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Paris With Kids: 10 Tips On Traveling With Your Brood

Planning on traveling internationally with your kids? The planning process can be quite daunting! Travel guides, reviews and expert advice are your best friends! I recently had the chance to review Kim Horton Levesque’s new book The Little Bookroom Guide To Paris With Children.

Levesque is an expert on everything that is kid-friendly in Paris and has done extensive research while traveling throughout the city with her three daughters. Together they played tourists and scouted out the best places to play, eat and shop. If you are looking for the best way to give your children an incredible experience in Paris and insider tips on where to find a last minute babysitter, and the best places to purchase French children’s clothing, this book is for you! You can find our full review on ChildMode.com where we dish on all the details.

Kim was kind enough to provide Babble.com readers with her top 10 tips for parents traveling to Paris with their children. Click through for all the deets!

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  • Paris With Kids – What You Need To Know 1 of 12
    Paris With Kids - What You Need To Know
    Planning a trip to Paris with your kiddos? Click through for 10 tips from an expert!
  • Use books, music and film to get your kids excited about your trip 2 of 12
    Use books, music and film to get your kids excited about your trip
    My daughters' favorite book is Paris Hide-and Seek by Masumi. It's a clever, beautifully illustrated seek-and-find that helps kids identify Paris's most famous monuments. I've also included a playlist of easy-to-find French songs in Paris with Children.
  • Inspire enthusiasm in your children by including them in the trip planning process 3 of 12
    Inspire enthusiasm in your children by including them in the trip planning process
    I take virtual tours of museums with my girls (8, 5 and 3 years) before we leave. Visit the Louvre at or see an overview of the Musée d'Orsay's principal works; select Collections then the Discovery tab.
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Expose your kids to the foods theyll see in France before you leave 4 of 12
    Expose your kids to the foods theyll see in France before you leave
    Omelets and ham sandwiches (on baguettes) are among the most common fare in cafés and bistros. Crêperies and pizza restaurants are also palate-friendly options for kids. Remember, the mere touchdown on French soil will not inspire a gastronomic epiphany in your young ones.
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Rent an apartment 5 of 12
    Rent an apartment
    Flats are almost always less expensive than a hotel for families. Children have more space to roam and kitchen facilities are invaluable for those with picky eaters or food allergies. I've had good luck with wParis Attitude and Haven in Paris ; I've provided a more extensive list of agencies in my book as well the questions parents must ask before renting.
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Purchase a map book 6 of 12
    Purchase a map book
    Find and purchase a copy of Paris Pratique par Arrondissement street map book, also called l'Indispensable (5Euros), sold at magazine stands, bookshops and department stores. Each street in Paris is indicated as are Taxi stands and public restrooms.
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Allow enough time in your travel plans to rest and recover from jet lag 7 of 12
    Allow enough time in your travel plans to rest and recover from jet lag
    It can be especially difficult for children younger than five years old depending on your time zone. Traveling from the western U.S., my daughters often require 2-7 days to acclimate to local time.
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Pack a picnic 8 of 12
    Pack a picnic
    Grocery stores and bakeries offer simple, portable choices for a family on the move: pre-made sandwiches, salads, fruit, and yogurt. If you're timid about eating in a café with your child and want to test the waters before committing to a full meal, stop in for a drink after lunch but before the apéro (pre-dinner drink) hour when cafés aren't as busy, from about 2pm to 6pm. Kids can sip a Perrier Menthe (sparkling water with sweet mint syrup) or a citron pressé (fresh, mix-it-yourself lemonade).
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Visit the parks! 9 of 12
    Visit the parks!
    Our favorites are Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Tuileries. The number of amenities for children are staggering: carousels, trampolines, pedal cars, huge play structures—Luxembourg's also has a small, but reasonably exciting, zip line. Snack stands offer a variety of treats for parents and children alike, such as cotton candy, ice cream and espresso.
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Visit one of the worlds oldest zoos, founded in 1793, in the Jardin des Plantes 10 of 12
    Visit one of the worlds oldest zoos, founded in 1793, in the Jardin des Plantes
    The ménagerie's compact size scales well for young children and there's still plenty to see: crocodiles, giant tortoises, a snow leopard and acrobatic orangutans among many other small to medium-sized species.
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Visit the museums 11 of 12
    Visit the museums
    Tour museums such as Musée Rodin, the Louvre, Musée du Quai Branly and Musée d'Orsay on days when they stay open later into the evening. Jet-lagged children are awake and tourist traffic is significantly lighter. Rodin is currently open Wednesday until 8:45pm; the Louvre——Wednesday and Friday until 9:45pm; Quai Branly——Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 9pm; Musée d'Orsay——Thursday until 9:45pm. Paris's modern art museum inside Centre Georges Pompidou is open until 9pm every day with the exception of Tuesday, when it's closed.
    Photo credit: Kim Levesque
  • Pick up a copy of… 12 of 12
    Pick up a copy of...
    For even more tips, pick up The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children. It's a wealth of information and doesn't take up a lot of room in your carry-on.
    Available through Amazon.com.

Find more of Nadia’s writing on her site Child Mode. You can also find her on Disney Baby and Hip Baby. Love social media? So does she! Follow her daily on InstagramTwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.

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