La Nuit Blanche for children

Every year since 2002, the Nuit Blanche delights young and old alike thanks to its arty itinerary held outdoor, where gigantic, unusual and magic works of art were created by confirmed artists or young talents. For this 2016 edition, the 15th, the Mareuil Hotel invites you wander in the capital, with your children, to discover the activities which are reserved for them.

At the Paris City hall
You are invited to follow a dark path on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, which will lead you up to an enchanted forest designed by the French artist Stéphane Thidet. With “Sleep”, he produces huge pieces of wood which rotate around a frozen lake, livened up by a perpetual movement. This disturbing sculpture seems to be bewitched, and evokes the imaginary world of tales, in particular the Grimm brothers’ “Snow White” universe.

© Fabrice Hyber

At the Gare de Lyon
The French artist Alain Séchas seized the Gare de Lyon, with the help of his emblematic cats. These whiskered animals form a blended family on the platform, which seems to wait for the return of a loved one. They are equipped with placards and flower bouquets that they will offer to the imaginary protagonist. These felines were painted on a great mirror of the room with frescoes. To create this scene, the contemporary artist drew his inspiration from an 15th-century engraving, illustrating the triumph of Poliphili.

To continue this arty evening, we follow the tour which borders the Seine on the topic of the crossing, this year orchestrated by the president of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy, until Issy-Les-Moulineaux.

15th edition of the Nuit Blanche, Saturday, 1st October 2016.
Free admission.
From 7p.m. to 7a.m.

Hôtel de Ville
7, place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Gare de Lyon
Place Louis Armand
75012 Paris
Metro: Gare de Lyon (lines 1 and 14).


12th edition of Mon premier festival

From October 19st to 25th 2016, the film festival dedicated to young audience is back in Paris, in 12 arthouses cinemas. “Mon premier festival” (My first festival) invites children from age 2 to discover the 7th art through more than 200 projections and activities. For this 12th edition, theatres like the MK2 Quai de Seine (Paris 19th arrondissement), the Forum des Images (Paris 1st), the Gaieté Lyrique (Paris 3rd), the Louxor (Paris 10th) and the Majestic Bastille (Paris 11th) are involved in this event. What’s planned: movie-concerts, movies on sport, a focus on the American cinema, short animated movies, and a tribute to the cinema of Charlie Chaplin. Four cult movies will be projected: “Peau d’Ane” by Jacques Demy, “Gremlins” by Joe Dante, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” by Steven Spielberg and “Grease” by Randal Kleiser.

Mon premier festival (website in French), from October 19th to 25th 2016.
3 screenings per day: €4 for everyone.

© Graphiste Vahram Muratyan

La Gaîté Lyrique
3 bis, rue Papin
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 01 51 51
Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol (lines 3 and 4) or Arts-et-Métiers (lines 3 and 11).

Circuses to discover with your family for Christmas time in Paris

For holiday season with Christmas and New Year, the perfect thing to do as a family is to undoubtedly go to discover the most beautiful circuses of Paris and their latest creations. Don’t miss therefore the show of Alexis Gruss, “Quintessence”, the Cirque Phénix show “CirkaCuba” and the “Surprise” show performed by the legendary Cirque d’Hiver.

1/ “Quintessence” by the Cirque Alexis Gruss
For its 43rd creation, the Gruss family joined the Farfadais troupe, the result is amazingly gorgeous. During 2.5 hours of representation, the audience discovers contemporary and poetic numbers, where the artists switch from juggleries to acrobatics, and play the tightrope walkers with a disconcerting ease. The show is musically led by the sublime singer Rachel Smith and a ten-members live orchestra. For “Quintessence”, the Cirque Alexis Gruss continues his “Pegase & Icare” previous show, based on the fight of facing elements to save the poor Pegase, who gets sick. When you leave the show, you only have one thing in mind: be part of this so particular, magical and touching family!

“Quintessence”, from October 22nd 2016 until February 19th 2017.
Shows: on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8p.m., on Saturday at 4p.m. and at 8p.m., and on Sunday at 4p.m.
Rates: from €20 to €75.

Alexis Gruss & Rachel Gardner Smith – Pas de deux Haute Ecole – Quintessence 2016

Chapiteau Alexis Gruss (website in French)
Carrefour des Cascades
Porte de Passy
75016 Paris
Metro: Ranelagh (line 9).

2/ “CirkaCuba” by the Phénix Circus
This year, The Phénix Circus sets on the Pelouse de Reuilly in the Bois de Vincennes to present “CirkaCuba”. Twelve exceptional numbers are performed there, inspired by the Russian circus as well as afro-Cuban culture, and also with a Chinese influence. Arrived on the spot, the spectators take a one-way trip to Cuba, thanks to the dancers, the musicians and the Cuban singer Rosalia Gomez Hasty. The scene quickly adorns itself with a colourful decor, and with at the back of the stage a Havana building paint, in trompe l’oeil style. The artists of the Russian swing, the capillary duet, and the ones performing in the Russian bar are all smiling and makes us want to dance and to party with them! Special mention for the magnificent costumes created by Pascal Jacob.

Cirque Phénix “Cirkacuba” (website in French), from November 12th 2016 to January 15th 2017
Shows at 10:30a.m., 2p.m., 3p.m., 4p.m., 5:15p.m., 8p.m. or 9p.m. according to days and dates.
Rates: from €19 to €90 the seat.

© Laurent Bugnet

Pelouse de Reuilly
75012 Paris
Metro: Liberté or Porte Dorée (line 8).

3/ “Surprise” by the Cirque d’Hiver
Just a block away from the Mareuil Hotel can be found the mythical Cirque d’Hiver which once again this year will astonish its audience! For this purpose, it welcomes the family Casselly, rewarded by a Golden Clown at the international Circus Festival of Monte Carlo for its number combining together elephants, horses and ponies. Other highlights of the show: Victoria Bouglione’s Hula hoop, moments when the clown Totti laughs out loud, or the roller-skateboarding of Matt & Valentina. This year, Michel Palmer aka Mr. Loyal celebrates his 35 years of performing on the circus ring. An event which you shouldn’t miss for nothing in the world!

“Surprise”, from October 8th 2016 to February 26th 2017.
From €25.

Surprise – Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione – Dominique Secher – 2016-2017

Cirque d’Hiver
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).


The summer funfairs to go to with your family

This summer, let’s dash to have fun with your family, your friends or—why not— as a couple in one of the funfairs in the capital.

La Fête des Loges
Organised in the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (78), La Fête des Loges is one of the oldest funfairs in France. Formerly a religious party then and festive fair, it now attracts tourists and Parisians for its thrill roundabouts like the roller coaster. This year, it celebrates its 364th edition. This is the opportunity to discover rifle shooting, the coconut shy, the fishing, the ice palace or the bumper cars. On the program, these are 200 attractions for all ages. As a bonus, you can eat on site in one of the many restaurants and bars on the spot to enjoy burgers and other Creole, French or Spanish dishes.

Super Top Dance – La Fête des Loges © Jacques Paray

La Fête des Loges, from June 24th until August 15th, 2016. (in French)
Open Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 1:30am, on Friday from 3pm until 2am, on Saturday from 2pm to until 2am and on Sundays and bank holidays from 2pm to 1:30am.
Free admission/ Paid attractions.
Access: RER A – Saint-Germain station

La Fête des Tuileries
For 2 months, the Tuileries Gardens come alive at the pace of the wooden horses from 1900, of the ghost train or the large slide. This one of a kind funfair is organised at the heart of the capital—in a spot of exceptional beauty—of the most bucolic ones. La Fête des Tuileries is also famous for its chair swing rides—a historic and romantic attraction that reminds you of the old Paris and offers a breathtaking view on the capital. Food lovers will be delighted to find on the spot various sweets like candy apples, churros, doughnuts and crepes on the spot—some safe bets. By the way—for the comfort of residents—this funfair is without sound.

Tuileries Gardens, Roundabout funfair Ferris wheel © Sophie Robichon

La Fête des Tuileries, from June 25th to August 28th, 2016.
Open every day during the week from 11am until 11:45pm and on Friday, Saturday and bank holiday eves from 11am until 12:45am.
Free admission / Paid attractions.

Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris
Metro: Tuileries (line 1).


Les Traversées du Marais: the music festival of the season

For its first edition, the Festival Les Traversées du Marais invites you for three days to discover one of the most popular historic district of Paris. Organized in the 3rd and 4th districts of the capital, this event is a musical journey through the most beautiful places in the Marais. Free concerts and performances await you in 14 emblematic places of the district. From rock to classical music, from jazz to French music, there will be something for everyone! This festival is to be discover as a family, in places of exceptional architectural heritage like the Picasso Museum, Carnavalet Museum, Arts et Métiers Museum or Chasse et de la Nature Museum, as well as the Memorial of the Shoah, or, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. Les Traversées du Marais start in the Halles du Carreau du Temple, run by Faubourg Simone.


Concert and gospel songs
Two events have caught our attention. The first is a gospel concert and black spiritual proposed by the Gospel Legend Singers on September 12th, 2015 at the Crédit Municipal de Paris. The second is a presentation of Simon Dalmais at the Hotel De Ville (Town Hall) of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the 13th of September 2015. This former keyboardist Sébastien Tellier also collaborated with the talented Camille, before embarking on a solo career. It delivers captivating songs with a sensual voice accompanied only by piano and sometimes violins. Two very different styles that will make you love the Marais and music. Notice to music lovers!

Gospel Legend Singers ©DR

Les Traversées du Marais, from September 11th to 13th, 2015.
Almost all concerts will be free, and the rate of paid programs will not exceed €10.

Crédit Municipal de Paris (in French)
55, rue des Francs Bourgeois
75004 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 61 64 00
Metro: Rambuteau (line 11) or Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Mairie du 4ème arrondissement (in French)
1, place Baudoyer
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Saint-Paul (line 1).


The Color Run: The most colorful race is back in Paris!

Last year, Paris successfully held its first edition of The Color Run™, the most colorful and wackiest run of all times. For this second edition, which is to be held on April 19th 2015, there is only one rule: to have a lot of fun! Thus, Color Runners are invited to run 5 kilometers without feeling any pressure, since the goal is neither to arrive first nor to be the fastest. The run starts at the Hôtel de Ville and ends at the Pont de Iéna, by the banks of the Seine. The run is entirely suitable for families and is free for children under 5!

How does it work?
It is simple, after registering you will receive a kit from the Color Run™ containing a white T-shirt, which is essential to attend the run, a numbered bib, a headband, and temporary tattoos. Each kilometer corresponds to a color, and the goal is to finish the run as colorful as possible. The colored powder, which will be launched on the participants, is certified 100% natural and made from cornstarch and food coloring. It is advised to wear sunglasses during the run for your personal comfort and to avoid receiving powder in your eyes, although it is neither dangerous nor painful.



A firm favorite: At the end of the Color Run™, organizers of the event will use leaf blowers to remove the dust and most of the powder you accumulated during the run. As a bonus, the Finisher Festival will close the event with live DJ sets.

The Color Run, April 19th 2015 in Paris.
Start of the race: from 9am onwards at the Hôtel de Ville.
Finish line: Pont de Iéna.
Finisher Festival: from 10am to 3pm.


“Géant”: The new creation at the “Cirque Bouglione”

To celebrate the occasion of 80 years of existence the Bouglione Family, at the Cirque d’Hiver offers its new show “Giant“. Presented by the famous ringmaster Mr. Loyal, aka Michael Palmer, this new creation takes the audience to all the continents, the flying trapeze performed to Brazilian rhythms, to the Mât Chinois all the way to the Tango performed under the dome in a tissue ballet in the air. The youngest will be amazed by the mischievous dog team of Pat Clarisson, but especially by the extraordinary acrobatic on elephants, unique in the world by the Casselly Family. It is René Casselly Jr who will perform the triple somersault to land upon on the mammal. A magical moment is to discover with the family until the 1st of March 2015.

“Giant” from the 11th of October 2014 until March the 1st 2015.
Show time: 2 hours 10 minutes with intermission.
Rates: from 25 to 60 euros instead. Free show for less than two years (on the lap of their parents).
Valet parking: 15 euros.
Book your tickets (in French).


Poster of “Géant” © Facebook Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione de Paris

Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione (in French)
110, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 00 28 81
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).



The Marvellous Festival

This Christmas season, the Musée des Arts Forains (Carnival Arts Museum) welcomes illusion and magic with the Festival du Merveilleux (Marvellous Festival). Located in the old wine and spirit stores of the Bercy quarter, which were built by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the museum is home to carousels, art and objects used in shows and carnivals. For 10 days this holiday season, Parisians and tourists will have an opportunity to admire fairy tale decors, take a ride on an old carousel, or enjoy all sorts of wondrous shows: puppets, magicians, story-tellers, tightrope walkers, trapeze artists and more will be presenting their arts throughout the festival. A new and unique attraction is added to the festival this year : in the roaring twenties ballroom, visitors will be dazzled by Magic Mirror, a series of live shows based on optical illusions and effects created by the numerous mirrors adorning the room.

Le Festival du Merveilleux, December 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015, from 10am to 6pm.
Full admission: 12€ / Reduced rate (students): 10€ / Under age 12: 5€.
An Attraction ticket is offered with the purchase of each entry.

Magic Mirror © Sébastien Siraudeau

Festival du Merveilleux (The Marvellous Festival) © Sébastien Siraudeau

Musée des Arts Forains
53, avenue des Terroirs de France
75012 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 40 16 22


The Cirque Plume (Plume Circus) celebrates its 30th anniversary at La Villette

The first performance of the season for Cirque Plume takes place today at Parc de la Villette in Paris. This spectacular show is filled with magic and poetry and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The whole production is centered around one theme: Tempus fugit? A stroll on the lost path. Through acrobatics, humor and music, Cirque Plume invites the spectators to ponder about time and the passing of time. A wonderful show that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Please note that there is no intermission, which is why it is not recommended for children under 5.

Cirque Plume, September 24 through December 28, 2014.
Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, Thursday at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Full rate: 35€ / Reduced rate: 28€ / 18€ for children under 13.


Photo credits : Facebook La Villette

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro station: Porte de Pantin (line 5).