Summer Camp in Paris

Last summer we had a client approach us with a new idea. She was spending nearly a month in Paris with her children and had heard about our Family Program of walks designed for kids and led by museum educators. We normally think of these as tours—one-off experiences that families enjoy during a visit. But what if, this client asked, she string together many of these—including a number of customized walks—into a kind of immersive, cultural summer camp. Wow, we thought, what a great idea.

How did it work?

The family had rented an apartment for a month, this allowed them to save some of the costs and at the same time create a comfortable, cozy environment for the kids and themselves. They gave us a few parameters regarding the children’s ages and interests and asked us to make a proposal of appropriate, culturally rich program of walks and excursions. To complete a well-rounded program, we also developed several custom walks.

Overview:

We organized one activity a day which would be led predominately by one main docent. This would ensured continuity and a greater degree of comfort for the children. Every day, we picked up and returned the children to their apartment. This made things easier for them, and made the parents feel at ease about their safety. The docent assigned to the program was not only one of our top family docents, she also had experience caring for children and thus could relate to them on a special interpersonal level.

Program:

While we had “carte blanche” regarding the walks and activities to include, we decided to pick walks that would interest teens and would give a comprehensive study of French culture and history. We started with an orientation walk and then proceeded chronologically mixing art and history over the ages, roughly alternating the two and museum with neighborhood walk. We also put in a “fun” walk (food walk, fashion walk…) at the end of each week. The group also got out of Paris to visit some of the wonderful nearby sites.

Result:

Everything ran rather smoothly. We met with the family after they had done a few walks to see how things were going and to access how the program was being carried out, a few minor changes were made according. We stayed in touch every few days. They children enjoyed their experience so much that they added another week of walks. The particularly liked their visits to some of the smaller museums of the city, such as those visited on our Monet Seminar.

The length of their stay allowed them to have such a spread out itinerary. The afternoons where for leisure time, playing soccer in the park and exploring different neighborhoods together as a family.

What can we do for you?

We understand that not everyone is able to take a month off and relocate to a different city, but we are able to offer shorter summer camp programs. In London, we have recently organize a three day History of Written Words workshop. The children aged from 5 to 8 learned about the development of the written form from Cuneiform to Hieroglyph, to modern form.

In Italy and Italy, we developed a 10 day course for children interested in learning about the transition between the Roman Empire and the Empire of Byzantium.

The possibilities are endless – please get in touch and one of our knowledgeable city experts can help plan your dream cultural summer camp!

Comments

13 comments

  1. Loved the idea.
    Will be in Paris for the month of July from the 20th till end and September from the 1st till the 20th.
    Have 3 kids from 7 ,12 and 13 years old.
    Will take any programs !
    Hadia.

  2. Thanks Lois, we can certainly design something similar also for adults!

    Hi Hadia, we would love to help you with your Paris trip. Will send you a message shortly, you can also contact us at: info at contexttravel dot com

  3. If someone would do this in London and/or Edinburgh, I would be in for Summer 2013. I have kids that will be 10 and 13 then. Hope to spend July in Edinburgh but looking at London in June, too. Any recommendations would be welcome–especially a place to stay for that long. Looks like a great program!

  4. i will be in paris for a month and i need a program for my kids who r a girl 8 and half and a boy 6 years and half , they speak french and first time for them to visit paris so i want it to be special for them. thanks a lot

  5. Hi Sherin! We would be delighted to assist you and your family with a visit to Paris! Please contact us at: france-spain at contexttravel dot com with more information, including the dates of your trip. We look forward to hearing from you!

  6. Hi
    I came across your website about the family walking tour in Paris, do you have similar program this summer?
    We are a family of 3 from Taipei Taiwan. My daughter is 10. We’d like to spend a month in Paris in July. I am searching for a kids program. The issue is our French is not so good. I’ve learned French for a few years, and my daughter has been taking weekly lessons for 2.5 years. But neither of us is fluent. I wonder if your program will fit our needs?
    Looking forwards to hearing from you!!

  7. Hi..i m thinking of going to paris from 22july to 29 ..I have two daughters 14 and 12..they have studied french for a year.i would like them to have the opportunity to attend a daily sports camp/fun camp with other french children so they might get a chance to listen to lots of french, use a little bit ifttheirs and perhaps learn lots more…can you recommend anything for me please….eilis

  8. Will be in Paris June 20 – July 30, 2015. We are considering moving to Paris for a year and will send this summer getting everything in order. I have an 11 year old son who is not as excited about the move as I am so want him to meet friends in Paris so he will be happier about being in Paris. Looking for a day camp for him.

  9. Hello Katie, it’s wonderful to hear that you are considering a move to Paris. Our “summer camp” experience is an enriching and educational private experience. Please contact us at france-spain @ contexttravel dot com should you wish to explore options with us!

  10. We will be in Paris July 2nd through the 31st. Our girls are 8 & 10. Hope your camps have not filled up yet. I’ll follow the link you left ^^^

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