Ateliers for Kids in Paris

It’s time to get Creative

Book up now for the  Spring Vacance or a later date!

You can bring Paris to life for children through the fantastic ‘ateliers’ (workshops) run by the city’s museums; and dropping your kids off, means an hour or two of downtime for you. Use the time to catch up on your outstanding to do list whilst enjoying a ‘me time’ coffee or maybe take a quick spin around the museum, or whatever else takes your fancy. Many of the sessions in our selection fall in the April school holidays. Yippee! But don’t forget to sign up in advance. Enjoy!

The House of Barbie

Paris with KidsMLP suspects some of your 7 – 10 year olds won’t forgive you if don’t sign them up for the atelier La Maison de Barbie! It’s part of the great Barbie exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the children will not only see the exhibition but also craft some doll house furniture to take home. The workshops are on the 21st and 27th of April, both at 10.30am. There are other Barbie ateliers including designing your own Barbie magazine – which has MLP wishing she were 7 yrs old again!. Details can be found on the Musée des Arts Decoratifs website and you can sign up by calling 01 44 55 59 25 or emailing

Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Super Hero Art

Aimed at 7-10 year olds, these sessions will immerse the children in the current exhibition of illustrations for children’s books (from the famous French publishing house Ecole des Loisirs) and inspire them to make sketches. Afterwards they get to bring them up to an art studio where they will design their own super hero and paint them onto a cloth bag which they get to take home as a souvenir or gift. MLP’s Jen signed her daughter up for a younger version of this same workshop and it was great fun. Book now for the 20th and 29th April at 2.30pm and you can sign up by calling 01 44 55 59 25 or emailing

Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Can you control a robot?

Test your skills at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industries! This workshop for 9 – 12 year olds will teach them the maths and IT needed to pilot a robot and of course there’s a robot race at the end. This is taking place every day from April 19 – 23 at 3.30pm. Be sure to sign up in advance.

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industries, 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris

Camera Action!

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by @Rickster85

Where better to learn about photography than at the Louvre, with a mind-blowing array of beauty to capture. These sessions for 8 – 12 year olds,  take place on the 13th of April and 4th of  May, both at 2.30pm. You can reserve tickets from up to 14 days in advance for each session by telephoning 01 40 2051 77 with your card details at the ready. The phone line is open 9am until 4pm and we suggest calling as soon as possible as the Louvre’s ateliers sell out very quickly. Don’t forget to take a USB key on the day so you can keep your photos!

The Louvre, 75001 Paris

Portraits Paintings

Give your 5- 7 year olds the chance to learn about portraits at the Musée d’Orsay. They’ll get the pastels out and the children will draw their own portraits in the style of Edouard Manet! Sessions take place on the  23rd and 29th of April at 10.30am and on the 28th of May and 25th of June, also at 10.30 am. A similar session will also run for 8-11 year olds on all of those days but for that age group, the timing is 2.30pm. Buy a place for your child online in advance.

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

The Jungle Teachings

The Musée d’Orsay is offering a jungle-themed atelier as part of its current ‘Douanier Rousseau’ exhibition. The children will look at Henri’s Rousseau’s Snake Charmer and then do their own art work using paints, pastels and collage techniques. Sessions run for 5-7 year olds on the 14th of April (2.30pm), 17th of April (2.30pm) and 29th of May at 10.30am. Similar sessions are also taking place for 8-11 year olds on the 17th of April at 10.30am and 29th of  May at 2.30pm. June dates are also available for both age groups. Buy your place online.

Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

Kids take a Ride through History

A great workshop for 5-7 year olds. After looking at some strange vehicles from the past, the children will make their own card game and a cardboard bicycle. 10.30 on Tuesday April 19th. The full programme of wonderful ateliers at the Musée des Arts et Metiers can be found here.

Musée des Arts et Metiers, Address: 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris

Cartoon Creativity for Teens

11 to 14 year olds can discover  the art of the caricature and then try their hand at it themselves at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. Sessions take place on Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 10.30 and Wednesday 27 April at 2.30pm. You can reserve by calling 01 44 55 59 25 or emailing

Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Sacrés caractères! Art and mime from Budapest

A mime artist will be on hand to take your 6 – 12 year olds on a time travel adventure through the current Budapest exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg. This session includes a museum visit and art atelier starting at 2pm on Tuesday April 19, Wednesday April 20, Tuesday April 26 and Wednesday April 27. Get more information on the Musée du Luxembourg website: Don’t forget the hot chocolate at Angelina afterwards!

Musée du Luxembourg, 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris

The story of Monet

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This delightful visit aimed at 4-6 year olds lets the kids hear the story of Claude Monet and his garden whilst getting to see the famous paintings he created there. The visit is followed by an art workshop. The Marmottan has an excellent programme over the April holidays MLP recommends that you check it out.

Musée Marmottan, 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris

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More inspiration for the Spring Holidays coming soon.

This brilliant contribution is from Super Mama, Jen Hamerman – You’ll be seeing a lot of her work around here – so look forward to many more posts from MLP. So happy she’s on board!

Love MLP