On a day off with the kids, it’s always nice to get them out of the house, but the weather these days can be unpredictable. When it’s grey or rainy, the question is how to keep those little rascals occupied! But don’t panic, you’re in Paris and luckily the city is overflowing with activities to entertain kids. Here at Sortiraparis, we’ve come up with some ideas that will make you forget the bad weather until the sun comes out again.
And just like that, a holiday weekend or week of vacation can be ruined by rain in the weather forecast. You might have to forget the gardens, Disneyland Paris or other outdoor activities, but luckily the city has a ton of indoor activities and ways to have fun even without the sun!
Here's a list of our top picks for things to do on a rainy day with the little ones. Take a look and you’ll find that kids can have just as much fun in Paris while staying indoors!
- Playmobil Funpark
The Playmobil Funpark is an indoor park for small children. It’s a park where kids can play all year long, in any weather! All of the Playmbobil spaces and worlds appreciated by kids are there to enjoy. This isn’t an amusement park, but simply a huge space full of games where kids can use their creativity and curiosity to invent new games and activities. And good news, the park is open during school vacation!
- Children’s Gallery at the Muséum
The Paris “Muséum” not only has its “Gallerie de l’Évolution,” a gold mine of fun for kids that love learning about animals, but also a gallery entirely dedicated to children. It’s called the Galerie des Enfants, and it’s a place for kids to gain awareness about the environment and biodiversity while having fun! 4 playful spaces are open for kids to interact and learn about their planet.
- La tête dans les nuages (Head in the Clouds)
Paris is home to Europe’s largest family arcade, called “La Tête dans Les Nuages,” or Head in the Clouds. The arcade now is even more spacious and modern than before and has added a new food court. It’s the perfect spot for families and friends to get in some good ol’ game time!
It’s the waterpark of all waterparks in the Paris area, and since it’s indoors, the water and the air inside are the perfect temperature all year long. No matter how restless the kids are, they’ll never get bored at this park filled with wave machines, giant slides, bubble baths and waterfalls. We’re sure the kids will take to Aquaboulevard like ducks to water!
- L'Aquarium de Paris : CineaquaHere’s a good idea: a stroll through the aquarium in the heart of Paris. Kids will enjoy seeing the fish and crustaceans, as well as participating in the workshops, exhibitions, and activities planned for each season.
- Seastars, the New Sealife Exhibition
The largest starfish are coming to the Sea Life Paris Aquarium. Come see these surprising seacreatures in the Seastars exhibitions, visible until December 31st, 2016.
- Aquarium de la Porte Dorée
Come discover the aquatic life in the French colonies at the beautiful Aquarium Tropicale. The aquarium’s mission is a pedagogic one, taking to heart the task of giving young visitors more information about these amazing species.
- La Serre aux Papillons
Located about 25 miles from Paris, the Serre aux Papillons offers visitors a unique experience. What could be more fascinating then evolving in a tropical garden surrounded by hundreds of whimsical butterflies fluttering around? Here, there aren’t any attractions or rides, just butterflies in all colors flying freely through the gardens.
Indoor playgrounds are the go-to solution when the kids are restless and it’s raining or snowing outside. For children ages 0-12, this guide lays out a whole range of possibilities in the Ile de France region.
- Koezio, the New Game Park for Special Agents
Sick of playing the same old laser quest game? Looking for something new and sensational? For a one-of-a-kind adventure game that uses cutting edge technologies like RFID chips and multi-touch tables, try out Koezio!
- Koezio Cergy, A New Location
Koezio is a large, team-based adventure game that is the only one of its kind in the world. Mixing physical challenges and puzzles to solve, Koezio has been such a huge success in Lille and Carré Sénart that they’re opening a new location in Cergy.
- Kapla Workshops
Have you heard about Kapla games? The little wooden planks you put together to make impressive structures? Check out the Kapla center to try this fun recreational activity with the kids. They’re open every day during summer!
Cafes and Tea Salons for the Whole Family
Don’t forget the Poussette Cafe, Cafézoide and other tea salons that offer dozens of activities to keep the kids occupied in any type of weather!
Restaurants for Families
How about a family brunch on a Sunday? Certain restaurants have more than just a kid’s menu; they’ve got activities, shows, face painting, magic, coloring or even private movie theaters! At these restaurants, kids can have loads of fun while their parents enjoy a delicious meal!
If you're looking for museums, be sure to take a look at:
- The Founding Myths at the Louvre (Mythes fondateurs, D'Hercule à Dark Vador)
Who says you can’t see Darth Vador at the Louvre? The Paris Louvre has finally created an area especially for kids, where they can learn more about the myths and heroes of our society (even from film!) From October 17th, 2015 to July 4th, 2016, kids can learn a lot about history and analyze art for the first time….We love it!
- Ice Age, Blue Sky Studio Art at the the Musée Art Ludique
Been missing Sid, Manny, Diego and Scrat? The Musée Art Ludique will be welcoming Blue Sky Studios from March 25th to September 18th, 2016. While Ice Age 5 opens in theaters on July 22nd, 2016, this exhibition is your chance to discover the drawings, painting and sculptures behind these hit animated films.
- The Avengers Exhibition STATION Comes to Paris
The Avengers STATION Exhibition opens in Paris on April 15th until September 25th, 2016. It’s a one-of-a-kind and completely immersive recruitment session, that trains visitors to in the world of Marvel superheroes. Facing off with Avengers, we have to show what we are made of and become one of them!
- Discover Barbie from all different angles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs :
It’s a fantastic exhibition not to be missed that shows Barbie as more than an icon. The Musée des Arts Décoratif (Museum for Decorative Art) is inviting Mattel and their famous Barbie for a large exhibition with more than 700 Barbies and styles, from March 10th to September 18th 2016, to shed light on Barbie’s evolution through a changing society since 1959.
- La Cité des Sciences
The Cité des Sciences science museum is chock full of fun for both kids and grown-ups, and a great option for when it’s rainy out. Between the films in the Géode, the permanent exhibitions and the “Cité des enfants” kids area, you won’t be short on things to do! We particularly recommend :
- La Cité des Enfants
Within the Cité des Sciences, there are two permanent exhibitions for children, one for ages 2-7 and another for ages 5-12. Interactive games experiments and fun games await!
- Baby Animals Exhibition
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie presents a new baby animals exhibition, designed for children ages 2 to 7, open from April 19th 2016 to August 20th 2017. Prepare to have your heart melt - It’s one of the most touching exhibitions you’ve seen!
- Darwin Exhibition
The Cité des Sciences looks back on the life of Charles Darwin in an exhibition open from December 15th, 2015 to July 31st, 2016. Darwin was a naturalist and father to the theory of evolution that made way for the scientific and cultural revolutions of today. Now is the perfect time to explore his word and learn about his life!
- Mental Désordre Exhibition
The Cité des Sciences is offering new insight on mental disorders with with new exhibition titled “Mental Désordre,” showing from April 5th to August 28th, 2016. The exhibition offers visitors a window into understanding mental health problems like phobia, OCD and depression.
- Le Palais de la Découverte
Autour des dinosaures (About Dinosaurs) The Palais de la Découverte invites you to take a trip into the past, to the age of the dinosaurs. This large exhibit reproduces over 50 types of dinosaurs in life-size models, shown in their natural habitats. Come see it before it ends on August 16th, 2016.
- Explorez Mars (Explore Mars)
Take a trip to Mars at the Palais de la Découverte! Until August 28th, 2016, the “Explorez Mars” exhibit gives you a closer look at this far away planet that has always piqued human curiosity
- My Planet From Space
The Palais de la Découverte is highlighting the view of planet Earth from space in an exhibition from December 17th, 2015 to June 5th, 2016. With satellite images from the European Space Agency and from the CNES, we can observe the changes that the Earth has gone under from space!
- The Exploradome
Come see the new fun and interactive scientific exhibition Biodivercitez! Nature and the city come together in the Exploradôme, previously located in the jardin d’acclimatation, now in a huge building in Vitry sur Seine. It’s an interactive experience dedicated science, art and multimedia.
- “Magicien d’Os” Exhibition at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
The “Magicien d’Os” exhibition at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle highlights animal sculpture throughout its comparative anatomy galleries. Among hte collections, 12 sculptures by Quentin Garel will also be featured. Open from March 16th to September 12th, 2016.
- New Circuit in the National Natural History Museum (Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle)
There’s a new tour highlighting the architecture and the history of the building at the Natural History Museum where you can discover exceptional places like monumental staircases, normally closed to the public, that sometimes hide unexpected treasures like busts of important people in the museum’s history.
- “L’Art et le Chat,” a New Exhibition at the Musée en Herbe
The Musée en Herbe kids’ museum has left rue Hérolde and is now in the Louvre district. The opening exhibition in the new location will feature great masterpieces from major artists, brought accessible to children and cartoon fans with the help of Philippe Geluck’s famous cartoon cat, for an exhibition titled “L’art et le chat,” the “Art and the Cat.” Showing from February 11th, 2016 to January 5th, 2017.
- The Musée Grevin
Yes, kids can enjoy the Musée Grevin too! Come see the latest exhibitions, including Matt Pokora, the Petit Prince and Titeuf, Lara Croft and Spiderman. Kids will love the tours with guides in themed costumes, or the workshops on how to make a wax statue!
- Captain Future at the Gaité Lyrique
The Gaité Lyrique offers an entire program for kids all year long, aiming to expose them to art. Created specially for children, the activities look ahead to the future using digital and contemporary technologies to pique the interest and curiosity of young visitors.
- Philharmonie de Paris
The Philharmonie de Paris has a variety of activities aimed at children. Early learning activities, concerts and exhibitions are on the program, for families wanting to give their children an introduction to music.
Films and Movie Theaters:
- Pousse Pousse, Free Movie Theater for Children at the Jardin des Plantes
The Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum) has a new film event for small children! One Saturday each month, kids ages 2-5 can see Pousse Pousse, a movie theater showing on biodiversity and exploring nature. And good news, it’s free!
- MK2 Bout’chou
The MK2 Cinemas group are continuing their “Bout’chou” film sessions for young kids. These showings are specially created for children ages 3-5, with softer lighting and a lower sound volume for a modest 4-euro price for the whole family.
- MK2 Junior
These MK2 Cinema theater film showings are for children ages 5 and up, for only 4 euros for the whole family!
- Cinekids at the Forum des Images
If you’re a parent that loves film or if you’re looking for something to do with the kids this afternoon, here is an idea: every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at the Forum des Images, it’s “Après-midi des enfants,” or Children’s Afternoons. These events will include a film, a debate and snacks for kids from 18 months to 7 years old.
- Cine Kids at Publicis Cinema
Towards the end of the Champs Elysées, Publicis Cinemas is putting on a Cine Kids for one Sunday of every month, where families can rediscover the Disney Heritage film collection.
Now you're ready, so get out there and spend some fun time with the kids in Paris, in any kind of weather!