A Summers day in Paris with children
An MLP mini expedition with the twins and husband in Paris. It’s amazing what you discover when you take a stroll around the city. This is what we stumbled upon last Summer – expect more of the same this year with the exception of the Paris Plage which will have no sand this year….Boo!
For more tips check out our 75 things to do in Paris with kids this Summer post
We had a clear idea of what we wanted to do – essentially entertain the kids and go and see the much talked about beaches in the city. We also kinda knew what part of town we wanted to visit. In the mood to spend time in North East Paris, we decided to head to the beach located at Bassin de Villette. Our starting point was Parc Villette which is about a twenty-minute walk from our ultimate destination. It was the most beautiful and fun day during which we discovered a lot. MLP recorded it here in pictures.
If it wasn’t for the number of wasps in the vicinity we would have stayed and chilled out longer! However in an attempt to leave the swarm behind us, we strolled further into the Parc, passing the phenomenal gated childrens’ play area – split for kids of all ages – on the way
As we continued it was like entering a fairground. Electronic swings and a carousel, as well as mini fake jockey rides for kids, caught our attention but no ride looked more appealing than the much talked about Dragon Slide, which stood out like a modern pseudo-dinosaur on the other side of the canal. The kids could not wait.
After spending an hour watching them enjoying the slide – we considered hiring a little speed boat…
…but they were fully booked! So we took a stroll along the river then stumbled across…
Petit Velib! This is the genius service provided over the summer that lets you rent bikes at a super low cost for your kids!
MLP’s 7-year-old twins – up to this point – were not part of the bike riding brigade! But this could be their moment. €6 for three hours with bike and helmet thrown in? Perfect.
It was a proud moment watching them learn and conquer this milestone; and it was wonderful that Paris has such a fab service, that enables kids to just hire, learn and experience! The kids loved it.
We took the bike in the direction of the beach and made our way along Canal de L’Ourcq passing some fantastic fun water activities put on for the kids!
“Mum, this is the best day EVER”
We even saw zip lining!
It was such a wonderful day and MLP hopes that by sharing it, you may go and explore this part of town for yourself if you haven’t already. You will love the architectural backdrop of this space too – it is a very cool district.
Start your journey at the Parc Villette and take it from there.
Enjoy the beautiful sunshine of Paris over the summer people.
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