Cite des Enfants. Probably the best museum in Paris for kids

Cite des Enfants. Probably the best museum in Paris for kids

Maybe you are visiting Paris. Perhaps you are going to visit Disney. Do you want to visit the city itself? Are you looking for something for the kids to do? Can I point you in the direction of Cite des Enfants? I really do think it’s probably the best museum in Paris for kids.

A few weeks ago we had visitors from the UK with their little boy, Mighty M. I love having visitors, it gives us a chance to show off this beautiful city. And friends with kids meant this was our chance to take them to one of our favourite children’s museums in Paris: Cite des Enfants.

Why is Cite des Enfants the best museum in Paris for kids?

Here are just a few reasons why we love Cite des Enfants.

  • It’s a fully interactive museum that introduces kids to science in a really fun and cool way
  • There are two age groups age 2-7, and 5-12 (we’ve only been the latter)
  • All the exhibits are designed for kids and are themed around: body, communication, TV studio, water games, garden and factory
  • We couldn’t get the kids away from the TV studio, the rock music school or the how fast can you run exhibit. It really does measure your speed
  • The kids had to be dragged away from the large water games exhibit
  • Your ticket gives you access to the Argonaute submarine
  • The museum is based in the brilliant Parc de la Villette park
  • The Parc de la Villette has a kids’ playground, with the amazing 25metre Dragon Slide. I guarantee your kids will love it
  • And just next door is the new complex Vill’Up, it boasts a 4D cinema, iFly, Yoo Moov (inter-galactic travel) shops and restaurants to help you make a day of it

Making the most of Cite des Enfants

  • Book your tickets in advance and choose your hour-and-half time slot
  • We went on a Wednesday morning, during the French school term-time, we had the museum and park to  ourselves
  • Tickets are 9€ for children and 12€ for adults
  • The museum is situated on the edge of Parc de la Villette the nearest Metro stop is Porte de la Villette, line 7

Cite des Enfants: 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris

In pictures: Cite des Enfants, probably the best museum in Paris for kids

Three friends waiting to go into the best museum in Paris for kids

 

Waiting for our pre-booked 90-minute session at Cite des Enfants

 

And the weather is going to be scorchio tomorrow!

 

We love playing with water!

 

Ready. Steady. GO!

I get it now. Speed = distance travelled divided by time! What a record breaker!

 

And finally the 25 metre Dragon Slide! Whooopeee!

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38 Comments

    • Tooting Mama
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      August 3, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      It’s a pretty amazing museum, we love it there. And the park is pretty brill too!

  1. August 1, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Oh wow this place looks great! I love how it caters for two different age groups, so you have got the older kids trampling on the younger ones. If I’m ever visiting Paris again with the little one, I’ll add this to the to-do-list. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Tooting Mama
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      August 3, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      I can assure you it’s an amazing museum, kids just have so much fun at this place!

  2. July 31, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    That slide looks fab! i’ve never been to Paris with children I imagine its a very different experience. This would be a perfect day out. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Tooting Mama
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      August 1, 2017 / 6:45 am

      That slide is just fab, and the rest of the museum is pretty amazing too. Hope you make it to Paris soon!

  3. July 31, 2017 / 11:03 am

    I have never been to Paris, so once we go, we will surely visit the museum. It looks really fun!
    #FabFridayPost

    • Tooting Mama
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      August 1, 2017 / 6:44 am

      I hope you do, it’s a brilliant city for kids and families!

  4. July 30, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    this sounds like an amazing and inspiring space for children. I’d love to go too!

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      August 1, 2017 / 6:43 am

      Thank you!

  5. July 30, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    I love these types of museums. Interactive children’s museum are so fab. Hand’s on learning is something my little boy adores. We have a similar sort of museum (interactive children’s museum) near to where I live and go all of the time. #fortheloveofblog

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 30, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      It’s brilliant watching the kids engage with the exhibits, they play and learn so much at the same time.

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 30, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      It’s a little out of the way, but well worth the trip!

  6. July 30, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    We have been to Paris a few times but never seen this place. Will have it in mind for when next we visit.

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 30, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Brilliant. I do hope you pay a visit!

  7. July 30, 2017 / 7:04 am

    This looks great! I love the slide and the fact it has 2 age groups.

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 30, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      I know how good is that!

  8. July 30, 2017 / 6:56 am

    This looks amazing! I would love to take the kids to Paris next time we come back to the UK so will remember this, thank you!
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    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 30, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Yes do! It’s a brilliant place for kids! And the city too!

  9. July 29, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    It looks great, reminds me of Eureka museum in Halifax, we’re off there soon! #fabfridaypost

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 30, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Super, have a fab time!

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 30, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      If you are doing DLP then stop by in Paris there is so much to see and do there, some great attractions for kids! You’ll all love it!

  10. July 29, 2017 / 6:37 am

    Wow!!! This looks amazing! Never mind taking the kids… I want to go 🙂

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      It’s brilliant for grown ups too!

  11. July 28, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Wow it sounds really cool. I’ll definitely be taking my toddler here when we go to Paris. I adore museums that are interactive. I think more of them should be like this, even the ones that are directed at adults, so that kids can join in too.

    • Tooting Mama
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      July 29, 2017 / 5:30 am

      It’s a brilliant museum, the kids just love it!

  12. July 28, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I’ve only been to Paris once, and that was in my student days. Will definitely be bookmarking this in case I ever go back with my kids, as we are addicted to visiting museums!
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    • Tooting Mama
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      July 29, 2017 / 5:30 am

      Brilliant, you will be spoilt for museums in Paris.

  13. July 28, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Wow, how amazing does that dragon slide look?! This sounds like such a great value trip out – and it’s always lovely to find somewhere that’s nice and quiet (although it always makes me want to keep it to myself!) Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 5:31 am

      You can really make a day of it. It’s a fab place for the little ones.

  14. July 28, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Oh we’ve been there when Miss K was 3 but its’ probably time to go back with both girls. Just realised that was too long ago!

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 5:32 am

      Oh yes, time for a trip back!

  15. July 27, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience. One to consider in the future for my girls I think. #BloggerClubUK

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 5:32 am

      Thank you. Hope you make to Paris.

  16. July 27, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Love the ideas contained in this museum. I have always been a fan of “hands-on” learning rather than the look but don’t touch philosophy in most museums.

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      This really is an amazing museum for kids, it opens their eyes up to science in such a fun way. They might think they are playing but they are learning too!

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