Grande Galerie de l'évolution Muséum d'histoire naturelle

A long weekend with kids

And what if we told you that Paris is the perfect destination for a family-friendly weekend?
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Paris and its region are a terrific territory for adventure and discovery for all ages. Museums offer tailored activities for younger audiences, while the city's parks and gardens provide fun ways to learn about its geography and history. Here's a quick guide for a 3-day trip, with suggestions for accessible and fun outings and activities.

Day 1: Like Parisians

Start your day at the Jardin des Plantes. The Great Evolution Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History will teach your children about the incredible diversity of the living world with a fascinating collection of taxidermic animals… The famous animal procession in the central nave is filled with impressive wildlife, from the massive elephant and giraffe to the smallest birds of the African savannah! Allow around 1.5 hours for the visit. You can have lunch at Les Belles Plantes restaurant, whose lovely terrace is just a short step from the museum.

Grande Galerie de l'évolution Muséum d'histoire naturelle

Next, head to the urban cultural park La Villette for a stimulating afternoon, just 25 minutes away by Metro (take Line 5 from Gare d'Austerlitz). Visit the science and technology museum the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and its permanent hands-on exhibition spaces for children, the Cité des Enfants comprising two different areas dedicated to ages 2-7 and 5-12. Here, children are encouraged to touch and engage with everything!

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - Cité des Enfants%252C Paris 2017

Afterwards, the Parc de la Villette provides a perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon snack on the grass, beside the canal. The children will enjoy letting off steam in the park’s play areas, from the enormous dragon slide to the massive climbing frames. You can finish up the day in the free play area the Jardin des Dunes et des Vents, with its bouncy air mattresses!

Day 2: The animals and knights of Vincennes

For your second day, head to Vincennes in the morning – an easily accessible journey from central Paris by Metro or RER train. The Parc Zoologique de Paris zoo in the Bois de Vincennes, is home to around 125 species and offers a fascinating, four kilometre safari-like trail. Adults and children alike won’t be able to resist the adorable b, otters, giraffes and lemurs. At lunch time, head for the Daumesnil lake to enjoy a picnic, in the shade of the trees, followed by an excursion in one of the pretty rowing boats.

Couple dans une barque sur le Lac Daumesnil%252C Bois de Vincennes%252C 2017.

Devote your afternoon to the Château de Vincennes, a fortified medieval castle, complete with a moat and a keep – the tallest in Europe.

Try a guided tour to get a real sense of the history of France.

Château de Vincennes

Day 3: The Icing on the cake: Disneyland® Paris

For your last day, head to Disneyland® Paris, in Marne-la-Vallée. You can take your pick of the transport from central Paris: from the special Disneyland Paris Express shuttle bus, to the regular RER train.

Once there, devote your morning to theme park where such treats as the Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Phantom Manor, and many other attractions for all ages await you. The Star Wars™ rides will appeal to old and young (Hyperspace Mountain, Star Tours and the Starport), little ones will adore the Dumbo The Flying Elephant merry-go-round, while teenagers won’t want to get off the Indiana Jones™ rollercoaster.

After lunch in the western atmosphere of The Lucky Nugget Saloon, head to the second Walt Disney Studios® park, using your 2 -park access ticket. Dedicated to Disney films, a sensational afternoon is guaranteed here! From the Ratatouille chase, to the terrifying Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: the theme park guarantees a last day that will delight all the family!

Disneyland Paris

And if you are taking a return flight home that evening, catch the Magical Shuttle bus, which takes visitors directly from the park to the Paris airports.

To add some fun to your family trip, consider downloading the free Paris Region Adventures app on your smartphone and embark with your kids on a unique experience to discover La Villette and the Château de Vincennes. Have fun together discovering these places during a giant treasure hunt where clues are hidden around you. Keep your eyes open!

Other ideas for family outings in Paris Region

Our selection

Grande Galerie de l'évolution Muséum d'histoire naturelle
French National Museum of Natural History
Art & culture
Located in the Jardin des Plantes garden, the National History Museum will delight science and nature enthusiasts. Both fun and educational, the site guarantees a good time for the whole family.
Jardins des Plantes Paris 2012
Garden of Plants
Nature & outdoor
Installed on the Left Bank of the Seine, the Jardin des Plantes and its botanical treasures encourage meandering and discovery.
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie
Art & culture
The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and its Cité des Enfants are entertaining, interactive museums in the Parc de la Villette that make learning about science fun for the whole family.
Parc de la Villette, la Folie escalier, Paris 2011
La Villette Park
Strolls Leisures
One of the city’s largest green spaces, the Parc de la Villette is an oasis populated by many cultural spaces. A paradise for outdoor activities, in the heart of Paris.

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