Looking for something to do during the school holidays all year long with your kids in the Paris region ? We can suggest outing ideas and several leisure activites to do in Seine-Saint-Denis and North-East Paris with friends or family. Sports or fun-filled activities, visiting sites or museums, concerts, shows and cinema… or simply somewhere to picnic on a fine day, sip a drink outside overlooking the canal.
Even more astonishing and at any time of the year : go graffiti hunting and let yourself be amazed by new graffiti talent.
During the holidays, week-ends and bank holidays : the different transport passes "navigos dézonés, cartes imagineR" allow you to take the public transport between zones 1 – 5. The week-end pass Ticket Jeunes week-end, is reserved for the under 26s, (valid 1 day) : this ticket can be used on Saturdays or Sundays or during a bank holiday, you choose how many zones you would like to cover (more information on transport passes and journeys on ratp.fr or transilien.com)
In the 19th district in Paris, be sure to sign up for a short performance suitable for children from the age of 1 to 5/6 years. The Antipode barge, moored in the canal du bassin de la Villette, is THE place to be for listening to stories told down through the years between brothers and sisters.
Outings during the school holidays 2017 in the Paris region - Ile-de-France. It’s holiday time ! how to entertain all the family and find budget-friendly activities to do in the Paris region – Ile-de-France ? Here is a mix’match of outing ideas for all the family, kids and teens, but not just for them !
Long live the spring break – keep warm and take in a movie alone or with friends, throw together a meal at the last minute and relish it !
> In the afternoon discover the history of the superb stained-glass windows in Saint-Denis Basilica with a guide (reservation essential). Adults, teenagers.
> This visit during the holidays will allow you to discover the superb tomb sculptures, recumbent princess statues, queens and kings of France (the great names of Merovingian, Carolingian, Capetian, Valois, Bourbon dynasties). Revise your history and edmire ! General public
Exhibition Mater - Queens of France (by Ariles de Tizi) in Saint-Denis Basilica
> For the 2 to 11 year olds : go to the leisure park in Montreuil : Ile de Robinson.
> For the more foolhardy and with your teenagers or friends, you can always try out the climbing wall – three major indoor climbing walls are accessible during the holidays and there’s no need to be an expert. (Arkose in Montreuil, Murmur in Pantin, Block'out in Saint-Ouen)
It’s all happening in the 19th district in Paris !
> Little Villette has opened its doors in the pavillon Delouvrier near the Grande Halle. It is the perfect place for children and families with different play areas for free : circus, workshops, shows, reading, board games, etc.
Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm to 6pm.
Highly popular activities : workshops dedicated to children (registration essential – careful – these workshops are in popular demand ; plan ahead)
> Go to the Air and Space Museum Paris Le Bourget where the entrance to the permanent exhibition if free. A place to be discovered after many months of construction work and renovation on the Halls. Discover the new halls opened at the beginning of 2017.
Free exhibition: Latitude 48.9333
Check out the space « Planète Pilote » (games for children) which is due to open at the beginning of 2017.
Good tips for budget-friendly outings with friends, family or alone
> For adults and adolescents over 15. Want to move ! sign up for the Nordic walk in parc de la poudrerie or in parc du Sausset.
It’s free, you just have to sign up beforehand and make sure you’re equipped witht the right clothes and shoes.
Apart from this activity the parks also propose other, free activities (adults and children)
These can be found on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday. All day long the chic antique markets or second-hand markets in the Paris St Ouen, original or ordinary, for clothes, different objects etc. are open to the public. Les Puces de Paris – Paris Flea Markets is either affordable or extremely chic, even luxurious. You must dive into this special world, let yourself be tempted by these indoor and outdoor markets. For most people it is both a surprising a free stroll through the small streets of the Flea Markets.
In a more simple style of practical bits and bobs check out the Puces de Montreuil – Flea Market – for different outdoor markets every week-end.
Holiday courses – learn how to play golf, circus arts or skating
> The golf clubs put on mini-courses during the school holidays : Easter holidays from 3rd to 7th April 2017.
2 thematic courses – (fee and on registration) at the golf de la Poudrerie for young people :
-either a « golf initiation course and multi activities from 9am to 4.30pm. 3h of multi activities in the morning (football, rugby, lawn hockey, pedal karts…), lunch with the instructor at midday (plan a picnic), and 3h of golf in the afternoon.
- or a « 100% golf session » from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Careful : 10 places per course (book quickly)
> Circus training at the Académie Fratellini over 3 days for children from 5 to 14. Two groups according to age to learn some acrobatic tips, trapeze, tight-rope, balancing on balls or ropes, rolla bolla (balance board), juggling, etc.
Training sessions school holidays 2017 - from 4th to 6th April 2017
- for children from 5 to 6 introduction to circus arts
- for children from 11 to 14 circus, slackline (balance on a strap)
These courses are quickly filled even though there is a fee so hurry up !
> In Paris 19th district the Patinoire Pailleron is organising snow sliding sport courses over 4 days during the holidays for children from 8 to 12 (snow sliding sessions or water sport sessions)
The course will take place from Monday to Friday from 3rd to 7th April 2017
> Climbing course, learn how to block climb. Some climbing halls, such as Arkose in Montreuil – 93, put on courses for children during the school holidays. A one week climbing course : 4-6 years, 7-10 years and 11-14 years. (registration essential).
Roller skate paths, bicycle rides or running in the parks along the canal, go with your family to the adventure park and climb trees, stroll alone or with friends : there is a large choice of sports activities for all tastes (horse-riding courses, climbing outings…)
Good to do when it rains : skating rink or the covered leisure park île-de-Robinson
A day-out in the park is free and a great way for kids to let off steam and also for a family outing after lunch. The « maisons des parcs » associations put on free workshops for all ages (children, teens, adults), « guided tours » to explain fauna, nature according to season, learn yoga, photograph nature, learn about the life of birds, frogs…
Take advantage of the wide spaces to run, do cardio alone or with friends. Put on your gear and go running or cycling.
If you prefer to be on water than in it cruises from bassin de la Villette run by Paris Canal or Canauxrama are just for you : canal de l'Ourq during summer, canal Saint-Denis, canal Saint-Martin, or simply sail on one of the licence-free boats on the Parisian canals.
Pilot a licence-free boat on the canal in Paris
There is surely a swimming pool or nautical park near your home : swimming costume, towel and snack (remember you might need a swimming cap) and you’re all set! Whether it’s raining, snowing or very sunny ; swimming is the best choice to let off steam or simply relax.
Each year the swimming pools do a large clean-up of the pools so remember to phone beforehand.
Cinemas have always had success with the public ! It’s a great outing idea : refreshing when hot and « keep dry » when wet. From a small cinema studio to the bigger cinema names Seine-Saint-Denis is rich in choice to spend a pleasant moment in front of the big screen. Think about going to the matinée showing which can be cheaper.
Seine-Saint-Denis and the North-East of Paris is rich in enterprising companies, culture and districts all to be discovered with a guide, a professional. Free or fee paying the visits are surprising and the people that explain their jobs are amazingly enthusuastic. Let yourself be tempted by a visit, a guided-tour, a workshop !
For the younger ones (under fives) : some mini-outings to respect their routine. For children up to 10 here are some suggestions – shows, concerts, exhibitions… We can also propose a selection of activities and shows for the over tens !
Don’t forget to have a look at concerts, shows, matches that are not necessarily dedicated to children but where they are most welcome…
Who said shopping was just a girls thing ? Now fashion is open to everyone and it really is quite pleasant to browse through the shops to be “like the others” or on the contrary to stand out form the crowd: Shopping Malls open every day or cheap clothes at the Flea Markets. Fashion victims will be spoilt for choice.
There is a public library in every town. A book, an album, a magazine ; you’re sure to spend a happy moment at the Library-Media Library. Every Wednesday and Saturday there are regular story-telling sessions and activities – during the school holidays !
> La Basilique-Cathédrale de Saint-Denis is a splendid example of architecture and history. In class children will surely have learnt about this place which witnessed times of sorrow and joy. A cultural site that your child will not forget that quickly !
The recumbent statues and architecture are a must-see.
> The Stade de France…a mythical place forever alive.
You can visit the stadium’s behind-the-scenes with its multiple corridors, rooms, changing rooms, stands not forgetting the famous exit tunnel through which the players emerge one after the other onto the much awaited pitch. Check out the splendid view from here.
> The Air and Space Museum ! how did they dare fly in such fragile engines « paper-like » airplanes, and then came rockets and satellites, various military planes and the majestic « Concorde ». Both boys and girls will love it. It is a fantastic site on the history of aviation. Your child loves planes ? Check out the space dedicated to children between 6 and 12 - Planète pilote - to touch and play and know all there is to know about aviation.
> La Villette is a vast area where you can find the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie : exhibitions for the general public, a library open to all,… go to the Géode and look at documentaries in giant-sized format, you will never forget it ! For the bigger children go to the Cité de la musique.
La cité des sciences, Géode and Cité de la musique are closed on Mondays.
La Cité des enfants (Paris la Villette) located inside the cité des Sciences has got two indoor play areas (fee paying).
These spaces with their different themes are designed according to children’s age. Whether you come with your only child or as a family you will find the space best suited for the 2/7 year olds or the 5/12 year olds. (pre-booking highly recommended).
> Free games for all ages at la Villette
Enter into the Jardin des Dunes et des Vents – the garden of dunes and winds ! this is a free entry game zone for children, outdoors and safe.
Since April 2015 the jardin du Dragon – the Dragon garden has reopened -free game zone from tots to teens (14 years).
There are three terms in the school year, starting in September. While everybody starts on the same day, dates of the French school holidays vary according to the “zone” you live in listed in regional education authorities –“academies”.