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Paris with toddlers?

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Postmanbear · 16/11/2019 11:07

I am thinking of booking a week at a Eurocamp near Paris for next July. I would like to extend the holiday by a couple of nights and always wanted to visit Paris. Is this a mad plan? We will have a 3 and 1 year old with us, both of them are very active and dislike sitting still!
Last year we went to La Touquet, but worried about the weather being bad. If not any other suggestions please? We will be driving to Dover from the Midlands.
Thank you

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Postmanbear · 16/11/2019 17:07

Bumping in the hope of comments!

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Ricekrispie22 · 16/11/2019 18:23

Paris with toddlers is not a crazy idea. You could easily fill a few days there.
Spend half a day (at least!) in Jardin d’Acclimation //www.jardindacclimatation.fr/en It has pony rides, puppet shows, an enchanted river ride, a petting farm and even an aviary. There's also a place to steer radio-controlled boats and mini golf. Many of the attractions cost €2.90 a go; others are free. A miniature train runs from Porte Maillot through the Bois de Boulogne to the park entrance,.
Jardin Plage is ideal during the summer - there’s a splash park where kids can cool off.
Spend a day at Versailles. It’s about a 35-45 minute train ride outside of Paris on the RER train. Apart from the amazing palace and gardens, there are musical fountain displays, a mini train which tours the gardens, rowing boats, bike hire, animals to stroke etc... A five-minute train journey from Versailles, in Elancourt, there’s a miniature France with hyper-realistic models and an activity trail for the kids.
Jardin de Luxembourg has another stand-out playground with plenty of things to climb and jump on, including metal swingboats and pedal karts, though there is a small cost to enter. There's also a traditional carousel.
Head east to the Bois de Vincennes. The enormous park has all sorts of child-friendly activities and festivals, including a medieval castle and a fantastic zoo. It’s a few metro stops away from central Paris on line 1 and you can hire rowboats on the lake (weather permitting) for €10 an hour.
Leave time for the Jardin des Tuileries. The playground is great - various spinning, bouncing, and swinging apparatus will keep them occupied for ages. There’s a carousel, a carnival with a giant Ferris wheel in summer and even the odd goat grazing on the grass!
If you’re there on a Sunday, definitely visit the bird market on Ile de la Cité right next to metro Cité. Vendors sell other animals like ferrets and mice. My dc we’re especially attracted to the dwarf bunnies that can be petted.
Head to the Parc de la Villette playground in the north of the city on the banks of the canal for slides and various jungle gym-esque activities with kid-sized hamster wheels and zip lines. Games and carnival rides nearby will fill any extra time.
The Cité des Sciences is a little out of the way. But it’s got to be one of the best destinations for kids in Paris. In a cavernous concrete block of a building you’ll find the Cite Des Enfants where kids can spend a 90 minute session exploring all sorts of things scientific. There are two options for the Cité des Enfants – one for kids aged 2-7 and on for kids aged 5-12. You should probably buy your tickets online first; when we went there was an enormous queue and we only just scraped in on time.
If you don’t fancy making your way out to Cite des Sciences, you could try the very central Pompidou. Inside there’s a kids’ area, the Galerie des Enfants, which is suitable for kids aged 3+, with lots of interactive exhibits and activities. Also most children just love riding on it's epic escalators.

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Postmanbear · 20/11/2019 20:51

That is a brilliant post full of great suggestions, thank you for taking the time to write it!

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BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz · 20/11/2019 20:52

Wow that post makes me want to take the dcs tomorrow!

Sounds brilliant.

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Cuddlysnowleopard · 20/11/2019 20:55

Just to add, we've taken our dcs to Paris loads, including when they were small. Can't beat the post above, but we've always had a lot of fun. Sailing boats at the Jardin de Luxembourg on a Sunday morning is lovely.

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WishUponAStar88 · 20/11/2019 21:02

We took our 2 and 4 year olds this summer and had a great time. Like you we tagged a couple of days on to another holiday. It’s good that they’re active, lots of walking on a city break! Buggy was very necessary for the 2yr old despite not really using it at home. My Fitbit said I’d done over 20,000 steps on the busiest day so the 4 year old was tired out after all that!

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