Age 6-12

Age 6-12
The Educational and Cultural Service teams of the Chantilly Estate offer pre-teens a large number of leisure activities. Pleasure and fun are the key-words of our program, developped in the Chateau's collections, at the heart of the Park or with the horses of the Great Stables.

Activities at the Chateau:


Guided tour "Culinary art in the Princes' days"

Length: 1H30 (morning or afternoon). For ages 8-18.

At the heart of the Château of Chantilly, walking through the kitchens of Vatel, the office gallery and the ceremonial dining room, children can discover the evolution of our table manners and arts.

How did the fork, the plate, the glasses find their way to our services? How did the "dining room" emerge in homes? How was a meal organized in the seventeenth century?

All of these questions will be met with answers over the course of the visit.

Atelier complémentaire : « Au menu aujourd’hui ».

Additional Workshop: "Today's menu".



Guided tour "The portraits of the Duke of Aumale Collection"

Length: 1:30h (morning and afternoon) . For ages 8-18.

From one portrait to another, children are invited to discover the stories of the featured characters, the meaning of the various decorums, the concepts of poses and composition. Among the works of this visit can be seen the famous Clouet portrait series, ceremonial royal portraits and an artist self-portrait from the nineteenth century.

Additional workshop: "Modeling around the portrait".



Guided tour "A walk in the Chateau"

Length: 1H30 (morning or afternoon). For ages 8-11.

Young children will be taken among the treasures of the Estate with the help of an animator who's got more than one trick in his knapsack. Filled with animals, geometric shapes and pictures, the knapsack helps kids approach artworks in a playful and interactive way.



Storytelling activity "Book - open up!"

Length: 1H (morning or afternoon). For ages 8-11.

Comfortably seated in the majestic setting of the Book Cabinet, the children will listen to the story of the books and the Chateau narrated by the storyteller.



Workshop "Today's menu..."

Length: 1H30 (morning or afternoon). For ages 8-15.

In a workshop setting and under the guidance of a coordinator, young people will start by getting familiar with the concepts of food groups and nutritional balance. They will then be given the opportunity to dissect a typical eighteenth century menu, from the Chateau's archives. The coordinator will encourage the children to put together a balanced party menu suitable to our current standards. Each student leaves with his or her written composition.

Additional visit: this workshop can be completed with the guided tour "Culinary art in the Princes' days".



Workshop: "Modeling around the portrait"

Length: 2H (morning or afternoon). For ages 8-15.

In a workshop setting, young people will discover, using their sense of touch, the marble busts of the French Institute members. The coordinator will introduce the sculptor's techniques and tools before initiating his group to clay, with the production of a small head. Each guest will complete a small bust and leave with his or her piece. 

Additional visit: this workshop can be completed with the guided tour "The portraits of the Duke of Aumale collection".



Activities of the Park:

Guided visit "André le Nôtre and water: Speed waters and hidden waters of the Chantilly Park" 

Length: 1H30 (morning or afternoon). For ages 8-18.

The coordinator will invite young people to discover the complex hydraulic networks of the Park. He will describe the different works achieved by the Grand Condé's famous gardener, André Le Nôtre, as well as the upcoming restoration work initiated by the Chantilly Foundation.



Tale "The adventure of Pluton and Proserpine"

Length: 1H30 (morning or afternoon). For ages 8-15.

Our younger audience will be thrilled with the story of two of the park’s statues: Pluto, god of the underworld, and Proserpine, goddess of Spring. Guided by the storyteller, kids will explore some of the park’s mysterious corners, such as the cave Bucan and the wildflower meadow of the English garden, and discover plant symbolism.

Total freedom!

Tour Booklets

Collectivity centers and children groups can choose to visit freely the Chateau and the gardens of the Chateau's Park using the entertaining tour maps. Download them for free on this page.

Maps must be duplicated by the children groups prior to their arrival.



The animals of the Park 

Kangaroos are shown in the small Park's woods.


The Labyrinth "Games and Pleasures of Chantilly in the eighteenth century"

After having found their way to the five clearings of the labyrinth, children are asked to answer a series of enigmas of different levels (ages 5-7 and 8-12) which introduce them to different games played in the eighteenth century. They can then practice on giant games, established in each clearing (chess game, goose game...) acting as real-life pawns.

Along the garden alleys, children are also faced with small challenges that require their participation in different situations.

This labyrinth is located in the meadow of Candie, behind the Hameau.



Playground "The Hameau of the Children"

The Chantilly Estate now offers a new summer activity in the Park, with access to a real children playground in a location historically dedicated to fun and entertainment: the meadow of Candie. Natural game structures have been carefully selected for optimal integration within the park and offer a unique game area to children. 

Two areas have been implemented: one for the youngest from 3 to 6, the other for ages 8 and up. The little ones can play in the children's Hameau, made of small cottages and farm animals on springs. The older children will enjoy a large structure of games where they can climb, jump, and move to their heart's content.


For further informations, contact us at: + (33) 3 44 27 31 68.