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What’s On in March

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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Languages & Storytime in Geneva

There’s nothing my little monkeys and I love more than a good story, so we were over the moon to find out about a series of readings for children organized by Geneva’s public libraries around the theme of languages & communication called “Même pas la langue dans la poche….”. Until the 31st of March 2013, parents and their little buttons will be able to visit some of Geneva’s bibliothèques municipales and take part in […]

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What’s On in February

From skiing with the tiddlers to enjoying a delish family Sunday brunch, we’ve posted our favourite tips for a great family weekend in and around Geneva, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (free ice-skating anyone?). You can also enjoy some fantastic kids activities with your little ones in Carouge (read here), which include story-telling, shows and baby music and are […]

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Open Day at the Grand Theatre

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

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Sunday Survival Guide

It is one of the first things you will hear from other expats when you arrive in Geneva. They might be moaning about it, cranky and stressed from years of suffering, or declare it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you and your family, claiming it gives you time for things other than “worshipping at the altar of Tesco’s” (a direct quote from another expat mum). The thing […]

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Family Fun in Carouge

It’s not always easy to find some indoor activities for our little ones during these cold winter days, but the good news is that the libraries in Carouge have come up with a fab winter programme of kids shows, story-telling, baby music and much more – all free of charge ! The events take place in different locations: the Bibliothèque de Carouge (Boulevard des Promenades 2bis); the BiblioQuartier des Grands-Hutins […]

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Share the Neighbourly Love !

Do you remember last summer’s “Jouez, je suis à vous!” public art event in Geneva, where a number of pianos located throughout the city were available for everyone to enjoy ? If you thought that was a good idea, be prepared for something even better: Geneva’s Association Tako – in collaboration with the Ville de Genève – is launching on the 20th of December 2012 “Boîtes d’échange entre voisins” a community art project designed to invite the public […]

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What’s On in December

The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season ! Take a look at our previous posts for more info about Geneva’s Escalade (7th-9th December 2012); Noël à Carouge (Xmas market 14th-16th December 2012, boutiques open every Sunday); Montreux Noël (until 24th December 2012) as well as Christmas tales under the tree at the Ariana Museum (Sunday 16th December 2012) […]

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Ready Steady Escalade – part 2

As promised, I am back with part 2 of my Escalade post to tell you a bit more about one of Geneva’s oldest and proudest traditions. Did you have chance to take part in the Marmite Race last weekend? Costumes were great fun: from nuns to bananas, Smurfs to jellyfish everybody was there ! The countdown to this historical celebrations has started. The weekend of the 12th to the 14th of December […]

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Xmas at the Ariana Museum

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

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December at MAMCO

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

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November at MAMCO

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

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Fun at the Museum

As mentioned in a previous post, I am a bit of an art addict and like to share this passion of mine with the little buttons. As my French improves, I’ve been able to discover more and more kid-friendly activities organised by museums and art foundations in Geneva, so here’s some of my findings so far…   Musée d’Art et d’Histoire – Geneva The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire on Rue Charles-Galland organises some great […]

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Until the Cows Come Home

As summer draws to an end and autumn begins, it’s time for a unique event not to be missed in Switzerland: the Alpabzug or Désalpe, the Alpine procession of beautifully adorned cows making their way home for the winter, marking the end of grazing season.   The most famous Alpabzug or Désalpe take place in the inner regions of German-speaking Switzerland or Valais (click here for dates), but if you’re in Geneva you can still have a […]

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Vintage Toy Exhibition in Carouge

The Musée de Carouge has organised “Jouets et loisirs d’antan” – a fantastic exhibition of antique and vintage toys, which runs until the 14th of October 2012. From wooden to tin toys, constructions to magic lanterns, the display is absolutely captivating (and not just for the little muffins!). An important part of the exhibition is dedicated to optical toys and shadow theatres, which my little ones found fascinating…is this really how children amused […]

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Les Fetes de Geneve

From the 19th of July to the 12th of August 2012 Geneva will be celebrating its fabulous summer fest: les Fêtes de Genève. Check their website for full details on the 10-days line-up of free concerts, Beach Rugby Festival, free dance lessons at the “Scène by Point Bar”, breathtaking firework displays and the thrilling Fête de la Rade sports race. Celebrations start on Thursday 19th of July at the Jardin Anglais with the Scène des […]

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Geneva for Free

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

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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I Art Geneva

I’ve always had a very soft spot for art and design so – whenever possible – I try to take my children to visit museums and exhibitions, especially when these offer special tours or workshops organised just for them. Many museums in Geneva do just that, so here’s a brief list of what’s on in town for your little budding artists: The MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain is Switzerland’s biggest museum of contemporary […]

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Have Baby, Will Fly

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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