Archive for the parks Tag

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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A Day-out at the Arboretum

A mountain stream along the path. Photo ©

When it comes to Swiss National Parks, the Arboretum in Aubonne is one of the best. A unique botanic park featuring 3,000 different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world’s temperate zones, the Arboretum is open all year-round and is free of charge. Spring and summer are a great time of the year to discover the Arboretum’s orchards, which feature many heritage fruit varieties; “La forêt des abeilles” trail and the pathways meandering across the Aubonne river valley. […]

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Every Mum Is an Island

Geneva's Île Rousseau. Photo ©

In full view of the Mont Blanc bridge and yet concealed away from all the hustle and bustle of central Geneva, the île Rousseau is one of the city’s hidden treasures. The île Rousseau is a small island on the river Rhône and a public park dedicated to the city’s most famous philosopher. Its history dates back to the 16th century, when it was first one of Geneva’s walled bastions and – in 1628 – a […]

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A Beautiful Day in Saint-Prex


Thanks to the gorgeous summer weather of the past few weeks we’ve been able to pack up our picnic basket and venture out to discover some great picnic spots, family beaches & lidos. Last weekend, we spent a wonderful day at the Plage du Chauchy in Saint-Prex, a picture-perfect medieval village on the north shore of lake Geneva, not far from Morges in Canton Vaud. If you’ve never been, this charming & well-preserved market town, […]

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The bouncy castles at Forestland, Divonne-les-Bains. Photo ©

A classic family haunt facing the Lac de Divonne, Forestland might be nothing new under the sun for many expats living in the area but the family and I spent such a great afternoon there last Sunday that I thought a few pics were in order. As well as their usual attractions & accrobranche tree-climbing courses, Forestland have recently added a new outdoor laser game and a play area with 5 bouncy castles – and […]

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La Belle Saison

La Belle Saison © Villa Bernasconi, Lancy

Nestled at the heart of a luxuriant park near the river Arve, Villa Bernasconi is one of Geneva’s best-kept secrets. It’s taken us a few years to discover this elegant neoclassical family mansion dating back to 1828 and now a thriving art centre hosting up to 5 contemporary art exhibitions per year. Why not make Villa Bernasconi the destination of a family outing this month and make the most of La Belle […]

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Parc Pré Vert Reopens


Perched high on the hills of Bougy-Villars (VD) and bedecked with the most spectacular views over lac Léman & Mont Blanc, the Parc Pré Vert Signal de Bougy is the stuff of family dreams. It is the place we go to for a fun day-out with friends, a game of mini golf or a visit to the adorable farm animals (the baby goats and piglets are Little Miss Cutie’s favourites!) not to mention all […]

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View From the Treetops

© Parc Aventure des Evaux, Onex.

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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A Perfect Spot for a Picnic

Zone de detente du Port, Crans-près-Céligny  ©

Ever the optimist, I decided to blog about one of our favourite family picnic spots in the area even though the weather doesn’t look very promising… When the sun shines, especially during the week, I like to take the kids to the Zone de detente du Port in Crans-près-Céligny (VD). In my opinion, this is a great picnic spot for many reasons: there is a large parking area right in front […]

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Books in the Park

© DR, Festival livre et petite enfance Geneva

The 9th edition of the Festival livre et petite enfance will take place on the Promenade des Bastions in Geneva from the 21st to the 25th of May 2013. When temperatures soar and the skies get so blue they seem to melt into the lake, there’s no better place to be than one of the city’s luxuriant parks – the family and I just love to soak in the balmy air and hear […]

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Paint Party, Pic Nic & Movie Night This Saturday!

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CinéTransat Paint Party: Saturday 2nd of June Parc de la Grange, from midday Make a note in your diary for this great family-friendly event taking place this Saturday in Geneva! The event has been organised to celebrate a “triple anniversary”: the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme, the 10th anniversary of Switzerland’s joining the U.N. and the UN Conference for Sustainable Development RIO+20. The celebration will kick off […]

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