Summer in Paris, best kids activities

Summer is the perfect time to stroll around, explore new areas, rediscover Paris and enjoy the season's must-see events. Discover our selection of activities to do with your children. Get on board one of our buses to visit the City of Light without getting tired!

Museums

Louvre Museum

The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. Art and antique lovers can admire the most famous paintings in the world, as well as other historical masterpieces.

Guided tours, workshops, storytelling, movies... The museum offers a multitude of activities for children and their families to discover art history and the collections while having fun.

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°3 Musée du Louvre

The Cité des Enfants

The Cité des Enfants offers discovery and manipulation areas for children. The institution, located in La Villette, has two areas dedicated to children aged 2 to 7 and 5 to 12. The fun and educational activities focus mainly on scientific themes: the body, the factory, water, etc.

Musée du Quai Branly

From 3 July to 28 August 2022, the Musée des arts premiers offers free activities for young and old. You can choose from a selection of activities: mini tours, family workshops, storytelling, meetings, shows, concerts, games, quizzes, free access to books and comics...

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°9 Tour Eiffel

Musée Grévin

This year, the Musée Grévin celebrates its 140th anniversary! For the occasion, the famous museum offers many activities: magic, immersive theatre, candlelit concerts and street art. This unique and unmissable place in Paris offers you the chance to pose alongside more than 200 characters who have made or are making history, from yesterday to today, in breathtaking settings!

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°1 Haussmann - Grands Magasins or stop n°2 Opéra Garnier

Parks and gardens

Paris Plages

A must for Parisians who don't go on holiday, Paris Plages returns this summer from 9 July to 21 August 2022. You will find deckchairs, parasols, palm trees and misters at the Parc Rives-de-Seine. Come and enjoy the three swimming pools at the Bassin de la Villette. There are activities for children aged 3 to 7 and trampolines are available.

Parc zoologique de Paris

In 2022, the Parc zoologique de Paris invites you on a real sensory journey. Devices have been set up to immerse you in the atmosphere of the 5 biozones: from Patagonia to Madagascar, via Africa, Europe and Amazonia-Guyana. These sensory stops will help you awaken your senses and discover the unsuspected capacities of many species.

Every Thursday from 23 June to 11 August 2022, discover another facet of the Park and observe the behaviour of the animals at sunset. You will be able to explore the biozones until 10pm and watch the return of some animals. A special relaxation area will be set up in front of the zoo. For the little ones, a chalk drawing area and wooden games for fun with family and friends will be available on the forecourt.

Jardin des Plantes

Created over 4 centuries ago, the Jardin des Plantes is an ideal place for a family outing during the holidays. It includes the Great Gallery of Evolution, the Menagerie, the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, the Great Greenhouses, the Children's Gallery and the French Garden.

Every day from 7 July to 1 September 2022, children will be able to take part in encounters with different animals: the Seychelles tortoise (11.30am), the helmeted cassowary (2.45pm), the golden lion tamarin (3.15pm), the Malayan tapir (3.45pm), the orang-utan (4.15pm), the red panda (4.45pm).

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°4 Notre-Dame - Quartier Latin

Jardin d'Acclimatation

In the Bois de Boulogne, come and enjoy the attractions of the Jardin d'Acclimatation. The park, which dates back to Napoleon III, offers some forty activities for the whole family to enjoy in an exceptional setting.

Events

Make Music Day

Celebrate the transition to summer with music by strolling through the streets of Paris. The 2022 edition of Make Music Day will celebrate its 40th anniversary on 21 June, the day of the summer solstice. Several stages have been set up all over the city, especially in the main squares and gardens.

Fête foraine des Tuileries

The traditional funfair returns this summer to the Jardin des Tuileries. For two months, children can enjoy more than 60 activities and attractions: trampoline, climbing, ghost trains, bumper cars, ice palace, rifle shooting, 1900 wooden horses, etc. A few games of skill are also available, such as chamboule tout or duck fishing, a classic for the youngest.

Feeling peckish? Try the typical fairground treats: candyfloss, crisps, Italian ice cream, pancakes, doughnuts, apples, hot sandwiches, etc. Entrance to the fair is free and the attractions are subject to a charge.

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°6 Concorde.

Paris Tropical Carnival

The Paris Tropical Carnival is back on Sunday 3 July 2022 for its 21st edition. This year's theme is Europe and the 3 oceans. For the occasion, 1,000 dancers and 15 carnival groups from associations in Paris and the Ile-de-France region will unveil new choreographies.

Opened by the Queen-elect at the end of May 2022, the parade will start at the bottom of the Champs Élysées roundabout, and go up to the rue Tilsitt. It will make a U-turn to go back to its starting point where the Jury's stand will be located.

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°6 Concorde or stop n°7 Champs-Elysées - Georges V

Festival Paris l'été

The Festival Paris l'été returns from 11 to 31 July 2022. For 30 years, this festival has been committed to facilitating access to art and culture for as many people as possible. The event offers major artistic and cultural events in some twenty partner venues throughout Paris and its region, often outdoors and outside traditional performance venues.

National monuments, schools, parks and gardens, museums, swimming pools, squares and churches host theatre, dance, circus and music performances, as well as visual installations.

14 July parade

The 14 July military parade highlights different French military regiments each year. For two hours, 196 vehicles, 4,212 men and women on foot and 200 cavalrymen from the Republican Guard in Paris march down the Champs-Elysées. The parade ends with a spectacular display by the French Air Force of 66 aircraft and 36 helicopters. Head to the Champ de Mars after the parade to get a front row seat for the evening's grand lyrical concert!

It is advisable to arrive very early in the morning on the Champs-Elysées to enjoy the parade. The traffic will be heavily disrupted, traffic is prohibited from 6:30 am on a large perimeter, from Porte Maillot to Bastille.

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°6 Concorde or stop n°7 Champs-Elysées - Georges V

Historical Places

Tootbus Kids Tour

Discover Paris in a fun and educational way on board the Kids Tour offered by Tootbus. Our 100% electric bus tour will allow you to contemplate the emblematic monuments of the Parisian capital: the Palais Garnier, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

The Eiffel Tower

Visit the Eiffel Tower with your family during your stay in Paris. On the first floor, discover the activities designed for families to have fun and learn more about the Eiffel Tower.

Experience the sensation of being perched in the void, 58 metres high, thanks to a glass floor. Follow the museum trail along the north and east side walkways to discover the events that have marked the life of the Tower since its construction.

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°9 Tour Eiffel

The Arc de Triomphe

Located at the top of the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is a historic monument that stands in the centre of the Place de l'Étoile. The building offers a magnificent view of the city from which children can enjoy the view of the Champs-Elysées. It is possible to visit the monument freely with the family or to take part in guided tours which take place every day at 3pm.

How to get there?

Blue route: Hop off at stop n°7 Champs-Elysées - Georges V

The Basilica of Sacré-Coeur

Situated at an altitude of 130 metres, the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur dominates the city of Paris, offering an exceptional panorama of the capital. It is one of the most beautiful views of Paris. Access to the basilica is free for all.

Take a walk on the Place du Tertre, the historical and touristic heart of Montmartre. Visit the Montmartre Museum, stroll through Renoir's gardens and contemplate the view of the Montmartre vineyards.

Cruise on the Seine

Discover Paris and its monuments from the Seine on board a cruise along the Seine river. Les Vedettes de Paris organise special family cruises and kids cruises (6-11 years old) designed for children in a fun and interactive way.

Summer is festival time! Don't miss our agenda of summer festivals in Paris, accessible to young and old, where you can go thanks to the Tootbus tours.