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Giveaway: Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque

We’re very excited to be giving away a copy of Kim Horton Levesque’s latest book, Paris with Children, on HiP Paris today. Chock-full of great recommendations for kid-friendly things to do in Paris, we can hardly imagine making a trip with the kids without it now! Not to mention, the book itself is completely adorable. To win, see instructions at the end of this post. Please note: winner must be located in the continental U.S or Canada. -Genevieve


“Children have as much to teach us as we do them when traveling — their curiosity and imagination make even familiar destinations seem new.” -Barrie Kerper, The Collected Traveler

Paris is an overwhelmingly child-friendly city. Thankfully it’s organized in such a way that makes traveling with kids enjoyable. Many of Paris’s principal sights are concentrated geographically so it’s quite walkable with young ones.

Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque

Here’s a typical day for my family when we’re visiting Paris:

I have three daughters, a 3-, 5- and 8-year old. We head out of the apartment I’ve rented, usually in the Saint-Germain district, around mid-morning, and walk towards Jardin du Luxembourg. This elegant garden is a paradise for children––an elaborate playground (it even has a small but thrilling zip line), an indoor marionette theater, Charles Garnier’s vintage carousel, pony rides and model sailboats in the grand bassin, all make it easy to idealize life in the capital.

Carin Olsson

Before entering the park, however, we stop into Boulangerie Marc Rollot, a neighborhood bakery just off of rue de Vaugirard (48, rue Madame, 6th arr.). My father (who doesn’t speak French) serendipitously stumbled upon this shop several trips ago and it’s become our family favorite for viennoiseries––especially the apricot pastry (oranais) and the pain aux raisins. Treats tucked neatly into my purse, we head into the park, find an empty bench and dig in.


My daughters’ first request is always Luxembourg’s vast playground, Le Poussin Vert. Apart from top-notch equipment, it’s also a useful stop for kids who miss speaking English with their peers. The neighborhood is full of expats and anglophone travelers; inevitably my girls make a friend with whom they can communicate. I love hearing the stories they’ve exchanged on the playground–always entertaining! (Le Poussin Vert is open 10am-7pm, hours vary with season; Adults 1,2E; children 2,5E, cash only; Closest entrance: rue Guynemer or rue d’Assas).

Philippe Leroyer

If there’s a puppet show performance, we’ll catch it in the historic theater next to the playground. (Adults and children 4,5E) After the show, my girls like to try their skill at capturing small rings with a baton as they spin on the nearby vintage carousel (1,5E).

Vincent Desjardins; MartnPro

We exit the park and start our walk up rue Bonaparte, towards the Seine. We may make a brief detour to the charming Il Était une Fois toy store at 1, rue Cassette, for a small souvenir. This basement-level boutique brims with kids’ favorites: dollhouses, Petitcollin dolls, puzzles, Papo figurines and snuggly infant toys like those from Moulin Roty.

Lost in Anywhere

It’s nearly lunchtime, so we make our way towards the casual City Crêpes, an unassuming crêperie with a generous selection of sweet and savory items on its menu, (73, rue de Seine, 6th arr.).

At this point, we’re all ready for a break and head back to the apartment for a chance to relax. I recommend parents make room for downtime in their travel schedule––it helps to calm and re-energize kids––my girls usually color, read or make arts and crafts. If you haven’t packed safety scissors and glue sticks––stop by a Monoprix–they have it all: groceries, clothing, baby care, gear and art supplies.

Guy Renard

If all’s well after a two to three hour pause, we head back out. I like to stop at cafés in the afternoon for a drink with my daughters when there are fewer people (between 3pm-6pm). Perrier menthe (sparkling water with sweet, mint syrup), a citron pressé (fresh, mix-it-yourself lemonade) or a hot chocolate is their drink of choice. It’s a win-win for all––adults have their café fix without the time commitment a meal would typically require and the entire family shares a quintessentially Parisian moment together.

Carin Olsson

And then we’re off to the Musée d’Orsay for a bit of culture. We’ll say it’s a Thursday, because Orsay is open until 9:45pm on those days. All of Paris’s principal museums in fact, keep hours one or two evenings a week. Jet lagged children are awake and tourist traffic is significantly lighter, which can make all the difference in whether or not your child enjoys the experience. We spend a few moments admiring the glorious architecture of this former train station, then walk to the galleries to view the work of Renoir, Monet, Manet, Degas and Van Gogh up close. At this point it’s only been an hour but if we need a snack, the museum has a couple of family-friendly options: the self-service Café du Lion features light fare and Café Campana offers a traditional brasserie menu.

Thomas Nicot; Carin Olsson

It’s been an unforgettable day with my girls so we head home to rest up for another one–à demain!

To win a copy of Kim Horton Levesque’s book Paris with Children:
1). Leave a comment here on this blog post
2). Like Haven in Paris on Facebook, leave a comment on the giveaway post, and share it with your friends

We’ll pick one winner at random by May 9 located in the U.S. or Canada.

The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children can be purchased in local bookstores, on and in Anthropologie stores.

Connect with Kim for news about her travels and book updates:
Website & Blog:
Facebook: Kim Horton Levesque
Twitter: @kimhlevesque

Amerune; Tamara Craiu

Written by Kim Horton Levesque for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Kim Horton Levesque

Kim Horton LevesqueKim Horton Levesque is a travel writer and French translator. She is the mother of three young daughters, with whom she frequently travels to Paris from her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the author of Pampered in Paris: A Guide to the Best Spas, Salons and Beauty Boutiques (The Little Bookroom).

Website: Kim Horton Levesque

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37 Responses to “Giveaway: Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque”

  • Juanita says:

    Wow, I love this Blog….

  • Margaret says:

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • We will be visiting Paris with the children in a few years so this would be tres bon for them;) xo

  • sounds like a fascinating and practical book. I would love to win it, but also to feature it on France Book Tours. see here if you are interested:

  • Alikie Knight says:

    I can’t wait to take my 3 year old!

  • Alikie Knight says:

    I woudl love to win a copy of this book – just what I need to motivate myself to take my 3 year old to Paris!

  • Can’t wait to be entered in the Giveaway-Paris through my children’s eyes is magic.

  • Oh my gosh! Reading Kim’s experience and insight about traveling with children in Paris makes me so excited for our upcoming visit to the City of Lights this summer. I know it will be such a beautiful experience for our family!

  • Becka says:

    I can’t wait for my son to be old enough to go to Paris. I’d love to have this book!

  • Tami says:

    Love this giveaway! What a great book for a mom whose greatest desire is to move to Paris!

  • Chantal says:

    It has been a long time since i’ve been in Paris! It was before my kids were born. Never dared to go with them. It would be fabulous to show them one of the worlds most beautiful cities in a way i know would enjoy them most!

  • Cheryl says:

    Paris! A wonderful place to explore at any age!

  • Jewel says:

    I’d love to have a copy of the book!

  • Paris with Children is surely the best Paris!

    Many thanks Claire x

  • alexandria says:

    We love Paris!!

  • Amanda Downes says:

    Pick me, pick me!! What a great source book….perfect for my next trip to Paris with my two little additions.

  • connie says:

    Would love to have this book since we’ll be moving to Paris in a few months.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Love this blog and am thrilled at the chance of winning this adorable book. Can’t wait to take my son to Paris in a few years.

  • I love Paris & have made several trips there to just wander around the city. I have grandchildren & it is a dream of mine to be able to share this city with them but I have wondered about at what age would be best & what to do with them. This book sounds like a must read for me!

  • I too am excited about this book. I’m also excited to learn that I can follow your blog with feedly and bloglovin’. It’s so much easier for me than email which I currently do, so you’ll know what happened to me. I don’t want to miss a post, and now I won’t with these two new ways to follow.

  • Cara says:

    We will be back in Paris for 3 weeks staying near the Luxembourg Gardens. Thanks for all the great tips!

  • Pearl says:

    I’m so excited for this book! It’s just darling! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy :)

  • Cindy says:

    I would love to explore some new places with my little one on our next trip. Luxembourg Gardens was our favorite last time!

  • Ohlala Maman says:

    Wow! What a lovely day’s plan – I used to live near the Luxembourg but sadly not since I had my kids – I will definitely order the book it looks fantastic.

  • susan says:

    I’m so excited for this book…just what I need right now!

  • Jorge Avila says:

    I love seeing at these pictures! I have two children ages 6 and 3, and we are planning to visit Paris at the end of the Summer. Looking at this site helps me remove some of my concerns about what to do there with my two kids! Great site!!!

  • shanti says:

    Hope to win this book, I could use it for our summer trip when I visit Paris with my 2 boys, age 9 and 6

  • Dixie says:

    I’d love a copy of this book.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!


  • Jen C says:

    Lovely! Thank you!

  • Melissa says:

    Love this itinerary and need this book for my family’s upcoming trip! I have lived in Paris but never visited with kids so very happy to learn Paris is so kid friendly.

  • Danielle says:

    I have been thinking of taking my 6 year old to Paris every since my visit last year during Easter. He always talks about wanting to see the Eiffel Tower and ride the carousel. This book is perfect. I really enjoyed reading the description of a typical Parisian afternoon. I cannot wait to read more.(And the photos were great!)

  • As someone who is returning to France with our 2 year old daughter, we hope to enjoy Paris through a child’s eyes. Fantastique!

  • Kelly Doscher says:


    I’ve spent a lot of time in Paris, but never as a parent. I plan to go back soon, with my 5-year-old in tow. I would very much like to have a copy of this book to help me make the best of the city I love, and hope that it will help me make it a place my daughter will enjoy too.

    Thank you!


  • Jennifer Gill says:

    Thanks for your blog, I read it on Facebook. I’ll be taking my grandson to Paris when he’s 10 in about 2 years. Levesque’s book is the first to come to mind when I started planning this trip.


  • These photos are so beautiful! ♥

  • Audrey Vasauskas says:

    I can’t wait to take my son to my favorite place on Earth–my old stomping grounds, the place where I lived, and to learn new things to do — through the eyes of a child!

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