© 2016 Festival Gratte-Bitume, Meyrin Village

What’s On in June 2016

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Summer is finally here & the countdown to the 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.
  • Now that the sun is out, take your little ones strawberry picking! Strawberry season is a few weeks late, due to the amount of rain we’ve endured so far, but these delicious fruits are now ready for the picking. Try La Fraisière in Meyrin; the farm at number 15 chemin de Pacoty in Founex; the Potager Verdonnet-Bouchet in Troinex (30 chemin de la Cantonnière); the Ferme Pré-De-Vers in Rolle; the Wyss Farm in Genolier or the Burdet family farm in Mathod.
© www.fraisesacueillir.ch
© www.fraisesacueillir.ch

 

  • Genève-Plage (Quai de Cologny 5, Port-Noir) has re-opened for the summer. 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! You can find out more about it & other lidos in our previous post.
© Genève-plage
© Genève-plage

 

 

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.

The Ludobus at work ! © Ville de Genève
The Ludobus at work! © Ville de Genève

 

LAKE BEACHES, LIDOS & POOLS Find out more about our favourites lake beaches; lidos and pools in the Geneva region and Vaud. 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?

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

 

SUMMER FESTIVALS French-speaking Switzerland comes alive during the summer months with a profusion of great music festivals. From the international pop stars who will be performing at the Caribana Festival and Paléo, to the free concerts of the Fête de la musique in Geneva, Nyon and Lausanne – this is the time to let your hair down and shake what your mama gave you!

 

JUNE 2016 LISTINGS:

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016: Book sale at the ‎Carouge‬ public library, running from 10am to 7pm. Make sure you pop by! Bibliothèque de Carouge, Boulevard des Promenades 2B, 1227 Carouge.

 

  • Wednesday 1st June 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 1st June 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.

 

  • Wednesday 1st June 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 1st June 2016: “Au coeur de la forêt avec Tohu Wa Bohu” story-time songs and music for children at Geneva’s MEG museum (in French). Suitable from age 2 but children must be accompanied by an adult. The session will take place from 4pm to 4.45pm and you will need to buy a ticket to the temporary exhibition. Places must be booked in advance at 022 418 45 55.
Photo: MEG - S. Dubouchet/the cube
Photo: MEG – S. Dubouchet/the cube

 

  • Wednesday 1st June 2016: “À la carte!”, 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 1st June 2016: 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

 

  • 1st-5th June 2016: Caribana Festival in Crans-près-Céligny (VD). This is one of Switzerland’s finest music festivals, boasting international stars such as Amy Macdonald, Garbage and Maître Gims in this year’s edition alone. Check tickets availability online as they are selling out fast!
© 2016 Caribana
© 2016 Caribana

 

  • 3rd-5th June 2016: Festival Gratte-Bitume, a fab street arts festival in Meyrin Village. Eighteen theatre companies will be performing for free (donations gladly accepted at the door) including magic shows, Hamlet performed for kids, circus, hip hop dance, street tennis and classical music…you certainly won’t find the time to get bored! Definitely a great day-out for the whole family.

 

  • 4th-5th June 2016: La ville est à vous returns for its 13th edition, with its great street parties, second-hand sales and activities for children. Take a look at the official website for all upcoming weekends and join in, because the city belongs to you! Here’s the list of all the upcoming street parties in Geneva: 4th-5th June: Sécheron; 11th-12th June: Plainpalais; 25th-26th June: Saint-Jean; 27th-28th August: Vieusseux; 3rd-4th September: Europe; 10th-11th September: Jonction; 17th-18th September: Petit-Sacconex; 23rd, 24th & 25th September: Pâquis; 1st-2nd October: Genêts. 
«La ville est à vous», Geneva - Photo © S. Rubio, Ville de Genève
«La ville est à vous», Geneva – Photo © S. Rubio, Ville de Genève

 

  • 4th-5th June 2016: Grande fête Belle Epoque in Rolle (VD). A fun event with live music, theatre shows, French cancan dances, vintage games for kids and much more! FREE ENTRY.
Rolle 1900 : une production de Rolle Service culturel et Stratosphère
Rolle 1900 : une production de Rolle Service culturel et Stratosphère

 

 

  • Sunday 5th June 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 5th June 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.

 

  • Sunday 5th June 2016:Cap sur l’Afrique avec Tohu Wa Bohu” story-time songs and music for children at Geneva’s MEG museum (in French). Suitable from age 2, the first session will take place from 4pm to 4.45pm in the museum’s foyer, and the second one from 5pm until 5.45pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Photo: MEG, J.Watts
Photo: MEG, J.Watts

 

© 2016 Château de Prangins
© 2016 Château de Prangins

 

  • until 5th June 2016: Festival Poussière du Monde: puppet shows, world music and dance under two giant Mongolian yourtes at the Parc Bernasconi in Grand-Lancy. Check their official website for full details of their kids shows. Tickets are 25CHF for adults and 10CHF for children aged 12 and older, places are limited so advance booking is highly recommended.
© 2016 Festival Poussière du Monde, Geneva
© 2016 Festival Poussière du Monde, Geneva

 

  • until 5th June 2016: Peppiland, an itenerant outdoor bouncy castle park will come to ‪‎Gland‬ from the 1st to Sunday 5th of June near Les Perrerets school complex. Entry is 10CHF per child for the day. Opening times will be 2pm until evening on Wednesdays and 11am until evenings on all other days.
Copyright © 2012-2015, Peppiland. Tous droits réservés
Copyright © 2012-2015, Peppiland. Tous droits réservés

 

  • Monday 6th June until end of August 2016: “Yoga au parc”, outdoor yoga in the parc sessions at the parc de Beaulieu and Parc de la Perle du Lac in Geneva. The classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – please check the flyer below for full details. Classes will be cancelled in case of rain or bad weather. Bring your own yoga mat and please leave a donation at the end of class. Namaste!
© 2016 Yoga au parc, Geneva
© 2016 Yoga au parc, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 8th June 2016: “Coââ, coââ, coââ… Nénuphar, libellules et compagnie” – Ateliers Verts du Jardin Botanique in Geneva for kids aged 8-11 (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 Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm and cost 12 CHF 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. 15th of June 2016.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 8th June 2016: “Pirates d’eau douce”, 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 June 2016: Le MAH à tout petits pas – Mercredi Family pour les tout-petits free guided tours for children aged 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva starting at 10.30am and 3.30pm. No previous booking required, FREE OF CHARGE.

 

  • Wednesday 8th June 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 8th June 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 fossils workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève
© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 8th June 2016: 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 8th June 2016: Spectacle de magie, free magic shows for children held at Signal de Bougy (VD), which will take place in the amphitheatre or the Salle Mont sur Rolle (depending on the weather). Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 3pm; Friday 10th June 2016 at 5pm; Sunday 12th June 2016 at 3pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
© 2016 Signal de Bougy
© 2016 Signal de Bougy

 

  • 8th-21st June 2016: Play Me, I’m Yours a contemporary installation by British artist Luke Jerram will see 54 pianos placed on the streets of Geneva, Bellevue, Carouge, Chêne-Bougeries, Chêne-Bourg, Collonge-Bellerive, Cologny, Confignon, Divonne (France), Lancy, Le Grand-Saconnex, Meyrin, Nyon (VD), Onex, Perly-Certoux, Plan-les-Ouates, Pregny-Chambésy, Thônex, Vernier and Versoix. The pianos will be available for everyone to play and familiarize themselves with. What an amazing way to see our city with different eyes…and ears!
Play me, I'm yours Geneva - Photo © Sebastien Puiatti
Play me, I’m yours Geneva – Photo © Sebastien Puiatti

 

  • Friday 10th June 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

 

  • Friday 10th June 2016: Spectacle de magie, free magic shows for children held at Signal de Bougy (VD), which will take place in the amphitheatre or the Salle Mont sur Rolle (depending on the weather). Friday 10th June 2016 at 5pm; Sunday 12th June 2016 at 3pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
© 2016 Signal de Bougy
© 2016 Signal de Bougy

 

  • 10th-12th June 2016: Bol d’Or Mirabaud, Geneva’s famous yachting festival, which takes place in June every year since 1939 when 26 competitors took part in the first Bol d’Or, sailing 123 km from Geneva to Le Bouveret and back. Today, there are over 600 sailing boats taking part, attracting competitive crews from around the world. Visit the official website for full programme details, the race itself starts at 10am on Saturday 11th of June. A really amazing race to watch from the lake shore, the children will enjoy it too!
© 2016 Bol d'Or Mirabaud, Geneva
© 2016 Bol d’Or Mirabaud, Geneva

 

  • 10th-12th June 2015: Festival Mondial de la Terre in Montbenon, Lausanne. A festival committed to the preservation and celebration of our planet’s biodiversity. All the food available at the festival is from organic farms; all infrastructure is from renewable, recycled and FSC certified sources – and every effort is made to preserve water & energy. The festival is free of charge and offers some great activities for the whole family, from the animations enfants to yoga for children and the “Parents-bébés” area where local midwives will be on hand to provide advice and give practical demonstrations. Click here for full details on the day-to-day programme, which includes live concerts, screenings, as well as thai chi & meditation taster sessions.
© Festival de la Terre, Montbenon - Lausanne
© Festival de la Terre, Montbenon – Lausanne

 

  • Saturday 11th June 2016: Fête d’Avant l’été at the Promenade St-Antoine in Geneva from 4pm to 8pm. A nice summer fest with circus shows and workshops, music and theatre. FREE ENTRY, the event will be cancelled in case of rain.
© 2016 MdQCC Fête d’Avant l’été
© 2016 MdQCC Fête d’Avant l’été

 

© 2016 Musée Romain de Nyon
© 2016 Musée Romain de Nyon

 

© 2016 Festival de marionnettes du Pays-de-Gex - Fort L'Ecluse
© 2016 Festival de marionnettes du Pays-de-Gex – Fort L’Ecluse

 

  • 11th-12th June 2016: Diabolo Festival at the Esplanade and Théâtre de Beausobre in Morges (VD). A fantastic festival for kids aged 2 to 10 with songs, circus shows, introduction to astronomy sessions and much more. Click here for programme details and ticket prices. Free entry for children under the age of 2.
© 2016 Diabolo Festival, Morges
© 2016 Diabolo Festival, Morges

 

  • Sunday 12th June 2016: MEGNomade – La visite au fil des contes, guided tour and story-time for ages 6+ 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.
© MEG Geneva
© MEG Geneva

 

  • Sunday 12th June 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.

 

  • Sunday 12th June 2016: Spectacle de magie, free magic shows for children held at Signal de Bougy (VD), which will take place in the amphitheatre or the Salle Mont sur Rolle (depending on the weather). FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
© 2016 Signal de Bougy
© 2016 Signal de Bougy

 

  • until 12th June 2016: the Café des Jardins at the iris Gardens in Vullierens (VD) re-opens for the season and they will be offering their delicious Sunday brunches on Sundays and Bank Holidays, where the menu includes sweet & savoury dishes as well as a selection from their BBQ. The price is 55CHF per person and 28CHF for children aged 4 to 12, drinks and entry to the gardens are not included in the price – bookings must be made well in advance at 079 844 68 60 or cafe@jardindesiris.ch. Find out more about these beautiful iris gardens in our previous post and check their official website for their upcoming spring Sunday brunches.
© Le Café des Jardins - Les Jardins du Château de Vuillerens © 2015
© Le Café des Jardins – Les Jardins du Château de Vuillerens © 2015

 

  • 13th-18th June 2016: Festival Tôt ou t’Arts Pays de Gex (France), a great festival for the whole family dedicated to street theatre. The programme is filled with many exciting performances: puppetry, balancing acts in 70s costumes, pyrotechnics, “fanfare recycl’art” and much more. Visit the official website for full details of all performances in Gex, Fort l’Ecluse, Peron, Divonnes-les-Bains, Versonnex and Ferney Voltaire.
© 2016 Festival Tôt ou t'Arts, Pays de Gex (France)
© 2016 Festival Tôt ou t’Arts, Pays de Gex (France)

 

  • Wednesday 15th June 2016: MEGNomade – La visite au fil des contes, guided tour and story-time for ages 6+ conducted in French by Floriane Facchini 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 15th June 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 fossils workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève
© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 15th June 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.

 

  • Wednesday 15th June 2016: “Bzzz… Les abeilles du Jardin botanique” – Ateliers Verts du Jardin Botanique in Geneva for kids aged 8-11 (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 Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm and cost 12 CHF per child. Places must be booked in advance at 022 379 70 68.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 15th June 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 15th June 2016: 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

 

  • 17th-19th June 2016: Fête de la musique in Geneva, a wonderful opportunity to enjoy free concerts in some of the city’s most beautiful spots. All musical genres will be represented, from classical to reggae, jazz and rock – there are so many events that we can’t possibly list them all here so visit the official website for full programme details. Children will also be catered to with a number of great workshops, concerts and shows devised just for them, here’s the link to the kids’ programme, don’t miss it!
© 2016 Fête de la musique, Geneva
© 2016 Fête de la musique, Geneva

 

  • Saturday 18th of June 2016: Fête de la musique in Nyon (VD). Enjoy this fantastic line-up of free concerts, covering all music genres from jazz to traditional African music and punk. Click here to see the full programme.
© 2016 Fête de la musique, Nyon
© 2016 Fête de la musique, Nyon

 

  • Saturday 18th June 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).

 

  • Sunday 19th June 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.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève
© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

© 2016 Quartier de rive, Nyon
© 2016 Quartier de rive, Nyon

 

  • Sunday 19th of June 2016: Fête Japonaise, Japanese festival at the Arboretum national park in Aubonne (VD). FREE ENTRY with delicious Japanese dishes available from 11.30am. The festival will run from 10am until 6pm. You can read more about the Arboretum Park in our previous post.
A mountain stream along the path. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net
A mountain stream along the path. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 22nd June 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 fossils workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève
© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 22nd June 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.

 

  • Wednesday 22nd June 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 22nd June 2016: 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

 

  • 24th-25th June 2016: Festival Métissages in Bernex. A great festival supporting a number of charities in the world with live music, magic shows for little ones and a kids choir. Free entry and plenty of delicious Thai, Moroccan & BBQ food stalls.
© 2016 Festival Métissages, Bernex
© 2016 Festival Métissages, Bernex

 

  • Saturday 25th June 2016: Simply Theatre Family Fun Day on the grounds of the GES Geneva English School in Genthod – celebrating 10 years of Simply Theatre in Switzerland! All Simply Theatre students past and present, parents, staff and friends who have been a part of their journey over the last 10 years are cordially invited for a celebratory Family Fun Day! From 2pm, join the Simply Theatre crew for a fun-filled family day out. Featuring live musical performances, storytelling, entertainment for children, bouncy castle, face painting, food and drink, this is an ideal way to wind down for the year and get set for summer. A schedule of free entertainment and activities throughout the day will be published soon and friends are warmly welcomed to come for as much or as little of the day as they can (the event will finish at 10pm!). Just remember to bring along a blanket or camping chairs. There will be food trucks and a bar throughout the day. This is a FREE EVENT, but tickets are needed to gain access to the site. Don’t panic if you don’t have access to a printer, as your confirmation email showed on a phone will suffice!
© 2016 Simply Theatre Academy
© 2016 Simply Theatre Academy

 

© 2016 L'elastique citrique, Nyon (VD)
© 2016 L’elastique citrique, Nyon (VD)

 

  • Saturday 25th June 2016: SDIS NYON-DÔLE on the Place Pertemps in Nyon from 10.30am until 4pm. The local firefighters will be holding an open day with live demonstrations and activities for all participants. FREE ENTRY.
 © SDIS NYON-DÔLE
© SDIS NYON-DÔLE

 

  • 25th-26th June 2016: Fête de la Montagne at various locations across France. A great festival for mountain lovers offering over 200 events, such as walks, live music, foodie gatherings and much more! Click here to search for the event closest to you.
© 2016 Fête de la Montagne
© 2016 Fête de la Montagne

 

  • Sunday 26th June 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.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève
© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Sunday 26th June 2016: Parc en fête at the Parc du château in Prévessin-Moëns (France). A great free event starting at 11am, with bouncy castles, fun games for kids, face painting and much more! FREE ENTRY.
© 2016 | L'OFFICIEL DES ÉVÉNEMENTS
© 2016 | L’OFFICIEL DES ÉVÉNEMENTS

 

A stunning view of Nyon castle. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net
A stunning view of Nyon castle. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 29th June 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 fossils workshops will take place from 2pm until 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève
© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 29th June 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.

 

  • Wednesday 29th June 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 29th June 2016: 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.

 

SUMMER CAMPS:

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

 

ONGOING:

  • 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

 

  • 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.
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