7 ideas for family outings in Paris

7 ideas for family outings in Paris

May 3rd, 2023

Paris is one of those cities that is suitable for the whole family, offering fun cultural visits. There is no shortage of ideas for family outings in Paris, and they are an opportunity to experience an unforgettable stay during the school vacation, or just for a weekend. Here is a small guide of 7 must-do activities to do with your family in Paris.

The City of Science and Industry

Located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie is located in the Parc de la Villette, the largest landscaped park in Paris. Offering weekly interactive and fun exhibitions, the city opens the doors of science to the whole family.

You can attend conferences or take part in unusual experiments to better understand the mysteries of science, and for the youngest, the Cité des enfants approaches the theme through games, with exhibitions for 2 – 7 years old or 5 – 12 years old. This outing idea guarantees a good time for the whole family, where everyone will learn while having fun.

Science Experiments

Science Experiments is another way to approach science with your family. Located in Bercy village, this 850 m² immersive museum aims to make science accessible to everyone, through entertaining and surprising experiments.

To make the experience fun, children and their parents have access to immersive technologies, such as virtual reality and video mapping. During the whole experience, the visitor is transported from the depths of the Universe to the depths of the sea, passing by the center of the Earth, and approaches major subjects of the scientific world.

The Grévin Museum Paris

A few steps away from the Cadet residence, the Grévin museum is one of the must-see family outings in Paris. The famous museum with hundreds of wax figures is an opportunity to meet the celebrities who have marked the world for several centuries.

Along a path with themed scenes, you will be able to discover the historical personalities of the History of France and the world (Louis XIV, Charlemagne, Emmanuel Macron…), the singers of yesterday and today (Serge Gainsbourg, Madonna, Maître Gims…), the great sportsmen and women who made you vibrate (Jackie Chan, Pelé, Zidane…), the movie actors (Jean Gabin, Angélina Jolie, Omar Sy…) and many others.

A visit to the museum with the family is an opportunity to revisit history, with the different scenes, such as the assassination of Marat or the Great War.

The Great Gallery of Evolution

What child is not fascinated by a ferocious tiger, a huge elephant, or a dangerous shark? Then take advantage of your family vacation in Paris to go and see these animals more real than life, at the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution of the National Museum of Natural History. In the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, in the immense glass roof with subdued light, you will plunge into the heart of an animal park frozen in time.

The naturalized animals are displayed before your eyes in a breathtaking setting that will make you feel as if each animal is moving towards you or looking at you.

All around the parade of animals, the permanent exhibition explains the diversity of the living world, with a very educational approach.

After your visit, take the time to take a nice walk in the Jardin des Plantes, where children can let off steam, laugh and run around.

The Museum of Man

Located near the Trocadero, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the Musée de l’Homme is another good idea for a family outing during your vacation.

On 2 500 m², the museum invites you to take a fresh look at the human being, his history and his future. Permanent collections deal with paleontology and anthropology, in a surprising Gallery of Man.

Take the time to admire the Davioud glass roof and the incredible view of the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero Gardens.

The grassroots museum

If you’re looking for an idea for a rainy day out in Paris, the Musée en Herbe is one of the must-see places in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Created in 1975, this intergenerational museum aims to facilitate access to art through exhibitions for everyone, from 3 to 103 years old. The whole family is captivated by the cultural discoveries offered through a trail-like tour.

Between creative workshops and animated visits, young and old alike will meet contemporary artists and discover the beauty and diversity of the artistic world.

The zoological park of Paris, or zoo of Vincennes

If there is one family outing that appeals to both young and old, it is the animal park. The Paris Zoological Park opens the doors to a whole world to explore, all along a 4 km path. You will discover 5 biozones (Patagonia, Europe, Sahel-Sudan, Guyana, Madagascar), spread over more than 14 hectares.

On these lands in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, more than 3,000 animals live, including 125 species that are ambassadors of wildlife. From the little meerkat to the menacing green anaconda, to the great African lion, a family outing becomes a real fun and impressive visit.

Are you looking for good ideas for your next family vacation in Paris? Here you are, ready to spend your days to the fullest, before returning to the comfort of your hotel room at the Cadet residence.

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