Summer camps for kids in Paris

With the summer school break just around the corner, many parents in Paris are already eagerly searching for programs and classes to keep their kids engaged during this much-anticipated time off. Luckily, Paris offers an impressive selection of summer camps and programs, some of which are even free!

This year, the school holidays in Paris run from 5 July 2024 to 1 September 2024. Summer is the ideal time for kids to explore new interests, make friends, and create lasting memories. Whether your child is interested in sports, arts, science, or language learning, there’s a summer camp in Paris that caters to their passions. From city-sponsored programs to private bilingual camps, the options are plentiful. Read on to discover the range of summer camps you can book for your kids this summer in Paris.

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1. “Paris Sport Vacances” (run by the City of Paris)

If your child is between 7 and 17, they can participate in two weeks of half-day sports camps for FREE, thanks to the Paris Sport Vacances program run by the City of Paris. 

With hundreds of courses available, there’s something for every child, from basketball and rugby to football and even circus skills. The courses, led by qualified sports educators, run from early July to the end of August. You can choose from free half-day sessions in the morning or afternoon or opt for a full-day program that includes meals and snacks for an extra charge. The additional cost typically ranges from €2 to €36 per day, depending on your family’s income bracket.

These courses take place from Monday to Friday:

  • Half-day (Morning): 9 am to 12 pm (free)
  • Half-day (Afternoon): 2 pm to 5 pm (free)
  • Full day: 9 am to 5 pm (lunch and snacks at an extra charge)

To register, create a My Paris account and access the program to explore the available options, locations, timetables, and age-specific requirements. Visit this website to register. Registrations usually open in June. Keep checking online or subscribe to an email alert to be notified when the registration window opens.

2. Paris Sport + Culture Courses (run by the City of Paris)

As part of the cultural Olympiad leading up to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in France, the City of Paris offers Sport + Culture courses for children between 7 and 17, combining art and sport. This year, across Paris, children can choose from a variety of courses, such as Hip Hop Dance and Karate, Theatre and Futsal, Photography and Gymnastics, Cinema and Badminton, and Theatre and Athletics.

You can register for these courses using the same platform as Paris Sport Vacances. To book classes, create a My Paris account and proceed with bookings via this website. The cost of the courses varies depending on your family’s income bracket.

Registrations usually open in June. Keep checking online or subscribe to an email alert to be notified when the registration window opens.

3. Centres de Loisirs (Leisure Centres run by the City of Paris)

For super affordable supervised activities and outings throughout July and August, consider enrolling your child, aged 3 to 14, in one of the 302 Centres de Loisirs in local French public schools.

Every public nursery or elementary school in Paris hosts a leisure centre. Most families in Paris sign up their children to these Centres de Loisirs during school holidays.

All children aged 3 to 14, residing and/or studying in Paris in either public or private schools, are eligible to enroll in these Parisian leisure centres during the school holidays.

The registration window opens on 27 May and closes on 10 June 2024, for July and August enrollments. Visit the facil’familles website to complete the online registration form for your child. The cost for a full day at a leisure centre, including lunch, varies from €2 to €30 per day, depending on your family’s income bracket.

4. International / Bilingual School Camps in Paris

Several international schools in Paris open their doors during the summer holidays to all kids, regardless of whether they attend the school or not. These summer camps offer a range of cultural and educational activities during the French school holidays. They tend to be more expensive than courses organized by the City of Paris, with an average cost of around €500 per week.

Ecole Jeannine Manuel

Ecole Jeannine Manuel hosts an annual summer camp welcoming children aged 5 to 12 from around the world. This year, the camp will take place at its Dupleix campus in the 15th arrondissement. The camp offers a wide range of activities conducted in English, providing a fun and immersive learning experience. Children rotate through different activities each day and prepare a show at the end of their summer session.

  • Juniors Day Camp: Ages 5-7. Activities include art, theatre, music, and sports.
  • Campers Day Camp: Ages 7-9. Activities include art, sports, theatre, Science & Makers Lab.
  • Scientists Day Camp: Ages 10-14. Activities include sports, coding & robotics, science experiments, and music.

Dates: 8 – 19 July 2024

Where: 15th arrondissement, Paris

Cost: €788 for one week, €1,575 for both weeks

The American School of Paris

The American School of Paris hosts an annual summer camp welcoming children aged 3 to 18, whether they live locally in Paris or abroad. All activities are conducted in English and include visual and performing arts, science and design challenges, sports, and special events. The school is located in Saint-Cloud, and transportation by bus can be arranged at an additional cost. Children are grouped into four age categories:

  • Younger Campers: Ages 3-4 and 5-7
  • English & Activities Camp: Ages 8-11
  • French Explorations Camp: Ages 8-11 and 12-16
  • English & Activities Camps: Ages 12-17

Dates: 24 June – 19 July 2024

Where: Saint-Cloud

Cost: The cost varies by age group, with the morning option (9.30 am – 1 pm) priced at €595 and the all-day option (9.30 am – 4 pm) costing €785 per week.

ALCNY

The Academic Learning Center of New York (ALCNY) runs after-school programs at four private schools in Paris (Concordia, Canadian School, Lennen, and Ellips), offering English language education through theme-based activities and workshops like robotics, music, visual arts, and sports.

This summer, ALCNY is hosting Summer Olympics Games-themed camps at three school campuses: Lennen School and Concordia School in Paris, and Ermitage School in Maisons-Laffitte. The program caters to children aged 3-12 and runs for three weeks from 1 July to 19 July.

Dates: 1 – 19 July 2024

Where: Lennen School and Concordia School in Paris, and Ermitage School in Maisons-Laffitte

Cost: The daily price per child is €125 for staying between 9 am and 4 pm, and €150 for staying between 9 am and 6 pm. The weekly price per child is €565 for staying at the camp between 9 am and 4 pm, and €640 for staying between 9 am and 6 pm.

Pari-Grandir

Pari-Grandir is a network of bilingual (French/English) centres in Paris that provides bilingual programs aimed at teaching French children English. With 12 centres across Paris, these programs serve children aged 3 to 10 as after-school activities during term time and throughout school vacations.

During the summer holidays, Pari-Grandir offers week-long programs in English across various themes. Children aged 3 to 10 can participate from Monday to Friday, either half-day or full-day sessions.

Prices for the summer camps vary by location. For example, the centre located inside the American Church in Paris in the 7th arrondissement costs approximately €133 per day (8 am – 6 pm) or €600 per week.

Dates: 1 – 5 July, 19 – 28 August 2024

Where: Several centres across Paris

Cost: depends on location

The Garden Academy

The Garden Academy offers 100% immersive holiday courses in English, tailored to specific age groups from 3 to 10 years old. These vacation programs are hosted at three schools in Paris: Theodore Deck School in the 15th, The Valentin Hauy School in the 7th, and Fer a Moulin in the 5th arrondissement.

All activities are designed as games and hands-on learning experiences, allowing children to familiarize themselves with English language and vocabulary naturally, without any self-consciousness about learning a foreign language. The summer camps take place from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 6.20 pm.

Dates: 1 July – 30 August 2024

Where: Theodore Deck School in the 15th, The Valentin Hauy School in the 7th, and Fer a Moulin in the 5th arrondissement

Cost: €500 per week

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5. Other day summer camps in Paris

There are many private clubs which offer a wide range of other summer camps. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

Energy Kids Academy

Energy Kids Academy is a private club dedicated to tennis, golf, and soccer, uniquely designed for children with a door-to-door transportation service. Located just 20 minutes from the Eiffel Tower, the club features a 5-acre park with sports facilities.

The club offers summer camps from 24 June to 1 September 2024, with a summer break from 24 July to 25 August 2024. Sports camp enrollment is offered “à la carte.” Depending on their age and schedule, children can be enrolled in day camps for morning sessions, afternoon sessions, or full-day sessions. Activities include tennis, golf, football, and gymnastics (led in French).

Dates: 24 June to 1 September 2024 (with a summer break from 24 July to 25 August)

Where: Bièvres, 20mins drive from the Eiffel Tower

Cost: The day summer camps cost €150 for the morning, €170 for the afternoon, and €200 for a full-day session. The week-long summer camp is around €1,000 for five full-day sessions. These prices include all costs, such as door-to-door transportation, lunch, snack, and insurance.

Les Ingéniaux

Les Ingéniaux summer holiday courses are designed for children from primary school (CM1-CM2 onwards) to high school who are interested in engineering and technology. Their weekly programs run from 24 June to 30 August 2024 (in French). In a fun and creative environment, children are introduced to robotics with Lego, remote-controlled robot building, 3D printing, game creation, and many other activities involving engineering and technology.

Dates: 24 June – 30 August 2024

Where: 13th arrondissement, Paris

Cost: The courses typically run from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm in the mornings and from 2 pm to 5 pm in the afternoons, costing between €115 and €289 per week.

Funny Club J2A

Funny Club J2A, a Judo club, offers two summer programs for children aged 4 to 12. The day begins at 9 am and ends at 5 pm.

  • From 24 June to 5 July, there is a week-long workshop at Les Pépites (43 Blvd Garibaldi, 75015 Paris), featuring a morning baking workshop and afternoon sports.
  • From 8 July to 19 July, and again from 26 August to 30 August, they offer a weekly course at Maison Familya (23 Rue Oudinot, 75007 Paris), with an English workshop in the mornings and sports in the afternoons.

Dates: 24 June – 19 July 2024

Where: 7th and 15th arrondissements, Paris

Cost: The prices range from €70 to €80 per day, €330 to €380 per week, and €770 for two weeks, depending on the chosen program.

Paris Country Club

Located in Rueil-Malmaison, the Paris Country Club offers a variety of summer courses and activities for children aged 3 to 17 in English. The day starts at 9 am and ends at 3.30pm, with an option to extend until 6 pm. The club offers five types of camps:

  • Primary Language Camp: Ages 3-11 (June, July, and August)
  • Secondary Language Camp: Ages 12-17 (June, July, and August)
  • Olympic Sports Camp: Ages 7-17 (July and August)
  • Art Camp: Ages 9-17 (July)

The Paris Country Club provides a bus service to pick up children from two locations in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and transport them to the club for activities. Children are grouped based on their English proficiency level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced/bilingual).

Activities at the club include swimming (with access to 5 pools), sports such as tennis and football, art, and singing, among others. It’s a comprehensive offering designed to cater to a wide range of interests and ages during the summer months.

Dates: 24 June – 30 August 2024

Where: Rueil-Malmaison

Cost: €110 per day (between 9 am and 3.30 pm), or €550 per week (five days a week)

6. Away from Home Summer Camps (“Colonies de Vacances“)

Djuringa Juniors

Djuringa Juniors organizes holiday camps in France and abroad year-round, including during the summer holidays, catering to ages 4 to 20. With departures from 30 cities across France, including Paris, there are numerous camps to choose from. Options range by activity (such as specific sports, science, or cooking), theme (creative, artistic, linguistic, sports, etc.), age group, departure city, and global destination.

A standout feature of these camps is that children participate independently, without parents, with accommodations and all services provided throughout their stay.

Telligo

Similar to Djuringa Juniors, Telligo offers “away from home” camps for children aged 6 to 17. Their offerings include thematic stays (like robotics, game design, etc.), English-language camps (in the UK), sports camps, and global trips abroad.

7. Museum-based summer workshops

During the summer holidays, museums in Paris offer a fantastic array of workshops specifically designed for kids. From creative arts to scientific explorations, these workshops provide an enriching experience for children, with some even allowing them to participate without parents present.

These workshops are more short-term, ranging from a few hours of activity to a few days. Here are museums which regularly offer summer courses for children:

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