Rollerblading on Friday
night or Sunday afternoon
sewers of Paris
This is the Paris mayor's
website. Here you will find all of the most current information in French.
Take the girls
shopping at the main
Etam located at 67/73 rue de Rivoli.
Movie tour - behind the scenes at
Le Grand Rex, the largest movie
theater in Europe. The tours are available in English. 1 Boulevard
Poissonnière, 2nd arrondissement, Metro: Bonne Nouvelle. Their website is partially available in
English. Click on "Entrez" and choose Les Etoiles du Rex.
I haven't started counting the toy stores in Paris yet,
but I can tell you that they come in all sizes. On the left bank there
is a toy store that isn't a toy store, it's a collector's dream of dolls
and stuffed animals.
Near the metro Censier-Daubenton, the toy store on the
little street, up the little steps, is a little treasure full of books,
learning toys, fun things at a child's eye level. It's not the type of
store that you walk in and do a quick eye sweep to check out the
You can also find large stores with everything
imaginable. Shelves are stacked high with pinks and blues and much the
same in each one. However, there is one store that I have found that
stocks all of the standard items, but you venture from one little store
front to the other so it makes it more fun. Plus it's in a nice location
-- a renovated covered passage way or gallery.
For a list of Paris toy stores, click here:
List of toy
Theatre for children
Champ de Mars
- Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
arrondissement) Metro: Ecole Militaire - 3 euros
- Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, angle of avenues Matignon and Gabriel
(8th arrondissement) Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau - 3 euros
Luxembourg Gardens - Wednesday and Saturday at 4 p.m. on Sunday at 11
a.m. and 4 p.m.
For more information read Pariscope. For help in reading Pariscope, the
weekly entertainment guide: click on
Theatre for children on a péniche antipode (houseboat on the
Seine named Antipode) different productions for children of different
ages: 3-10; 1 or 2 years to 5 or 6; 2 years to 6 years; 4 years to 9 --
so it depends on the show.
Visit their website for more information (in French) but a unique
theatre experience. Interesting website full of photos of the theatre
inside the boat.
They also have a mailing list: go to "Accueil" (their welcome page and
sign up under the heading "Mailing List" -- yes, that one is in English.
Théâtre 69, quai de la Seine
in the 19th arrondissement
Telephone: 01 42 03 39 07
The Antipode -
photo from the
Ping Pong Tables
If you have
children along with you on your strolls around Paris, a good,
inexpensive diversion is ping pong.
They are used
on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bring your paddles and balls (or you
can buy them locally). Click here for a list of some sports stores.
I will start a
list of locations.
rue du Moulin
and rue Didot
Two ping pong
tables have been reinstalled in the park
Foam soccer ball (Foot Mousse) 3,95 large or 2,50
Ping pong paddles and balls (Raquettes de tennis de
table) - look in the tennis department
- 2 paddles/3 balls 9,20 euros
GO SPORT - Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Paris locations: Beaugrenelle, Chatillon, Daumesnil,
Italie 2, Montparnasse, Les Halles, Porte de St. Cloud, République,
Rivoli (near Samaritaine)
Ping pong paddles and balls
- 4 paddles/2 balls 17 euros
- 2 paddles/3 balls 8 euros
- individual paddles 3 euros
- 10 balls in a package 1,50 euros
DECATHLON - Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Paris locations: Aquaboulevard, 4/6 rue Louis Armand
(15th); la Défense Marathon, CC des 4 temps, rue des
arcades (la Défense); la Madeleine, 23 blvd de
la Madeleine (1st); Wagram, 26 av de Wagram (8th).
Vaux le Vicomte: : A Children's paradise
Vaux le Vicomte
is a special place for children with many activities organized especially for them. Easter egg hunts, riddles,
treasure hunts, costume tours, and theatre….
Everything is designed to enable them to discover this page of French
Riddle books allow younger children to discoverthe castle, the customs
of the period and help them find their way around the exhibits.
Older children can discover the amazing story of Nicolas Fouquet by
following a trail that them through the different rooms of the castle
and to the four corners of the gardens designed by Le Nôtre.
Booklets available in English and Dutch.
Costume visits :
In order to experience life at the King’s Court and discover
the history of the castle, children can visit its state rooms
and formal reception halls dressed as Princes, Princesses
and Musketeers. (Costumes available for hire on weekends,
bank holidays and during school vacations: 4 €)." – Vaux le Vicomte
An interactive audio-guide in
Visitors can choose from audio-guides to the château in French, English,
German, Italian and Spanish.
Vaux le Vicomte
is the chateau that inspired Versailles.