Movies in Motion was founded by Kristen Gordon - a Silicon Valley California native with a background in Museum Education, Art History and Film, who now calls the island of Île Saint-Louis in Paris home.
While working at the Louvre, she dreamed up Movies in Motion as a way for her to share her love of Paris with visiting families in a digestible and entertaining way. To make the dream come true, she teamed up with her former Louvre colleague Emma Durrant who brought with her, among other things, years of experience creating educational programmes and games.
Movies in Motion is the Paris private guided tour company for the 21st century family. Our passionate expert guides will take you and your family on a journey through the history and culture of Paris. Using an iPad for a scavenger hunt through the city, the tours - lead by your trusty guide - combine a playful mix of digital technologies, film and gaming. These tours are specifically designed to create fun, accessible and meaningful educational experiences: an unforgettable souvenir your family will bring home and cherish for a lifetime.
We all know how film can capture the magic and atmosphere of a place. Nowhere is this truer than in Paris, the birthplace of cinema. So, what if you could use the magic of the silver screen to contextualize historical events and create a deep, memorable, educational experience for the whole family? Well, that’s exactly what we do here at movies in Motion.
Movies in Motion uses augmented reality and harnesses the power of “serious games” to engage and educate families. Serious Games are games which support the player to achieve learning targets through a fun experience. As the world becomes more and more digitized, there is a growing need to find new ways to use technology as a way of interacting with the world around us rather than distracting from it.
The most affective serious games are those which require players to learn by doing. That is why our games encourage participants to not just passively receive information, but rather actively construct new knowledge relating to Paris and its history using stories and facts provided by the guide, which they then need to understand and apply to fulfil tasks.
2.5-hour private guided walking tour of L'île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, (including Notre Dame Cathedral) with fun gaming component on iPad. Suitable for families with children ages 6-16. €296 flat rate for families of 7 or fewer. (If you have a larger party, please contact us)
For thousands of years, right from its earliest beginnings, there have been guardians protecting Paris from the forces of darkness. Now we need you to join us. Come to the city of lights and unlock its secrets... A world of adventure is waiting for you.
On this tour your personal guide will take you and your family on a fun filled adventure through the streets of Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint Louis, the two islands at the very heart of historic Central Paris. This interactive activity-walk starts by taking you back in time to Paris’ very earliest beginnings. From there you will go on a voyage of discovery through history, taking in medieval Paris’ great Notre Dame Cathedral as well as secret streets, life-giving fountains, hidden symbols and fortress prisons before ending with the dramatic events of the French Revolution.
As you visit these and other sites, you’ll use an iPad to solve riddles left for you by Genevieve, Paris’ ancient protector. Sounds like a tough challenge? Well fear not! You will be helped each step of the way by characters from some of your favorite Paris movies.
This tour combines interactive app technology with the face-to-face skills of our experienced educators to give children a hands-on opportunity to learn directly from some of central Paris’ most historic monuments.
The tour is structured around an interactive game on iPad. At the end of the visit the family will receive their very own Movies in Motion tote bag and each child will receive a special take-home souvenir.
- Located on Pont de la Tournelle the famous art deco statue of Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, stands guarding and protecting the city. Designed by Polish-French monumental sculptor Paul Landowski in 1928 (also known for his 1931 Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
- The Quai d’Orleans was a former dock and currently a footpath path located along the Seine on the southern side of the Saint-Louis island. The dock was created between 1614 and 1646 and owes its name to Gaston d’Orleans brother of Louis XIII.
- The Quai de Bourbon was a former dock and currently a path located along the Seine on the Ile Saint-Louis. The dock was built between 1614 and 1646. It is named after the royal Bourbon family.
- The Pont Saint-Louis is a bridge across the River Seine in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. It links the Île de la Cité with the Île Saint-Louis. The present bridge is the seventh to link the two islands since 1630.
- The Notre-Dame de Paris, which means “Our Lady of Paris” in English. was commissioned by Bishop Maurice de Sully in 1160 to be the Parisian church of the kings of Europe. Although the Cathedral has gone through numerous renovations, restoration and rebuilding, the building has stood the test of time and is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It is among the largest and most well known Cathedrals in the world.
- Located on Place Louis Lépine between the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle chapel, the flower market has attracted avid gardeners and curious passersby since 1830. Both covered and open-air, the market is mainly formed by pavilions from the 1900’s. The market offers seasonal flowers, exotic flowers, orchids, plants, and even birds making it a unique and charming place for a walk.
- The “Palace of Justice”, formerly the Palais de la Cité (“Palace of the City”), is located on the Boulevard du Palais in the Île de la Cité in central Paris. Among the oldest surviving buildings of the former royal palace are the Sainte Chapelle (built c. 1240, during the reign of Louis IX) and the Conciergerie. The justice of the state has been dispensed at this site since medieval times.
- In the middle ages the Conciergeire was the first royal palace in the French capital. During a period of the French Revolution called, the “reign of terror”, the former palace of the kings was used as a prison. It housed famous prisoners including the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette and French revolutionary, Maximilien Robespierre.
From the moment of booking, your MIM experience can begin! We recommend watching one or more of these films together as a family before your trip. This collective experience can help to involve your children in creating a sense of excitement, enthusiasm and expectation about Paris. The world they discover in these films will come to life as we visit the places where they are set and delve deeper into the history and culture of the city. Happy watching!
Our top four recommendations:
Other fun childrens' films set in Paris:
The Red Balloon – 1956 PG
The Pink Panther 2 – 2009 PG
The Pink Panther – 2006 PG
The AristoCats – 1970 G
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie – 2000 G
Passport to Paris – 1999 G
Mr. Peabody & Sherman – 2014 PG
Madeline: Lost in Paris – 1999 G
Madeline – 1998 PG
Hugo – 2011 PG
It was a quote from the movie Sabrina that first sparked the idea of moving to Paris that would forever change my life. "Paris is always a good idea" Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) tells Linus Larrabee (Humphrey Bogart) in Billy Wilder’s 1954 romantic comedy Sabrina.
When I was faced with the opportunity to come to Paris I almost didn't take it. It was my father who urged me to go. He said, "Kg, it will be just like the film Sabrina and you will be just like Audrey Hepburn's character Sabrina Fairchild. You will go to Paris and rediscover yourself! Don't worry about leaving your job, another one will always follow, but this opportunity won't." I guess he and Sabrina were right, "Paris is always a good idea."
One never knows what life will give until you take a chance. Although not always easy, it has all been worth it. Now that you are coming to Paris, I would like to share my experiences, passions and knowledge of Paris with you!
Born in Germany to Chinese-Filipino and Scottish-American parents, Kristen's eclectic heritage, along with frequent trips to Asia, South America and Europe as a child
nourished her love for culture and her passion for travel. Kristen received her BA from the University of San Francisco where she played on the university's NCAA Division I women’s soccer team and spent a Spring semester at Loyola Chicago Rome Institute in Rome studying Roman art history and Italian cinema. Kristen received her MA in art history at Richmond University, London while also interning at the National Gallery. She also worked several years at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where she organized curatorial related events and education programs.
While living in Paris she completed her MBA in Artistic & Cultural Activities Management at the Paris School of Business. For the past 3.5 years before Kristen founded Movies in Motion, she had been working at Paris Muse as a museum educator for visit- ing families and students at the Louvre Museum.
Kristen now calls the island of Ile Saint-Louis in Paris home. So dedicated was she to embracing her love of French culture, she married a French man and is now a proud mother of a petit Franco-American
I first set out from Ireland to Paris as a wide eyed seventeen year old with very little French hoping for an adventure. Many years later this city is my home and yet it still manages to be a continuous place of adventure and discovery for me.
Despite the seeming timelessness of its streets and monuments, Paris is ever changing and the longer you stay the more it offers up the unexpected; hidden courtyards, secret passageways, buildings you never knew were there and, above all, the countless stories of the people who have populated its streets through the centuries. All this is just waiting to be uncovered and it is my privilege as an educator to share these stories and discoveries with the people I meet.
I have a passion for storytelling; art, architecture and historical events don't happen in a vacuum and so it is only when you start looking at them in context that they really come to life. Luckily, here at Movies in Motion finding new, engaging and innovative ways to tell stories is central to what we do.
Emma holds an international degree in Art History and English Literature from University College Dublin and La Sorbonne.
She also has a Masters in Art History from UCD where her research focused on how Egyptian themes were used as propaganda in the public art of Napoleonic Paris. She has worked as a teacher, translator, educator and researcher in various cultural organizations, film companies and museums in France, Ireland and the UK. For several years she worked for one of Paris' major independent arts education companies where she held the position of Creative Director. During her time there she combined her art history background with her teaching experience to develop innovative programs including an interactive tour for families at the Louvre. Before joining Movies in Motion as Director of Development she was Arts Education Manager at Orleans House Gallery and the Arts Service of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames where she managed a dynamic team of educators and designed educational programs for a wide range of age groups and backgrounds.
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The cost of the tour includes everything, but if your educator has been particularly helpful or generous with their time, they will be happy to accept gratuities.
Yes, all of our guides are native English speakers and fluent in English. At the moment, our programs are only available in English.
Our walking tours go ahead as planned, rain or shine. Refunds are not available for rainy day or intemperate weather cancellations. Please be sure to have weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. Our guides are tried and tested Parisians, used to all weather conditions and will do their best to make a comfortable experience for you and your family. Movies in Motion umbrellas will also be provided on rainy days (or extremely sunny days).
No, this is a private VIP tour and no other groups or families will be joining you on your tour.
Your Movies in Motion guide will wait for you for up to 20 minutes at the arranged meeting point. Tours for late arrivals may be shortened so that the tour finishes at the original scheduled time.
For clients who do not arrive within 20 minutes of the scheduled time, we regret that we must treat this as a cancellation and cannot offer a refund. In some cases, depending upon availability, we may be able to reschedule the tour, but must charge a fee to pay for the guide’s time for the original missed appointment.
Movies in Motion provide a full refund for cancelled reservations up to 24 hours before the reserved tour. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for tours cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment.
All tours must be paid in advance. Sorry, we do not accept Euros or US dollars in cash.
Yes, our online reservation system allows you to book and pay for your Movies in Motion tour. Please note, however, that same-day or next-day reservations cannot be made online. While we recommend booking your tour at least a week in advance, we can sometimes accommodate last-minute reservations. Call + (33) 06 48 42 98 46 to inquire.