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...

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...

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...

InfoKids – pediatric help online

InfoKids is THE app every parent should have and ask their nanny to download it too. The Geneva Cantonal Hospital (HUG) went digital and they’re rocking it! We’ve all had those moments of doubt: is it nothing or life threatening? Should I go to ER now or call my doc...

WiGiGo Kids – the gift giving revolution

Have you ever summed up how much time you spend searching for birthday gifts? Have you ever summed up how many unsuitable, unwanted, or not needed presents your kid received? It is estimated that every year around 40 billion gifts are bought globally, worth around 1.6...

Self-defense for children Swiss style

Self-defence for children the Swiss way When my daughter started telling some horrifying stories from the crèche, and later from the school, I always told her to scream for help, ask adults for help, and if nothing works - bite, slap, kick, and basically do anything...

Moi, Aussi

Geneva is proud to nurture diversity in public schools, but it’s often linked to social backgrounds and nationalities. Not many people know about the struggles of disabled children’s parents.

Halloween for kids Geneva 2017

Spooky weekend ahead! You'll be positively surprised by how many places in Geneva have planned spooky treats for the kids, Some of them are new, some happen every year. Have you already been to any of these places? Halloween for kids in Geneva! Parc Pré Vert, Signal...

October vacation in Geneva 2017

It feels like the school has only just started, yet here we are again on vacation. Vacances des patates, as they are commonly called in Geneva are not as easy to plan with the crazy changing autumn weather. Luckily there are still many options to occupy little and...

The best balloons in the city

I don't how about you, but I think every special occasion deserves balloons, especially when it comes to kids. Do you know a kid who doesn't like balloons? Well then, remember to save this article, because today I'm serving the best balloons in Geneva! Sylvia came to...

Kids birthday parties in Geneva (0-3 yo)

If you are looking for a venue to organize your kid's birthday party in Geneva, you're in the right place. Here's a quick review of the most popular options. If you organized a party in one of those places, or been invited to party there, share your experience in the...

Giving birth in Geneva

First, let me explain to you why I wrote about birth experience in one city, rather than in the country. Switzerland is divided into 26 cantons, and they are all different: each with different laws and (high) standards, 4 languages, and rough terrain - it makes (for...