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Discover nature in Paris with children

Discover nature in Paris with children

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Paris offers something for everyone including for its little Parisians and tourists. During school vacations or weekends, there are several options for taking children to various places in Paris. These places have been selected based on their informative and educative nature. Either free or with a nominal entrance fees, they are ideal for spending time with nature and with children.

 

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Maison des Oiseaux

'The bird house' is a place to develop sensitivity towards diversity in bird species in an urban milieu. It also informs us of the impact the human activities has on the evolution of their population. It helps preserve the biodiversity and allows a look at the importance of ecology and climate changes from this perspective.

A small garden has been recreated on the terrace of the bird house and is maintained ecologically. Plants, bushes, fruit trees and flowers have been planted to attract insectivorous birds as well as the birds that eat grain and fruits. The birds can be watched from a distance. Children and adults alike will be amused to learn how to observe and recognize the birds, their singing, their behaviour in different seasons, migration, protection, their mating season, their techniques for building the nest etc.

Opening hours:

Open on Saturday from 01:00 PM- 06:30 PM for general public. Open for schools and leisure centres during the week. Closed from July 15th-August 15th.

Entrance/ Tariff

Free

Address & contact details

Maison des Oiseaux - Square Capitan
6, rue des Arènes, 75005
More information on +33 (0) 1 71 28 50 56

How to reach

Metro: Jussieu (Line 7, 10)
Bus: 67, 89 (bus stop:Jussieu)

 

Ferme de Paris

Situated in the woods of Vincennes (bois de Vincennes), the 'Farm of Paris' (earlier 'Farm Georges-Ville') is spread over 5 hectares. Set as a real countryside farm, it has cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkey, rabbits etc. The farm engages in agricultural activities producing wheat, rye, oats and sunflower among others. The landscape is dotted with fruit trees as well as kitchen gardens that demonstrates the diversity of vegetables and aromatic plants.

A real farm, it is also used as a pedagogic resource for school children during the week and is open to general public during the weekend. Visitors are encouraged to participate in seasonal agricultural activity and are initiated in proper handling of resources. Organic cultivation and traditional rearing also helps them understand the methods of production of some of our food sources and mindful consumption. In addition, there are reading material and games for children.

Opening hours:

March: from 01:30 PM- 05:30 PM,
April- September: from 01:30 PM- 06:30 PM on weekends, Vacations of Spring, July and August: 01:30 PM- 06:00 PM from Tuesday- Friday
October: from 01:30 PM- 05:30 PM
November- February: from 01:30 PM- 05:00 PM.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Entrance/ Tariff

Free

Address & contact details

1, Route du Pesage,
Bois de Vincennes, 75012 Paris
Enrolment on +33 (0) 1 71 28 50 56 Ferme de Paris

How to reach

Train: RER A to Joinville-le-Pont followed by a 20 min. walk
Metro: Château-de-Vincennes (Line 1) followed by bus 112 (bus stop: Plaine de la Faluère) and a 15 min. walk by following the pedestrian indication for "Ferme Georges Ville".

 

Jardin Naturel

This 'Natural Garden' reconstitutes the natural environment of Ile-de-France- wild plants that are neither tended nor watered, flowers, marshes, prairies, birds, micro flora and fauna. During the week, the garden offers a pedagogic resource for school students to discover the marshes, their inhabitants, the interdependence of animals and plants, dissemination of grains and the importance of preserving natural habitats.

Opening hours:

07:30 AM- 05:30 PM/ 10:00 PM depending on sunset time during the week.
09:00 AM- 05:30 PM/ 10:00 PM depending on sunset time for weekends and public holidays

Entrance/ Tariff

Free

Address & contact details

120, rue de la RĂ©union, 75020 Paris
Information & enrolment on +33 (0) 1 71 28 50 56

How to reach

Metro: Alexandre- Dumas (Line 2)
Bus: 26, 76 (bus stop: La Reunion)
Accessible to people with reduced mobility.

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Le Jardin des Papillons

Open from May to October, the 'Butterfly Park' proposes a closer look at the world of insects particularly that of the butterflies- their cycle of life, coming out of the cocoon, their flight, parade etc. The flora of the garden helps to understand their delicate link with plants and the importance of maintaining bio-diversity.

Opening hours:

from May 15th- October 15th: 01:30 PM- 05:30 PM during the week, 01:30 PM- 06:30 PM during the weekend.
from October 1st- 15th: 01:30 PM- 05:30 PM everyday
Closed on public holidays

Entrance/ Tariff

Entrance to the park is free throughout the year except on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from June- September, days of animation and concerts.

Full tariff: 5€
Concession 2.5€ (from 7-26 years, large family, for up to 2 adults accompanying a child of less 7 years)
Free for children less than 7 years

Address & contact details

Pavillon 6
Parc Floral de Paris
Bois de Vincennes, 75012 Paris
Information & enrolment on +33 (0) 1 71 28 50 56

How to reach

Metro: Château de Vincennes (Line 1) followed by Bus 112 (bus stop: Parc Floral)

 

A pony ride in Paris

Animaponey proposes pony rides to children in different parks of Paris. For maintaining the ponies in good health, children up to only 25-30 kg. weight are accepted. Even though the ride is proposed throughout the year, because of inclement weather or rains, the rides may not be available.

Opening hours:

Bois de Boulogne (Lac Inférieur):
Wednesdays, Saturdays and School vacation period from 02:00 PM- 06:30 PM. On Sundays and public holidays from 10:30 AM- 06:30 PM

Parc Monceau, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Parc Georges-Brassens, Parc Montsouris, Bois de Vincennes (Lac de Saint-Mandé):
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and school vacation period from 03:00 PM- 06:00 PM

Entrance/ Tariff

There is no need for reservation. Tickets can be bought on the spot.

At Parc Monceau, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Parc Georges-Brassens, Parc Montsouris and Bois de Vincennes (Lac de Saint-Mandé):
1 ride: 2.50€, 2 rides: 4.80€, Bunch of 7 tickets (carnet): 15€, Bunch of 15 tickets: 30€ (carnet tickets are applicable for all the parks with same tariff structure)

Bois de Boulogne (Lac Inférieur):
1 ride for 30 minutes: 12.50€, possibility to have a 15 minutes ride (7€) for younger children; 10 minutes ride offered for every paid half-hour ride on Wednesdays, Saturdays and school vacations.

Address & how to reach

Parc Monceau
78, boulveard de Courcelles, Avenue Velasquez, Avenue Van Dycq, Avenue Ruysdael, 75008 Paris
Metro: Monceau (Line 2)

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
rue Manin, rue de Crimée, rue de Botzaris, 75019, Paris
Metro: Buttes-Chaumont/ Botzaris (Line 7B)

Parc Georges-Brassens
rue des Morillons, rue Brançion, rue des Périchaux, 75015 Paris
Metro: Porte de Vanves/ Convention (Line 13), Bus 48, 89, 95; Tram T3 (stop: Vanves)

Parc de Montsouris
Boulevard Jourdan, Avenue Reille, Avenue du Pont René-Coty, 75014
RER B: Cité Universitaire, Tram T3 (stop: Cité Universitaire)

Le Lac de Saint Mandé- Bois de Vincennes
Metro: Saint Mandé (Line 1); Bus: PC-Porte de Saint Mandé

Bois de Boulogne
Metro: Porte Dauphine-Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny (Line 2)/ Rue de la pompe-Avenue Georges Mandel (Line 9) ; RER C: Avenue Foch/ Avenue Henry Martin

further details from AnimaPoney website

 

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Editor's note: Photos non-binding. For illustration only.