Archive for the kids Tag

Kings of the Castle

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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Salon Baby Planet in Lausanne

If you are first-time parents or you already have children but are expecting another baby, make a note in your diary of the forthcoming Salon Baby Planet, which will take place from Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th of October 2012 at the Expo Beaulieu in Lausanne.   The Salon Baby Planet will host over 70 exhibitors and a series of fun activities including baby massage, baby-gym and various baby classes sponsored by KidsUp, post-natal buggyfit […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Creepy Crawlies ?

On Sunday I took my pretend children to the Vivarium de Meyrin. When I say “pretend children” I don’t mean imaginary ones, who live inside my head. These two lovely little ladies do exist, they’re just not mine, but I love to spend time with them and I think I might even be their favourite godmother !   One of the first rainy Sundays of the changing season was the perfect […]

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It’s Olympics Week !

On your marks, get set…if your children are aged 9 to 15 and they love sports there’s a very exciting (and free!) event coming up at the Musée Olympique in Ouchy from the 14th – 18th of October 2012: the 32nd Semaine Olympique. There will be over 40 free sports activities to choose from including fencing, taekwondo, judo, American football, ice-hockey, capoeira and even cheerleading ! If you have younger children as well, […]

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Fun at the Museum

As mentioned in a previous post, I am a bit of an art addict and like to share this passion of mine with the little buttons. As my French improves, I’ve been able to discover more and more kid-friendly activities organised by museums and art foundations in Geneva, so here’s some of my findings so far…   Musée d’Art et d’Histoire – Geneva The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire on Rue Charles-Galland organises some great […]

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Pic Nic at the Castle

The events of La Semaine du Goût that are taking place throughout Switzerland until the end of this week are simply amazing. One of the most charming and family-friendly is definitely the Déjeuner sur l’herbe et marché à l’ancienne organised at the Château de Prangins for this Sunday 23rd of September.     The day will begin at 11am with the old-fashioned market, selling local delicacies such as smoked féra, regional charcuterie, organic wines […]

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A Scary Night in Morges !

For all the little monsters in our household Halloween can never come soon enough. Imagine our delight then when I read about the upcoming Nuit des épouvantails (Night of the Scarecrows), which will be taking place in Morges on Saturday 29th of September. Here’s the video from the 2010 edition:   Legend has it that long ago, in 1387, the scarecrows in the countryside around Morges came to life and started terrorising the […]

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Vintage Toy Exhibition in Carouge

The Musée de Carouge has organised “Jouets et loisirs d’antan” – a fantastic exhibition of antique and vintage toys, which runs until the 14th of October 2012. From wooden to tin toys, constructions to magic lanterns, the display is absolutely captivating (and not just for the little muffins!). An important part of the exhibition is dedicated to optical toys and shadow theatres, which my little ones found fascinating…is this really how children amused […]

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Apple Picking in Geneva

One of the perks of living in Geneva is that, although it’s the second biggest city in Switzerland, you’re never more than a few minutes away from the most luscious, fertile countryside. Many local farmers are now happy to sell their super-fresh produce directly to the public and often allow you to pick it yourself, which – in my little nippers’ opinion – trumps supermarket shopping anytime. For this reason, last Saturday we […]

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In Heidi’s Footsteps

It happens to most expatriates in Switzerland, especially if your expat plans take you to one of the main Swiss cities rather than one of its idyllic alpine villages. You board the plane with visions of Heidi running barefoot on emerald-green mountain pastureland with cow-bells ringing in the background but, once you’ve settled into local city life, you realise your Swiss experience is turning out to be more urban than you initially […]

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Meet La Maison de Colette

La Maison de Colette is definitely one of my favourite Geneva blogs. Created by Marion, a French mother-of-one and design consultant, it’s packed with fantastic style and design inspiration for mums living in Geneva. Last week we met up with Marion to learn more about her family life in Geneva and her stylish blog, here’s what she said: My family & I I am French, originally from Nantes, but I studied in Paris. […]

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I Art Geneva

I’ve always had a very soft spot for art and design so – whenever possible – I try to take my children to visit museums and exhibitions, especially when these offer special tours or workshops organised just for them. Many museums in Geneva do just that, so here’s a brief list of what’s on in town for your little budding artists: The MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain is Switzerland’s biggest museum of contemporary […]

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Caribana Festival: The Lights Are On!

Get your dancing shoes on for the 22nd edition of the Caribana Festival, which takes place this week from Wednesday the 6th of June till Sunday the 10th in Crans-sur-Nyon, Canton Vaud. This year’s line-up is looking pretty amazing with names such as Gossip, Lou Reed, Marina & the Diamonds and Charlie Winston set to get the mood going on one of Switzerland’s finest music festivals. With a unique mix of styles […]

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