As someone on the Florida board who lives in Orlando, I know how frustrating it can be to have traveling posters dropping in asking the same questions over and over, but I have a few specific questions that I have not been able to find by searching the France board, so I appreciate any help or pointing me to threads that have addressed these questions recently.
Next week my family is traveling to Paris for 6 nights and staying in an apartment in the 5th ar. on the Rue des Ecoles near Rue de la Montagne Geneveive. I know the Latin Quarter has its share of tourist traps, so we want to avoid those. We have two children (ages 5 and 2), so we're planning to use the kitchen a good bit as well as picnic when we can, but our kids are very young and normal for their age (I won't be delusional like some others and pretend a 2 year old is "well-behaved" or has a "sophisticated palate") so we're looking for some advice on the following:
1) A few places to eat with the kids (lunch or dinner) that would deliver a more "local" experience of where a Parisian family might eat if they went out with their family
2) A few places where we can bring the children with after we fed them at the apartment and they can color quietly while we enjoy a perhaps slightly more adventurous or sophisticated meal (but where we will not put any fellow diners out by bringing kids to the place)
3) A few outdoor markets or stores/shops not to miss for picnic goods or basics for the apartment
4) Any "can't miss" experiences for the kids (culinarily-related or not)
5) And finally, while not specifically food related, can anyone point us to where exactly Paris Plage is set up along the Seine?
Thanks for any advice, we want to have a great time WITH our young chiildren but also respect that many in Paris (whether residents or other tourists) may not want to to be around young children and therefore plan accordingly