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Activities for Kids in Paris

Activities for Kids in Paris

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  • Tennis Lessons - St Germain en Laye

    Recommended by Lorna Bode

    Le Clef is a sports centre near St Germain en Laye which offers a variety of activities such as sports (martial arts, gymnastics, tennis, yoga, dance and juggling), music & art lessons and concerts.
    46 rue de Mareil, 78100 St Germain en Laye www.laclef.asso.fr

    Comments
    "My son is 7 and I would definitely recommend tennis coaching at La Clef cultural centre" (LB Oct 2010)

  • American Library in Paris

    Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw

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    The American Library in Paris is the largest English-language lending library on the European continent. Open to all, the Library serves as a center for literature, learning, culture, and community. The Library is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10h00 to 19h00 and Sundays, from 13h00 to 19h00 September through June.
    10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France +33 1 53 591260 www.americanlibraryinparis.org

    Comments
    "The library holds a variety of events for children of all ages including, Teen Bookworks, which is a book club for 12 -16 year-olds, Story Hour for 3-5-year-olds, Mother Goose Lap-sit, which is rhymes, songs, and stories in English for 1-3-year-olds and Sunday Story Circle."

  • La Villete

    Recommended by Sarah Jane Lindsay

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    The Parc de la Villette is a park in Paris at the outer edge of the 19th arrondissement, bordering the Boulevard Périphérique, which is a ring road around Paris, and the suburban department of Seine-Saint-Denis. At 55 hectares (of which 35 hectares are green space), these grounds constitute the largest fully-landscaped park in the city of Paris and a green space second in size to only the Père-Lachaise cemetery. The park houses public facilities devoted to science and music, playgrounds for children, and thirty-five architectural follies. The park is the home to the Cité des Sciences et de lIndustrie and La Géode, an Omnimax domed theatre. The Parc also features a the Dragon Garden with its 80m dragon whose tongue doubles as a slide.

    Etablissement Public du Parc et de la Grande Halle de la Villette : 211, avenue Jean Jaurès - 75019 Paris Tel: 01.40.03.75.75 Metro Porte de Pantin or Potre de la Villette
    www.villette.com

    Comments:
    "La Villette has a great kids bit from 2pm + with lots of hands on stuff. On the basin de Quai de la loire at La Villette . There is a kids cafe with loads of activites" (SJL, Nov 2010)

  • La Grand Gallerie de lEvolution

    Recommended by Sarah Jane Lindsay

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    Previously known as the Galerie de Zoologie and renovated in 1994, the gallery offers a fascinating trip through the history of the various species. Take your children on a voyage of discovery through these vast halls where you will find 7,000 different species including extinct and endangered animals as well as sea and land creatures. Take a crash course in the life sciences and evolution theories while learning about the impact of human activity on Nature and animal species: the perfect family outing.
    36 rue Geoffory Saint-Hilaire 75005 Tel: 01.40.79.39.39. Metro Jussieu
    www.hominides.com/index.php

    Comments:
    "La Grand Gallerie de levolution is amazing and has a kids discovery bit on the 2nd floor.It is really located in the Jardin des Plantes that also has a small but fun petting zoo" (SJ L, Nov 2010)
     

  • Jardin dAcclimatation, Bois de Boulogne

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    The Jardin dAcclimatationis a 20-hectare (49-acre) childrens amusement park with a menagerie, the Exploradome museum, and other attractions located in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne. The park includes an archery range, house of mirrors, miniature-golf course, narrow-gauge train, pony ride, puppet theatre, shooting galleries, and an art museum for children (the Musée en Herbe).
    They offer workshops for children and workshops for parents & toddlers. From April to September: from 10:00am to 7:00pm From October to March: from 10:00am to 6:00pm
    Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi 75116, Tel: 01.40.67.90.82 Metro les Sablons
    www.jardindacclimatation.fr

    Comments:

    "Jardin dacclimitation, with all the rides and a pool who can go wrong? right!? It is located in the gorgeous Bois du Boulogne and offers some really interesting workshops for families" (JH, Nov 2010)
     
    "Jardin dAcclimatation is also a favorite with plenty of rides, and free play areas, although there is a small fee to enter. It is one of my all time favorites"
    (Caroline, June 2011)

  • Jardin des Tuilleries

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    Like the Jardin du Luxembourg, Pariss oldest public  park, the Jardin des Tuileries is one of those parks where you can grab a chair for free and sit wherever you like.
    It hosts an annual funfair from mid-June until the end of August, with a traditional Ferris wheel. Permanent attractions include a playground and pony rides, which take place at weekends from 11am-6pm.
    It also features several fountains, two large basins, numerous sculptures and two museums, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Musée de lOrangerie, which displays Claude Monets large water lily paintings . Metro Tuilleres.

    Comments:

    "... for the old fashion wood boats you push out on a stick, trampolines and carousels" (JH, Nov 2010)

  • Palais de la Porte Dorée

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    300 species of freshwater and seawater fish. .
    293 Ave Daumesnil, 75012. Tel: 01.53.59.58.60  Metro Porte Doree
    www.aquarium-portedoree.fr

    Comments:
    "Palais de la Porte Doree has Tropical Aquarium with crocodiles, kids LOVE it" (JH, Nov 2010)
     

  • Cine Aqua Paris

    Recommended by Jodie Hutchins

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    CineAqua – The Trocadero Aquarium Experience a brand new state of the art aquarium in the heart of Paris. Over 9,000 fish, 26 sharks… More than 4 Million Liters of water including the largest tank in France. 16 cinema screens and much more...
    91, rue Pompe, 75116. Tel:01.45.53.53.77
    Metro: Trocadero
    www.cineaqua.com

  • The Pompidou Centre

    Recommended by Christina Greveldinger

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    The Pompidou Centre has a great childrens hands-on area.
    Centre Pompidou 75191 Paris cedex 04 Tel: 01 44 78 12 33. Metro Hotel de Ville
    www.centrepompidou.fr/

    Comments:

    “It is not huge but Chenelle spent almost three hours on one thing so it does not need to be big! It is nice because it is in the place of the old gadget store, upstairs but looking out on to the entrance of the Pompidou so you dont feel closed in.Also the girl explained the artist that the expo was on in perfect English!”  (CG, Nov 2010)

  • Swimming Pool -Neuilly

    Recommended by Nicola Flanagan

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    Piscine Pasteur / Inkermann. 27-31 Blvd d’ Inkermann 92200 Neuilly sur Seine Tel: 01.41.92.02.20 www.mairie-neuillysurseine.fr

    Comments:
    "Swimming pool “Piscine” in Neuilly is really, really good for whole families. Check out their website, something for all ages and there’s an outdoor section in the summer" (NF, Dec 2010)

  • LudiMax

    Recommended by Fiona Golding

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    Huge Indoor Play Area for children aged from 30 months. Café. Kids parties. Open 10am until 6pm
    ZAC du Trianon, Rue de la Pépinière
    78450 Villepreux Tél.: 01 72 33 90 90
    www.ludimax.fr

  • LudiMax Outdoor Centre, Verneuil sur Seine

    Recommended by Fiona Golding

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    The outdoor LudImax Park at the Base de Loisirs Val de Seine is for children from two to twelve years of age. Open only during the summer months. Group rates available. Children`s parties.
    Base de Loisirs Val de Seine,, Chemin du Rouillard, 78480 Verneuil Sur Seine, Tél.: 01 72 33 90 90
    www.ludimax.fr

    Comments:
    "Really good day out but check the website to see when it open as we went there in March and it was shut" (FG, Jan 2011)

  • Canal boat rides

    Recommended by Fiona Golding

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    The company Canauxrama offers canal boat rides up and down La Marne Canal and are a great way to keep the kids entertained. It even passes a light show when it goes under the vault of the Bastille. The boat leaves the Bassin de Villette and ends at Port de lArsenal near the Bastille. It last around 2 hours
    Bassin de la Villette - 13, Quai de la Loire - 75019 Paris
    Tel 00 33 1 42 39 15 00
    www.canauxrama.com

  • Kidjam

    Recommended by Eva Maout

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    Weekly music classes for babies to 7 years, led by a professional opera singer, trained early-childhood music teacher and mother. Private lessons available ages 9+. Emphasis on singing in English
    4 Rue de la Sorbonne
    75005 Paris
    Valerie@kidjam.fr
    Tel 09 53 48 19 24
    www.kidjam.fr/kidjam.fr/Hello.html

    Comments:
    "My 14 month old son and I look forward to Kidjams classes every week- it is filled with beautiful melodies, learning through music, and a really fun time for everyone, including the parents. He really enjoys the songs, props, and interactions with the teacher, and other babies" (EM, March 2011)

  • Martial Arts for Kids in Paris

    Recommended by Sandy Fitzroy

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    Dojo de Grenelle offer a variety of activities for children such as martial arts, dance and gymnastics
    21,23 rue de lAmiral Roussin - 75015 Paris (33) 0143063887 www.dojodegrenelle.com

    Comments
    “There is a wealth of sporting activities to choose from here for all ages (including adults). They also have gym sessions for babies as young as 1 years old. Baby dance starts at 3 and baby karate at 4. Other classes such as Taekwondo and boxing tend to start from around 7 years old.” (SF, March 2011)
     

  • American Church in Paris

    Recommended by Sandy Fitzroy

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    The ACP was the first American church established outside of the United States. The American Church today is an important part of life in Paris for many people. Providing spiritual guidance, education, and a strong sense of community and belonging.
    65 Quai dOrsay 75007 Paris (33) 0140620500

    Comments

    “There are a variety of services you can go to as a family or individual. They also have events throughout the year which are a great way of meeting other families and also many activities take place there as they have space that can be rented out. There is also a choir you can join” (SF, March 2011)
     

  • American Cheerleading Course in Paris

    Recommended by Sandy Fitzroy

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    The Angels Cheerleading Squad takes place at the American Church every Saturday from 10am until 11.30am. Besides building coordination and confidence, the Angels Cheerleading class is designed to help girls aged 8 to 12 to discover American culture through movement in a fun, wholesome way. The program is based on a classic, American-style cheerleading course full of rhythm, creative cheers, and Team Spirit!
    65, Quai dOrsay -- 75007 Paris (33) 0140620500

    Comments
    “Great fun. The course runs from September to June. There is no fee for the course” (SF, March 2011)
     

  • Sunday School for Children in Paris

    Recommended by Lyndsay Marcham

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    There is a weekly Sunday school for all children over 3 years old at St Georges Church in Paris. They use a scheme called Godly Play which is a method of ‘showing’ Bible stories and encourages ‘playing’ with the language of God
    7 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75116 Paris (+33= 0147202251

    Comments
    ”For toddlers who are too young to attend Sunday school, there is a crèche run by volunteers that is available.” (LM, March 2011)
     

  • Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris

    Recommended by Sandy Fitzroy

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    AADP is the first dance academy in Europe to follow a specifically American method of teaching dance and is one of the largest private dance schools in Europe.
    100, rue du Cherche Midi 75006 Paris – (33) 0147343622 info@aadp-fr.org

    Comments
    "The school offers a variety of workshops and classes. We have been to see several performances by the AADP and the dancers are truly beautiful." (SF March 2011)
     

  • Paris denfants

    Recommended by Yvette Pelling

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    Paris d’enfants organizes treasure hunts and excursions so that parents and children discover the sights of the French capital together.
    Luxembourg gardens, Montmartre, Notre-Dame, Louvre museum are some of the 15 or so guided tours available in English.
    With each visit, every childs receive an activity booklet.
    2 rue de Compiègne - 75010 Paris
    Tél / Fax : 01 48 74 92 80
    www.parisdenfants.com

    Comments:

    "Its a brilliant way to get your kids to know Paris. Mine were transfixed by the guides for two hours!" (YP, March 2011)
     

  • Péniche Antipode/ Abricadabra Théâtre

    Recommended by Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau

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    On this barge moored in the Bassin de la Villette from September to June, there’s always something happening to suit all ages and all weathers. For the little ones, there’s entertainment and theatre on Wednesdays, Sundays and throughout school holidays (except Monday and in January). The varied schedule is aimed at children aged 1 year and upwards.
    The venue is designed to be friendly and welcoming with a specially-converted space and exhibitions for kids.
    For the older ones: theatre and improvisations on Tuesdays, “floating” concerts, unusual evenings on Thursdays known as “Jeudis de laiq” and from October, « comic theatre acts » every first Wednesday of the month. _ For snack attacks, there is free trade produce available (open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 5pm onwards and Saturday from 2pm), and when it’s sunny, it can be enjoyed on deck! All that and affordable too: from 5 to 15€ depending on the show.
    Péniche Antipode Opposite 69 quai de Seine - 75019 Paris
    Telephone: 01 42 03 39 07
    Metro : Riquet
    www.abricadabra.fr

  • Aquaboulevard

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    With year-round summer temperatures, this water park under a giant atrium is great fun for kids. An extra charge gets you a steam bath and three saunas.
    4 rue Louis-Armand 75015 Paris
    www.aquaboulevard.com

  • Bois de Vincennes

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    The Bois de Vincennes is Pariss biggest park and was made when the former royal hunting forest was landscaped by Alphand for Baron Haussmann. There are boating lakes, a Buddhist temple, a racetrack, restaurants, a baseball field and a small farm.  The Parc Floral is a cross between a botanical garden and an amusement park. Amusements include Paris-themed crazy golf, with water from the Seine, and an adventure playground. Next to the park stands the imposing Château de Vincennes, where Englands Henry V died in 1422.
    Jazz concerts take place in the Parc Floral on summer weekends.
    12th district East of Centre Mº Château de Vincennes or Porte Dorée
    www.boisdevincennes.com

  • Cirque dHiver Bouglione

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    This circus has been in the same family for decades. It now has a new façade to match its revamped interior, and crowds flock for its twice-yearly seasons which include tigers, horses and very silly clowns.
    110 rue Amelot 75011 Paris
    01 47 00 28 81
    Mail : paule.admin@cirquedhiver.com
    www.cirquedhiver.com

  • Cirque Pinder

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    Big cats are the stars of the show, but horses, elephants and monkeys also make Pinder the most traditional travelling circus in France.
    37 rue de Coulanges - BP 26 - 94370 Sucy en Brie cedex - tel: 01 45 90 21 25 / 06 31 48 84 69
    www.cirquepinder.com

  • Cosanostra Skatepark

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    A huge indoor street course and micro-ramp, which hosts international competitions.
    18 rue du Tir 77500 Chelles Tel 01 64 72 14 04
    www.cosanostraskatepark.net

  • Espace Chapiteaux

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    This big top hosts companies such as Cirque Plume, Centre National des Arts du Cirque and aerialists Les Arts Saut.
    Parc de La Villette

  • Espace Glisse de Paris

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    Opened in 2008, this covered complex provides urban sports fans with a vast space. There are bowls and street furniture, plus a funbox and beginners area. Different time slots are allocated for skaters, bladers and BMXers, so check ahead. Equipment can be hired on site.
    Stade des Fillettes, 54bis bd Ney

  • Etoiles du Rex

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    The 50-minute backstage tour of the art deco Grand Rex cinema is a treat for any kids with acting aspirations. Be prepared to ham your heart out when, propelled by automatic doors, lifts and mystery voices, you visit the projection room, climb behind the giant screen and are thrust into a whirlwind of sound dubbing, special effects and an audition for King Kong.
    1 bvd Poissonnière
    www.legrandrex.com

  • Grévin

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    This kitsch version of Madame Tussauds is a hit with kids, who can have their photo taken alongside waxworks of showbiz stars and personalities like football star Zinédine Zidane, Brigitte Bardot, the Queen and Barack Obama. Great historical moments, such as Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, are re-enacted in the snapshots of the 20th century area, a small gallery at the top of a spiral staircase near the end shows how waxworks are made, and an impressive hall of mirrors (designed by illusionist Arturo Brachetti and with music by Manu Katche) plunges you into scenes such as an Aztec temple. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during termtime there are special childrens guided tours (French only) for seven- to 12-year-olds (€15).
    10 bd Montmartre, Montmartre Mº Grands Boulevards Telephone 01 47.70.85.05
    www.grevin.com

  • Jardin des Plantes

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    The Paris botanical garden - which contains more than 10,000 species and includes tropical greenhouses and rose, winter and Alpine gardens - is an enchanting place. Begun by Louis XIIIs doctor as the royal medicinal plant garden in 1626, it opened to the public in 1640. The formal garden, which runs between two avenues of trees parallel to rue Buffon, is like something out of Alice in Wonderland. Theres also the Ménagerie (a small zoo) and the terrific Grande Galerie de lEvolution. Ancient trees on view include a false acacia planted in 1636 and a cedar from 1734. A plaque on the old laboratory declares that this is where Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity in 1896
    36 rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire, 2 rue Bouffon,
    Pl Valhubert or 57 rue Cuvier
    Open Main garden Winter 8am-dusk daily. Summer 7.30am-8pm daily. Alpine garden Apr-Sept 8am-5.30pm daily. Closed Oct-Mar. Ménagerie Apr-Sept 9am-5pm daily
     

  • Jardin du Luxembourg

    Recommended by Time Out Paris

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    The 25-hectare park is a prized family attraction. Kids come from across the city for its pony rides, ice-cream stands, puppet shows, pedal karts, sandpits, metal swingboats and merry-go-round. The playground has an entrance fee.
    2 rue Auguste Compte,
    St Germain des Prés Mº Odéon/RER Luxembourg

  • La Géode

    Recommended by Tiffany & Brian

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    The IMAX cinema is locate at the CitÈ des Sciences and is a shiny geodesic sphere. The hugescreen lets you experience 3D plunges through natural scenery, and animated adventures where figures zoom out to grab you.
    26 av Corentin-Cariou, Mº Porte de la Villette Telephone 08.92.68.45.40
    www.lageode.fr

  • Bus Bilingue

    Recommended by Mara Zardain

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    The Bus Bilingue offers fun and interactive classes for 3 to 11 year olds. The mission is to create the foundations for children who one day will be bilingual. The Bus Bilingue is run by English teachers and they can come to your school, association or home for hourly sessions
    info@busbilingue.com Contact Kathryn kbaxter@busbilingue.com
    Tel 0601733174
    www.busbilingue.com

    Comments:

    "I have been very happy with the quality of the teaching and planning of the Bus Bilingue. What has been perfect is the flexibility you have provided and the emphasis on finding same-age and English level for the children" (MZ, June 2011)
     
    "My 3 years old enjoys very much going to the various high quality activities offered by the Bus Bilingue, whether it is yoga, painting, or English workshops. It is fun, friendly and affordable" (Isabelle, June 2011)

  • Vitamome Association

    Recommended by Valerie Beatson

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    Activities for kids aged 14 months to 7 years
    8 rue du foin
    75003 Paris
    Tél : 06-08-88-23-85

    http://www.toutpourlesassociations.com/association/asso.php?id_asso=577221

  • lEnfance de lArt

    Recommended by Valerie Beatson

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    A great incentive to get kids and youngsters into film and cinema. Yearly passes available
    CINEMAS INDEPENDANTS PARISIENS 135, rue Saint-Martin 75004 Paris
    Tél.: 01 44 61 85 50 - fax: 01 42 71 12 19 - contact@cinep.org
    http://www.cinep.org/site/pages/enfance/presentation.htm

    Comments:
    "..arranged by local independent cinemas where they show short films, often without sound, and reserve the theatres for just toddlers. Its a great way to start teaching your child how to behave in a theatre and its affordable too" (VB, August 2011)

  • Art Classes for children

    Recommended by Susan Uzzan

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    Belinda Chan offers Art Ateliers for children aged 4+ in her home studio in the middle of the 7th arrondissement.
    Monday through Thursday in the afternoon, and on Wednesdays she offers two sessions. They last 2 hours and include a “Gouter”/Afternoon snack. Each afternoon will result in a finished project to take home.

    Belinda also offers a Party Painting service for children’s birthday parties:

    Classes start Monday, November 28 and are offered four days a week from Monday through Thursday. They last for two hours and have a maximum of five students. The cost is EUR 40 for the two hour session which includes all materials and a “gouter”/afternoon snack.
    Tel06.43.20.32.32
    Belinda@Atelier4kids.com
    www.Atelier4kids.com
    www.PartyPainting.com

    Comments:
    "My own children have benefited from Belindas talent, patience and warm personality over the years...I recommend Belindas atelier to you as her friend but also as a parent who has searched Paris for classes of similar quality and convenience. She offers a friendly atmosphere at her home at 180 rue de Grenelle, and uses unique and high end materials. She speaks fluent English, French, German and Italian. She is happy to accept children slightly younger than four years on a case by case basis if they enjoy the arts and have a good attention span. Finally, I should say that the toughest critics of all, Liam and Elsa, are always excited after an atelier with Belinda and ask often when they can work with her again. They are proud of what they produce with her and I am happy that they have the opportunity to handle new, stimulating materials that I don’t have around our home. Plus, my husband and I get some really cool art work for the home" (SU, November 2011)

  • Hibbbou Workshops

    Recommended by Alissa Maximova

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    Hibbbou runs holiday art workshops for bilingual children. During five half days your child might do a theatre workshop in English, or a painting workshop in Russian, have fun, meet new friends and practice another language. They offer creative and artistic programmes during the school holidays in Paris for bilingual children aged 5 to 12.
    www.hibbbou.com

    Comments

    "I discovered Hibbbou, a new company that offers activities that could respond to what Ive been looking for in Paris for many years. For one, it offers creative and good-level programmes that run five half-days during school holidays; since I work full-time, its easy to manage - I can leave my son in capable hands for half a day. Second - hell be practicing a second language. Those programmes are in English or in Russian so I know that my child would enjoy a theatre workshop and would not even notice that he will be doing it in English"  (AM, October 2014)