Treasure Hunt at The Natural History Museum in Paris (+ Free Printable Activity!)
I have discovered one of the coolest places in Paris to visit with kids! The Natural History Museum in the Jardin des Plantes is an absolute treasure.
I thought it would be really fun to start sharing some great places to take kids if you live in Paris or if you are visiting Paris. I decided to start sharing these awesome spots because we love visiting them with the kids from my learning house, Le Chemin ABA, and because as a mom, I know you are looking for fun activities to do with your kiddos!
I always write with special needs moms (and dads!) in mind but, of course, this series of fun kid-friendly places in Paris will apply to all kids. A lot of you have special needs kids and typically developing kids and I think it’s really nice to have a list of places where you can take the whole family and know you’ll enjoy a really great time!
That is my goal with this “Paris with Kids” series – to help you plan some really fun family moments for you and your special needs child or for your whole family!
I personally do a loooooot of kids activities in Paris. Between activities we do with the kids at my center and visits that I organize for when my special needs brother, Nick, comes to visit, I am so lucky to be able to enjoy so many kid-friendly spots in this beautiful city. This will give me the chance to share them here with you on the blog and give you some useful tips that apply specifically to special needs kids and parents.
The Natural History Museum Paris
Fun facts : why is this museum so special?
1/ It wa founded in 1793 during the French Revolution!
2/ It is located in the beautiful Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.
3/ The main goals of the museum are to promote education and research.
4/ The museum houses 62 million species!
Visiting The Natural History Museum Paris with your special needs child
It is crucial to have one overall goal for each activity we do with a special needs child to keep the situation from becoming overwhelming. Often, our main goal is keeping the child engaged. There is nothing worse than planning a wonderful outing with your child, arriving and having him lose interest immediately and have a tantrum.
Make sure you have already solved your problem before you even leave home. How will you keep your child engaged and enjoy the activity together?
You need to have activities planned in advance.
A great, simple activity to keep your child hooked and having fun, is a treasure hunt activity (free printable included in this post). Download your printable, print it out and even laminate it if you’d like for it to be a little hardier for your outing. Guide your child to search for each item.
Items to find during the museum treasure hunt :
- Pine cone fossil
- Turtle shell
- Fish fossil
- Grand panda
Materials needed for this activity :
- Laminating sheets
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Download your free printable treasure hunt to use with your child at the museum :
Take a peek into The Natural History Museum in Paris!
The Natural History Museum Paris
57 rue Cuvier
01 40 79 30 00
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