Archive for February, 2014

What’s On in March 2014

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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. For more ideas, you can also take a look at our previous posts about skiing with the tiddlers, winter sledging and indoor playcentres. Here’s our list of suggestions for March 2014, but keep checking our blog, as we will be updating this post with more events each week! This year, […]

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Carnival Celebrations

© Yverdon-les-Bains Region.

Carnival celebrations are so popular across Switzerland and France that it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a quick run through of the main ones coming up during the month of March 2014. During these street parties you can expect masked parades, Guggenmusiks (carnival marching bands), folk dances, confetti fights as well as street performances and many activities for children. It is also traditional […]

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Siegfried at the Opera


As part of the bicentenary celebrations commemorating Wagner’s birth, the Grand Théâtre de Genève has gone the extra mile to offer families an opportunity to enjoy an evening at the opera together. On the 21st & 22nd of March 2014 they will be showing the opera for children: “Siegfried ou qui deviendra…”, a “fantasy musicale” by Peter Larsen suitable from age 8. Loosely based on Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung”, the hour-long performance […]

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Parc Pré Vert Reopens


Perched high on the hills of Bougy-Villars (VD) and bedecked with the most spectacular views over lac Léman & Mont Blanc, the Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy is the stuff of family dreams. It is the place we go to for a fun day-out with friends, a game of mini golf or a visit to the adorable farm animals (the baby goats and piglets are Little Miss Cutie’s favourites!) not to mention all […]

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Indoor Playcentres

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Considering we still have so many rainy days ahead of us, I reckoned a post about indoor play centres could come in handy. Last Sunday we took the little monsters to the Vitam’Migros Leisure Centre in Neydens (France) to burn off some of that boundless excess energy and I took some photos to share with you here. On this occasion, we opted for a run around in the Vitam’Ludic play area and laser […]

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Why Choose Greycoat Lumleys

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Greycoat Lumleys is a respected, London-based recruitment company with a team specifically dedicated to the placement of childcare staff overseas. Lina and Elvie are our expert, friendly consultants, ready and willing to assist all international clients; they are accustomed to placing childcare candidates all over the world and fully understand the needs of expat English families, or families of different nationalities looking for English staff to help with their children.   […]

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Les Recyclables

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With its 11,000 books, healthy plats du jour and relaxed atmosphere, Les Recyclables is one of our favourite haunts in Geneva. It is true that there is no play area as such, but the spirit of this cozy Librairie-Café is so welcoming & laid-back that your little ones are never made to feel like they’re a nuisance. If you have lunch here, the little buttons can have a “Mini” version of your plat du […]

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Did You Say Concerto?


How would you like to take your children on a musical journey of discovery across time, from Vivaldi to Mozart and beyond? “Concerto, vous avez dit concerto?” is a special family concert that will be taking place at the Théâtre Forum Meyrin on Thursday 13th of March 2014 at 7pm. Suitable from age 6, the show will last approx. 1 hour so still perfect for an early bedtime!   Directed by Philippe […]

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It’s a CrocO’deal

© CrocO' deal Coffee, Divonne-les-Bains.

I might be late to the party but CrocO’deal Coffee in Divonne-les-Bains is such a fab child-friendly haven that I can’t resist blogging about it…better late than ever is what I say! If you haven’t been yet, make sure you pop round for a cup of coffee or one of their upcoming activities such as creative workshops, story-time in French, Bébé gym, Zumba or dance classes. Owner Jennifer Letellier opened CrocO’deal Coffee in July 2013: […]

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More Birthday Tips

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My middle son’s birthday is coming up soon (panic!) and this means I’ve been going through all the possible party options I knew of, as well as researching some more. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Vitam’Ludic in Neydens (France) offers a wide range of birthday party packages, so I thought it would be useful to share the info here.  Packages start at 15 Euros per child but you can add some […]

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Valentine’s Giveaway


We have a fantastic Valentine’s giveaway for our readers so book a baby-sitter for Saturday night and make sure you take part in our online competition! A huge thank you goes out to Allison Bryan for offering two tickets to her upcoming show “Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?” at Simply Theatre in Versoix. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** What better way to enjoy a fun […]

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L’Enfance de l’Art

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If you have children aged 0 to 3 don’t miss the upcoming L’Enfance de l’Art Festival, which will be taking place in French towns of St-Julien-en-Genevois, Valleiry, Viry, Vulbens and in the Swiss commune of Plan-les-Ouates from the 19th to the 26th of February 2014. Discover “Caban” the interactive trail across tents & igloos suitable from 3 months or the “BAL DES BÉBÉS” suitable from 1 month to 12 months and share […]

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Winter Sledging

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I have been doing some research about winter sledging in the area on behalf of my reckless boys (big & small) and I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the links I have found so far. I will be adding new ones as I go along, and will certainly report on our personal experiences! I hope you’ll find the information useful, please let us know […]

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French-Style Steak & Chips


Recently opened, L’Entrecôte Mademoiselle in Divonne-les-Bains is a great place to enjoy French-style steak & chips at a reasonable price. The family and I, spurred on by a very carnivore husband, decided to try it this weekend and gave it the thumbs up. From its traditional brasserie wooden tables and wine crates to Edith Piaf’s husky tones playing in the background, this is the full French Monty. Just sit down and wait for […]

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Snake, Rattle & Roll


As my boys are currently going through a snakes phase while their little sister is obsessed with apple-eating crocodiles (don’t ask), Expat Husband and I decided that a visit to the Vivarium de Lausanne was in order. The Vivarium holds the biggest collection of poisonous reptiles in Europe, including some stunning world exclusives like the albino Naja Kaouthia and the world’s most poisonous snake. But don’t be put off because if you’re […]

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