Going to France this summer? Here are some fun things to do with the kids
No matter where you’re going or what your budget, taking your kids on holiday is always fun! It’s a chance to get away from everyday routine, spend some quality time together and show them that the world is bigger than just your home town. Your little ones can test out the new skills they’ve learned from their One Third Stories French books for kids too!
But, us parents can often feel a bit worried that our kids may be bored or that we won’t find enough for them to do. It’s a burden we’re all used to! To help you out and give you some inspiration, our team of French fanatics at One Third Stories have put together some brilliant ideas of things to do with kids in France. Check them out!
If your budget is tight but you’d still like to go abroad with your children, a camping holiday in France is a great idea. You get to immerse yourself in the culture, (hopefully) experience some nicer weather than rainy Britain and relax with your family, all on a budget! Camping is also super fun and your kids will love spending their days running about outside.
You can search for family-friendly camping spots in your favourite French region over on Eurocamp. They’ve got a ton of spots that are perfect for kids and will guarantee you a great trip.
It’s no secret that kids love theme parks, so why not spend a day at one of the many in France? The most popular, of course, is Disneyland Paris, but if you’re looking for something a little more unique (and cheaper!) then we’ve got some suggestions for you.
Futuroscope is a theme park full of attractions that you and your children will be blown away by. From 4D rides to immersive shows and even educational exhibitions, this futuristic park will certainly keep your little ones entertained.
Vulcania is better if you’ve got younger children, aged between around 3 to 7. They can learn about all sorts of extraordinary wonders on the Earth, such as volcanoes and dinosaurs, whilst exploring the park like the tiny adventurer they are.
Parc Asterix is based on the iconic French comic Asterix, a favourite amongst children around the world! Not only fun, this can be a great chance for you to test out all your child has learnt from reading our French books for kids by encouraging them to pick up a comic or two.
Taking out a bike and heading out onto the quiet roads in the French countryside or along the sunny Southern coast is the perfect way to spend a day. You’ll be getting your kids outside, giving them plenty of exercise and exploring France at your own pace.
Some families are lucky enough to have bike-racks that they can bring their own on, but if you don’t then take a look online to see if there are any rental bike companies in your local area.
Though a museum isn’t always the best way to keep children entertained and an hour of looking at old pots probably isn’t their idea of a good time, a museum workshop might just be right up their street.
Many museums in Paris and larger towns around France put on workshops on Wednesday afternoons as the children don’t have school (we know, very different to England!). These could be anything from arts and crafts to children-friendly tours, all of which are definitely a great way for little ones to spend a couple of hours.
It’s another way to help your children learn to speak French, too. They can natter away to other kids from the local area and even English tour guides will often teach the French translations of what they’re showing. Test out what they’ve learnt from our French books for kids and watch them have tons of fun – it’s an all-round winner!
If your kids love having a splash about, water parks are the perfect place to spend a day. They’re great for parents who just want to chill out for a bit – or join in the fun of the waterslides – and your kids get time outdoors and a ton of exercise.
A lot of waterparks have kid-friendly pools where you can relax by the side whilst they swim and play. Or, if you’re a bit of a big-kid yourself (we have a few in our One third Stories team!), there are usually plenty of slides and rides that can be enjoyed by adults too. It’s a brilliant family day out for everyone! Here are a few of our favourite water parks around France:
- Aquariaz – Nestled in Avoriaz Ski Resort is the Aquariaz water park. Tropical themed and with multiple pools, including a lazy-river and small children area, this waterpark really does have something for all the family.
- Atlantic Toboggan – Very family-friendly, this waterpark is sure to keep your kids happy. There are a ton of colorful slides and plenty of different pools to splash about in, as well as areas perfect for parents and restaurants offering up tasty food.
- Canyoning Park – This is a waterpark with a bit of a difference. If all your kids are above the age of 10 and you love a bit of adventure, you’ll enjoy this one! With helmets and harnesses, you’ll traverse canyons, jump from heights into pools and abseil under waterfalls. It’s certainly a thrill!
If you really want to push the boat out for your holiday, why not sign up for a group adventure tour? They’re a great way to see the sights of France with the expertise and knowledge of your group leaders, fill each day with fun activities and make new friends whilst you travel. Here are some companies you could look at to find out more:
If you don’t want to spend your whole trip on a tour, you can arrange some group excursions or guided tours for day trips instead. In that way, you’re still in charge of your holiday but you don’t miss out on that expert knowledge or meeting new people!
Again, these group trips are a great way for your little ones to test out what they’ve learnt from our books to help kids learn French. Encourage them to speak to others in the group in their new language and boost their confidence.
Spending a lot of time in the car can be a bit of a bore for little ones, and often ends in tantrums and tears – definitely not what you want on a family holiday! But, France is a pretty large place, so bringing your car is sometimes essential.
Having your own vehicle makes it cheaper to reach your destination (you can come over on the ferry or channel tunnel and drive across France), and gives you the freedom to explore as you wish. Though, driving from your arrival point to where you’re staying can sometimes take hours on end, so what do you do?
A road-trip, of course! Split your holiday up into a few different destinations, stopping for a little while in each one. You can spend longer in your final destination, if you like, or keep your stops to just a few days each.
Not only do you get to experience a whole lot of France this way, from the bustling coastal towns to the rural countryside, it also prevents your kids from getting bored by staying in the same place for too long. Perfect!
A great way to make your holiday more fun is to help your kids learn French. Not only is this a great skill to have, and one that’ll help them immensely in the world as they grow older, it’ll also enhance their holiday.
They’ll be able to make friends with local children, better understand the culture and feel more confident and independent in a foreign country – and those are just a few of the benefits! They’ll also find it super exciting to test out their new beginner’s French language skills, and you’ll be very proud to watch them flourish.
To help your child, our French books for kids at One Third Stories break down the language into easy-to-learn chunks, filtered into entertaining stories that your little one will love! It really is as easy as teaching them a new language as you read them their bedtime story.
We use our own unique Clockwork Methodology™ to help your child learn French faster. Find out more about our French language learning books for kids over on our How it Works page and discover an easier way to learn languages for kids!
If you have any questions about our French language books, get in touch with a member of our friendly team and we’ll help you out. It’s what we’re here for!