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Life of Art

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Launched in January 2016, Life of Art is the brainchild of Lisa Anderson, a half-British half-Japanese expat and long-term Geneva resident. After attending a British international school in Switzerland, Lisa travelled the world and worked in Hong Kong before returning to Geneva to pursue her dream of opening an art school. But Lisa dreamed of a different kind of art studio: one that would be stylish, filled with light and welcoming. “I wanted […]

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What’s On in April 2016

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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! APRIL 2016 EVENTS LISTINGS: 29th March-1st April 2016: “Ainsi font les marionnettes”, kids holiday workshops organized by the Théâtre de Marionnettes de Genève at the MEG […]

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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 February 2016

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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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French Classes for Mums

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We have some great news for expectant and new mums in Geneva looking to improve their French language skills! From January until May 2016, OSEO Genève is organizing French language courses for mums, focused on acquiring the correct vocabulary and conversational skills to talk about pregnancy issues, baby’s health and birth. This course will enable mums to feel confident when speaking in French to local health professionals and paediatricians, helping to reduce […]

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What’s On in January 2016

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Still recovering from ringing in the new year with friends and family? Same here, hence the late posting of our monthly listings (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 make the most […]

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A Historical Brasserie

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Much to our delight, last week we were invited by Le 49 Rhône restaurant to try a few signature dishes from their brasserie menu. As the name suggests, Le 49 Rhône  sits right in the heart of Geneva’s most luxurious shopping avenue, in the exact location where a distinguished brasserie has stood for over a century. Preceded by the former Brasserie Bavaria – established in 1912 as bistro of choice for all League of Nations delegates – and […]

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Family Classes at Music Together

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During the cold winter months it’s sometimes hard to find the right activity to stimulate your young child’s imagination and ability to learn, while at the same time making new friends. If you’re feeling a bit stuck for ideas and are dreading the freezing winter months ahead, take a look at the list of upcoming Family Classes at Music Together in Geneva, which will begin on the 11th of January […]

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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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Free Christmas Activities

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Here’s a brief list of fun Christmas activities you can enjoy with your little ones in the coming weeks, and they are all free of charge! There will be plenty more to come, so remember to check this post and our facebook page regularly for the latest updates.   16th November 2015-2nd January 2016: Joyeux Noël at the Balexert shopping centre. Visit the « Chalet du Père Noël » on the first floor and […]

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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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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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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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Halloween Events

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Here’s a run-through of the most spooktacular Halloween events coming up this October. Keep checking the list below as we will be adding more family-friendly events as we dig them up! You’ll also find that many parents at local Swiss schools now get together to take the children trick or treating on Halloween night, so make sure you check with your local Association de parents d’élèves and your neighbours to see if they are organizing […]

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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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Festival Champ Libre

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Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of October 2015 will see the launch of the first ever Festival Champ Libre in Plan-les-Ouates (GE), a music and theatre festivals for children aged 3+. The festival’s programme will include music and cookery workshops too, as well as a Délibrunch for families on Sunday 11th of October in the Salle La Mansarde at La Julienne. This family brunch will run from 11.30am until 2.30pm and costs just […]

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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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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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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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Free Geneva Pass

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This Thursday 10th of September 2015 is “Jeûne genevois”, an annual public holiday in Canton Geneva, which means offices, schools, shops and restaurants will be closed. If you’re in town, make the most of the new initiative organized by Geneva Tourism: « En vacances dans votre ville ». All you have to do is pop over to the Genève Tourisme offices on  Rue du Mont-Blanc 18, Geneva between 9am and 4pm to pick up […]

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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 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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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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Music Together in Geneva

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If you’re looking for baby and toddler music classes in Geneva this autumn, take a look at the Music Together in Geneva timetable of courses for children aged 0 to 5, starting on Monday 21st of September 2015. These 45-minute classes are fun and friendly, as well as a great way to make new friends. Each lesson includes songs, nursery rhymes, instrument play and movement to the music.     The Music Together in Geneva autumn […]

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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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Honesty in a Box

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Explore the lush Swiss farmland that’s right on our doorstep and, in all likelihood, you will soon stumble upon an autocueillette sign inviting visitors to pick-their-own fruit and vegetables, or stock up on farm eggs, cheese and home-made jams. Alongside weekly farmer’s markets, Swiss farmers are now happy to offer their bounties of nature in “libre service” from unmanned stalls or sheds that remain open to the public all day and at weekends. This exchange is […]

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Best Ice-Cream Parlours

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We’ve already posted a list of our favourite ice-cream parlours in June 2013, but so many new Italian gelaterie have opened in the area that it’s probably time for a little update, just in time for summer. Italian-style gelato is soft, creamy and simply scrumptious, with a texture that’s entirely different from that of mass-produced ice-cream. The list below only includes Italian gelaterie in the Geneva & Vaud area because, to be […]

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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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Tartares & Co.

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Originally a French dish, steak tartare is now such a firm staple of traditional Swiss cuisine that you can’t leave the country without having tried it at least once (unless you’re vegetarian, of course). Yes, it is true you will find tartare de boeuf featured on most restaurants’ menus, but if you’re looking for a modern, buzzy restaurant for a fun night out with friends then Tartares & Co. in Geneva is the place for […]

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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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Passport to the Big Bang

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If you love cycling as a family, why not saddle up the little’ns and take a tour of the Passeport Big Bang? Launched by CERN in 2013, the “Passport to the Big Bang” is an interactive cycling circuit through Pays de Gex and Canton of Geneva, connecting a series of ten information platforms installed in front of ten key CERN sites. The ten Passeport Big Bang platforms explain the fundamental research streams being […]

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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 Activities 2015

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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.   28th-29th March 2015: Pâques en fête, Easter family event at the Musée romand de la machine agricole in […]

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Le Carrousel

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Le Carrousel in Geneva is one of our favourites toy shops in the area. They recently did some renovation work and the shop is looking better then ever, so much so we couldn’t resist sharing some pics here. If you’re looking for wooden toys, lovely gifts for baby and something truly special like these fire truck pedal cars, then you should definitely take a look at Le Carrousel. You can find […]

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Times Tables, The Fun Way

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My eldest boy has started learning times tables in earnest last year. If you’ve been through, or are going through that stage at the moment, you’ll know what I mean: lots of repetition (tantrums), bribery (chocolate, nintendo ds, you name it) and distracted parents passing the buck at revision time. On my last trip to London, I stocked up on various times tables activity books that make practice and revision […]

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BAP Urban Korean Food

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It’s been a while since we last posted about any good restaurants in the area. Enter BAP Urban Korean Food, a contemporary Korean eatery on Rue de Coutance, just a short walk from Cornavin station in Geneva. The menu at BAP is simple but really quite delicious and authentic, if the Korean families and couples who filled its tables were anything to go by. As well as ‘bap‘ (rice) and kimchi […]

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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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Best Family Ski Resorts

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You’ll have to admit, one of the greatest perks of living in Geneva is being able to enjoy some of Europe’s best ski slopes right on our doorstep (well, almost…) so a post about skiing in the Geneva region is in order, wouldn’t you agree? If you’re ready to explore this winter wonderland, the Geneva Airport website has a fantastic summary of all the best family ski resorts within easy reach of Geneva […]

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Carnival 2015

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Carnival celebrations are so popular across Switzerland and France that it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a quick run through of the main ones coming up during the month of February and March 2015. During these street parties you can expect masked parades, Guggenmusiks (carnival marching bands), folk dances, confetti fights as well as street performances and many activities for children. It is also […]

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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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Flexa Children’s Furniture Giveaway

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How about kicking off the new year with a fantastic online giveaway? Thanks to Flexa children’s furniture we are delighted to offer you the following giveaway, open to all our readers in Switzerland, the UK and mainland Europe. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** You can read more about the latest Flex Play range in our previous post, these great modern designs are guaranteed to look fab […]

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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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The Little Prince Comes to Geneva

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If you missed it in Lausanne last November, don’t worry as the children’s opera Le Petit Prince is coming to the Bâtiment des forces motrices in Geneva from the 6th to the 10th of January 2015. Suitable from age 7, this spectacular opera by Michaël Levinas – based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s childhood classic – has been commissioned by the Opéra de Lausanne and Opéra de Lille and first performed just two months ago. The set […]

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A Pocket Foodie Guide

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What do you get a foodie friend or better half who has everything? The answer might well be the latest gourmet guide “Allons Manger ! Genève” published by Studio Rubic in Geneva. An elegant pocket-sized trove of delights, this fabric-bound guidebook lists 16 of the best restaurants in Geneva, selected not only on the basis of their culinary prowess but also on their service levels, decor, vibe & atmosphere. Each restaurant is […]

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Tried & Tested: Flexa

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As far as contemporary furniture for kids goes, nothing beats modern Scandinavian design, so when Flexa asked Geneva Family Diaries to review the Flexa Play Table and 4 stools from their latest Play Collection, I knew there was only one answer for that. Founded in Denmark in 1972, FLEXA® create contemporary Scandinavian interiors for babies and children, designed to adapt to your little one’s growing needs and made with non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials. Not only are all products […]

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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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