What’s On in September

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 a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events each week. Happy rentrée to all !

  • Sunday 1st September 2013: “Les celtiques de Vivisco”, a unique Celtic festival in Vevey open from 9.30am until midnight. Discover more about Celtic life in the Vevey area and watch the amazing historical re-enactments: from music and dance to fighting and pottery making this makes for truly fascinating viewing for the whole family. Entry 5CHF per adult and free for children under 12.
© Les Celtiques de Vivisco - Vevey

© Les Celtiques de Vivisco – Vevey

 

  • Sunday 1st September 2013: Vogue de Carouge Festival at the Place de Sardaigne with live music, kids activities, face painting, dance and many more fun activities for the whole family.
image copyright Vogue de Carouge

image copyright Vogue de Carouge

 

  • If the weather isn’t too cold and the sun is still out, what about a scrumptious “brunch in the sun” with the family ?
Summer brunch under the marquee © Ferme aux Cretegny

Summer brunch under the marquee © Ferme aux Cretegny

 

  • Is it Sunday ? Is it raining again and you don’t know what to do with your energetic little monkeys ? Find some ideas and suggestions here or read our review of the new indoor playcentre in Annemasse C L’Aventure. In July and August they will be open everyday from 10am to 7pm.
Plenty for the little ones to do on a rainy day ! © genevafamilydiaries.net

Plenty for the little ones to do on a rainy day ! © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • Sunday 1st September 2013: “Et si le carré était partout…” Petits Rendez-vous at Geneva’s MAMCO for children aged 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult. These fun, interactive visits for kids are free of charge and require no advance booking. The tour starts at 11.15am. There will be other tours on Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of September as well.
© MAMCO, Geneva

© MAMCO, Geneva

 

  • Until Sunday 1st Sept. 2013 & on Thursday 5th Sept.: “Animations Jeune Public” everyday at 3pm at the amphitheatre at Signal de Bougy (Parc Pré Vert). The shows are free of charge and take place outside so they will be cancelled in case of rain or bad weather. This week’s show is “Jour de Rêve” , a show with giant puppets.

 

  • Until 1st Sept. 2013: Festival Chouette Nature in Lacconex (Geneva), this is the first edition of a new family festival focused on nature and sports. For ages 3 to 15, the festival will offer plenty of workshops and activities for all including very young children in the dedicated area “Les Bouts-de-Chou”. Delicious Genevan specialities and local produce will also be available from the festival’s market. Free entry, see the official website for further details.
 © Festival Chouette Nature, Lacconex (Geneva)

© Festival Chouette Nature, Lacconex (Geneva)

 

  • Wednesday 4th September 2013: Mini & Petits Rendez-vous  at Geneva’s MAMCO for little ones aged 2 to 4 (Mini rendez-vous) and 5 to 10 (Petits rendez-vous) accompanied by an adult. These fun, interactive visits for kids are free of charge and require no advance booking. Introduce your little ones to the joys of modern art with these great guided tours, which start at 3.15pm. There will be other tours on Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of September as well.

 

"Nos oiseaux" exhibition © 2013 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

“Nos oiseaux” exhibition © 2013 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • 4th-8th Sept. 2013: Geneva Yoga Music Festival a great event for all yoga lovers, pooling together an exciting blend of music, yoga, massage and other treats from a wide range of local and international yogis, therapists & musicians. The festival will take place across 5 different locations, all within walking distance from each other (Soluna, 18 Rue du Môle; Temple des Pâquis, 49 Rue de Berne; Maison de Quartier des Pâquis, 50 Rue de Berne; AVieVa, 21Bis Rue de la Navigation; Insens, 12 Rue Ami-Lullin). Click here for full programme details and to book your tickets. Namaste everyone !
 © Geneva Yoga Music Festival

© Geneva Yoga Music Festival

 

  • 4th-8th Sept. 2013: Caminando & Avlando by the Ubus théâtre company, part of La Bâtie festival in Geneva – from age 9. Aboard an authentic Canadian school bus, young and old embark on a journey that takes in the great events of the 20th century. The story is told with paper puppets, video images and all sorts of bits and bobs. The bus will stop at:  l’Ecole des Ranches (Vernier) on Wed. 4th at 3pm and 5pm; la Maison de quartier du Plateau (Lancy) on Thurs. 5th at 3pm and 5pm; l’Ecole Robert-Hainard (Bernex) on Fri. 6th at 5pm and 7pm; Place Favre (Chêne-Bourg) on Sat. 7th at 4pm and 6pm; Centre sportif du Grand-Donzel (Veyrier) on Sun. 8th of Sept. at 11am and 3pm. 
Copyright Ubus théâtre.

Copyright Ubus théâtre.

 

  • Thursday 5th September 2013: “Jeûne genevois” is a bank holiday in Geneva so schools, offices and shops will be closed. If you don’t have any plans yet, what about enjoying a delicious brunch at the Ferme de Merlinge from 9am to 1pm ? Made with fresh local produce, this is one of the best family brunches in the region – I can assure you the homemade bread, jams, pastries and Müesli are fantastic ! Price is 40CHF per adults, and 2CHF per year of age for children aged 5 to 13. No charge for children under the age of 5. Reserve your table at merlinge@bluewin.ch or by phone at 022 7591592. If you love gourmet burgers, join The Hamburger Foundation in the parking de la rue Bavignac in Geneva. Bon appétit !

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  • 6th-8th September 2013: Krouge Festival, free jazz festival in Carouge (Place de Sardaigne), take a look at the official website for details of the great line-up. Free entry.
© K Rouge Jazz Festival,  Carouge

© K Rouge Jazz Festival, Carouge

 

  • 6th-8th September 2013: “Le livre sur le quai” book festival in Morges (VD) will offer a programme jam-packed with great authors like Amélie Nothomb and Pierre-Yves Tinguely, kids activities and a dedicated section for English-speaking writers. Highlights amongst the Anglophone authors include John Boyne (“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”); Carmen Bugan (“Burying the typewriter”); Stephen Clarke (“A Year in the Merde”) and Francesca Segal (“The Innocents”). If you visit the festival with children, make the most of the reading sessions and the Geronimo Stilton competition. Free entry, see the official website for full programme details.
© Le livre sur le quais, Morges

© Le livre sur le quais, Morges

 

  • 7th-8th Sept. 2013:  Journées européennes du patrimoine 2013: feu et lumière in Geneva, with plenty of activities for everyone: guided tours of the city on the theme of “Feu et lumière” and special fun workshops for families at the Musée d’histoire des sciences or at the “Caserne des pompiers” on rue des Bains. Click here to download the full programme in French.

 

  • 7th-8th Sept. 2013: Festiclowns Festival at Signal de Bougy (Parc Pré Vert) in favour of the charity “Le pas”. Enjoy a great day with your little buttons at this fun clowns festival, if the weather is good there no place like the Parc Pré Vert in canton Vaud ! See the festival’s official website for more details and to book your tickets.
Copyright © 2013 Festiclowns

Copyright © 2013 Festiclowns

 

  • 7th-8th Sept. 2013: Atelier “Jeux d’ombres” for children aged 6 & older at the Château de Prangins (VD), part of the Journées européennes du patrimoine celebrations. At 10.30am and 2.30pm, free entry.

 

  • Sunday 8th September 2013: take a sneak preview at the fabulous AW2013 kids collection from Swiss ethical brand L’Asticot and enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases. Read all about it in our previous post. From midday to 5pm at the Café Gallay in Geneva (Boulevard St-George 42). We LOVE.
© L'Asticot

© L’Asticot

 

  • Sunday 8th September 2013: “Le Château des Jeux”, a fantastic FREE family event at the Musée Suisse du Jeu in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD). From 10am to 6pm discover this great games museum, its gardens and enjoy all the fab activities that will be taking place throughout the day – including the Swiss Flipper Tour 2013 ! To find out more about the Musée Suisse du Jeu you can read our previous post.
© Musée Suisse du Jeu

© Musée Suisse du Jeu

 

  • Sunday 8th September 2013: “Tim & Puma Mimi” music show from age 5, part of La Bâtie festival in Geneva. Reserve your tickets for 4pm at the Lieu Central (Maison Communale de Plainpalais). A multi-coloured universe full of playful melodies and childish songs that the Swiss and Japanese duo performs as a late afternoon snack. Full of bubbly electro-pop songs, their show promises to be both frenzied and mischievous!
©ADDEB K

©ADDEB K

 

  • Tuesday 10th September 2013: “Aux Milles Voyages”, song & storytime for little buttons (babies & toddlers) at the Bibliothèque Aux Mille Feuille in Gland (38, grand rue). From 9am to 11am, free entry no advance booking necessary.
© Bibliothèque Aux Mille Feuilles - Gland

© Bibliothèque Aux Mille Feuilles – Gland

 

  • Tuesday 10th September 2013: “Né pour lire” session from 10am-10.45am) at the BiblioQuartier des Grands-Hutins in Carouge (rue de la Tambourine 3). 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.

 

  • Wednesday 11th September 2013: “Focus sur Hervé Télémaque” Petits Rendez-vous at Geneva’s MAMCO for children aged 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult. These fun, interactive visits for kids are free of charge and require no advance booking. The tour starts at 3.15pm. There will be other tours on Wednesday 18th and 25th of September as well.

 

  • Wednesday 11th September 2013: “Art y es-tu ?”, Geneva’s MAMCO reaches out to the Bibliothèque de la Jonction (Boulevard Carl-Vogt 22) for this special art session for children aged 4 to 8. From 9.30am to midday, free entry but reserve your places at 022 418 97 12.

 

"Nos oiseaux" exhibition © 2013 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

“Nos oiseaux” exhibition © 2013 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 11th September 2013: Atelier pop’up (in French) with artist Marfa Indoukaeva Berset for children aged 8 to 10 at the Bibliothèque des Minoteries in Geneva (Parc des Minoteries 3-5). From 3pm to 5.30pm. The workshop is free but you must reserve your place in advance at 022 418 37 42.

 

  • 11th-15th September 2013: Wouaf ! Art, a one-girl show about the role of dogs in the history of art at Le petit théâtre in Lausanne (place de la Cathédrale 12). Fun, unique and poetic – perfect for kids aged 7 and older. See the official website for performance times and to book your tickets.
© Tous droits réservés - le petit théâtre - 2013-2014 illustrations Haydé

© Tous droits réservés – le petit théâtre – 2013-2014 illustrations Haydé

 

  • Until 12th of September 2013: Les Tables longues – Lausanne Night Market, an absolute treat for all foodies out there. Discover the gourmet burgers, world cuisine, “beef club” and organic delicacies whilst taking in the beautiful city of Lausanne at night. From 5pm to 11pm on the Esplanade du Flon, Lausanne.
 © 2013 Les Tables longues - Lausanne Night Market

© 2013 Les Tables longues – Lausanne Night Market

 

  • 12th-22nd September 2013: La Semaine du Goût opens its doors across Switzerland to delight our tastebuds with plenty of delicious events focused on food, healthy eating and regional specialties. The number of events and workshops is amazing and too big to list here, so take a peek at their official website to find what’s going on in the area closer to you. Child-friendly activities include workshops and cookery courses at Un R de Famille in Geneva and the goûter au jardin sospendu at the Librairie-café littéraire (rue de Carouge 98). In canton Vaud, don’t miss the workshops “Atout fraise” at the Alimentarium, or the “Déjeuner sur l’herbe et marché à l’ancienne” at Prangins Castle on Sunday 22nd of September (read more about last year’s picnic here).

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  • 13th-14th September 2013: “Uncle Tarzan”, a super-fun pantomime by Theatre Franglais at the Esplanade du Lac in Divonne-les-Bains (France) at 8pm on the 13th of Sept. and at 4pm on the 14th of Sept. Ticket prices are 15 € for adults and 10 € for children. See the official website for full details.
© Theatre Franglais

© Theatre Franglais

 

  • 13th-15th September 2013: Festival Terre des Hommes Valais, a great music festival in Massongex (Canton Valais) to support the charity Terre des Hommes, with great performances planned from Yannick Noah, Alejandro Reyes and many more. See the official website for full details and to book your tickets.
 © Festival Terre des Hommes Valais

© Festival Terre des Hommes Valais

 

  • 13th-22nd September 2013: Comptoir Suisse at the Beaulieu expo centre in Lausanne. A unique exhibition in the Suisse romande covering city & country lifestyle, food & wine, travel, home deco and much more. With plenty of activities and workshops for little ones too, check the official website for full details.
© Comptoir Suisse, Lausanne

© Comptoir Suisse, Lausanne

 

  • Saturday 14th September 2013: “Né pour lire” session at the Bibliothèque de Carouge (boulevard des Promenades 2 bis) from 3pm to 3.45pm. 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.

 

  • Saturday 14th September 2013: La Fête de la Noix au Moulin & Huilerie in Sévery, near Morges (VD). The Moulin-huilerie de Sévery has been run for six generations by the Bovey family and walnut oil represents over 60% of the mill’s production. The 11th edition of this delectable festival will pull all the gourmet stops with a live cookery demonstration by Michelin-starred chef Benoît Violier from the legendary restaurant Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, a dégustation of different varieties of walnuts and a large buffet du terroir of exquisite dishes and local delicacies – all to be enjoyed to the sound of a live jazz band. The children will love to watch how the walnuts are pressed to make oil and take part in other fun activities for kids. Don’t miss it! From 10am to 6pm, see the website for more details.
© Fête de la Noix au Moulin & Huilerie à Sévery sur Morges

© Fête de la Noix au Moulin & Huilerie à Sévery sur Morges

 

  • Saturday 14th Sept. 2013: Thomas Hauert, dance & clown show from age 5, part of La Bâtie – Festival de Genève programme. Performances will be at 11am and 4pm on Saturday, a wonderfully creative performance with live music.
©FILIP VANZIELEGHEM

©FILIP VANZIELEGHEM

 

  • Saturday 14th Sept. 2013: Fête au village at the Ecole des Ranges in Vernier from 11am to 7pm, a lovely or the whole family with pony rides, treasure hunts, face painting as well as delicious food stands and “vide grenier”.
Image copyright Commune de Vernier

Image copyright Commune de Vernier

 

  • Saturday 14th Sept. 2013: Family Factory, a fun introduction to contemporary art for children aged 3 and older accompanied by an adult at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (10, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers). The current exhibition is dedicated to British artist PABLO BRONSTEIN, and the workshop will focus on designing your dream house. Sessions available are Saturday 14th, 21st and 28th of September; Saturday 5th, 12th & 19th of October; Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd of November 2013. The first group session is from 11am to 12.30pm and the second group from 2pm to 3.30pm. Price is 10CHF for 1 adult plus 2 kids max, places must be booked in advance at 022 329 18 42.
Family Factory © Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève

Family Factory © Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

 

  • Until 14th september 2013: La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, an unmissable line-up of fantastic concerts, theatre & dance shows, workshops, exhibitions and much more. Don’t miss the C.A.P.E. family show by the Crew Online Art Project until the 3rd of September at the Maison communale de Plainpalais (Rue de carouge 52). A unique performance dealing with virtual reality, contemporary art and individual perception. Visit the festival’s official website for full programme details and to book your tickets.
© 2013 La Bâtie - Festival de Genève

© 2013 La Bâtie – Festival de Genève

 

C.A.P.E. © Crew Online Art Project

C.A.P.E. © Crew Online Art Project

 

  • Until 14th of September 2013: Plateforme en Musique – Pont de la Machine, a fantastic initiative organized by the city of Geneva: the Pont de la Machine will hold live free concerts covering various music genres such as rock, calypso and reggae. Every Saturday afternoon a special “terrasse de la musique” with seating and umbrellas will be put up on the pont de la machine from 2pm to 8pm, offering a dedicated space where locals and tourists alike will be able to enjoy free live music and amazing city views whilst sipping a much-needed cold drink !
Pont de la Machine, Geneva © Ville de Genève

Pont de la Machine, Geneva © Ville de Genève

 

  • 14th-15th September 2013: Fête des vendanges in Russins (Geneva). One of the area’s most famous autumn festivals now in its 50th year, celebrating grape-harvest season with exciting activities for the whole family: from pony rides for the little ones to free tastings of local wines for mum & dad. Don’t miss the fête des enfants on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm and the closing parade on Sunday from 2pm. Free entry, see the official website for full programme details.
© Fête des vendanges de Russin - Geneva

© Fête des vendanges de Russin – Geneva

 

  • 14th-15th September 2013: Medieval music at Chillon Castle, a unique music event which will make your visit to Switzerland’s most famous castle even more picturesque and unforgettable. Medieval dances, ballads and juggling will take you back in time. From 10am to 6pm, free entry.

 

  • 14th-16th Sept. 2013: “Animations Jeune Public” at the amphitheatre at Signal de Bougy (Parc Pré Vert). This week’s show is by Canadian singer Gilles Parent. Show starts at 3pm but might be cancelled in case of rain so make sure you check before setting off. Free of charge.
 © Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy (VD)

© Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy (VD)

 

  • Sunday 15th September 2013: Les “Contes à reBourg” in Lausanne begin their second season with a fun storytime for children. Doors open at 4 pm and story-time begins at 4.30pm. A fun writing workshop and a free snack will follow. Prices: 5.- /children, 10.-/ adults and 30.- for a family ticket (3 children & 2 adults). Place: Le Café Théâtre le Bourg, Lausanne.

 

  • Until 15th September 2013: Lausanne Estivale, a plethora of fun and cultural activities in Lausanne. With over 450 activities planned you will be spoilt for choice, visit the official website to download the full programme.
 © Lausanne Estivale 2013

© Lausanne Estivale 2013

 

  • 17th September 2013: new theatre courses in French for children begin this week at Le Petit Carrousel in Gland (VD). Courses available are: ages 5-7 ans (45 minutes) on Mondays from 15h45 to 16h30 (salle rue de Mauverney 16A); ages 8-10 (1h) on Tuesdays from 15h45 to 16h30 (salle de la paroisse); ages 10+ on Mondays from 16h45 to 18h00 (salle rue de Mauverney 16A). The courses are very reasonably priced at 50CHF per month for ages 5-7; 60CHF for ages 8-10 and 70CHF per month for ages 10+.

 

  • Wednesday 18th September 2013: “Little Black Movie September sessions”, a selection of delightful short cartoons for children at the Cinémas du Grütli in Geneva (16, rue du Général Dufour), starting at 3pm. Let yourself be led on a voyage of discovery from Russia to China via Iran and Latvia, this will be a cinematic & truly magical experience for all ages. Ticket prices 5CHF up to the age of 10.

 

  • Wednesday 18th September 2013:  “Rencontre avec l’art contemporain” at La Julienne in Plan-les-ouates. A contemporary pottery exhibition by Caruge artists Elsa Alayse, Claire Curneen et Olivier de Sagazan. There will be a free story-time session and snack for children at 2.30pm and an apéritif at 7.30pm. Free entry, La Mansarde (second floor).
© La Julienne, Plan-les-Ouates

© La Julienne, Plan-les-Ouates

 

  • Wednesday 18th September 2013: “Focus sur Jean Otth” Petits Rendez-vous at Geneva’s MAMCO for children aged 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult. These fun, interactive visits for kids are free of charge and require no advance booking. The tour starts at 3.15pm. There will be other tours on the 25th of September as well.

 

 

  • Wednesday 18th September 2013: “Mercredis des sciences” for children aged 8 to 11 at the Musée d’histoire des sciences, Genève. These fun scientific workshops are free of charge but places must be reserved in advance at 022 418 50 60 or mhs@ville-ge.ch, all sessions are in French and take place from 2pm to 4.30pm. The session on the 18th of September is called “Cartographier, mesurer: on ne perd pas le Nord!” and is perfect for wannabe explorers !
© 2013 Musée d'histoire des sciences, Genève

© 2013 Musée d’histoire des sciences, Genève

 

"Nos oiseaux" exhibition © 2013 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

“Nos oiseaux” exhibition © 2013 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 18th September 2013: 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. On Wednesdays afternoon you can also take part in the museum’s “Visites-ateliers: Initiation à l’histoire de l’art” (ages 6-8 and 9-12). This is a cycle of 5 tours unveiling the most fascinating secrets of art history, each visit is followed by a creative workshop. On Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm, 10CHF each session (places must be booked in advance).
© MAH 2013

© MAH 2013

 

  • Wednesday 18th; Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd Sept. 2013: “Le petit singe musicien”, a delightful puppetshow from age 4 based on a traditional African tale by the theatre company Les Croquettes. Showtimes are 2.30pm & 4pm on Wed. 18th; 2.30pm & 4pm on Sat. 21st; 11am & 2.30pm on Sunday 22nd. At the Centre Marignac in Grand-Lancy (av Eugène-Lance 28), ticket price 10CHF per person, reserve your places at 022 880 05 16 or croquettes@bluewin.ch

 

  • 19th-21st September 2013: “Le Petit Bazar”, fab Autumn sale with gorgeous pieces from Spice Your Life (interior design & homewares); Je Suis au Jardin (gardening); Little Globe (kids fashion) and Mac&Fred (women’s fashion). Pop-up stores don’t get better than this ! At Route de Coppet 26a in Commugny (VD).
Image copyright Mac&Fred

Image copyright Mac&Fred

 

  • 19th-22nd September 2013: “La Bosse du Théâtre”, a fun puppetshow from age 7 about Polichinelle at the Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève (Rue Rodo 3). Performance times are 7pm Thursday to Saturday and 11am on Sunday. See the theatre’s official website to buy your tickets.

 

  • 19th-29th September 2013: Festival Colombia at the Grottes neighbourhood in Geneva. Delve deep into the rich culture of the Columbian community in Geneva – see the festival’s facebook event page for more details on their upcoming concerts, theatre & dance shows.
© Pré en bulle

© Pré en bulle

 

  • 20th-22nd September 2013: Féeries de Joux festival, a unique & magical way to discover the natural scenery of the beautiful Vallée de Joux. Discover the world of forest gnomes & fairies, take part in the exploratory walks, story-times and Sunday brunch. See the official website for full details.
© Féeries de Joux

© Féeries de Joux

 

Copyright © 2013 Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes. Tous droits réservés.

Copyright © 2013 Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes. Tous droits réservés.

 

  • 20th Sept.-12th January 2014: «Toutankhamon – son tombeau et ses trésors», a fascinating exhibition which reconstructs the tomb and funerary treasure of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, as it would have appeared to the eyes of Howard Carter, the British archaeologist who discovered it in 1922. See the exhibition’s official website for full details. At Geneva Palexpo Halle 7, open everyday from 10am to 7pm. Entry tickets are on special offer on Mondays at 16CHF per person.
© Toutankhamon – son tombeau et ses trésors

© Toutankhamon – son tombeau et ses trésors

 

  • 20th-21st September 2013: “Uncle Tarzan”, a super-fun pantomime by Theatre Franglais at the Aula de Marens in Nyon (VD) at 8pm on the 20th of Sept. and at 4pm on the 21st of Sept. Ticket prices are 20CHF for adults and 15CHF for children. See the official website for full details.
© Theatre Franglais

© Theatre Franglais

 

  • Saturday 21st September 2013: “Une, aucune, 100 histoires”, book reading from age 3 at the Bibliothèque de la Cité (Place des Trois-Perdrix 5). From 10am to 11am, free entry.

 

  • Saturday 21st September 2013: “Soirée de fin d’été” at La Barje, Perle du Lac in Geneva. Make the most of this night and enjoy some free dancing sessions. Tango Milonga will be on from 4pm to 6pm; followed by an apéro Swing & Lindy Hop with the association Geneva Swing from 6pm to 8pm. Later, take it away with the Soirée Salsa run by dance school Salseros de Hoy (from 8pm to 11pm). Free entry.

 

  • Saturday 21st September 2013: La Nuit des Musées in Lausanne & Pully (VD). Discover Lausanne & Pully’s museums under a different light & enjoy the special activities planned for Museum Night. See the official website for full details.

 

  • Saturday 21st September 2013: open day for families at the Shire headquarters in Eysins (Business Park Terre-Bonne, route de Crassier 15). From 10am to 2pm families are welcome to visit this leading pharmaceutical company and learn more about ADHD. Free entry, the exhibition will be in English – reserve your place at shccswiss@shire.com

 

  • Saturday 21st September 2013: get your free personalized t-shirt at Eastside concept store in Geneva (9, place des Eaux-Vives) from 1pm to 6pm. First come, first served so don’t be late !
Copyright © 2013 Eastside Geneva

Copyright © 2013 Eastside Geneva

 

  • Saturday 21st September 2013: Ateliers: Une branche, un couteau in connection with the current exhibition “Ferveurs médiévales” at the Maison Tavel in Geneva (Rue du Puits-St-Pierre 6). A special guided tour for children from age 9 accompanied by an adult, followed by a wood-carving workshop. Reserve a place on one of the 3 workshops available at 10.30am; 1.30pm or 3.30pm. Price is 10CHF per child, 20CHF per adult (plus entry ticket to the exhibition).
© MAH 2013

© MAH 2013

 

© Tous droits réservés - le petit théâtre - 2013-2014 illustrations Haydé

© Tous droits réservés – le petit théâtre – 2013-2014 illustrations Haydé

 

  • 21st-22nd Sept. 2013: “Animations Jeune Public” at the amphitheatre at Signal de Bougy (Parc Pré Vert). This week’s show is “Les clowneries magiques” by Clown Mistigri. Show starts at 3pm but might be cancelled in case of rain so make sure you check before setting off. Free of charge.
 © Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy (VD)

© Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy (VD)

 

  • 21st-22nd Sept. 2013: Slalom de Genève, the first edition of this event will be taking place at Geneva’s Palexpo (halle 6) so don’t miss it if you’re a car racing fan. There will be indoor & outdoor racing slaloms and a vintage race car parade as well. Free entry. See the official website for full details.
© Slalom de Genève

© Slalom de Genève

 

© Slalom de Genève

© Slalom de Genève

 

  • 21st-29th September 2013: the Kinofestival is a film festival showcasing the best movies from Russia & CIS. Visit the official website for full programme details, events will take place both in Geneva and Lausanne. This is the festival first edition so give them all the support they deserve !
Image copyright Festival "KINO. Films de Russie et d’ailleurs"

Image copyright Festival “KINO. Films de Russie et d’ailleurs”

 

  • Sunday 22nd September 2013: Fête du Muséum, a great family celebration at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou) to mark the opening of the exhibition “Nos oiseaux”. Dress up in birds costumes and enjoy all the free activities organized around this theme from 10am to 5pm.
© 2013 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2013 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Sunday 22nd September 2013: don’t miss the largest indoor Vide Grenier in Switzerland at the Halles CFF in Morges (opposite the train station). Open from 8am to 6pm, free entry, food stalls and parking available. For further info contact 021 803 16 55 or secretariat@phfprod.com
Le plus grand Vide Greniers couvert de Suisse, Morges © Région du Léman

Le plus grand Vide Greniers couvert de Suisse, Morges © Région du Léman

 

  • Sunday 22nd September 2013: “Contes: Quand les saints du paradis veillent sur le montagnard”, storytime from age 8 at the Maison Tavel in Geneva (Rue du Puits-St-Pierre 6). Let yourself be carried away by the magical tales and legends of the Alps told by Jean-Marie Jeudy. Free entry, no advance booking necessary – starts at 3.30pm, don’t be late as places are limited !

 

  • Sunday 22nd September 2013: Déjeuner sur l’herbe et marché à l’ancienne at Prangins Castle (VD) from 10am to 5pm. A fantastic family event in 18th century costumes, inspired by the castle’s long history: you’ll be able to meet the Baron and his family, kick back and enjoy some live music in the castle’s beautiful gardens and also purchase local produce at the old-style market stalls. Read all about last year’s edition here.
© Château de Prangins

© Château de Prangins

 

© Château de Prangins

© Château de Prangins

 

© Château de Prangins

© Château de Prangins

 

  • Monday 23rd September 2013: Kindermusik with Mrs. Moon. Kindermusik is a child-centred music and movement program which promotes brain development and fosters bonding between children and their parents and caretakers. In Mrs. Moon’s Kindermusik classes, fun and learning take place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Contact Mrs. Moon today to enroll or to take a free trial class. Kindermusik with Mrs. Moon is offering the following classes this fall: Sing & Play (1 and 2 year olds) in Mies — Mondays at 9:15, starting September 23rd. Wiggle & Grow (2 and 3 year olds) in Mies — Mondays at 10:15 starting September 23rd. Wiggle & Grow Family Class (0 – 7 year olds) in Ornex — Wednesdays at 10:00 September 25th. Laugh & Play Family Class (0 – 7 year olds) in Segny — Thursdays at 15:00 starting September 26th. For further information or to enroll, please contact Tamara Moon at kindermusikmoon@yahoo.com or by calling +33 6 07 37 71 24.
© Kindermusik

© Kindermusik

 

  • 24th Sept.-20th Oct. 2013: “Le hibou, le vent et nous”, a theatre from age 8 at the Théâtre Am Stram Gram in Geneva (56 route de Frontenex). The show tells the mesmerising love story of Sébastien & Lola who met in a snowstorm when they were 8 years old, a unique performance with acrobats playing the part of Sébastien & Lola as children. See the official website for full details and to buy your tickets.
© 2013 Am Stram Gram

© 2013 Am Stram Gram

 

  • Wednesday 25th September 2013: “Ces artistes plein d’astuces” Petits Rendez-vous at Geneva’s MAMCO for children aged 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult. These fun, interactive visits for kids are free of charge and require no advance booking. The tour starts at 3.15pm.

 

 

  • Wednesday 25th September 2013: “Little Black Movie September sessions”, a selection of delightful short cartoons for children at the Salle Bellavista in Meyrin (39, avenue de Vaudagne), starting at 3pm. Let yourself be led on a voyage of discovery from Russia to China via Iran and Latvia, this will be a cinematic & truly magical experience for all ages. FREE ENTRY.

 

  • Wednesday 25th September 2013: “C’era una volta un re”, storytime in Italian from age 3 at the Bibliothèque de la Cité (Place des Trois-Perdrix 5). From 3pm to 4pm, free entry but places must be reserved in advance at 022 418 32 44. Buona lettura !

 

 

  • Wednesday 25th September 2013: “Un fauconnier et son hibou” a fantastic activity from age 4 linked to the show “Le Hibou, le vent et nous”, written by Fabrice Melquiot and performed at the théâtre Am Stram Gram, Geneva. Watch a professional falconer at work, and learn more about the life of wild owls. From 3pm to 4pm at the Bibliothèque des Eaux-Vives (Rue Sillem 2). Free entry.

 

  • Wednesday 25th September 2013: 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. On Wednesdays afternoon you can also take part in the museum’s “Visites-ateliers: Initiation à l’histoire de l’art” (ages 6-8 and 9-12). This is a cycle of 5 tours unveiling the most fascinating secrets of art history, each visit is followed by a creative workshop. On Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm, 10CHF each session (places must be booked in advance).
© MAH 2013

© MAH 2013

 

  • Wednesday 25th September 2013: Oiseaux en famille, a free guided tours for families at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). Discover all there is to know about the new “Nos oiseaux” exhibition, the tour is free but you must reserve your places in advance at 022 418 64 00. The tour starts at 1.30pm and will finish at 2.30pm.
"Nos oiseaux" exhibition © 2013 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

“Nos oiseaux” exhibition © 2013 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • Wednesday 25th; Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th Sept. 2013: “Trésors dans la glace”, a delightful puppetshow from age 4 that touches upon ecological issues by telling the story of a little penguin and his friend polar bear. Showtimes are 2.30pm & 4pm on Wed. 25th; 2.30pm on Sat. 28th; 11am & 2.30pm on Sunday 29th. At the La Chapelle in Collex (chemin Fruitière), ticket price 10CHF per person, reserve your places at 022 880 05 16 or croquettes@bluewin.ch
"Trésors dans la glace" © Marionnettes Les Croquettes

“Trésors
dans la glace” © Marionnettes Les Croquettes

 

© Tous droits réservés - le petit théâtre - 2013-2014 illustrations Haydé

© Tous droits réservés – le petit théâtre – 2013-2014 illustrations Haydé

 

  • 25th September-13th October 2013: “Little Sunshine, Little Rainfall” a sweet, enchanting tale about Little Sunshine, Little Rainfall and their magical Japanese garden. Blending Japanese folklore with traditional music and dance, and inspired by haiku and origami, Little Sunshine Little Rainfall is a magical experience for younger audiences, performed in English with a little Japanese. For ages 3 to 7 at the Simply Theatre Studios in Versoix (Centre de Choiseul, Avenue de Choiseul 23A). See the official website for ticket prices and exact performance times.
© Simply Theatre Academy, Versoix

© Simply Theatre Academy, Versoix

 

  • 25th September-13th October 2013: “Mais où est passé Léon ?”, a shadows & puppetshow from age 4 at the Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève (Rue Rodo 3). See the theatre’s official website for exact performance times and to buy your tickets.
Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève

Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève

 

  • Thursday 26th September 2013: “Lire avec son bébé”, book reading for babies aged 0 to 2 (in French) at the Bibliothèque de Saint-Jean (Avenue des Tilleuls 19, entrée rue Miléant) from 10am to 11am. Free entry but places must be reserved in advance at 022 418 92 02.

 

  • Thursday 26th September 2013: “Marché Sans Puces”, a unique shopping experience at the Usine Kugler in Geneva (Av. Jonction 19). Enjoy a drink and then indulge in some seriously hip late-night shopping. From 5.30pm to midnight, free entry.
 © Marché Sans Puces

© Marché Sans Puces

 

  • Thursday 26th September 2013: Café maman-bébé meeting for expecting mums and new parents with babies/toddlers at the Centre Périnatal in Geneva (5 Chemin Edouard-Tavan). The meetings starts at 2pm and is a great place to meet other mums and discuss any child-development concerns you might have. Find out more about the Centre Périnatal and the monthly Café maman-bébé gatherings in our previous post.
Café maman bébé © Centre Périnatal, Geneva

Café maman bébé © Centre Périnatal, Geneva

 

  • Friday 27th September: 2ème Nuit du Jeu à l’Espace de quartier Sécheron, it’s games night at the Espace de quartier Sécheron in Geneva (Avenue Blanc 7). From 6pm tp midnight, take part in games competitions or just enjoy the toy library and videogames !
© 2ème Nuit du Jeu à l'Espace de quartier Sécheron

© 2ème Nuit du Jeu à l’Espace de quartier Sécheron

 

  • 27th-29th September 2013: Fête des Vendanges in Lutry (VD). Celebrate harvest season in style and discover some of the best local wines, enjoy the live music and kids activities. With over 24 live concerts and 20 wine-producers present, this is a great event for the whole family.

 

  • Saturday 28th September 2013: “Le Chaperon Rouge fête ses 20 ans”, a fantastic family event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Chaperon Rouge children services in Geneva. From 11am to 5pm at the salle communale de Plainpalais (rue de Carouge 52) there will be magic from Stanislas le magicien; puppetshows from Le Jardinier bleu; music & dance from la Rock Dance Company and much more. Free entry and fee-paying brunch available from midday.
La Librerit, Carouge © genevafamilydiaries.net

La Librerit, Carouge © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • 28th September 2013: don’t miss this year’s Désalpe de St-Cergue, the Alpine cattle descent in St-Cergue (VD). This one of Switzerland’s most famous traditional festivals and makes a fantastic day out for the whole family. To the drone of alphorns, the crack of whips, the beat of folk music and the dexterity of flag throwers, herdsmen and their cows return to the village for the winter from their summer in the alpine meadows. Read more about it in our previous post.
Désalpe de St-Cergue © genevafamilydiaries.net

Désalpe de St-Cergue © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • 28th September 2013: “Uncle Tarzan”, a super-fun pantomime by Theatre Franglais at the Théâtre de Grand Champ in Gland (VD) at 4pm and 8pm. Ticket prices are 20CHF for adults and 15CHF for children. See the official website for full details.
© Theatre Franglais

© Theatre Franglais

 

  • 28th-29th September 2013: Rencontres avec un hibou !, a fantastic opportunity to watch a falconry expert upclose whilst he handles a wild owl, so make sure you don’t miss it. The performance takes place at 11am at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). Free entry.

 

  • 28th-29th September 2013: “Ragoguille, mitron du roy”, fun jugglery show from age 3 at Le théâtre Micromegas in Ferney-Voltaire (24 bis rue de Meyrin). Performance times are 5pm on Saturday and 11 am on Sunday, see the official website to purchase your tickets.
Photo copyright Cie Absolu Théâtre

Photo copyright Cie Absolu Théâtre

 

  • 28th-29th September 2013: Open Doors Weekend at CERN in Geneva. Make the most of this unique opportunity to meet the people who make the discoveries, visit the installations where they work, discover the computer centre which is at the heart of the worldwide computing grid, explore hi-tech laboratories, descend 100 metres underground to the experimental caverns, visit the control centres where the scientists and engineers monitor and control their elaborate instruments. Free entry, please do not take your car as the road will be closed off and use public transport instead. See the official CERN website for full details. Open from 9am to 8pm.
© CERN, Geneva

© CERN, Geneva

 

  • 28th-29th September 2013: Urban Geneva at the Skatepark in Plainpalais, a great urban sport festivals your teenagers will love. From 10am enjoy great live music, live demonstrations of skate, bmx, streetfoot, streettchouk, or give contemporary urban dance a go with the Ledge Dance School. See the official website for full programme details.
© DR

© DR

 

  • 28th-29th September 2013: Treasure Hunt at Chillon Castle, a fun event for For children aged 4 to 14. In French only, this treasure hunt has been adapted in terms of difficulty for three age groups: 4 to 7, 8 to 11, and 12 to 14. From 10am to 4pm.
© Chillon Castle - Treasure Hunt

© Chillon Castle – Treasure Hunt

 

  • until 29th September 2013: Free Golf Urbain in Geneva. A 4km, 9 holes urban golf course awaits you in the city of Calvin, every day from 11am to 7pm. The starting point is at the Parc des Bastions, where equipment is to borrow free of charge. Visit the official website for full details.
© Ville de Genève

© Ville de Genève

 

  • Until the end of September a Ludobus will be travelling to different Geneva parks to provide toys, scooters and other games to children and their parents, which can be borrowed for free. Call 022 418 88 00 to check where the Ludobus will be driving to every week or click  here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva.
The Ludobus at work ! © Ville de Genève

The Ludobus at work ! © Ville de Genève

 

ONGOING:

 

  • until October 2013: Les Quais du Dahlia, see the gorgeous flower blooms of hundreds of varieties of dahlias in Morges. A stunning view along the town’s lakeside ! Read all about it in our previous post.
Les Quais du Dahlia, Morges (VD) © Philippe Regamey

Les Quais du Dahlia, Morges (VD) © Philippe Regamey

 

  • until 6th October 2013: “Would You Like a Bag with That ?”, a fantastic modern exhibition at the MUDAC in Lausanne focusing on the the subject of plastic bags from several angles, through works by artists and various installations. Plastic bags in art and design are displayed in various works of art that challenge and tickle our curiosity: you certainly won’t look at your plastic carrier the same way again !
Hendrik Kerstens, Bag, 2007. © Hendrik Kerstens. Courtesy Nunc-Contemporary, Antwerp - Belgique

Hendrik Kerstens, Bag, 2007. © Hendrik Kerstens. Courtesy Nunc-Contemporary, Antwerp – Belgique

 

  • until 27th October 2013: “MIRÓ Poetry & Light”, a spectacular exhibition of the famour Spanish master at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne (2 route du Signal). Definitely the sort of artist the whole family will enjoy !
© Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne

© Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne

 

  • until December 2013: Indestructible énergie, an interactive exhibition about energy at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne. The exhibition is tailored for your budding scientists and makes learning about energy fun & engaging !
© Espace des Inventions, Lausanne

© Espace des Inventions, Lausanne

 

  • until 5th January 2014: “Sel”, a fun & interactive exhibition about salt at the Musée de la main in Lausanne (Rue du Bugnon 21). Learn all there is to know about this essential condiment, how it is produced, collected and digested by our bodies. This is a perfect exhibition for the whole family, see the official website for a complete list of the upcoming kids’ workshops: “Le goût” (ages 4-7); “La chimie amusante du sel” (ages 6-13); “Le fabuleux voyage intérieur de Monsieur Grindsel” (ages 8-12).
Copyright © Fondation Claude Verdan, Lausanne. Tous droits réservés.

Copyright © Fondation Claude Verdan, Lausanne. Tous droits réservés.

 

  • until 12th January 2014: BÊTES EN STOCK: Nouvelles collections at the Musée de Zoologie in Lausanne (Palais de Rumine, Place de la Riponne 6). A small but fascinating insight into how the collections of the museum are preserved and studied – your little ones will love watching the butterflies and insects up close ! Open Tuesday to Sunday, entry is free on the first saturday of every month and is always free for children under the age of 16.
Copyright © 2013 Musée de Zoologie, Lausanne

Copyright © 2013 Musée de Zoologie, Lausanne

 

  • until 2nd March 2014:Palmes & Co. exposition-promenade” at the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques in Geneva, one of Switzerland’s most important collection of palm trees. Close your eyes and pretend summer is still here as you stroll through the Botanical Garden’s beautiful lawns and spot all the different varieties of palm trees. The Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques are a great place for families, so make sure you make the most of their small zoo and fantastic playground. Open everyday from 8am to 7.30pm, see the botanical gardens’ official website for full details and a complete list of their guided tours.
© 2013 Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Ville de Genève.

© 2013 Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Ville de Genève.

 

  • The new 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.
The Baron's original journals are also on display - photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

The Baron’s original journals are also on display – photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

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