If you’re looking for great things to do with kids in Paris, you’ll find a wide range of exciting attractions and family activities, especially if your children would prefer alternatives to viewing famous landmarks. We don’t just mean the large theme parks on the outskirts of the city, either.

From indoor activities like video arcades and fascinating museums to outdoor attractions like fun parks and zoological parks, there are many fabulous things to do with kids in Paris. Follow us for a virtual trip through Paris’s best family-friendly places and kids’ activities.

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    Disneyland Paris

    World-famous theme park

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    Disneyland Paris is a huge theme park 20 miles north of Paris, which combines Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park in a gigantic complex. Disneyland Paris is divided into themed areas, including Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Toon Studio and more. Each of them is home to exciting rides and rollercoasters.

    The most popular attractions of the park include Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, Big Thunder Mountain and Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, just to name a few. Accommodation, restaurants and shops are at hand throughout the park.

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    Location: Bd de Parc, 77700 Coupvray, France

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)1 60 30 60 53

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    Parc de la Villette

    Activities and attractions in a large park

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    The Parc de la Villette, 5km northeast of Paris center, is home to a broad range of attractions for the whole family. The 2 main places of interest in the park are the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry) and the Géode (IMAX theatre). Entering the park is free and, on warm days, you’ll find it to be a splendid place for a stroll or some fun in the large children’s playground named the Dragon’s Garden.

    Many cultural attractions, such as an open-air movie theater and live music venues, can also be found here.

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    Location: 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 1 am

    Phone: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75

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    Parc Astérix

    Iron Age themed rides

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    Head 22 miles north of Paris to Parc Astérix where you'll discover a universe dedicated to an iconic French comic book character. You’ll travel back to Iron Age Gaul in a theme park which hosts around 40 attractions, including 6 rollercoasters and 4 water rides.

    Magic shows, gladiator fights and a farm housing ancient breeds of animals add to the fun atmosphere. There are also 4 hotels and 6 restaurants, so you can make a day (or more) of your visit.

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    Location: Parc Astérix, 60128 Plailly, France

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +33 (0)9 86 86 86 87

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    National Museum of Natural History

    Large collection of animal skeletons

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    The National Museum of Natural History is an interesting and educational destination for families. Established in 1793 right next to the botanical garden, the museum spans 3 storeys. It’s home to various collections that showcase dinosaur skeletons, plants, insects, and more.

    The décor and atmosphere of the place gives it a Night at the Museum feel. The nearby garden is also a very pleasant place to stroll and it hosts a small zoo. A restaurant with outdoor terrace under a pergola sits right next to the museum.

    Location: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +33 (0)1 40 79 56 01

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    Carousel of the Eiffel Tower

    A charming carousel with an epic view

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    With one of the most iconic monuments in the world as the backdrop, the carousel of the Eiffel Tower is the perfect perch for a scenic afternoon whirl. It’s the only clockwise spinning carousel in Paris and it features wooden horses, carriages, and a locomotive to climb aboard under a blue canopy. The decorated panels depict charming street scenes and cheerful French vistas.

    At night, under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, it’s an utterly magical spin and an incredible photo opp. And the fun isn’t just for kids; plenty of grown-ups enjoy a trip on this adorable carousel. When it’s time for a snack, stop by at the casual kiosks for baguettes, macarons, or hot dogs.

    Location: Quai Jacques Chirac, 75007 Paris, France

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

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    Parc Zoologique de Paris

    Clean and well-organized zoo

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    Still commonly called the Vincennes Zoo, the Parc Zoologique de Paris is located 6 km southeast of the city center. It’s easily reachable by a short metro ride. The zoo covers an area of 14.5 hectares and hosts a 4,000 sq m greenhouse sheltering a tropical rainforest climate. Clean and easy to navigate, you can see straight away that the animals are very well cared for.

    Marvel at many of the usual suspects – lions, giraffes and monkeys, just to name a few – but also rarer species such as the manatee and the leafcutter ant.

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    Location: Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)811 22 41 22

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    Jardin d'Acclimatation

    For good old-fashioned fun

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    The Jardin d’Acclimatation is a cool amusement park 7 km west of downtown Paris. Originally founded in 1860, it’s arguably a little old fashioned, but the 40 attractions and rides are still a lot of fun. They include a small farm, pony rides, mini-rollercoasters, a house of mirrors and 2 museums (science and art for children). There’s a mini train you can use to ride around the 19-hectare park and the 5 restaurants and 6 gourmet stands mean you can comfortably stick around all day.

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    Location: Bois de Boulogne, Rte de la Prte Dauphine à la Prte des Sablons, 75116 Paris, France

    Open: Monday–Tuesday and Thursday–Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, Wednesday and Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)1 40 67 90 85

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    La Tête dans les Nuages

    Huge gaming center

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    La Tête dans les Nuages (meaning, ‘the head in the clouds’) is a gigantic and modern gaming center located in the center of Paris. Gamers and adrenalin addicts can enjoy the many arcade games at hand, but there are also more physical games, including table soccer, mini bowling, and pool.

    The central location of the gaming center gives access to many dining options.

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    Location: 5 Boulevard des Italiens, 75002 Paris, France

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 12.30 am, Friday from 11 am to 2 am, Saturday from 10 am to 2 am, Sunday from 10 am to 12.30 am

    Phone: +33 (0)1 40 13 08 08

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    Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

    Serene public park

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    The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont sits in an elevated position that offers beautiful views of Paris. Covering about 25 hectares, it’s home to a wide variety of plants and trees, as well as beautiful manmade structures that date back to the 19th century.

    An artificial lake and a large grotto with a waterfall add to the charm of the park. Besides the many hide-and-seek possibilities the park offers, children will appreciate the puppet theatre, and fairground games available. You’ll also find 3 dining options right in the park.

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    Location: 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris, France

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 8 pm

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    Palais de la Découverte

    A science museum in a stunning palace

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    The Palais de la Découverte (The Discovery Palace) occupies 25,000 sq m of the splendid Grand Palais in the center of Paris. This science museum shows you more about topics such as astronomy, biology, and chemistry, among others, through well-thought-out permanent exhibits and interactive experiments.

    The museum also features a planetarium in a 15-meter dome. It’s a great edutainment center, the only downside being that the live-action exhibits are only in French.

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    Location: Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris, France

    Open: Tuesday – Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

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Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler