Paris is as much a feeling, as it is a place. The land of love and dreams. The city of lights. Walks along the Seine, rows of buttery croissants and colorful macarons in the endless pâtisseries, and architecture that will make you swoon, are just snippets of what make Paris so magical.

There are countless things to do in the city, but here are a few adventure pairings that we found to be equally enjoyable for the adults and the kids.


1. Musée du Louvre & Jardin des Tuileries

Of course, you probably are already planning to see The Louvre, as it is one of the most iconic museums in Paris and the most visited museum in the world. However, here are a few things that are helpful when visiting with kids…

  1. Children under 18 are free. The Louvre is open every day except Tuesday and is open 9 am to 6 pm (with extended hours on Wednesday and Friday).
  2. Strollers are allowed within the museum and most of the museum is stroller friendly. There are plenty of elevators, but they can be difficult to spot. Upon entry into the museum, there are pamphlets available with the floor plan and the locations of every elevator. If you do not have a stroller or baby carrier with you, not a problem….you can go into the visitor assistance area and borrow one of their complementary strollers or baby carriers, in exchange for them holding onto some form of ID. The borrowed item must be returned before departing the museum.
  3. Though we didn’t do an official tour, you can explore the museum on your own and at your own pace, using their audio guide on a  Nintendo 3DS.
  4. There is the Tactile Gallery, where kids (and anybody), are encouraged to touch the exhibits.
  5. Tickets can be purchased in advance, but this doesn’t seem to be much of a time saver. What takes the longest time is going through security, so be prepared to wait for a bit while the line processes through the security stations and into the museum.
  6. There are several food options within the museum, such as Le Café Mollien , Le Comptoir du Louvre , or Les cafés de la pyramide. If you can wait to eat, just grab a snack at Denon and Richelieu wings and save your appetite for an outdoor lunch in the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries).



Just about every major city has a ‘hop-on hop-off bus’, so this isn’t particularly special in and of itself…however, the benefits we experienced, having a three day pass, far outweighed the fact that it’s a bit of a cliche tourist activity. Comfort, entertainment and function are all important elements of traveling with kids and this met each qualification. London is a very walking-friendly city and we did a lot of it; however, for much-needed rest during the day, it was incredible just to sit on the upper-deck, eat a snack, feel the breeze and take in the sights. Included in the ticket price, is a headset for each member in your party, which can be plugged in at each seat (with multiple language channels), giving you an overview of the history of the sights as you go. There is even a kid-friendly channel, so your kids can get a fun and age-appropriate educational experience while relaxing. There are stops at just about every major tourist attraction, as well as other stops sprinkled around the city, which will save you the hassles of the tube, the expense of taxis and sore feet. We chose this bus option, but there are a couple other options as well. Keep in mind that usually kids under 5  years old are free and there are often family deals available. Tickets can be purchased online, or you can get them at just about every major tourist attraction bus stop. We may have just gotten lucky, but we purchased 2-day tickets and got a 3rd day for free (this offer was not available online).


During our time in London, we stayed in an Airbnb in the Notting Hill neighborhood. We absolutely LOVED everything about it! So charming and a short bus or tube ride into central London. Stunning pastel Victorian architecture, scattered boutique shops and diverse food offerings, making it quite the foodie scene.