The Alimentarium in Vevey

The Alimentarium in Vevey (VD) is one of the best days-out we’ve had with our 3 munchkins this winter.

Only one-hour’s drive from Geneva, a family outing to Vevey is a great option on a Sunday: the Alimentarium is open from 10am to 6pm and – after your visit – you can take a stroll to enjoy the superb views over Lake Léman and the mountains.

However wonky, a snap of Swiss artist Jean-Pierre Zaugg’s giant fork is quite a must: standing tall at 8 meters, this stainless steel sculpure emerges from the lake and is now an immediately recognised symbol of the city of Vevey.

Fork by Jean-Pierre Zaugg, realisation by Georges Favre - Photo © Genevafamilydiaries.net

Fork by Jean-Pierre Zaugg, realisation by Georges Favre – Photo © Genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Vevey's Alimentarium - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Vevey’s Alimentarium – photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

The Alimentarium in Vevey – housed in Nestlé’s old HQ – is the world’s first food museum, covering all aspects of the history of food products as well as healthy eating and the digestive process in a fun, interactive way.

The boys loved playing with some of the food-themed board games available on the ground floor, while Little Miss Cutie busied herself in the little play kitchen.

Upstairs, the section about the five senses and the digestive system was great fun too, with guess-the-flavour candy machines and plenty of “secret” cabinet-drawers to pull out.

pull out the secret drawer and learn about healthy eating - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Pull out the secret drawer and learn about healthy eating – photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Play away at Vevey's Alimentarium - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Play away at Vevey’s Alimentarium – photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

© genevafamilydiaries.net

© genevafamilydiaries.net

 

A perfect play-area for toddlers © genevafamilydiaries.net

A perfect play-area for toddlers © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

The Junior section of the Alimentarium, which includes a kitchen-lab, computer restaurant and giant digestive tube, offers some great activities for children, groups and individual families:

  •  Family guided tours from 3pm to 4pm on the first Sunday of every month. The next ones for 2013 will be on the 3rd March, 1st April, 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August, 1st September, 6th October, 3rd November & 1st December 2013. From age 5.
  • Dimanche apres-midi workshops from 2pm to 4.45pm. Ages 5-12, places to be booked in advance at 021 924 41 41.
  • Les Après-midi du Junior on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 4.45pm. Ages 6-12, places to be booked in advance at 021 924 41 41.

The current temporary exhibition, “Collectionnez-moi” ends on the 24th of February 2013. The new exhibition “An Artist’s Delight : revealing the fantasies of Still Life” will begin on Thursday 2nd of May 2013 (inauguration at 6pm).

Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Set the table as they do in different parts of the world - Photo © genevafmailydiaries.net

Set the table as they do in different parts of the world – Photo © genevafmailydiaries.net

 

The agenda of upcoming events at the Alimentarium is packed: don’t miss the Pâkomuzé from the 29th of March to the 14th of April 2013 with its Easter chocolate workshops for kids aged 7-12; La Nuit des Musées on Saturday 11th of May 2013 and the Semaine du Goût (12th-22nd of September 2013).

Your children can also celebrate their birthday party at the Alimentarium: click here for their information page in French with full details (ages 6-12).

Since January 2013, the museum is also offering birthday parties for the youngest ones aged 4 to 6 with the Anniversaire des p’tits bouts en famille party option (cupcake workshop for 5 children and 6 adults maximum).

More games at the Alimentarium © genevafamilydiaries.net

More games at the Alimentarium © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

We had a great time at the Alimentarium and – on the way out – we also caught a glimpse of Charlie Chaplin’s statue and a magnificent sunset on the lake. What a great way to end a Sunday, don’t you think ?

The statue of Charlie Chaplin in Vevey © genevafamilydiaries.net

The statue of Charlie Chaplin in Vevey © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Sunset in Vevey - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Sunset in Vevey – photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

 

 

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  5. trajin says:

    bonjour,
    j aurais voulu savoir si vous proposiez des atelier sur le theme d halloween pour des enfants de 5 ans. si oui pourrais je avoir les dates et heures.
    merci

    • michela says:

      Hello Trajin,
      thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, this is just an article about The Alimentarium and not their official website, any messages posted here will only remain as comments and will not reach them directly. The Alimentarium is also closed for refurbishment at the moment so it’s best to look at their official website for specific information about their activities at the moment! Best regards 🙂

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