What’s On in March 2017

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 tiddlerswinter sledging and indoor playcentres.

Here’s our list of suggestions for March 2017, but remember to keep checking our blog, as we will be updating this post with more events each week!

 

CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS

If you missed the Carnival celebrations which took place in February, don’t worry. You can still catch some great masked parades, Guggenmusiks (Carnival marching bands) and masked balls in many villages of France and the Suisse Romande. Just take a quick look at our Carnival celebrations post!

© 2015 Mini Carnaval de Préverenges

© 2015 Mini Carnaval de Préverenges

 

SUNDAY BRUNCH & INDOOR PLAY CENTRES

You can also check our previous posts to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons or the best indoor play centres in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France. And if the Sunday blues hit you don’t fret, we’ve got some great tips for that too.

 

LIBRARIES & TOY LIBRARIES:

Many public libraries host free events, workshops, story-times (usually in French but many times in other languages too). The bibliothèques in Geneva, Lausanne and neighbouring communes hold too many kids events each month to list them all here so here’s some links you can check regularly:

Geneva public libraries events & activities

Carouge public libraries events & activities

Lausanne public libraries events & activities

Click here to find the best indoor play centres in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France, and remember you can always pop round into your local toy library for a bit of free-play. Here’s a link about great ludothèques in the area.

© Ludothèque Centre & Vieille-Ville - Ecole Ferdinand Hodler, Geneva

© Ludothèque Centre & Vieille-Ville – Ecole Ferdinand Hodler, Geneva

 

MARCH 2017 EVENTS LISTINGS:

© 2015 Ecole de Cirque de Lausanne-Renens

© 2015 Ecole de Cirque de Lausanne-Renens

 

  • 2nd March-9th April 2017: Festival du Film Vert, a film festival with a green conscience taking place across 30 towns in France and Suisse Romande. The festival will be showcasing an amazing range of international movies that deal with important ecological issues that concerns us all. Take a look at the official website for full programme details.
© 2017 Festival du Film Vert

© 2017 Festival du Film Vert

 

  • Friday 3rd; 10th; 17th and 24th March 2017: 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

 

  • Saturday 4th March 2017: Concert en famille “Le Carnaval des animaux” by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The concert will take place at the Ecole Robert-Hainard in Bernex from 10am until 11.30am. The concert is suitable for children aged 3 to 6. FREE ENTRY but places must be booked in advance at info@bernex.ch or by phone at 022 850 92 92.
© 2017 Commune de Bernex

© 2017 Commune de Bernex

 

  • Saturday 4th March 2017: Les samedis à la Villa Freundler, free Saturday activities for families and children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 3pm to 7pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • 4th-12th March 2017: Habitat-Jardin, a fantastic home decor & garden exhibition at the Expo Beaulieu in Lausanne. With 500 exhibitors this is the place to go to find that special piece of furniture you’ve been pining for, or everything you need to indulge your inner gardener. Open from midday to 8pm during the week and from 10am to 6pm at the weekend. Tickets are 16CHF for adults and entry is free for children up to the age of 16.
© 2017 by MCH Group AG

© 2017 by MCH Group AG

 

 

  • Sunday 5th March 2017: “Cap sur les Amériques avec Tohu Wa Bohu” story-time songs and music for children at Geneva’s MEG museum (in French). Suitable for toddlers from age 2, the first session will take place from 3pm to 3.45pm in the museum’s foyer, and the second one from 4pm until 4.45pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Photo: MEG, J.Watts

Photo: MEG, J.Watts

 

  • Sunday 5th March 2017: Petits Rendez-Vous for children at Geneva’s MAMCO, conducted in French and English. These are free, interactive guided tours for kids aged 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult. The tours start at 11.15pm. FREE entry, no advance booking required.
Photo © MAMCO, Geneva.

Photo © MAMCO, Geneva.

 

  • Tuesday 7th; 14th; 21st and 28th March 2017: Chinese Painting classes for adults at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm until 3pm. Each class costs 65CHF per person – all materials aare 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

 

  • Wednesday 8th March 2017: “Portraits de famille”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 8th March 2017: 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 (on Saturday 25th of February the centre will also be open in the morning from 9.30am until midday). 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 8th March 2017: “Météorites et extinction des dinosaures”, fun workshops in French for kids aged 6+ at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). A fun way to discover more about fossils and how to make your own dino prints! These free workshops in French take place from 2pm until 4.30pm non-stop.
Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 8th March 2017: Les mercredis à la Villa Freundler, free Wednesday activities for children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 1.30pm to 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • 9th-19th March 2017: 87th International Motor Show at Geneva’s Palexpo. This motorshow needs no introduction, so we’ll just share some good tips: all tickets bought on site after 4pm are half price; there will be a day nursery in the Entrance Hall, caring for children aged 3 months – 7 years (1st hour free of charge, after that CHF 6 per hour). Last but not least, beware of the traffic congestion around Geneva’s airport for the duration of the motor show.
© 2017 International Motorshow Geneva

© 2017 International Motorshow Geneva

 

  • 9th-19th March 2017: L’autre salon, organized by the association PRO VELO Genève, runs in parallel with the International Motorshow and offers an eco-friendly alternative for all those people who’d rather cycle than drive. This is ‘alternative’ Geneva at its best: the programme is filled with very interesting activities (whether you’re a bike-pro or not) including bike parades, live music in various locations and vélo-polo. See their official website for the full programme, park the car and get on your bike!

 

  • Friday 10th; 17th and 24th March 2017: 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

 

  • 10th-19th March 2017: International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) at the Maison des Arts du Grütli in Geneva (16, rue du Général-Dufour). Don’t miss this extraordinary festival, which showcases films and documentaries about contemporary human rights: violence against women, poverty, torture, international justice and climate change.
© 2017 The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

© 2017 The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

 

  • Saturday 11th of March 2017: the Musée Ariana in Geneva will be launching a series of fun guided tours and Saturday workshops for little ones aged 2 to 4, starting on the 11th of March 2017 but you must reserve your places now so make sure you do it well in advance! Call 022 418 5450 or email adp-ariana@ville-ge.ch to reserve your place. Tickets are 5CHF per adult and 3CHF per child, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer. The upcoming workshops are as follows: Saturday 11th of March 2017 at 10am and at 11.30am “Plumes, poils… et terre”; Saturday 8th of April 2017 at 10am and at 11.30am “Ma boîte à trésors”; Saturday 8th of April 2017 at 10am and at 11.30am “Argile et pâte à pain”.
Copyright © Ville de Genève

Copyright © Ville de Genève

 

  • Saturday 11th March 2017: Les samedis à la Villa Freundler, free Saturday activities for families and children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 3pm to 7pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • Saturday 11th March 2017: Samedi des Bibliothèques vaudoises, a special day for all public libraries in Canton Vaud, with activities, story times, workshops and much more. Take a look at the official website for a list of activities in all participating libraries. FREE ENTRY.
© 2017 Samedi des Bibliothèques vaudoises

© 2017 Samedi des Bibliothèques vaudoises

 

  • 11th-12th March 2017: “Festival Ramdamjam”, dance and music festival for little ones at the MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). From Indian dance workshops to Beatbox how-to classes and “eveil musical” lessons for babies, this festival has it all covered. Shows and workshops are suitable for children aged 2 to 10, tickets are 15CHF for a child day-pass, free entry for adults. Find the complete programme online. Places for all workshops can be booked only at the MEG Welcome Desk from 9am on the same day.
© 2017 MEG Geneva

© 2017 MEG Geneva

 

  • 11th-12th March 2017: GENEVE CHÊNE-BOUGERIES Festival de marionnettes et Cie. A great puppet-show festival (in French) from age 3 at the Salle Jean-Jacques Gautier in Chêne-Bougeries (Route du Vallon 1). Tickets cost 10CHF per person. There will be puppet shows and workshops (advance booking required), click here to download the full programme.
© 2017 ville de Chêne-Bougeries

© 2017 ville de Chêne-Bougeries

 

  • until 12th March 2017: Peppiland, outdoor playarea with bouncy castles for all ages and sizes at the Parking Colovray in Nyon (VD). Open from 11am until 9pm. Entry tickets cost 10CHF per child and are valid all day.
Copyright © 2012-2015, Peppiland. Tous droits réservés

Copyright © 2012-2015, Peppiland. Tous droits réservés

 

  • Open until 12th March 2017: The patinoire de Nyon-Rive reopened for the winter season at the end of October. This year, the ice rink will be open 7 days a week! Click here for exact opening times. ENTRY IS FREE, ice skates for children can be hired for just 3CHF (5CHF for adults).
© 2016 Patinoire de Nyon (VD)

© 2016 Patinoire de Nyon (VD)

  • Tuesday 14th; 21st and 28th March 2017: Chinese Painting classes for adults at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm until 3pm. Each class costs 65CHF per person – all materials aare 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

 

  • Wednesday 15th March 2017: “Qui a peur des plantes carnivores ?” – Ateliers Verts du Jardin Botanique in Geneva for kids aged 6-9 (in French). What better place than Geneva’s beautiful botanical gardens to learn more about nature, micro-organisms and plants ? These fantastic workshops take place on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and cost 15CHF per child. Places must be booked in advance at 022 379 70 68. Click here to download the full programme. There will be another workshop this month on Wed. 29th of March 2017 for “juniors” aged 10 to 13.
Les ateliers verts © Geneva Botanical Gardens

Les ateliers verts © Geneva Botanical Gardens

 

  • Wednesday 15th March 2017: “L’ARRIVÉE DU PRINTEMPS”, part of the Visite pour les tout-petits activities at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult are welcome at 10.30am to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 15th March 2017: “La magie du vitrail”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.

 

  • Wednesday 15th March 2017: Les mercredis à la Villa Freundler, free Wednesday activities for children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 1.30pm to 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • Wednesday 15th March 2017: “Météorites et extinction des dinosaures”, fun workshops in French for kids aged 6+ at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). A fun way to discover more about fossils and how to make your own dino prints! These free workshops in French take place from 2pm until 4.30pm non-stop.
Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 15th March 2017: 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 (on Saturday 25th of February the centre will also be open in the morning from 9.30am until midday). 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 15th March 2017: “Comptines et jeux de doigts” story-times in French for little ones at the library “jeunes publics” in Nyon (Chemin de Crève-Coeur 3). FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
© 2017 Bibliothèque de Nyon Jeunes publics

© 2017 Bibliothèque de Nyon Jeunes publics

 

  • 16th-20th March 2017: Voix de Fête music festival in Geneva. A programme filled with live concerts and events by the best musicians and artists of the Suisse Romande, France, Canada, Belgium and Africa. Don’t miss the free circus workshops at the Salle Communale de Plainapalais and the live music shows in the city’s coolest bars, part of the festival’s “Bars en Fête” spin-off.
© 2017 VOIX DE FÊTE Festival

© 2017 VOIX DE FÊTE Festival

 

  • Friday 17th March 2017: Fête du printemps at the Maison de Quartier in Carouge. The parade will start at 6pm from the Espace Grosselin and will end at 7.15pm at the Place de Sardaigne with the bonfire of the “bonhomme d’hiver”. FREE ENTRY, say goodbye to winter time by taking part in this fun tradition, the kids will love it!
© 2017 Ville de Carouge

© 2017 Ville de Carouge

 

  • Friday 17th and 24th March 2017: 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

 

  • until 17th March 2017: Dinosaures, a brand new dinosaur exhibition at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle in Geneva.
© 2016 Muséum d'histoire naturelle

© 2016 Muséum d’histoire naturelle

 

  • Saturday 18th March 2017: Les samedis à la Villa Freundler, free Saturday activities for families and children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 3pm to 7pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • Saturday 18th March 2017: Fête de la Première Feuille at the Maison de Quartier Chausse-Coq in Geneva. This fun spring celebration will run from 12pm until 4.30pm and there will be games, activities for the little ones, circus workshops, live concerts, Nepal ferris wheel and much more. FREE ENTRY.
© 2017 Maison de Quartier Chausse-Coq

© 2017 Maison de Quartier Chausse-Coq

 

  • Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th March 2017: “Les mille et une nuits”, story-telling festival for little ones at the Château de Nyon (VD). Take a look at the official website for the full programme. Tickets are 4 CHF per child per story-time and 5CHF per adult per story-time, available for purchase at the castle’s ticket desk from 1.15pm.
© 2017 Château de Nyon (VD)

© 2017 Château de Nyon (VD)

 

  • Sunday 19th March 2017: atelier “Danse en famille” for children aged 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult/carer. The dance workshop will run from 10am until midday at the Maison de Quartier Asters-Servette in Geneva (rue Schaub 47) and tickets cost 5 CHF per parent-child pairing. Places must be booked in advance at 022 734 06 33.
© 2017 Maison de Quartier Asters-Servette

© 2017 Maison de Quartier Asters-Servette

 

  • Sunday 19th March 2017: “Festa di primavera” for all Italian parents in Geneva at the Maison de quartier des Eaux-Vives from 11am until 4pm. There will be spring inspired workshops for the little ones, games, snacks for children and a second-hand sale! FREE ENTRY.

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  • 19th-25th March 2017: Rock the Pistes Festival at the Portes du Soleil (France). If you love skiing and rock music then this is the right festival for you: with great live concerts right on the best ski slopes in Europe, fun is pretty much guaranteed (and the best thing is, you can enjoy a live rock concert without having to book the baby-sitter!). Visit the official website for full details.
© 2017 Rock the Pistes Festival

© 2017 Rock the Pistes Festival

 

  • 21st-26th March 2017: CineGlobe Festival International de Films at the CERN in Geneva. CineGlobe returns to the Globe of Science and Innovation in Geneva to celebrate its 10th anniversary (and seventh edition). On this remarkable occasion, the festival addresses a theme which is crucial in this day and age – the blurring of the line between fact and fiction. Political, Social, and Scientific, this edition – titled Myths and Realities – will underline the importance of information and rationality in addressing the challenges that face our world. Our survival depends on our efforts to combat the increasingly anti-scientific attitudes which surround our modern day political discussion. Take a look at their official website for full programme details, the screenings of CinéGlobe will take place at the CERN Globe in Meyrin.
© 2017 CinéGlobe

© 2017 CinéGlobe

 

  • Tuesday 21st and 28th March 2017: Chinese Painting classes for adults at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm until 3pm. Each class costs 65CHF per person – all materials aare 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

 

  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017: “Les pieds dans l’eau”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017: “Météorites et extinction des dinosaures”, fun workshops in French for kids aged 6+ at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). A fun way to discover more about fossils and how to make your own dino prints! These free workshops in French take place from 2pm until 4.30pm non-stop.
Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017: MEGNomade en Asie, guided tour and story-time for ages 5+ conducted in French at the MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). The tour is open to all and FREE OF CHARGE, meet the group at the information desk. Starting at 2pm until 3.30pm.
Photo: MEG/J.Watts

Photo: MEG/J.Watts

 

  • Wednesday 22nd March 2017: 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 (on Saturday 25th of February the centre will also be open in the morning from 9.30am until midday). 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 22nd March 2017: Les mercredis à la Villa Freundler, free Wednesday activities for children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 1.30pm to 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • Friday 24th March 2017: 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

 

  • Saturday 25th March 2017: 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 from 9.30am until midday and 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).

 

  • Saturday 25th March 2017: Journée de découverte du scoutisme this is the first open day held to allow young teenagers to learn more about scout groups in Switzerland. Click on their official website to find a french-speaking scout group near you and visit them on Saturday 25th of March to find out about their activities!
© 2016 Mouvement Scout de Suisse

© 2016 Mouvement Scout de Suisse

 

  • Saturday 25th March 2017: Les samedis à la Villa Freundler, free Saturday activities for families and children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 3pm to 7pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • Sunday 26th March 2017: atelier “Danse en famille” for children aged 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult/carer. The dance workshop will run from 10am until midday at the Maison de Quartier Asters-Servette in Geneva (rue Schaub 47) and tickets cost 5 CHF per parent-child pairing. Places must be booked in advance at 022 734 06 33.
© 2017 Maison de Quartier Asters-Servette

© 2017 Maison de Quartier Asters-Servette

 

  • Tuesday 28th March 2017: Chinese Painting classes for adults at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm until 3pm. Each class costs 65CHF per person – all materials aare 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

 

  • Wednesday 29th March 2017: “Passionnantes expériences de biologie moléculaire” – Ateliers Verts du Jardin Botanique in Geneva for “juniors” aged 10-13 (in French). What better place than Geneva’s beautiful botanical gardens to learn more about nature, micro-organisms and plants ? These fantastic workshops take place on Wednesday from 2pm to 4.30pm and cost 15 CHF per child. Places must be booked in advance at 022 379 70 68. Click here to download the full programme.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 29th March 2017: “Quoi de noeuf ?”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 29th March 2017: 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 (on Saturday 25th of February the centre will also be open in the morning from 9.30am until midday). 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 29th March 2017: “Météorites et extinction des dinosaures”, fun workshops in French for kids aged 6+ at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). A fun way to discover more about fossils and how to make your own dino prints! These free workshops in French take place from 2pm until 4.30pm non-stop.
Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 29th March 2017: Les mercredis à la Villa Freundler, free Wednesday activities for children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 1.30pm to 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • 29th March-2nd April 2017: Salon International des Inventions at Geneva Palexpo. Find out about the latest inventions and gadgets from all over the world, shown here for the first time.
Inventions-geneva.ch © 2017

Inventions-geneva.ch © 2017

 

  • 30th March-2nd April 2017 Mednat Expo at the Expo Beauliue in Lausanne. This is the largest and most important exhibition in Switzerland dedicated to natural remedies, healthy eating and organic produce. With over 240 exhibitors, yogathon sessions and cookery workshops there is something for everyone! See the official website for full details.
Image copyright Mednat, Lausanne

Image copyright Mednat, Lausanne

 

  • until 31st March 2017: Festival Couleurs d’enfance, a delightful theatre festival for children aged 0 to 6 in the Geneva and neighbouring France region. Take a look at the official website for a complete list of all the theatre shows, readings, movie screenings and creative workshops available. Tickets can be purchased directly at the door.
© 2017 Festival Couleur d’enfance

© 2017 Festival Couleur d’enfance

 

  • 31st March-2nd April 2017: Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art in Geneva and Vaud. Would you like to see what happens behind the scenes of the city’s most important cultural institutions? Would you like to meet the people who work there and learn more about what they do? If so, book your place for one of the guided tours or free workshops taking place in Geneva and Vaud at the end of March 2017. Visit the official website for full info and to reserve your place, but hurry as they fill up fast! Bookings open at the beginning of March 2017, FREE ENTRY to all activities.
© B. Coulon - Ville de Genève

© B. Coulon – Ville de Genève

 

SAVE THE DATE:

  • 1st-2nd April 2017: chocoholics rejoice as the Festichoc is back in Versoix for its 13th edition. This is the best chocolate festival in the Suisse Romande: with over 33 exhibitors and chocolatiers present you will be able to taste some delicious chocolate, learn how these scrumptious creations are made and also take part in a Chocolate Egg hunt on Sunday at 11.30am. See the official website for full details.
© 2017 Festichoc Chocolate Festival Versoix

© 2017 Festichoc Chocolate Festival Versoix

 

© 2017 Festichoc Chocolate Festival Versoix

© 2017 Festichoc Chocolate Festival Versoix

 

  • 1st-2nd April 2017: Carnaval d’Annemasse, fun carnival celebrations in Annemasse (France) with activities starting at 3pm on Saturday 1st of April. Don’t miss the parade kicking off at 3pm on Sunday, with its carnival floats and children in full dress-up costumes! FREE ENTRY.
© 2017 Ville d'Annemasse

© 2017 Ville d’Annemasse

 

ONGOING:

  • until 23rd April 2017: Kid’s Life 2, a great space for children which will include over 10 bouncy castles, building blocks, balls pools for little ones, table football and much more. Older children will find sumo costumes and archery games. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am until 6pm (but they will be open Monday to Sunday from 10am until 6pm during the Vaud school holidays!). Ticket prices are 8CHF for ages 2 to 6; 15CHF for 6+; FREE ENTRY for parents and children under 2.
© 2017 Kid's Life 2 at iLife in Etoy

© 2017 Kid’s Life 2 at iLife in Etoy

 

  • until 30th April 2017: “Pop Art, mon Amour”, a great exhibition about Tadanori Yokoo and Osamu Tezuka, a cross-over between the Japanese Warhol and the manga author, best known for Astro the little robot. Linked to the exhibition, there will be various kids workshops, free guided tours and other fun activities – click here for full details and to reserve your place.
© 2017 Maison d'Ailleurs

© 2017 Maison d’Ailleurs

 

  • until 18th June 2017: “Les portes de la fantaisie”, a great exhibition suitable for ages 4 to 11 at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne (Vallée de la Jeunesse 1). The exhibition will introduce your little ones to the fascinating world of architecture.
© 2017 Espace des Inventions, Lausanne

© 2017 Espace des Inventions, Lausanne

 

  • until 15th July 2017: “T’es sûr-e ?”, a fantastic new exhibition suitable from age 7 at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne (Vallée de la Jeunesse 1). The exhibition will teach and amuse your little ones with fun science experiments. Alongside the exhibition there will also be a series of fun workshops for ages 7 to 12 called “Le Club des petits inventeurs”, from 2pm to 5pm on selected days. Click here to download the list of activities.
© 2017 Espace des Inventions. Tous droits réservés.

© 2017 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.
© Château de Prangins (VD)

© Château de Prangins (VD)

 

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