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.
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.
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 Evolution, 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.
Spartrack-VR, the immersive VR shooting game at La Défense CNIT
Espace Team Break, used to offer quality escape games, welcomes a very fascinating VR experience. Entitled Spartrack-VR, this experience invites laser game enthusiasts to challenge robot enemies of planet Firos at La Défense CNIT.
Sparkling VR: Paris biggest loft devoted to virtual reality
Created by FX de Seze, Sparkling VR has opened the biggest loft devoted to virtual reality in Paris. In the heart of Paris 8th arrondissement, a new VR temple has just opened.
Illucity, the first Virtual Reality park in Paris
VR fans, here’s something for you! Let’s run to Illucity, the first virtual reality park that has just opened a stone’s from Paris Cité des Sciences in the 19th arrondissement. Escape rooms, games and other immersive experiences… Come and discover the place’s activities!
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!
Sous l’Océan, the exhibition at the Cité des Sciences Argonaute
Starting October 30, 2018, the Cité des Sciences dedicates a wonderful exhibition to seabeds in the argonaute. Small and grown-up curious visitors can discover a whole bunch of information on living conditions aboard a submarine as well as the life in the abysses.
Océan at Paris Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, pictures
Océans,is the beautiful exhibition of the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle [National Museum of National History] running at the Evolution Gallery in Paris from April 3, 2019 to January 5, 2020. This exhibition offers a surprising journey to the heart of an uncommon universe and promises to go even further than the only familiar faces of threatened sharks, whales and corals. running at the Evolution Gallery in Paris from April 3, 2019 to January 5, 2020. This exhibition offers a surprising journey to the heart of an uncommon universe and promises to go even further than the only familiar faces of threatened sharks, whales and corals."|image="gauche"]
The new Grévin Paris finally reopens
Grévin Paris underwent a makeover and expects us from February 9, 2019 with a brand-new experience, after a month of embellishment work. The famous museum set on Boulevard Montartre is finally ready to welcome visitors again so that they can find an always increasing collection of celebrities. The Parisian museum production has been redesigned and the decors entirely remade to offer a more modern tour.
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.
Van Gogh, La Nuit Etoilée: the experience at Paris Atelier des Lumières
From February 22 to December 31, 2019 Paris Atelier des Lumières takes us to a new immersive exhibition focusing on Van Gogh’s universe. For 35 minutes, we roam around Van Gogh’s most beautiful paintings, rediscovering this poorly received genius back in the days. His story, his brushstroke and his evolution are unveiled.
Now you're ready, so get out there and spend some fun time with the kids in Paris, in any kind of weather!