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Recreational activities

After-school activities around Paris and Saclay

Trying to locate the right activity for your child in your local area can be a challenge for any parent. Discover the many options that can help your child build life skills while having fun and making friends.

In France, almost all children get involved in at least one recreational activity. Many children do sports, while a great number of kids are also involved in cultural activities.

After a day at school, your child can get involved in all sorts of activities. Generally, these take place late in the afternoon, after school or on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Many cities offer various recreational activities for children. However, some activities are in great demand and the activity chosen by your child may not be available. In this case, you can always go to the nearest town city hall to see if your child can register in the local club.

After-school athletic activities: a few tips

Here is a guide of the activities available in most cities.

  • Martial arts: aikido, judo,karate, taekwondo
  • Athletics: hurdles, sprint, running, javelin throw, high jump
  • Cycling: track cycling, road cycling, cyclo-cross
  • Gymnastics: eurythmics, baton twirling
  • Horse riding: pony, horse
  • Collective sports: football, handball, basketball, rugby
  • Fighting sports: boxing, fencing, wrestling
  • Ice sports: ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating
  • Racket sports: tennis, badminton, squash

What you need to know

A medical certificate is mandatory to practise all kinds of sports in a club. To obtain this certificate, you must go to your GP.

Cultural activities

Cultural activities include drawing, acting, dancing, playing a musical instrument and collecting stamps.

For further information, please contact the local city hall. If you do not speak French, try to go with someone who can translate for you.