Best Things to do with Kids & Teens
In this Iconic Riviera travel guide, we will show you the places to go with kids and teens in the French Riviera. Learn the places that will make you “The best mom” or “the coolest dad” when you make an exciting trip to the French Riviera as you travel with your kids.
Monaco: Princess Grace Library
On a small street near the Prince’s Palace is the small but charming Princess Grace Irish Library — a perfect place for book lovers and young learners.
The library has is a huge collection of books from Ireland, a personal collection of Princess Grace who has an Irish descent. The library, is of course, in honor of her.
It has books for young readers as young as 2 years old where parents and accompanying adults can read for them. For Irish and English literature enthusiasts, this is the most suitable place to see the collection of rare works of Oscar Wilde, Iris Murdoch, William Trevor, etc., with a corner dedicated to Samuel Beckett.
|Location: On The Rock, in Monaco|
Contact details: +377 93 50 12 25
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Monaco: Rainier III Nautical Stadium
This Olympic-sized swimming pool overlooking the sea in the middle of Port Hercule is another great place for fun family activities in the Principality. It is complete with diving boards and water slides.
During winter, from December to the beginning of March, this pool turns into an ice skating rink with music. From November to January, this area also hosts the Christmas Market.
|The cash desk closes 1 hour before closing. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. |
Schedule: April 27 to June 14 from 9am to 6pm; June 15 to September 8 from 9am to 8pm; September 9 to October 13 from 9am to 6pm.
Cost: €3.30, or 10-visit card: €26.40
Location: By the boats in the center of Port Hercule, Monaco
Contact details: +377 93 30 64 83
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Monaco: Princess Antoinette Park
For a place where children can play and adults can relax, go to Princess Antoinette Park. It is also one of the favorite places of the locals to have picnics with friends or family.
It is foremost a garden for kids, as there are many play areas with swings, slides, roundabouts, and many others. An olive grove is in the center of the park.
Toddlers can play with sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, and rabbits in the mini-farm. No need to worry about the cleanliness of the place as caretakers make sure that the place is well-kept.
For sporty teens, there are places to play ball games, table tennis, badminton, and volleyball in the multi-purpose sports grounds. For teens, skateboarders have a separate place to have fun, too.
The recent addition to this lovely place is the “Zen Place,” where one can have a quiet and peaceful time in the midst of the park. Most installation here is made of light wood and bamboo to give a perfectly serene vibe.
Finally, there is also a mini-golf area with 18 holes for kids and adults alike. Nearby are kiosks offering drinks and snacks and where families can sit and relax.
Insider info: For the traditional preparation for the popular Monegasque Picnic every 1st of September, the park closes from the 28th of August to the 6th of September.
|Schedule: Open every day 8:30am to 5:30pm |
Location: High up above the Condamine in Monaco. The bus is the easiest way to get there.
The Entire Riviera: Water activities
There are many options for water activities all along the French Riviera on places you travel to, including snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, etc.
Villeneuve-Loubet: PitchouN Forest
Pitchoun Forest is a very good place to bring kids (up to about age 7) to go climbing. They have over five Parcours with tyroliennes zip lines.
The tree-to-tree balance exercises offer learning and adventure. Kids will have the chance to discover nature, plants, and animals.
A game is available for both children and parents after finishing the courses: everyone must listen to Pipelette la Coccinelle and answer her questions!
There are snacks available, and there is a picnic area. Trails are provided for adults to follow children climbing trees. Don’t forget your natural anti-insect sprays (make sure they’re the natural kind as the chemical kind is very toxic). Pitchoun Forest will lend you shoes if you don’t come with the correct type.
|The place is strollers- and wheelchairs-friendly. Strictly no smoking. Adults accompanying children must stay in the park. Animals are allowed as long as in leash. The parking is free. |
Schedule: PDF calendar, booking required. Open from February to November
Location: Near Cagnes-sur-Mer, about 30 minutes from Nice.
Contact Details: +33 4 92 02 06 06
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Before visiting Marineland, make sure to read our separate post about the Antibes Marineland.
Tips for Traveling with kids in the French Riviera
- Try not to let them be loud and disturb the people around you, as the French are very strict with their children really frown upon kids being loud.
- We advise you not to take kids to attractions with exotic animals in captivity, such as Marineland, as it has been shown to teach them the wrong lessons.
- Prepare yourself ahead of time for tantrums. Make time to snuggle during the trip, bring their favorite stuffed toy, and prepare to do some activities like playing a game, sing silly songs, telling stories, etc.
- Jet-lag is a big problem for almost all travelers. Stick to the local sleeping routine as strictly as possible. Short nap time during the day may help.
- Kids may feel homesick. It is better for them to maintain some communication with their friends at home. You can also help them deal with it by some fun activities like keeping a journal or drawing of your vacation or writing postcards.