Un concert à ne pas manquer vendredi 17 mai à 20h30 à l’Espace Beaujon Paris 8ème!
Quand: le 17 mai à 20h30
Où ça?: Espace Beaujon, 208 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8e M° Charles de Gaulle Etoile
Entrée: 10€ / 8€ (réduction); disponible en ligne ici: http://www.moxity.com/ et sur place aussi
The Galerie Vivienne is a great example of the 19th century covered walkways of Paris that you can access just north of the Palais Royal on the rue des Petits-Champs. It is the most beautifully restored “passage” — a precursor to our malls– and houses many chic and quirky boutiques and antiques shops plus a tea salon and bistro.
La Galerie Vivienne, 4 rue des Petits-Champs, 75002 Paris
A 20-minute walk across the river brings you to another enticing spot which you won’t find on tourist listings. But that’s what living la vie Française is about… knowing Paris from the inside, becoming the connoisseur. Deyrolle, founded in the 1830’s is the most amazing taxidermy shop in the world. It’s probably the strangest shop in Paris as well. It feels like a museum but is much more fun.
46 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
Another indoor spot that’s worth visiting with children (any age is fine, but 5+ is probably best) is the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Europe’s oldest museum dedicated to invention and technology. It’s fascinating for anyone interested in science or history and if not, you’ll find it merely beautiful. The building was built between the 11th and 13th centuries, became a museum in 1799 and underwent a major renovation in 1990. It’s a treasure trove of objects, machines, gadgets and video simulations. Younger kids love the flying machines (including the first plane to cross the English Channel) and the impressive display of old automobiles. There are collections of early model typewriters, sewing machines, scientific instruments and much more.
If you’re at the museum without children, it’s fun to walk down the Rue Reaumur and explore the Marché des Enfants Rouges, a somewhat hidden market of food stalls.
Musée des Arts et Métiers (www.arts-et-metiers.net) 60 rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris. Metro: Arts et Métiers, Réaumur-Sébastopol.
Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursdays: 10 am – 9:30 pm
I often hear from friends, or friends of friends, seeking recommendations for fun things to do with their children in Paris. Many, but not all of my suggestions involve outdoor activities, especially since most parents head over during summer vacation or spring break.
As we await milder weather, I’ll write about some of the indoor spots that I’ve enjoyed frequenting with my own children. Here’s the first:
Centre Kapla (http://www.kaplacentre.com): Kapla is a simple building block game where all the wooden pieces are the same size, about 1” x 4.5 “ x 1/4th inch thick. But with imaginations let loose and with thousands of blocks to work with, it’s amazing how hours slip by and castles grow tall. Although packages of the blocks can be bought for home play, the Centre Kapla offers guidance and a communal sense of fun. They are located between Bastille and Nation in the 11th. If you go, stop in to say hello to our good friend Colette, at Univer Gallery (www.uni-ver.com), a 30-second walk away, at 6 Cité de l’Ameublement.
Centre Kapla Paris – tél. : 01 43 56 13 38
27 rue de Montreuil – 75011 Paris – Mo Faidherbe-Chaligny