Top family outings in Paris this winter

Exhibitions, musicals, light—in the winter, in Paris and the Paris region, the Tuileries Garden turns into a giant ice rink, the Villette park into a funfair, the Thoiry zoo into an enchanted forest. Are you intrigued? There are still tons more ideas to share! Here is a quick overview of family outings for when Paris in winter glory.

Skate in incredible places in Paris

It's time to put on a hat and gloves! Like every year, temporary ice rinks are set up along the banks of the Seine, and on the rooftops and gardens of Paris. Put on your skates and enjoy the view.
For the first time, the terrace of the Aquarium in the Trocadéro gardens is transformed into a giant icy rink, with a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower at every turn. For the fifth consecutive year, the Grand Palais will set up the largest ice rink in the world under its nave: 2,700 m2 (29,062 sq. ft.) of icy magic!
The sliding madness also seizes the docks of the Seine. With Polpo Nord, an ephemeral spot awaits you every weekend on the quays of Levallois. Another must-see place? The roof of the Grand Arche de la Défense. Dress warmly, because you are going to skate at 110 meters (361 feet) above the ground. But you will have the chance to see a magnificent view of all of Paris.
Le Grand Palais (External link) - 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower - 75008 Paris - Until January 8, 2020
● Paris Aquarium, the Tuileries Garden - Place de la Concorde - 75001 Paris - Until March 8, 2020
La Défense Roof (External link) - From December 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020
● Polpo Nord - 47 quai Charles Pasqua - 92300 Levallois-Perret - Until February 27, 2020

Flying outdoors at the Villette funfair

Wooden horses, shooting ranges, a carousel, acrobats—there is something for all tastes and all ages at the funfair. About 50 attractions are set up at the Place de la Fontaine aux Lions, in La Villette, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. The bravest and most daring will undoubtedly be tempted by the ghost train and the rollercoaster. Come along for a day of celebration at La Villette!

Parc de la Villette (External link) - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès - 75019 Paris - Until January 4, 2020

Attend a magical show at the Thoiry zoo

A must-see event: the animal park of Thoiry is being transformed this winter. At nightfall, luminous sculptures will invade the paths of the park, and a lantern show will drive spectators through an enchanted forest. See the great odyssey and evolution the underwater world, as well as monkeys, birds and dinosaurs and other exinct animals come back to life.

Thiory Lumières Sauvages (External link) - Thoiry castle and zoo park - 78770 Thoiry - Until March 8, 2020

Relive the magic of Disney

Like every year, Disney on ice sets up camp at the Zénith, in Paris, before going on tour throughout France. The magical show brings together 50 must-see Disney characters. It is the best time to meet the characters of Frozen (Anna, Elsa and Olaf), as well as those from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Nemo, The Lion King, Donald and Goofy, all in the same show.

Mickey officiates as the Master of Ceremonies, accompanied by his lovely Minnie. Peter Pan and his friends are also back at Bobino. On stage, 15 actors, singers and dancers sail and fly through the air in order to propel the spectators into a completely imaginary world. It is a musical for all ages—children over 5 years old will be delighted to discover the story of the Jungle Book in a musical version: a maiden voyage with Mowgli and his friends and enemies Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa and Shere Khan.

● The Disney on Ice Show is going on tour throughout France.
Peter Pan at Bobino (External link) - 14-20 Rue de la Gaité - 75014 Paris - Until February 22, 2020

Dive to the bottom of the oceans at the Jardin des Plantes

We will see you until January 19 at the Jardin des Plantes, inside the National Museum of Natural History for a magical visit. Young and old alike can go on a luminous stroll to discover the wonders of the oceans through incredible giant light sculptures. You don't want to miss it: wonder guaranteed!

Jardin des Plantes (External link) - Place Valhubert – 75005 Paris - Until January 19, 2020 (except December 24 and 31) - Access every 30 minutes between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets only sold online.

Play spies with the kids

Your mission, should you accept to play modern spies. The City of Sciences and Industry in Paris offers an ultra-realistic exhibition on the professions of the French intelligence service. But here, you can't remain passive. Teenagers (12 years old and older) and their parents are invited to lead an investigation. And not just any, since, according to the brief, a nuclear test has just taken place in the Western Republic. The public is invited to verify the information, assess the danger and write an information sheet for the President. Fans of "The Bureau" will be delighted to learn that the production company of this TV show collaborated in the scenography of this more true-to-life exhibition.

Spy Exhibit, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (External link) - 30 avenue Corentin-Cariou - 75019 Paris - Until August 9, 2020

Attend a historical show with your teens

You don't want to miss the War Horse Show this winter. Inspired by Michael Morpugo's novel, it follows the story of young Albert and his horse Joey during World War I. Thirty-four actors and singers play opposite each other on stage. Added to that, there are puppeteers who give life to life-size horses.

War Horse at the Seine (External link) - Île Seguin - 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt - Until December 29

Enjoy a jazz concert with a snack

Are you looking for an original idea? Check out one of the Jazz & Goûter concerts taking place at Sunset Sunside. An interactive themed concert is organized every Sunday for children aged 2-3 years old. The program is eclectic since all styles are on display. Cake, candies and drinks are available for purchase.

- Sunset Sunside Jazz Club (External link) - 60 Rue des Lombards - 75001 Paris - Jazz et Goûter,every Sunday, 2 showings of around 50 minutes each at 3pm and 5pm until April 2020.

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