What’s On in October 2016

Here’s our events listings for the month of October, remember to keep checking our listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week.

HALLOWEEN 2016

We’ve published our Halloween post, keep an eye on it for all the latest info!

Copyright Château-d'Oex Tourisme

Copyright Château-d’Oex Tourisme

 

TOY & BOOK LIBRARIES

On those gray, drizzly autumn days when nothing seems to placate your little buttons, remember you can visit your local ludothèque for a spot of free play and some light relief.

Public libraries are also a great place for your children: many host free events, workshops, story-times (usually in French but sometimes 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

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

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

 

APPLE-PICKING:

Autumn is the season to go apple-picking with the kids, so make the most of it before season ends. Just find the closest farm to you (you can take a look at our useful links here, just scroll to the bottom of the post) and bring a sturdy bag. Make sure you check with them when their picking season ends.

Some farms will let you pick pears and plums too — such a great alternative to supermarket shopping!

Apple picking in Geneva. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Apple picking in Geneva. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

SIMPLY THEATRE COURSES:

If your children love performing, singing and dancing, then take a look at the great choice of kids courses and holiday camps in English available at Simply Theatre Academy.
They have a specially designed rolling curriculum across all age groups and course types. Each year, their choice of material, genre and focus changes, allowing students to spend three terms exploring and developing a specific set of new skills and experiences, and realize them through performance.

Meanwhile, regardless of the material being explored, they simultaneously return to basic strategies and techniques that are common to all live performance work, thereby building on the work of previous years.

You can find out more about Simply Theatre and all their courses here

 

OCTOBER 2016 LISTINGS:

© 2016 Terragir

© 2016 Terragir

 

  • Saturday 1st October 2016: Le rallye du chocolate, a great event for all chocolate lovers. Collect your chocolate passport at 9am from the DS Store in Les Acacias, then proceed to meet the 12 artisan chocolatiers taking part in this gastronomic rally! You must register before the 30th of September 2016, find full details of the event on their official webpage.
© 2016 Rallye du Chocolat de Genève

© 2016 Rallye du Chocolat de Genève

 

  • Saturday 1st October 2016: Portes ouvertes at the Berges de Vessy (route de Vessy 49). This is going to be a lovely family day-out, with plenty of activities, guided tours of the hydroelectric plant, electricity workshops and demonstrations for kids, fishing workshops for children aged 6 to 12 (but not with real fish!), water filtration experiments and much more. FREE ENTRY, the event will run from 10am until 6pm. Click here to download the full programme.
© 2016 Les Berges de Vessy

© 2016 Les Berges de Vessy

 

  • Saturday 1st October 2016: Day4life in Rolle (VD). Give your support to the upcoming Day4Life event on Saturday 1st of October in Rolle. This event is organized by Zoé4life, a Swiss charity whose mission is to support cancer research, provide financial support to families in need, support kids during their cancer treatments and raise awareness about childhood cancer. Take part in the CHALLENGE DE ZOÉ or make the most of the VILLAGE DE ZOÉ, where children will be able to take part in fun activities, Zumba sessions, cupcake decorating workshops, maxi bingo and much more! FREE ENTRY, but all donations gratefully accepted. The event will run from 11.30am until 10pm around Rolle castle.
© 2016 Zoé4life

© 2016 Zoé4life

 

  • Saturday 1st October 2016: Marché d’automne, Oktoberfest in Nyon’s town centre (Rue de la Gare, Rue Perdemtps, Rue Neuve, Place St.Martin, Place du Marché, Grand-Rue, Rue de la Morâche). Enjoy live music, kids activities, a farmers’ market and many more autumn activities throughout the day. The Nyon Police will also be holding activities and live demonstrations for the public at the Salle Communale de Nyon — the kids will definitely love this! FREE ENTRY.
Le marché d’automne, Nyon. © Michel Perret / 2002

Le marché d’automne, Nyon. © Michel Perret / 2002

 

  • Saturday 1st October 2016: Swiss Classic British Cars Meeting in Morges (VD). The 25th Swiss Classic British Car Meeting will be held on the quayside in the lovely lakeside town of Morges in Switzerland on Saturday 1st October 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 o’clock. Last year the event attracted more than 20,000 visitors and saw over 1600 classic British cars and motorbikes turn up from not only Switzerland, but many from France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands as well. Everything from MGs from the 1950s, Austins from the 1930s, racing Jaguars from the ‘60s, and old Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. Plus a number of excellent models of the 2-wheel variety, including classic Nortons, Triumphs and Royal Enfields from the golden age of English bikes. FREE ENTRY.
2002-2016 © Swiss Classic British Car Meeting Morges

2002-2016 © Swiss Classic British Car Meeting Morges

 

  • Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd October 2016: Marché d’automne, autumn farmers’ market at the Panier Gourmand, Domaine d’Avenex in Nyon (VD). Open from 9am to 5pm with delicious local delicacies, seasonal produce (including pumpkins, time to stock up for Halloween!), cheese and much more on sale. Children will also be able to pick their own fruit and grapes! Free entry.
© 2016 Panier Gourmand - Famille Heuberger

© 2016 Panier Gourmand – Famille Heuberger

 

  • 1st October-8th January 2016: Le temps des dinosaures, a great exhibition for little explorers and dinosaur-lovers at Geneva Palexpo – Halle 7. From Tyrannosaurus to Triceratops, 60 animated specimens will be coming to life at Palexpo. Displayed in actual size over a surface of 4500 sq. m, these impressive animals move and growl to the delight of children. Dinosaur footprints will also be on show to the public, an exceptional vestige of the presence of these colossal animals in Switzerland some 150 million years ago. With the participation of the Jurassica Museum and the Geneva Museum of Natural History. Open from 10am until 7pm (last entry at 6pm). Free entry for children under 3, adult tickets are 18.90CHF and children’s tickets 14.90CHF but you can buy a family ticket for 57.90CHF.
© copyright 2015 Opus One

© copyright 2015 Opus One

 

  • 1st-2nd October: La ville est à vous in Genêts (GE), 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!
«La ville est à vous», Geneva - Photo © S. Rubio, Ville de Genève

«La ville est à vous», Geneva – Photo © S. Rubio, Ville de Genève

 

 

  • Sunday 2nd October 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 2nd October 2016: “Cap sur l’Océanie 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 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

 

  • Sunday 2nd October 2016: the Maison Vaudagne in Meyrin (avenue de Vaudagne 16) will be celebrating “Croque mes pommes” season with a great family event! From 11am until 4pm there will be an apple market, freshly-pressed apple juice and activities for kids. FREE ENTRY. If you wish to have lunch there too, prices are 10CHF for adults, 5CHF for children aged 4 to 12 or 20CHF for a family ticket. Places for lunch must be booked in advance at 022 719 0800.
© 2016 Maison Vaudagne, Meyrin

© 2016 Maison Vaudagne, Meyrin

 

  • Sunday 2nd October 2016: Fête japonaise at the Salle des Fêtes in Carouge (37 rue Ancienne) from midday to 6pm. We went last year and had a great time watching some of the traditional dance, music & sumo shows and tasting some Japanese delicacies of course. My eldest boy also had a go at calligraphy, definitely a great day out for the whole family. Click here to see the full programme.
© JCG日本祭り Fête japonaise du Japan Club of Geneva - JCG

© JCG日本祭り Fête japonaise du Japan Club of Geneva – JCG

 

  • Sunday 2nd October 2016: Fête de la Courge from 10am to 6pm at the Ecole primaire in Corsier (route de Corsier). This pumpkin festival features a scrummy local produce market with oodles of pumpkins, of course, as well as sausages, artisan bread and beer. The little ones can take part in kids activities and buy pumpkins for carving.
© Corsier.ch

© Corsier.ch

 

  • Wednesday 5th October 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 (on Saturday 22nd of October 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 5th October 2016: “BARBE À PAPA”, 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 5th October 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 5th October 2016: “Laisse ton empreinte”, 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 dinosaurs, and make your own dino paw print! These free workshops in French take place from 2pm until 4.30pm non-stop.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Thursday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th October 2016: Chinese Painting classes for adults at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Thursday from 1pm until 3pm. Each class costs 60CHF 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

 

Plenty of boats to see at the Musée du Léman, Nyon - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Plenty of boats to see at the Musée du Léman, Nyon – photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • 6th-9th October 2016: Assemblages Festival, music, theatre and circus festival in Troinex (Salle des fêtes de Troinex, 20 route de Moillebin). Get your tickets now for the Gaëtan concert on Sunday 9th at 3pm, the kids will love it!
Gaëtan - Festival Assemblages © 2016 assemblages.ch

Gaëtan – Festival Assemblages © 2016 assemblages.ch

 

  • 6th-15th October 2016: Animatou Film Festival in Geneva, a fab line-up of international animated movies your little ones will love. See the official website for full details of the 180 films that will be shown and all the kids workshops available.
© 2016 Animatou Festival

© 2016 Animatou Festival

 

  • 7th-30th October 2016: Kid’s LIFE, a brand new pop-up play centre for children, boasting 5,500 square meters of indoor and outdoor attractions, including trampolines, bouncy castles, baby gym, kids workshops and much more. Kid’s LIFE is located at the Centre i.LIFE – Littoral parc in Etoy, Vaud (Route Suisse 8A). Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 6pm. Entry is 5CHF per child (under 80cm in height) and 10CHF for children taller than 80cm. Free entry for parents and free parking available.

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  • Saturday 8th October 2016: Retour des Alpages, traditional cattle descent festival in Annecy (France). This great festival will run from 9am until 6pm in the streets of Annecy’s old town, but the cow parade itself will take place at 2.30pm. FREE ENTRY.
Tous droits réservés © Lac Annecy Tourisme

Tous droits réservés © Lac Annecy Tourisme

 

  • 8th-9th October 2016: Initiation aux techniques de combat médiévales at the Château de Morges (VD). Learn all the tecniques that knights used on the battlefield – hands on your sword and en garde! With plenty of fun activities and workshops for kids, suitable from age 6. FREE ENTRY, open from 10am until 5pm on both days.
© 2016 Château de Morges & ses Musées, Morges

© 2016 Château de Morges & ses Musées, Morges

 

  • 8th-9th October 2016: Festival de jeux LudiDARX, games festival in Prévessin-Moëns (salle Gaston Laverrière), suitable from age 3. Free entry for the whole family, choose from the wood-carving workshop or board games competitions.
© 2016 Festival LudiDARX

© 2016 Festival LudiDARX

 

  • 8th-16th October 2016: “Dotty the Dragon” at the Simply Theatre Studios in Versoix (Centre de Choiseul, Avenue de Choiseul 23A). A funny little dragon in a big scary world. Dotty is a baby Fire Dragon. She lives in a dusty old castle with her grumpy dad, Mr Dragon. She loves to watch the children playing in the village below, and wishes she could join them! One day Dotty has a brilliant idea – she will fly down to the village and say hello! After all, everybody loves surprises, don’t they? But not everybody loves DRAGONS! And nobody wants to be a dragon’s supper. After all, dragons eat children, don’t they? Will Dotty make new friends, or will the fearful village folk put on their wellies, pick up their pitch forks, pull scary faces and chase Dotty back home to her castle?! Brought to life by acclaimed Blunderbus Theatre, this big-hearted adventure is told with magical songs, enchanting music and exquisite puppetry – there’s even a life-sized fire breathing dragon!
    See the Simply Theatre official website for ticket prices and exact performance times.
© 2016 Simply Theatre, Versoix

© 2016 Simply Theatre, Versoix

 

  • 8th-16th October 2016: Fête de la science 2016 in nearby France. Check the official website for all events, science-related activities and fun workshops taking place across France. Pangloss Labs in Ferney Voltaire (12 bis rue de Gex) is organizing 3D printing workshops for all ages, as well as creative workshops. Contact them at ayse@panglosslabs.org for full details.
© Fête de la science 2016

© Fête de la science 2016

 

  • Sunday 9th October 2016: Babar Le Conte, a fun interactive  kids show suitable from age 4 at the Espace culturel du Bois-Des-Arts in Thônex (Chemin du Bois-Des-Arts 62). The show will start at 3pm, but doors will be open from 2pm. Tickets are 10CHF for adults and 5CHF for kids.
© Commune de Thônex

© Commune de Thônex

 

  • Sunday 9th October 2016: Journée Bio’Diversité, a great day-out with plenty of activities centered around sustainable development and biodiversity. Activities and kids workshops will include an organic farmers market, cooking with solar-powered kitchens, donkey rides, wooden games, electric cars and much more. The event will run from 9am until 5pm at the Parc de la Tire in Ferney-Voltaire (11 Impasse du Pegan). FREE ENTRY.
© Mairie de FERNEY-VOLTAIRE

© Mairie de FERNEY-VOLTAIRE

 

  • 11th-16th October 2016: Fête du Théâtre Genève, movie screenings, conferences, shows and theatre workshops for all ages. There will be various parent & child activities at the weekend, along with kids shows so make sure you download the full programme here and reserve your places at reservations@fetedutheatre.ch. FREE ENTRY but advance booking is compulsory.
© 2016 Fête du Théâtre Genève

© 2016 Fête du Théâtre Genève

 

  • Wednesday 12th October 2016: “Laisse ton empreinte”, 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 dinosaurs, and make your own dino paw print! These free workshops in French take place from 2pm until 4.30pm non-stop.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 12th October 2016: “Au coeur de la forêt avec Tohu Wa Bohu” discover the new Amazon river exhibition at Geneva’s MEG museum with fun activities, songs and music for children (in French). Suitable for toddlers from age 2, the session will take place from 4pm to 4.45pm in the museum’s foyer. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets to the exhibition cost between 7 and 10 CHF per person.
© MEG Geneva

© MEG Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 12th October 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 (on Saturday 22nd of October 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 12th October 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

 

  • Thursday 13th, 20th and 27th October 2016: Chinese Painting classes for adults at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Thursday from 1pm until 3pm. Each class costs 60CHF 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

 

  • Friday 14th October 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

 

  • Saturday 15th October 2016: Fête de l’automne at the Salle Lavergne in Ornex (France). In the morning from 10am you can bring in your autumn sculpture or dessert for the day’s competition, while from 2pm until 6pm there will be fun kids workshops, donkey rides, face painting, bouncy castles and much more. FREE ENTRY.

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  • Saturday 15th October 2016: Scary Night at the Castle at the Château de Chillon in Veytaux near Montreux (VD). From 5pm to 11pm your little night owls can take part in this night-time adventure at one of Switzerland’s most breath-taking medieval fortresses. The castle will be lit with torches and filled with music, scary activities and a ghostly light installation on the castle’s walls by light designer Gerry Hofstetter. Entry is 15CHF per person or 35CHF for family tickets, free entry for children under 6.
© La Nuit de l'épouvante 2014, Château de Chillon

© La Nuit de l’épouvante 2014, Château de Chillon

 

  • 15th-16th October 2016: Genève Fête son Terroir, a local Swiss festival perfect for the whole family. From yodel to pony rides for the little ones, this is a great day out for all ages! Click here for full details.
© 2016 Genève Fête son Terroir

© 2016 Genève Fête son Terroir

 

  • Sunday 16th October 2016: Marche de l’Espoir from 11am to 5.30pm on the Quai du Mont-Blanc in Geneva. This is a great charity event with activities for all the family, including live music, international food stalls, folk dance and face painting. The Marche de l’espoir is in support of the charity Terre des Hommes Suisse.
© 2016 Terre des Hommes Suisse

© 2016 Terre des Hommes Suisse

 

  • 16th-20th October 2016: 36th Olympic Week at the Musée Olympique in Ouchy (Lausanne). Were you born between the 1st of July 2001 and the 30th of June 2008? If this is the case, get ready for five days of fun and sport with more than 30 activities on offer in and around The Olympic Museum. Registration is free. Your accreditation will give you “à la carte” access to all the activities from Sunday 16th to Thursday 20th of October 2016, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Find full details and the complete list of sports on offer on the Olympic Museum official website
The Olympic Museum - Le Musée Olympique © Copyright 2016. All rights reserved

The Olympic Museum – Le Musée Olympique © Copyright 2016. All rights reserved

 

  • Wednesday 19th October 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 19th October 2016: “Laisse ton empreinte”, 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 dinosaurs, and make your own dino paw print! These free workshops in French take place from 2pm until 4.30pm non-stop.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 19th October 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 (on Saturday 22nd of October 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 19th October 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

 

  • Thursday 20th and 27th October 2016: Chinese Painting classes for adults at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Thursday from 1pm until 3pm. Each class costs 60CHF 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

 

  • Saturday 22nd October 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 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 22nd October 2016: Fête du Menu Bétail at the Place de la Sardaigne in Carouge. From 9am until 5pm, this great family event will showcase family animals from the region. Local farmers will involve your little ones in various activities including cheese-making, sheep shearing and many more. This is like a petting zoo right in the heart of Carouge, so definitely something children will love. Free entry.
© 2016 Syndicat d'élevage du menu bétail de Genève

© 2016 Syndicat d’élevage du menu bétail de Genève

 

  • Saturday 22nd October 2016: first Disco on Ice of the season at the Patinoire des Vernets in Geneva! The disco will run from 7.30pm until midnight, entry is 6 CHF for adults and 3 CHF for children. If you don’t have your own ice-skates, you can hire a pair for just 2 CH. The next Discos on Ice will be on the following dates: Saturday 19th November 2016; Saturday 28th December 2016; Saturday 14th January 2017; Saturday 11th February 2017.
Disco sur glace Patinoire des Vernets © Ville de Genève

Disco sur glace Patinoire des Vernets © Ville de Genève

 

  • 22nd-26th October 2016: Atelier Petit Fermier at the Parc Pré Vert du Signal de Bougy (VD). A great workshop for little ones, where they will learn to feed the small farm animals and collect fresh eggs! FREE ENTRY, advance booking required at 058 568 31 50.
The playground at the Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy. Photo © Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy

The playground at the Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy. Photo © Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy

 

  • 22nd October 2016-13th March 2017: The patinoire de Nyon-Rive reopens for the winter season! The ice rink will open at 10am on Saturday 22nd and this year it 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)

 

  • Sunday 23rd October 2016: “Le loup et les sept chevreaux” – Lecture d’un conte, free story-time for little ones aged 4+ at Signal de Bougy (VD), with 3 different sessions starting at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary. The show will take place at the amphitheatre or at the Salle Mont-sur-Rolle in case of rain.

 

Copyright © MAH Ville de Genève

Copyright © MAH Ville de Genève

 

  • Monday 24th-Friday 28th October 2016: Semaine médiévale aux Charmilles, a week of fun activities from age 4 on the theme of the Middle-Ages, including creative workshops, movies and costume parades.
Copyright © Le 99 - Espace de Quartier

Copyright © Le 99 – Espace de Quartier

 

  • Monday 24th-Friday 28th October 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).

 

  • 25th-29th October 2016: Creativity Workshop for Kids at Life of Art in Geneva. Life of Art is offering an autumn workshop for children. During the workshop, they will learn to draw, paint, create their own collage and decoupage. The workshops will run from 3.30pm until 5.30pm and the price is 300CHF per child, all materials are included. Feel free to contact the school’s founder Lisa Anderson for more information and to reserve a place: tel. +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

 

  • Wednesday 26th October 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 26th October 2016: “Laisse ton empreinte”, 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 dinosaurs, and make your own dino paw print! 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

 

  • Thursday 27th October 2016: Chinese Painting classes for adults at Life of Art in Geneva. The classes will run every Thursday from 1pm until 3pm. Each class costs 60CHF 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

 

  • Friday 28th October 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

 

  • 28th-30th October 2016: Festival Salamandre in Morges (VD). A great nature festival with a jam-packed programme filled with nature-themed films, laboratories of discovery, activities for children, story times, creative workshops, indoor climbing and more. Open from 10am until 7pm (6pm on Sunday) at the théâtre et complexe sportif de Beausobre in Morges. Tickets are 12CHF for adults and 5CHF for kids. FREE ENTRY for children under the age of 6.
Copyright 2016 Festival Salamandre

Copyright 2016 Festival Salamandre

 

  • Saturday 29th October 2016: Pully for kids 2, a great family event at the maison pulliérane, with activities including circus shows, story time, kids movies, concerts, workshops and kids disco! The event will run from 2pm until 9.30pm. FREE ENTRY, click here to download the full programme.
© 2016 Ville de Pully, Suisse

© 2016 Ville de Pully, Suisse

 

  • Sunday 30th October 2016: Fête de la glace at the Patinoire des Vernets in Geneva (Rue Hans-Wilsdorf 4, Les Acacias). FREE ENTRY, from 10am to 4pm everyone will be able to try their hand at a new winter skating discipline, including ice hockey and figure skating. All activities and rental of ice-skates are free of charge, and the sessions will be accompanied by live DJ sets and many activities for all ages!
Fête de la glace - photo © Fabienne Muller

Fête de la glace – photo © Fabienne Muller

 

Puces de Nyon (VD). Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Puces de Nyon (VD). Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

SUNDAY BRUNCH, DAYS-OUT & MORE:

  • You can read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons.
  • Stuck for ideas on a Sunday? Find some ideas and suggestions here !
  • Spring is a fantastic time to explore Switzerland and its picturesque villages. Read our previous post for suggestions about great days out with the kids.
  • When the sun is out, why not take the boat across the lake to visit the medieval village of Yvoire in nearby France?
  • A bit further away but definitely worth a visit is the French village of Pérouges, it’s a great family day out!

 

ONGOING:

  • 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.

 

  • until 19th February 2017: Châteaux forts et chevaliers, a great new exhibition at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva, perfect for budding knights and daring princesses. Click here for the complete list of kids guided tours and workshops taking place during the school holidays.
Copyright © MAH Ville de Genève

Copyright © MAH Ville de Genève

 

  • 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

 

  • 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.
Baroness Matilda enjoying a cup of tea - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Baroness Matilda enjoying a cup of tea – photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

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