- 1 Paris Science Museum – Cité Des Enfants Museum
- 2 If you are looking for things to do in Paris for toddlers and kids, put this at the top of your bucket list.
- 3 The Cité Des Enfants Museum is colour coded and each section has its’ own theme.
- 4 The Inside Scoop – Paris with Toddlers and Kids
- 5 Travel Options:
- 6 Toadstool Rating.
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Paris Science Museum – Cité Des Enfants Museum
Our NUMBER ONE recommendation for families visiting Paris with toddlers or kids in tow, would definitely be the Cité des Science museum (The Science Museum Paris) which is home to the Cité Des Enfants Science Museum for kids. This awesome Paris vacation activity has not just one, but TWO opportunities for kids to play, explore, get wet and have the best time ever! One for the toddlers and younger kids, and one for the older 7-12 year olds. (Read more about the Cité Des Enfants for 7 -12 Year Olds here)
If you are looking for things to do in Paris for toddlers and kids, put this at the top of your bucket list.
In our opinion, there’s nowhere better for a half day out in Paris. The Cité Des Enfants should definitely be a part of your Paris itinerary.
The Cité Des Enfants Museum is colour coded and each section has its’ own theme.
Here’s a little bit of detail about the five different sections in this cool place to visit in Paris with toddlers and young ones.
Trying It Out
- The highlight of this area is definitely the water activity but be warned. Kids need to put on a smock so they don’t get saturated but there’s not much hope of that! BYO towel if you can. It’s worth it’s weight in gold.
- At the pool streams area, kids can find out what they can do with water. The kids can move doors and gates to dam up the water, and spray water in different directions. They can bucket water around the place, and fill things up and tip things out again. I had MAJOR trouble trying to move Jack from this area. Only the pull of blocks to build with moved him on.
- In this area, there’s also experiments with air pressure, with levers to push and pull and pump to blow up balloons and twirl rainbow kites.Kids can set the air machines in action and watch the objects move.
All Together – the Big Kids Work Site
- Kids are invited put on their hard hat and vest before entering the Work Site
- Once inside, they can build with foam blocks, transport the blocks from place to place via pulleys, push the mine cart on the track, climb the fort, and work in teams with all their new friends. It’s ACE!
I can do it – The Ball Tower and Wobbly Toys
- Kids can turn handles to make marionette puppets move about
- Play with Shadow Theatre by pulling handles to move the light and change the shadow shapes
- Make animal shadows dance
- Challenge others to a ball down the tower race!
- Discover where the ball is hiding game
Finding My way
- Kids can try the motor circuits – kids can crawl, move forwards and backwards and get lost as they crawl, balance and inch their way along the trail, exploring space with their bodies in these motor circuits
- Kids can climb through a giant maze – it’s not that easy but it’s fun (my boys did this multiple times!)
This is ME!
- Little experiments and things to touch and do and smell.
- Kids can see themselves in mirrors and on screens.
- My kids weren’t fussed on this bit at all.
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 we wouldn’t risk going without a booking. 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 (2-7 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. It’s the only guarantee of entry as it’s a very popular place. 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
My kids and Roam the Gnome want to rate this Paris Science Museum triple our normal 5 Toadstools rating! They LOVED it that much, and so did I.
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