Archive for the kids Tag

What’s On in January 2017

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Still recovering from ringing in the new year with friends and family? Same here, hence the late posting of our monthly listings (apologies for that!). January is usually a slow start for everyone, so please remember to check our listings regularly as we will be adding new events every week. Find more info about family-friendly brunches in our post “Sunday brunch with kids” or book your little one’s ski lessons to make the most […]

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Free Christmas Activities

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Here’s a brief list of fun Christmas activities you can enjoy with your little ones in the coming weeks, and they are all free of charge! There will be plenty more to come, so remember to check this post and our facebook page regularly for the latest updates.   16th November 2015-2nd January 2016: Joyeux Noël at the Balexert shopping centre. Visit the « Chalet du Père Noël » on the first floor and […]

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Reach for the Stars


Small but perfectly formed, the Musée d’Histoire des Sciences is one of Geneva’s coolest museums, especially if you love science. The museum’s current exhibition “Terre et Soleil” tells the story of how Copernicus, Galileo and Isaac Newton first put into doubt the ancient geocentric theories and subsequently provided their own theories of a dynamic system of planets orbiting around the sun. If you think this sounds too complicated for children, it’s not. The exhibition is […]

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Swiss Bricks

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Nestled in the elegant gardens of the Domaine de Penthes, the Musée des Suisses dans le Monde is about to unveil a brilliant new exhibition, one we can’t wait to get our hands on (quite literally!). If you thought that LEGO ® and history were an unlikely combination, think again because the Musée des Suisses upcoming exhibition, “Histoire en Briques“, will be doing just that. From the 1st of November 2015 until the 14th […]

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Central Park

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

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Halloween Events


Here’s a run-through of the most spooktacular Halloween events coming up this October. Keep checking the list below as we will be adding more family-friendly events as we dig them up! You’ll also find that many parents at local Swiss schools now get together to take the children trick or treating on Halloween night, so make sure you check with your local Association de parents d’élèves and your neighbours to see if they are organizing […]

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Cézanne For Kids

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If you missed the “Ô Cézanne” art exhibition at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne last February, you’ll be happy to know that it will be coming soon to the Espace Nouveau Vallon in Chêne-Bougeries! Suitable for children aged 5 to 11, the Exposition-jeu d’éveil culturel : Ô Cézanne  is a fun way to introduce your little ones to one of the most iconic painters of the 19th century. If you’ve never taken them […]

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Festival Champ Libre


Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of October 2015 will see the launch of the first ever Festival Champ Libre in Plan-les-Ouates (GE), a music and theatre festivals for children aged 3+. The festival’s programme will include music and cookery workshops too, as well as a Délibrunch for families on Sunday 11th of October in the Salle La Mansarde at La Julienne. This family brunch will run from 11.30am until 2.30pm and costs just […]

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House of Creativity

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If you have little ones aged 6 months to 6 years-old, don’t miss the grand opening of the new Maison de la créativité on the premises of the old Musée d’ethnographie in Conches (Geneva), which will take place on Saturday 3rd of October 2015 from 2pm until 5pm. This newly-refurbished family space, dedicated to young children and their carers, is a spectacular creative hub where little ones will be able to explore the […]

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Playgrounds in Geneva, Vaud & Lausanne

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The city of Geneva boasts a grand total of over 85 playgrounds, which include great playing fields like those at the parc la Grange; parc Trembley and the Jardin Botanique, and all schools’ recreation grounds that remain open to everyone outside school hours and at weekends. Bise or shine, they’re great places to make new friends and let the little munchkins burn off energy before heading back home. Not to mention the fact that […]

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What’s On in September 2015

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The summer holidays have flown by so fast and it’s time to go back to our routines but don’t worry as there is still a great deal to do with children in this wonderful area during the autumn months. Make the most of our events listings for the month of September and remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events […]

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Free Summer Activities

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In addition to our previous post about enjoying Geneva for free, we have more tips for you on the best summer activities you can enjoy in the area…FREE OF CHARGE — with or without kids! Because summer fun doesn’t have to cost the earth. FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Geneva: Sortir pour lire, free outdoor activities organized by the Bibliothèques municipales de la Ville de Genève at different locations across town during the months […]

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Passport to the Big Bang

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If you love cycling as a family, why not saddle up the little’ns and take a tour of the Passeport Big Bang? Launched by CERN in 2013, the “Passport to the Big Bang” is an interactive cycling circuit through Pays de Gex and Canton of Geneva, connecting a series of ten information platforms installed in front of ten key CERN sites. The ten Passeport Big Bang platforms explain the fundamental research streams being […]

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What’s On in May 2015

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The month of May is here with so many exciting family events you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s our initial list of events taking place in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week: You can read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons. Stuck for […]

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Key English School


If you’re looking for a fun & engaging holiday camp for your children this summer, then Key English School might be the answer. With a wide range of summer camps for children aged 3 to 15, available at various locations in Geneva and Lausanne, Key English School provides excellent childcare and education during the school holidays. Parents are able to choose between full days (from 9am to 5pm) or half days, with morning […]

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Le Carrousel

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Le Carrousel in Geneva is one of our favourites toy shops in the area. They recently did some renovation work and the shop is looking better then ever, so much so we couldn’t resist sharing some pics here. If you’re looking for wooden toys, lovely gifts for baby and something truly special like these fire truck pedal cars, then you should definitely take a look at Le Carrousel. You can find […]

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New Bricks Café Opens in Lausanne

Bricks Café, St-Sulpice (Lausanne). Copyright 2012 Bricks4Kidz®. All Rights Reserved.

The much-dreaded bise, the freezing northern wind that around this time of year takes hold of the entire Lac Léman region, is here again, making a visit to our favourite playground a very unappealing option for the little ones. But fear not, as a new Lego® and Duplo® Bricks Café has just opened in St-Sulpice (Lausanne), so we can keep our cheeky monkeys entertained and meet up with their little friends without freezing our […]

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Flexa Children’s Furniture Giveaway


How about kicking off the new year with a fantastic online giveaway? Thanks to Flexa children’s furniture we are delighted to offer you the following giveaway, open to all our readers in Switzerland, the UK and mainland Europe. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** You can read more about the latest Flex Play range in our previous post, these great modern designs are guaranteed to look fab […]

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A Cut Above

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Last year I was looking for a hairdresser for my 3 children when a friend recommended ChicTifs in Gland (VD). Since then, we’ve been a few times to get the little ones’ heads looking nice & neat and happy to say we’ve never looked back. They recently renovated the entire salon and kitted up a great kids area with bean bags, large blackboards with coloured chalks, TVs, toys and books so, when […]

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The Little Prince Comes to Geneva

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If you missed it in Lausanne last November, don’t worry as the children’s opera Le Petit Prince is coming to the Bâtiment des forces motrices in Geneva from the 6th to the 10th of January 2015. Suitable from age 7, this spectacular opera by Michaël Levinas – based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s childhood classic – has been commissioned by the Opéra de Lausanne and Opéra de Lille and first performed just two months ago. The set […]

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10 Ways to Get Children into Hiking


Switzerland has amazing mountains and I love hiking them with my children, aged 5 & 7. The question I often ask myself is how to pass on my love of hiking to the children? Here’s 10 ideas and 10 tips to get children hiking, based on my personal experience. Please leave us a comment below to share your ideas and suggestions. Plan the Hike 1) Go up! I don’t know […]

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Playtime at the Ludotheque


What makes the much dreaded rentrée more exciting and fun? For us, discovering that some of our favourite family haunts have undergone a superb makeover and are now even better than before. This was the case last week when I dragged my little grumpy monsters back to the Ludothèque de Nyon to return the toys they’d borrowed over the summer to discover the whole place had been renovated and filled with a selection […]

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Tried & Tested: Unameit Stickers


I have a confession to make (head bowed, fidgety fingers): while I am quite the proficient list-maker and are known to nag everybody around me about the need to “be more organized”, I have been sending my children to school or nursery for years without properly labelling all their belongings. It seemed like such a clever idea at the time – just grab a pen on the way out and […]

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Peas & Love

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A friend once told me that some of the childhood memories she holds dearest are those of her mum sitting down by the kitchen window with a novel, the cat curled on her lap while she played with building blocks on the floor next to her. “It felt so intimate and calming,” she told me with a smile “she didn’t think her job was to get down on her knees and […]

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Tell Me a Story


The Festival La Cour des Contes in Plan-les-Ouates is one of my favourite spring festivals in Geneva. For ten days, a number of exciting theatre shows, performed stories and workshops bring a new buzz to the city of Calvin – just when we’ve all had enough of winter and spring seems finally to be on its way. This year’s edition, which runs from the 2nd to the 11th of May 2014, will stretch from […]

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Just Dance


Spring is in the air & (very likely) in your step so dust off your dancing shoes because Geneva is going to get ready to strut its stuff for the Fête de la Danse, a national Swiss festival that will get everyone busting some mean moves in the city’s theatres, public parks & art centres. From Wednesday 30th of April until Sunday the 4th of May 2014, the Fête de la […]

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Fi-Fon-Fan: Festival des Enfants

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The 9th edition of the Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève, running from the 4th to the 13th of April 2014, has some gems in store to be enjoyed with or without children in tow. With over 100 movies covering different genres & themes, this festival focuses on the reality and culture of Eastern society with movies competing in the following sections: «L’Orient dans tous ses états», «Regards de femmes», […]

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Sunday Breakfast with a Difference


The Am Stram Gram theatre in Geneva has come up with a fantastic idea to liven up those lazy Sunday mornings and I – for one – can’t wait to try it! Every Sunday morning in March and until the 6th of April 2014, La Brioche des Mioches welcomes children aged 5+ accompanied by their parents to a continental-style breakfast followed by a poetry & music show in French entitled “Peek-a-boo”.   The family […]

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Indoor Playcentres

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Considering we still have so many rainy days ahead of us, I reckoned a post about indoor play centres could come in handy. Last Sunday we took the little monsters to the Vitam’Migros Leisure Centre in Neydens (France) to burn off some of that boundless excess energy and I took some photos to share with you here. On this occasion, we opted for a run around in the Vitam’Ludic play area and laser […]

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More Birthday Tips

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My middle son’s birthday is coming up soon (panic!) and this means I’ve been going through all the possible party options I knew of, as well as researching some more. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Vitam’Ludic in Neydens (France) offers a wide range of birthday party packages, so I thought it would be useful to share the info here.  Packages start at 15 Euros per child but you can add some […]

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Snake, Rattle & Roll


As my boys are currently going through a snakes phase while their little sister is obsessed with apple-eating crocodiles (don’t ask), Expat Husband and I decided that a visit to the Vivarium de Lausanne was in order. The Vivarium holds the biggest collection of poisonous reptiles in Europe, including some stunning world exclusives like the albino Naja Kaouthia and the world’s most poisonous snake. But don’t be put off because if you’re […]

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What’s On in February 2014

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From skiing with the tiddlers to enjoying a delish family Sunday brunch, we’ve posted our favourite tips for a great family weekend in and around Geneva, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (free ice-skating anyone?). If the start of the new year is taking its toll, why not try one of the meditation workshops offered by the public libraries in Carouge? Saturday 1st February 2014: “Robinet et […]

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For The Love of Books

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Without a doubt, one of the nicest  and better-stocked kids bookshops in the Geneva area is La Librerit in Carouge. I stop by whenever I can and always manage to find a new book, board game or activity I know my little ones will love. Conveniently located on Place du Marché – and very easily identifiable by its colourful yellow sign! – La Librerit stocks an amazing selection of children’s books for all ages […]

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L’Asticot in Geneva


The story of Swiss ethical label L’Asticot began in 2009, when young mums Christie and Danièle put their creative pencils to paper and designed L’Asticot’s first collection of original, super-wearable, fun & über cool kids’ clothes. I love their colourful, unique designs that are such a pleasure to wear even for the most active and wriggly little monkeys, and I definitely support their ethical commitment to fair trade standards and sustainable development. For me […]

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View From the Treetops

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If your children are as energetic as mine and you’re running out of ideas of what to do, why not try a bit of accrobranche ? There are various aerial adventure parks in the area where children – safely attached to tight ropes – can climb from tree to tree, following an adventure course. Expat Husband loves to take the boys for a treetop-spin when they have just too much energy to […]

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Swiss Mumpreneurs at Hiboutique


As you might have guessed, we love to surf the net here at Geneva Family Diaries. A few weeks ago we came across a fab Swiss online shop called Hiboutique, which sells beautifully designed, ethically-sourced and ecological products for babies and young children.   With an array of colourful, eco-friendly products and a very attractive website how could we resist ? We just had to find out more about the Swiss […]

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Diabolo Festival

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If your children are aged between 2 and 10 years-old, free up your diary for the Diabolo Festival in Morges (VD), which will be taking place on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2013 at the Esplanade and Théâtre de Beausobre (av. Vertou 2).   Now in its second year, the Diabolo Festival is a wonderful family event, offering over 40 shows, 19 hours of fun workshops ranging from astronomy to circus skills, […]

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Best Thai Bistro in Meyrin

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First of all, I have to thank Italian expat Francesco for mentioning the Aéro Bistro to me during dinner one evening. We were talking about Thai restaurants in Geneva and he told me this little bistro served some of the best Thai food he’d ever tasted in the area. And boy was he right… The Aéro Bistro in Meyrin is a true hidden gem, huddled at the far end of Route H.C. Forestier behind […]

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Butterfly World

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Papillon was the first French word my little girl said, shortly followed by maman! Since Little Miss Cutie has a fondness for colourful butterflies, last week we decided to take advantage of the bank holiday to visit the Papiliorama in Kerzers (Canton Fribourg). Just an hour and a half from Geneva, the Papiliorama Swiss Tropical Gardens are a great option for a family day-out: perfect on sunny days with their petting farm, shaded picnic areas and […]

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C’est l’Aventure !

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that – even on the rainiest of days – little ones will need to burn off bucketloads of energy and might drive their parents insane unless escorted to an indoor area where they can run around, climb & swing in complete safety. Enter newly opened C L’Aventure Annemasse in nearby France, an indoor playcentre for children aged 0 to 12 years-old, which we have tried & tested with my three […]

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Mini Chefs in Coppet


A huge thank you to South African expat Tamryn Gernandt, founder of Mini Chefs in Coppet for contributing this article about how she set up and developed her business. If you’re looking for fun cookery classes or unique party ideas for your little ones, read Tamryn’s article to find out more about her and Mini Chefs in Coppet !     How I set up Mini Chefs I founded Mini Chefs in 2010. What began […]

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Swiss Museum of Games

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Housed in a beautiful 13th century castle and surrounded by an outdoor games trail as well as a fab playground, the Musée Suisse du Jeu is one of the best child-friendly museums in Switzerland & definitely one of our favourites.     The Musée Suisse du Jeu is located in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD) about one-hour’s drive from Geneva, right on the picturesque shores of Lake Léman and just a short walk from the Alimentarium in Vevey, so […]

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Au Chien Bleu

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Cozy, colourful and full-to-the-brim with books and educational toys, Au Chien Bleu in Geneva is everything you dream an independent children’s bookstore to be. The choice of books, toys & CDs for 0 to 16 year-olds is infinite, but they also have a very tempting selection of gifts and stationery ranging from washi tape to satchels, gift boxes, pencil cases etc. Artfully arranged on the shelves and tables you’ll find anything from the classics to the most […]

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Family Yoga in Annemasse

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Looking for family yoga in Annemasse? AliaOm is a yoga centre founded by Alia, a French mum-of-three and yoga teacher, offering a variety of courses including Adult Yoga, Antenatal and Post Natal Yoga as well as some great courses for children.     Although it’s a bit out of the way for me, I am planning to try one of her monthly ‘Yoga Famille‘ workshops with my little munchkins – but Alia also offers weekly or monthly sessions for […]

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It’s “Un R de Famille” !


What do you do when you come across a place that brings back some of your happiest childhood memories and at the same time reminds you of a place your heart calls ‘home’ ? Simple: you fall in love, which is what happened to us last week when we had brunch at Un R de famille in Geneva.       Un R de famille is an information centre for families founded by the […]

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Kids Theatre in Nyon


Have you ever been to one of the theatre shows for kids at L’usine à gaz in Nyon (VD) ? It’s absolutely worth it and the shows are great: a bit surreal, a bit whimsical but always 100% adorable. I love the atmosphere of this little theatre (which is also a music venue and cultural centre for various exhibitions) because it reminds me of the small fringe theatres in London that we used […]

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Halloween Tales

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Looking for some indoor fun for your little munchkins this Halloween ? Here’s some suggestions for this Wednesday 31st of October:   Journée de contes at the Bibliothèque Communale de Versoix with story-teller Claire-Anne Magnollay. Entry is free. Wednesday 31st October 2012 at 10.30am “Au fond du potager, à droite…”: story-telling in French for children (from age 4), duration 40 mins. Enjoy some autumnal tales with your little ones and discover together what […]

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Workshops for Budding Anthropologists


The autumn school holidays in the Canton of Geneva are nearly upon us, so if your children and teens dream of a life of adventures learning about different human cultures here’s some dates for your diary. “Des ethnologues en herbe mènent l’enquête”: in these workshops the children will set off armed with a camera, recording device and notebook to discover unexpected people and places that will reveal more about the secrets […]

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Sympa…les Poneys !


Little Miss Cutie is 2 and entering her “I love ponies” stage. She’ll squeal in delight every time we drive past a riding school and seize any pony-related books she lays eyes on when we’re out shopping.   Luckily for us, there are many pony clubs and riding schools within a short distance of Geneva so last weekend, as a special treat for Her Toddlerness, we took the children for a pony ride to the Pony Club in […]

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Kings of the Castle

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The Musée national suisse at the Château de Prangins is one of our favourites. Located just a few minutes outside of Nyon, this 18th century castle overlooking Lake Léman is surrounded by exquisite gardens and hosts one of the Swiss National Museums. We’ve been there many times with the children because it’s one of the most interactive and kid-friendly museums in the area, and also for some fun birthday parties that the children had […]

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