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Family outings this autumn in Paris

There is no lack of back-to-school cultural events for children in Paris, from the circus and exhibitions to shows for children

Circus time in Paris

Clown Cirque Bormann © Cirque Bormann

A circus show is an enchanting outing for children and adults alike. Acrobats, jugglers, magicians, clowns and dancers in feathered costumes make a show an unforgettable experience for all.

This autumn, clowns, trapeze artists and jugglers will make a spectacular comeback. The unmissable cirque Bormann will be on hand with his new show Journey through time.


The venerable Cirque Bouglione is putting on its new show Délire (from 14 October 2023 to 3 March 2024) and the the company Alexis Gruss will display dazzling aerial acrobatics in its show Les folies Gruss (from 21 October 2023 to 25 February 2024).

Family-friendly exhibitions in Paris

Kids learn better when they’re having fun, and the cultural calendar this autumn features a number of exhibitions that will appeal to children and adults alike, with guided tours and entertaining workshops to make learning a thrilling experience. These exhibitions are designed especially for young audiences, with a focus on inventiveness to stoke the curiosity of children as well as their parents.

An innovative exhibition will be taking over the natural history museum, the Museum national d’histoire naturelle, with an immersive journey into the past, (3.5 billion years ago), alongside dinosaurs and giant millipedes: an augmented reality experience. That’s the adventure visitors can experience in the ‘Mondes disparus’ (Lost Worlds) exhibition (from 14 October 2023 to 16 June 2024), which will appeal to people of all ages.

Another immersive experience, ‘Océans’, at the Atelier des Lumières (from 20 October 2023 to 7 January 2024), immerses visitors in Brian Skerry’s amazing underwater photographs. The ‘National Geographic’ photographer has been visiting the fabulous underwater universe, which people rarely see at such close quarters, for several years. ‘Océans’ plunges visitors into the midst of magnificent marine life such as dolphins, sea turtles and corals: a colourful and unique journey.


Some other exhibitions that are currently underway will also appeal to kids and adults alike. Animal lovers have until 7 January 2024 to explore the world of felines at the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, from our beloved domestic cats to some breeds of little-known predators. The ‘Métamorphoses’ exhibition at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, on until 24 November 2023, explores Nature and the phenomenon of transformation, with plants, insects and even large animals!


Concerts for children in Paris

Families can enjoy the spectacular show Les Jardins musicaux (Musical Gardens) at the Château de Versailles until 31 October 2023. Stroll around the park and gardens created by André Le Nôtre and admire the fountains playing to the sound of baroque music.


Get your fill of music this autumn at the Philharmonie de Paris and its brand new permanent kids’ space designed especially for children aged 4 to 10, the Philharmonie des enfants. Not forgetting the Jazz à la Villette festival at the Grande Halle which has concerts and workshops for kids.

Shows for all the family in Paris

Le Roi Lion’ (The Lion King) returns to the Théâtre Mogador from 1 October to 31 December 2023. The musical, which has already attracted 100 million spectators, transports audiences into the heart of the African savannah, home to the young lion Simba, the son of the king Mufasa and the queen Sarabi.


Le Soldat rose’ (The Pink Soldier) is back at the Grand Rex from 20 October to 5 November 2023. A musical fable composed by Louis Chedid, ‘Le Soldat Rose’ recounts the visit of a young boy to a shop of magical toys and his encounter with a forgotten but animated toy, the pink soldier.
Merlin, la légende musicale’ at the Folies Bergère appeals to people of all ages! The show takes place in the enchanted world of the Brocéliande forest, the place where Arthur meets the wizard Merlin. The show runs from 25 October 2023 to 7 January 2024.

Children’s festivals and trade shows in Paris

Kidexpo at Porte de Versailles is a not-to-miss event, on from 26 to 29 November 2023: a hundred-odd educational workshops, plus all-new toys for children to discover, and many stands targeted to parents. Fans of chocolate gather at the Salon du Chocolat, where exciting surprises are in store for them, with demonstrations by top chefs, a fashion show of chocolate dresses, and patisserie competitions (from 28 October to 1st November 2023). And children and adults alike can enjoy thrilling rides and attractions in the good-humoured atmosphere of the Fête au Bois de Boulogne (from 1st September to 15 October 2023).

The cultural Olympiad of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games

© Nicolas Sich

The 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games are not just about sport. The organizing committee of the Games has launched the cultural Olympiad, an ambitious artistic and social programme taking place throughout France, especially in the Paris region. The objective is to create a connection between sports and culture through a series of varied and enthralling events, particularly for younger audiences.
Mon premier Festival’, an annual event for small children, is devoting part of its cinema programme to sport, with 30-odd films connected in some way to the theme ‘In movement’ being shown in iconic Paris cinemas such as the Luminor Hôtel de Ville, the Louxor, the Palais du Cinéma and the Majestic Bastille.

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