Halloween in Geneva, 2019

Halloween in Geneva is getting better and better every year! Even if you don't happen to live in a neighbourhood keen on trick-or-treating, there are events you can attend to celebrate this scary holiday! Also, don't forget to ask your friends about their hood's...

October school-break in Geneva

Staying in Geneva during the October school break? The weather is not god for a beach anymore, and not yet good for skiing, so what to do? With this article in hand, you'll have tons of ideas, I promise!MAH - Les Vacances Qui Donnent la Patate From Tuesday till Friday...

For parents of chronically ill children

When her son was diagnosed with the type I diabetes at the age of 2, the whole life of Oksana and her family was turned upside down. Through her journey, she learnt about the massively positive impact of interactions with other parents. This is why she created a...

Family-friendly events in October 2019, Geneva

October is an extremely busy month! It will be filled with events, festivals, holidays, and Halloween! Are you ready? Parentville is here to help you plan a super-duper family-friendly October!This list is not all-inclusive; it mentions the most significant, most...

October camps in Geneva, 2019

The school year has just started, so it's time to think about the October holidays. Not travelling? Do you need a camp? This is why you clicked and found yourself here, right? Did you know that October holidays are also known as Vacances des Patates? In the past kids...

Horse riding for kids in Geneva (and around)

I probably don't need to explain to anybody reading this, how fun horse-riding can be. These gentle (yet sometimes stubborn) creatures teach patience, empathy, discipline, and give an opportunity for physical activity all at the same time. Question about horse-riding...

Music classes in Geneva for kids

Whether for general musical initiation, to learn how to play an instrument, or see how operas are working, Geneva has everything for your kids. Here's your list of music classes in Geneva for kids: SINGING I found 4 theatre places where kids learn about staging and...

After school activities in Geneva

Main days for extracurricular activities in Geneva are Wednesdays and weekends. Many children also attend after school activities on school days, though that requires an adult to transport kids from the school to an activity, so is not feasible for all. Luckily, in...

Fabriq’expo at Exploracentre

Exploracentre is a fab place close to Plainpalais (I wrote about them before, click here). It’s a really fun place with interactive exhibitions, workshops, and soon a Wednesday ExploraClub. Now, before we go any further. Exploracentre lowered the tickets price. It’s...

Home in Balance – Geneva’s smartest organizer

or about how finally I can dance in my basementThings I had in my basement… a bag with 3 rocks, and a pot with dry soil, wires to who knows what, chargers to prehistoric phones, boxes of appliances we do not have anymore, clothes I forgot I had. But also good things,...

ACCROBRANCHE aka Tree Top Adventure Parks in Geneva

Accrobranche (aka tree top adventures) is a great activity for kids and whole families. Depending on the age (or the height) of your child different options are available. How does it work? First you (or your child) gets into a special harness that will keep them...

Col de la Faucille in summer

Col de la Faucille in summer is even more fun than in winter! It offers so many activities that could easily fill the whole weekend. And if we add some other fun places from Gex, we’d have the whole week of adventures!JURAVENTURE Accrobranche (and more!) at...

Heatwave in Geneva with kids

The heatwave is here. Again. MeteoSuisse heatwave alert is clear: stay away from the sun, if possible do not stay outdoors between 11am and 4pm, hats, uv creams, light clothing. They are right. But in many homes the temperature during the heatwaves is unbearable - how...

Gifts for teachers, Geneva.

Giving gifts at the end of the year is not, to my knowledge, a tradition in Switzerland. Most of the Swiss parents I know, don't practice it. If they decide to offer a thank you/goodbye something for the teacher, it is usually a kid's drawing or cookies. But. I don't...

Summer in Geneva with kids & the Staycation Guide

How long are you planning to stay in Geneva with kids this summer? No matter if it's a week or 8, the Staycation Guide by Parentville is coming to save the day again! Since its first edition in 2017, it has been one of the best-received summer helpers for both local...

Pentecote family time in Geneva

Rainy long weekend, damn it. Don't fancy sitting at home with the kids? Need to get out? Parentville to the rescue! For Sunday propositions head over to the "Rainy Sunday in Geneva" article, by clicking the button below. For even more options, and Monday-Pentecote...

This summer: DinoWorld Expo in Versoix

 Calling all the dinosaurs fans! The DinoWorld expo has opened up for summer! Almost every child goes through a phase of a passion for these mysterious creatures who walked this planet in the past. The DinoWorld Expo in Versoix is now a great place to explore their...

Family fun in June 2019 in Geneva

Summer is here! We still need to wait a bit for the holidays, June in Geneva is looking very family-friendly. All paddling pools are open; parks are filling up with people, free bbq places are more and more crowded, and well... we are getting closer and closer to...

Animals outside of Geneva

How about a day trip with an animal adventure? The selection of places for this article was tough, so probably there will come a time for another one in the animal-series. We will not go farther than 1,5-2,5h drive, to make it all doable in a day (though the longer...

The Fairy Tale Factory

Once upon a time... We all know these words. This expression exists, most probably, in every language. These words open the door to imagination, to a magic world, and magic words. Once upon a time is also an opening phrase of a beautiful bilingual (English, Frech)...

AMAKids Geneva will blow your mind

There’s a new offer for ids in Geneva that I am so so so excited to tell you about! It is called AMAKids - mental arithmetic academy. Z took a trial class with Sandra and is now begging for more, which is a rare occasion with! I was blown away with what I saw.  ...

May for families in Geneva

May is looking great! The weather is excellent and as always in Geneva with the start of spring, events are started to happen with a frequency that is hard to catch up. Especially on weekends many of us will have trouble choosing where to go. This is why I created...

Animals in Geneva

Spring is perfect to visit animals and get to know the better! There are some hidden gems in Geneva and around where your children can enjoy some time with fury (and not only) friends. PARC CHALLANDES It’s an animal refuge in Versoix. They are doing an amazing job...

Petit Marché, second-hand shopping made easy

When Anna moved to Switzerland with her two kids, she started searching for what she knew from Denmark – an easy way to buy and sell children’s second-hand clothes, toys, and gear, in other words, an app.Searching She found many ways to do it, but none of them seemed...

This weekend in Geneva

When you guys tell me this website could serve you better, I always do everything I can to meet your needs. This is why Parentville is now equipped with an events calendar - perfect for planning weekends, Wednesdays, and all other days of the week. You can search via...

Zero waste parenting in Geneva

Having kids means having a lot of clothes, toys, and diapers. It also means spending a lot of money and struggling with space overtaken by stuff. Zero waste solutions will help with all of the above.

February agenda for families in Geneva

The mountains are currently the main direction for many people, but if you need suggestions to what to do when you stay in Geneva, voila! Here I am with plenty of ideas.   I know that this super long article is not very easy to read, but rest assured a solution...

Gymboree Geneva

Photo credits: Gymboree Geneva. (all pictures in this article). A few weeks ago I was invited with Z to visit a familiar place that we had not been to in a while, a place beloved by us both; Gymboree Geneva. As soon as we entered, the familiar smell of babies and...

FEBRUARY CAMP WITH MUSEOMIX AND AMUSEN

This one is for all of you looking for a February camp and those who wish a kids museum existed in Geneva!Wouldn’t it be nice if kids were more involved in the creation of places destined for them? If we let them talk, be part of the decision process, not only will...

Christmas gifts from Geneva

Is there any better period of the year to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses? For the past few months, I have discovered many great projects started by women from our region. I can't keep them to myself anymore! This Christmas list includes presents...

Christmas in Geneva and around

You can find plenty of Christmas shows, workshops and other events in Parentville’s December 2018 agenda. In this article, I will share some other Christmas attractions worth your time.IN GENEVA Noël aux Bastions The first edition of an adorable Christmas market in...

My Little Room for Christmas

It starts to feel a lot like Christmas! Recently, Z. has received a cute gift from MyLittleRoom.ch (precisely, this advent calendar). It's an online shop with kids' room decorations, thoughtful toys, and useful yet beautifully designed everyday objects for you and...

Letters to Santa the Swiss way

Who wouldn't want to receive an answer to their letters to Santa? Every year thousands of children on both hemispheres write letters of wishes to Santa in hope, not only to get the gifts but also to hear back from the old man. Then, the parents already...

Escalade family activities 2018

Escalade is full of fun! It's a very festive period that puts Christmas on the side for a bit. Thank you, Geneva, for this diversified last month of the year. Even though December is cold and can be windy, people will go out to run, to watch parades, and...

December in Geneva with kids

Once again Parentville is here to prove that there is no such thing as a dull period in Geneva. Never. December is almost all about Christmas, but I am sure you will find other themes if Christmas is not your holiday. Grab a cuppa or a glass of wine before...

November in Geneva with kids (2018)

Once again Parentville is here to prove that there is no such thing as a dull period in this region! Never. Make yourself a cuppa of something warm before you start reading about this year’s extremely family friendly November in Geneva. When I say Geneva,...

Halloween activities for kids in Geneva

Good news! There are so many Halloween activities for kids and families this year that it was impossible to put them all in one time, on one page. The initial list by Parentville has been posted already on Things To Do in Geneva. Don't you know that...

October school break in Geneva 2018

Did you know that the commonly used name for the October school break is "vacances de patates"? In the past, October school break was needed, so that families could all work in the field to gather the potatoes and other veggies of the season. Now, that...

Kid friendly October in Geneva, 2018

I am happy to announce the tenth month of 2018 at a "kid friendly October"! Lots of Lego®, theater shows, movies, and other fun for the whole family. Save this link to your home screen now, and have info on the go wherever you go. Easy, right? Oh! And...

Geneva 1P without secrets

1P aka 1 primaire, or else 1st grade. /scroll down for the back-to-school vocab cheat sheet for parents/ Your child enters Geneva public school this year in 1P? We got you covered. Just remember: like everything in Switzerland depends on the canton, the school is even...

Geneva is not boring

Time and time again I’ve heard people describe the city of Geneva, Switzerland as “boring.” Take any city of the size of Geneva and think if you can find a special place, important person, or iconic feature for each letter of the alphabet (you can forget...

Interviewing a nanny by Tatadam

How to interview a nanny? Most expat parents, sooner or later find themselves in need of a nanny. As soon as they need one, many questions appear in their heads: how to find a nanny, how much to pay, how to make the contract legal. Sounds familiar? All...

Geocaching – game on!

I have finally found it! My first cache, and with it, my new favourite thing to do! Drum roll! Ladies and Gentlemen, geocaching in Geneva is a must activity whole year round! Geocaching is a mind blowing worldwide treasure hunt available 24/7. Remember...

TotUp – a private crèche that has it all

A private creche that costs less than a nanny, that provides food, formula, and nappies. A creche that is opened long enough to let you not worry about that last minute meeting at work, or traffic jams. It is not a dream. It is a reality in Grand Lancy,...

Think Out Of The Box at least once per month

I have met many parents looking for new, creative ways to spend time with their kids. Almost everybody agrees days with kids are easier when we go outside: to the park, to a museum, by the lake. It’s the time when for some reason we have to, or want to stay at home,...

Geneva Child Care System

No matter if you’re new to Geneva or have lived here for several years, when you start looking at childcare system it can give you a headache. It certainly gave me one or two while preparing to write this guide. With a help of glass of wine here and there,...

5 short spring breaks from Geneva by Let’s Explore

Geneva is ideally located for a mini-vacation! Short trips in Switzerland itself, trips to France or Italy - are all within few hours drive! I'm happy to tell you that Laura from Let's Explore agreed to share her picks for 5 short spring breaks from Geneva...

2 Badass Women in the Desert

Let me introduce you to Les Chtites Suisses, 2 badass women from the neighborhood: Isaline and Maité. Two friends, two mothers, two countries, 6 children in total, and a common passion for adventure. In search for a challenge, a boost in their everyday...