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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 but 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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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


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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L’Asticot Sample Sale


Swiss ethical brand L’asticot will be holding a fab sample sale of their colourful, cozy kidswear ranges on Saturday 15th of November 2014 at their spanking new flagship store in Geneva (Rue des Etuves 10). The sample sale will run from 3pm to 6pm and will feature the last pieces of previous collections sales at 10CHF, 20CHF and 30CHF, so make sure you’re there on time to bag yourself some great bargains and […]

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Viva Vintage

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On December 18th 2014, ASK – All Special Kids teams up with Rush Pop-up Store in the heart of Geneva’s Old Town to host Geneva’s first charity fashion shopping event: VIVA VINTAGE. This charity designer shoes and handbags sale will be held at Nest Gallery in Geneva (rue Etienne-Dumont 14) on Thursday 18th of December from 5pm to 9pm. All proceeds will go directly to supporting children with special educational needs and […]

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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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Spooky Halloween

© La Nuit de l'épouvante 2014, Château de Chillon

When we first moved to Geneva 6 years ago no one in Switzerland, with the exception of expat families of course, really celebrated Halloween. Things have come a long way since then, and you can now dress the part and join in some scary-but-nice village celebrations, pumpkin festivals and torch-lit spooky nights. Here’s a run-through of what’s coming up, keep checking this list as we will be adding spooky Halloween […]

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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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Flying with Kids Update


You might remember us raving about the playroom at Geneva airport in a previous post, but travelling parents have now one more reason to rejoice because the playroom has undergone a complete renovation just 6 months ago. Not only does it still sport all the great equipment we’ve come to rely on, including feeding chairs, baby changing area, sleeping cots and a mini kitchen to prepare toddler meals or warm up milk […]

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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 can strut their stuff from as young as 6 months. 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 […]

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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


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

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What’s On in July 2014

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

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Les Paquis New Clothes


If you think nothing exciting goes on in Geneva, think again. From the beginning of October last year, a group of local Pâquis residents joined forces to set up an inspiring urban knitting project called Les Pâquis se rhabillent. As many other international yarn bombing installations, Les Pâquis se rhabillent has brought together the local community, eager to reclaim and bring to life with yarns & plenty of colour some of Pâquis’ most popular or […]

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What’s On in June 2014

© 2014 Festival Gratte-Bitume, Meyrin Village

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

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Child-Friendly Restaurants


We have posted so many bits of information about child-friendly restaurants in the Geneva region both on the blog and our facebook page that the time has come to tidy it all up into a simple list. This should make for straightforward browsing and hopefully help you find what you’re looking for at the click of a button. This is set to be an ever-growing list so make sure you check it […]

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Fun in the Woods


A forest kindergarten experience in Geneva? Is that possible? Well, according to the information that has just landed in our inbox, yes it is! We haven’t tried them yet, but these summer camps held in the woods around Geneva seem worth sharing so here’s some info and photos to give you an idea of what they’re all about. Ariatelers summer camp for children aged 4 to 8 will be taking place […]

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Spring Birthday Ideas

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Are you planning a spring/summer birthday party for your children and don’t fancy the idea of the little munchkins spending the entire party indoors when they could be enjoying the glorious outdoors we’re so lucky to have on our doorstep? My little monsters have been invited to some fab parties lately and that gave us the opportunity to check out some new birthday locations, mostly outdoors and with a stellar […]

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Carouge Spring Festival

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Le Printemps Carougeois, Carouge’s annual spring festival, is back from the 15th to the 25th of May 2014 with a solid-as-a-rock bill of dance & theatre shows, public installations, readings and live concerts. We have free tickets to give away for this great festival: keep reading to find out how you can be a winner! The theme of the festival’s 50th edition is food & nourishment so brace yourselves for some senses-awakening experiences including […]

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Les Tentations de Camille

© Les Tentations de Camille, Geneva

It’s true that the best things in life are sweet and, once you’ve set eyes on Camille’s spectacular creations, you’ll know they’re beautiful too. A young cake designer from Geneva, Camille can turn sugar paste into the most delicate, perfect creations – not to mention great character cakes and cupcakes for little ones. But don’t just take our words for it, these pics can prove she means sweet business! A […]

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What’s On in May 2014

© Festival livre et petite enfance Geneva

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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Tell Me a Story


The Festival La Cour des Contes in Plan-les-Ouates is one of my favourite spring festivals in Geneva. For ten days, a number of exciting theatre shows, performed stories and workshops bring a new buzz to the city of Calvin – just when we’ve all had enough of winter and spring seems finally to be on its way. This year’s edition, which runs from the 2nd to the 11th of May 2014, will stretch from […]

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Just Dance


Spring is in the air & (very likely) in your step so dust off your dancing shoes because Geneva is going to get ready to strut its stuff for the Fête de la Danse, a national Swiss festival that will get everyone busting some mean moves in the city’s theatres, public parks & art centres. From Wednesday 30th of April until Sunday the 4th of May 2014, the Fête de la […]

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Tried & Tested: Goodness Gracious Foods

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We’re back with another “Tried & Tested” post, where we give you the low-down on specific services and products suitable for your little ones. For this post our star blogger Michelle Levesley, a British mum-of-three & English teacher living in France, has tested a selection of organic, gluten-free baby food pouches from Goodness Gracious Foods with no added salt, sugar or preservatives. Here’s what she had to say…   Michelle’s report: This week my three children […]

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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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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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This Book Is Made for Walking

This book is made for walking © Ville de Genève

Now that spring has officially sprung, how would you like to discover Geneva’s loveliest hidden corners and historical spots in the company of your little ones? “Genève à petits pas” is a fantastic initiative launched by the City of Geneva to celebrate «2014, année de l’enfance» and will take place on the 10th and 12th of April 2014. On Thursday 10th of April 2014, munchkins as young as 3 & 4 enrolled in […]

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New English Playgroup

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There is a new English language playgroup in town for little ones aged 2 to 5! Unfortunately, my children are now too old to attend but I thought this might be useful for many expat parents out there, so here’s some more info… Founded by Isis, the Greenmouse Playgroup is a pre-school playgroup in English which takes place every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 10.30am at the Espace de Quartier “le 99″ in […]

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Sunday Breakfast with a Difference


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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Little Bird Pilates

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If you’ve been wanting to give Pilates a try without the long-term commitment that typically comes with a fitness club membership, the recently opened Little Bird Pilates studio in Gland may be the right place for you. Offering a variety of classes from post-natal to a faster-paced “cardio-lovers” class and a flexible price scheme starting at 25 CHF per lesson, studio owner Johdi Woodford keeps her classes small (max. 8 people) […]

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Win Tickets to Expo Juniors

© 2014 Expo Juniors, Geneva.

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


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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Why Choose Greycoat Lumleys

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Greycoat Lumleys is a respected, London-based recruitment company with a team specifically dedicated to the placement of childcare staff overseas. Lina and Elvie are our expert, friendly consultants, ready and willing to assist all international clients; they are accustomed to placing childcare candidates all over the world and fully understand the needs of expat English families, or families of different nationalities looking for English staff to help with their children.   […]

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Les Recyclables

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With its 11,000 books, healthy plats du jour and relaxed atmosphere, Les Recyclables is one of our favourite haunts in Geneva. It is true that there is no play area as such, but the spirit of this cozy Librairie-Café is so welcoming & laid-back that your little ones are never made to feel like they’re a nuisance. If you have lunch here, the little buttons can have a “Mini” version of your plat du […]

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Did You Say Concerto?


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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Valentine’s Giveaway


We have a fantastic Valentine’s giveaway for our readers so book a baby-sitter for Saturday night and make sure you take part in our online competition! A huge thank you goes out to Allison Bryan for offering two tickets to her upcoming show “Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?” at Simply Theatre in Versoix. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** What better way to enjoy a fun […]

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What’s On in February 2014

© Opéra de Lausanne.

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


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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NEST of Love

Photo © EAGALA for N.E.S.T. Geneva

We all know how relocating abroad as a family can affect our children: sometimes we are able to help them through it ourselves and sometimes we need a helping hand from caring, trained professionals. For this reason, we are very happy to share with you the information we have received from N.E.S.T. Geneva (Network of English Speaking Therapists), an association formed by three English-speaking, mental health professionals based in the Geneva area: Dr. Chitra […]

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Kings of the Burger World

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What great news for all hamburger-lovers and those of us feeling an insatiable craving for crunchy bacon, pickles & cheese melting over a juicy beef patty: The Hamburger Foundation have opened their first THF ‘stationary’ Burger Bar & Restaurant in Geneva! Until the 4th of February 2014, The Hamburger Foundation will be working on the “soft opening” of their new restaurant, meaning they’ll be testing everything and will be very pleased to receive your feedback. […]

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Breathe In & Relax


Have you made any resolutions for the new year? Let me guess…is one of them learning to take things a bit slower, relax and don’t stress as much? Well this one is definitely on my 2014 to-do list but I think many mums might share the same feeling, especially at this time of year. I have just received the following information about new meditation courses offered by the bibliothèques de […]

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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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It’s Party Time!

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A few weeks ago my middle son was invited to a birthday party at Yatouland in Geneva. With 3 kids, I am always looking for new ideas of where to hold birthday parties so I imagine other expat parents might be in the same situation. If you’ve never been to a birthday party at Yatouland but would like to know what it’s like, here’s some photos I took whilst surrounded by a swarm […]

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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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