Indoor Fun

Tea Time at Laduree

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If macaroons are you weakness and you dream of a relaxed, civilized Wednesday afternoon with the little ones then you’ll be happy to learn that Ladurée in Geneva are now organizing afternoon tea-times for children aged 5 to 10 (accompanied by an adult or carer or frazzled mum, of course). The Ladurée “Goûters des enfants” will take place at 2.30pm in their tea-room on the Quai des Bergues (rue du Mont-Blanc […]

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Reach for the Stars

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Small but perfectly formed, the Musée d’Histoire des Sciences is one of Geneva’s coolest museums, especially if you love science. The museum’s current exhibition “Terre et Soleil” tells the story of how Copernicus, Galileo and Isaac Newton first put into doubt the ancient geocentric theories and subsequently provided their own theories of a dynamic system of planets orbiting around the sun. If you think this sounds too complicated for children, it’s not. The exhibition is […]

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Swiss Bricks

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Nestled in the elegant gardens of the Domaine de Penthes, the Musée des Suisses dans le Monde is about to unveil a brilliant new exhibition, one we can’t wait to get our hands on (quite literally!). If you thought that LEGO ® and history were an unlikely combination, think again because the Musée des Suisses upcoming exhibition, “Histoire en Briques“, will be doing just that. From the 1st of November 2015 until the 14th […]

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House of Creativity

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If you have little ones aged 6 months to 6 years-old, don’t miss the grand opening of the new Maison de la créativité on the premises of the old Musée d’ethnographie in Conches (Geneva), which will take place on Saturday 3rd of October 2015 from 2pm until 5pm. This newly-refurbished family space, dedicated to young children and their carers, is a spectacular creative hub where little ones will be able to explore the […]

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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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What’s On in March 2015

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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 2015, but remember to keep checking our blog, as we will be updating this post with more events each week!   […]

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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 February 2015

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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, Vaud and nearby France, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (…free ice-skating anyone?). We had to wait a fair bit for it, but now that we have plenty of snow, what about taking the little ones for some […]

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What’s On in January 2015

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Still recovering from ringing in the new year with friends and family? Same here, hence the late posting of our usual “what’s on” (apologies for that!). January is usually a slow start for everyone, so please remember to check our listings regularly as we will be adding new events every week. Find more info about family-friendly brunches in our post “Sunday brunch with kids” or book your little one’s ski lessons to […]

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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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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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Little Creature Comforts

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If you’ve just moved to Geneva, chances are you will be on the lookout for various bits & bobs for the house, including furniture. We’ve been there and understand how difficult it is to get it all sorted (in our particular case with 3 little reluctant shoppers in tow and a significant lack of DIY skills). It is true that IKEA in Vernier and Aubonne (VD) offer excellent supervised play areas and family-friendly restaurants, but […]

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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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Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

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Are you looking for a dance or ballet class for your little one? So are we, hence the following list of dance schools where little ones as young as 6 months can strut their stuff. Please let us know if you have tried a dance school that deserves to be recommended, we will be updating our list regularly so new recommendations are always welcome! We also guarantee that there are […]

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Playtime at the Ludotheque

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What makes the much dreaded rentrée more exciting and fun? For us, discovering that some of our favourite family haunts have undergone a superb makeover and are now even better than before. This was the case last week when I dragged my little grumpy monsters back to the Ludothèque de Nyon to return the toys they’d borrowed over the summer to discover the whole place had been renovated and filled with a selection […]

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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 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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Fi-Fon-Fan: Festival des Enfants

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The 9th edition of the Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève, running from the 4th to the 13th of April 2014, has some gems in store to be enjoyed with or without children in tow. With over 100 movies covering different genres & themes, this festival focuses on the reality and culture of Eastern society with movies competing in the following sections: «L’Orient dans tous ses états», «Regards de femmes», […]

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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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Sunday Breakfast with a Difference

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The Am Stram Gram theatre in Geneva has come up with a fantastic idea to liven up those lazy Sunday mornings and I – for one – can’t wait to try it! Every Sunday morning in March and until the 6th of April 2014, La Brioche des Mioches welcomes children aged 5+ accompanied by their parents to a continental-style breakfast followed by a poetry & music show in French entitled “Peek-a-boo”.   The family […]

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Win Tickets to Expo Juniors

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If you’re looking for a fun day-out for the whole family, with plenty of creative and educational activities, parades, live shows and sports performances then the Expo Juniors fair at Geneva Palexpo is the event for you. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** What’s more, if you take part in our online giveaway you might win free tickets for you and your family to the best event of […]

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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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Siegfried at the Opera

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As part of the bicentenary celebrations commemorating Wagner’s birth, the Grand Théâtre de Genève has gone the extra mile to offer families an opportunity to enjoy an evening at the opera together. On the 21st & 22nd of March 2014 they will be showing the opera for children: “Siegfried ou qui deviendra…”, a “fantasy musicale” by Peter Larsen suitable from age 8. Loosely based on Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung”, the hour-long performance […]

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Indoor Playcentres

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Considering we still have so many rainy days ahead of us, I reckoned a post about indoor play centres could come in handy. Last Sunday we took the little monsters to the Vitam’Migros Leisure Centre in Neydens (France) to burn off some of that boundless excess energy and I took some photos to share with you here. On this occasion, we opted for a run around in the Vitam’Ludic play area and laser […]

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Did You Say Concerto?

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How would you like to take your children on a musical journey of discovery across time, from Vivaldi to Mozart and beyond? “Concerto, vous avez dit concerto?” is a special family concert that will be taking place at the Théâtre Forum Meyrin on Thursday 13th of March 2014 at 7pm. Suitable from age 6, the show will last approx. 1 hour so still perfect for an early bedtime!   Directed by Philippe […]

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It’s a CrocO’deal

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I might be late to the party but CrocO’deal Coffee in Divonne-les-Bains is such a fab child-friendly haven that I can’t resist blogging about it…better late than ever is what I say! If you haven’t been yet, make sure you pop round for a cup of coffee or one of their upcoming activities such as creative workshops, story-time in French, Bébé gym, Zumba or dance classes. Owner Jennifer Letellier opened CrocO’deal Coffee in July 2013: […]

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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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Robinson Crusoe in Geneva

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Daniel Defoe’s adventure classic “Robinson Crusoe” will be brought to the stage by the young performers at the Théâtre Rodolphe Töpffer in Geneva (21, Avenue Eugène Pittard) from the 9th of February to the 9th of March 2014. Performed in French, this stage production will tell the story of the world’s best-known castaway and his companion Friday – following the main storyline of the original book. We have enjoyed the previous […]

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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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Indoor Fun at Fnac Kids

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Following a makeover in November 2013, the Fnac Kids section at the Genève Rive store is looking great: the books selection is much larger, with plenty of great toys and gift ideas too – but the best bit for me is the number of free workshops and readings that are now part of the bookshop’s weekly agenda. I popped in last week with my Little Missy and did not come away empty […]

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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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All Aboard

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This weekend the little pirates & I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Musée du Léman in Nyon. Recently renovated, this great museum is an ideal destination for a family day-out: not only it’s child-friendly and very interactive but it’s located just next to one of Nyon’s best playgrounds, facing Lake Léman & its stunning views. And when your visit is over, you can take a stroll in Nyon’s old town and […]

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Mummenschanz for Families

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The new year has kicked off and – if you’re planning ahead for the coming months – don’t forget to book tickets for “Mummenschanz for Families”, an iconic Swiss theatre company coming to the Batiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva on the 15th-16th of March 2014.   Since their launch in Paris in 1972, the mime shows by Swiss theatre company Mummenschanz have become legendary the world over: nothing quite compares to their […]

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What’s On in January 2014

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I can’t believe how fast 2013 has flown by, can you? Now that January 2014 is here, we’ve got our usual “what’s on” ready for you but remember to check our listings regularly as we will be adding new events every week. Find more info about family-friendly brunches in our post “Sunday brunch with kids” or book your little one’s ski lessons to make the most of the season’s snowfall (more info here). Did you […]

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It’s a Family Classic

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Mark your diary for the next “concert en famille” by Geneva Camerata on Saturday 18th of January 2014 at the salle Frank-Martin in Geneva (Collège Claparède, 3 Rue de la Vallée). These family concerts are a relaxed & enjoyable way to introduce your little ones to the best classical pieces and have fun together. Each concert has a musical theme developed through a series of wonderful compositions the young audience can delight in. […]

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Kids Welcome Here!

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A very warm welcome to our guest blogger Michelle Levesley, a British mum-of-three & English teacher living in France. In her first post for Geneva Family Diaries she shares a rave review about Gastro-Mômes, a delicious & child-friendly café-cum-takeaway-service in Douvaine, equipped with a superb play-area. Thank you Michelle!     My Wednesdays as an expat mum living in France have always involved me being a taxi service for Number One to and from […]

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What’s On in December 2013

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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.   Visit Santa: Don’t forget you can visit Santa’s house in nearby Andilly (France) during the holidays  or enjoy the magnificent celebration of the Noël des Alpes in Annecy. Check out the official website of […]

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Xmas Market at the Castle

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You know the holidays are around the corner when Christmas markets start showcasing their festive wares. And there are few better ways to get into the yuletide spirit, while also crossing a few items off your gift list, than strolling through a spice-scented market complete with handmade candles and advent wreaths. Very soon there will be an abundance of such markets to choose from, but if there’s one in the […]

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Christmas Wonderland

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This might not be a new find, as Schilliger is one of the best-known garden & home-decor stores in canton Vaud, but the Xmas displays at Schilliger Gland get more sumptuous every year so I really can’t stop myself from posting the photos I took this weekend. The official purpose of our visit was to find a turtle or tropical fish for my boys, but – needless to say – Mum got […]

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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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Art for Kids

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Do you love art ? Would you like to introduce your little budding artists to some of the world’s most iconic artists ? If so, take a look at the upcoming children workshops organized by Véronique and Sara, founders of La Lucarne in Geneva. Véronique Gonzalez, an archaeologist, and Sara Terrier, an art historian, brought together their skills and passion for the art world to create La Lucarne, an association offering cultural activities for […]

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What’s On in October

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Here’s our events listings for the month of October, remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events each week. Have a wonderful autumn & half-term break everyone ! Tuesday 1st October 2013: “Voyage autour du conte et des histoires” storytime from age 4 at the library of La Julienne in Plan-les-Ouates from 4.30pm to 5.45pm. Free entry.   1st-6th October 2013: Salon […]

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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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