Archive for January, 2014

Cool Party Kits


Is your child’s birthday coming up soon? Are you thinking of organizing the party yourself, maybe at home or in your village hall but you’d love to find something that will make it very special (without losing your marbles?). If so, Cool Party might be exactly what you’re looking for. Founded in January 2013 by Nadine & Bertha, two mums who met during their children’s football practice, Cool Party offers a series of fab […]

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What’s On in February 2014

© Opéra de Lausanne.

From skiing with the tiddlers to enjoying a delish family Sunday brunch, we’ve posted our favourite tips for a great family weekend in and around Geneva, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (free ice-skating anyone?). If the start of the new year is taking its toll, why not try one of the meditation workshops offered by the public libraries in Carouge? Saturday 1st February 2014: “Robinet et […]

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Au Boeuf Rouge

You can never have too much salmon methinks - photo ©

A couple of weeks before Christmas Expat Husband and I managed to sneak out for lunch without the kids (yep, I can’t believe it either). We quickly scanned all the restaurants within a 2km radius and decided to try a lovely brasserie we’d spotted nearby: Au Boeuf Rouge in Crassier (Vaud). Nestled at the centre of this pretty vadois village, Au Boeuf Rouge stands out for its traditional stone walls, bright red wooden shutters […]

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Robinson Crusoe in Geneva


Daniel Defoe’s adventure classic “Robinson Crusoe” will be brought to the stage by the young performers at the Théâtre Rodolphe Töpffer in Geneva (21, Avenue Eugène Pittard) from the 9th of February to the 9th of March 2014. Performed in French, this stage production will tell the story of the world’s best-known castaway and his companion Friday – following the main storyline of the original book. We have enjoyed the previous […]

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NEST of Love

Photo © EAGALA for N.E.S.T. Geneva

We all know how relocating abroad as a family can affect our children: sometimes we are able to help them through it ourselves and sometimes we need a helping hand from caring, trained professionals. For this reason, we are very happy to share with you the information we have received from N.E.S.T. Geneva (Network of English Speaking Therapists), an association formed by three English-speaking, mental health professionals based in the Geneva area: Dr. Chitra […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Renata & Sara

Sara & Renata © 2013 Pépites SÀRL. Tous droits réservés. Photos par Frederic B. photography et Nora photography

We are very happy to publish the story of expat mumpreneurs Renata Bossetti and Sara Mesquida, the hearts & souls behind Pépit9s, a brand of handmade jewelry founded in 2013. Hope you will enjoy finding out about their flair and commitment as much as we did!   Two women of different cultures, life stories & sensibilities. Renata a blonde Italian, delicate, artistic, curious has been living in Switzerland with her husband and […]

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Cézanne for Families


A fantastic new exhibition will be opening at the Vallée de la Jeunesse in Lausanne on the 11th of February 2014: “Ô Cézanne”, a fascinating insight into the work of the much-loved post impressionist French painter, perfect for children aged 5 to 11. Who doesn’t love Paul Cézanne’s intense colours and idyllic landscapes? He’s certainly one of the iconic 19th century painters your little ones can easily relate to, and this great exhibition […]

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Kings of the Burger World

They're the kings of the burger world! © The Hamburger Foundation, Geneva

What great news for all hamburger-lovers and those of us feeling an insatiable craving for crunchy bacon, pickles & cheese melting over a juicy beef patty: The Hamburger Foundation have opened their first THF ‘stationary’ Burger Bar & Restaurant in Geneva! Until the 4th of February 2014, The Hamburger Foundation will be working on the “soft opening” of their new restaurant, meaning they’ll be testing everything and will be very pleased to receive your feedback. […]

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Breathe In & Relax


Have you made any resolutions for the new year? Let me guess…is one of them learning to take things a bit slower, relax and don’t stress as much? Well this one is definitely on my 2014 to-do list but I think many mums might share the same feeling, especially at this time of year. I have just received the following information about new meditation courses offered by the bibliothèques de […]

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Indoor Fun at Fnac Kids

Fnac Kids, Genève Rive - photo ©

Following a makeover in November 2013, the Fnac Kids section at the Genève Rive store is looking great: the books selection is much larger, with plenty of great toys and gift ideas too – but the best bit for me is the number of free workshops and readings that are now part of the bookshop’s weekly agenda. I popped in last week with my Little Missy and did not come away empty […]

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Ciné au Palais

© Ciné au Palais ! Lausanne

If your little explorers love documentaries, don’t miss the upcoming Ciné au Palais in Lausanne on the 1st & 2nd of February 2014. A world-class selection of recent documentaries, which won international accolades at the Sundance, Berlin & Seattle film festivals, will be shown for free at the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne (Place de la Riponne 6). You’ll be able to choose from family classics such as “Ice Age 1”, Tim Haines’ “Walking […]

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All Aboard


This weekend the little pirates & I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Musée du Léman in Nyon. Recently renovated, this great museum is an ideal destination for a family day-out: not only it’s child-friendly and very interactive but it’s located just next to one of Nyon’s best playgrounds, facing Lake Léman & its stunning views. And when your visit is over, you can take a stroll in Nyon’s old town and […]

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It’s Party Time!

Yatou'Bday - photo ©

A few weeks ago my middle son was invited to a birthday party at Yatouland in Geneva. With 3 kids, I am always looking for new ideas of where to hold birthday parties so I imagine other expat parents might be in the same situation. If you’ve never been to a birthday party at Yatouland but would like to know what it’s like, here’s some photos I took whilst surrounded by a swarm […]

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Mummenschanz for Families

©  Mummenschanz

The new year has kicked off and – if you’re planning ahead for the coming months – don’t forget to book tickets for “Mummenschanz for Families”, an iconic Swiss theatre company coming to the Batiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva on the 15th-16th of March 2014.   Since their launch in Paris in 1972, the mime shows by Swiss theatre company Mummenschanz have become legendary the world over: nothing quite compares to their […]

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What’s On in January 2014

©  Black Movie Geneva International Film festival

I can’t believe how fast 2013 has flown by, can you? Now that January 2014 is here, we’ve got our usual “what’s on” ready for you but remember to check our listings regularly as we will be adding new events every week. Find more info about family-friendly brunches in our post “Sunday brunch with kids” or book your little one’s ski lessons to make the most of the season’s snowfall (more info here). Did you […]

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