Paris with Kids: Make a post-Louvre pit stop at this playground in the Tuileries

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Playground at theJardin des Touileries
Just a short stroll from the Arc du Caruosel behind the Louvre, you’ll find this playground in the Jardin des Touileries.

Whether you want to run off the steam and energy of your toddler before passing his naptime in the Louvre, or need a worthy reward for your children after searching out its many treasures, make way for this small playground near the Louvre on the northwestern end of the Jardins  des Tuileries.

Self-spun merry-go-round at the playground in Jardins des Touileries

This charming fenced play area has a self-propelled merry-go-round, see-saw, springy bounce boards, and a climbing structure through trees that delighted our 3.5-year-old as much as his 5-year senior sister.

small slide and climbing structure
Small slide with woven “catwalk” structure in the background.

On a Saturday afternoon, we had the pleasure of local children’s company as I visited with a grandfather who remembered fondly being there as just a father not so long ago—and as a boy playing there in the park himself a much longer time ago.

Springboard "lily pads"
Springboard “lily pads” burn off loads of energy after a chocolat chaud.

Just behind the fenced playground, you’ll find even more attractions for the kids, including a carousel offering up rides on motorcycle, ostrich, or spinning tea cup at 2.50 Euros a ride (or 10 rides for a price break), and of course you’ll find kid-pleasing concessions offered there as well.

carousel at Jardins des Touileries
The carousel behind the playground at Jardins des Touileries.

Stroll just a bit farther and you’ll happen upon a “bounce pit” of small trampolines and young children channeling their 5-little-monkeys energy into suitable outdoor play to the tune of 2 Euros per turn—a small price to pay for those who’d rather see their child bouncing here than in their Paris hotel room or vacation rental.

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