Family Fun in February

We love February in Paris.  Yes, it’s often still cold but there are bursts of sunshine when everyone gets out and a feeling that Spring is just around the corner.  It’s a busy month, packed with events and culture.  And yes, amour is in the air – where better to celebrate Valentines Day than in Paris?

Here are a few places and spaces, expos and experiences that you shouldn’t miss with the family this month!

My eye expo and workshop at the Pompidou

First of all, Happy Birthday Pompi!! Thank you for 40 fabulous years of bringing the most wonderful creativity to the city. To celebrate this momentous occasion there will be plenty of entertainment to mark this anniversaire. All details can be found on the Pompidou website.

Specifically, we recommend The Mon Oeil exhibition at the Centre Pompidou this month, which provides a creative way of engaging the kids in the work of five artists.  The kids’ guide is a character, an ‘eye’ (pictured above), which brings the art to life for them in an inventive way. There’s a great related kids workshops for this too and it is definitely a great experience for the little people in our lives. Catch it before it ends on 19 February.

Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, 11am-10pm everyday except Tuesday

1001 Orchids at Jardin du Plante

Until  February 27, there is an exposition of plant life celebrating the Orchid. In the tropical greenhouse at Jardin du Plante you’ll get the chance to walk amongst the most stunning display of familiar and unknown species of this ornamental flower. In the newly refurbished greenhouses along the Grand Serres take advantage of the opportunity to see 30,000 orchids in a beautiful setting.

Jardin du Plante 57 Rue Cuvier 10 am- 5 pm. €7 or €5 reduced, Free for 4yrs old and under.

Ice Skating

From February 10th until March 5, you and the kids can go ice-skating at the top of Tour du Montparnasse, whilst seeing the beautiful views of Paris.  Plus, you can still craft a beautiful memory with the kids by visiting the skating rink at the Eiffel Tower, which is on until February 19! Oh and don’t forget the rink at Bercy Village too.

Tour Montparnasse, Panoramic Observatory of the Montparnasse Tower, 33, avenue du Maine – 15th Avenue. Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm

The Toddler Film Festival

Every year at the Forum des Images the little people are prioritised with a collection of suitably chosen movies for their entertainment. Check out the website for more details, it runs until February 19th.

Forum des Images, Forum des Halles, 2 Rue du cinéma, 75001 Paris

Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Theatre

If you want the kids to discover a literary masterpiece by Victor Hugo then try and snag a few tickets for this playful tale, told with humour and song, at the Gaite Montparnasse Notre Dame theatre from February 6 until February 13.

Theatre de la Montparnasse, 26 Rue de la Gaite. From €14 to €26, Tuesday to Sunday at 2 pm. Prices: €14-16. Reservations: 01 43 22 16 18

Space Invaders

Remember that game that was all the rage back in the eighties? Well, an artist became inspired by it and devised mosaic style creations, based on the computer game that engaged youth culture way back when. Now his artwork is being displayed at the Musée en Herbe until September 3rd. It’s called Hello my game is…

Musée en Herbe,  23 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris, 10 am – 7 pm every day, Thursday open until 9 pm

Le Fete de Circulation

We just love the 104, it is such a cool venue. Out in the sticks yes, but worth the journey in MLP’s opinion. They have a children’s expo on at the moment which is all about challenging the mind. Lots of games have been added to create an interactive dimension, all of which are creative, playful and mind-boggling! They provide a booklet for the kids too and it’s FREE!! It’s for kids aged 5-12 and it’s in until March 5

Le Centquatre, 5 Rue Curial – Open from Tuesday to Friday from 1pm-7pm and the weekend from Midday. 

Bébes Animaux

La Cité des Science is always a winner with the children. It’s easy for parents as it never fails to entertain. The two spaces dedicated to kids from 1 to 14 yrs old, are perfectly designed to keep the children engaged for an hour or so. Plus there is a current exhibition that will also maintain their interest and curiosity. Bébés Animaux is a special exposition for 2 – 7-year-olds. Here, they offer the chance for children to observe the birth and growth of 73 different species of animal.

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They will be able to see their development and become aware of all of the different functions, that are altered as these baby cuties grow. It’s a learning experience and sounds like one that shouldn’t be missed. Plus, this venue is an awesome place to just hang out. There are lots to look at and it could be a winner for the February school holidays.  You know we at MLP are big fans of the Parc de la Villette and all there is to do out there, including the Parc itself and the Philharmonie.Until August 17, 2017

Cité des Science, 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris, Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm

Icons of Modern Art

This incredible exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton has been extended to March 5th, 2017 and for very good reason.  It’s the hottest art ticket in town and you shouldn’t miss it.  Icons of Modern Art is a rare chance to see the amazing Shchukin Collection.  Treasures from Matisse, Gaugin, Cezanne and Monet that usually live in Russia are available for you to enjoy right here in Paris.  If you’d like to go, check out our post about an MLP visit to the exhibition which has tips on how to help your kids enjoy this art extravaganza.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, 11am-8pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11am-11am on Friday and 9am-9pm on the weekend.

The Paris Carnival

Every year, February welcomes this carnival – celebrated by the natives of this beautiful city. Typically the usual elements you would expect make the final presentation: the parades, music, workshops, mini shows. It kicks off at 1 pm at Place de Gambetta in the 20eme, with the carnival moving through the streets of Paris to a rhythmic beat, finally arriving at Republique at around 5:5pm. Check out www.carnaval-paris.org for all the info. It takes place on February 26th.

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Graphics Show

Tucked away on the rue Saint Louis-en-l’Ile in the small Galerie Arludik is a little gem for Harry Potter fans.  It features the graphic art of MinaLima based on the Harry Potter films as well as, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  It’s worth popping in if you are in the neighbourhood and it will leave you perfectly placed for a Berthillon ice cream afterwards.

Galerie Arludik, 12-14 rue Saint Louis-en-l’Ile, 75004.  Tel: 01.43.26.19.22

Mathematical Games

Get up close and personal with chaos theory, the law of probabilities, statistics and chance with this interactive installation at the Palais Decouverte.  Challenge yourself and the kids with different options provided in the form of games and random experiments, designed to focus the mind and unravel the intuitive tools used by mathematicians. Until August 2017!

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Palais Decouverte, 2 Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, From 9:30 am until 6 pm  Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 7 pm

The Black Supermarket

MLP is loving the sound of this urban art installation in a supermarket! Ten urban artists have been given the task to reclaim the space and showcase the most beautiful shades of black. It’s a pop-up trendy expo and apparently, they have special sessions for kids and a café in there too plus in the evening it morphs into a cocktail bar.

Check out the Black Supermarket Facebook page for more info. Sounds like a great venue for a night out, but if you go in the day, team it up with a trip to the Gaite Lyrique just up the road which is a haven for kids and there is a fabulous expo on for the little people called Captain Future which is totally interactive. On until February 12.

The Black Supermarket, 43 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am- midnight. It’s Free!

Six Nations Rugby

Just a little heads up that the Six Nations Rugby is starting and some of the matches will take place in the Stade de France on the edge of Paris.  You might lose the sports-crazy members of your family for a while.  Book your spa time based on this fixture list we say!

Salon d’Agriculture

The Salon d’Agriculture is a major Paris tradition.  The countryside basically descends on Paris.  Cows, sheep, farmers, cheesemakers and all the regions of France are represented.  This is a lovely chance for younger, city kids to see every kind of real life farm animal and for the whole family to join in activities and tastings.

It is running from February 25 to March 5th at its usual location, at the exhibition centre at Porte de Versailles in the 15th district of Paris.  Just be warned that it is quite busy but it’s a lot of fun for the little ones.

Salon d’Agriculture, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris 75015

Disney at Art Ludique

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We love the Art Ludique venue, right on the river in the 13th district of Paris. Their exhibitions are always very good and the current Disney exhibition meets their usual standard.  There are 400 pieces of original art related to old classics such as Dumbo right through to modern favourites like Frozen.  The exhibition runs until March 5.

Art Ludique, 34, Quai d’Austerlitz, 75 013 Paris, Saturday and Sunday and school holidays open from 10 am until 8 pm

Retromobile classic car show

Gorgeous old cars at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.  We feel certain there’s someone in your life who might love going to see them. Our boys are big car lovers and this event is right up their street!

Over 500 beautiful and glamorous classic cars will be on display, plus the makers, builders, designers and quite frankly anyone else that has been involved in their production, will be on hand for you to talk to. It is the 42nd year of this exhibition and is much-loved by car enthusiasts. We think this trade show is a winner. €16 on the door but free to any child under the age of 12!

Salon Retromobile, Porte de Versaille, 1 place de la Porte de Versailles 75015 Paris. From Feb 8 until Feb 12.

Pissarro at Marmottan

The Marmottan Monet Museum, which is just on the edge of the Jardin du Ranelagh in the 16th is the home of an amazing Monet collection and is largely dedicated to Impressionism. You can just wander, almost alone, among the permanent collection and feel enormously privileged to have that experience.  The temporary exhibitions are busier but they are always worth it.  This season’s extravaganza is a Camille Pissarro exhibition which opens February 23.  It will feature 75 works and looks like a major Impressionist treat. Think about a bracing walk around the Lac Inferieur in the nearby Bois de Boulogne after your museum visit.

Marmottan Monet Museum, 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris, 10am-6pm everyday except Monday.

Venice at Cognacq-Jay

Serenissime! is a new exhibition dedicated to the beautiful city of Venice and it’s opening at the Cognacq-Jay Museum in the 3rd district of Paris on 25 February.  It’s as though the famous Carnival of Venice has come to Paris, with works by masters such as Tiepolo and Canaletto.

Musée Cognacq-Jay, 8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, 10am-6pm everyday except Monday.

Animaltastique!

It’s quite a drive outta the city but MLP is obliged to inform you that the zoo at Thiory Park is reopening on February 13 until November 11. They are launching a new season with new species to discover including Spotted Hyenas, Vicunas (have to Wiki that one!) and The Scimitar Oryx and The Asiatic Dog.

Park Thiory, Château de Thoiry, Rue du Pavillon de Montreuil, 78770 Thoiry

Hope you have a wonderful time exploring Paris. There are so many things to do in February, and we hope you enjoy our picks for the month ahead. There is more to come so keep checking back on the site and look out for our daily tips on social media. A special valentines story is on its way too, keep it locked to Mama Loves Paris.

Written with the support and contribution of Jennifer Hamerman. Merci Mama!

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