For children: from the “Galerie des enfants” (Kids Gallery) to the museum, and from the “Atelier des Enfants” (Kids Studio) to the major temporary exhibitions, the Centre Pompidou has devised activities for all ages (from 2 and up) and tastes! There are endless ways to explore modern art and contemporary creation.
For parents: while numerous activities are available for families at the Centre Pompidou, adults are there to take part in the current activity as go-betweens and players. The participatory dimension of projects encourages the delight of making things and having fun together, sharing a moment of creativity as a family.
For teenagers: the Centre Pompidou has created Studio 13/16, an open space with free programmes dedicated to 13-16 year-olds.
© Hervé Véronèse
Galerie des enfants © Hervé Véronèse, 2015
The Galerie des enfants is an exhibition area open to all artistic disciplines where children and their families can develop their outlook on creation through observation and experimentation. Each year, the Galerie des Enfants presents two new workshop-exhibitions devised by contemporary artists. These are interactive and fun, enabling children to explore the world of the visual artist, architect, dancer, designer, musician or writer concerned, and share his or her approach and creative practices.
Depending on the project devised by the artist, exhibitions are designed for children from the age of 3, 4 or 5, up to 10. You can view the online calendar to find out about the current exhibition.
The Galerie is designed for families, and children must be accompanied by an adult during their visit.
The Galerie des Enfants is open from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. from Wednesday to Monday during periods when an exhibition is programmed.
The Galerie is accessible with a “Museum & Exhibition” ticket. It is free for children, young people under 26 and for everyone on the first Sunday of the month.
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33 Mondays to Saturdays (except public holidays) from 9 am to 7 pm
To receive invitations to events for young audiences and exhibition previews in the Galerie des enfants, download and complete the form. Then return it to us:
• by post mail to: Service de la Médiation Culturelle, Centre Pompidou, 75191 Paris cedex 04
• by email
The Kids Studio © Manuel Braun
The “Atelier des Enfants” (Kids Studio) develops small children’s awareness of art and creation. The idea is to broaden their imagination so that they see creation as a resource that develops an open mind, stimulates their curiosity and enhances their understanding of the world. Whatever area is explored, each proposal is based on daily experience and a sensorial approach that enriches children’s perception and makes them keen to find out more about today’s creation.
Discover the current programme by viewing the online calendar
• Artistic technique workshops
• Circuits through the museum with musicians or actors
• Active tours of the museum
These activities always include time spent in front of actual works in the museum or a temporary exhibition.
The programme is divided into four categories:
• “Museum weekends”: activities based on the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, around great figures in modern art, movements, techniques and so on...
• “Exhibition weekends”: workshops reflecting major exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou
• “Wednesdays in Freedom”: an activity for children aged 2-10 with non-stop reception all afternoon. You can arrive and leave whenever you want, so access is totally flexible to fit in with Wednesdays
• “Holiday specials”: a special programme devoted to a theme or a particular artist’s world.
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33 Mondays to Saturdays (except public holidays) from 9 am to 7 pm
The Atelier des Enfants provides activities for children aged 2 to 10 every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and every day during the school holidays (zone C), except Tuesdays.
Apart from “holiday special” workshops during the week for children aged 6 to 10, activities take place as a family, with the compulsory participation of a parent.
|“Family workshop" and "Family tours" ticket||€10 per adult||€8 per child|
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A supervisor will welcome you at the entrance to the Atelier des Enfants 30 minutes before the workshop starts.
Visitors who already have a “workshop” ticket dated the same day can enter the Centre Pompidou via the priority queue.
The “workshop” ticket also provides admission the same day to the Galerie des Enfants and the museum.
© Elsa Martin
The Centre Pompidou provides numerous free activities for children and their families: “Creation as a family” in September: a highlight of the back-to-school period to discover the new season; “Mini-party”: an event for tiny tots aged 2 and up in November; “Come to the Centre Pompidou” in June, when children of the Ile-de-France region who come with their classes to the Centre Pompidou can invite their parents along for a special day…
Every first Sunday in the month, the museum and Galerie des Enfants are free, and on this occasion the Centre Pompidou lays on its “Impromptus”: highly original workshops at the Atelier des enfants.
Activities are designed for children aged 2 and up.
October to June, from 3 to 6 p.m. Non-stop (last admissions at 5.30 p.m.).
Activities take place as a family with the participation of at least one parent. Activities are accessible without a reservation within the limit of places available.
Turn up on the day at the Atelier des enfants.
A concentrated dose of creativity to discover each Wednesday with the new Centre Pompidou web series! “Mon Œil” is especially designed for children aged five and up. The programme is accessible free on tablets, smartphones and desktop, and remains available for three months on the Centre Pompidou website.
Each episode lasting around 10 minutes (between 20 and 25 minutes during the school holidays) provides a series of short videos in an illustrated environment reflecting the Centre Pompidou. The guide for this circuit is a character: an alert and complicit “eye” which make comments, tells stories and enlivens a series of animations on a whole range of themes linked with creation. “Mon Œil” is also an entertaining occasion for children to discover and learn about works in the Centre Pompidou collection.
It’s an invitation to keep your eyes wide open!
You can find the web series on the “Mon Œil” page
Le Studio 13/16, © Felipe Ribon
Studio 13/16 is a social place dedicated to teenagers aged from 13 to 16, where they can enjoy hands-on experience and exchanges with creators. All aspects of contemporary creation are involved: the visual arts, dance, music, film, games and video clips, new digital broadcasting methods, fashion, design, books and more. The Studio 13/16 programme consists of workshops carried out with artists and a number of free events. In the 13/16 TV space you will find artists’ films and films from the Centre Pompidou collection, and create DIY objects using 13/16 kits!
If you are between 13 and 16 years old and would like to meet up with artists, experiment with artistic set-ups, and participate in workshops or Studio Parties, you are very welcome at the Centre Pompidou’s Studio 13/16.
Studio 13/16 is open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the programme period, and during the school holidays (zone C).
Free; no reservation needed, within the limit of available places.
Although La Fabrique at the Centre Pompidou’s Children’s Workshop may resemble a fab lab in the machines and the materials that are found there (laser cutters, 3D printers, etc.), it operates in a wholly original way.
A fab lab, or fabrication laboratory, enables anyone, whether designer, artist, entrepreneur or amateur, to take an idea from a digital model to a fabricated object, making the whole chain of production accessible to everyone. Given that such command is usually restricted to industrial manufacturing, the whole exercise has a touch of the magical about it.
With the opening of this new workshop, the Centre Pompidou is continuing along the lines set down at the creation of the Children’s Workshop in 1977, encouraging shaping, drawing and inventing in the service of understanding and experimenting in the service of knowledge, offering the experience of creation. The newly established Fabrique will invite artists to design workshops and support “apprentice makers” in the realisation of a project; it will highlight the ideas of time, of step-by-step progress, and of sharing and collaborating in the process of creation.
Every three months, a new artist will be invited to La Fabrique, bringing with them a fresh project. Week by week, they will engage the children (aged 9 to 12) in the production of a collective work in accordance with a defined scenario or story board. It will be presented to participants in the form of a grid that will allow new arrivals to situate themselves within the development of the project as a whole as they make a one-off or indeed regular contribution to it. A blog, a daily log of doings at La Fabrique, will record and share the progress made; certain workshops will be available in “open source” for those who wish to participate from a distance.
If you want to visit the Centre Pompidou independently and are looking for ideas to make your visit an entertaining, fun and educational moment of exploration as a family, we can offer you a few “tools” to help you:
• Download: “ICI, La revue des enfants”, devised and produced with the magazine Paris Mômes, this review provides children aged 6-12 with creative and inventive ideas for preparing for or extending workshops and exhibitions.
• Download “Les Ballades” (“Strolls”): another way of looking at the Centre Pompidou and discovering its secrets (coming shortly)