five cultural and fun activities for children

Many parents can testify that it is not always easy to occupy your children on holiday. Especially when you stay at home during the summer season for professional, financial or family reasons. As a symbol of (among others) the burning boredom of certain days in the school holidays, Paris in August could easily represent the difficulty of finding occupations suitable for the youngest. If you spend your summer in the capital, or if you spend some days off there with your offspring, Franceinfo Culture has identified 5 activities.

Go see a “Pestacle” in the Parc Floral de Paris

Every Wednesday in the summer, this park with flowery alleys, located right next to the Bois de Vincennes, hosts Les Pestacles, a festival aimed at young audiences and centered on the performing arts. On the program: songs, musical stories and even a “dance floor show” with a DJ set for children from 6 years old. If the entrance to the park pays (from 1.50 to 2.50 admission depending on the selected prices), all shows are free.

“Les Pestacles”, until September 7, 2022. Every Wednesday from 14.00 in the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, Espace Delta, 75012. From 4 years. Program available here.

Lying in the grass and reading stories under “Libraries outside the walls”

At least once a week, the libraries of Paris take their books off the shelves and install them in public gardens as well as in Paris beach areas (quais de Seine and Bassin de la Villette). Present in around forty locations, they offer a wide selection of books for children for free, which can be consulted while enjoying the green spaces of the capital. Some structures even offer book reading sessions provided by librarians.

“Libraries outside the walls”, until 31 August 2022. All session dates and addresses can be found here.

Do science experiments ESparks from the Palace of Discovery

Although it is still closed for renovation, the palace has moved a large part of the scientific experiments close to the André Citroën park, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. Activities for young and old. The room is delimited by large multicolored wooden arrows, the famous “Etincelles”. They contain four rooms (biology, physics, chemistry and a planetarium) where everyone can participate in experiments and workshops (presentation on earthquakes, workshop with a robot, discovery of an ant terrarium, etc.). your still images!

“That Esparks from the Discovery Palace”, Jardin Caroline Aigle, 186 rue Saint Charles, 75015. Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00 during the summer. 4 euros per workshop. From 6 years.

Keep an eye out for theatrical releases for young audiences

A good canvas is an opportunity to escape with the family, but also in these times of heat waves to protect yourself from the strong heat by locking yourself in a dark room for a few hours. For children, theatrical releases in August are devoted to Japanese animation with the release of two films, On the other side of the sky by Yusuke Hirota on August 17 (to watch from 6 years) and Sing a bit of Harmony by Yasuhiro Yoshiura on August 25 (to view from 10 years).

Finally, on August 10, the film One Piece: Redhighly anticipated by fans of Japanese author Eiichiro Oda’s original manga, hits theaters.

Sharpen your knowledge in thematic museum workshops

Many museums offer activities during the school holidays for young people. In addition to visits, children can, for example, participate in a stained glass workshop at the Cluny museum dedicated to the world of the Middle Ages. (5th arrondissement of Paris), create their own manga or comics in 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 of perceiving the collections.

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