What’s On in November 2014

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 des Charmilles in Geneva; the patinoire des Bastions in Geneva (opening on the 16th of November 2014); the patinoire de Carouge (opening on the 30th of November 2014); the Patinoire de Montchoisi and the Patinoire de la Pontaise in Lausanne and the patinoire du Flon Esplanade du Flon in Lausanne (opening on the 14th of November 2014).

Every Sunday from 11am until midday and every Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm the patinoire in Grand-Sacconex will offer free “Cours d’initiation au patinage” open to all. Bookings to be made in advance at the ice-rink – tel. 079 079 958 84 48. Get your little girls suited & booted for ice-hockey beginners lessons suitable from age 4, run by the Genève Futur Hockey staff. These introductory classes will take place every Sunday from 9am to 10am. Last but not least, there will be more “Initiation au hockey” courses for boys and different ages run by Genève Futur Hockey, more info and timetable to come soon at the patinoire.

Patinoire Grand-Sacconex – Campagne du Château – 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex (GE).

Patinoire des Vernets © A. Grandchamp / Ville de Genève

Patinoire des Vernets © A. Grandchamp / Ville de Genève

 

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 bit of free-play and some light relief.

Public libraries are also a great place for your children: many host free events, workshops, story-times (usually in French but many times in other languages too). The bibliothèques in Geneva, Lausanne and neighbouring communes hold too many kids events each month to list them all here so here’s some links you can check regularly:

Geneva public libraries events & activities

Carouge public libraries events & activities

Lausanne public libraries events & activities

 

WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS

  • Saturday 1st November 2014: the Xmas displays at Schilliger Gland and their Christmas market bonanza kick off this weekend! We can assure you that their displays get more sumptuous and stunning every year so it’s really worth a visit. And for their special Xmas opening times, remember that Schilliger Gland will be open every Sunday from 10am until 6pm, starting from the 16th of November up to the 14th of December 2014.
You'll find plenty of show-stoppers for little ones too © genevafamilydiaries.net

You’ll find plenty of show-stoppers for little ones too © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

Whether you believe it or not, it’s true: you can visit Santa’s house at the Hameau du Père Noël in Andilly (France) all year round (a secret probably worth keeping from the little buttons…). You can find out more about our visit to Santa’s house in Andilly in our previous post. For exact opening times and ticket prices, take a look at their official website.

Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

On the other hand, the House of Santa Claus at Rochers-de-Naye nestled at an altitude of 2042 metres above Montreux (VD) will open on the 21st of November 2014. Don’t miss the Santa Claus train, face-painting sessions, stories, photos with Santa and much more!

Having been to both Santa’s abodes in Andilly (FR) and Rochers de Naye (CH), we personally think that Andilly is better for younger children: it’s more easily accessible and there’s a lot more to see inside Santa’s house. Rochers-de-Naye is probably best enjoyed with older children, who can be patient and sit still during the train ride up as well as appreciate the stunning mountain-top view over Montreux.

However, we’re very happy to share a great tip from Masha Bobyleva who recommends to drive up to the Christmas Village and take the train up to Santa’s House from there. The train ride from the Christmas Village is only 5 minutes and much easier to enjoy with young children than the longer ride from Montreux.

 

SUNDAY BRUNCH & INDOOR PLAY CENTRES

You can also check our previous posts to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons or the best indoor play centres in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France. And if the Sunday blues hit you don’t fret, we’ve got some great tips for that too!

 

NOVEMBER 2014 EVENTS CALENDAR: 

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Saturday 1st November 2014: Halloween party at Cupcakes the City in Geneva (Rue des Vollandes 15) for children aged 5 to 13. The party will run from 3.30pm until 5.30pm, kids are only required to wear a mask or a hat and there will be face-painting, cupcake decoration sessions and plenty of sweets, cupcakes and popcorn for everyone! Price is 49CHF per child, places must be booked in advance at 022 700 2843.
© Cupcakes & the City, Geneva 2014

© Cupcakes & the City, Geneva 2014

 

  • 1st November 2014: Halloween in Villars-sur-Ollon. Costume competition, pumpkin weighing competitions, trick or treating along the main road, kids parade and, from 4.30pm to 7pm, a big disco at the Gringo! An unforgettable day-out for children. FREE ENTRY, Villars-sur-Ollon is 110 km from Geneva.
© Villars-sur-Ollon Tourisme

© Villars-sur-Ollon Tourisme

 

  • Saturday 1st November 2014: Halloween party at Jayland indoor play centre in Villars-Ste-Croix (Centre New Adoc – 1, Croix du Péage – Z.I Crissier/Bussigny). More details to follow on their facebook page, so stay tuned! You can find out more about Jayland in our previous post.

 

  • Saturday 1st November 2014: Halloween celebration at the Ludothèque de St-Prex in Vaud (1st floor Centre du Vieux-Moulin, avenue de Taillecou). From 10am to 11.30am little ones can join in – dress-up in their scariest costumes of course! – and collect sweets or try the hot pumpkin soup, there will also be a little surprise for all children.
 © Ludothèque de St-Prex

© Ludothèque de St-Prex

 

  • 1st-2nd November 2014: En famille aux musées in Montreux and Vevey (VD). Families with young children are welcome in 10 museums of the Leman riviera for fun workshops and activities. The entry ticket will give you free access to public transport too!
© En famille aux musées

© En famille aux musées

 

  • 1st-2nd November 2014: as the Quais du Dahlia in Morges (VD) draws to a close, all is ready for the massive sale of dahlia bulbs which will be taking place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of November. From 10am to 4pm there will be hundreds of dahlia bulbs on sale at the Jardins du Château de Morges, so make sure you stock up for next year! Each bulb will be sold for 5CHF.
© Morges Région Tourisme

© Morges Région Tourisme

 

  • Sunday 2nd November 2014: Festival de trams historiques leaving from the Rive tram stop. A great way to see the city with young children, they will love riding the old city trams! Tickets for a single ride are 4CHF and 10CHF for a day pass, children aged 6 to 16 will pay a reduced fee.

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  • until 2nd November 2014: kids activities during school holidays at Vitam’ in Neydens (France), including baby swimming, dance lessons, “escalade” and bébés grimpeurs.

 

 

  • Sunday 2nd November 2014: Fête de la glace at the Patinoire des Vernets in Geneva (Rue Hans-Wilsdorf 4, Les Acacias). FREE ENTRY, from 10am to 4pm everyone will be able to try their hand at a new winter skating discipline, including ice hockey and figure skating. All activities and rental of ice-skates are free of charge, and the sessions will be accompanied by live DJ sets and many activities for all ages!
Fête de la glace - photo © Fabienne Muller

Fête de la glace – photo © Fabienne Muller

 

  • Sunday 2nd November 2014: Sunday Brunch at Green Spot vegetarian & vegan café Geneva (Blvd Carl-Vogt, 30). Green Spot will celebrate its 5th anniversary with a special brunch, they will offer 2 seatings: one from 10am to midday and one from 12.15 to 2.15pm, places must be booked by the 31st of October at 022  320 02 30. There price is 26CHF for adults and 13CHf for kids (drinks not included except the first one). Kids are welcome although there won’t be any special activities set up for them, but if you’ve been looking for some scrummy veggie & vegan food in Geneva this is the place to go!

 

  • Sunday 2nd November 2014: Halloween at the Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy (VD). Get your little monsters in their ghosts & witches gear for this fantastic family event starting at 10am. The day’s programme will include clown performances at 10am, freaky face painting from midday and a free show at 3pm. FREE ENTRY.

 

  • Sunday 2nd November 2014: Halloween event at the Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva (Quai du Mont-Blanc 17). Enjoy a delicious Halloween-themed afternoon tea while your little ones take part in trick or treat activities, watch an Halloween puppet show or have balloon sculptures made for them. The Halloween afternoon tea is available from 2pm until 6pm; the price is 52CHF for adults and 26CHF per child, bookings must be made in advance at +41 (0) 22 906 5514 or by email at angleterre@rchmail.com.

 

  • until 2nd November 2014: “Les reptiles du monde”, a snakes & reptiles exhibition at Geneva Palexpo with over 400m specimens, including a 4 meters-long snake and “Tom & Jerry” a snake with 2 heads! Daily activities include reptile feeding and demonstrations of how venom is extracted. Entry tickets are 17CHF for adults and 10CHF for kids.

palexpo geneve

 

  • Sunday 2nd November 2014: guided tour for kids starting at 11.15am. The petits rendez-vous at Geneva’s MAMCO continue every Wednesday afternoon and on the first Sunday of every month, suitable for children aged 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult they are free of charge and require no advance booking. The upcoming petits rendez-vous (all in French) will be: Wednesday 5th. at 3.15am; Wed. 12th; Wednesday 19th & Wed. 26th of November at 3.15pm. If you have very young children, don’t miss the mini rendez-vous for children aged 2 to 4, accompanied by an adult. The next one will be on Wed. 5th of November at 3.15pm. They last approx. 20 minutes and are free of charge (in French, no advance booking required).

 

  • 2nd-9th November 2014: “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark” Based on the best-selling children’s classic by Jill Tomlinson at the Simply Theatre Studios in Versoix (Centre de Choiseul, Avenue de Choiseul 23A). This is the story of Plop, a baby Barn Owl who is afraid of the dark. One day, Mr. Barn Owl suggests that Plop fly down into the world and find about the dark for himself. Follow Plop on his journey into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks, starry nights and moonlit adventures! We saw this show in London last year and the children absolutely loved it: it’s a gentle, reassuring tale brought to life with puppetry, storytelling, music and plenty of humour too. Suitable for ages 3-7, see the official website for ticket prices and exact performance times.
 © 2014 Simply Theatre Academy, Versoix

© 2014 Simply Theatre Academy, Versoix

 

  • Wednesday 5th November 2014: Animation du mercredi: “Etes-vous Picasso ou rougegorge?” from age 7 at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). A fun way to discover more about the fascinating world of birds, these free Wednesday workshops in French will take place every Wednesday during the months of November and December from 2pm to 4.30pm (on the second floor).

 

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 5th November 2014: “Des sculptures, en veux-tu en voilà!”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. Reserve your places in advance at adp-mah@ville-ge.ch or by phone at 022 418 25 00.

 

  • Wednesday 5th November 2014: “Un hérisson en toute saison !” Ateliers Verts du Jardin Botanique in Geneva for kids aged 8-11 (in French). What better place than Geneva’s beautiful botanical gardens to learn more about nature, micro-organisms and plants ? These fantastic workshops take place on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm and cost 12 CHF per child. Places must be booked in advance at 022 379 70 68. Click here to donwload the full programme. There will be 2 other workshops this month on Wed. 12th and 26th of November 2014.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 5th November 2014: It’s Storytime!, song & storytime in English for little buttons (babies & toddlers) at the Bibliothèque Aux Mille Feuille in Gland (38, grand rue). From 9.30am to 11am, free entry no advance booking necessary.

 

  • 5th-12th November 2014: Le Petit Prince, a stunning opera adaptation of Saint-Exupéry’s masterpiece suitable for children aged 7+ at the Opéra de Lausanne (Avenue du Théatre 12). Ticket prices are between 20CHF and 50CHF, visit the official website for full details and exact performance times.
 © 2014 Opéra de Lausanne

© 2014 Opéra de Lausanne

 

  • 6th-13th November 2014: Festival Tous Écrans in Geneva. This Festival is a unique event in Europe, offering a full panorama of the best current feature films, television series, made-for-television films and interactive documentaries since 1995. Check the online programme for full details of all events and screenings taking place – don’t miss the KID’S DAY on Sunday 9th November 2014 with free screenings, treasure hunts and much more for the little ones. The festival is free of charge so one more reason to make the most of it!
© Festival Tous Écrans, Geneva

© Festival Tous Écrans, Geneva

 

  • until 7th November 2014: “Le blobterre de Matali & inter-actions végétales”, a fantastic installation by the French designer Matali Crasset at the Galeries du Forum Meyrin (5, place des Cinq-Continents). The first element of the installation “le Blobterre de matali” has been devised by l’Atelier des enfants du centre Pompidou in the shape of an artificial garden where little ones can explore and let their imagination run free. This is a great interactive exhibition the kids will love and is suitable from age 5. The second part entitled “Inter-actions végétales“, is in the shape of a house-greenhouse where indoor and outdoor living blend seamlessly. Entry to both exhibitions is free of charge and is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm to 6pm. There will be a family workshop with the designer herself on the 18th of October at 9.30am. The workshop is 8CHF per person, no advance booking required.
Photo © Simon Bouisson

Photo © Simon Bouisson

 

  • 7th-9th November 2014: Les jours Vintage à Palexpo – Genève an exhibition running in parallel with Les Automnales at Geneva Palexpo, perfect for vintage lovers looking for great pieces from the 20s up to the Nineties. They will be offering a series of great creative workshops as well as vintage make-up or barber’s session, click here to download the full programme. If you buy a ticket to Les Automnales entry to Les jours Vintage à Palexpo – Genève is free of charge.
 © 2014 Les jours Vintage à Palexpo - Genève

© 2014 Les jours Vintage à Palexpo – Genève

 

  • 7th-16th November 2014: Festival les nuits du monde, a great cosmopolitan festival showcasing the best western & eastern music acts from all over the world, covering genres as diverse as soufi jazz, Maghreb music and more. Click here for the full programme, ticket prices start from 15CHF. Performances will take place at the Cité Bleue in Geneva (46, avenue de Miremont).
© 2014 adem.ch

© 2014 adem.ch

 

  • 7th-16th November 2014: Les Automnales at Geneva’s Palexpo is the city’s most exciting autumn event covering everything from home decor, health & gourmet food as well a large number of workshops for adults and children. Take a look at their official website for full programme details. Don’t miss the chocolate & Christmas workshops and if you have children fret not, as they are fully catered for with a merry-go-round, bouncy castles with play area, face painting, an indoor petting farm and even Father Xmas! Open Mon. to Sat. from 11am to 9pm; 10am to 7pm on Sunday. Entry is free for everyone on Wednesday 12th of November 2014.
© Les Automnales, Geneva

© 2014 Les Automnales, Geneva

 

 

  • Saturday 8th November 2014: Les enfants inaugurent le MEG, a great opening party at the newly re-opened Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (Bd Carl-Vogt 65-67) entirely focused on children. From 2pm to 6pm little visitors will be welcomed at this grand – but mostly FUN! – opening with little scrumptious treats, music activities, arts & crafts workshops, story times and much more. FREE ENTRY. The full programme is now available to download in .pdf format.
MEG © 2014 Musée d'ethnographie, Genève

MEG © 2014 Musée d’ethnographie, Genève

 

  • Saturday 8th November 2014: La Nuit des Chocottes, a super-scary Halloween night in Divonne-les-Bains (France). Read our recent post to find out all about it!

 

  • 8th-9th November 2014: Museomix, a creative marathon at the MAH in Geneva (Musée d’art et d’histoire). The public will be welcomed throughout the weekend with guided tours and access to the creative hub that will be working at the heart of the museum. Take a look at their official website for full details.

 

  • 8th-9th November 2014: WEEK-END GENEVE ART CONTEMPORAIN, open doors weekend at some of Geneva’s best contemporary art galleries in the Quartier des Bains. Open from 11am to 6pm, FREE ENTRY, take a look here for the complete list of participating galleries.
© 2014 Genève Art Contemporain

© 2014 Genève Art Contemporain

 

  • 8th-26th November 2014: “Soucis de plume”, a fun puppet show suitable from age 4 at the Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève (Rue Rodo 3), which tells the story of Monsieur Petitmonde and the little feather that will turn his world upside down. See the theatre’s official website to reserve your places.
© Albertine - Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève

© Albertine – Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève

 

  • Sunday 9th November 2014: Family Karaoke at the Maison Vaudagne in Meyrin (16 Av. de Vaudagne). From 11am there will be a family meal accompanied by songs & karaoke! Free entry to the karaoke sessions, the family meal is 8CHF for adults, 4CHF for children and 16CHF for families.
© Maison Vaudagne, Meyrin

© Maison Vaudagne, Meyrin

 

  • 9th, 11th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 26th November 2014: “Little Black Movie November sessions”, a selection of delightful short Japanese movies for children at the Cinémas du Grütli in Geneva (16, rue du Général Dufour); Onex, Meyrin, Maison CIViQ and Chêne-Bourg, starting at 3pm or 4.30pm. Check the official website for full details. Ticket prices 5CHF up to the age of 10.
© Black Movie Geneva

© Black Movie Geneva

 

  • 11th November 2014: Funky BBQ grand opening at Plainpalais market in Geneva at lunchtime. Geneva’s food truck revolution continues with the launch of Funky BBQ gourmet van. If your mouth waters just thinking about authentic American-style pork shoulder & spare ribs, slow-smoked chicken and homemade cornbread all you have to do is meet them at Plainpalais market for their lunch opening on November 11th. Funky BBQ was founded by two American expat friends who wanted to bring the best of US-style BBQ to #Geneva by offering three slow-smoked meats and three regionally-inspired signature sauces. Good BBQ is all about using the best ingredients prepared the old-fashioned way. This is why the Funky BBQ team works only with Swiss meats, sourcing their ingredients from the Geneva area whenever they can, and following their favourite family recipes. Now, after several months of testing recipes and getting some experience at local events, they have locked down some great spots around the city and are ready to serve! They are officially launching at the Plainpalais market, and will announce the other spots very shortly. Keep in the loop by liking their facebook page www.facebook.com/funkybbq and checking out their official website at www.funkybbq.ch
BBQ pork ribs from Funky BBQ © 2014 Funky BBQ Geneva

BBQ pork ribs from Funky BBQ © 2014 Funky BBQ Geneva

 

  • until 11th November 2014: Free activities at the Téléphérique du Salève. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.45pm until the 11th of November, the Téléphérique du Salève will offer free donkey rides for the little ones on Wednesday 5th and Saturday 8th of November. The opening date for the winter season will be the 3rd of December 2014.
 © 2014 Téléphérique du Salève

© 2014 Téléphérique du Salève

 

  • Wednesday 12th November 2014: Animation du mercredi: “Etes-vous Picasso ou rougegorge?” from age 7 at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). A fun way to discover more about the fascinating world of birds, these free Wednesday workshops in French will take place every Wednesday during the months of November and December from 2pm to 4.30pm (on the second floor).

 

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 12th November 2014: “Métamorphoses”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. Reserve your places in advance at adp-mah@ville-ge.ch or by phone at 022 418 25 00.

 

  • Wednesday 12th November 2014: “Les graines : alimentaires et décoratives” Ateliers Verts du Jardin Botanique in Geneva for kids aged 8-11 (in French). What better place than Geneva’s beautiful botanical gardens to learn more about nature, micro-organisms and plants ? These fantastic workshops take place on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm and cost 12 CHF per child. Places must be booked in advance at 022 379 70 68. Click here to donwload the full programme. There will be another workshop this month on Wed. 26th of November 2014.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 12th November 2014: “Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse”, a cinema-concert for children aged 5+ that will screen a combination of old black and white movies accompanied by a live band. The stroy is, of course, that of Alladin and his magic lamp. This event is part of the Orient-Occident / Festival Les Nuits du Monde 2014 and will take place at the Théâtre Cité-Bleue Cité Universitaire in Geneva (46 avenue Miremont) at 3.30pm. Ticket prices start from 8CHF
Aladin Ciné-Concert © Les Z'Ethnos

Aladin Ciné-Concert © Les Z’Ethnos

 

  • 13th November 2014: Babar et Ferdinand, a music & magic show for children aged 5+ at the Esplanade du Lac in Divonne-les-Bains (181 avenue de la plage, France) which tells the story of the little elephant Babar and his friend Ferdinand the bull. Show starts at 3.30pm and tickets are 18 euros for adults and 10 euros for kids.
© Art en Ciel Lausanne

© Art en Ciel Lausanne

 

  • Friday 14th November 2014: “Nuit du conte en Suisse”, a special celebration of story-telling for all, starting from age 2. Storytimes will be taking place in different locations across Geneva including the Museum of Natural History, la Maison de Quartier de Carouge & la Maison Onésienne, the Ferme Sarasin, the Biblioquartier des Grands-Hutins. In Vaud, there will be plenty of story-times across local public libraries, Morges castle, la Maison de la femme in Lausanne, the Villa romaine de Pully and on the St-Cergue to Nyon train! Free entry, click here to download the full programme.
© Nuit du conte en Suisse

© Nuit du conte en Suisse

 

  • 14th-23rd November 2014: Vernier Street Art 2014, an interactive new art installation by Dan Acher, heart & soul of CinéTransat, “Boîtes d’échange entre voisins”, Play Me I’m Yours and more great cultural events in Geneva. This new installation called « Turn Me ON » will feature a series of giant light switches all along the chemin de Maisonneuve in Châtelaine/Vernier that will activate large images and photos: eyes, pupils, mouths that break into friendly smiles. Discover this fascinating installation from the 14th until the 23rd of November from 5.30pm until 2am along the chemin de Maisonneuve in the Châtelaine/Vernier neighbourhood.
© 2014 Vernier Street Art, Geneva

© 2014 Vernier Street Art, Geneva

 

  • 14th-29th November 2014: Festival Les Créatives, a festival celebrating creative women in the performing arts spanning from dance to theatre, music, comedy and more. This year’s programme will feature live concerts, movie screenings and the music workshops Atelier sonore pour les enfants for children aged 1 to 6 (divided into age groups) run by La Bulle d’Air on the 23rd of November. During the one-hour session, parents and children will discover many musical instruments and participate in exploratory games. The sessions, which will take place at La Bulle d’Air in Grand-Sacconex, begin at 9.30am for children aged 1 to 2; 11am to 12pm for those aged 3 to 5; 2pm to 3pm for those aged 4 to 6 and then from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for little ones aged 1 to 2. Tickets cost 10CHF per child and places must be booked in advance at labulle@labulledair.ch or by phone at 022 788 36 22.
© 2014 Festival Les Créatives

© 2014 Festival Les Créatives

 

 

  • Saturday 15th November 2014: “Né pour lire” session starting at 3pm at the Bibliothèque de Carouge (Boulevard des Promenades 2bis). A fun, relaxed way to introduce your little ones from the age of 6 months to 4 years old to the joys of reading. Free entry, no advance booking necessary and nursing pillows available.
Né pour lire - Bibliothèque de Carouge

Né pour lire – Bibliothèque de Carouge

 

  • Saturday 15th November 2014: Sample Sale at L’asticot new flagship store in Geneva, from 3pm to 6pm. Read all about it in our latest post here!

 

  • Saturday 15th November 2014: Atelier Pizza, every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am at Signal de Bougy. For ages 5 to 12, let your little ones learn the ropes of authentic pizza making with a professional pizzaiolo, they will also be able to eat up their yummy creations once they’re cooked. The workshop costs 20CHF per child, places must be reserved at signal.bougy@gmvd.migros.ch or +41 58 568 31 50.
© Signal de Bougy

© Signal de Bougy

 

  • Saturday 15th November 2014: reserve your places now for the interactive sound & music show “La Caverne d’Ali Bim Bam” at La Madeleine des enfants in ‪‎Geneva‬ (16, place de la Madeleine) on Saturday 18th of November at 9.30am and 10.30am. The show – performed in French – is suitable from age 2 and a half to 5 and only costs 5CHF per child. Places are limited so reserve yours online now, bookings close on Thursday 13th of November at 4pm. La Caverne d’Ali Bim Bam, Samedi 15 novembre, séances à 9h30 et 10h30, Salle de l’éveil culturel – La Madeleine des enfants -16, place de la Madeleine – 1204 Genève.

 

  • Saturday 15th November 2014: R&J, a modern, contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet for children aged 10+ at the Théâtre de Beausobre in Morges (Av. Vertou 2). The show is performed in French and will blend theatre, dance, slam and hip hop. Show starts at 7pm, ticket prices are 19CHF per person.
 © 2014 Théâtre de Beausobre, Morges

© 2014 Théâtre de Beausobre, Morges

 

  • 15th-16th November 2014: “Baluchon” storytime, music & songs in French from age 3 at the théâtre Micromegas in Ferney-Voltaire (24 bis rue de Meyrin). Show starts at 5pm on Saturday and at 11am on Sunday, see the official website to purchase your tickets.

 

  • 15th-16th November 2014: Vitam en piste at Vitam’ Migros in Neydens (France). Get ready for winter with this great event where you will be able to find information about ski resorts, buy second-hand ski equipment and even let the kids try their hand at snowboarding! There will be many activities for the whole family, a ski simulator, a mini-snow park for little ones aged 2 to 6 and fondue tastings. Open from 9.30am until 8pm on Saturday and from 10am until 6pm on Sunday. FREE ENTRY. You can download the full programme here.
© 2014 Vitam

© 2014 Vitam

 

  • until 16th November 2014: “Le Révizor”, a fun adaptation of Nicolas Gogol’s story suitable from age 8. The show is at Le petit théâtre in Lausanne (place de la Cathédrale 12). See the official website for performance times and to book your tickets.
© Félix Imhof

© Félix Imhof

 

  • 16th & 19th November 2014: “Cendrillon mène le bal”, a fun show for little ones aged 5+ that is part of the Festival Les Créatives 2014. The show is performed by comedian, clown & musician Joane Reymond who will be re-telling the story of Cinderella with plenty of humour! The performances will take place at Le Manège Route de Chancy, in Onex and will begin at 2.30pm but doors open 30 mins before so try to be get there early to get good seats. Tickets are 12CHF for adults and 8CHF for kids.
Cendrillon mène le bal © Cie Mine de rien

Cendrillon mène le bal © Cie Mine de rien

 

  • Wednesday 18th November 2014: “Né pour lire” session starting at 10am at the Bibliothèque de Carouge (Boulevard des Promenades 2bis). A fun, relaxed way to introduce your little ones from the age of 6 months to 4 years old to the joys of reading. Free entry, no advance booking necessary and nursing pillows available.
Né pour lire - Bibliothèque de Carouge

Né pour lire – Bibliothèque de Carouge

 

  • Wednesday 19th November 2014: Animation du mercredi: “Etes-vous Picasso ou rougegorge?” from age 7 at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). A fun way to discover more about the fascinating world of birds, these free Wednesday workshops in French will take place every Wednesday during the months of November and December from 2pm to 4.30pm (on the second floor).

 

  • Wednesday 19th November 2014: “Les vies de Galilée et Dessine-moi les étoiles”, story-time from age 10 at the Société de Lecture in Geneva (11, Grand’Rue). Fiami is a famous Swiss illustrator, tickets are 15CHF per child and they include a snack. The story time runs from 3.30pm to 5pm. You can find out more about the Société de Lecture in our previous post.
© Rebecca Bowring - Société de Lecture, Geneva

© Rebecca Bowring – Société de Lecture, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 19th November 2014: “Au soleil des pharaons”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. Reserve your places in advance at adp-mah@ville-ge.ch or by phone at 022 418 25 00.
© MAH 2014 Musées d'art et d'histoire de Genève

© MAH 2014 Musées d’art et d’histoire de Genève

 

 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 19th November 2014: reserve your places now for the free show “Ratatouille” at the Espace Grosselin in Carouge (Rue Jacques-Grosselin 31) on Wednesday 19th of November at 2.30pm. FREE ENTRY. This fun clown show performed in French by the compagnie Zitoune is suitable from age 3 and lasts approx. 50 mins. Places must be booked online in advance here.
Ratatouille © Compagnie

Ratatouille © Compagnie Zitoune

 

  • Wednesday 19th November 2014: “O temps d’O”, music and theatre show from age 4 at the Théâtre Forum Meyrin (1, place des Cinq-Continents) starting at 7pm. A poetic and very original “underwater” concert (you’ll have to see it to understand!) performed with humour by clown duo BaroloSolo. Tickets are 25CHF for adults and 15CHF for children.
© Cie BaroloSolo

© Cie BaroloSolo

 

  • Thursday 20th November 2014: “Journée internationale des droits de l’enfant” when 1,300 young children from various schools in Geneva will be gathering on the place des Nations, facing the UN building, for a peaceful march in support of children’s rights worldwide. There will be free activities for children from 5.30pm and the official unveiling of the giant fresco at 7pm.
Copyright © 2014 20 novembre

Copyright © 2014 20 novembre

 

  • Friday 21st November 2014: Friday evening Apéros Beauté at Le Bal Des Créateurs in ‪‎Geneva‬. Every Friday from 6pm to 8pm you can enjoy a fast & glamorous hair-do & make-up while sipping an apérol spritz at only 30CHF for hair or make-up or 50CHF for both. What an absolute treat for a special night-out à deux or with friends!Le Bal Des Créateurs – 25, rue de l’Arquebuse – Geneva. Phone 022 320 00 55.
© 2014 Le Bal Des Créateurs

© 2014 Le Bal Des Créateurs

 

  • 21st-23rd November 2014: COUPE DAVIS FAN ZONE at Geneva Palexpo Halle 6. For all tennis fans this is a great opportunity to watch the grand final of the Davis Cup on a giant screen, DJ, activities Swiss tennis for the younger players, bars and restaurants. Free entry, open from midday to 6pm on Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
© Palexpo Geneva

© Palexpo Geneva

 

  • 21st November-24th December 2014: Montreux Noël, an unmissable event if you’d like to kick off the festive season in style: from the shores of Lake Geneva to the neighbouring mountain tops, Montreux Noël offers many activities centred around its traditional Christmas Market. You can visit Santa, who comes directly from faraway Lapland to his house at the Rochers de Naye, discover an authentic Christmas Village in Caux, or stroll through a medieval market and attend a story festival within the walls of the legendary Château de Chillon. Visit the official website for exact opening times and take a look at our previous post to find out how much we enjoyed our visit last year !
© Montreux Noël

© Montreux Noël

 

  • 21st November-31st December 2014: “Festival Lausanne Lumières”, with no less than thirteen original artistic illuminations installed in the heart of Lausanne. Each one of them will be using light as main element to give the city a contemporary, innovative and enchanting atmosphere during six weeks. The «Nuit du Festival» on the 21st of November 2014 will inaugurate the festival with guided tours specially dedicated to families (only in French). Each child will receive a Chinese lantern to travel along the festivals route. What a great start to the activities organized for the Christmas holidays!
© Festival Lausanne Lumières "Keyframes" - Bâtiment Hug Musique

© Festival Lausanne Lumières “Keyframes” – Bâtiment Hug Musique

 

 

  • Saturday 22nd November 2014: Marché de Noël from 10am until 6pm at the Ecole Rudolf Steiner de Genève (Chemin de Narly 2, 1232 Confignon). A fantastic day-out for the whole family and so much more than a simple Xmas market: there will be fun workshops from age 6, story-times, puppet shows, donkey rides for all and much much more! Take a look at the school’s official website for full details and exact times. FREE ENTRY.
© Ecole Rudolf Steiner de Genève

© Ecole Rudolf Steiner de Genève

 

  • Saturday 22nd November 2014: the MEG – Musée d’ethnographie Genève will be offering some great activities this Saturday, including guided tours in Spanish & French, Animatou screenings for little ones (from age 8) and fun workshops from age 5 running from 2pm until 4pm. Advance booking for the free workshop is required at the museum’s welcome desk.
MEG © 2014 Musée d'ethnographie, Genève

MEG © 2014 Musée d’ethnographie, Genève

 

  • Saturday 22nd November 2014: Ateliers de bricolage sur le thème de Noël, free Xmas workshops for all ages at La Praille shopping centre in Carouge. From 11am until 6pm there will be free workshops for kids on the first floor in the “zone d’animation”. Workshops are open to everyone, and suitable from age 3 but young children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.

 

  • Saturday 22nd November 2014: open day at the Nyon toy library (Pavillon Perdtemps, rue des marchandises 2). From 9am until 4pm parents and children are welcome to explore the toy library, play with games and have a coffee! FREE ENTRY.

 

  • 22nd-23rd November 2014: Expo Juniors, family & kids’ exhibition at Geneva Palexpo offering fun workshops, information about family activties and courses & much more. Open from 10am until 7pm.
© 2014 Expo Juniors, Geneva

© 2014 Expo Juniors, Geneva

 

  • 22nd-23rd & 29th November 2014: Family Village, a fantastic indoor event for the whole family at the Halle CFF in Morges (ages 0 to 12), with plenty of activities to keep your little ones entertained for the whole day. From baking to an indoor petting farm and sports activities, this is really a great family day-out. Entry is free for children under the age of 2 and 25CHF per person for older children and adults. See the official website for full details, or read our previous post to find out more about our visit to Family Village last year.
© Family Village, Morges

© Family Village, Morges

 

  • Sunday 23rd November 2014: “Concert au Bâtiment des Forces Motrices” in Geneva this Sunday 23rd of November at 3pm. This free concert with Dominique Dimey and a choir of 100 children celebrates the 25th anniversary of the UN convention on children’s rights.

 

  • Sunday 23rd November 2014: Atelier sonore pour les enfants for children aged 1 to 6 (divided into age groups) run by La Bulle d’Air as part of the Festival Les Créatives in Geneva. During the one-hour session, parents and children will discover many musical instruments and participate in exploratory games. The sessions, which will take place at La Bulle d’Air in Grand-Sacconex, begin at 9.30am for children aged 1 to 2; 11am to 12pm for those aged 3 to 5; 2pm to 3pm for those aged 4 to 6 and then from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for little ones aged 1 to 2. Tickets cost 10CHF per child and places must be booked in advance at labulle@labulledair.ch or by phone at 022 788 36 22.
© 2014 Festival Les Créatives

© 2014 Festival Les Créatives

 

  • Sunday 23rd November 2014: Gymboree Geneva is celebrating its 10th birthday! Gymboree Play & Music in Grand-Saconnex is celebrating its 10th anniversary on the 20th of November and is offering up to 30% off the classes for enrolments taken out between the 20th and 30th of November. There will be a party at Gymboree on Sunday 23rd of November from 14h00 to 18h00 open to all parents and children aged 0 up to 5 years. Please book your space by contacting Gymboree Play & Music, 23 rue Sonnex, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Tel 022 920 9200, info.geneva@gymboree.ch, www.gymboree.ch
 © Gymboree Geneva

© Gymboree Geneva

 

  • Sunday 23rd November 2014: 60th Birthday of the Musée du Léman: “Bateaux de plaisance, un trésor caché”. A great family day-out at the Musée du Léman in Nyon (Quai Louis Bonnard 8) with special guided tours, screenings and – for the younger visitors – a fun workshop for ages 8 to 12 and a puppet-show. The event will run from 10am until 5pm, the kids workshop “Maman les p’tits bateaux…” will take place at 11am (places to be booked in advance at 022.361.09.49) and the puppetshow “1, 2, 3, l’eau éclabousse!” by the Théâtre Rikiko will be at 3pm. FREE ENTRY.
 © Musée du Léman, Nyon (VD)

© Musée du Léman, Nyon (VD)

 

  • 23rd November 2014: “Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse”, a magical retelling of Aladdin story for children aged 4+ at the Théâtre de Beausobre in Morges (Av. Vertou 2). The show is performed by French illusionist Dani Lary, so your little ones can expect lots of great magic tricks! Show starts at 5pm, ticket prices are 28CHF per person.
 © 2014 Théâtre de Beausobre, Morges

© 2014 Théâtre de Beausobre, Morges

 

  • until 23rd November 2014: “Coup de soleil aux Bastions”, a superb light & sound show linked to “Les secrets du soleil” conferences organized by the Fondation H. Dudley Wright & the Université de Genève. This light installation focuses on the sun, its role in the history of our planet as well as in measuring time, and how it impacts our daily lives. Every evening until the 23rd of Nov. 2014, you’ll be able to admire Uni Bastions – the university’s oldest building – as it’s lit up with hundreds of lights. The “Coup de soleil aux Bastions” light & sound show takes place every evening until the 23rd of November 2014 at the Uni Bastions building (park side). There will be three shows of 15 minutes: at 5:45 pm, 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm. FREE ENTRY.
    Photo Copyright © 2014 Colloque Wright

    Photo Copyright © 2014 Colloque Wright

     

  • until 23rd November 2014: “Les sept corbeaux” brought to the stage in French at the Théâtre Töpffer in Geneva (21, Avenue Eugène Pittard). Performances will take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 3.30pm. Ticketa are 30CHF for adults and 15CHF for kids, make sure you get there well in advance to secure good seats when the doors open!
© Théâtre Töpffer, Geneva

© Théâtre Töpffer, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 26th November 2014: Animation du mercredi: “Etes-vous Picasso ou rougegorge?” from age 7 at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). A fun way to discover more about the fascinating world of birds, these free Wednesday workshops in French will take place every Wednesday during the months of November and December from 2pm to 4.30pm (on the second floor).

 

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Wednesday 26th November 2014: “Des sculptures, en veux-tu en voilà!”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. Reserve your places in advance at adp-mah@ville-ge.ch or by phone at 022 418 25 00.

 

  • Wednesday 26th November 2014: “Mon beau sapin” Ateliers Verts du Jardin Botanique in Geneva for kids aged 8-11 (in French). What better place than Geneva’s beautiful botanical gardens to learn more about nature, micro-organisms and plants ? These fantastic workshops take place on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm and cost 12 CHF per child. Places must be booked in advance at 022 379 70 68. Click here to donwload the full programme.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wed 26th November 2014: Ateliers de bricolage sur le thème de Noël, free Xmas workshops for all ages at La Praille shopping centre in Carouge. From 11am until 7pm there will be free workshops for kids on the first floor in the “zone d’animation”. Workshops are open to everyone, and suitable from age 3 but young children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.

 

  • 28th-30th November 2014: Pop-up Corner, a unique Xmas pop-up store event at the MAMCO in Geneva (Cercle des Bains, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 8). During the 3 days of this fab shopping event there will be live music, a kids’ corner for children aged 5 to 12 offering plenty of fun workshops, a play corner with video games and – of course – shopping galore with over 300 square meters of designer items and unique pieces. Entry is 15CHF per person and free for children up to 10 years of age, visit their official website for full programme details.
© Pop-up corner, Geneva

© Pop-up corner, Geneva

 

© Pop-up corner, Geneva

© Pop-up corner, Geneva

 

  • Saturday 29th November 2014: Ateliers de bricolage sur le thème de Noël, free Xmas workshops for all ages at La Praille shopping centre in Carouge. From 11am until 6pm there will be free workshops for kids on the first floor in the “zone d’animation”. Workshops are open to everyone, and suitable from age 3 but young children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.

 

Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève - photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève – photo © 2013 genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • 29th November 2014: Couleurs à voir et à entendre, musical guided tour & family visit of the MAH in Geneva ( Musée d’art et d’histoire, Rue Charles-Galland 2). The guided tour is in French and will be accompanied by music, children aged 6+ must be with a parent/carer. The visit starts at 11am, FREE ENTRY but places must be booked in advance at 022 418 25 00.

 

  • 30th November 2014: KABUKI – Moment Famille, a special guided tour & family visit of the MAH in Geneva ( Musée d’art et d’histoire, Rue Charles-Galland 2) focused on the kabuki Japanese theatre. The guided tour is in French, children aged 6+ must be accompanied by a parent/carer. The visit starts at 2.30pm, FREE ENTRY and no advance booking required.
Image copyright Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva.

Image copyright Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva.

 

  • 29th November 2014: Marché de Noël at Un R de Famille in Geneva (10 Rue Goetz Monin). Starting from 10am there will be plenty of great gift ideas on sale, including jewellery, fabrics, Japanese teas and pottery workshops. Free entry.
© 2014 Un R de Famille, Geneva

© 2014 Un R de Famille, Geneva

 

© 2014 Un R de Famille, Geneva

© 2014 Un R de Famille, Geneva

 

  • 29th November-10th December 2014: “Le Père Noël n’a pas peur du loup” a Xmas story about a scary wolf and a family on holiday who are determined not to let him spoil their celebrations! The show is brought to the stage in French at the Théâtre Töpffer in Geneva (21, Avenue Eugène Pittard). Performances will take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 3.30pm. Tickets are 30CHF for adults and 15CHF for children, make sure get there well in advance to secure some good seats when doors open!
© Théâtre Töpffer, Geneva

© Théâtre Töpffer, Geneva

 

  • 29th November-21st December 2014: Hansel & Gretel: A Christmas Musical Adventure at the Simply Theatre Studios in Versoix (Centre de Choiseul, Avenue de Choiseul 23A). This is a Xmas feast, telling the story of the brother & sister who find themselves lost in a winter wonderland. With only each other, and the friends they meet along the way, the children have to work together to get back home in time for Christmas Day. With brand new toe-tapping songs and a snowbound yuletide setting, Hansel and Gretel promise to deliver a delightful holiday treat for the whole family!
    Suitable for all ages, see the official website for ticket prices and exact performance times.
 © 2014 Simply Theatre Academy, Versoix

© 2014 Simply Theatre Academy, Versoix

 

  • Sunday 30th November 2014: Funky Brunch Geneva celebrates its 1st birthday! Their celebratory brunch will take place at the Starling Café – Starling Hotel Geneva in Le Grand-Saconnex (34 route François-Peyrot). Brunch guests will be able to use the hotel car park for free. The winning formula will be as usual: two seatings, the first one from 11am until 1pm for families and kids (with DJ sets, activities for kids, bingo and comedians), and a second from 1.30pm until 3.30pm (with DJ sets, bingo and comedians). You can reserve your places at funky@funkybrunch.ch, The price is 45CHF per person for the buffet, fruit juice and one hot drink – children between 6 and 12 will pay the price equivalent to their age.
© 2014 Funky Brunch, Geneva

© 2014 Funky Brunch, Geneva

 

  • until 30th November 2014: La Maison des Jouets, a great exhibition of vintage toys at the Musée Alexis Forel in Morges (Grand-Rue 54). From mechanical toys to dolls, play kitchens and teddy bears this fab exhibition will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of toys & childhood play. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.
© Musée Alexis Forel, Morges

© Musée Alexis Forel, Morges

 

SAVE THE DATE

  • Friday 5th & Sunday 7th of December 2014: Xmas style market & Brunch at the farm organized by Swapandshop.ch, now known as ‘So Many Queens’. The Xmas edition of this style market will sweep you off your feet with some fabulous gifts ideas for women, kids & home as well as a Swap & Shop party of second-hand, good-quality garnements. The market & swap party will run from 7pm until 11pm at the Domaine de Bon-Boccard in St.Prex (VD). Take a look at their official website for more information on how to join the clothes swap party. On Sunday 7th of December, the ‘So Many queens’ Xmas market will get even better with a brunch at the farm from 10am until midday at the Domaine de Bon-Boccard, prices are 18CHf for adults, 10CHF for kids aged 5 to 12 and 5CHF for children aged 2 to 5. Places must be booked in advance at www.swapandshop.ch. The opening times for the Xmas market on Sunday 7th of Dec. will be 10am until 5pm, keep an eye on the So Many Queens facebook page for details of all the sellers that will be present at the market!
© 2014 So Many Queens

© 2014 So Many Queens

 

© 2014 So Many Queens

© 2014 So Many Queens

 

  • Wednesday 10th December 2014: Human Chain in Geneva organized by UNICEF Schweiz Suisse Svizzera. They will set up a sign for children rights, because every child has rights – the same – independently where they grow up and live. It will last around 15 minutes, interested participants can register online. Time: Meeting point 12.15, Human Chain starts at 12.30. Where: Pont des Bergues (île Rousseau), Genève.
© UNICEF

© UNICEF

 

  • Saturday 13th December 2014: Christmas Family Run in Divonne-les-Bains (France). This is a family relay race to benefit the “Enfance et Cancer” association. Take part in the run or just attend as a spectator: this is going to be a great day-out for the whole family – there will an ice sculptures exhibition, free concerts, hot chocolate, fun activities and much more. The run is open to every family composed of a man, a woman and a child (the young participant must be the child of one the 2 adults). Registration fee is €29 per family at Divonne’s Tourist Office. Visit the official website for more details and to download your registration form.
© 2014 Office de tourisme de Divonne-les-Bains

© 2014 Office de tourisme de Divonne-les-Bains

 

  • Thursday 18th of December 2014: Viva Vintage, charity fashion shopping event organized by ASK – All Special Kids at the Nest Gallery in Geneva. From 5pm until 9pm you will help make a difference in the lives of children with learning differences and special educational needs in Switzerland by donating your back-of-the-closet, like-new luxury footwear & handbags. Viva Vintage is a chic and charitable Pop-Up Shopping Event featuring vintage, like-new luxury footwear & handbags at Rush Pop-Up store on the 18th of December. All in aid of ASK-All Special Kids. Read all about it in our previous post!
© 2014 Viva Vintage Geneva

© 2014 Viva Vintage Geneva

 

ONGOING:

  • Not technically Sunday Brunch as such, but the team at Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy have come up with a fantastic idea: every Sunday until the 14th of December 2014 you’ll be able to enjoy a continental breakfast for 7CHF per person, accompanied by kids’ shows and activities free of charge. Breakfast will be served from 9am at the park’s restaurant and the “Sunday Funday” activities will begin at 10am, with more kids shows at 3pm. No advance booking necessary, all kids activities & shows are free of charge and they will take place regardless of weather conditions. If you’ve never been to Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy, you can read more about it in our previous post – it’s a great place for a family day-out!
© Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy

© Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy

 

  • until 21st December 2014: Titanic, a fantastic new exhibition coming up at Geneva’s Palexpo which will tell the real-life stories of its passengers and display artefacts including personal belongings of passengers and crew. Not only that, but reconstitutions of the Great Staircase and the First Class Cabins will give you a feeling of what it was like to be on board a the time. Tickets are 22CHF for adults and 16CHF for children aged 6 to 15; family tickets are 64CHF – advance booking is recommended as this exhibition will be very popular!
 © Titanic - L'Exposition

© Titanic – L’Exposition

 

  • until 4th January 2015: Trop Humain, an exhibition at the Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge in Geneva (Avenue de la Paix 17). This selection of works that look at the suffering inflicted by human beings on other human beings is the result of a collaboration between the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the Mamco in Geneva. As the official website quotes: “A set of exhibits has been put together that range from historical scenes from the First World War by Otto Dix, through an etching by Pablo Picasso and a painting by Zoran Mušič, to more recent creative activity, illustrated, for example, by the bodies in pain of Louise Bourgeois (1998). The exhibition provides an opportunity to delve into the history of the world and of humanity by embarking on a veritable journey through modern and contemporary art. It includes rare artists, such as Leon Golub and Felix Nussbaum, and even some real finds, such as Nikolai Getman.” Click here for the complete list of all activities linked to this exhibition.
© Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge

© Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge

 

  • until 18th January 2014: Keith Haring Affiches Vintage, a fantastic free exhibition at the Quartier Libre SIG in Geneva (Pont de la Machine 1). This is the first time that Haring’s vintage posters have been exhibited in Switzerland, so it’s a great opportunity to see his collection of 85 posters designed to support important causes such as the fight against racism, AIDS and environmental, a truly unique insight into the world of 1980s NYC. The Quartier Libre SIG is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. FREE ENTRY, they also offer free guided tours of the exhibition in French or English (suitable from age 11) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9.15am, 10.30am and 2pm for groups of 10 people minimum.
© Copyright SIG 2014

© Copyright SIG 2014

 

  • until 11th April 2015: “Dompter la lumière”, a fun interactive exhibition at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle in Geneva about the nature of light and how it can be tamed by reflection, refraction and other phenomena. The children will love the periscopes, kaleidoscopes and mirrors that will repeat images in a never-ending line. Free entry, click here to download the full brochure of the exhibition in English.
© N. Conus

© N. Conus

 

  • until 25th October 2015: “L’œil nu” a fantastic new exhibition suitable from age 7 at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne (Vallée de la Jeunesse 1). The exhibition will teach your little ones everything there is to know about sight and vision, through a series of interactive stations. Alongside the exhibition there will also be a series of fun workshops for ages 7 to 12 called “Le Club des petits inventeurs”, from 2pm to 5pm on selected days. Click here to download the list of activities.
© Copyright 2014 Espace des Inventions. Tous droits réservés.

© Copyright 2014 Espace des Inventions. Tous droits réservés.

 

© CERN, Geneva

© CERN, Geneva

 

  • The permanent exhibition “Noblesse Oblige” at Prangins Castle is a great day-out for the whole family, take a step back in time with your children to see how a noble Swiss family lived in the 18th century! Find out more about this fantastic family exhibition in our previous post.
© Château de Prangins (VD)

© Château de Prangins (VD)

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One Response to “What’s On in November 2014”

  1. Mirela says:

    Hello! Your site is very helpful- thank you!
    My suns birthday is arround the corner and I would love to organise a reptile show in our home! We went to his cousins bday in London and there was a reptile show, children were shown some snakes, tarantulas and lizards and children loved it!
    Do you know if anywhere I could book the same in Vaud or Geneva??

    Thanks !

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