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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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Les Ateliers Jeux Verts

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The Geneva summer programme ‘Passeport-vacances 2015‘ will be taking place until the 16th August 2015 so make the most of it if you can: it is a wonderful and inexpensive initiative for children born between 2000 and 2005. It offers plenty of exciting activities as well as access to most of Geneva’s swimming pools. Kids staying in Geneva this summer need not be bored! The price is only CHF 60 for two weeks. One of the […]

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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 summer, take a look at the Music Together in Geneva timetable of summer courses for children aged 0 to 5, starting on Monday 6th of July 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, movement to the music and instrument play. The activities are informal, […]

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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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L’Asticot Sample Sale

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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

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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

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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

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

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What’s On in 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tell Me a Story

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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

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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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