Even the kids get into the cooking class action http://paris.tastefestivals.com/animations/ Taste of Paris Grand Palais
Children and Teens,  Children French Activities,  Language

Children Activities in French in Paris

Even the kids get into the cooking class action http://paris.tastefestivals.com/animations/ Taste of Paris Grand Palais
Even the kids get into the cooking class action http://paris.tastefestivals.com/animations/

Many expatriates with children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren live in Paris either long or short term. At an activity I attended the other day, a mother asked me: ” How do I find things for my children to do, work on their French language and have fun in Paris?”

The more I searched, the more I kept finding more information. I knew I had some things on my website, but the amount of information keeps growing. I knew of Que Faire à Paris, and then I found out about the quizzes on Paris d’Enfants. I searched and searched. The choices are endless. The Paris Mayor’s office has activities for children who speak French. A browser search pulls up a list of cooking classes. Applications are available for your phone or tablet for the weekly entertainment magazines, for Paris walks and for activities along the Left Bank of the Seine.

Logo for the Paris d'Enfants association with activities for children in FrenchChildren who speak French?
For those of you who have children who speak French, up-to-date activities for children (in French) use the Paris Mayor’s website for Paris d’Enfants.  The association, Paris d’enfants, has suggestions for families and school groups with over fifty tours and activities such as rallies, scavenger hunts, museum, monument and neighborhood visits.
Example of a Quiz (in French):
Get out your magnifying glass and test your knowledge of Paris
When did our distant cousin, Lucy, live? You can admire a reproduction of her skeleton at the Musée de l’Homme….
• about 1 million years ago
• about 2 million years ago
• about 3 million years ago

For a birthday party at a museum, monument or neighborhood, reserve a treasure or scavenger hunt or solve riddles  – over 40 opportunities to discover secrets of Paris. Download the Paris d’Enfants activities catalog.

Image of application download for Que Faire a ParisQue faire à Paris?   – The Que faire à Paris website enfants page is a true Ali Baba’s cave to explore. The site (English available) is also part of the Paris Mayor’s office. Meant for families who speak French this site also provides information on events, exhibits, entertainment, concerts, story telling and films (children’s page only in French). Included on the home page is a map where to find the events for today, tomorrow or this week and what is free. The “selection” page lists and describes the activities for the week.

Logo for Ecowalks application - Balades de Paris durable in ITunesHere is a sample of a movie trailer found on the Que faire à Paris one week. The Khoury Project on YouTube is an animated film/concert that took place at Le Monde Arab – the adventures of Prince Ahmed.  Want a quick reference for Que faire à Paris? Download the application at the App Store and on Google play.

On the Que faire site, check out their weekly activities for children (and adults) along Berges de Seine (Les Berges) on the left Bank. The French site mentions an application for Paris walks, which include Les Berges. For the English version of the app, go to Ecowalks Paris on iTunes.

Logo for l'Officiel des spectacles, Paris, France, weekly, small format entertainment magazineCooking classes for children
Taste festivals came to Paris in 2014 with the first Taste of Paris. Entering early, gives you a chance to sign up the children for cooking classes. Want to leave the children with their own Taste acvities and enjoy the Taste? Check out the upcoming Taste Festival dates for more information.

After visiting the Taste, I found a guide for ateliers de cuisine (cooking classes) on the .evous activities website. It is updated every school year. Scroll down to the block: “Guide des ateliers de cuisine“. The list includes cooking classes at home for a group of children or attending classes outside the home. Do a browser search with the words: “cours de cuisine enfants paris“.

ITunes logo for Pariscope, small format, weekly entertainment magazine, Paris, FranceBooks, magazines, theater and concert activities for children
Welcome to the 21st century! Apps are now available for l’officiel des spectacles and Pariscope in iTunes. Search the names l’officiel des spectacles and Pariscope.

The weekly magazine l’officiel des spectacles and Pariscope (Facebook) has sections for children. This small format magazine is available in hard copy. New editions turn up weekly in the kiosks on Wednesday. l’Officiel has a very accurate and up-to-date website.

You really have to search the Pariscope Facebook page for information. You can also find them on Twitter: @lofficiel @Pariscope_ .Pariscope – no longer publishes the weekly magazine as of October 2016.

You can use the application available in Apple Store and Google Play. More on the Pariscope Facebook page.

Visit a website called Journaux.fr to find a listing of all the magazines available for children (enfants) between the ages of 0-4 years, 4 to 9, and 10 to 15. Above those ages, scroll down to “jeunes“.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!