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15 Things to do in Paris with a Toddler (from a real mom)

15 Things to do in Paris with a Toddler (from a real mom)

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Are you planning a family trip to Paris with a 2-year-old or 3-year-old? Check out these awesome things to do in Paris with a toddler that is fun for the whole family!

I admit, I was a bit apprehensive about visiting Paris with my 3-year-old a few years ago. It was our first family trip to Paris and I was worried he would be bored and that we’d all be stressed out. And I had assumed that Paris wouldn’t be kid-friendly.

I’m SO glad that I didn’t listen to that nagging voice in my head because we actually had an amazing time! In fact, it was so much fun that we went back a few years later and Paris is now one of our favorite family vacation spots!

Keep scrolling to get ideas of things to do in Paris with toddlers that can help you plan your perfect trip!

Toddler-Friendly Attractions in Paris

Visiting Paris with a toddler is an exciting adventure! The city is full of fun places that are perfect for little ones to explore and enjoy.

One of the best spots for families is the Jardin du Luxembourg. This beautiful park has plenty of space for toddlers to run around, cool playgrounds, and even a puppet theater.

Toy boats at Jardin du Luxembourg
One of our favorite memories of our Paris trip was getting to play with the vintage toy boats at Jardin du Luxembourg. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

They can play in the sandboxes or sail miniature boats in the large pond, which is always a hit!

Another great place is Jardin des Plantes. It’s not just a garden but also has a small zoo and natural history museum.

The zoo is perfect for toddlers because it’s not too big, but it’s full of interesting animals. The museum has some cool dinosaur skeletons that kids usually find fascinating.

For a touch of science, the Cité des Sciences is super fun. It’s a science museum with lots of hands-on exhibits that are perfect for curious little minds. They can learn about the world in a playful way. Check ticket prices.

Image of Marcie Cheung and her family at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo credit: Olga with Flytographer
It’s fun to walk around the Eiffel Tower even if you don’t go up. Photo credit: Olga with Flytographer

Now, let’s talk about the iconic spots! The Eiffel Tower is a must-visit. While the view from the top might be more for adults, toddlers often enjoy the lights and the elevator ride. I highly recommend doing a skip-the-line ticket, especially during the busy summer.

Near the Eiffel Tower, there are carousels and playgrounds, too. My kids always love handing the attendant money and riding by themselves (it makes them feel SO grown up)!

And Disneyland Paris is like a dream come true for kids. It’s a bit outside the city, but it’s worth the trip.

Image of Marcie Cheung and her son at the small world ride at Disneyland Paris
This is our favorite ride for toddlers! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

The magical atmosphere, fun rides, and beloved characters make it a fantastic day out for families. We’ve done it as a day trip but my kids usually prefer when we spend a few days there. There are our favorite Disneyland Paris hotels.

Don’t forget the Louvre Museum. It might sound more grown-up, but it has some cool Egyptian and Greek stuff that can be interesting for kids. Plus, the glass pyramid outside is fun to look at.

Personally, I’d recommend getting skip-the-line tickets (instead of a tour) so you can go at your own pace. If your toddler still naps, this might be a good place to see if they will do a stroller nap.

Image of a family taking a selfie from the top of the Arc de Triomphe
This is the ultimate selfie spot on the observation area at the Arc de Triomphe. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Last but not least, the Arc de Triomphe is surprisingly awesome with toddlers! We went up to the top and enjoyed the epic views of the city.

So, visiting Paris with a toddler is all about balancing kid-friendly spots with iconic landmarks. There’s something for everyone in this beautiful city!

Paris Parks and Playgrounds

Visiting Paris with toddlers is a lot of fun, especially when you know the best parks and playgrounds to visit. Paris is full of green spaces where little ones can play, explore, and just have a great time.

One of the coolest parks in Paris is Parc de la Villette. It’s not just a park; it’s like a playground paradise for kids! There are giant slides, climbing structures, and even a submarine to explore.

In the summer months, they sometimes have water play areas set up, which are perfect for cooling off. Plus, there are open spaces for picnics, so you can bring snacks and relax while your toddler plays.

Another amazing park is Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. This park has a beautiful lake, waterfalls, and lots of paths to wander.

Park des Buttes Chaumont. View of the Footbridge joining the belvedere island, the Temple of the Sibyl and buildings behind
How cool is this foot bridge?

The play areas are great for toddlers, with swings and slides that are just the right size. There’s also a puppet theater that puts on shows – it’s a big hit with the little ones.

Near the Eiffel Tower, there are some fantastic playgrounds too. After seeing the tower, you can let your toddler play in one of the nearby playgrounds.

These Eiffel Tower playgrounds have sandboxes, seesaws, and more. It’s a great way to let them have some fun and use up energy.

These parks aren’t just about play areas; they’re about giving families a chance to enjoy the outdoors in a city setting. You can have a picnic, watch a puppet show, or just sit back and enjoy the scenery while your toddler plays.

So, when you’re visiting Paris with toddlers, make sure to check out these parks. They offer a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation for families, making your Paris trip even more special.

Interactive Paris Museums and Exhibits

Paris is an amazing city with lots of things to do with a toddler. Even in the world of art and museums, Paris is ready to welcome young kids with open arms.

Let’s dive into some museums that are just perfect for your little ones!

First up, there’s the Musée de la Magie. This museum is all about magic! It’s a wonderful place where toddlers can see cool magic tricks and learn about the history of magicians. The interactive shows are super fun and designed to amaze kids of all ages.

Another great spot is the Grévin Wax Museum. Here, toddlers can see lifelike wax figures of famous people.

It’s like stepping into a world of celebrities and historical figures, but in a way that’s fun and not too overwhelming for young kids. They can see characters from fairy tales or their favorite cartoons come to life!

For a touch of modern art, the Musee d’Orsay is a fantastic option. While it might sound more grown-up, it has some colorful and interesting art that can capture a toddler’s imagination.

Plus, pushing a lightweight stroller around the spacious halls is pretty easy.

Remember, visiting museums in Paris with a toddler isn’t about studying every piece of art in detail. It’s more about experiencing the museum in a way that’s fun and interesting for them.

So, pack your lightweight stroller, some snacks, and get ready to explore the artistic side of Paris with your little one!

Family-Friendly Cafés and Paris Restaurants

When you’re in Paris with a toddler, finding the right places to eat can make your trip even more enjoyable. Paris is full of family-friendly cafés and restaurants that welcome little ones with open arms.

Here are some tips and places that are great for dining out with toddlers in the beautiful city of Paris.

First off, many Parisian cafés and restaurants are pretty accommodating to families. They often have kid-friendly menus with simple yet tasty options.

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We found lots of kid-friendly cafes in Paris. Photo credit: Olga with Flytographer

Bringing along a portable high chair can be really handy, especially in smaller places where high chairs might not be available. We like this one.

One great idea when the weather’s nice is to have a picnic lunch. Paris has many beautiful parks where you can spread out a blanket and enjoy a meal.

You can pack your own baby food, grab some sandwiches from a local café, or pick up fresh bread, cheese, and fruit from a market. It’s a relaxed and fun way to enjoy a meal while letting your toddler play.

When you’re choosing a place to eat, look for casual spots with a relaxed atmosphere. These places are usually more comfortable for dining with a toddler.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need, whether it’s a space for your stroller or a little extra bread to keep your toddler happy. We found the wait staff in Paris to be so helpful with our toddler.

River Seine Cruises

One of the coolest things to do in Paris with a toddler is to go on a boat ride along the River Seine. These short river cruises are perfect for families, especially if you have little ones who might not want to sit still for too long.

The Eiffel Tower and seine river in Paris, France
Doing a Seine River cruise is a great way to take a break from walking around Paris.

On a Seine River cruise, you’ll get to see some of Paris’s most famous sights from a whole new angle. Imagine floating past the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral or under the beautiful bridges of Paris.

It’s a peaceful way to see the city and a fun adventure for a toddler. Plus, the gentle movement of the boat can be really relaxing.

Many of these boat tours are designed with families in mind. They often have open areas where you can step outside with your toddler to get a better view or take some cute photos. And if you need to take a break, you can sit comfortably inside the boat where there are big windows for sightseeing.

The best part? You don’t have to worry about navigating the streets with a stroller. Just hop on the boat, find a cozy spot, and enjoy the ride. It’s a stress-free and enjoyable way to experience the beauty of Paris with your toddler.

So when you’re planning your trip, make sure to add a Seine River cruise to your list of things to do!

Public Transport and Stroller Accessibility

Traveling around Paris with a toddler is easier than you might think! Paris is a very walkable city, which is great when you have a stroller. Central Paris, especially, has lots of wide sidewalks and beautiful paths that are perfect for leisurely strolls with your little one.

If you need to go further, the Paris Metro is a good option. While not all Metro stations have elevators, many do, and they’re clearly marked. Look for stations with the stroller symbol.

Notre Dame with a Baby
We used this stroller for both our baby and our toddler throughout our Paris vacation. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

It’s a good idea to have a lightweight, foldable stroller because some stations only have stairs or escalators. We really like this one.

Buses in Paris are also a great way to get around. They have space for strollers and are usually less crowded than the Metro. Plus, riding on a bus can be a fun adventure for a toddler!

If you prefer a taxi ride, remember that not all taxis have car seats. You might want to bring a portable car seat if you plan on using taxis frequently.

For stroller-friendly walks, the areas around the Louvre, Tuileries Garden, and along the Seine River are ideal. These areas have smooth paths and beautiful scenery.

Paris Accommodation Tips

When visiting Paris with a toddler, picking the right place to stay can make your trip much smoother. You’ve got a few options, like a hotel room or a vacation rental, and each has its benefits for families with little ones.

Hotels in Paris often offer amenities that are super helpful when traveling with toddlers. Many can provide you with a crib in your room, which means one less thing for you to pack.

Some hotels even have special areas or activities for kids. The best part about staying in a hotel is the daily housekeeping, which keeps things tidy and gives you more time to explore. Here are our favorite kid-friendly hotels in Paris.

Vacation rentals, like apartments, can be great too, especially if you’re looking for a bit more space. Be sure to see what level it’s on because some apartments don’t have elevators (we discovered this the hard way).

Having a separate room for your toddler to sleep in can be a game-changer. It means you don’t have to go to bed at 7 p.m.! Plus, you’ll usually have access to a kitchen, which is perfect for preparing quick meals or snacks for your toddler.

No matter what you choose, look for places that are central or close to public transport. This makes getting around the city with a stroller much easier.

So, whether it’s a cozy hotel room or a charming vacation rental, finding the right accommodation is key to a fun and relaxing Paris adventure with your toddler!

Practical Tips for a Smooth Experience

When you’re in Paris with a baby or toddler, a little planning goes a long way to make your trip smooth and enjoyable. Here are some practical tips to help you out.

First, think about nap times. Babies and toddlers often need a nap after a busy morning exploring. A baby carrier is a great idea for naps on the go while you visit major sites. It’s also handy in places where a stroller might not be the best option.

Paris hotels are usually quite accommodating, and many will offer cribs if you need one. Just ask when you book your room!

If you’re dealing with jet lag, try to get into the local time zone as quickly as you can. It helps everyone adjust faster. In all honesty, your toddler will probably adjust much quicker than you will!

When you’re out and about in Paris, you’ll find changing facilities in many public places, like museums and larger stores. It’s always good to have a changing pad and essentials in your day bag just in case.

For safety, always keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings, especially in busy tourist areas.

If you need healthcare, Paris has excellent facilities, and pharmacies are a good first stop for minor concerns. You’ll find them easily – they have a green cross outside.

Remember, traveling to Paris with a baby is all about flexibility. Take it easy, plan for breaks, and enjoy the adventure of discovering this beautiful city with your little one!

Paris with Toddlers FAQs

Should I visit Moulin Rouge with toddlers?

Moulin Rouge is more for adults and not really suitable for toddlers. It’s famous for late-night shows that are better enjoyed by grown-ups.

Where can I find puppet shows in Paris for toddlers?

Puppet shows are a big hit in Paris! You can find them in parks like Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Montsouris. They usually have shows on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.

Are there pony rides in Paris for toddlers?

Yes! In parks like Jardin d’Acclimatation and Parc Floral de Paris, you can find pony rides for toddlers. It’s a fun and gentle activity they’ll love.

Is Jardin des Tuileries toddler-friendly?

Absolutely! Jardin des Tuileries has wide open spaces for walking or running around, a playground, and even a small fairground with rides suitable for young kids.

Which Paris amusement parks are appropriate for younger kids?

Jardin d’Acclimatation is great for younger kids. It has gentle rides, animals, and play areas. Disneyland Paris also has many attractions for toddlers, like the “It’s a Small World” ride.

Should I visit Sacre Coeur with a toddler?

Sacre Coeur can be a nice visit. The area outside has space for toddlers to walk around, but be ready for some steps. The view of Paris from the top is beautiful! Our toddler really liked the little train ride from Sacre Coeur around Montmartre.

What’s the best way to get from Paris Airport to Central Paris with a toddler?

The easiest way is probably by taxi or a pre-booked car service that can provide a car seat. There’s also the train (RER B), which is cheaper, but you’ll need to manage your luggage and stroller.

Are there things to do at Disneyland Park in Paris with toddlers?

Yes, Disneyland Park in Paris has lots of toddler-friendly rides and attractions. They can meet Disney characters, watch parades, and enjoy gentle rides like Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Paris with Toddlers Wrap-Up

I hope this helps you plan your next trip to Paris with a toddler. There are so many activities and attractions that you can easily experience with a 2-year-old or 3-year-old.

Paris really surprised us and I’m sure you’ll also have a fabulous time!

Looking for more Paris family travel resources? Check out How to Plan a Trip to Paris: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide, 10 Tips for Visiting Paris with Kids: What Every Parent Should Know, 25 Things To Do on a Paris Family Vacation Besides the Eiffel Tower, and Paris vs. London for Families: The Ultimate Showdown!

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