Traveling With Kids:: Kid’s Top Ten Things to Do in Paris

by Tina on November 1, 2013

in France, Paris, Raising a Traveling Tribe, Travel

While we as adults may have a list of favorites and must-see’s when we visit Paris, our kids have their own Top Ten Things To Do in Paris.  Paris is busy and bustling and can be pretty intimidating for young travelers, especially if parents try to squeeze in too many things during their visit.

We recommend slowing down, reducing your expectations, and allowing the kids to help choose how the family spends some of the time so there may be a veto or two for another museum, but we have found that allowing them to have a say makes them more willing when we tell them that it is our turn to choose.  Plus, we are all more relaxed and make the best memories as a family!

Here is our Kid’s Top Ten Things to Do in Paris::

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1. Eat a crepe under the Eiffel Tower.  The more the Nutella, the better!

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2. Sit and spot their favorite cars and/or vespas while munching on a Warm baguette with butter, ham, and cheese.

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3. See the View from the Top of Sacre Coeur… even if there are a lot of stairs to climb.

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4. Visit Shakespeare and Company.  The children’s section is a divine little nook perfect for cuddles and reading.

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5. Sail the Remote Control Boats in the Tuileries Gardens.

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6. Stop at random playgrounds and parks.  Our kids love doing something so normal with other French kids.

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7. Ride the Metro.  (We always talk about the maps and the schedules so they can help direct us.)

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8. Ride the Carousel near the Eiffel Tower.  It’s a little expected, but don’t tell the kids because they love it!

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9. Eat a Pain au Chocolat in a cozy cafe while Mom and Dad enjoy a leisurely coffee

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10. Go to Laduree and choose any kind of macaron they want.

 

Have you traveled to Paris with kids?  What were their favorite things to do in Paris?

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Trina November 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

What a life you are giving to your kids! I love how many of the ideas involve food. Isn’t that the way of it? Everything is better with a yummy treat. My kids know that food will usually be involved in anything fun we do…that’s just our way :) .

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Tina November 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

So true! And it’s one expense that is mandatory so it’s fun to get to try things and enjoy something that somehow never tastes the same back home!

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Shelby November 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Absolutely loved this post… I have to say I’m right on bar with the kid’s favorites and proud to say I’ve done nearly all of those lovely things in that magical city…. C’est magnifique!

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Tiffany November 2, 2013 at 12:29 am

Tina, thank you for this post. You’re so sweet to answer my question with a wonderful blog post. I am so excited about our trip, I will certainly let you know how it goes. Thanks again!

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simplystylishmom November 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Great post! I am def. thinking of a trip over there in the new year. Where did you stay? Hotel/airbnb/friend? I am totally with you on the food front – often our kids memories are based around what they ate at the place: the gelato in Rome, the chocolate bread in Sicily, the prawns on Mallorca etc…. we are creating little foodies aren’t we?! (but the food isn’t just for them is it, hehe!)

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Karen November 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

I think all of these things for kids to do in paris are perfect for adults too! ;) Paris is one of my favorite cities and I could go (want to go) there every year!

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EB Black November 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Love #6! It was our favorite thing to do on both trips to Paris with our young daughter. Watching her communicate with new friends using mostly hand signals and American South (heavily) accented French was really incredible to watch. She was even able to get the older kids to retrieve the zip-line bar for her in Parc de la Villette time again because she was too short to reach it and drag it back to the top of the launch pad.

P.S. Just found your blog via the new Living with Kids post at DesignMom. :-)

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Patty November 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

We took our 4 to Paris recently. We did many of the things you listed and we were only there for 48 hours.

We also took the Bateaux-Mouches tour of the Seine which was a great way to get a feel for the city in a short period of time.

Another great memory was made as we watched, from the ponte de l’Alma, the Eiffel Tower twinkle (on the hour after sunset) like it was covered in a billion diamonds.

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hilary November 18, 2013 at 6:00 am

I feel very blessed I have done all of these things with my girls! This list is spot on!

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hilary November 18, 2013 at 6:04 am

#11 Visit the museum de Orsay on a Thursday night around 7:30pm. It is the only night of the week it is open late and you don’t have to wait in any lines. Kids and lines never mix well for us anyway.

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