11 Tips On How To Beat The Heat In Paris With Kids
There is no question about it, summertime in Paris is hot hot hot. And that’s when you’ll want to have tips on how to beat the heat !
Don’t get me wrong, the spirit of Paris comes to life in the summertime – the sun is shining, picnic season is upon us, and the summer sales are approaching, but vacationing with the kids especially when temperatures are steadily climbing can be less than relaxing.
So when temperatures soar, what will you do to cool off and ensure a luxurious vacation in Paris with the kids might you ask? Here are 11 of our best tips to avoid cranky kids in the summer swelter while still discovering everything that the magical city of Paris has to offer.
Keep your cool…We got you covered! Here are 11 tips on how to beat the heat in Paris with kids.
1. Boating – Beating the heat with family fun on the water
Although the summer heat here can be daunting, your family is visiting Paris to discover new sights so we cannot let you sit in your air conditioned hotel room all day! Here is a ‘cooler’ way to explore Paris: head north of the city and go boating at Bassin de la Villette with Marin d’Eau Douce. Your family can rent an electric boat (don’t worry – no need for a boating license) and cruise leisurely down the Ourcq Canal. Your kids will have a blast posing as the captain of the ship, and the breeze will put the entire family at ease. Say goodbye to the heat!
- Address: Bassin de la Villette, 37 quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris
2. Outdoor Patios – Beating the heat with some green
Beat the heat in Paris in the summer and enjoy one of our favorite family-friendly patios at the enchanting L’Hotel Amour. The inner courtyard of this charming kid-friendly patio is surrounded by a sea of lush, green plants to protect you and the kids from the sun, guaranteeing a relaxing lunch break. Chill out in the shade while treating your family to some fine French cuisine at this quaint secret garden patio that you and the kids will love.
- Address: 8 rue de Navarin, 75009
- Nearest metro station: Line 12 – Saint-Georges, Pigalle
- Price: Approximately €40 per person
- Opening Hours: Open every day from 8AM to 11:30PM
- Website: http://www.hotelamourparis.fr/
3. Picnic with the family – (B)eating the heat
Maybe taking the kids to a crowded french restaurant makes you nervous, or maybe they aren’t the most adventurous eaters. Whatever the case, avoid the whole fiasco and do as the Parisians do: have a family picnic! Stop by your local marché, grab some of the kids favorite snacks, and settle down in the shade to unwind with a nice family meal at one of the many picnic spots around the city. We recommend the Garden of Buttes-Chaumont, a shady haven located in the 19th arrondissement, occupying 61 acres of stunning greenery for the family to enjoy. If we haven’t sold you already, the Garden of Buttes-Chaumont also has an island on the lake that is home to the “Temple de Sibylle” – a reproduction of the famous Roman Temple of Vesta. Get ready for a day of adventure, education, relaxation and a great deal of coolness!
4. Pools in Paris – Stay cool in the pool
Unlike the dirty, overcrowded water parks that you dread taking the kids to, the aquatic center of Neuilly-sur-Seine is a kid-friendly place that you and your spouse can breathe easy at. Complete with three indoor pools, an outdoor water playground and even a “beach”, Neuilly is the clean, well managed water park of your dreams. While the kids run around the open landscaped gardens and slide down the water slide, you can sit back and relax on a deck chair, swim laps in the Olympic sized sports pool, or even enjoy Neuilly’s additional amenities including a spa, saunas, and pool bar. Talk about fun for the whole family!
- Address: 27-31 boulevard Inkermann 92200 Neuilly-sur- Seine
- Metro: Line 1 – Les Sablons
- Opening Times: 11 am to 8 pm every day except Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm
- Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 62 62 70
- Price: 7€
5. Movies – Beating the heat in a dark room
Going to the movies is an easy fix on sweltering summer days in Paris with the kids. We know that sitting in a movie theater might not be your ideal family activity when vacationing in Paris, but when temperatures soar, an air conditioned cinema offers the perfect sanctuary to escape the sunshine – at least for a little while. We love La Géode, a movie theater in the 19th arrondissement that has massive movie screens and air conditioning to your hearts content. Pick out a movie that the kids will love and recharge your batteries in this a dark, air conditioned slice of heaven. Before you catch your film of choice, make sure that it is marked as “VO” (version originale) to guarantee a movie in English with french subtitles – air conditioning and a french lesson in one!
6. Stay hydrated – Drink some cool!
Drinking water is absolutely crucial to beating the heat in Paris with kids. It is easy to get dehydrated in the summer, especially when walking through city streets and enjoying summer activities under the blazing Parisian sun. Always bring a water bottle and make sure that everyone in the family is staying hydrated and drinking water throughout the day. Even if the kids say they aren’t thirsty, it is important to monitor their water intake and this isn’t just a safety measure…drinking an ice-cold water will also work to lower their body temperatures, helping to keep your family comfortable while you explore the wonders of the capital. Pro tip: there are 1200 water fountains that dot the city of Paris so your family can fill up empty water bottles with cold, clean, free drinking water whenever you need. We posted the link to the map of water fountains in Paris below so that your family can blissfully reach your destination in Paris without going out of your way to find a grocery store.
7. Museums: The Louvre- Beat the heat with art
Museums in Paris can offer you and the kids solace from the sun on hot summer days and the Louvre is a must-see on your family’s trip to Paris. While traveling to see the most famous smile in history during Paris’ peak season may sound like a nightmare filled with long lines and huge crowds, don’t sweat it, we have the solution: book Family Twist’s Treasure Hunt at the Louvre activity! This hands-on activity is the best way for you and your children to experience the highlights of the Louvre in an engaging and entertaining kid-friendly fashion (while basking in the air conditioning of this iconic museum)…so plan ahead!
- Address: Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris
- Metro: Lines 1 & 7 – Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre
- Website: http://family-twist.com/family- friendly-activities/paris/treasure- hunt-louvre/
- Hours: Open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM. Closes at 10PM on Wednesdays and Fridays
- Price: 385€ for a private visit, for up to 6 people
8. Plan ahead – Beat the rush
Speaking of planning ahead…take the time to do some pre-departure research for your family vacation to Paris. Especially with temperatures climbing to new heights in Paris, you don’t want to be caught unprepared to handle the sizzling summer heat. If you know that the weather will be very hot upon your arrival to Paris, plan accordingly. Bring light, breezy clothes for you and the kids to help your family beat the heat while vacationing in Paris. Pro tip: include the kids in the packing process. This way, if they forget something, complaining will be out of the question.
9. Ice Cream – Berthillon – Eat the heat, again!
What better way to chill out in the hot summer sun than grabbing a deliciously creamy ice cream in Paris with the kids? When the heat starts to slow your family down, a cold sticky treat might be the best pick-me- up that there is. Our favorite spot for an ice-cold sugar fix in Paris has got to be Berthillon – Paris’ most famous and loved ice cream parlour. The original location of Berthillon on the island of Saint Louis is where your family will find the largest selection of flavours (more than 60!) but there can often be long lines at this iconic ice cream hot-spot. The good news is, you can avoid a long wait and whining from the kids because in summer, all the restaurants and bars in the area are serving up delicious Berthillon ice cream!
- Address: 29-31 rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile, 4eme, Paris
- Metro: Line 7 – Pont Marie
- Opening Times: 10am to 8pm from Wednesday through Sunday
- Website: (only in French): http://www.berthillon.fr/
- Price Range: €3 for a scoop
10. Pop into an Air Conditioned Grocery Store
There are many luxuries to be found while vacationing in Paris in the summer but unfortunately, air conditioning is not one of them. Most cafés will not be air conditioned and asking for an ‘iced’ beverage may elicit a strange look from the waiter, but there is one place that you can always count on for a blast of cold air: the grocery store! Our expert tip to cool down with the kids might sound silly, but when roaming the charming streets of Paris in a heatwave, consider popping into grocery stores for some temporary relief. At grocery stores such as G-20, Champion, Franprix, or Monoprix, you can grab some water and the kids’ favorite snack while basking in the chilly paradise that is the dairy aisle. This summer survival tip may seem trivial, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and you could even make a game out of it with the kids – a game of ‘I SPY the supermarché’ anyone?
11. Paris Plages
A beach in Paris? No way! Umm..yes way! Paris Plages is an annual tradition in the city of lights and is one of the best things to do in Paris with children when the summer heat is slowing your family down. This year from July 8 to September 3rd, Paris Plages is coming to four locations in Paris where you and the family can enjoy the best of both worlds: sandy strips of river bank in the heart of the city, complete with deckchairs, picnic tables, sand castle competitions, water activities and much more. You can relax under an umbrella and read a book while watching the bateaux mouches sail down the Seine while the kids build sand castles and splash around in the water fountains. A visit to Paris Plages when in Paris with kids in summer is truly a must! Not enough to convince you? The new location at Solférino harbor on the left bank of the Seine River even has water misters and refreshment stalls to keep you cool in the summer sun. Paris Plages Locations:
- Voie Georges Pompidou (Parc Rives de Seine, right bank)
- Solférino harbor, the Invalides (Seine river left bank)
- City Hall
- Bassin de la Villette