If it’s your first visit to Monaco and you’re wondering how to keep the children entertained, then this blog is for you. There are plenty of children’s clubs, entertainments, activities and playparks dotted around Monaco, and no end of things for kids to do.
How to entertain the children in Monaco
We’ll start with some of the playgrounds and playparks you can find in Monaco, all perfect for kids to make friends, while away the long, hot days and burn some energy.
- Playground near the Prince’s Palace – this playpark is tucked away at the top of the steps leading to the palace. It’s the perfect place for children with energy to spare and is safely reinforced with soft rubber coatings on the equipment. There are beautiful views from the playground of Fontvielle, which makes it good for parents too. It’s not a place to meet locals but is packed with international visitors. Find it at the last stop on bus lines 1 and 2. To find it, simply head towards the Palace and take the steps to the left of Palace Square.
- Playpark at Place d’Armes – you’ll find this playground on the road up to the Palace. Right next to the market, it’s ideal for the kids to play while parents do their shopping or have a coffee. There are loads of locals here in the evenings. All of the buses stop at market square – numbers 1,2, 4 and 6.
- Larvotto beach playground – people who have been to Monaco before will always head towards this playground as it is perfect for kids. It’s set right at the end of the beach, and its centrepiece is a ship-shaped slide. As it’s in the shade, the park is perfect on a hot day. There are plenty of places to get food and ice creams too, making it a great day out. Bus number 6 will take you there.
- Parc Princesse Antoinette – this is located at the Jardin Exotique, which can be reached on bus number 2. The park is open between 8.30am and 7pm during the summer. It does close earlier in the off-season, so check online for times. There is a small zoo with goats and rabbits, a vegetable garden for the animals, a mini-golf course, outdoor cafe and a mini-carousel.
- Fontvieille playground – this playground is particularly popular with local kids. There is a separate area for smaller children. Buses 5 and 6 will take you to a stop nearby, and you can also walk round the nearby Princess Grace Rose garden.
- Boulevard d’Italie playground – just across the street from the Chateau Perigord, near the Boulevard d’Italie, this playpark is great for children of all ages. There is plenty of open space, and it never gets too packed.
- Commercial centre Fontvielle – head to the Fontvieille shopping centre and on the second floor you’ll find a special play area for children. There are loads of arcade machines for children to play on – just make sure they have plenty of change!
- Jardin d’enfants. Pont de la Rousse – this playground is situated next to the Italian embassy on the Avenue de l’Annociade. The playground has a modern, clean design and lots of equipment, including swings and slides.
Other activities in Monaco for children
As well as the playgrounds that can be visited freely, there are lots of organised activity programmes for children in Monaco. These range from summer clubs to art lessons. Here are just a few of the options available for your children:
- Kid’s club at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to book your children in for their excellent Children’s club activities. Open throughout July and August, the club is for children aged between three and 12 years old. They are entertained with activities, ranging from cooking through gymnastics and learning to use clay.
Costs vary depending on how long you want them to stay. A day rate from 11am to 7pm is 50 Euros. This is for children between 6 and 12 and includes lunch at L’Orange Verte restaurant as well as a snack in the afternoon. Half a day for kids between 3 and 12 costs 35 Euro, including a snack in the afternoon.
- Sailing courses for children at Monaco Yacht Club
Throughout the summer holidays, the Sports Section of the Monaco Yacht Club is giving sailing lessons for children aged between six and 15 years old. There are various courses to choose from, including a one-week summer camp and a one week sailing course. Prices start at 240 Euros, and all information can be found at the club’s website.
- Family workshops from the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco (NMNM)
On 18 August, 15 September and 13 October, the Villa Paloma gardens will be showcasing art by Michel Blazy, hosted by the NMNM. There will also be a short botanical tour and a chance to see exclusive collections at the museum.
At Villa Sober on 1 September and 29 September, you can take the children on a special treasure hunt in the gardens. There will be art by Jeppe Hein, David Horvitz, Bertrand Lavier and Claire Fontaine on show as well. These family days are free of charge and start at 3pm. For more information head to the NMNM website.
As you can see, there is plenty on offer for children in Monaco. These are just a few activities available this summer specifically for children, and there are lots more aimed at the whole family. From art and culture to shopping and sightseeing, Monaco has something for everyone, no matter their age.
Experienced lawyer and international corporate consultant, Mary-Rose McLean is Head of Corporate, Legal and Yachting Services at Moores Rowland, Monaco. Mary-Rose has been based in Monaco since 2007, and she specialises in leadership, consultancy and managing international transactions for high net worth clients.