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Carnival 2017

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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 months of February and March 2017. 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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Le Refuge de Florimont

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Following on from our previous post about the best fondue restaurants in and around Geneva here’s a recent discovery we hope you will enjoy as much as we did! Perched only 6 km away from the Col de la Faucille in Gex (France), Le Refuge de Florimont serves up some delicious alpine specialities such as tartiflette, potence, reblochonnade, raclette, fondue, pierrade and Gexiflette.       This is the perfect place to bring family and […]

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What’s On in February 2017

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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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What’s On in January 2017

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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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What’s On in December 2016

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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: 2nd-3rd December 2016: 39th edition of the Course de l’Escalade in Geneva. The […]

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Augustine et Balthazar

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Being pulled in all directions (sometimes quite literally, and by three sets of tiny, sticky hands), I don’t always manage to update this blog as much as I should and so many interesting places sadly slip through the net. But every now and again a little gem comes along, a place so special and blog-worthy that I try my best to post a few photos, an address – of course – and a […]

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What’s On in November 2016

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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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What’s On in October 2016

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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 2016 We’ve published our Halloween post, keep an eye on it for all the latest info!   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 play and […]

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Water Fun in Divonne

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

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What’s On in July 2016

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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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What’s On in June 2016

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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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What’s On in May 2016

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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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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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Carnival Events

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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 2016. 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 traditional to […]

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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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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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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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Central Park

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Very Special Birthday

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This is going to be a very short post, just wanted to share with you a fantastic place to hold a kids’ birthday party: Les Ecuries du Rosey in Grilly (France). My little Missy was invited here not long ago and I have to say it was one of the best parties she’s ever been to! As you can see from the photos, this riding club is set in idyllic surroundings, perfect for a […]

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Dijon With Kids

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No more than 150km from Geneva, Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy region and one of France’s most charming cities. A lively university town whose picture-perfect town centre is studded with remarkable medieval and Renaissance buildings (think Stratford-upon-Avon with a French twist), Dijon should have been one of the first places on our weekend-getaways list when we first moved to Geneva. I am very embarrassed to say it wasn’t, […]

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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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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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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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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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Christmas Sparkle

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With snow-capped mountains, world-renowned Xmas markets and cozy wooden chalets so close to home, Switzerland is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the festive season. If you’re lucky enough to be spending Xmas here, take a look at our festive listings for the coming weeks and remember to check for all last minute events and New Year’s celebrations that will be added to the list very […]

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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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A Scary Night in Divonne

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There seems to be no end to the amount of spooktastic family fun to be had this year in the name of Halloween! If you feel your teeth chattering already then La Nuit des Chocottes in Divonne-les-Bains (France) is definitely the event for you. From 5pm on Saturday the 8th of November 2014 little ones aged 3 to 12 accompanied by their parents will be meeting at Divonne’s Hippodrome indoor car park […]

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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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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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A Ladybird’s Dream

Rêve de Coccinnelle, Divonne-les-Bains. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

If you’re looking for a special birthday present or a good quality wooden toy for your little one, you should try the toy shop Rêve de Coccinelle in Divonne-les-Bains. Yes, it is small but it’s such a treasure trove of wonderful educational toys that you will certainly find something unique and different. Laurence, the shop owner, is fantastic: she will take time to understand what you have in mind and show you what […]

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