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Paris with Kids: Left Bank

When planning a trip to Paris, most people think of romantic couples escapes, but there are plenty of places to visit in Paris with kids! Take the family to one or more of the below places on the left bank and you’ll discover Paris as a family destination:

Rue Mouffetard

Go in the early morning to see the colorful produce market.  Stop in a café for hot chocolate or coffee and a chocolate croissant.

Arènes de Lutèce

This Roman amphitheater of Lutetia was used for burials in the fourth century. Between Rue Monge and Rue de Navarre. The kids can pretend they are Roman gladiators!

Musée de la Poupée (Doll Museum)

A charming museum filled with handmade dolls from the mid-nineteenth century. See French dolls as well as dolls from around the world. It’s a dream come true for the little doll(s) in your life.

Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens)

Visit this lush 60 acres of greenery. Anchored by the Luxembourg Palace  (now home to the French Senate) on one end, there are formal gardens, wide avenues and a large octagonal pool where the kids can float rented toy boats. There are also tennis courts, a horseback riding school and an open air café for refreshments.

Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Gardens)

Here you will find beautiful gardens accompanied by a zoo. Find a natural history museum here as well.

Grevin Museum (Waxwork Museum)

Like Madame Tussaud’s in London, here you will see historical settings, Louis XIV at Versailles, distorting mirrors, shows by live magicians and wax figures of famous celebrities.

Musée de la Monnaie (Money Museum)

Here the kids will see all kinds of coins, displayed in vertical glass cases to see both sides.  This was a former mint until 1973.  There is workshop where you can now see medallions being created.

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