Get the Kids busy in June!
With our guide to the best workshops for kids in Paris
by Jennifer Hamerman
June is a wonderful month for families in Paris. The mood is great and time is racing towards the long summer break. Harness that energy and get your kids signed up for some of the fabulous children’s workshops on offer in the city. Here are our top ten tips.
Tailor-made trip to the Paul Klee Exhibit
The Musée de Poche in the 11th runs a fantastic workshop. Aimed at kids aged 6 and over, the children meet at the Musée de Poche, a delightful kids museum in the 11th arrondissement. The group then travels together to one of the city’s largest museums for a guided visit with the lovely Pauline and they return to the Musée de Poche to create their own art project based on what they have seen. On Saturday 18 June, the trip will be to the Pompidou to look at the Paul Klee exhibition.
Reserve with Pauline in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01.48.06.73.24 and then drop your children at 2pm at the Musée de Poche for a three-hour art adventure
(Mamas please note that is three hours off for you! You’re welcome!)
Musée de Poche, 41 rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011 Paris
Ticket to the East!
Kids will board an imaginary train to follow in the footsteps of Swiss painter Charles Gleyre on his voyage to Egypt as they look at his paintings in the Musée d’Orsay and then they’ll get busy with watercolour paints to create their own art. Workshops take place on 5 and 12 June and there are separate sessions for 5 – 7 year-olds and 8-11 year-olds. Hop on board!
Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
Make your own bling!
If you’re going to make your own jewellery, there’s no better place to do it than the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. Children aged 4 and over can attend with their families and create their own brooch. The kids will be encouraged to experiment with colour and shape. The session takes place at 2.30pm on Wednesday 22 June. Contact the museum on email@example.com or telephone 01 44 55 59 25 to be sure of a place. And you’re perfectly placed for a stroll in the Tuileries after your creative session!
Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Sketch the Louvre
Aimed at 8-12-year-olds, this workshop (called ‘Face aux œuvres, le croquis’) takes your kids on a wander through the Louvre to discover different works of art. Best of all, they’ll stop to make their own sketches using different materials and techniques. A chance to learn from the best! As always with the Louvre, you need to be super-organised to book your spot. The ticket line opens for each session at 9am, 14 days in advance of the workshop. So it’s up to you to get dialling at the right time, debit card in hand. The number is 01 40 20 51 77.
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris
Bags of Style!
This is one for older kids. Aimed at 11-14 year-olds, the group will stroll around the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and take their inspiration from China and Japan before heading into the studio to design and make their own bag. Lots of scope for creativity and your own one-of-a-kind bag to take home. Contact the museum on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01 44 55 59 25 to secure a place.
Music of the movies!
The Philharmonie de Paris is hosting a great event to explore the strong links between the worlds of cinema and music. This being the Philharmonie, there will of course be a chance for the kids to get the instruments out and make their own music too. This event takes place at 2pm on Saturday 4 June and is aimed 7 – 11 year olds. This workshop coincides with the Pixar concerts also taking place at the Philharmonie the same weekend
Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Peter and the Wolf
Not an atelier but a family concert, given by the Orchestra de Paris in the magnificent Grand Salle at the Philharmonie de Paris. Entrance is free but keep in mind that it’s likely to be popular, so space will be limited. 11am on Saturday 18 June.
Philharmonie de Paris, 221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
It’s all about football this June as the Euro 2016 soccer tournament comes to France. As host city, Paris is looking to get everyone involved. One great initiative that your kids will love is the Paris Sports Parc which is making its way around the city and offering all kinds of family activities, from table-football, five-a-side matches, and video games. A great chance to get the kids into the championship spirit.
Paris Sports City Parc will still be touring the city in June:
8-12 June – Parvis de la Gare Montparnasse, 75014
15 – 26 June – La Place de La Bastille (75004, 75011, 75012)
Yes more football!
The libraries of Paris have come together to offer an array of activities and workshops for kids over the Euro 2016 football tournament. They’re calling it Bibliofoot and it includes table football, video games, quizzes, chances to meet players. Can you believe this is all happening at your local library? Check out your local Mairie to find out what’s happening at the library closest to you.
Check out our top info on what’s happening in Paris during Euro 16!
Ok, so this one’s a little pricey but we think the teen budding chef in your life will love it. Aimed at 12 – 17 year olds and hosted by the iconic French patissiers Le Notre, this is the chocolate workshop to end all chocolate workshops. The kids will learn how to make four chocolate classics – mousse au chocolat, mi-cuit chocolat, chocolat chaud aux épices and cookies chocolat. The session is 80 euros and takes place on 15 June from 2pm to 5pm.
Father’s Day cookie-baking
Need to get that Father’s Day gift sorted? Take your kids along to Chez Bogato at 11am on Saturday 18 June and they’ll be bringing their own hand-decorated cookies home for their Daddy. Reserve in advance.
Chez Bogato, 7 rue Liancourt, 75014 Paris
An adventure under the stars
At 3pm and 4pm every Saturday and Sunday in June, head to the Explora section of the Cité des Sciences to create a map of the sky and position the stars. This session is for kids 10 years plus and is ‘en famille’ – an activity for the whole family. The meeting point is L’espace médiation EM20, level 2 of the Explora section of Cité des Sciences. Entry to the museum can be reserved in advance.
Our coasts in danger
Head to the Cité des Sciences to learn about the threats to our coastline for a very hands-on demonstration of how rising tides threaten our coastal life. These workshops will use sand trays to recreate the environmental threat to help kids understand the dangers out planet faces. Workshops are aimed at the 10+ crowd and their families and take place every Saturday and Sunday in June at 3pm and 5pm. The meeting point is L’espace médiation EM4, level 1 of the Explora section of Cité des Sciences. Entry to the museum can be reserved in advance.
The wonderful Arts et Metiers museum is known for its exceptional workshops and this one sounds great. Kids aged 7 – 12 will learn how we told the time before we had watches using a sundial and they will go on to learn the different methods used, right up to the most modern watches today. This takes place at 2.30pm on Sunday 19 June.
Musée Arts et Metiers, 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris
The Arts and Metiers museum will host a workshop where kids aged 7 – 12 years and their families will learn all about the discovery of electricity. This family visit takes place at 11am on Sunday 12 June.
Musée Arts et Metiers, 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris
A top list non? Take advantage of the workshops for kids in Paris and have fun.
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