Archive for March, 2013

What’s On in April


Spring is finally here to stay and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings for the whole family. Here’s our list of suggestions, but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating it with more events each week ! Read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your […]

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Chocolate Heaven

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If you have a weakness for Swiss chocolate and the thought of a smooth, velvety cup of hot chocolate makes your knees buckle, try the Chocolaterie Banchet in Coppet (1, route de Founex). Tucked away in a side-street not far from Coppet’s train station, Chocolaterie Banchet serves the most delicious aromatic hot chocolate I have ever tried. Infused with the unique flavour of tonka beans, the chocolate acquires a rounder, deeper taste suggestive of […]

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Celebrate Easter the Swiss Way

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Have you seen all the gorgeous Swiss Easter decorations that are filling the shelves of nearly every shop? If you’re anything like me, you might feel a twinge of sadness when Christmas is over and all your favourite tree ornaments go back in their box. But don’t despair – you won’t have to wait another year to unleash your inner decorating warrior, because the Swiss have a thing of two to teach […]

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A Swiss Mum Who Blogs

© Lavipo blog, Geneva

Pauline is a Swiss mum-of-three and the freelance illustrator behind the enourmously funny Lavipo, a Swiss blog about motherhood and other adventures that always leaves me in stitches! You might recognize yourself (I do!) in one of those IKEA-rages, monumentally bad-hair mornings or kids’ meltdowns she portrays so vividly – so if you’d like to find out more about Pauline scroll down a little to read the interview she’s kindly agreed to […]

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Bringing History to Life

An authentic 18th century spelling-book for children - photo ©

A new permanent exhibition “Noblesse Oblige – Life at the Château” will open at the Château de Prangins (VD) on Saturday 23rd of March 2013. If you’d like to take your little muffins back in time and discover together what the everyday life of a noble family of the Vaud region was like in the 18th century, then this exhibition is for you. From 1771 to 1786, the Baron of Prangins Louis-François Guiguer, his […]

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Easter in London

Oui, c'est moi le petit poussin à Londres © C.A. 2013

Why not spend Easter in London this year? With over 20 daily flights from Geneva, a holiday or short-break in London is always a great idea, with or without the kids. Céline has compiled a list of great family-friendly events coming up during these Easter holidays, if you fancy the idea of hopping on a plane and heading to the British capital this spring!   OUTDOOR EASTER FUN – Don’t forget […]

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Easter Fun with PAKOMUZé

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If you’re spending the Easter holidays here with your little bunnies don’t miss “PâKOMUZé”, a fantastic initiative for the whole family taking place from the 29th of March to the 14th of April 2013. PâKOMUZé (phonetic transcription of ‘Pâques au Musée’) will offer a series of fantastic kids activities across 28 museums in Lausanne, Pully and the Riviera vaudoise. With over 60 activities to choose from, including Easter chocolate workshops at the Alimentarium, “P’tit tour […]

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Au Chien Bleu

Au Chien Bleu children's bookshop, Geneva - photo ©

Cozy, colourful and full-to-the-brim with books and educational toys, Au Chien Bleu in Geneva is everything you dream an independent children’s bookstore to be. The choice of books, toys & CDs for 0 to 16 year-olds is infinite, but they also have a very tempting selection of gifts and stationery ranging from washi tape to satchels, gift boxes, pencil cases etc. Artfully arranged on the shelves and tables you’ll find anything from the classics to the most […]

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Family Yoga in Annemasse

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Looking for family yoga in Annemasse? AliaOm is a yoga centre founded by Alia, a French mum-of-three and yoga teacher, offering a variety of courses including Adult Yoga, Antenatal and Post Natal Yoga as well as some great courses for children.     Although it’s a bit out of the way for me, I am planning to try one of her monthly ‘Yoga Famille‘ workshops with my little munchkins – but Alia also offers weekly or monthly sessions for […]

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Baby & Making Playgroup

Easter Crafts © Baby + Making playgroup, Geneva

The “Baby + Making” playgroup Geneva is for parents who want to get creative with their little ones, meet other mums and come away with something crafty & cool that they have made with love. The playgroup – launched in January 2013 – is organised by Marian, an expat mum who moved to Geneva just before having her daughter Elodie in August last year, and welcomes everyone (dads included!).   The “Baby + Making” playgroup caters to […]

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Bags of Style

La Muse boutique, Geneva - photo ©

Our biggest thank you to La Muse boutique in Geneva (7, rue du Vieux-Collège) for inviting us to the presentation of the new Halaby bags collection for Spring/Summer 2013. Sketched by Lebanese designer Gilbert Halaby in his Rome’s atelier and entirely made in Italy by local artisans, these exquisite bags exude Italian 1950s glamour and exotic charm.   As a self-confessed handbag fetishist, I could go on about the superb craftmanship of […]

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Creaviva Children’s Museum


Paul Klee is without a doubt one of Switzerland’s best loved artists of all times. His distinctive use of colour and simple shapes, at times geometrical or abstract, make him immediately recognizable and also very appealing for children. This is why I jumped for joy when I found out about the Creaviva Children’s Museum, located on the lower ground floor of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern – less than 2 hour’s drive from Geneva. As you approach the […]

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Underground Magic in Vallorbe

The pretty village of Vallorbe © Sinaya Zilberman

Only one hour’s drive from Geneva in the Yverdon-les-Bains region, the Grottes de Vallorbe make an unforgettable and fascinating day-out for the whole family. The Vallorbe Caves are filled with stalactites and stalagmites in different shades of amber, and they form a tunnel over the river Orbe. The river Orbe itself is spectacular, surging powerfully through a gorge. We visited the Grottes de Vallorbe recently on a quiet sunny day: walking through those […]

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What’s On in March


Spring is almost here and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings to enjoy with the family. Here’s our list of suggestions, but keep checking our blog though, as we will be updating it with more events each week ! Free kids activities to enjoy with your little ones in Carouge (read here), including story-telling and theatre shows. Remember that some activities require […]

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