Ideas for fun-filled days with your grandchildren in Lyon!

So your children have asked you to look after the 'apples of their eyes' for a few days... And you're thrilled to do so! But you'll need to find kid-friendly, safe activities for them. No need to worry – by following our guide, you and your grandchildren will have lots of stories to tell and they'll be counting down the days until they can come back with you to Lyon!
Here are a few ideas that are sure to please everyone...

Last updated date : 02/11/2022

A bit of family-friendly culture

Visite en famille dans la salle des peintures françaises du 17e siècle © Musée des Beaux-arts de Lyon / Gilles Alonso

Admission to the Lugdunum Museum is free on the 1st Sunday of every month! The timing couldn't be more perfect, and there's something to please everyone in the family at this intergenerational museum that tells the story of ancient life in Lugdunum (which was the name of Lyon in the Gallo-Roman era) through 10 different themes. It also offers a variety of activities for children.
Most museums offer workshops, guided tours for families, and guidebooks or toys for kids to make their visit more exciting. And let's not forget the nature and gardening workshops at Lyon's botanical garden!
Here are just a few kid-friendly Tours and workshops

You won't want to miss these activities for kids in Lyon:

Fun activities for curious young minds

Your grandkids are lucky to have such adventurous grandparents! Why not make them proud of how trendy you are by trying a new escape game. Impress them with your world-class riddle-solving skills!
Choose a theme for your next … puzzle-solving game

Another fun activity that has the added benefit of getting everyone out into the fresh air is miniature golf, which can be enjoyed at Tête d’Or Park or along the banks of the Saône river.

There are so many exciting ways to discover Lyon and the surrounding region...

  • The whole family is sure to enjoy a one or two-hour tuk-tuk or electric scooter tour! These fun, one-of-a-kind tours are fascinating (and won't tire your feet)! More information on guided tours in unusual vehicules 
  • The Lyon City Tram to climb the heights of La Croix-Rousse. A guaranteed success!
  • The river cruise is a delightful way to spend a relaxing hour or hour and a half on an electric boat on the Saône while discovering a new and magical side of Lyon!
Croisière promenade sur la Saône avec les Bateaux Lyonnais

City or nature walks

Sports-loving grandparents will love our wide selection of walks and trails. Urbanites will want to veer directly to Tête d’Or Park, which has its own zoo and botanical garden – it's a timeless classic that never fails to charm visitors!. Another option is the banks of the Rhône river (perhaps by bike?) or the banks of the Saône river

Those looking for a change of scenery should bring their little band of travellers to the hills of Monts d’Or (they’re steep!) or to Grand Parc Miribel-Jonage, the Beaujolais region, the lake-studded Dombes region, the medieval town of Pérouges, or to the caves at La Balme. Choose a theme (such as animals, amazing landscapes, local anecdotes, or puzzle-solving) to pique your grandchildren's interest (and avoid any complaints of feeling tired).

Here are just a few ideas of walks and outings where you can find wildlife parks, puzzle-solving games, and fun-filled activities.  

Take a delicious break

Fillette © Go See /Pixabay

After all that fun, everyone will be ready for a good meal!
But please, whatever you do, steer clear of those fast food chains! We have so much wonderful cuisine on offer in Lyon. Do they love hamburgers? Lyon has some amazing hamburgers made by hand with local ingredients. Do they go mad for waffles? What children don't! Quick, easy-to-prepare meals are fun for kids. And spending too much time sitting around a table with children can tax anyone's patience! 
Here are some of the best restaurants in Lyon to enjoy quick but delicious meals.  

A quick snack break in one of our coffee shops will perk up their day (and yours as well!).

One last bit of advice on keeping kids happy:

If you will be out for several hours, remember to bring a picnic meal, snacks, and drinks to keep your grandchildren’s spirits high throughout the day.
We wish you an unforgettable time with your grandchildren in Lyon!

These tips also apply to any parents visiting Lyon with their children!


Isabelle, our editor born and bred in Lyon! She was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in fact, studied in Lyon and now lives here. Territorial? Absolutely not! She loves travelling, widening her horizons, meeting new people and enjoys a change of scenery (without snow, if possible). Isabelle is curious and a people person, two attributes that often go hand in hand! Her favourite colour is green and her motto "a day without laughter is a day wasted!" 

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