What’s On in July 2016

The kids’ summer holidays have started — can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by, can you? Whether you’ll be away, working or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year.

Scroll down to see the list of summer activities in Geneva and Vaud, who said there’s nothing to do in the city during the school break?! Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week.

BEACHES, POOLS & LIDOS

Enjoy summer at some of the best lake beaches, outdoor pools and lidos in the area. You’ll find some useful links in our previous post and articles about Nyon plage; Plage de Rolle; Plage de Préverenges and St-Prex.

Plage de Préverenges Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Plage de Préverenges Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

The Piscine des Vergers in Meyrin (Avenue Louis-Rendu) has an outdoor olympic size pool, a paddling pool, water slide and a bassin “non-nageur” for beginners. The piscine is open from May until the end of September (everyday from 10am to 8pm).

Piscine des Vergers, Meyrin © 2006 Commune de Meyrin

Piscine des Vergers, Meyrin © 2006 Commune de Meyrin

 

If it’s a real scorcher, why not take the kids to the Parc de l’Auberge in Meyrin, with its fantastic water jets and tipping buckets? Entry is FREE.

Parc de l'Auberge, Meyrin - Photo © Atelier d'Ici Architectes

Parc de l’Auberge, Meyrin – Photo © Atelier d’Ici Architectes

 

Genève-Plage (Quai de Cologny 5, Port-Noir) is a Geneva institution. There’s no better place to be with your little swimmers on a hot, sunny day so make the most of the swimming-pools, water slides, sandpit and play area – don’t forget your sun cream!

© Genève-plage

© Genève-plage

 

Hot summer’s days are perfect for a pedalo boat ride on Lake Léman too. In Geneva, you can hire a pedal-boat from Les Corsaires (near the Jet d’Eau) at 14CHF per adult. Click on this link to find other boat rental locations in Vaud.

Hire a pedalo on the lake this summer! Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Hire a pedalo on the lake this summer! Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Vitam’ (500 route des Envignes, Neydens, France) is a great waterpark for hot summer’s days: there are indoor and outdoor pools, as well as great waterslides for all ages. Children aged 6 to 12 can also enrol for the summer swimming school, which runs from the 11th of July to the 26th of August 2016 (each course is 5 days).

 © Vitam' Migros, Neydens

© Vitam’ Migros, Neydens

 

The Plage du Lac in Divonne-les-Bains is open until the end of August. A 350m lovely sandy beach on the shore of the Lac de Divonne, it’s a great place for families with young children. They have a buvette, a kids play area, toilets and they offer swimming lessons, canoë, kayak & pedalo rentals. An entry fee is charged, around 3 Euros per person and 2 Euros for children.

Plage de Divonne-les-Bains © comsports.fr

Plage de Divonne-les-Bains © comsports.fr

 

The Centre Nautique in Divonne-les-Bains (France) is an outdoor pool open until the 4th of September 2016. A great place to cool off on a hot summer’s day! Contact them on piscine-lac.divonne@comsports.fr for full details and prices. Centre Nautique – 282 avenue des Alpes, Divonne-les-Bains. Tel. +33(0)4 5020 3785 piscine-lac.divonne@comsports.fr

 Photo © Centre Nautique, Divonne-les-Bains (France)

Photo © Centre Nautique, Divonne-les-Bains (France)

 

LUDOBUS

The toy library buses called LUDOBUS are back in Geneva! From the 8th of May until the end of summer the red and blue ludobus will be travelling to different parks in Geneva to keep the little ones entertained in the afternoon from 4pm to 6.30pm (from 5.30pm to 7pm during the summer holidays). FREE ENTRY, activities are free for children.

You can click here to download the  exact dates and locations for both ludobus covering Servette; St-Jean; Petit-Saconnex; Plainpalais; Jonction; Acacias; Pâquis; Grottes; St-Gervais; Eaux-Vives; Champel and Cité.

Ludobus © Ville de Genève

Ludobus © Ville de Genève

 

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS:

If your children love performing, singing and dancing, then take a look at the great choice of summer camps in English available at Simply Theatre Academy.

Mini theatre camps start from age 5 and there is plenty of choice for older children too, including Stage Combat workshops and Broadway Kids!

You can find out more about Simply Theatre and all their courses in our recent post.

© Simply Theatre Academy 2016

© Simply Theatre Academy 2016

 

  • 7th-9th July 2016 and 11th-13th August 2016: Manga for Teens at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes are suitable for children aged 10 to 15 and last 2 hours each, from 1pm to 3pm. The price for a 3 day workshop is 180CHF per child. To book your summer workshops, please email Life of Art at info@life-of-art.ch or call 022 525 5232.
Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

 

  • 14th-16th July 2016 and 18th-20th August 2016: Papier Mâché & My Scrapbook summer workshops for kids at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes are suitable for children aged 8 to 12 and last 2 hours each. The price for a 3 day workshop is 180CHF per child. To book your summer workshops, please email Life of Art at info@life-of-art.ch or call 022 525 5232.
Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

 

  • Free ateliers d’été de bricolage at La Praille shopping centre in Carouge for children aged 4+. No advance booking is necessary, just go to the ‘zone d’animation’ on the 1st floor. Kids will remain under the responsibility of the parents and the presence of a parent/carer might be required in some cases. These fun creative workshops will take place on the 1st floor on the following Wednesdays: Wed. 6th July 2016 “Fabrication d’un capteur de rêve” from 11am until 6pm; Wed. 13th July 2016 “Fabrication d’une visière pour le soleil et d’un éventail” from 11am until 6pm; Wed. 20th July 2016 “Fabrication d’un bilboquet” from 11am until 6pm; Wed. 27th July 2016 “Fabrication d’un lampion pour le 1er août” from 11am until 6pm.
Photo © La Praille, Centre Commercial et de loisirs à Genève

Photo © La Praille, Centre Commercial et de loisirs à Genève

 

© F. Müller / Ville de Genève

© F. Müller / Ville de Genève

 

  • Free lake beaches: try baby plage in Eaux-Vives or the plage du Reposoir in Pregny-Chambésy (Route de Lausanne 222).
© Ville de Genève

© Ville de Genève

 

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Geneva. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Geneva. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

SUNDAY BRUNCH, DAYS OUT & MORE FAMILY FUN

Outdoor Sunday brunch in the city © Un R de Famille, Geneva

Outdoor Sunday brunch in the city © Un R de Famille, Geneva

 

JULY 2016 LISTINGS:

  • 28th June-19th July 2016 and 9th-30th August 2016: Chinese Painting classes at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Tuesday from 10am until midday. The course costs CHF 499 per person (includes 8 classes – each class 2 hours – all your equipment is supplied). To book your Chinese Painting Workshop, please email Life of Art at info@life-of-art.ch or call 022 525 5232.
Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

 

  • 1st July-13th August 2016: RiveJazzy Nyon, a great music festival dedicated to traditional jazz music, swing, as well as latino & gipsy music. Concerts takes place in the Quartier de Rive in Nyon during the months of July and August (except during the Paléo Festival), but they might be cancelled in case of rain or bad weather. Entry is free of charge for all and there are plenty of delish options to combine dinner with some great live music. Visit the official website for full programme details and performance times.
© 2016 Rive Jazzy Festival, Nyon

© 2016 Rive Jazzy Festival, Nyon

 

  • 1st July-16th August 2016:  the Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most eagerly-awaited music festival in Switzerland and this year’s edition will not disappoint with some great free concerts as well as ticketed ones featuring artists such as Muse, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Jamie Cullum, Santana, Deep Purple, Lana del Rey and many more. Tickets sell out fast, so check availability online now ! A free daycare is located directly opposite the Music & Convention Center in the German Church (between the gas station and the Palace). Professional child-carers look after children aged 3 to 10, from 2pm-1am from Sunday to Thursday, 2pm-2am on Friday and Saturday. Children can stay a maximum of 4 consecutive hours.
© 2016 Montreux Jazz Festival

© 2016 Montreux Jazz Festival

 

  • 2nd-7th July & 10th-21st August 2016: Lausanne-sur-mer, free sports activities from Wednesday to Sunday on Avenue Emile-Henri-Jaques-Dalcroze 7 in Lausanne. Activities include Badminton, Kayak*, Volley, Football, Paddle*, Parkour, Planche à voile*, Tennis de table, Babyfoot, Slackline, Pétanque, Tennis. Activities with an * require parental consent and a nominal fee. Click here to see the full programme.
© 2016 Lausanne-sur-mer

© 2016 Lausanne-sur-mer

 

  • 2nd July-28th August 2016: the Tour de plage at the Fontaine des Tours in Carouge (20-22 boulevard des Promenades), opens up again for the summer season. A fantastic spot right in the heart of Carouge, where you will be able to enjoy live concerts and plenty of activities for the little ones, including face painting, giant outdoor games from Carouge’s toy library, Zumba etc. – and all are free of charge. Open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Tour de plage has too many activities planned to list them all here, so click on the official website for full details.
Tours de Plage © Carouge Officiel

Tours de Plage © Carouge Officiel

 

 

  • Sunday 3rd July 2016: enjoy a unique tour of the city on the Geneva Historical Trams leaving from the Rive tram stop. A great way to see the city with young children — they will love riding the old city trams! During the summer, on the first Sunday of every month these “Trams touristiques” will be circulating from Carouge to Nations, Gare Cornavin, Eaux-Vives and the city centre. Tickets for a single ride are 8CHF and 12CHF for a day pass, children aged 6 to 16 pay a reduced fee.
© Association Genevoise du Musée des Tramways

© Association Genevoise du Musée des Tramways

 

  • Sunday 3rd July 2016: Abeilles, truites & Cie – Animation enfants FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • Sunday 3rd July 2016: “3 contes de Grimm”, a musical show for kids (in French) at the Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy. These free shows will start at 3pm and last approx. 45 minutes! FREE, no advance booking required.
© 2016 Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy

© 2016 Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy

 

  • 3rd July-19th August 2016: Musiques en été in Geneva, an impressive series of 36 live concerts covering all possible music genres and taking place in some of the city’s most picturesque spots. From jazz to classical, rock and hip hop you will definitely be spoilt for choice. The best thing about it all? All the Musiques colorées live concerts at the Scène Ella Fitzgerald (parc de La Grange) are free of charge!
© Pablo Lavallay-officio.ch

© Pablo Lavallay-officio.ch

 

  • 4th July-22nd August 2016: Histoires en herbe, summer storytime in Plan-les-Ouates for children aged 4 to 10 every Monday and Wednesday morning from 10am to midday. The Monday session will take place outdoors on the Mail in Plan-les-Ouates (near the Mairie) and in case of rain on the steps of the “salle de gym” of the école du Pré-du-Camp. The Wednesday sessions will take place “sur l’herbe”, near the école du Vélodrome (close to the playarea), and in case of rain under the veranda of the Maison Ravy. Free entry, for more info contact Catherine Hostettler on 079 654 51 06.

 

  • 4th July-26th August 2016: Sortir pour lire, free outdoor activities organized by the Bibliothèques municipales de la Ville de Genève at different locations across town during the months of July and August 2016. From lectures juke-box to Bibliothèques de rue (street libraries) and Livres en herbe (outdoor storytimes in French for younger children), there’s plenty going on for all ages.
Copyright © Ville de Genève 2015

Copyright © Ville de Genève 2015

 

  • 4th July-26th August 2016: Ateliers d’été par « Les Coloriés » at the Parc Geisendorf and at the Atelier la Poterie in Geneva (rue Poterie 5), summer workshops and courses for children aged 4 to 12.  Click here for full details and prices.
© 2016 Les Colories, Geneva

© 2016 Les Colories, Geneva

 

  • 4th-28th July 2016: Starting today, Monday 4th of July, and until the 28th of July, expats and foreigners living in Geneva will be able to attend free French classes at the Parc de la perle du lac. Classes will take place Monday to Thursday from 4pm until 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required. If you have children aged 0 to 12, you can bring them along too as there will be story times, games and creative workshops for children to allow parents and carers to attend their French classes. If you can’t attend these classes in July, don’t worry as there will another round in August, from the 2nd to the 25th at the Parc la Grange.
© BIE Geneva

© BIE Geneva

 

  • 4th July-28th August 2016: Free urban golf at the Parc des Bastions in Geneva. This 9 hole, 4km long golf course is open to everyone until the 23rd of August, 7 days a week from 1pm to 7pm. The free equipment can be picked up at the Parc des Bastions, right next to the kiosque des Bastions (park entry: Place-Neuve). The 9-holes golf court guides you through some of the city’s most emblematic locations such as the Promenade de la Treille, the Jardin Anglais and the Monument Brunswick.
© P. Lopreno / Ville de Genève

© P. Lopreno / Ville de Genève

 

  • 4th July-28th August 2016: L’Été à la Jonction, free summer activities for children at the Parc de la baleine in Geneva (rue du village suisse 30-34). Activities include arts & crafts workshops from 2pm until 6pm on Wed. and Thursdays; free open air cinema on Monday 18th and 25th of July at 9.30pm; storytimes for little ones aged 0 to 4 on Saturday 20th and 27th of August at 10am. You can download the full programme here.
Copyright © Maison Quartier de la Jonction

Copyright © Maison Quartier de la Jonction

 

  • 4th July-28th August 2016: Opération chaises longues, a great initiative organized by the city’s public libraries offering mobile book services (livres nomades), free apples, sun loungers and more free activities to allow families, the elders and young people to enjoy Geneva’s beautiful parks to the max. The Opération chaises longues will run everyday from 1pm tp 7pm at the following locations: Parc des BastionsParc TrembleyParc BeaulieuParc Bertrand and Parc des Franchises.
Opération chaises longues © Ville de Genève

Opération chaises longues © Ville de Genève

 

  • 5th-10th July 2016: Festival de la Cité in Lausanne. The city’s summer celebrations offer an exciting line-up of over 90 shows, including theatre, dance, live concerts, comedy circus, literature as well as visual and plastic arts. Events will take place across various parts of the town centre, the majority will be in the open-air (so watch out for rain!) and all are free of charge. See the official website for full programme details, this festival is too good to miss!
© 2016 Festival de la Cité, Lausanne

© 2016 Festival de la Cité, Lausanne

 

  • Wednesday 6th July 2016: Jours d’ouverture aux familles at the Maison de la Créativité in Conches (7, chemin Calandrini). These family activities will take place in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is 3CHF per adult and per child aged 2+.
© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

 

  • Wednesday 6th July 2016: Chauves-souris – Animation du mercredi, Wednesday FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 6th July 2016: Abeilles, truites & Cie – Animation enfants FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • 6th-10th July 2016: The 6th edition of CineGlobe International Film Festival at CERN will take place on the 6th to the 8th of July 2016 on the Globe ground at CERN and then during the Nuit de la Science at the Museum of History of Science in‪ Geneva‬ on the 9th and 10th of July 2016. FREE ENTRY. The festival will include an open-air cinema, film projections in the Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN, the interactive Emotional Circus (carnival-inspired games played with just the participant’s brainwaves) and a special sci-fi edition of the 48 Hour Film Project. The full programme is available online and will include great kids movies like The Angry Birds movie on Friday 8th of July at 9pm.
 © 2016 Cineglobe CERN

© 2016 Cineglobe CERN

 

  • 6th-10th July 2016: “Pif le clown et Mimi”, fun circus show for kids (in French) at the Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy. These free shows will start at 3pm and last approx. 45 minutes! FREE, no advance booking required.
© 2015 Pif le clown

© 2015 Pif le clown

 

  • 6th July-21st August 2016: Yatouland Vernier Summer, special summer opening at the Parc Yatouland in Vernier (chemin des Batailles 22). Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, with bouncy castles, lasergames and plenty of fun on offer!
© 2015 Yatouland

© 2015 Yatouland

 

  • Friday 8th July 2016: Art Jamming, organized by Life of Art at La Fabrique bistrot in Geneva. But what is Art Jamming exactly? It’s a new way to get creative whilst socializing and making new friends! Art jamming is all about creating art in a fun environment, with great music to inspire you and drinks at hand. In a group of about 10 people, our in house artist/teacher will create a painting in front of you, guiding you step by step through the different stages and techniques so that you can follow at the same time on your own canvas. So even if you are a beginner you can still join in the fun. It’s a 2 hour workshop where all materials are supplied and you get to take home your canvas. Meet and greet at the Bistrot La Fabrique, just opposite the Life of Art studio, at 18:00. For more information and to reserve a place contact Lisa Anderson at Life of Art on +41 22 525 5232 or by email at info@life-of-art.ch
Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

 

  • 8th-10th July 2016: the countryside moves to the city with the Fête de la tomate in Carouge! With plenty of family-friendly activities like cookery workshops for children, magic and clown shows, a fun roundabout, local produce markets and much more this is definitely a great day-out for the whole family. On Sunday, there will be a family brunch from 10am. Last but not least, there will be a petting farm with goats, cows, ducks and old tractors. FREE ENTRY.
© 2016 Fête de la tomate, Carouge

© 2016 Fête de la tomate, Carouge

 

  • Saturday 9th July 2016: Jours d’ouverture aux familles at the Maison de la Créativité in Conches (7, chemin Calandrini). These family activities will take place in the morning and afternoon: 9.30am to 12pm and 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is 3CHF per adult and child aged 2+.
© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

 

  • 9th-10th July 2016: “Nuit de la science”. Save the date for the next “Nuit de la science” in ‪Geneva‬ on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of July.The event is free of charge and will take place at the Parc de la Perle du Lac and at the Musée d’histoire des sciences. Click here to see the list of activities for children and get ready to have some fun with science! Nuit de la science – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July 2016 – Parc de la perle du lac – Geneva. Opening times: Sat. from 2pm until late evening. Sun. from midday until 8pm. Accès : bus 1-25 (arrêt Sécheron); tram 15 (arrêts Butini & France); bus 11-28 (arrêt Jardin botanique); bateau Mouettes M4 (arrêt: Châteaubriand); Gare CFF de Genève Cornavin à 15 min. à pied. Halte ferroviaire Genève Sécheron (lignes régionales) à 5 min. à pied
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • Sunday 10th July 2016: Abeilles, truites & Cie – Animation enfants FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • Sunday 10th July 2016: Le NStCM célèbre ses 100 ans, join in the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Chemin de fer Nyon – St-Cergue – La Cure! This great event will run from 10am until 6pm at the Gare de St-Cergue (VD) with fun activities such as live concerts, jazz music, kids corner, shows and much more. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016 Chemin de fer Nyon St-Cergue La Cure

© 2016 Chemin de fer Nyon St-Cergue La Cure

 

  • Wednesday 13th July 2016: Jours d’ouverture aux familles at the Maison de la Créativité in Conches (7, chemin Calandrini). These family activities will take place in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is 3CHF per adult and per child aged 2+.
© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

 

  • Wednesday 13th July 2016: Chauves-souris – Animation du mercredi, Wednesday FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 13th July 2016: Abeilles, truites & Cie – Animation enfants FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 13th July 2016: Fête nationale au Parc du Château in Prévessin-Moëns (France). Celebrate Bastille Day from 7pm with bouncy castles, dance shows and a fireworks display starting at 10pm. FREE ENTRY.
© Mairie de Prevessin-Moëns

© Mairie de Prevessin-Moëns

 

  • 13th-17th July 2016: “Guitare en Scene” music festival in St Julien-en-Genevois (France). A great music festival for all guitar-lovers, with plenty of international stars set to get the groove going! See the official website for full details and to buy tickets.
© 2016 Guitare en Scene, St Julien-en-Genevois (France)

© 2016 Guitare en Scene, St Julien-en-Genevois (France)

 

  • 14th July 2016: Bastille Day celebrations in Divonne-les-Bains, celebrate Bastille Day from 3pm to 6pm with fun activities for kids, including clown shows, bouncy castles, balloons sculptures and more at the Esplanade du Lac. Don’t miss the torchlight parade at 9pm and the spectacular fireworks at 10.45pm. FREE ENTRY.

 

© Ville de Divonne-les-Bains

© Ville de Divonne-les-Bains

 

  • 14th July 2016: Fête nationale at the Parc de la Tire in Ferney Voltaire from 7pm onwards. Celebrate Bastille Day with live music and spectacular fireworks kicking off at 10.30pm! FREE ENTRY.

 

  • 14th July-21st August 2016: CinéTransat is one of the Geneva’s best-loved summer events and it’s easy to understand why: every evening at dusk they show a selection of great movies (free of charge!) in the wonderful setting of the Parc de la Perle du Lac, you can bring your own picnic and enjoy a lovely evening out with family and friends. But this is not all: they also organize a series of theme and karaoke nights, from disco night to Bollywood, so make sure you dress the part. If you’ve never been, you’ll love this event – if you’ve been, we bet you can’t wait to go back this year. Movies are shown in their original soundtrack with subtitles, so all British & American movies will be in English. Check their facebook page in case of bad weather or rain as the session might be cancelled.
© 2016 CinéTransat

© 2016 CinéTransat

 

  • Friday 15th July 2016: Fête de la plage in Divonne-les-Bains, with water games, bouncy castles, fun activities and beach volley tournament. FREE ENTRY.
© Ville de Divonne-les-Bains

© Ville de Divonne-les-Bains

 

  • Sunday 17th July 2016: Abeilles, truites & Cie – Animation enfants FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • 19th-24th July 2016: the Paléo Festival Nyon is quite legendary and amongst the best music festivals in the region. This year’s edition is set to be one of the best with international stars such as Massive Attack, Bastille, Louane, Fréro de la Vega, Iron Maiden, Muse and many more ready to rock the stage ! Paléo Festival Nyon has a great programme for kids too, including live evening concerts, free day nursery, free magic shows and baby disco every day as well as the kids’ play area Mielimélo (ages 6 to 12). Entry to the festival is free for all children under the age of 12, check the official website for the complete list of kids activities.
© PALÉO FESTIVAL NYON

© PALÉO FESTIVAL NYON

 

  • Wednesday 20th July 2016: Chauves-souris – Animation du mercredi, Wednesday FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 20th July 2016: Abeilles, truites & Cie – Animation enfants FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • Friday 22nd July 2016: Art Jamming, organized by Life of Art at La Fabrique bistrot in Geneva. But what is Art Jamming exactly? It’s a new way to get creative whilst socializing and making new friends! Art jamming is all about creating art in a fun environment, with great music to inspire you and drinks at hand. In a group of about 10 people, our in house artist/teacher will create a painting in front of you, guiding you step by step through the different stages and techniques so that you can follow at the same time on your own canvas. So even if you are a beginner you can still join in the fun. It’s a 2 hour workshop where all materials are supplied and you get to take home your canvas. Meet and greet at the Bistrot La Fabrique, just opposite the Life of Art studio, at 18:00. For more information and to reserve a place contact Lisa Anderson at Life of Art on +41 22 525 5232 or by email at info@life-of-art.ch
Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

 

  • Sunday 24th July 2016: Abeilles, truites & Cie – Animation enfants FREE workshops for children aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). These free workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • until 24th July 2016: the brand new “L’escale” on the Quai du Mont-Blanc in ‪Geneva‬ is a superb urban space with spectacular views over the city and lac Léman. From live concerts to dance sessions, giant chess and open-air cinema nights, there will be plenty of great summer activities to choose from! If you have teenagers, they will love the free concerts and the giant “urban boombox” where they can connect their MP3 and play their favourite music. For younger children, there will be fun water sprinklers to keep cool on hot summer’s days. You can download the full programme of activities here. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm until midnight. FREE ENTRY.
 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

 © 2016, Ville de Genève

© 2016, Ville de Genève

 

  • 30th-31st July 2016: Week-end des étoiles at Fort l’Ecluse (France). Learn more about astronomy with fun activities and workshops, live demonstrations and night sky observations. Children will also be able to take part in « Découverte et initiation à la télégraphie » workshops (in French). Open from 10am until 1am on Saturday 30th of July and from 10am until 6.30pm on Sunday 31st.
© Fort l'Ecluse

© Fort l’Ecluse

 

Les puces de Nyon. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Les puces de Nyon. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

ONGOING: 

  • until 14th August 2016: Peppiland, bouncy castles and water games on the Place des sports in Morges (VD). Open everyday from 11am until sunset (from 2pm until sunset on Wednesdays). Entrance fee.
Copyright © 2012-2015, Peppiland. Tous droits réservés

Copyright © 2012-2015, Peppiland. Tous droits réservés

 

  • until 26th August 2016: «A toutes saveurs», free summer activities for all ages at the Parc des Franchises in Geneva. From yoga and tai-chi lessons to creative workshops and dance sessions, there will be something for everyone! You download the full programme here. FREE ENTRY to all activities and workshops.
© Ville de Genève

© Ville de Genève

 

  • until 30th August 2016: Serre aux papillons at the Schilliger garden centre in Gland (VD). A fabulous indoor butterfly enclosure that will keep the kids enthralled on a rainy day! With over 19 different butterfly species flying freely in the shop’s flower market, it’s a truly amazing sight. Free entry to the Schilliger store and grounds. Schilliger Gland, route Suisse 40 – open Monday to Friday from 9am until 6.30pm and from 9am until 6pm on Saturday.
© 2016 Schilliger garden centre

© 2016 Schilliger garden centre

 

  • until 25th September 2016: Destination Rio at the Olympic Museum in Ouchy (Lausanne). The Olympic Museum celebrates Rio 2016 with a programme dedicated to the culture of Brazil and Rio, host of the upcoming Olympic Games. This exhibition-adventure takes you on a lyrical tour of the city, which will give you the irresistible urge to dance. The photos, the choice of music and the artwork will convey the incredible energy of the Brazilian people. The programme will kick off during the Carnival in Rio and culminate with the two weeks of the Games in the summer. FREE ENTRY.
© Copyright 2016 Le Musée Olympique

© Copyright 2016 Le Musée Olympique

 

  • until end of September 2016: the Musée Départemental des Sapeurs-Pompiers in Gex (France) re-opens this Saturday from 9am to midday and then from 2pm to 6pm in the afternoon. The museum is open every Saturday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm until the 26th of September, as well as every Wednesday and Sunday in July and August from 2pm to 6pm. Entry tickets are 5 € for adults and 3 € for kids. Musée Départemental des Sapeurs-Pompiers – 380 avenue des Alpes – 01170 Gex – FRANCE (Tel : 04 50 20 86 97).
© 2015 Musée Départemental des Sapeurs-Pompiers, GEX

© 2015 Musée Départemental des Sapeurs-Pompiers, GEX

 

  • until 30th December 2016: Medieval Factory, interactive exhibition suitable from age 7 at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne. Discover all the great medieval inventions still in use today! Free entry on the 1st Saturday of each month. Open Monday to Saturday from 2pm to 6pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are 7CHF for adults and 3CHF for children.
© Copyright 2013 Espace des Inventions. Tous droits réservés.

© Copyright 2013 Espace des Inventions. Tous droits réservés.

 

  • The permanent exhibition “Noblesse Oblige” at Prangins Castle is a great day-out for the whole family, take a step back in time with your children to see how a noble Swiss family lived in the 18th century! Find out more about this fantastic family exhibition in our previous post.
Wooden toy horse - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Wooden toy horse – photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

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