Bastille Day is 14 February and this weekend is the annual Bastille Day French Festival! So it’s the perfect time to gather together a list of the ultimate French experiences for kids and Francophile families in Melbourne.
Child-friendly French cafes
Discover French culture through your stomach with these family friendly cafes.
- Bar Sur Loup
- Parisian Pâtisserie
- Brother Nancy
- East Elevation
- Depot de Pain
- Le Jolie
- Small French Bar
- By Josephine
- Shifty Chevre
- Gontran Cherrier
For a more grown-up option try Melbourne’s 10 best French restaurants.
Go shopping for French treats
Head to places such as Agathe Patisserie, La Belle Miette and La Parisienne Pâtés for edible French treats. You can also shop online at France Gourmet, a Brisbane based French supermarket that ships to Melbourne.
A party and a picnic in the park celebrating French life and culture, So Frenchy So Chic is the next best thing to jetting off to the south of France! Children 12 and under enter free and the Kids Zone includes croquet to life-sized chess, hopscotch to face painting; drumming classes, balloon and bubble making. Sunday 15 Jan 2017.
In March/April every year Alliance Francaise holds a nationwide tour of French films as part of the French Film Festival. While most of the movies are for adults there is usually a small selection of family-friendly and children’s films in the program.
Bastille Day 14 July is France’s national holiday and the French community in Melbourne gather to celebrate the Bastille Day Festival.
Every year for a weekend in November the grounds of Como House host Paris in Provence. The setting becomes a beautiful French village with food, entertainment, workshops, games and a children’s garden. Full review.
French bilingual kinder and playgroup
Almost French offers a Kindergarten program following the Australian and French kinder curriculums.
La Grande Récré Preschool offers a French-speaking preschool program for children aged 2 to 5 years based on the guidelines from the French Ministry of National Education.
La Petite Ecole Preschool offers a daily French language Kindergarten program for children aged 2 to 5 years. It also offers evening sessions for children aged 5-9.
Melbourne French Preschool offers a French language Preschool program for 3-4 year olds through the Ecole Française de Melbourne (EFM) and is based on the French National Education guidelines. It has two centres in Melbourne (Brookville and Renown).
Les Petits Ecolier offer French immersion classes for 2.5- 5 year olds.
Le Club Enfant introduces children 2-5 years to the basics of the French language through dance, drama, reading and craft activities.
Here’s a list of the free bilingual storytimes run in Melbourne.
French bilingual primary school
Camberwell Primary School is the only public school in Victoria that offers French as part of a bilingual program. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn curriculum content in and through both English and French and in a partial immersion setting.
The Melbourne French School (kinder to end of primary) is operated from a private section within Caulfield Junior College. 50% of all classes are taught in French (Mathematics and French) following the program of the French Ministry of Education and the other classes are taught in English following the Victorian Learning Standards (VELS).
French bilingual high school
Auburn High School offers the opportunity to follow a binational French-Victorian curriculum. 50% of the classes are taught in French (mathematics, history-geography, economics, sciences, French) and the other courses are taught in English (technology, arts, health, physical education and English).
Glen Eira College provides high school students with the opportunity to study French, History and Geography and also Mathematics as an option according to the French Education Curriculum, while being integrated within an Australian school.
French language classes
Bilingual Stories offer babysitters and nannies who are native speakers of French (and other languages).
Books about France
Read about French culture with some of these gorgeous picture books:
Books in French
You can find French language resources at the following locations:
Continental Bookshop (children books, novels) 439 Burke Road Glen Iris 03 9824 7711
Foreign Language Bookshop (children’s books, novels, dictionaries) Centreway, 259 Collins Street, Melbourne 9654 2883
Language International (novels, text books, dictionaries) 15 Station Street, (just off High Street at Harp Village) Kew East 03 9857 0030
The LOTE Bookshop 386 Mt Alexander Road Ascot Vale 1300 656 623
Online shops (Books, CDs, DVDs, Board Games imported from France)