Cité des enfants Paris La Villette

Paris La Villette - play games for childrenAn emblematic venue since 1992, Cité des Sciences remains for parents the place that always brings a considerable frenzy among children : finally a site where one can touch, manipulate, filled with wonder and why not meet new friends too.

Cité des enfants is now divided into two sectors :

The objective is to give toddlers a means to express themselves, to discover with their parents playful activites leaving thus the other spaces to older children to be able to play games adapted to their age, to experience more autonomy.

While waiting for the magic hour to gain access to children’s city, you will be lined up with plenty of kids of all ages waiting in hope repeating ... "when is it our turn ?".

Practical Information

Cité des enfants Paris la Villette (for children)Cité des enfants Paris La Villette is open from Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays. It operates through 1h30 or 1h15 sessions (during the Christmas school holidays and Thanksgiving). Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cité des enfants is trilingual : French, English, Spanish.

Timetable (may be subject to change)

Sessions begin at 10:00, 11:45, 1:30 and 3:15.
On Week-ends, sessions begin at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Pre-reservation is highly recommended !

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Time for renovation!

To remember: The Cité des enfants for 5-12 year-olds will close in spring 2024, reopening in April 2025. The 2-7 age group will continue to operate during this time.
The Cité des enfants for 2-7 year-olds will close for renovation in April 2026, reopening in 2027, and vice-versa, the Cité des enfants for 5-12 year-olds will remain open to the public.

Tips for the Cité des Enfants - Paris

  • Book your session - especially during week-ends and during French school holidays – by phone or directly via the reservation system on the Cité des Sciences website.
  • Respect your booking time as the sessions start on time and have a limited duration and it will not be possible to « extend » your session if you are late.
  • A cloakroom is available for your personal belongings, it is free on presentation of your ticket. This will allow you to move freely and not lose your personal belongings (the cloakroom is on level 0 for individuals - level -1 for groups).
  • Cité de la Villette provides baby changing facilities in the restrooms.
  • Wheelchairs are available for disabled person on presentation of ID.

Where to play at the Villette ?

jardin du dragon: outdoor gamesIs it closed or do you still have time to walk around the Parc de la Villette?

Jardin du Dragon at la Villette (free)Several sites are accessible and free such as the Jardin du Dragon (big slide) with its multiple accessories of games on springs, balance, etc.!

Go over the canal and try the adventure in the garden of the Dunes (outdoor games subject to weather conditions) or Little Villette (indoor games open all year), the wooden merry-go-round (paying activity), the passenger gardens of the Villette for those who love nature...

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