Marvel at this: your small folk can play in a playground in the heart of the oldest planned square in Paris. Lined with trees and elegantly faded red brick houses built by Henri IV in 1612, Place des Vosges oozes charm. Even better, it’s one of the rare parks where you are allowed to sit on the grass. Plant that bum, spread out your picnic and soak up the scene.
In summer, the kids play in the four fountains and water fight. Victor Hugo’s house is on the square, if you want to peek. Chances are, your kids don’t. But they will welcome a treat.
So don’t miss the cafes and shops in the grand stone arcades around the square. Cafe Hugo, also in the square, is a good place to order champagne for parents and a snack for small folk and people watch. If the small folk lose it, one parent can just head back across the street to the park.