Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in and around the Louvre:

1. Enjoy a grand view of Paris from the Place de la Concorde Ferris wheel through February, or jump on the trampolines near the Concorde entrance anytime of year.

2. Ease into the museum mind-set at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs for the latest rotating toy exhibit (over 400 vintage Star Wars toys, costumes, and video games through March).

3. Break for a homemade croque monsieur — France’s grilled cheese — at A Jean Nicot bistro on Rue Saint-Honoré.

Outside the Louvre. (Photograph by Kavita Ranade, My Shot)

4. Grab a bench in the Palais Royal courtyard while the kids clamber around the maze of 260 black-and-white columns by artist Daniel Buren.

5. Snag a Ladurée bubble-gum-flavored macaron and a shorter line into the Louvre at the Carrousel du Louvre underground shopping mall entrance.

6. Ditch the day crowds by taking advantage of the Louvre’s evening hours on Wednesdays and Fridays until 9:45 p.m.

7. Instead of heading straight for the “Mona Lisa,” follow one of the museum’s thematic tours like “Outsize!” featuring colossal works of art, including a pharaoh’s granite sarcophagus.

8. On fair-weather days, stop at a Tuileries Garden pond to launch a model sailboat.

9. Refuel at Angelina on Rue de Rivoli, where generations of Parisian kids have slurped the city’s thickest hot chocolate.

10. Rest tired feet with a boat ride to the Eiffel Tower on the Batobus water shuttle (from the Louvre stop under the Pont du Carrousel).

This article, written by Ceil Miller-Bouchet, appeared in the December/January issue of National Geographic Traveler.

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Comments

  1. Mathilde
    France
    July 16, 2013, 6:50 am

    If you travel to Paris with your children, I really advice you to join a Discover Walks tip supported walking tour. My husband and I went to Paris with our 3 young children, and sometimes it was hard to keep their attention… but during this tour I could not recognize them, they were so calm and captivated! The native guide was energetic, and he made my children participate. Very good experience : http://www.discoverwalks.com

  2. Mandy and the Rees boys
    United Kingdom
    February 7, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Can’t believe there was no mention of the Cite des Sciences et de l’industrie. A fantastic place to take the kids.

    The Arc de Triomphe gives great views from the top, and climbing up to the Sacre Coeur.

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    January 16, 2013, 5:13 am

    Paris, the place where everybody dream to travel. Its the best destination spots in the world because of its major sights. I’ll add some of those kid-friendly things in my travel list. Nice pictures! Great share!!!

  4. Monique
    January 13, 2013, 7:42 am

    I love Paris and have found it to be very kid-friendly. I’ve done most of the things on the list with my children, and would add going to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, a trip to the wonderfully old-fashioned amusement park Jardin d’ Acclimation and a couple of other things I list on my blog.
    http://www.motravels.com/2011/06/take-kids-to-paris.html

  5. David
    United States
    January 12, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Here are some more ideas (with a bit more detail):
    http://mylittlenomads.com/family-travel-paris

    Cheers.