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!
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!
A brand-new theme park has just opened in La Villette: Yoo Moov Stations. Leave for an intergalactic trip you shouldn’t miss!
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 : Cineaqua
Here’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.
Sea life Aquarium
Let's meet with 5,000 sea mammals at Sea Life! Located in Val d'Europe shopping mall, 35 minutes from Paris and 5 minutes from Disneyland Parks, Sea Life Paris Val d'Europe offers you to go on a playful and interactive submarine journey to raise awareness about the preservation of marine heritage.
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.
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!
Laser Game Evolutio, 2 rooms in Paris Denfert-Rochereau neighborhood
Are you ready to fight against your friends? In the heart of the Denfert-Rochereau neighborhood, Laser Game Evolution awaits you with its two evil rooms!
iFly: We tried the Indoor SKydiving in Paris
iFLY Vill’up is the world’s most beautiful indoor Skydiving. 14-m high, this tunnel is entirely glazed and enables you (from 5 years old) to discover how skydiving feels like. No need to worry about the weather anymore, whether you’re an expert or a novice, come and safely feel the sensations provided by a skydive. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Treasure hunt at the Louvre
Have you ever dreamt of doing a treasure hunt at night-time and in the Louvre? Dive into the universe of the Da Vinci Code and visit the museum’s collections looking for clues. Will you succeed in solving enigmas and be the first ones to open the coded cryptex? Here is the program offered by Anima on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
If you're looking for museums, be sure to take a look at:
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!
Géode VR - The Discovery Path
Virtual reality also takes over La Geode. Always on the cutting edge of innovation, La Geode offers the first virtual reality program and immersive in all its forms. We tried it and here is what happened.
From October 17, 2017 to August 19, 2018, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie hosts a great exhibition about special effects. A very exciting invitation to discover the magic behind the most impressive special effects in film history.
From December 5, 2017 to August 26, 2018, Paris Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie offers a new exhibition called “Cold”. What’s cold? What are the effects on living bodies? How can we create it? And many other questions will have their answers.
Palais de la Découverte: in the heart of Paris, the Palais de la Découverte is the place to be to get science explained to children. Between temporary and permanent exhibitions and workshops, there's everything to live out pleasing experience.
Pasteur the experimenter
Famous scientist from the 19th century, Louis Pasteur comes to the Palais de la Découverte from December 12, 2017 to August 19, 2018. Discover a family exhibition promoting science.
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.
Within the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, a beautiful exhibition about meteorites is held alongside dinosaurs’ skeletons. This is what awaits you from October 18, 2017 to June 10, 2018. Sometimes huge, sometimes small, from various materials, meteorites are displayed in a wonderful setting accessible to the (young) astronomy enthusiasts!
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.
Following its success, the exhibition DC Comics at the Musée Art Ludique is extended until January 7, 2018 with new pieces exhibited. From September 10, 2017, we will discover exclusive artworks from the movie Justice League out soon as well as original boards from the new Batman comics and his Batmobile next to costumes!
Films and Movie Theaters:
Now you're ready, so get out there and spend some fun time with the kids in Paris, in any kind of weather!
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