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One Week Around Paris: A Family-Friendly Itinerary

Welcome to this family-friendly guide for an unforgettable week in and around Paris with kids! There’s truly no place like this iconic city, and there’s plenty to see and do to keep you occupied in and around Paris for seven days.

Unlock the charm of Paris in this family-friendly itinerary. Explore a week in Paris with fun activities for an unforgettable adventure.

From exploring historic landmarks and popular sites to indulging and relaxing at a fun water park just outside of the city and visiting Europe’s “Happiest Place on Earth,” this itinerary has something for everyone.

This one-week Paris itinerary is specifically for families looking to dip their toes in France and spend time around the City of Lights. It’s not a full week in Paris, but it lets you see the highlights around the city.

From the Palace of Versailles to Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland Paris, your family will spend seven days getting a literal taste of Paris.

If you’re looking for an awesome two-day Paris itinerary, look no further! This is how I spent a weekend in Paris with my two daughters; we had the best time.

One Week in Paris: At a Glance

I’ll get into the nitty-gritty details below, but here’s a quick look at how we spent a week around Paris:

  • Day 1 (travel day): Arrive at your accommodation
  • Day 2: Day in Paris!
  • Day 3: Explore the Palace of Versailles
  • Day 4: Pool day/day in Paris
  • Day 5: Visit Disneyland Paris
  • Day 6: Visit Disneyland Paris
  • Day 7: Wildcard – Spend another day in Paris, visit nearby Epernay, or make it another pool day
  • Day 8: (travel day): Au revoir, Paris

While I’ve been to Paris solo, with my daughters for a weekend, and with just my husband, this was the first time all five of us (two parents and three kids ages 9, 7, and 5 years old at the time) visited the city at the same time.

We didn’t want it to be too overwhelming, so even though there were plenty of things packed into our days, it was still fairly relaxing.

For this particular trip, we went between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was extremely busy in the city and at Disney, but that also meant we could see Christmas markets and all the festive lights up everywhere.

How We Got to Paris

Since we live somewhat nearby, we drove for this particular trip, which worked out well for us since we weren’t staying directly in Paris. But we’ve also taken the train before, which was delightful since it drops you off in the city.

Driving actually let us pack more, which was nice because we stayed at a self-catering place. Driving gave us more flexibility with what we did each day.

Our One-Week Itinerary Around Paris

Consider this a customizable seven-day Paris itinerary. Move the days around to fit your schedule (or the weather), and interchange activities that your family will enjoy.

We opted for more rest and relaxed fun as opposed to an extra day in the city, but if you’re jonesing for more of that Parisian vacation, then hop a train and get back to the city.

Even though we visited in the winter, this family-friendly one-week Paris itinerary will work for any season.

Day 1: Travel Day and Checking In

We drove straight to the picturesque Center Parcs Villages Nature, our haven for the next few days.

After we settled into our comfortable accommodations we stocked up on food at the nearby Costco*, (we could have grabbed some necessities at the grocery store on-site, too).

Then we took advantage of the fun activities around the village and spent the afternoon at the Aqua Mundo, letting the kids splash and play to their heart’s content.

PRO TIP: If you have a Costco membership in America, bring your card with you. Here’s a look at the Costco in Paris; it’s pretty fantastic!

Day 2: Day in Paris!

We woke up early, grabbed a train not far from where we stayed, and made our way into the heart of Paris.

Our day started at the Louvre Museum with a kid-friendly tour. The kids marveled at the world-famous Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory and had fun marking off the challenges in their Mission Paris book.

The tour guide made the museum come to life with relatable stories and games. In a museum where you could literally spend days walking around, I was thankful someone could share their expertise with us.

After our Louvre tour, we walked a few steps over to Tuileries Garden for their Christmas market (you can’t miss it, look for the giant Ferris wheel), and we made it there at the perfect time: lunchtime!

Lunch here was fantastic; they had so many food options. It was honestly one of the best varieties of food that I’ve seen at a Christmas market.

The market itself was small and if we didn’t need to have lunch I would’ve been pretty disappointed by it. It was more of a carnival (there were a lot of rides and games for kids) than a Christmas Market.

We wandered around the city after that, catching glimpses of the Eifel Tower here and there. If we hadn’t already been to the Eifel Tower we would have done that now.

Without a plan, we made it over to the Galeries Layfette to hopefully check out the rooftop view. The rooftop is a spectacular spot to see the city and the Eiffel Tower, and my girls remembered it from our previous trip to the city so they were excited to see it from the top again.

However, the entire place was a madhouse. It felt like the entire city of Paris came outside once the sun started setting (around 5 pm).

It got so busy that all five of us were kinda miserable, and we were legit afraid of getting separated from the kids because there were so many people.

We took the train back towards our place and had dinner in the Center Parcs village.

Day 3: The Palace of Versailles

The next morning we drove to the Palace of Versailles. Book your tickets ahead of time; we got right in the long line but breezed right through.

Prepare for a day filled with grandeur and history at the Palace of Versailles. Every room was breathtaking, and the kids actually all enjoyed listening to the audio guide.

It felt like we stepped back in time as we explored the opulent halls and intricate architecture of this iconic landmark.

We spent almost the entire day at the palace; it’s HUGE. There is a little train that can take you to different parts of the palace, like Marie Antoinette’s cottage, or you can rent a golf cart (but you can only have up to four people on it). With long lines at both places, we decided to walk to her cottage.

I 100% wish we booked this bike tour of the Palace and Gardens; our kids would have loved it so much more than walking around.

Unfortunately, it was freezing outside (dead of winter, remember), and we were hungry, tired, and overall getting cranky. Plus, since it was winter there were shorter hours.

Before we knew it, they were starting to herd guests back towards the entrance/exit because it was closing time. We dilly-dallied too much inside the palace and didn’t make it to any other places.

If I had a do-over I’d make sure to get the little train to save us some walking time so we could’ve made it to all the places, or do this bike tour. I’m thankful we saw as much as we did at the Palace of Versailles, but I’d love to return in the late springtime or early fall to see even more and to see the gardens in all their beauty.

We carved out an entire day for the Palace of Versailles, and I’m glad we did because we needed every minute of that day.

Day 4: Pool Day at Center Parcs

After two busy days in Paris, we changed course and enjoyed a relaxing and fun day at the indoor waterpark.

We took advantage of the resort’s fantastic aquatic facilities, splashed around in the wave pool, floated lazily down the lazy river, and braved the cold to play on the outside equipment.

You can read more about our love for staying at Center Parcs Villages Nature here.

My kids would probably tell you that this was one of their favorite days out of our whole week in Paris…go figure. If the weather was nicer we would’ve gone to do more activities around the village, but instead, we stayed in our swimsuits all day…in December!

Days 5 & 6: Disneyland Paris

We couldn’t spend a week in Paris with kids and not go to Disneyland Paris! Thankfully, Disneyland Paris offers military discount tickets, which I highly recommend if you qualify.

(If you’re interested in knowing more about military discount tickets, join this Facebook group. People are always sharing up-to-date info about the military discount at Disneyland Paris. What I do know is that you have to show a military ID [I’m not sure if NATO IDs are accepted] at the ticket gate, so have that ready. I also know that the active duty member does not have to be present, but a dependant with an ID must be there.)

Disneyland Paris is not as big as its counterparts in the States, but my kids still had a blast anyway. We had cold, rainy weather and very long wait times, but they hardly ever complained, which was shocking.

During our days at Disneyland Paris, we made the super smart decision to pack activities for them, like these, while they waited in line. They came in clutch.

Day 7: Free Day

We had a lot of options for our last full day in Paris and considered all the options: we could go back to the city or do a day trip to Epernay, the heart of the Champagne region. Or we could spend another relaxing day playing at the water park.

We chose the latter, but only because we hit up Epernay on our drive into Paris and because my husband and kids have been to Paris before.

Spending a non-hectic day just letting the kids have fun was the right call after several very packed and busy days. Not to mention, the water park was included in the price of our cottage, so we didn’t have to spend extra money!

Visiting Epernay

If you have the time to visit Epernay I highly recommend it. Epernay is the Champagne capital of the world, and all of the great champagnes come from here.

Many of the Champagne houses allow kids to join their tours, and I’ve heard from friends that Pommery (in Reims) and the Mercier House are great. The Champagne house we toured with the kids was fine, but nothing to write home about for them.

BONUS: More Things to Do in Paris

There is so much to do in Paris with kids, so if you need more fun things to fill your day, check these out.

Day 8: Travel Day

Today’s the day we said, “Bon Voyage” to our week in/around Paris. I hope you found that this guide gave you a nice blend of culture, fun, and relaxation for spending a week in the City of Light.

Family-Friendly Places to Stay in Paris

If you need a place to stay in Paris with your family here are a few that I’ve personally stayed at and recommend.

  • MEININGER Hotel Paris Porte de Vincennes.
    We’ve stayed in several Meiningers around Europe and it’s always a top pick for our family. They’re clean and fun, and all five of us can stay in one room. I have no doubt that this one would be just as great.
  • YOOMA Urban Lodge.
    I’ve heard fantastic things about YOOMA Urban Lodge, but it’s always booked when we go to Paris. They have rooms for large families, which is awesome.
  • Hotel Caumartin Opera – Astotel.
    I stayed here with my two daughters and it was perfect. The area was safe, the hotel was clean, and it wasn’t very expensive. We loved the location and you can get rooms near each other for a larger family.
  • Hotel Palm – Astotel.
    I stayed here with a friend of mine. It was walkable from the train station and easy access to get anywhere in the city. I’d definitely stay here with a family.

Find a Place to Stay in Paris

It was a wonderful trip filled with hustle and bustle from exploring historical landmarks like the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre to indulging in the magic of Disneyland Paris. We saw and did all the things, but also had time to relax, play, and enjoy each other’s company.

If you’re looking for more info about Paris, check out my other posts here.


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