3th & 4th Arrondissement Activities
Musée de la Magie
11 Rue Saint-Paul, 4th
Even though it occupies a 16th-century cellar beneath the Marquis de Sade’s house, the offerings here are thoroughly child-friendly: The museum showcases antique wands and hats, optical illusions, contraptions, and loads of gorgeously rendered posters and prints. And if you have a little one who loves magic, they do a show (in French) that will totally appeal.
Musée de la Poupée (Closed)
Impasse Berthaud, 3rd
Tucked away down a garden-lined alley, this private museum's collection encompasses two centuries of doll-making—making it both nirvana for doll-loving little ones, and a little creepy and cool, too. Besides the museum, there's an in-house doll-hospital, and of course, a shop.
La Maison des Contes et des Histoires
7 Rue Pecquay, 4th
Tucked away in the Marais, this little art gallery is dedicated to illustrations (both antique and contemporary) along with storytelling for babies and kids up to 13. The exhibitions change every three months, and they pepper the offerings with workshops and outings.
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