomads, sent me an e-mail asking me to write a guest post for him on the top ten Paris sights for kids. And since I've got nothing better to do, I sent out an e-mail to friends in Paris asking for their input and combined it all into one article, now up for all the world to see. Take a look!

But why stop at just ten sights? (Although if you read the article, you'll see I cheated a bit by combining this and that.) If you are planning a trip to Paris with kids (or if you're already here and you're sick of hearing "I'm bored"), here's the complete list. It reflects the input of friends who have kids ages two to twenty. In short, there's something here for everyone.

Aquarium Tropical Porte Dorée
Arc de Triomphe (climbing it is key!)
Bateaux mouches
Bike riding and rowboating in the Bois de Boulogne
Chocolate tour by Paris Walks
Cité des Sciences
Da Vinci Code walk with Paris Walks
Eating crepes
Eating falafel in the Marais
Eating ice cream on the Ile St. Louis
Eating steak frites
Eiffel Tower (special mention for lunch)
Évasion Vert in Parc St. Cloud
Euro Disney
France Miniature
Jardin d’Acclimitation
Jardin du Luxembourg
Montmartre (special mention for street artists and musicians)
Movies on the Champs-Élysées followed by a meal at Pizza Pino
Musée Picasso (which, by the way, is closed until 2012)
Musée des Arts Decoratif
Musée Rodin
Notre Dame and the archeological crypt
Parc Floral
Peugot store on the Champs-Élysées
Playing soccer in les Arènes de Lutèce
Pompidou Center (with special vote for escalators and street artists and Stravinsky Fountain)
Riding carrousels
Shopping (Galeries Lafayette, Au Bon Marche, St. Germain, Marche Richard Lenoir)
Treats from the boulangerie
Tours of Parc des Princes and Stade de France
Tour in an old Citroen 2CV (expensive but fun)
Versailles, including water show in the summer, Marie Antoinette’s farm
Walking along the Seine
Wednesday afternoon ateliers at many museums
Zoo in the Bois de Vincennes

Thanks a million to Carol, Deborah, Isabel, Kathleen, Kristi, Melinda, Missi, Nicci, Polly, and Teka for sharing their ideas.


Joy said...

A great list! I'll bookmark this for future visits.

But, in my opinion, you missed Parc Astérix! I was so much fun!! Our 7.5, 5.5, and 2.5 year old children enjoyed it, too! :)

Starman said...

Interesting list.

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