Parks & Playgrounds

Water Fun in Divonne

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This is going to be an extra short, snippety post to share some photos of the brand new water-play area at Forestland in Divonne-les-Bains (France). We’ve already posted about this fab outdoor park last year, but this year’s best features are definitely the tipping buckets and water-sprays! If you have young children or toddlers this is a perfect way to beat the heat without worrying about deep waters or the cold temperature of the lake. […]

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Hic et Nunc

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When it comes to best-kept foodie secrets in the Vaud region, pop-up fish & chips bar ‘Hic et Nunc’ in Grens (VD) is probably up there with the best of them. Although they are open on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm until 10pm throughout the year, summer is the best time to go for a relaxing evening out. When the sun shines, patrons spill out on the courtyard of the old Grens station and […]

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Central Park

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Possibly one of the best (and largest!) playgrounds outside Geneva, the Avenue de la Gare espace de jeux in Divonne-les-Bains is home to the Central Park café and beer garden. If you’ve yearned for a vast yet safely fenced in playground where the little tykes can burn off all their excess energy, while you sit down for a little breather — ideally with something chilled or steamy (of the cup variety) at hand, then […]

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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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Free Summer Activities

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In addition to our previous post about enjoying Geneva for free, we have more tips for you on the best summer activities you can enjoy in the area…FREE OF CHARGE — with or without kids! Because summer fun doesn’t have to cost the earth. FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Geneva: Sortir pour lire, free outdoor activities organized by the Bibliothèques municipales de la Ville de Genève at different locations across town during the months […]

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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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A Day-out at the Arboretum

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When it comes to Swiss National Parks, the Arboretum in Aubonne is one of the best. A unique botanic park featuring 3,000 different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world’s temperate zones, the Arboretum is open all year-round and is free of charge. Spring and summer are a great time of the year to discover the Arboretum’s orchards, which feature many heritage fruit varieties; “La forêt des abeilles” trail and the pathways meandering across the Aubonne river valley. […]

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Every Mum Is an Island

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In full view of the Mont Blanc bridge and yet concealed away from all the hustle and bustle of central Geneva, the île Rousseau is one of the city’s hidden treasures. The île Rousseau is a small island on the river Rhône and a public park dedicated to the city’s most famous philosopher. Its history dates back to the 16th century, when it was first one of Geneva’s walled bastions and – in 1628 – a […]

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Lakefront Family Dining

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The mighty downpour of the last few days calls for some cheering up, so here’s a personal recommendation for a child-friendly restaurant offering plenty of outdoor space for the kids and – on a clear day – amazing views over Mont Blanc: the Buvette du Port de Crans. Many of you are probably already familiar with this buvette right on the Route Suisse in Crans-près-Céligny (VD), but a little reminder won’t go […]

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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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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 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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A Beautiful Day in Saint-Prex

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Thanks to the gorgeous summer weather of the past few weeks we’ve been able to pack up our picnic basket and venture out to discover some great picnic spots, family beaches & lidos. Last weekend, we spent a wonderful day at the Plage du Chauchy in Saint-Prex, a picture-perfect medieval village on the north shore of lake Geneva, not far from Morges in Canton Vaud. If you’ve never been, this charming & well-preserved market town, […]

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Forestland

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A classic family haunt facing the Lac de Divonne, Forestland might be nothing new under the sun for many expats living in the area but the family and I spent such a great afternoon there last Sunday that I thought a few pics were in order. As well as their usual attractions & accrobranche tree-climbing courses, Forestland have recently added a new outdoor laser game and a play area with 5 bouncy castles – and […]

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La Belle Saison

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Nestled at the heart of a luxuriant park near the river Arve, Villa Bernasconi is one of Geneva’s best-kept secrets. It’s taken us a few years to discover this elegant neoclassical family mansion dating back to 1828 and now a thriving art centre hosting up to 5 contemporary art exhibitions per year. Why not make Villa Bernasconi the destination of a family outing this month and make the most of La Belle […]

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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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Parc Pré Vert Reopens

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Perched high on the hills of Bougy-Villars (VD) and bedecked with the most spectacular views over lac Léman & Mont Blanc, the Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy is the stuff of family dreams. It is the place we go to for a fun day-out with friends, a game of mini golf or a visit to the adorable farm animals (the baby goats and piglets are Little Miss Cutie’s favourites!) not to mention all […]

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Family Fun in Rolle

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Don’t you find that, although the weather has turned miserably cold & foggy, your little ones still need plenty of outdoor time to burn off some of their excess energy? Well, mine do so I am always on the lookout for a good playground where we can all relax as a family and enjoy some of those breathtaking views only Switzerland can provide. Our latest discovery is the fantastic playground […]

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Playground delights in Crassier

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In Crassier, a village in the Vaudois countryside situated right on the French border, there’s a particularly wonderful playground so well-furnished with equipment and structures it could almost qualify as a mini adventure park for kids. Tucked behind a pink-toned church on the intersection of Route de Genève and Rue de la Tour, it’s an inviting, spacious area with plenty of features that will incite kids to climb, play, explore, […]

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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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Outdoor Fun in Nyon

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Calling all exhausted mums: if you live in the Nyon area and are looking for a lovely playground where your little monkeys can clamber to their hearts’ content while you have a sneaky little sit-down, head for the place de jeu “Lignes d’aventure” at the Plage des Trois-Jetées. This fab outdoor climbing area – suitable from 3 to 12 years of age – is located next to Nyon plage (walk from Route de […]

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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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Beat the Heat

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When a heatwave (“canicule” in French) hits, what you need is some water fun to keep the little buttons happy and hydrated. Take a look at our previous posts “Make a Splash”, “Surfing in Geneva” and “A Perfect Spot for a Picnic” for ideas on some of the best beaches, lidos and summer spots in the area. But, if you’ve tried them all and are looking for something different (& free of charge!), head to […]

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View From the Treetops

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If your children are as energetic as mine and you’re running out of ideas of what to do, why not try a bit of accrobranche ? There are various aerial adventure parks in the area where children – safely attached to tight ropes – can climb from tree to tree, following an adventure course. Expat Husband loves to take the boys for a treetop-spin when they have just too much energy to […]

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Summer is CinéTransat

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Whoever said there’s no fun to be had in Geneva as everything is just too expensive has probably never experienced one of the city’s best summer events: CinéTransat. If you’re in town from the 11th of July to the 18th of August 2013, make sure you pop round at least once.   CinéTransat is one of the Geneva’s best-loved summer festivals and it’s easy to understand why: every evening from Thursday to […]

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A Perfect Spot for a Picnic

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Ever the optimist, I decided to blog about one of our favourite family picnic spots in the area even though the weather doesn’t look very promising… When the sun shines, especially during the week, I like to take the kids to the Zone de detente du Port in Crans-près-Céligny (VD). In my opinion, this is a great picnic spot for many reasons: there is a large parking area right in front […]

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Books in the Park

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The 9th edition of the Festival livre et petite enfance will take place on the Promenade des Bastions in Geneva from the 21st to the 25th of May 2013. When temperatures soar and the skies get so blue they seem to melt into the lake, there’s no better place to be than one of the city’s luxuriant parks – the family and I just love to soak in the balmy air and hear […]

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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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A Garden Market Fit for Kings

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Do you love gardening ? Are your green fingers itching to get started on this spring’s new seedlings ? If so, don’t miss the “Fête et marché de printemps” at Prangins Castle on Sunday 5th of May 2013. From 10am to 5pm, keen gardeners and their families will be able to enjoy a plethora of free activities including guided tours in French and English, live music and a spring garden market to drop your […]

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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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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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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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Playtime in Nyon

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Last Saturday we came across this fantastic playground in Nyon. It faces the lake (great views are guaranteed!) and is right next door to the Musée du Léman. The playground is called Place de jeux du Bourg-de-Rive (click here to see the map) and there’s an underground car-park just a few meters away.   The Place de jeux du Bourg-de-Rive is around 100 square meters, it’s fenced all around and is for […]

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Pic Nic at the Castle

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The events of La Semaine du Goût that are taking place throughout Switzerland until the end of this week are simply amazing. One of the most charming and family-friendly is definitely the Déjeuner sur l’herbe et marché à l’ancienne organised at the Château de Prangins for this Sunday 23rd of September.     The day will begin at 11am with the old-fashioned market, selling local delicacies such as smoked féra, regional charcuterie, organic wines […]

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Geneva for Free

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We’ve all heard the bleak refrain that usually accompanies the mention of living in Geneva: “It’s one of the most expensive cities in the world!”, cue unnerving mental add-ups and sweaty palms. This is a reputation which is as true as it is hard to shake off. Year after year, Geneva and Zurich feature high on this dreaded list, which sends shivers down the wallets of so many expats. It […]

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Summer in Geneva

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Summertime in Geneva can seem like a very quiet affair to most expats since many foreign families tend to take the children back to their home-country during school holidays. However, Geneva is far from quiet in summer. On the contrary, it offers numerous fun activities for children and a host of great festivals and events that it would be a shame to miss. So, for all those still in town or planning a visit, here’s our best-of list ! […]

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Yoga in the Park

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If you love yoga, or always wanted to try it but never had the chance, why not make the most of the glorious summer season in Geneva and join one of the Yoga in the Park courses starting on Monday 25th of June ? This great initiative is organised by l’association “2 B.E.” and has been going for three years. Courses are held at the Parc La Grange on the following days: Mondays […]

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Meet La Maison de Colette

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La Maison de Colette is definitely one of my favourite Geneva blogs. Created by Marion, a French mother-of-one and design consultant, it’s packed with fantastic style and design inspiration for mums living in Geneva. Last week we met up with Marion to learn more about her family life in Geneva and her stylish blog, here’s what she said: My family & I I am French, originally from Nantes, but I studied in Paris. […]

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Make a Splash!

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Now that summer is finally here, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than let your little ones splash around in one of Geneva’s paddling pools, lake beaches or great lidos ? Free paddling pools Although we often say that life in Geneva is very expensive, did you know just how many free pataugeoires there are in the city? If you’d like to find out, the official Ville de Genève website has published […]

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Paint Party, Pic Nic & Movie Night This Saturday!

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CinéTransat Paint Party: Saturday 2nd of June Parc de la Grange, from midday Make a note in your diary for this great family-friendly event taking place this Saturday in Geneva! The event has been organised to celebrate a “triple anniversary”: the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme, the 10th anniversary of Switzerland’s joining the U.N. and the UN Conference for Sustainable Development RIO+20. The celebration will kick off […]

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Have Baby, Will Fly

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Nothing is guaranteed to test your parenting skills to the limit as air travel with your little ones. Everything from check-in to safety checks and never-ending queues are every parent’s idea of hell. However, if you’re flying from or via Geneva there’s help at hand in the shape of the fantastic playroom at Geneva Airport. This amazing space for 0 to 5 year-olds is open everyday from 8am til 8pm and is located […]

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Great Days Out with the Kids

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Spring is the best time to get out of Geneva and explore Switzerland (it’d be even better if it stopped raining, enough is enough now). We’ve still got a lot to go through on our bucket list but here’s some of the places we’ve visited so far, which the children have really enjoyed. We hope it will help if you’ve recently moved here and are looking for ideas for fun days-out. Please […]

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