If they are more into marine animals, take them to the Aquarium de Paris, under the esplanade du Trocadéro. It’s the oldest aquarium in the world and its basins are home to about 7,500 fish, jellyfish, seahorses, carps… It also has one of the largest shark basins in France! In some aquariums, it’s even possible to pet fish and carps. When you leave, why not take the opportunity to wander around the Trocadéro gardens opposite the Eiffel Tower?
Let’s stay in a water-themed environment and head to Aquaboulevard. Only this time, our own little creatures will be the ones splashing around in water basins. This is the largest water park in the Ile-de-France region (no less than six hectares). It’s located in the Lourmel neighbourhood, in the 15th. Wave pools, reversed rivers, beaches, 11 slides, Tarzan ropes, water heated at 84 degrees… People are usually over the moon here.
Feeling peckish? Do you have a kid’s party to organize? Craving a large portion of small pastries? There is only one answer to these questions: Bogato, in the 14th. Amazing birthday cakes, mouthwatering snacks, candy, piñatas, utensils for little chefs, workshops for parents and their children on how to make pastries… A stop at Bogato’s is always a delight.
When you become a parent, you buy mostly small clothes, but you can enjoy it (almost) as much as if you were buying clothes for yourself. It’s true that children’s clothes are often surprisingly nice. The Smallable family concept-store, on the Cherche-Midi Street, in the 6th, will not make you think otherwise. A real wonderland for kids, from the cloakroom to the decoration and the toys. There is even a “greenable” selection for each world. It’s a good thing we don’t have as many arms as Shiva or we might end up leaving the shop with just about everything inside.
Smaller but just as cool: Mombini, on the Gerbert Street, in the 15th. This shop/café has super cute decorations, cuddly toys and amazing toys on display, but also workshops for toddlers and/or their parents. Introduction to baby massages, yoga, musical awakening, gym… The program will please the whole family. It ends with an organic juice at the café and you don’t have to worry if your stroller is in the way, for once.
If you have teenagers hooked on Japanese culture, head to the best place there is when it comes to the matter: the Manga Café V2. Located a stone’s throw away from the banks of River Seine, on the François Mauriac Street, in the 13th, it is the largest manga library in France (with more than 10,000 books on display). Gamers should head to the video game area while others can gobble up a bento with onigri. Before leaving, be sure to immortalize the moment with your offspring at the purikura, a Japanese photo booth.
For more books, go to the Médiathèque Marguerite Yourcenar, near metro Convention, in the 15th. In addition to reading, our little artists will also have the opportunity to play around on one of the digital keyboards, listen to music, watch cartoons, experiment with virtual reality and take part in (free) creative Wednesdays.
For a nice lunch with the gang, you will find no better place than La Félicità. It’s Europe’s largest trattoria and belongs to the Big Mama team. Children (and their parents) will not only go for the pizzas. One Sunday per month, your little ones can take part in the “Popi and Arlette” workshops (with cuddly toys, exercise mats and awakening toys). Older kids can participate in creative activities. Or maybe you prefer thrashing them on the pinball machine or at the foosball table?
To end on a high note, nothing better than a nice “likkle” show. Circus, dance, theater, concerts… The Monfort Théâtre, near the George Brassens Park in the 15th, raises its curtains all year round to shows for children aged at least two.