It is not easy to organize a vacation abroad and find activities that make everyone happy. The whole family is enthusiastic, but each member wants something different. Five-year-old Arthur is after a lot of fun and is desperate to see the Eiffel Tower. But his nine-year-old sister Mary wants to visit the Louvre and learn all about the history of Paris. Then there’s your husband who wants to explore French gastronomy and try his hand at a French cooking class. And that’s before you consider yourself! You want to make everyone happy and have a wonderful time creating life memories with your family.
Paris is a fantastic city with children to visit – there is so much to discover! It has a local feel and is absolutely safe to walk around. I think for a family vacation, everyone should be together and share a good time with the family. As I have arranged so many successful family breaks, I want to help you with some of my secret tips for organizing the best possible trip for the family.
Getting housing correctly
You have trouble deciding between a hotel and an apartment. But do you really need to choose? There are some really excellent apartments in 4 or 5 star hotels. Personally, I think this is the perfect option for a family that offers you the freedom of an apartment – with its own kitchen or kitchenette – in addition to the typical services of a hotel: daily cleaning, helpful reception and breakfast in the morning. If you want to stay in a hotel, I recommend choosing a child-friendly hotel that will make your stay easier.
Say ” yes ” to museums and culture
But with a special and fun family touch… Museums and cultural destinations can quickly become boring for children. To keep young people busy, you need to take a different approach to making them interested and enthusiastic. First of all, I advise you to consider what you like and what you want to see. But this is not always enough: you need to find places that are aimed directly at children, and fortunately, there are many very interesting places in Paris. For example, if your child has a passion for science, be sure to visit the famous City of Science. Or if any of you love the magical world of fairground, don’t miss the Museum of Fairground Arts, a fantastic place where you’ll find rides and other carnival attractions from the early 1900s.
Asking for Help
If you are looking for an overview of the many artistic masterpieces of Paris, it is best to book a trip with a local professional agency. First of all, you know everything about Paris and the best ways to see the sights. You will save time, find open museums and, most importantly, you will be accompanied by a professional and English-speaking guide. You can arrange some or all of the trip according to your preferences and requirements, and I’m sure this will be a great help for you and complete your trip with good – rather than bad – surprises!
Experiencing culture in different ways
Not just museums, Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower. To get to know Paris better, it is important to explore French culture in all its forms. French gastronomy is known all over the world, so enjoy your stay in Paris to taste Snails, Pastry, Bread and Cheese. And if you fall in love with French cuisine, you can take a cooking class (there are plenty of choices in Paris). If you are not very interested in cooking, you can take a break in a very typical Parisian Cafe and take a private French lesson. Then it will be easier for you to chat with the locals and navigate the city without getting lost.
Enjoy parks and gardens
Your children need time to relax. Paris has many great parks and gardens everywhere, so I recommend choosing a hotel with a park nearby. Regardless of the season, you can enjoy a quiet time outside, where children play safely in a place specially designed for them. The Champ de Mars (near the Eiffel Tower) and the Luxembourg Garden with its pond full of model boats are very good places to spend a good time with the family.
Paris is perfect for your first family cultural trip and I am sure you will leave with a wonderful series of life memories.