We are currently working on this section. Please do let us know if you have any recommendations for activities for kids in and around Rennes
Recommended by Nicola Flanagan
A first stop for all parents when moving in to your new town/city is the ´Centre Social´. Not only do they offer plenty of activities for babies, toddlers and children of all ages but also offer lots of fun activities for parents to – it really is the centre of activity in every French town.
The ´ARCS´in Rennes gives information on each ´Centre Social´in the Rennes area. On their website (www.centres-sociaux-rennais.fr/) you can find details of all the activities offered and a list of all the ones in the Rennes metropolitan area. For the surrounding area and the rest of Brittany visit http://centres-sociaux-bretagne.fr for a map and list of all the centre socials and links to their web pages.
“The Centre Social in Plelan organises lots of fun activities(sports, art, theatre, music and dance activities) for children aged 4 to 18 years in the evenings, weekends, Wednesday and school holidays. It cost just 3 euros to become a member and you can enrol children for the yearly activities or for Wednesday or holidays – it´s very cost effective and they can stay for lunch. The staff are all highly qualified and during the holidays they run themed activities and plenty of energetic and creative past times to keep the kids amused. My 5 year old loves it there and this year we have also enrolled her in Judo and Music classes in the evenings. I can´t recommend it highly enough- I don´t know what I would have done without it!" (SP, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Clare Roberts
Another great information source to find out what´s on in your area and also a great place to find activities, shows and live concerts for kids in the centre of the city. They provide a list of all the centres in and around Brittany as well as clubs and associations.
CRIJ Bretagne, Le 4bis, cours des alliés 35000 Rennes. Tel: 02 99 31 47 48 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Each year in collaboration with Ouest France newspaper the ´CRIJ Bretagne´ produces a guide of all the courses and activities in and around Rennes called “Abc des loisirs”. It´s a great resource if like me you have a demanding teenager who each year wants to start a new sport or activity! They also include information on all the activities available for adults too!” (CR, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Clare Roberts
A music school that offers music classes for 3 to 6 year olds as well as individual classes in singing and lessons for all types of instruments.
2, rue Eugène Pottier 35000 RENNES
“We have wanted to enrol our daughter in guitar lessons for some time now and this school was recommended to us by friend. The only thing I can say is that my daughter loves it and seems to have gained so much confidence and skill since she´s been going” (CR, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Sara Moore
Art Museum in the city with 2 floors of sculptures and paintings from various countries and periods. Children are given a booklet with activities to do whilst looking round the museum.
20 Quai Emile Zola
“On a rainy day in the city I was looking for something to do and thought of this as a quick solution to boredom and was surprised just how much fun my 5 year old had. We were given a booklet at the entrance and it had some great activities of finding things and answering questions about the various works of art that we both enjoyed discovering – a great rainy day activity!” (SM, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Sara Plumier
The Franco American Institute offers lots of activities for parents and children alike such as shows, reading groups, conferences and special events such as their yearly Halloween party. The library is stocked with lots of kids books and a ´Story Telling´ morning is held for 3 to 6 year olds one Saturday a month between 11.00am and 12.00pm.
7, quai Chateaubriand - 35104 – Rennes
Telephone: 02 99 79 89 22
Recommended by Sara Plumier
Activities centre for kids. Area for 18 months to 3 year olds with age appropriate activities such as discovery toys, ball pool, large play vehicles, playhouses and lots more. Area for 2 to 12 year olds includes a mega laberinth, giant slides, bouncy castles, karting, rides, ball pool and obstacle courses.
Complex Cap Malo, Ave. de Grand Jardin, 35520 Melesse
“You can easily spend a whole day here with the kids as there are so many things to do and explore” (SP, Sep 2011)
Cooking workshops in your own home for both adults and children from 3 years old. There are different workshops - preparation for snack time for the 3 to 14 years olds, cooking lessons for the adults or even a whole meal made plus lots more. Great ideal for Birthday parties. Prices vary and reductions are made for groups.
Tel: 02 99 66 17 33
"We had a great afternoon for my daughters birthday and the cook was very good with the children!" (RJ, March 2012)
Recommended by Sharon Wilson
Les Petits Bilingues give english workshops for children from 1 to 12 year olds through different activities and workshops. The teachers are native english speakers. There are workshops available all year round, during the week, weekend and school holidays. English is taught through different activities and themes.
7 quai de la Prévalaye
(near la Place de Bretagne)
Tél: 02 23 42 49 31
"I wanted my son who was born here in france, to get more in his english roots, so i sent him along to Les Petits Bilingues during the school holidays and he had a great time with all of the other children. His english has improved a great deal and he is really excitied to be going again in the next holidays!" (SW, March 2012)
Recommended by Emily le Beaux
Le Blizz ice rink is open Wednesdays to Sunday (hours vary) and is open everyday in the school holidays. It is suitable for adults and children from 3 years old and offers ice skating lessons from 5 years old. The ice rink also has snacks and drinks available. They also hold different theme nights such as bubbles and lasers through out the year.
8, avenue des Gayeulles
Tél : 02.99.36.28.10
"Friendly staff, great selection of snacks and very well priced" (ELB, March 2012)
The Espace des Sciences is a great place to discover the world of scinces. There are lots of things to do and see for the whole family -Salle Eurêka, Salle de la Terre, Labo de Merlin and Planétarium. The Espace des Sciences is open - Tuesday 12h-21h, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12h-19h and Saturday and Sunday 14h-19h. It is Free for under 8 year olds and prices start from 3.50 euros to 8 euros.
Les Champs Libres, 10 cours des Alliés, 35000 Rennes
"A super day out for the whole family at an affordable price!" (GM, March 2012)
Recommended by Sam Milligan
Pur Yoga offers classes both for adults and children. Also offers pregnancy yoga. Adults can go to class either morning, afternoon or night time. Childrens classes follow the school trimestre. There are 3 different teachers. You can go when you like but it is recommened that you reserve in advance either by telephone or through their website.
14 Boulevard Laënnec, 2ème étage, 35000 Rennes
Tél: 06 15 66 62 35
"I went to these classes when i was pregnant, very calm and relaxing" (SM, March 2012)