Paris Itinerary Kids Day 5: George Pompidou Centre + Marais

Your Paris Itinerary with Kids Day 5 begins with a visit to the Centre Georges Pompidou in the morning, followed by an afternoon exploring the highlights of the historic Paris district of Le Marais.

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Morning: Start at the Centre Georges Pompidou

Start your Paris Day 5 itinerary in front of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Europe’s largest museum of modern art and a very child-friendly museum to visit. Children will love the quirky appearance of the outside of the building with its brightly coloured pipes and escalators.  

Centre Georges Pompidou Musée Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

How to get here

To reach Centre Georges Pompidou via the Paris Metro, take Line 11, get off at Rambuteau station, and then walk for two minutes to the entrance. Alternatively, you can take Lines 1 or 11 to Hôtel de Ville station and walk for three minutes from there.

What to see and do

Place Georges Pompidou just outside the museum is a busy area where you’ll often find street artists, jugglers and musicians. Don’t miss the eye-catching Stravinsky Fountain to the side of the museum, next to Saint-Merri church. The sixteen water sculptures were created by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely. They drew inspiration from the compositions of Igor Stravinsky, a Russian composer and pianist known for his “unconventional” music.

Inside the Pompidou Centre, there is a kids gallery, “Galerie des enfants”, for children aged four and over, with different fun and interactive exhibitions that change yearly. While it’s free to use, booking a time slot is strongly recommended. In addition, art workshops and classes are offered as part of the “Atelier des enfants” for children from 6 months to 10 years, designed to introduce them to contemporary art. A separate space for teenagers is called “Studio 13/16“, where they organize free artist workshops and other events.

Start your visit on the top floor. Ride the outdoor escalators to their highest point and take in the breath taking views of Paris’s rooftops, with the iconic Eiffel Tower rising in the distance. Once you’ve soaked the panorama, make your way inside to explore the extraordinary collection of modern art by artists like Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky, descending through the levels until you reach the ground floor. 

How long to spend here

I would allocate about 2 – 3 hours for your visit to the Centre Georges Pompidou with the kids.

Opening hours:

  • Museums and Exhibitions: every day, except on Tuesdays, from 11 am to 9 pm
  • Galerie des Enfants: every day, except on Tuesdays, from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Atelier des Enfants and Studio 13/16: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays (during the school year) and daily (except Tuesdays) during the school holidays.

Please note that the Pompidou Centre will be closed for five years for refurbishment from 2025 to 2030.

Prices: €15 for adults (access to the collection and current exhibitions); free for children under 18

Tickets: Purchase your tickets in advance on the official website or via a third-party provider like Tiqets, which usually has same-day tickets.

Continuing with our Paris Itinerary for Day 5, let’s explore the highlights of the historic Paris district of Le Marais. Over the years, Le Marais has become synonymous with fashion, art, and gay culture, thus making it a lively and cosmopolitan area of Paris.

How to get here

To reach the Marais, you have a choice of different metro stations. For this itinerary, I suggest alighting at Saint-Paul metro station (Line 1).

What to do and see

Head to the Saint-Paul Village, just 5 minutes walk from St Paul Metro, to stroll through the interconnected cobbled courtyards. Moreover, you can browse art galleries, artisan boutiques and food shops. Come out of the village and walk past the beautiful building of Hôtel de Sens towards its formal gardens. Sit down on one of the garden’s benches and take a minute to admire the beautiful medieval building with its turrets and towers.

Hôtel de Sens Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is one of the city’s prettiest squares and is an absolute must-see in Marais. It offers green spaces, small fountains, and shaded benches, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and people-watching. There is even a small playground for kids with a slide, climbing apparatus and a sand pit. It’s a beautiful place to stroll, relax and dine.

Built in the early 17th century during the reign of King Henry IV, it was originally known as Place Royale. Thirty-six red-brick and white-stone townhouses surround the square. The city has converted many buildings into museums, including the Maison de Victor Hugo at #6. In fact, the famous French author Victor Hugo lived there from 1832 to 1848 and wrote most of his major work “Les Miserables”. The museum is free to enter and doesn’t take long to explore.

Walk under the arcades below the townhouses and check out the art galleries and antique shops around the square. Afterwards, have a break at the famous café Carette with some hot chocolate and pastries.

On the northwest end of Place des Vosges, an archway opens to the Hôtel de Sully garden, once home to Henry IV’s minister, Sully. It’s beautiful, so don’t miss going inside to see the gardens and the cobblestone-paved front courtyard.

Hôtel de Sully Garden Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

Rue des Rosiers

There is really no wrong turn you can take from Places des Vosges. Regardless of where you head next, the Marais streets are sure to amaze you. Whenever I visit the Marais, I go to Rue des Rosiers in the old Jewish quarter, bustling with bakers and shops. Pick up some delicious treats from the famous falafel place, L’as du Fallafel, or Jewish bakeries such as Florence Khan or Sacha Finkelsztajn and head to Place des Vosges. Additionally, the nearby Square Charles-Victor-Langlois has a small playground. 

Rue des Rosiers 1 Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

Musée Picasso and Musée Carnavalet

If your family enjoys the works of the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, then check out Musée Picasso. The museum houses a collection of Picasso’s memorabilia, encompassing paintings, prints, and journals. Established in 1985, the museum occupies the Hôtel Salé, a grand mansion that the architect Jean Boullier de Bourges completed in 1659. The building itself is a piece of art, named after its first owner, Aubert de Fontenay. He earned the nickname ‘Salé’ for having made his fortune in the salt (‘sel’ in French) trade. Over the centuries, the mansion served various purposes, from a private residence to an embassy and even a school, before undergoing a significant restoration to become the showcase for Picasso’s works. You can generally visit the relatively small museum in about an hour. The ticket costs €11 for adults and free for children under 18. 

Another interesting museum to explore is Musée Carnavalet. This museum dedicates itself to exploring the history of Paris, from pre-historic times through to the 20th century. It’s free to visit and is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Generally, it’s not very busy, has cool exhibits, and a nice garden for relaxing when it’s warm.

How long to spend here

Allocate at least two hours for a stroll in the neighbourhood and longer if you plan to visit any attractions or places of interest.

Restaurants Paris Itinerary Kids - The Knowledge Nuggets

1. Breizh café

Address: 109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003, Paris

Distance from Saint-Paul metro: 11 minutes

Opening hours: 9 am to 11 pm daily

What it’s like: Known for its high-quality Breton-style buckwheat galettes and crêpes, the café now has several outlets across the city. More unusual flavour combinations like truffle galettes and yuzu suzette crêpes are perfect with a glass of cider from Britanny or Normandy. Kids will love the more traditional combinations like ham and cheese for the main course and the sweet crêpes for dessert with chocolate, salted caramel, jam or ice cream.

2. Le Marché des Enfants Rouge

Le Marché des Enfants Rouge is one of Paris’s oldest markets. The name comes from the Enfants Rouge orphanage (named for the red outfits the children wore) that occupied the site over 300 years ago. The market is located just off of Rue de Bretagne. It has a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere and is a great place to seek out an impromptu lunch. Stalls include French cheese shops, fishmongers, Lebanese street food, Moroccan mezze, and Japanese meals. The smells are particularly good, tempting you to try many different foods.

Address: 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003, Paris

Opening hours: 8.30 am to 8.30 pm (Tuesday to Sundays)

Distance from Saint-Paul metro: 17 minutes

3. L’As du Fallafel

Address: 34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004, Paris

Distance from Saint-Paul metro: 5 minutes

Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm every day except Saturday (closes at 3 pm on Fridays)

What it’s like: This place has a reputation for serving the best falafel in Paris. Whether that’s true or not, you must try for yourself! It’s easy to notice as there is generally a long queue of people outside, but the line moves quickly. If you really want a falafel and don’t want to wait in line, there is another falafel place next to it on Rue des Rosiers.

4. Café Bogato

Address: 5 Rue Saint-Merri, 75004, Paris

Distance from Saint-Paul metro: 12 minutes

Opening hours: 8.30 am to 6.30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday

What it’s like: Here you can sit indoors or outdoors, have lunch or a cup of coffee with delicious cakes. You will find seasonal sweet and savoury foods on the menu, like brioche sandwiches, French tarts and pastries. It’s next to Chez Bogato boutique, which offers pastry workshops for children throughout the year. The shop inside the pastry boutique is adorable and full of kitchen-themed toys and supplies that would make a nice Paris souvenir.

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