Summer Cultural Discoveries Club for Teens: Go on the Tour de France!

Location: In Person at FIAF Manhattan
Level: All Levels
Summer: Jun 20–Aug 12

Grades 6–8 / Ages 11–14
1 week, Mon-Fri, 1:30pm-4:30pm, $499/week

Discovering fashion, food traditions, wildlife, or the environment, amongst many other subjects, everyone will find a unique way to discover or improve, and more importantly, have fun in French with FIAF this summer.

Teens will improve their French by exploring a different topic every week. Through interactive workshops and visits around the city (public health restrictions permitting), teens will step out of the classroom and use their language skills in real-world situations.

Open to all levels of French including complete beginners.
Sign up for two weeks or more for maximum learning. Weekly activities are subject to change. 

  • Étape 1: June 20-June 24 — Discover Europe!

    Discover Europe!

    Did you know that Le Tour is starting in Copenhagen, Denmark this year? Europe has a long tradition with biking, are you ready to discover it?

    Day 1 – MET museum, “A new look at Old Masters”
    Day 2 – Yoga
    Day 3 – A Bike Tour of Central Park*
    Day 4 – Recette de cuisine (Drommekage)
    Day 5 – Tour of the UN**

    *Teens must know how to ride a bike. Helmets will be provided.
    **Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry to the United Nations premises.

  • Étape 2: June 27-July 1 — North of France

    North of France from Dunkerque to Arenberg

    This week, cyclists are biking through the North of France. Between beaches, villages and big cities like Lille, there are plenty of landscapes to discover!

    Day 1 – MoMA, “Matisse, the Red Studio”
    Day 2 – Making and flying kites in Central Park and/or NFT exhibit at FIAF Gallery
    Day 3 – Tasting at French Cheese Board
    Day 4 – Guggenheim, “Thannhauser Collection”
    Day 5 – Cuisine Neuilles d’Armentières

  • Étape 3: July 5-8* — Binche, vive la Belgique !

    Binche, vive la Belgique !

    Belgium is a francophone country and will welcome une étape of Le Tour. Between comics and beautiful cities, how much do you know about France’s nextdoor neighbor?

    *No class on Monday, July 4
    Day 1 – Cooking waffles
    Day 2 – Comics, Society of Illustrators**
    Day 3 – American Museum of Natural History, “Fossil Hall”
    Day 4 – Mojo Mousse bar: History of Belgian chocolate and a soccer tournament in the park

    **Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry to the museum.

  • Étape 4: July 11-15 — Discover the East of France

    From Longwy to Dole, discover the East of France

    Full of history and colors, the East of France has a lot of things to teach you. Mountains are starting to show and we will soon arrive in the Alps, so enjoy the ride!

    Day 1 – Cooking Bredele
    Day 2 – Chateau Belvedere in Central Park
    Day 3 – Tasting at French Cheese Board
    Day 4 – American Museum of Natural History, volcanoes
    Day 5 – Statue de la Liberté (Bartholdi)

  • Étape 5: July 18-22 — Switzerland, la Suisse!

    Switzerland, la Suisse!

    Le Tour is stopping this week for an étape in Switzerland before heading into the Alps on the way back to France.

    Day 1 – Tennis Workshop (inspired by Roger Federer)
    Day 2 – Making Pavés bâlois au chocolat
    Day 3 – Swiss Institute
    Day 4 – MET Museum (featuring Paul Klee)
    Day 5 – Baking Tarte aux poires à la genevoise

  • Étape 6: July 25-29 — The Wonderful Alps

    The Wonderful Alps

    We have now arrived in the Alps. From Albertville (location of the 1992 Winter Olympics) to Alpes d’Huez, all the popular ski stations will witness Le Tour de France.

    Day 1 – Cooper Hewitt Museum, “Nature by Design”
    Day 2 – Baking blueberry pie
    Day 3 – Tasting at French Cheese Board
    Day 4 – Making Truffes au chocolat de Chambéry
    Day 5 – MAD Museum : Dandelion cluster

  • Étape 7: August 1-5 — South of France

    South of France, from Carcassonne to Cahors

    After the Alps, our cyclists are visiting the Pyrénées, the beautiful mountain range located in the South-West of France. Natural landscapes and medieval cities are all waiting for you!

    Day 1 – Play ball! Pétanque and pelote basque
    Day 2 – MET museum, “Medieval Art”
    Day 3 – Biking around Central Park*
    Day 4 – Birdwatching in Central Park (à la parc de Rocamadour)
    Day 5 – Baking tarte aux noix

    *Teens must know how to ride a bike. Helmets will be provided.

  • Étape 8: August 8-12 — L’arrivée on the Champs-Elysées

    L’arrivée on the Champs-Elysées

    Our Tour de France is now coming to an end. This week, you’ll discover all the secrets of Paris, beholding the Tour Eiffel before a warm welcome on the Champs-Elysées.

    Day 1 – International Center of Photography, “William Klein”
    Day 2 – MoMA, “Matisse, the Red Studio”
    Day 3 – Tasting at French Cheese Board
    Day 4 – FIT, “Dior and Balenciaga”
    Day 5 – Baking tartelettes amandines

FIAF In-Person Class Guidelines (as of 9/7/2022): Masks are optional and proof of Covid-19 vaccination is no longer requried to attend a class or event at any FIAF location. Read more.