What’s On in April 2016

Spring is finally here to stay and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings for the whole family.

Here’s our list of suggestions, but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating it with more events each week!

APRIL 2016 EVENTS LISTINGS:

  • 29th March-1st April 2016: “Ainsi font les marionnettes”, kids holiday workshops organized by the Théâtre de Marionnettes de Genève at the MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). Children will learn to make their own puppets and use them to perform! The workshops are in French and suitable for ages 7 to 12. They will run from 11am until 5pm and cost 200CHF for the week. You can reserve your places at j.fretz@marionnettes.ch or 022 807 31 06.

 

  • 29th March-1st April 2016: Vacances à la romaine, kids workshops in French for ages 7 to 12 at the Musée Romain de Nyon (9 rue Maupertuis). These fun sessions will look at the history and customs of ancient Rome, from mosaic art to unravelling ancient coded messages. Running from 2pm to 4pm all week, they cost 16CHF per child and must be reserved in advance at 022 361 75 91 or musee.romain@nyon.ch. Click here to download the full programme.

 

  • 30th-31st March & 1st April 2016: MEGnomade – Sur les traces du lapin…, fun, interactive guided tour and workshop for ages 6+ at the MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). The tour is open to all and FREE OF CHARGE, meet the group at the information desk. Starting at 2pm until 3.30pm.

 

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

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

 

  • Sunday 3rd April 2016: “Tohu Wa Bohu en voyage – Spécial Europe” story-time songs and music for children at Geneva’s MEG museum (in French). Suitable for toddlers from age 2, the first session will take place from 4pm to 4.45pm in the museum’s foyer, and the second one from 5pm until 5.45pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Photo: MEG, J.Watts

Photo: MEG, J.Watts

 

  • until 3rd April 2016: Yatouland Easter, the indoor play centre in Vernier (Chemin de Batailles, 22) will be exceptionally open for the Easter break from 11am until 6pm. Entry will be 15CHF per child and there will be many fun activities including an Easter egg hunt on Monday 28th of March 2016.
© 2015 Yatouland, Vernier

© 2015 Yatouland, Vernier

 

  • until 3rd April 2016: Easter egg hunt and fun activities for children at C L’Aventure indoor play centre in Annemasse (France). The indoor play centre will be open from 10am until 7pm except for the 25th, 29th, 31st March and 1st of April 2016. Entry is free for children under the age of 1; 6.50 Euros for children aged 1 to 3 and 10.00 Euros for ages 4 to 12.
© 2016 C L'Aventure, Annemasse

© 2016 C L’Aventure, Annemasse

 

  • Sunday 3rd April 2016: ‘Cot-cot, Cot-cot-codêêêt!’Easter activities for families and children aged 6+ at the MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). Bring your own cooked eggs to decorate, then take part in the best-egg competition starting at 2pm and the egg battle at 4pm – the event will run from 2pm to 6pm in the museum’s auditorium. FREE ENTRY.
Photo: MEG, J.Watts

Photo: MEG, J.Watts

 

  • Sunday 3rd April 2016: “Sommes-nous seuls dans l’Univers?” – free guided tours for families and children  aged 7+ and accompanied by an adult at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou). In connection with the current exhibition “Exoplanètes”, these free Sunday tours will take place at 10.30am on all floors. The guided tour in English “Are we alone in the universe?” will take place at 11.30am.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

  • until 4th April 2016: Terre & Soleil exhibition at the Musée d’Histoire des Sciences in Geneva (Rue de Lausanne 128). The exhibition explores the change from a universe centred on the earth to a dynamic system of planets orbiting around the sun. You can continue the journey beyond our solar system to the discovery of other planets, the exoplanets, with the current exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Geneva. The first exoplanet was discovered in 1995 by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, while they were working for the University of Geneva observatory.
Terre et Soleil exhibition. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

Terre et Soleil exhibition. Photo © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

  • until 4th April 2016: Exoplanète, a great exhibition at the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève (1, route de Malagnou) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the first exoplanète, a planet situated outside our solar system by the Swiss astrophysicists from the Observatoire de Genève, Michel Mayor & Didier Queloz. This exhibition is accompanied by a number of kids workshops, guided tours, astronomical observation and many more events in the months to come.
© 2015 Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève

© 2015 Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Genève

 

Château de Prangins © Office du tourisme du Canton Vaud

Château de Prangins © Office du tourisme du Canton Vaud

 

  • Wednesday 6th April 2016: Les mercredis à la Villa Freundler, free Wednesday activities for children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 1.30pm to 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • Wednesday 6th April 2016: MEGNomade – La visite au fil des contes, guided tour and story-time for ages 6+ conducted in French by Floriane Facchini at the  MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). The tour is open to all and FREE OF CHARGE, meet the group at the information desk. Starting at 2pm until 3.30pm.
Photo: MEG/J.Watts

Photo: MEG/J.Watts

 

  • Wednesday 6th April 2016: Jours d’ouverture aux familles at the Maison de la Créativité in Conches (7, chemin Calandrini). These family activities will take place in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is 3CHF per adult and per child aged 2+.
© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

 

  • Wednesday 6th April 2016: A fantastic kids’ workshop in Italian, perfect for Italian-speaking families in ‪‎Geneva‬! On Wednesday 6th of April, join the Luigia staff and become a pizzaiolo for the afternoon. The workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 10 and will start at 3pm. At the end of the workshop, all participants will receive a t-shirt and a pizzaiolo certificate! Places must be booked in advance at info@gruppogenitoriginevra.org or by phone at +41 (0)79 628 0347. LUIGIA – le meilleur de l’Italie, 24a rue Adrien lachenal, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland
© 2016 Gruppo Genitori Ginevra

© 2016 Gruppo Genitori Ginevra

 

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

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

 

  • Wednesday 6th April 2016: “Agile comme un chat”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

  • 8th-16th April 2016: “Cully Jazz Festival”, a great music festival and the most important jazz festival in Switzerland. Click here for full details and to book tickets.
© 2016 Cully Jazz Festival

© 2016 Cully Jazz Festival

 

  • Saturday 9th April 2016: Family Concert #3 “The Queen of Frogs” by Geneva Camerata. Another great family where children will be able to pick from a list of music jokes, fun activities proposed by the musicians and much more! The concert will be held at the Salle Frank-Martin in Geneva at 11am (Collège Calvin. Rue de la Vallée 3).
© Geneva Camerata

© Geneva Camerata

 

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

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

 

  • 9th-24th April 2016: and one more Easter egg hunt, this time in the company of Father Xmas at the Hameau du Père Noël in nearby ‪France‬! The egg hunt will take place from the 9th to the 24th of April 2016.
© 2016 Hameau du Père Noël

© 2016 Hameau du Père Noël

 

  • 9th-30th April 2016: ‘La grande ourse’, a fantastic puppetry festival for children (in French) organized by the Commune de Lancy in Geneva. The programme will include some great puppet shows such as “Mam’zelle Chapeau”; ”Loulou”; ”Ne m’appelez plus jamais mon petit lapin”  and “Dans la boutique fantastique” followed by some fun family workshops. Click here to download the full programme. Tickets cost only 5CHF per person and can be booked at 022 706 15 28 / reservation@lancy.ch
© VILLE DE LANCY - 2016

© VILLE DE LANCY – 2016

 

  • until 10th April 2016: Pâkomuzé, family activities across 36 museums in Lausanne, Pully, Yverdon & the Vaud riviera.
© 2016 PâKOMUZé, Ville de Lausanne

© 2016 PâKOMUZé, Ville de Lausanne

 

  • Wednesday 13th April 2016: “Passionnantes expériences de biologie moléculaire” – 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 download the full programme. There will be other workshops this month on Wed. 20th & 27th of April 2016.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 13th April 2016: Jours d’ouverture aux familles at the Maison de la Créativité in Conches (7, chemin Calandrini). These family activities will take place in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is 3CHF per adult and per child aged 2+.
© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

 

  • Wednesday 13th April 2016: “En avant la musique !”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 13th April 2016: Les mercredis à la Villa Freundler, free Wednesday activities for children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 1.30pm to 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

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

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

 

  • 13th-17th April 2016: Salon International des Inventions at Geneva Palexpo. Find out about the latest inventions and gadgets from all over the world, shown here for the first time.
Inventions-geneva.ch © 2016

Inventions-geneva.ch © 2016

 

  • 13th-18th April 2016: Arvinis, international wine fair at the Halles CFF in Morges (VD), With over 150 exhibitors and 2,000 varieties of wine from all over the world, this is definitely one to enjoy without the little ones. You won’t be able to buy wine at the fair under Vaud law but you will receive a tasting glass at the entrance so….make sure you use it!
© 2016 Arvinis International Wine Fair, Morges (VD)

© 2016 Arvinis International Wine Fair, Morges (VD)

 

  • 15th-16th April 2016: La nuit antique, a fantastis free event in Geneva. During the evening of the 15th and the 16th of April, in the Parc des Bastions, you will have the chance to explore an ancient village and discover the everyday life of its inhabitants (a bronze worker, a potter, scribes, Roman and Celtic soldiers, etc.), savour delicious ancient dishes, listen to tales from the past (Egyptian myths, Greek fables and more) or, among others, be carried away by Greek music, from its Ancient roots to nowadays traditional folk music. Click here to download the full programme. FREE ENTRY.
© 2016 La Nuit Antique, Geneva

© 2016 La Nuit Antique, Geneva

 

  • 15th-17th April 2016: Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art in Geneva and Vaud. Would you like to see what happens behind the scenes of the city’s most important cultural institutions? Would you like to meet the people who work there and learn more about what they do? If so, book your place for one of the guided tours or free workshops taking place in Geneva and Vaud from the 15th to the 17th of April 2016. Visit the official website for full info and to reserve your place, but hurry as they fill up fast! FREE ENTRY to all activities.
© B. Coulon - Ville de Genève

© B. Coulon – Ville de Genève

 

  • 15th-23rd April 2016: Visions du Réel, Nyon’s international film and documentary festival. Visions du Réel is definitely an appointment not to miss if you love thought-provoking and original films dealing with the reality and contradictions of this amazing world of ours. Check the official website for full details of the daily programme which will be unveiled soon.
© Visions du Réel International Film Festival, Nyon

© Visions du Réel International Film Festival, Nyon

 

  • Saturday 16th April 2016: Save the date for the Skate Contest taking place on Saturday 16th of April from 10am onwards at the skate-park in Nyon. The day’s activities will include skate demos; skateboard, scooter & longboard competitions, as well as a drawing contest. FREE ENTRY. The skate park is right next to the parking lot at the Colovray swimming pool in Nyon and covers a surface of 900 m2.
© 2016 Ville de Nyon

© 2016 Ville de Nyon

 

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

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

 

  • 16th April-14th May 2016: ‘Vivant pour de vrai’, a fantastic interactive exhibition suitable for children aged 3 to 6 at the CAIRN – Villa du village alpin in Meyrin (7 chemin du village alpin). children will play and learn about all living things: animals, humans, plants. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1.30pm until 6pm. Group visits take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm. FREE ENTRY but places must be booked in advance at 022 989 16 69 culture@meyrin.ch
© 2016 Concept & réalisation Forum départemental des Sciences à Villeneuve d'Asq

© 2016 Concept & réalisation Forum départemental des Sciences à Villeneuve d’Asq

 

  • Sunday 17th April 2016: MEGnomade – Sur les traces du lapin…, fun, interactive guided tour and workshop for ages 6+ at the MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). The tour is open to all and FREE OF CHARGE, meet the group at the information desk. Starting at 2pm until 3.30pm.
© MEG Geneva

© MEG Geneva

 

  • Sunday 17th April 2016: Kachina – Poupées-esprits du Nouveau Monde, workshop in French for children aged 5+ accompanied by an adult at the MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). Children will learn to make their own wooden dools. FREE ENTRY, but places must be booked in advance at 022 418 45 55 (from 9am to 11am and only in the 5 days prior to the event). The workshop will run from 2pm until 4.30pm.
Photo © MEG/J.Watts

Photo © MEG/J.Watts

 

  • Wednesday 20th April 2016: “Plantes succulentes et cactus” – 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 download the full programme. There will be another workshop this month on Wed. 27th of April 2016.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 20th April 2016: MEGNomade – La visite au fil des contes, guided tour and story-time for ages 6+ conducted in French by Floriane Facchini at the  MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). The tour is open to all and FREE OF CHARGE, meet the group at the information desk. Starting at 2pm until 3.30pm.
Photo: MEG/J.Watts

Photo: MEG/J.Watts

 

  • Wednesday 20th April 2016: “EN SELLE! LE MAH À CHEVAL”, part of the Mercredis Family at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (Rue Charles-Galland 2). Children aged 6 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

 

  • Wednesday 20th April 2016: Les mercredis à la Villa Freundler, free Wednesday activities for children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 1.30pm to 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

  • Wednesday 20th April 2016: Jours d’ouverture aux familles at the Maison de la Créativité in Conches (7, chemin Calandrini). These family activities will take place in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is 3CHF per adult and per child aged 2+.
© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

 

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

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

 

  • Wednesday 20th April 2016: tickets for this summer’s Paléo Festival Nyon go on sale today at midday! The Paléo Festival is one of the major open-air music festivals in Europe, this year’s edition will run from the 19th to the 24th of July 2016.  Don’t miss it.
© 2016 Paléo Festival Nyon

© 2016 Paléo Festival Nyon

 

  • 21st April-1st May 2016: Printemps Carougeois – Carouge’s spring festival will kick off with an impressive line-up of concerts, dance shows, workshops and kids’ shows. There will be two theatre shows for children and three “Ateliers jeune public” (kids’ workshops) in French. Take a look at their online programme for full details.
© 2016 Printemps Carougeois

© 2016 Printemps Carougeois

 

  • 22nd April 2016: Genève fête la Terre, a great event at the Plaine de Plainpalais running from 3.30pm until 9pm. The programme will include a free swap market (Gratiferia), a giant Disco Soup, recycling workshops and more fun activities for the whole family! FREE ENTRY.
© 2016 Ville de Genève - Officiel

© 2016 Ville de Genève – Officiel

 

  • 22nd April-1st May 2016: Festival La Cour des Contes in Plan-les-Ouates has a programme packed with fantastic shows and events for all ages (and many are free!), so take a look at their official programme online to find out more about it and reserve your places. On Wednesday 27th of April there will be 2 creative workshops for kids: Atelier “Marionnettes petits contes” run by Castelet and starting at 9am. Suitable for children aged 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult. “Quand je pense à …” run by La Lucarne, starting at 1.30pm. Suitable for children aged 7+. Workshops are FREE OF CHARGE but places must be booked in advance at 022 884 64 60or by email at culture@plan-les-ouates.ch
© 2016 Commune de Plan-les-Ouates

© 2016 Commune de Plan-les-Ouates

 

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

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

 

  • Saturday 23rd April 2016: Portes Ouvertes at the COV – Conservatoire de l’Ouest Vaudois in Nyon and Morges (VD). From 10am until 4pm families and young children will be able to try out for free some of the great courses offered (in French) by the COV, including introduction to music suitable from age 3, classic and jazz instruments, theatre classes and concerts by current students. FREE ENTRY.
© 2016 COV - Conservatoire de l'Ouest Vaudois

© 2016 COV – Conservatoire de l’Ouest Vaudois

 

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016: “L’ortie, aïe ça pique !” – 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 download the full programme.
Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

Les ateliers verts © Ville de Genève

 

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016: “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 to 10 accompanied by an adult are welcome every Wednesday at 3pm to discover all about the museum collections in a fun, interactive way. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking required.
 © Musées d’art et d'histoire, Geneva

© Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016: MEGnomade – Sur les traces du lapin…, fun, interactive guided tour and workshop for ages 6+ at the MEG museum in Geneva (Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67). The tour is open to all and FREE OF CHARGE, meet the group at the information desk. Starting at 2pm until 3.30pm.
© MEG Geneva

© MEG Geneva

 

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016: Jours d’ouverture aux familles at the Maison de la Créativité in Conches (7, chemin Calandrini). These family activities will take place in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is 3CHF per adult and per child aged 2+.
© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

 

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016: Les mercredis à la Villa Freundler, free Wednesday activities for children at the Villa Freundler in Plainpalais (Place de Saint-François 4). Activities include games, creative workshops, sports and they will run from 1.30pm to 6pm. FREE ENTRY, no advance booking necessary, children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.
Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

Image © Maison de Quartier de Plainpalais

 

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

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

 

  • Wednesday 27th April 2016: 2 creative workshops for kids, part of the Festival La Cour des Contes programme. Atelier “Marionnettes petits contes” run by Castelet and starting at 9am. Suitable for children aged 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult. “Quand je pense à …” run by La Lucarne, starting at 1.30pm. Suitable for children aged 7+. Workshops are FREE OF CHARGE but places must be booked in advance at 022 884 64 60or by email at culture@plan-les-ouates.ch
© 2016 Commune de Plan-les-Ouates

© 2016 Commune de Plan-les-Ouates

 

  • Wednesday 27th & Saturday 30th April 2016: L’Hôpital des Nounours in Geneva (8 rue des Terreaux-du-Temple) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year so make sure you bring your little ones and their sick teddies to be cared for and made better! Suitable for children aged 4 to 7. FREE ENTRY and no advance booking necessary but only on Wednesday 27th from 1pm to 5pm and Saturday 30th from 9am to 5pm.
Photo © 2016 Association des Etudiants en Médecine de Genève (AEMG)

Photo © 2016 Association des Etudiants en Médecine de Genève (AEMG)

 

  • 27th April-1st May 2016: 30th Geneva Book & Press Fair at Geneva Palexpo. The Geneva book fair is going to be filled with great activities for children, including yoga for kids, comics workshops, story-times and much more. Take a look at the official programme for full details.
© Pierre Albouy / Maurane Di Matteo

Geneva Book Fair © Pierre Albouy / Maurane Di Matteo

 

  • 29th-30th April & 1st May 2016: Carnaval de Lausanne, a wonderful family fest with Guggenmusiks, live music, pony-rides and parades where the kids will be able to flaunt their carnival costumes. The carnival takes over Lausanne’s city centre until Sunday 1st of May. Entry is free for all and the events include dance shows, live music, kids activities, the Guggenmusiks concert-apéro and the carnival parade at 2.30pm on Sunday. Click here for the full programme.
© 2016 Carnaval de Lausanne

© 2016 Carnaval de Lausanne

 

  • Saturday 30th April 2016: « Familles en fête », a great family event coming up on Saturday 30th of April from 11am until 6.30pm at the Ecole Active in Geneva (Route de Malagnou 39bis). The entire event will be FREE of charge, with plenty of workshops, fun activities, story times and much more! You can find the full programme here.
© 2016 Familles en fête, Geneva

© 2016 Familles en fête, Geneva

 

© 2016 Familles en fête, Geneva

© 2016 Familles en fête, Geneva

 

  • Saturday 30th April 2016: Parent & child art workshop at Life of Art in Geneva. The workshop will run from 10am until midday. Feel free to contact the school’s founder Lisa Anderson for more information and to reserve a place: tel. +41 22 525 5232 or by email at info@life-of-art.ch
Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

Photo © 2016 Life of Art, Geneva

 

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

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

 

  • Saturday 30th April 2016: Jours d’ouverture aux familles at the Maison de la Créativité in Conches (7, chemin Calandrini). These family activities will take place in the morning and afternoon: 9.30am to 12pm and 2.30pm to 5pm. Entry is 3CHF per adult and child aged 2+.
© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

© 2015 Maison de la créativité, Conches (GE).

 

ONGOING:

  • until May 2016: Exposition de la maquette de la ville de Genève. The architectural model of the city of ‪Geneva‬ looks pretty awesome, it comprises of 145 modules and it took 40 years to complete! It is now on display for the first time and open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 6pm at the “Exposition de la maquette de la ville de Genève” — 25 rue du Stand — Geneva. The exhibition opened on the 15th of April 2015 and will run until May 2016. You can call +41 22 418 20 63 for more info or to book a guided tour.
© M. Thomann / Ville de Genève

© M. Thomann / Ville de Genève

 

  • until 8th May 2016: Morges Tulip Festival. Spring wouldn’t be spring without the Morges Tulip Festival with its 120,000 tulips of 300 varieties, blossoming along the lakeside promenade of the Parc de l’Indépendance in Morges. The first varieties start blooming around mid-April (weather permitting) and there are plenty of activities planned for the duration of the festival. Find out more here.
Fête de la Tulipe, Morges (VD) - photo © Vanessa Hermann

Fête de la Tulipe, Morges (VD) – photo © Vanessa Hermann

 

  • until 25th September 2016: Destination Rio at the Olympic Museum in Ouchy (Lausanne). The Olympic Museum celebrates Rio 2016 with a programme dedicated to the culture of Brazil and Rio, host of the upcoming Olympic Games. This exhibition-adventure takes you on a lyrical tour of the city, which will give you the irresistible urge to dance. The photos, the choice of music and the artwork will convey the incredible energy of the Brazilian people. The programme will kick off during the Carnival in Rio and culminate with the two weeks of the Games in the summer. FREE ENTRY.
© Copyright 2016 Le Musée Olympique

© Copyright 2016 Le Musée Olympique

 

  • until 30th December 2016: Medieval Factory, interactive exhibition suitable from age 7 at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne. Discover all the great medieval inventions still in use today! Free entry on the 1st Saturday of each month. Open Monday to Saturday from 2pm to 6pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are 7CHF for adults and 3CHF for children.
© Copyright 2013 Espace des Inventions. Tous droits réservés.

© Copyright 2013 Espace des Inventions. Tous droits reserves.

 

  • 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.
So lovingly restored, down to the smallest details © genevafamilydiaries.net

So lovingly restored, down to the smallest details © genevafamilydiaries.net

 

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.

  • Stuck for ideas on a Sunday? Find some ideas and suggestions here!

 

TOY & BOOK LIBRARIES

On those gray, drizzly 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

© Ludothèque Centre & Vieille-Ville - Ecole Ferdinand Hodler, Geneva

© Ludothèque Centre & Vieille-Ville – Ecole Ferdinand Hodler, Geneva

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