five cultural and entertainment activities for children

Many parents can attest to the fact that it’s not always easy to keep their kids busy during the holidays. Especially when for professional, financial or family reasons you stay at home during the summer season. A symbol of (among other things) the searing boredom of certain school holiday days, Paris in August could easily symbolize the difficulty of finding activities suitable for the youngest. If you are spending the summer in the capital or spending a few days there with your children, Franceinfo Culture has identified 5 activities.

Go see Pestacles at the Parc Floral de Paris

Les Pestacles, a festival aimed at young audiences and focused on the performing arts, takes place every Wednesday in the summer in this flower-lined park next to the Bois de Vincennes. In the program: songs, musical fairy tales and even a “dance show” with a DJ set for children from 6 years old. With paid entrance to the park (from 1.50 to 2.50 depending on the selected tariff), all shows are free.

“Les Pestacles”, until September 7, 2022. Every Wednesday from 14:00 at Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, Espace Delta, 75012. Ages 4 and up. The program is available here.

Lying in the grass reading a story during “Library Outside the Walls”

At least once a week, Parisian libraries take their books off their shelves and place them in public gardens, as well as on Parisian beaches (Seine embankment and Bassin de la Villette). Presented on about forty sites, they offer a wide selection of free books for children, which can be viewed while enjoying the green spaces of the capital. Some structures even offer reading classes led by librarians.

“Libraries outside the walls”, until August 31, 2022. All session dates and addresses are available here.

Conduct science experiments ESparks from the Palace of Discovery

Although the Palace is still closed for renovations, most of the scientific experiments have been moved closer to the Parc Andre Citroën in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. Activities are offered for young and old. The space is demarcated by large multi-colored wooden arrows, famous “Etincelles”. They have four rooms (biology, physics, chemistry and planetarium) where everyone can attend experiments and workshops (presentation on earthquakes, workshop with a robot, opening a terrarium for ants, etc.). your shots!

Esparks from the Palace of Discovery”, Jardin Caroline Aigle, 186 rue Saint Charles, 75015. In summer, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4 euros per workshop. From 6 years.

Follow the releases of cinemas for a young audience

A good canvas is an opportunity to escape with the family, and also, in times of heat, to protect yourself from the intense heat by closing yourself in a dark room for a few hours. For children, the August release of cinemas is dedicated to Japanese animation with the release of two films, On the other side of the sky Yusuke Hirota August 17 (for viewing ages 6 and up) and Sing some Harmony Yasuhiro Yoshiura August 25 (watch from 10 years).

Finally, on August 10, the film One Piece: Redwhich is eagerly awaited by fans of the original manga by Japanese writer Eiichiro Oda, is coming to cinema screens.

Sharpen your knowledge in thematic museum workshops

Many museums offer activities for young people during the school holidays. In addition to visits, children can, for example, take part in a stained glass workshop at the Cluny Museum dedicated to the Middle Ages. (5th arrondissement of Paris), create your own manga or comics at the National Library of France (6th arrondissement of Paris) or go “ghost hunting” in the alleys of the Quai-Branly museum (7th arrondissement). A playful way to perceive collections.

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