Fun activities for kids at the circus in Paris

If you’re looking for fun activities for kids at the circus while you’re in Paris, I’ve found a few for you to check out.

You may find that circuses are taken rather seriously in France. They are considered to be  culture as performance art – including the performing animals :-). Some have permanent venues, for example the Winter Circus –  the most beautiful in Paris –  the nineteenth-century Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione. Where to find othersw? Look  for details of the seasonal ones under “Cirques” (meaning circuses) in the “Pour les Jeunes” (meaning for the young) section of L’Officiel des Spectacles; also look under the same heading in the “Enfants” (Children) section of Pariscope, as there may well be touring  circuses from Moscow or Warsaw while you’re in Paris.

Fun  activities for kids at the circus - visit Cirque d'Hiver (winter circus)  in Paris - oh what fun!Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione  : Winter Circus

110 rue Amelot,
11e  – 75011 Paris


TIP! If you go to the website, watch the little show playing online with the music, then click the British flag for the English version.

You;ll see Strolling players and fairy lights beneath the ig top to welcome circus-goers from Oct through to to Jan (the rest of the year you;ll find TV and fashion shows ).

M° Filles-du-Calvaire.

Cirque de Paris : Paris Circus

Parc des Chantereines,
115 bd Charles-de-Gaulle,
Villeneuve-La Garenne

This fabulous day out allows you and your children to spend an entire day at the circus . In the morning you are initiated into the arts of juggling, being a clown, walking the tightrope and learning about circus make-up.

You’ll be having  have lunch in the Circus’ Ring along with the amazing Circus tutors, then youll all be joining the spectators for the actual Circus show. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you might even be allowed to meet the animals. This is the whole day package and what a great experience it is!

Oct-June Wed, Sun & school hols 10am-5pm.

If you can’t spend the whole day, you can simply attend the show at 3pm.

Don’t let the kids know what they missed!

How to get there? Take the train – RER Gennevilliers/St-Denis.


Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann

9 bd du Bois Lepretre,
17e  Paris 75017

Oh your kids will love this traditional circus, with trapeze artists,  lion tamers,zebras, elephants, jugglers andacrobats!

Performances : Wed, Sat and Sun – 3pm throughout the year.

Children under 4 free.

Take the train from M° Porte de Saint-Ouen.

Tips about French Websites

When visiting French websites, there are a couple of words you will need to translate. Here are a few to help you out:

TARIFS = Prices



SPECTACLE = The main show

HORAIRES = Opening hours

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