2020 winter holidays in Lyon

From the 22nd of February to the 9th of March 2020, children are off school! Holidays are the perfect time to organise visits and activities to keep your little ones busy.

Last updated date : 17/02/2020

You can switch between cultural, fun and educational activities, as well as walks and sports, because they need to let off steam from time to time!

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

Museum trips

Some museums provide fun booklets and activities that are great for children: 

Lugdunum -Musée & théâtres romains (Lugdunum – Museum and Roman Theaters) has a children's area with games and costumes. 
Further information on Lugdunum Musée

The Musée des Beaux-arts (Museum of Fine Arts) has an English audio guide and a themed tour of masterpieces in English. 
It is holding a night-time opening on Friday the 6th of March, with a live model workshop linked to the exhibition on the study of drapes. 
Further information on Musée des Beaux-arts

The Musée des Confluences is an essential place to visit for children, with its fascinating permanent exhibition trail and temporary exhibitions. 
Further information on Musée des Confluences

The Musée Miniature et Cinéma (Museum of Miniatures and Cinema) presents a panorama of cinema special effects and stunningly realistic miniature models. This is a very popular place to go with children. 
Further information on Musée Miniatures et Cinéma

Gadagne Musées is also a popular attraction with its puppets from all over the world.
Further information on Gadagne Musées

Exhibitions to broaden their horizons

To arouse children’s interest in the world and other people, there is the Musée des Confluences, but you could also visit the exhibition Genesis where artist Sebastiao Salgado pays tribute to the beauty and fragility of our planet through black and white photography, at La Sucrière, as well as the photography exhibition on Fourvière esplanade , - Éclairer les Transparences - on families from around the world that are helped by The Salvation Army. 

Are your children uninterested in artworks despite your best efforts?

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Try a gradual approach to pique their curiosity! You can combine a trip to the Groupama Stadium with a visit to the football team’s museum (OL Le Musée), or take them to see the Lego Harry Potter exhibition at MiniWorld Lyon

Get cooking!

In Lyon, there are workshops in English to learn the art of pastry making. 
Further information on cooking workshops for kids or family

You can make the most of the occasion to take them to the children’s area at the Cité Internationale de la gastronomie (International City of Gastronomy).
Further information on Cité internationale de la Gastronomie of Lyon

Exhilarating adventures!

Parc de loisirs City Aventure Lyon - Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon © City Aventure

City Aventure in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon is reopening on the 22nd of February, and France Aventures in Fourvière on the 29th of February, offering little Tarzans an opportunity to climb trees and leap off branches in total safety. A danger-free way to satisfy their thirst for adventure. 

If the weather is being difficult, then try:

  • the Vertical’Art in Saint-Priest,
  • the Exalto leisure complex with its multi-trampolines, ninja course, laser game and various activities (while you take it easy in the relaxation area!)
  • There is also a laser game at  Megazone in Vaise. Great fun for kids!

If the weather is fine and you fancy getting some fresh air with the kids, head to Tête d’Or Park, the park at Gerland or Grand Parc Miribel Jonage. There are also many other parks to choose from here. Or, you can take a bike ride along the ViaRhôna cycle route.

Bonnes vacances !


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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