I am Flora Goldenberg, Professional Tour guide in Paris curating Family tours in Paris
I decided years ago to help my visitors (especially families with children) find the best places to visit in Paris, choose the best tours and book the tour guides who are perfect for kids,
During your stay in Paris with kids, I will be helping you by phone email before your arrival to make things easier before we meet in person .
As a tour guide, and a caring mother, I really want the best for my family as much as you. So do not hesitate to give me feedback to improve my services for us and others in the future !
Here is the best options below, read them and then I will let you decide what is right for you and your family
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Guided Tours in Paris with kids & things to do with kids in Paris
My Guided tours in Paris for a Family with children
JEWISH LOUVRE TOUR
The tour is about the history of Israel in the Louvre : A visit of the Louvre from a curious angle.
Your guide will explain the history of Israel while visiting the masterpieces of a classic Louvre tour.
You will discover the oldest ever mention of Israel, the fascinating story of the Crusader period, how and why the country was disputed by Syria and Egypt.
We will see Jerusalem through the eyes of many painters and many surprises will wait for you during this visit.
For children : age of 6 to 13
I highly recommend a combination of Jewish quest in le Marais for children with a colorful booklet & a Louvre Jewish Tour
A Jewish Quests in the streets of le Marais Made for children
SCAVENGER HUNT / A TREASURE HUNT / Booklet with questions for young kids
Louvre, Le Marais … we have designed themed games for kids, depending on their age, in a lot of places in Paris.
A scavenger hunt or a treasure hunt with surprises on the way and medals to earn, adapted for kids.
The game focus on a subject that the kids love :
Israel, The jewish history, the Roman Empire, The french history and renaissance, the Italian Paintings, the Da Vinci Code, The Ancient Egypt and Pharaos …
Kids have to answer questions (adapted to their age) and find clues like little detectives in the Louvre, Notre Dame …
This method helps them enjoy the tour and focus on the knowledge they are absorbing in a fun way.
Kids keep a good souvenir of the biggest museum in the world and remember this tour vividly.
Sometimes, kids send their drawing of me when they are back to USA as they enjoyed their time in the museum and that’s why I love doing this tour
Age of 12 to 18
A BIKE TOUR IN PARIS
We can rent bike and helmets, then take a safe tour in the city, in beautiful charming area adapted for bikes. We will use the special bike lanes in the tour to discover the main monuments with stops to eat, to talk about the history of Paris, the urban evolution, the culture of this amazing city, the beautiful landmarks and architecture .
Age of 10 to 16
For Mother-Daughter time in Paris
MONTMARTRE ARTISTS SQUARE
We will go in Montmartre to discover the artistic neighborhood in Paris . We can visit the Artists square where kids can ask the painters to make a funny caricature of them and keep a nice souvenir !
For all ages
VERSAILLES PALACE + GARDENS + GOLF CARTS or BIKE TOUR
We can visit the Palace of Versailles in the morning and hear about the life of a King and a Queen of France. Lots of fun story and anecdotes to hear about their life in the the 17th and 18th centuries.
In the afternoon, you can rent bicycles in the gardens, see the fountains show, and visit the Petit Trianon (Marie Antoinette’s palace) and the hamlets of the Queen (amazing village with cute houses, its bridges and watermills, and the farm of Marie Antoinette).
I advise ou to take a Uber, a Cab or the Train to go there together
Or if you wish we can book a private driver with van for the day
When contacting me, please let me know how many you are to advise you better for the transportation means
For all ages
For all ages :
Organic Food markets, Flea Markets, Picnics in Luxembourg Gardens
Here are all the markets I recommend for the Fresh Organic Healthy food in my area , le Marais Jewish Quarter :
|Market Name||Products||Arrondissement||Localisation Address||DAYS|
|MARCHÉ SAINT-HONORE||Organic fresh Food||1st||place du Marché Saint Honoré sur les trottoirs de la voie située coté pair||Wednesday, Thursday|
|MARCHÉ LES HALLES||Organic fresh Food||1st||rue Montmartre sur la chaussée entre les rue de Turbigo et du Jour||Thursday, Sunday|
|MARCHÉ BOURSE||Organic fresh Food||2nd||place de la Bourse, en vis à vis des 27 et 29 rue Vivienne||Tuesday and Friday|
|MARCHÉ AUX OISEAUX CITE||Birds||4th||Place Louis Lépine (sous les auvents du marché aux fleurs)||Sunday|
|MARCHÉ AUX FLEURS CITE||Flours||4th||Place Louis Lépine et Quai de la Corse||Everyday|
|MARCHÉ BAUDOYER||Organic fresh Food||4th||place Baudoyer||Wednesday , Saturday|
|MARCHÉ MONGE||Organic fresh Food||5th||place Monge||Wednesday Friday Sunday|
|MARCHÉ PORT-ROYAL||Organic fresh Food||5th||boulevard de Port Royal, le long du Val de Grâce||Tuesday Thursday Saturday|
|MARCHÉ MAUBERT||Organic fresh Food||5th||place Maubert||Tuesday Thursday Saturday|
|MARCHÉ RASPAIL||Organic fresh Food||6th||terre-plein du boulevard entre les rues de Rennes et du Cherche Midi||Tuesday Friday|
|MARCHÉ BIOLOGIQUE RASPAIL||Organic fresh Food||6th||terre-plein du boulevard entre les rues de Rennes et du Cherche Midi||Saunday|
For All markets , here is a map I made :
The Medicine Tour of Paris : Evolution of science in Paris
We will start with the general History of Paris at the beautiful botanic gardens in the heart of Paris called : Jardin des Plantes, next to the trendy Saint Germain area.
During the Medicine Tour, we will visit the Parisian Garden of Plants, which is the main botanical garden in all France, then the beautiful Latin Quarter to see the University area in the heart of Paris, (and a visit to the Museum of Medicine History, depending on the opening days of the museum)
“Hôpital” is French for hospital. It is an old word borrowed from Latin “Hospitālis” which means hospice or shelter. Hospitals in Paris were, at first, shelters. Thanks to the Parisian physicians, their functions in Paris evolved rapidly during the last centuries.
We will discover how the hospitals evolved from a simple caritative, religious shelter, a refuge for pelgrim to a hub for famous discoveries and experiences that helped Humanity on the Planet and provided great insights about our anatomy.
This progress was not easy : I will tell you stories about the struggle with the church and the old french society, anecdotes about the Medicine at the Royal French Court, amusing tales about famous Kings injuries and how doctors treated their Kings, amazing medical discoveries in Paris, like Pasteur and his vaccination, pasteurization. We will see how limited were the tools for medical exploration during the middle ages, and how brilliant was the creativity and the talent of the doctors …
We will also see and talk about the different Paris buildings architectures, and how the hospital architecture evolved to adapt to its new functions.
We will go and walk in the beautiful Latin Quarter and see the University of Medicine of Paris, and we will talk about the actual situation, and how the doctors roles and perception evolved till today !
We will finish the visit with the Museum of Medicine History – available only on certain days – The museum is near the University, and I will recommend you some places to visit on your own in Paris
Arts et Metiers Museums :
Craziest inventions of the previous centuries are displayed for little curious minds
For more activities suited for you and your family :
Transportation : If you land in Charles de Gaulles Airport / Orly Airport
You can take the train RER B from the Charles de Gaulles to go to Paris Center. The train is the cheapest option. It is considered safe and costs about 10,30 euros for adults and 7 euro for children, to come to Paris Center then you have to switch to the metro to get to your hotel.
Use RATP public services to get a free map. You can buy tickets at any metro gate. it costs about 1.90 euro. Or buy 10 tickets for a good price ( it is called Carnet in french ) a city pass Navigo for the stay.
From Orly, there is a special Orly Bus to come Paris ( Metro station is Denfert-Rochereau) where you can switch to Metro. You can also use the train ( which is a more complicated way as you need to take the Train T7 to catch the RER C and then carefully choose the right train with destination “Paris Saint Michel”)
Please make sure that you buy tickets only and the metro gates with the RATP officials, they wear green uniforms and very kind to help visitors in Paris. Or use the Automated machines. Don’t buy tickets from strangers.
Taxi, Uber €€
But, If you want an easier option, you can take a driver for an airport pick-up or use Uber, or use the taxi lane.
Please, avoid to ride with strangers who doesn’t have the official taxi license or VTC license. Verify the taxi green light above the vehicule.
Personal Driver €€€
I recommend Sam, as he is a professional private driver with a Mercedes comfortable van (Class V 7 seats ) suitable for families with kids.
He will wait for you at the gates, help you with all the luggages and the stroller … bring you to the hotel comfortably.
Sam is very friendly, safe and a comfortable driver.
He will use your flight information and come to pick you up at the arrival gates on time and then help with everything you need, take you to the Hotel doors,
You can even ask him to tour a little bit around the famous monuments and beautiful landmark on your way to the hotel.
Transportation : If you come from le Havre
OPTION 1 : Train TGV SNCF €€€
OPTION 2 : Book a Personal Driver €€€
Sam is professional, high quality driver and works for prestigious clients.
He can provide services like Airport Pick-up at the arrival gates, he can stay at your entire disposal by the hour or the entire day, or organize city tours with him, day trips from Paris …
Remember that this is just my personal honest opinion
– 2 – Safety & Health in Paris with Kids
Paris is considered one of the safest cities in Europe, statistically speaking. I myself lived all my life in Paris and felt safe even very late at night.
But I also need to tell you that I lived and toured in these safe neighbourhoods in Paris where you can also choose to stay in and discover :
Le Marais is by far is the most beautiful area, the oldest, this is where I live and I do my jewish tours. It is very safe, with security cameras everywhere, military and police presence.
Paris 1st, Paris 2nd, Paris 5th, Paris 16th are very safe too.
Health and Security Phone Numbers
if you have kids with you in Paris or if you are pregnant :
For Pregnants : send me an email and I will try to give you the best restaurants depending on your diet
For Parents : Take note of these phone numbers on paper, and it works better using a French sim card :
SOS Police : 17 Or 911
SOS Medic ( or SAMU in French) : 15
SOS Fireman : 18
SOS Pediatrician : 1016 ( Not sure if it works from a non-french sim card) . Website : click here
(He lives in Le Marais. He is really good with communication, he can help find a good medical advice or an available colleague. He speaks very good english as he is member of the American Academy of Pediatricians)
Parisians use also this app : Doctolib but it is in French , It allows you to take appointments easily with the specialists and doctors
For Pregnant who want a Ultrasound in Paris :
I know how stressed we can be with the pregnancy during a travel, so tell me if you need help to take the appointment. I wish you the best !
For a friendly birthing coach who speaks english : Lucile REBEIROT (my personal coach)
Address : 23 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris
Phone : 0033 7 86 83 31 29
Important legal mention :
These are my personal opinions issued from my experience with my baby and in any case, I can not tell you what to do medically as I am only a tour guide in Paris and not habilitated for medical help.
I must say thought, that if you need medical help, call the emergency numbers of France mentioned above, they will help you very efficiently.
Health care is free for only Residents but they will help you first and ask you later.
All the doctors are very capable in Paris and they are all well qualified
You can trust the public health system in Paris or you can privilege the private health care for a faster intervention.
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