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Easter Events & Activities 2016

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Easter is just around the corner, so if you’re in town during the Easter break take a look at the listings below for some great family and child-friendly events, including some fab egg hunts for the little ones! Remember to keep checking this post for all the latest events we’ll be posting soon. Saturday 12th March 2016: if there are any budding pirates in your household, you won’t want to miss […]

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What’s On in March 2016

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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 tiddlers, winter sledging and indoor playcentres. Here’s our list of suggestions for March 2016, but remember to keep checking our blog, as we will be updating this post with more events each week! CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS If […]

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What’s On in December 2015

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 4th-5th December 2015: 38th edition of the Course de l’Escalade in Geneva. […]

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What’s On in November 2015

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All too soon the days have started drawing in, leaves are falling and the air carries a chilly hint of the months to come, but even as winter approaches there are plenty of great activities to be enjoyed together as a family. Here’s our events listings for the month of November, remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week. PATINOIRES Christmas is not […]

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What’s On in October 2015

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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 2015 Take a peek at our Halloween post for best Halloween parties, events for kids and workshops!   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 […]

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Playgrounds in Geneva, Vaud & Lausanne

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The city of Geneva boasts a grand total of over 85 playgrounds, which include great playing fields like those at the parc la Grange; parc Trembley and the Jardin Botanique, and all schools’ recreation grounds that remain open to everyone outside school hours and at weekends. Bise or shine, they’re great places to make new friends and let the little munchkins burn off energy before heading back home. Not to mention the fact that […]

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What’s on in August 2015

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The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and sunny time of the year. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Take a look at our recent […]

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Swiss National Day

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Swiss National Day is celebrated on August 1st to commemorate the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy – make sure you don’t miss these fab events! This year, why not celebrate Swiss National Day with a brunch at the farm, a Swiss tradition by which farmers welcome the public on their farms for a delicious meal made with local produce?   Fête Nationale du 1er Août à Genève The celebrations in Geneva will start […]

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What’s On in July 2015

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The kids’ summer holidays have started — can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by, can you? Whether you’ll be away, working or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Scroll down to see the list of summer activities in Geneva and Vaud, who said there’s nothing to […]

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What’s On in June 2015

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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. If […]

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What’s On in May 2015

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The month of May is here with so many exciting family events you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s our initial list of events taking place in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week: 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 […]

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Key English School

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If you’re looking for a fun & engaging holiday camp for your children this summer, then Key English School might be the answer. With a wide range of summer camps for children aged 3 to 15, available at various locations in Geneva and Lausanne, Key English School provides excellent childcare and education during the school holidays. Parents are able to choose between full days (from 9am to 5pm) or half days, with morning […]

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What’s On in April 2015

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Spring is finally here to stay and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings for the whole family. Here’s our list of suggestions, but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating it with more events each week! 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 […]

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Easter at PAKOMUZé 2015

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The 10th edition of “PâKOMUZé” is back this year to keep your little munchkins entertained during the Easter holidays. This fantastic initiative for children & families will take place from the 3rd to the 19th of April 2015 across 32 museums in Lausanne, Pully, Yverdon-les-Bains and the Vaud Riviera. The objective of PâKOMUZé” (phonetic transcription of ‘Pâques au Musée’) is to offer a selection of great kids activities ranging from police forensic workshops for 10 to 12 year-olds […]

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New Bricks Café Opens in Lausanne

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The much-dreaded bise, the freezing northern wind that around this time of year takes hold of the entire Lac Léman region, is here again, making a visit to our favourite playground a very unappealing option for the little ones. But fear not, as a new Lego® and Duplo® Bricks Café has just opened in St-Sulpice (Lausanne), so we can keep our cheeky monkeys entertained and meet up with their little friends without freezing our […]

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What’s On in December 2014

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 5th-6th December 2014: Geneva’s 37th Course de l’Escalade. The Christmas spirit is spreading […]

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Christmas Sparkle

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With snow-capped mountains, world-renowned Xmas markets and cozy wooden chalets so close to home, Switzerland is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the festive season. If you’re lucky enough to be spending Xmas here, take a look at our festive listings for the coming weeks and remember to check for all last minute events and New Year’s celebrations that will be added to the list very […]

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What’s On in November 2014

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Here’s our events listings for the month of November, remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! PATINOIRES Christmas is not far off and if you’d like to delve deep into the winter spirit, you can grab your ice-skates and join the fun at the ice-skating rinks that are already open for the season, including the patinoire des Vernets and the patinoire […]

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What’s On in October 2014

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Here’s our events listings for the month of October, remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week. TOY & BOOK LIBRARIES On those gray, drizzly autumn days when nothing seems to placate your little buttons, remember you can visit your local ludothèques for a spot of free-play and some light relief. Public libraries are also a great place for your children: many host […]

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Jayland

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The glorious Indian summer of the past few days seems well and truly over so, as we brace for the drizzly autumn weeks to come, we thought it was time to share some pics of a newly-opened indoor play centre. Tucked away in a small retail park in Villars-ste-Croix on the outskirts of Lausanne, Jayland boasts 900m² of climbing frames, trampolines, spiral slides and a baby play area that are just what the doctor […]

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What’s On in September 2014

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The summer holidays have flown by so fast we barely had time to dry out our bathing suits. Already, it’s time to go back to the old routines but don’t worry as there is still a great deal to do with children in this wonderful area during the autumn months so make the most of our events listings for the month of September. Remember to keep checking our blog on […]

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What’s On in August 2014

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The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. 1st August 2014: celebrate Swiss National Day with a brunch at the farm, a […]

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What’s On in July 2014

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The kids’ summer holidays have started, I can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by! Whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Scroll down to see the list of summer activities in Geneva and Vaud, who said there’s nothing to […]

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What’s On in June 2014

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

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What’s On in May 2014

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The month of May is here with so many exciting family events you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s our initial list of events taking place in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week: 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. And for […]

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Twice the Fun

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We’ve already posted about the “Ô Cézanne” exhibition at the Espace de la Jeunesse in Lausanne but when we actually visited it was so much better than we expected, so here’s some photos to show you how great it was. First of all, it’s not just one but two fantastic family exhibitions in the same place. When you arrive at the Espace de la Jeunesse head straight for the Espace des Inventions round building: […]

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Junior Days Giveaway

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We’re delighted to announce our first giveaway in collaboration with Junior Days, the family expo for children aged 4 to 14 that will be taking place at the Expo Beaulieu in Lausanne on the 5th & 6th of April 2014. Don’t miss the opportunity to win one of 5 free family passes (2 adults + 2 children) to this fun family expo! The focus here is all on providing real activities for […]

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Easter at PAKOMUZé 2014

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The 9th edition of “PâKOMUZé” is back this year to keep us & our little munchkins entertained during the Easter holidays. This fantastic initiative for children & families will take place from the 12th to the 27th of April 2014 across 32 museums in Lausanne, Pully, Yverdon-les-Bains and the Vaud Riviera. The objective of PâKOMUZé” (phonetic transcription of ‘Pâques au Musée’) is to offer a selection of great kids activities ranging from police forensic workshops for 10 […]

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What’s On in April 2014

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Spring is finally here to stay and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings for the whole family. Here’s our list of suggestions, but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating it with more events each week! 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 […]

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Meet Petit Toi

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Alejandra is the mumpreneur behind Petit Toi in Lausanne, a design shop for children which opened its doors at the end of February, specializing in designer kids’ furniture, accessories and toys. Alejandra has selected children’s furniture with a unique and personal touch: you can choose from the latest European and American designs as well as more vintage pieces. Toys and decorative objects are sourced from all over the world, but always bearing in mind […]

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What’s On in March 2014

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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 tiddlers, winter sledging and indoor playcentres. Here’s our list of suggestions for March 2014, but keep checking our blog, as we will be updating this post with more events each week! This year, […]

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Snake, Rattle & Roll

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As my boys are currently going through a snakes phase while their little sister is obsessed with apple-eating crocodiles (don’t ask), Expat Husband and I decided that a visit to the Vivarium de Lausanne was in order. The Vivarium holds the biggest collection of poisonous reptiles in Europe, including some stunning world exclusives like the albino Naja Kaouthia and the world’s most poisonous snake. But don’t be put off because if you’re […]

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What’s On in February 2014

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From skiing with the tiddlers to enjoying a delish family Sunday brunch, we’ve posted our favourite tips for a great family weekend in and around Geneva, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (free ice-skating anyone?). If the start of the new year is taking its toll, why not try one of the meditation workshops offered by the public libraries in Carouge? Saturday 1st February 2014: “Robinet et […]

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Cézanne for Families

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A fantastic new exhibition will be opening at the Vallée de la Jeunesse in Lausanne on the 11th of February 2014: “Ô Cézanne”, a fascinating insight into the work of the much-loved post impressionist French painter, perfect for children aged 5 to 11. Who doesn’t love Paul Cézanne’s intense colours and idyllic landscapes? He’s certainly one of the iconic 19th century painters your little ones can easily relate to, and this great exhibition […]

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Ciné au Palais

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If your little explorers love documentaries, don’t miss the upcoming Ciné au Palais in Lausanne on the 1st & 2nd of February 2014. A world-class selection of recent documentaries, which won international accolades at the Sundance, Berlin & Seattle film festivals, will be shown for free at the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne (Place de la Riponne 6). You’ll be able to choose from family classics such as “Ice Age 1”, Tim Haines’ “Walking […]

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What’s On in November

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Here’s our events listings for the month of November, remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events each week !   30th October-16th November 2013: “Just So Stories” by Rudyard Kipling at the Simply Theatre Studios in Versoix (Centre de Choiseul, Avenue de Choiseul 23A). How did the cat learn to walk by himself? Why does the elephant have such a long trunk? Where did […]

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Win Tickets to the Salon Babyplanet in Lausanne

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Are you an expecting mum or a parent of young children, looking for expert advice and information about breastfeeding, baby massage, nutrition or baby signing ? If so, Salon Babyplanet is the ideal destination  for you but also a fun day-out for the whole family, offering a number of exciting activities such as baby-swimming demonstrations, bouncy castles and mini-cars as well as cupcake decorating classes, baby story-time and buggy fitness workshops. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED […]

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What’s On in August

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The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Click here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva, who said there’s nothing to do in the city during the school break ?! Remember to […]

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What’s On in July

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The kids’ summer holidays have started, I can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by ! Whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Click here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva, who said there’s nothing to do in […]

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Learning French Can Be Easy

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Is learning or improving your French still at the top of your to-do list? If so, here’s some very useful information from one of our sponsors: who would have thought that learning French could be as easy as this? The Swiss French School (SFS) method is based on a three-step process which allows students to learn French quickly and use it straight away. With the SFS method you will be able to:  […]

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Easter Fun with PAKOMUZé

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If you’re spending the Easter holidays here with your little bunnies don’t miss “PâKOMUZé”, a fantastic initiative for the whole family taking place from the 29th of March to the 14th of April 2013. PâKOMUZé (phonetic transcription of ‘Pâques au Musée’) will offer a series of fantastic kids activities across 28 museums in Lausanne, Pully and the Riviera vaudoise. With over 60 activities to choose from, including Easter chocolate workshops at the Alimentarium, “P’tit tour […]

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What’s On in March

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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. Here’s our list of suggestions, but keep checking our blog though, as we will be updating it with more events each week ! Free kids activities to enjoy with your little ones in Carouge (read here), including story-telling and theatre shows. Remember that some activities require […]

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Le Royaume Melazic

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Once upon a time, in the middle of Switzerland, there lived two sisters in an enchanted kingdom. One day, they started to sketch their dream clothes and – a few spells later – they had created t-shirts, buttons and shopping bags under the label Le Royaume Melazic. Sisters Soizic and Melanie’s story is the stuff of (Swiss) design dreams: from the launch of their Lausanne-based label in 2006, their creative juices haven’t stopped […]

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Sunday Survival Guide

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It is one of the first things you will hear from other expats when you arrive in Geneva. They might be moaning about it, cranky and stressed from years of suffering, or declare it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you and your family, claiming it gives you time for things other than “worshipping at the altar of Tesco’s” (a direct quote from another expat mum). The thing […]

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What’s On in December

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season ! Take a look at our previous posts for more info about Geneva’s Escalade (7th-9th December 2012); Noël à Carouge (Xmas market 14th-16th December 2012, boutiques open every Sunday); Montreux Noël (until 24th December 2012) as well as Christmas tales under the tree at the Ariana Museum (Sunday 16th December 2012) […]

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Birthday Planning Tips

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At one point or another, we’ve all been thrown into a frenzy by the scary prospect of having to organize our child’s birthday party. The list of questions in our minds becomes endless: have the party at home or find a location where everything will be taken care of ? Invite the whole class or just a few close friends ? Where to find a nice decorated cake and cupcakes the little ones will […]

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She’s Toute Sweet !

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Here at Geneva Family Diaries our eyes are definitely bigger than our tums, so we might be forgiven if – with so many exceptional Master Bakers in our expat community – we find it really hard to resist the temptation to mention them all…   US expat Nikki is as sweet as her culinary masterpieces and the name of her baking business: Toute Sweet, couldn’t be more appropriate ! So if you’d like to […]

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Salon Baby Planet in Lausanne

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If you are first-time parents or you already have children but are expecting another baby, make a note in your diary of the forthcoming Salon Baby Planet, which will take place from Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th of October 2012 at the Expo Beaulieu in Lausanne.   The Salon Baby Planet will host over 70 exhibitors and a series of fun activities including baby massage, baby-gym and various baby classes sponsored by KidsUp, post-natal buggyfit […]

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It’s Olympics Week !

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On your marks, get set…if your children are aged 9 to 15 and they love sports there’s a very exciting (and free!) event coming up at the Musée Olympique in Ouchy from the 14th – 18th of October 2012: the 32nd Semaine Olympique. There will be over 40 free sports activities to choose from including fencing, taekwondo, judo, American football, ice-hockey, capoeira and even cheerleading ! If you have younger children as well, […]

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