Paris Science Museum – Cité Des Enfants Museum for 7 -12 year olds
You may have heard us say it before if you’ve read THIS story, but our NUMBER ONE recommendation for families visiting Paris with children is without doubt this place – the Cité des Science museum (The Science Museum Paris).
Inside the Cité Des Science Museum, you’ll find TWO separate Cité Des Enfants Museums – one for the 2-7 year olds, and one for the older kids, 7 -12. We visited both! Looking for things to do with kids in Paris? Do not miss this place. It’s an undiscovered gem for foreign family travellers with kids aged 2 – 12.
Seriously, if you are looking for things to do with kids in Paris, take the metro and head on out.
While it’s a bit of a hike, about 40 minutes on the Paris Metro, you can easily spend the day out here with a session or two at the museum, plus a visit to the Parc de Villette out the back. It’s kid heaven around this place!
We bet you won’t find a better, local’s style adventure day in Paris. Make the Cité Des Enfants part of your Paris itinerary asap.
The Cité Des Enfants Museum for 7 -12 year olds is colour coded. Each part has its’ own theme.
Here’s a little bit of detail about the six different rooms on offer.
- Kids can step into a Greenhouse and watch the butterflies. If they are lucky, one might even land on them!
- Spy butterfly chrysalises and learn about how a butterfly transforms from a caterpillar to a beautiful insect
- Observe ants living in colonies in the Ant Farm, and investigate underground by crawling through a child-sized tunnel
- Watch tomatoes grow in fast motion while learning about Earth and the seasons
- Kids can measure their speed as they race one another on a track
- They can measure their height, test their reflexes, see inside the body, and try to keep their balance while standing on the funny pedals
- Experiment with electric conduction as they try to conduct electricity through their body
- Play with fun parlour mirrors, and use technology to try on different hairstyles!
- Kids can outsmart the ball and chain pump. Quick though, the water might fall if you stop spinning the wheel!
- Try to stop the water from going down by using moveable panels to dam the water
- Play with the Tumbling Fountain, and perch balls on top of the Ball Fountain without letting them fall
- Create a whirlpool of water
- Kids can program a robot and play with wind turbines
- Kids can have fun in a room of communication tools and games like Word Tubes where they can speak to one another along a line
- Listen to different languages via a world globe, try to speak with their hands, and play coordination games
The TV Studio – Learning how TV and Film is made
- Kids can join a band, film musicians, and do a playback performance
- Present the news with a teleprompter
- Move a camera on a dolly for a tracking scene in a movie
- Drive a car and see themselves on the road with moving footage behind them!
- Plus see themselves on a green screen in a car – with a touch of magic, they’ll be flying!
Out the back of the Paris Science Museum is a giant silver ball. It’s the Geode, and it is a giant hemispherical screen, 10 times larger than a standard cinema. We missed out on this, but you shouldn’t! (We were bummed!)
Watch one of a choice of films – some are Imax! Extra charge. See the front desk for tickets when you arrive.
The Inside Scoop – Paris with Toddlers and Kids
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates.
Opening Hours at the Paris Science Museum:
- Open from Tuesday to Saturday, the City of Kids runs sessions.
- Sessions are 1hr 30 mins long (1hr 15 mins during the Autumn half-term and Christmas holidays).
- Booking is strongly recommended during French Holidays but don’t risk it. Book a ticket. It was busy!
Session Start Times
Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 11:45 – 13:30 – 15:15
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:30 – 12:30 – 14:30 – 16:30
Entry Fees for Cite Des Enfants (7-12 year olds)
- Full Rate: € 12
- Reduced Rate: € 9
- Reduced rate is for students, under 25, 65+, large families, teachers
- Children under 2 FREE (Two year olds are only allowed if they accompany another child in the 2-7 age group.)
- No permitted access for unaccompanied children and adults alone.
- Ticket includes access to the Argonaute Submarine (advised visit before 1 pm) and the Louis-Lumière cinema, subject to availability.
Plan your Visit and Book your Ticket
- Book your Cite Des Enfants Session here
- Don’t risk missing out – employ Google Translate and buy your tickets ahead of time. We booked and paid online from Australia through the link above with no problem.
- Phone: +33 (0) 1 41 57 32 28
Location and Map:
Address: 30 avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris FRANCE
For those with strollers: From the tram platform and the Porte de la Villette bus stop, there is direct access to the city using a slope of less than 4%.
By Bike (Velib hire)
You can cycle to the City of Science and Industry from the center of Paris using a network of special cycle lanes. Bicycle parking is available at the front of the City of Science and Industry, by the Forest Hill Hotel.
Velib ‘stations close to the Cité
- Station n ° 19009: 28 bis, avenue Corentin Cariou F-75019 Paris.
- Station n ° 19033: 30, rue de Cambrai F-75019 Paris.
- Station n ° 19011: 2, rue Rouvet F-75019 Paris.
- Station n ° 901: allée du Belvédère F-75019 Paris.
- Line 7, Porte de la Villette station.
- T3b (Porte de la Chapelle) Door of the Villette stop
- Lines 139, 150, 152, Porte de la Villette stop.
By Boat on the Canal
- Cruises between the Bassin de la Villette and Arsenal Harbor with CanalStrama.com
- Cruises between the Parc de la Villette and the Musée d’Orsay with Pariscanal.com
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