Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in and around the Louvre:
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.
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.
This article, written by Ceil Miller-Bouchet, appeared in the December/January issue of National Geographic Traveler.