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Fun Easter Egg hunts in Paris
by Jennifer Hammerman
The first thing to know about Easter in Paris is that the Easter Bunny doesn’t bring the eggs… the bells do! No, we can’t quite work that out either but we suppose it’s no less rational than a giant rabbit travelling the world. The Easter weekend is always fun in Paris. There are so many family activities and few cities can provide better quality chocolate.
We should also alert you that Easter Sunday falls on 1 April this year, so you are in grave danger of a French child pinning a paper fish to you so that you unwittingly walk around with it attached to you all day. It’s a French tradition called Poisson d’Avril. No, we can’t explain that one either. Enjoy, and Happy Easter!
Easter fun on the farm
Ferme de Gally can always be relied upon for family fun around the big holidays. Easter is no different and both sites (Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole and Sartrouville) are offering Easter activities. Be sure to register in advance as these are always popular.
Recyclerie Egg Hunt
The Recyclerie will be hosting three egg hunts per day on 1 April and 2 April. This eco-friendly venue is a disused station of the old Petite Centure rail line and well worth a visit anyway and you can try out their cafe. You’ll find it in the 18th district, close to Porte Cligagncourt metro on line 4 or use buses 85 or 56.
Egg hunt in the Parc Andre Citroen
There are two egg hunts taking place in Parc Andre Citroen, one on Easter Sunday, 1 April, at 10am, and a second on Easter Monday, 2 April, at 5pm. This one is for a good cause, with your 5 Euro ticket price going to help those in need. Sensibly, the egg hunting is divided by age, with the little 3-6 year-olds hunting together and the 7 – 10 year-old having a separate hunt. Face paints, street art workshops and gardening lessons mean there is plenty to do besides the all-important chocolate frenzy.
Grande Arche farm fun
From 31 March to 2 April 2018, the roof of the Grande Arche at La Defense will be transformed into a farm. Yes, really – donkeys, baby goats, calves, geese, rabbits, and chicks will be 110 metres up in the air on top of the Grand Arche! There’ll also be facepaints, a maze, workshops about where wool and butter come from and a hunt to find the golden egg.
Egg hunt in Les Jardins Renoir, Montmartre
A wander around Montmartre is always a lovely idea. Over Easter, the Jardins Renoir are hosting an Easter egg hunt on both 1 April and 2 April. These gardens are part of the Musee de Monmartre. Children aged 2 – 12 are welcome to participate and you should reserve in advance. While you are there, be sure to do the Easter egg painting workshop.
Paris Zoo egg hunt
Over Easter weekend, the Paris Zoo is running an enormous egg hunt. The aim is to five coloured eggs in order to win a yummy prize. Aside from the chocolate, the Zoo is also taking the opportunity to educate kids about real bird, snakes and lizard eggs.
500 eggs in the Paris Aquarium
On 1 April, kids are invited to the Paris Aquarium to find the 500 eggs that have been hidden among the tanks, as well as spending some time learning about fish eggs.
Mystery at Notre Dame
Are your kids a bit too old for the Easter bunny (or the bells, or whoever brings the chocolate…)? Paris Ma Belle is organising a paper chase on 1 April at Notre-Dame. Children from 8-12 years are invited to turn detectives travel back in time to 1387. Why are so many people disappearing? They were all last seen near Notre Dame. Your kids will be given a logbook and sent off to track down the 16 clues and solve the mystery.
Easter Monday in Bercy Village
Kids aged 4 to 10 are invited to find chicks, cuddly rabbits and decorative eggs that are hidden in corners around Bercy Village. With the help of a leaflet, children must find 15 Easter figures in 30 minutes to trade for a chocolate surprise from Eric Kayser.
Egg hunts in a castle setting
Why not use the Easter celebrations as an excuse to get the family out of the city and on a visit to one of the wonderful châteaux close by? The lure of the egg hunt will be just the thing to end any whining about boring castles. Chantilly is hosting one at the Potager des Princes. Chateau de Thoiry is also getting in on the Easter fun, as are Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Château de Breteuil .
From 31 March to 2 April, Parc Astérix is hosting Easter festivities. Famous chocolatier Léonidas will be providing the chocolate and you just need to provide the kids aged 12 and under to participate in a family egg hunt.
Playmobil Park over Easter weekend
The Playmobil FunPark will host lots of fun over the Easter weekend, with an egg hunt for kids aged 3+.
Chocolate shop browsing
It’s a fantastic weekend for some chocolate shop browsing. Many of the city’s most famous chocolatiers have fabulous displays of Easter goodies that are works of art.
Stroll around the city and take a look at some of our favourites, including Chapon, Jacques Jenin, Charles Chocolatier, Patrick Roger, Pierre Marcolini, Michel Chaundun, Henri le Roux, Jean-Charles Rochoux, Jean-Paul Hevin and Monsieur Chocolat.