Museums

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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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Cézanne For Kids

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If you missed the “Ô Cézanne” art exhibition at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne last February, you’ll be happy to know that it will be coming soon to the Espace Nouveau Vallon in Chêne-Bougeries! Suitable for children aged 5 to 11, the Exposition-jeu d’éveil culturel : Ô Cézanne  is a fun way to introduce your little ones to one of the most iconic painters of the 19th century. If you’ve never taken them […]

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What’s On in September 2015

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The summer holidays have flown by so fast and it’s time to go back to our routines but don’t worry as there is still a great deal to do with children in this wonderful area during the autumn months. Make the most of our events listings for the month of September and remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events […]

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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Geneva’s Firefighters Museum

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Just when you think you have the whole city sussed and could navigate all its best child-friendly hideouts with your eyes closed, along comes an impressive new discovery in the shape of the Musée du Service d’incendie et de secours – Ville de Genève. To say that this is every little boy’s dream museum would be an understatement: my two little men could hardly contain their excitement as they climbed the […]

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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 May

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The month of May is here, let’s hope the weather will soon be back on track & bring some much needed sunshine with it… 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 […]

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Night at the Museum

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La Nuit des musées de Genève & “after en famille” will be taking place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of May 2013. This is the first time that the city’s museums will be opening their doors to the public at night and it sounds like it will be a fantastic weekend: the programme is filled with 163 events including workshops, guided tours, art performances and story-telling. Here’s what’s in store…   […]

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Swiss Museum of Games

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Housed in a beautiful 13th century castle and surrounded by an outdoor games trail as well as a fab playground, the Musée Suisse du Jeu is one of the best child-friendly museums in Switzerland & definitely one of our favourites.     The Musée Suisse du Jeu is located in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD) about one-hour’s drive from Geneva, right on the picturesque shores of Lake Léman and just a short walk from the Alimentarium in Vevey, so […]

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Springtime in Carouge

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Part exciting showcase of contemporary street art, part unadulterated fun for all ages, the Festival de Printemps Carougeois is an eclectic spring event covering a multiplicity of creative settings: art installations, theatre, dance, live music and children’s activities. This year, Geneva’s most mediterranean suburb will rouse from the last grip of winter to celebrate its joyful springtime from the 18th to the 28th of April 2013. And the central theme? Well, this […]

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What’s On in April

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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 ! Read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your […]

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Bringing History to Life

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A new permanent exhibition “Noblesse Oblige – Life at the Château” will open at the Château de Prangins (VD) on Saturday 23rd of March 2013. If you’d like to take your little muffins back in time and discover together what the everyday life of a noble family of the Vaud region was like in the 18th century, then this exhibition is for you. From 1771 to 1786, the Baron of Prangins Louis-François Guiguer, his […]

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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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Creaviva Children’s Museum

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Paul Klee is without a doubt one of Switzerland’s best loved artists of all times. His distinctive use of colour and simple shapes, at times geometrical or abstract, make him immediately recognizable and also very appealing for children. This is why I jumped for joy when I found out about the Creaviva Children’s Museum, located on the lower ground floor of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern – less than 2 hour’s drive from Geneva. As you approach the […]

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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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Gardening at Prangins Castle

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If you’re a keen gardener or still a beginner but raring to learn more, why not make the most of spring and take a gardening course in the beautiful grounds of Prangins Castle ? On the first Saturday of the month, starting from the 2nd of March until the 5th of October 2013 you’ll be able to learn about soil types, organic planting tecniques, heritage vegetables and caring for fruit trees with the glorious […]

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The Alimentarium in Vevey

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The Alimentarium in Vevey (VD) is one of the best days-out we’ve had with our 3 munchkins this winter. Only one-hour’s drive from Geneva, a family outing to Vevey is a great option on a Sunday: the Alimentarium is open from 10am to 6pm and – after your visit – you can take a stroll to enjoy the superb views over Lake Léman and the mountains. However wonky, a snap of Swiss […]

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Discover Plainpalais

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You might have guessed by now that we have a very soft spot for Plainpalais, one of Geneva’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Around ‘la plaine’ of Plainpalais you will find some great museums, Europe’s largest skatepark, a host of hip restaurants, bars and boutiques, as well as all the art galleries of Le Quartier des Bains. However, our absolute favourite at the moment is the Neon Parallax series of light installations that you can see on the rooftops of […]

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What’s On in February

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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?). You can also enjoy some fantastic kids activities with your little ones in Carouge (read here), which include story-telling, shows and baby music and are […]

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Open Day at the Grand Theatre

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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the largest production theatre in French-speaking Switzerland ? If so, mark Wednesday 30th of January 2013 on your agenda as on this day the Grand Théâtre de Genève will be hosting a free “Journée portes ouvertes” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theatre’s re-opening. On this occasion, Geneva’s Grand Théâtre will open the doors of its studio-workshops to the public – […]

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What’s on in January 2013

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I can’t believe how fast 2012 has flown by, can you ? Now that January 2013 is here, we’ve got our usual “what’s on” ready for you – and remember that all the ice-rinks in and around town are still open until February !   Saturday 5th of January 2013 at 2.30pm “De Genève aux confins du monde – Une promenade extraordinaire” family workshop at the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG). From […]

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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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Xmas at the Ariana Museum

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The Ariana Museum (Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre) in Geneva houses one of grandest Ceramics and Glass collections in Europe. You might have spotted the museum’s beautiful building, built at the end of the 19th century, nestled in an elegant garden just a few steps away from the Palais des Nations. The agenda of family-friendly events during the month of December at the Ariana Museum is fantastic, so if you’re here […]

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It’s a Chocolate Xmas !

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We’ve already blogged about how much we love the Château de Prangins (VD) but this time I think they’ll truly knock our Xmas socks off ! If you love chocolate and you have little buttons who just can’t wait for the 25th to come, mark this free family event on your diary – I have a feeling there will be plenty of chocolate-moustached little faces walking around…   Sunday 9th of December […]

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December at MAMCO

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The agenda for December 2012 at MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, is filled with great events that are free of charge thanks to the support of the Fondation Lombard Odier.   If you’d like to find out more about Switzerland’s biggest contemporary art museum, here’s some dates for your diary:   Thursday 20th December 2012: LAST CHRISTMAS ! XMAS PARTY 2012 from 8pm to 5am Villa Magica Records, Mamco & le Centre […]

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November at MAMCO

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The agenda for November 2012 at MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, is filled with great events that are free of charge thanks to the support of the Fondation Lombard Odier. If you’d like to find out more about Switzerland’s biggest contemporary art museum, here’s some dates for your diary:     1. MUSÉE GRATUIT On the first Sunday of each month MAMCO organizes a guided tour in French beginning […]

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Workshops for Budding Anthropologists

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The autumn school holidays in the Canton of Geneva are nearly upon us, so if your children and teens dream of a life of adventures learning about different human cultures here’s some dates for your diary. “Des ethnologues en herbe mènent l’enquête”: in these workshops the children will set off armed with a camera, recording device and notebook to discover unexpected people and places that will reveal more about the secrets […]

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Kings of the Castle

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The Musée national suisse at the Château de Prangins is one of our favourites. Located just a few minutes outside of Nyon, this 18th century castle overlooking Lake Léman is surrounded by exquisite gardens and hosts one of the Swiss National Museums. We’ve been there many times with the children because it’s one of the most interactive and kid-friendly museums in the area, and also for some fun birthday parties that the children had […]

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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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