The best playground in Paris? Say bonjour to Parc de Jeux.

Parc de Jeux in Paris

Taking off on the zipline track at the Parc de Jeux

In my travels before babies, Jardin du Luxembourg was a favorite place to stroll and soak up Paris. And even with a baby in tow, we managed to carve out a little smooch time by its lovely Fontaine de Medici. With three kids along for the ride, however, I was thrilled—okay, we all were—to discover that the playground at Jardin du Luxembourg is perhaps one of the best you’ll find in the city.

play structure at Parc de Jeux

Tired of your toddler climbing the walls of your Paris hotel or vacation rental? Let him climb here to his hearts’ content.

Know up front, however, there is an entry fee of around a couple of bucks for adults and children. And be forewarned that the Parc de Jeux closes promptly at 4 p.m. on weekdays. Be sure to plan your visit accordingly – especially if you want to spend some of your Jardin du Luxembourg time at the puppet theater right beside this playground (Les Marrionettes du Luxembourg).

Climbing structre

Climbing like a spider at the Parc de Jeux.

That said, there were plenty of things to climb, explore, spin, and twirl upon for ages 1 to 12, including the hands-down favorite for this family: standing zip lines. A mom I met (who happened to be visiting from San Francisco!) said her son had been riding the zip lines for one hour straight, and he was not ready to quit.

kid ziplining at park

The perfect reward for soldiering through museums and monuments for one week straight!

The paid playground is fenced and has its own toilettes and covered seating area, and drinks and snacks may be purchased at the entrance as well.

Merry go round

You’ve got to love this merry-go-round… more toddler play structures behind.

HOT TIP: If you end up there on a very cold day, don’t end up like me with four out of ten fingers going numb as you watch your kids play. Stop first by the booth near the large fountain and pick up a vin chaud to take with you. In Paris, you can be that mom at the playground. 😉

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5 Comments

  1. Farrah (@Momofthreeunder)

    Thank you for the tip- this is exactly what we’re looking for on our road trip. Because, not everyone goes to Paris just for the big tower 🙂

    1. Shelly Rivoli (Post author)

      Glad I could help! Have a great road trip. 😉

  2. kelly rae

    Our family is about to take a trip to Paris in June. We have a toddler and I’m excited with your mention of the fenced playground. We are expats living in the UK but we are originally from Texas. All the playgrounds where we lived in Texas were not fenced in. I think all playgrounds should be!

  3. karen 2kids 1bag

    I totally agree Shelly. This playground is so great ! In the same idea, I appreciate the one of Jardin d\’acclimatation, inside Bois de Boulogne. To go there, you have a little train round trip fare, you can take it from Porte Maillot (details on http://www.jardindacclimatation.fr/practicalguide.pdf). Your kids will be so happy. To avoid spending too much money inside (lots of playground are paying), use inside the garden, the road on your left. It is better to spend 1 day there especially during summer time.

    1. Shelly Rivoli (Post author)

      Karen, thanks so much for the great tip (and insider information!) on the Porte Maillot / Jardin d’Acclimation day trip! I was hoping to do that, too, but we weren’t there in a good season for it.

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