Archive for May, 2014

What’s On in June 2014

Summer is finally here & the countdown to your family holidays has begun. Here’s our monthly list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France, filled as usual with exciting outings for the whole family. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week: Take a look at our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons. […]

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Child-Friendly Restaurants

We have posted so many bits of information about child-friendly restaurants in the Geneva region both on the blog and our facebook page that the time has come to tidy it all up into a simple list. This should make for straightforward browsing and hopefully help you find what you’re looking for at the click of a button. This is set to be an ever-growing list so make sure you check it […]

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Fun in the Woods

A forest kindergarten experience in Geneva? Is that possible? Well, according to the information that has just landed in our inbox, yes it is! We haven’t tried them yet, but these summer camps held in the woods around Geneva seem worth sharing so here’s some info and photos to give you an idea of what they’re all about. Ariatelers summer camp for children aged 4 to 8 will be taking place […]

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How to Employ Nannies in Switzerland

Families who hire nannies, babysitters or household help in Switzerland have to ensure that their employees are registered for the required social contributions, accident insurances, pensions and taxes as well as applying for a work permit if needed. Below is a summary of social contributions, accident insurances, pensions, taxes and work permits required when hiring a nanny or babysitter. 1) Social insurance contributions Familes and Nannies / Babysitters have to contribute […]

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A Different Kind of Spread

I am the proud mum of three under-age chocoholics: a 3 year-old missy who jumps out of the bed in the morning demanding her “bwead and chocolate” and two boys who think it’s a great idea to spread a thick layer of nutella over their pancakes. Resistance is futile, but I put my foot down when it comes to palm oil and other nasties that are now an integral part […]

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Spring Birthday Ideas

Are you planning a spring/summer birthday party for your children and don’t fancy the idea of the little munchkins spending the entire party indoors when they could be enjoying the glorious outdoors we’re so lucky to have on our doorstep? My little monsters have been invited to some fab parties lately and that gave us the opportunity to check out some new birthday locations, mostly outdoors and with a stellar […]

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Discover Aosta

A mere 134km from Geneva, the city of Aosta is perfect for a family getaway. In less than 2 hours by car (huge bonus when you’re travelling with restless little buttons) you can reach one of Italy’s most charming towns nestled in the heart of the Aosta Valley, a French/Italian bilingual region relatively small in size but larger-than-life in terms of history, culture & world-class resorts. We’ve been there many times, sometimes […]

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Peas & Love

A friend once told me that some of the childhood memories she holds dearest are those of her mum sitting down by the kitchen window with a novel, the cat curled on her lap while she played with building blocks on the floor next to her. “It felt so intimate and calming,” she told me with a smile “she didn’t think her job was to get down on her knees and […]

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That’s Amore

We haven’t posted about good family restaurants for a while, so it’s time to share some photos of our latest discovery: Il Pulcinella in Rolle (VD). Situated along Route de Lausanne, across the road from the lake, it might look quite plain from the outside but it’s the perfect place for a relaxed family meal. Not only is service friendly & efficient, but they also have a small indoor playroom for […]

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Carouge Spring Festival

Le Printemps Carougeois, Carouge’s annual spring festival, is back from the 15th to the 25th of May 2014 with a solid-as-a-rock bill of dance & theatre shows, public installations, readings and live concerts. We have free tickets to give away for this great festival: keep reading to find out how you can be a winner! The theme of the festival’s 50th edition is food & nourishment so brace yourselves for some senses-awakening experiences including […]

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Les Tentations de Camille

It’s true that the best things in life are sweet and, once you’ve set eyes on Camille’s spectacular creations, you’ll know they’re beautiful too. A young cake designer from Geneva, Camille can turn sugar paste into the most delicate, perfect creations – not to mention great character cakes and cupcakes for little ones. But don’t just take our words for it, these pics can prove she means sweet business! A […]

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