Autumn Break: Family-Friendly Activities

A multitude of free cultural and recreational activities and events are being offered to children and families this autumn. Discover our selection below!

Open schoolyards

Since January 2021, the City of Paris has decided to open certain schoolyards on Saturdays, offering residents additional green and refreshing spaces near their homes. Associations offer free sports, artistic, and cultural activities there.

This autumn, the schoolyards at Neuve-Saint-Pierre will be closed for construction, but the courtyard of the Étienne Marcel school remains accessible.

Family Saturdays

Two nurseries welcome families (children up to 6 years old) every Saturday morning to share moments of activity (music, visual arts, puppets, games and stories, etc.) at two time slots of your choice (9:30 am-10:30 am or 10:45 am-11:45 am).

Registration is mandatory by email: [[email protected], indicating the nursery, desired time slot, number of people (children and parents), and age of the children.

– Bassompierre nursery, 1-3 rue Bassompierre, 4th
– Rambuteau St Avoye nursery, 6 rue Rambuteau, 3rd

Paris Sport Vacances: sports programs for ages 7 to 17 during the holidays

The Paris Sport Vacances program offers sports programs for children aged 7 to 17 during school holidays. Registration is open until October 27th.

Discover the program and register your children on the dedicated platform.

Open leisure centers in Paris Centre

From October 23rd to November 3rd (excluding public holidays), the kindergarten leisure centers welcome children aged 3 to 5, and the elementary leisure centers welcome children aged 6 to 14.

The registration period has ended, but you can present yourself directly on the day. The leisure center will accept your child, subject to availability, or guide you to another center with a 30% surcharge on the base rate.

This autumn, several innovative leisure centers have been designed by the Department of School Affairs and Early Childhood:

– A leisure center with a focus on English language at Argenteuil (11 rue d’Argenteuil, 1st)
– A pre-teen center for 11-13 year olds at Renard (16 rue du Renard, 4th)

Paris Anim’ Centers and socio-cultural centers in Paris Centre

Our two Paris Anim’ centers and two socio-cultural centers offer workshops and activities for all ages during the autumn holidays.

Registration and information:

– Centro socioculturel CERISE, 46 rue Montorgueil, 2nd – 01 42 21 43 18

The adventures playground in Les Halles

A 2500m² playground designed for children aged 7 to 11. Free and open access.

– Open on weekdays to unaccompanied children. Hours: Tue-Thu-Fri from 1pm to 7pm and Wed from 10am to 7pm (entrances are allowed at every full hour, 10am, 11am, etc.)
– Free access for parents and children (walking age) on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 1pm.
– Entrance is in front of the Bourse du Commerce.

Information: 01 40 28 96 79

Introduction to rugby at the Rugby Village

The Rugby Village welcomes children and families with free activities and workshops until October 28th:

– Upcycling workshops for used rugby balls and environmental awareness.
– Introduction to rugby sessions (including wheelchair rugby and motor skills course).

Free family workshops at the Shoah Memorial

The Shoah Memorial offers free workshops and events to explore as a family:

– Family guided tour (for children aged 10 and above) and exchanges with Rachel Jedinak as part of the release of her book Rachel, a survivor of the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup.
– Family guided tour (for children aged 10 and above): through the journey of a Jewish family, visitors discover the different stages of the exclusion of Jews in France during the Occupation and the rescue of children.
– After a presentation of the Wall of Names and the crypt of the Memorial, families explore the history of Jewish presence in the historic heart of Paris (synagogues, commemorative plaques, traditional shops) through a tour in the Marais.

Joann Sfar. La vie dessinée, exhibition at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism

The Museum of Art and History of Judaism presents the first retrospective in France dedicated to Joann Sfar. With nearly 250 panels and drawings, most of which have never been shown before, as well as notebooks, photographs, and films, the exhibition retraces the journey of an exceptional artist whose creativity has unfolded for over thirty years in comic books, cinema, and literature.

Free entry for visitors under 18.

From Thursday, October 12, 2023, to Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Information and reservation:

The Studio 13/16 at the Centre Pompidou

The Studio 13/16 is a place for life, practices, and exchanges with creators dedicated to teenagers aged 13 to 16.

Opening hours: continuous reception from 2pm to 6pm every day except Tuesdays. Free and without reservation, subject to availability.

And for the younger ones, a rich program of creative workshops and guided tours is also available.

“Mon premier festival,” the Paris City public youth cinema festival

The Paris City public youth cinema festival, organized by the association Enfances au Cinéma, is back during the All Saints’ holidays, from October 25th to 31st, 2023.

Over 300 film screenings, encounters, and animations around the films will be offered at the unique rate of €4 per screening in 12 Art and Experimental cinema theaters in Paris, as well as at the Forum des Images and the Gaîté Lyrique for special sessions.

The festive opening ceremony will take place at the Forum des Images on October 25th at 3pm.

The Musée en Herbe

The exhibition “Seth se la joue au Musée en herbe” immerses you in the world of the artist SETH and his extraordinary travels around the world. The exhibited works are presented in striking ways in imposing silhouettes of children’s faces that recall his unforgettable encounters with the inhabitants of Madagascar, Java, and Ukraine. Traditional children’s games from each of these countries are integrated into these large frescoes.

Exhibition runs until December 31st, 2023.

Municipal libraries

– Passage de la Canopée, 1st – 01 44 50 76 56 – [email protected]
– Passage des Petits Pères, 2nd

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