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Hipmunk City Love: Things to Do in Paris with Kids

By Sarah Fazendin @aweekatthebeach

Like any big city, Paris is a fabulous travel destination and offers something for everyone. But with an amazingly rich history, unique culture, and plenty of family-friendly hotels in Paris , this is an exceptionally good destination for kids and families year-round.

Here are some of the best things to do in Paris with kids.

Explore the Louvre by Going on a Treasure Hunt

The famous Louvre museum is a must when visiting Paris, but instead of dragging tired kids through the halls of this beautiful building, try a scavenger hunt. A company called THATLou organizes these treasure trails, including teams of two to four people directed to follow clues to various works of art. Once found, take a photo in front of it, and all scores are tallied afterwards at a cafe.

Enjoy a Hike Along the Promenade Plantee

These elevated train tracks, recently renovated and now called the Promenade Plantee, were inspired by New York City's Highline trail. Kids will love wandering above the busy city streets of Paris, through tunnels, forested areas, and open areas. Plan to spend a few hours on this trail, stopping along the way for a cool drink or something to eat at one of the many cafes nearby.

Spend the Day Like a True 'Parisian' Shopping at the Canal Saint Martin

Older kids will love looking at the quirky home goods, couture women's clothing and fun gifts and toys at the many shops found along the canal. Don't miss Pop Market, located on the east side of the canal, for fun toys and gifts kids of all ages will love.

Book a Red Bus Tour of Paris to Cover Lots of Ground

Particularly on an extremely hot or rainy day, viewing Paris from the comfort of a bus is a great way to see a lot of the city without having to drag kids around all day. Kids love listening to the audio guides available on the iconic red buses. This is also a great way to get your bearings on your first day in the city.

Younger Children Love Paris' Puppet Shows

Younger kids love attending one of the city's famed puppet shows. While most plays are in French, this is also a great way for kids to practice a foreign language as they recognize familiar fairy tales brought to life via puppet masters. Consult this guide to children's theater in Paris for show times and prices.

Climb the Sacré Coeur as a Family

Almost as impressive as the famous Notre Dame cathedral, the Sacre Coeur offers a kid-friendly way to learn about religion and architecture. There is rarely a line at this cathedral, where you can climb over 300 stairs for some of the most spectacular views of Paris. It's worth the hike, during which you'll find yourself nearly as high as the Eiffel Tower for a only fraction of the wait time and price.

Head to Les Catacombes First Thing in the Morning

The Catacombes, Paris's underground cemetery, is usually a hit with kids. These old mass graves, including the bones of millions of citizens who were laid to rest in artistic formations by King Louis XVI, are morbid but captivating and educational at the same time.

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