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Visit Nice with Kids

Are you planning a trip to Nice with kids? Then you probably already know that The French Riviera or Côte d’Azur is a lovely area in France to visit with your family. This famous city in southern France will surely be a pleasant surprise for the whole family. Enjoy some splendid moments when visiting Nice with kids. Both young and old will enjoy the culture, open-air playgrounds, kid-friendly beaches and leisure activities that this city holds. So, here’s our dedicated guide to a tantrum free holiday in Nice Côte d’Azur with kids. Get ready to enjoy the French Riviera with kids in tow!

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Ideal for Toddlers


Ideal for Children


Travelling to Nice with Kids

You can reach Nice by plane, train station or tram.

  • The Nice airport is the second biggest airport after Paris.
  • There is the Nice-Ville train station.
  • Take a bus and tramway along the Lignes d’Azur.

The Best Time to Visit Nice

Visit Nice in Spring and Fall for the nice weather. These are also the less crowded seasons. You can also visit Nice with kids in the Winter season for the Christmas Market held in December, for skiing or for the Carnival held in February.

Must Dos When in Nice with Kids

Walk on the Promenade des Anglais

Enjoy the view from the Castle Hill

Get a slice of the delicious Socca (a cross between a pancake and flatbread) at the market

Discover Chagall and Matisse museums

Visit the old town

Visit the neighbourhood Cimiez – which has some important museums

Visit the Nice Harbour


Hotels in Nice

Family-friendly hotels in Nice:

Anantara Plaza*****Offering communicating rooms, child care equipment upon request, board games and video games are also available. There is free breakfast for kids under 5 and 50% off for children between the ages of 5-12.

AC Hotel By Marriott Nice **** – It offers family rooms and connecting rooms. Free breakfast for children under 13 years. Their restaurant offers a kid’s menu. Highchairs and baby cots are also available.

La Malmaison Nice **** – Children between 0-12 years in a family room stay here for free. A welcome gift is given to kids upon arrival. Babysitting services are offered at an additional cost. There is also a children’s corner with games and books. This hotel also supplies baby equipment upon request.

Mercure Nice Notre Dame **** – Family rooms and connecting rooms are available. Baby equipment can also be provided.

Hotel Nice Azur Riviera **** – Communicating rooms and executive rooms with sofa beds. A welcome gift is given to the children upon arrival. Baby equipment and board games are also available.

Monsigny *** – Rooms and apartments for families staying with 3-5 people. The restaurant also offers a kid’s menu, and there is free breakfast for kids under 12 years. Baby equipment is also available upon request.

Top Family Friendly Apartments – You can contact:

Eric Parmentier **** – 379 bd de l’Observatoire

Claude Fulconis, Le Delfino *** – 81 bd General Delfino

Francoise Mulot, Grimaldi *** – 5 rue Francois 1er

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Ice Rink in Nice for kids
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Marineland in Nice Cote D'Azur

Activities for children ages 0-5

Tiring our babies and toddlers whilst they absorb all that is around them.

Monaco Oceanographic Museum – Aquariums, shark lagoon, tortoise island – Kids love visiting this place.

Marineland – This is the largest marine zoo in Europe, hosting shows featuring penguins, sea lions and dolphins.

Arkose Nice – A climbing area with safe sessions for kids aged 3+ years.

Nissa ‘Venture – Located within Phoenix Park, this park offers trampolines.

Ice Rink – A public sessions for families and kids aged 2+ years, is held every Sunday except in the months of July and August. Free entrance for kids aged 4+ years.

Jean Bouin Swimming Pool – Children accompanied by adults are welcomed here.

Théâtre de la Cité – Show for kids and toddlers and children’s theatre workshops are also available.

Théâtre National de Nice – Shows for young kids and families.

Leisure Activities:

Luna Park – The only indoor park in Europe – Open between December and January.

Les Ateliers illustrés – Bookshops, workshops, reading and Pop up workshop for kids aged 2+ years.

Kids Club – Offers a range of programmes for kids of all ages.

Bricks 4 Kidz – Workshops for children aged 4+ years using lego, and parent and child workshops for kids aged 4+ years.

Maman, les Petits Bateaux,Café Poussette – Creative workshops and activities for kids of all ages – baby painting, musical awakening and others.

Activities for older kids

Keeping the older kids happy, entertained, and reducing the amount of times they ask for a screen or complain about being bored.

Nissa ‘Venture – Located within Phoenix Park, with a climbing course and trampolines.

Ice Rink – A public sessions for families and kids aged 2+ years, is held every Sunday except in the months of July and August. Free entrance for kids aged 4+m years.

Jean Bouin Swimming Pool – Children accompanied by adults are welcomed here.

Black Tenders Events – Ride on a boat for a guided tour of the coastline.

Centre de Découverte Mer et Montagne – From may to September, there is kayaking for families.

Astrorama de La Trinité – Discover the solar system – for kids aged 8-14 years.

Ephrussi De Rothschild Villa and Gardens –  A free games booklet is handed out to kids, and they can then set off on a riddle hunt.

Association SOS Grand Bleu – Dolphin and whale watching trips.

Vesúbia Mountain Park – Climbing walls, canyoning, adventure trails and a swimming pool.

Monaco Oceanographic Museum – Aquariums, shark lagoon, tortoise island – Kids love visiting this place.

Marineland –  This is the largest marine zoo in Europe, hosting shows featuring penguins, sea lions and dolphins.

Théâtre Bellecour – Comedies and plays for a young audience.

Cinémathèque de Nice – Sessions for children showcasing classics and recent films – every Saturday afternoon.

La Littorale – Bike tour along the coast – Baie des Anges.

Leisure Activities:

Atelier Le Petit Pan De Mur Jaune – Workshops for parents and grandparents with kids aged 5+ years.

Bricks 4 Kidz – Workshops for children aged 5-13 years. including 3D and mosaics, robotics, and parent and child workshops.

Mellli Mello – A place that offers DIY workshops.

Cinémathèque de Nice –  They offer cartoon workshops every Wednesday from October to June for kids aged 7+ years. Kids  get the chance to create their own animated film.

Cuisine Sur Cours Atelier Gastronomique – Culinary workshops for children.

Escape Game – Solve a number of mysteries with kids. Booking is required.

Laser Game Evolution Nice – Get ready to enter and play within their huge labyrinth.

Luna Park – The only indoor park in Europe – Open between December and January.

La Bulle Game Bar – Enjoy some snacks whilst playing various board games.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Nice
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Cuisine sur Cours atelier gastronomique
Matisse Museum
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Discovering Museums and Art in Nice with Kids

Marc Chagall National Museum – Visits are also designed for children. There are creative tours with storytelling, and dramatization.

National Sport Museum – They offer tours and educational workshops for children.

Matisse Museum – A creative space both for young and old. Many workshops are offered for families. These include: Workshops – Matisse with family for kids aged 4+years, interactive tours and workshops for children aged 7+ years, workshops and artistic courses for kids aged 6-12 years, sketch visit for kids aged 12-16 years, and educational conferences on the History of Arts for kids aged 9-14 years.

Anatole Jakovsky International Museum of Naive Art – This museum has an important collection of Naive, Brut and Singular Art. A great plus id that this museum is surrounded by a huge park. A quiz for children aged 6+, is available, and workshops for children are also offered.

Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art – Discover creative activities with the family. Game booklets are provided to discover the museum whilst having fun.

Museum of Archaeology Cimiez – Visit these ruins, the amphitheatre and the baths.

Espace culturel départemental Lympia – Dedicated to promote culture. Activities for families are also offered including booklets, and workshops during their temporary exhibits.

Lazaret Cave – Entrance is free. An investigative game along a quiz are provided to discover the sight. Workshops for children aged 7-12 years are also available.

Other museums include: Villa Arson School of fine arts and National Contemporary Art Centre, Museum of Prehistory Terra-Amata, Asian Arts Museum, Côte d’Azur Observatory.

Parc de la Colline Waterfall
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Parks & Playgrounds

Tiring our babies and toddlers whilst they absorb all that is around them.

Parc Phoenix – Many gardens, a lake, and animals. This is one of the largest green houses in Europe. Family friendly activities are offered and picnics are allowed. Children under 12 years enter for free.

Maison de L’Environnement – Exhibitions and talks for families. This is an educational garden, and is open to children who want to learn all about organic gardening. Kids aged 2+ are allowed.

Botanical Garden – A great place for a stroll or to explore. Visit this garden for free and let your kids play in the children’s playground here.

Parc des Arènes de Cimiez – This garden is an olive grove. This is a good family outing and one can even go here for a picnic.

Parc Carol De Roumanie – With wooden playing structures, a fitness trail, great walks and a sprinkling area which is open in July and August. This park is great to enjoy a summer picnic with the family.

Parc Castel Deux Rois – Located on the slopes of Mont-Boron, this park offers many kid-friendly attractions, with a large playground for kids of all ages. Picnic tables are also available here.

Parc de La Colline du Château – This park has a beautiful waterfall and not only. It also has various games, slides, playhouses and a climbing frame for kids.

Parc Naturel Départemental d’Estienne d’Orves – Located in the heart of Nice. Enjoy beautiful views of the city and the sea from here. Families like to go for a picnic here, or take a ball to play with.

Promenade du Paillon – Featuring play areas for kids, right in the heart of the city.

Sentier Du Vinaigrier – Enjoy a wonderful view of the Baie des Anges. You can take a trail from here or sit on a bench. Augmented reality games are made available for kids to play by using the app Les explorateurs des parcs.

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Restaurants in Nice

Family-friendly cafés & restaurants in Nice

Top family-friendly cafés and restaurants in Nice:

If you’re looking for places to eat with kids when in Nice, then be sure to find plenty to choose from.

The following cafés and restaurants have been awarded the label Cuisine Nissarde, le respect de la tradition, guaranteeing authentic recipes according to the local culinary tradition.

Lou Balico – Serving local, authentic food. “Nissart” dishes including stockfish, merda de can, stuffed vegetables, and pan bagnat.

Lu Fran Calin – Healthy and great Nice speciality dishes. This place is located in the old town of Nice.

Other places to eat in Nice with kids:

Causette & Bergamote – A cozy place, serving healthy cuisine, for lunch, brunch or tea.

Don Carlo – Children can make their own pizza with the chef.

Hard Rock Cafe Nice – A kid’s menu is available, and kids also get a colouring kit.

Hippopotamus Steakhouse – Kids receive a balloon when they leave the establishment. This place also has a nappy changer.

Monsigny – Within the hotel, this restaurant focuses on regional foods.

Pôp-ô-thym – One of the most loved crêperies – offering both sweet and savoury crêpes. Board games are available. This place also has a nappy changer.

Joya Lifestore – They have a kids corner for kids under 6 years.This place also has a nappy changer.

Maman Les P’tits Bateaux- Cafe Poussette – Meeting parents expectations Breakfast or snacks, and also formulas for babies. Mainly organic products are used. Plenty of toys are provided. This place also has a nappy changer.


How to Get Around in Nice

The tram and public transport are the most convenient ways to get around Nice. This French city, is also very walkable, making it pleasant to stroll around. You will surely always enjoy walking on the paved Promenade des Anglais. If you’re walking by Promenade du Paillon, then children will love playing in the water fountains there.

In Nice, nowhere is too far, so getting from one place to another is easy, and travel times are short.

Take the tram from central Nice, for easy access to top sights. These trams are also environmentally friendly, reliable and cheap. You can also take the bus in Nice. This is a great option if you feel like exploring the outskirts of Nice.

Discover the city with the French Riviera Pass. You can get a 24hr, 48hr, or 72hr card. This card  gives you free access to various museums, sites and other things. Children enjoy various benefits and freebies.

You can also cycle around Nice if you are travelling with older kids, then this would also be a fun experience.

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Toy Store in Nice

Toy Shops & Kids Stores in Nice

Our favourite shops for kids in Nice:

JouéClub – Toys for kids from 0-10+ years. They also have local toys.

Oxybul – Here you will find games and toys, books, kids furniture and decor and clothing.

Yolo Baby – Apart from games and toys, you can also purchase, strollers, car seats , baby carriers, and items for a baby’s room.

Born Koncept – For the latest clothing trends and accessories for babies and children.

La Grande Récré – A toy store with toys for kids of all ages.

Insider Tips

Baby & Child Equipment

Familib Chez Maman Bulle - Rent the necessary baby and child gear.
Kidelio - You can reserve your baby gear.

Visit the beaches

Although Nice offers rocky beaches, kids will enjoy picking up a few rocks that they like, and if you fancy a swim Gallice is always very sheltered and calm.


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