Knock On Wood – wood crafting for kids and families

Knock On Wood – wood crafting for kids and families

What kinds of activities do you choose for your kids? Have you ever thought of creative courses? What I am going to talk about now is not bricolage, painting, or drama. We will talk about a badass version of creative activity. The one that involves cool machines and...

September 2021 – family friendly events in Geneva

September 2021 – family friendly events in Geneva

Summer holidays are over but fun for families is in Geneva the whole year. September is the start of new programs in theatres,  outdoors festivals that want to benefit from nice weather till it lasts, and weekend events to give us a breath from all the same weekdays....

ICE CREAMS HUNT IN CAROUGE

ICE CREAMS HUNT IN CAROUGE

Urban Events Geneva prepared a treasure hunt that makes for a perfect summer activity with kids! If you have kids 4 years old or more that like ice creams, this is an adventure for you (well, for them)! It's all about solving puzzles, looking for a lost treasure while...

Summer recipes by Oksana

Summer recipes by Oksana

Oksana is back on Parentville with her lovely recipes. Her idea is to provide you with easy, healthy and yummy recipes to prepare with kids. Enjoy! Summertime is berries time! Whether you purchase them in a supermarket, at a farmer's market or go pick them yourself -...

Gifts for teachers, Geneva.

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

Summer in Geneva with kids

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

Global Happiness in Geneva

Global Happiness in Geneva

Quartier Libre by SIG has become a crucial place on Geneva’s map. Each exhibition they organize is fantastic, but the current one, Global Happiness, is incredibly brilliant, heart touching and thought-provoking. Global Happiness is a very family-friendly exhibition!...

Merre et Terre is coming to Geneva! Finally.

Merre et Terre is coming to Geneva! Finally.

Merre et Terre is a shop but also so much more than a shop. You can go there to buy lots of  baby-related articles, all organic and planet-friendly. But you can also go for advice, go there to meet other moms. Walk in to be listened, not judged, to join a community,...

May 2021 in Geneva for families

May 2021 in Geneva for families

Spring is here, and as every year (well, second year in a row) places have reopened. There's more to do outdoors, indoors, and some small festivals, events, and workshops are popping up. A May 2021 round up for families in Geneva is here! You can always find more...

Places and support for moms & babies in Geneva

Places and support for moms & babies in Geneva

Congratulations on your baby! You have become a parent. Now what? I mean, the excitement will ease down, the hormones storm will end up but you're still stuck with a baby and all you dream about is some adults conversation. But not any conversation right? During the...

Easter 2021 for families in Geneva

Easter 2021 for families in Geneva

Here we are again: Easter many of us will, yet one more time, spend far away from families. It's been a hard, stressful year. But let's not forgotten about positive things that happened along, eg. the contactless payment limit went up from 30 CHF to 80 CHF ). I could...

THE BEST SUMMER CAMPS IN GENEVA 2021

THE BEST SUMMER CAMPS IN GENEVA 2021

Time to plan the summer! And by planning the summer, I mean finding the right summer camp in Geneva for your child. Like every year, also in 2021, Parentville carefully selected the best summer camps in Geneva! You will find camps for little munchkins, school-age...

Body and mind workout for kids at Planet Climbing

Body and mind workout for kids at Planet Climbing

Climbing is fascinating, and the majority of the kids do it anyway at home. So, why not let them meet the need to go up high at a place built precisely for that purpose! We tried and tested Planet Climbing in Lancy for you, and here’s what we have to say. This is a...

A loop by the Rhone with perks

A loop by the Rhone with perks

Another day, another stroll. Or a hike. What’s the difference? In this case, there is none. It’s a perfect (long) loop, so you can start at various points. You can also adapt the length if this hike to your liking, but then it won’t be a loop. You’ll find a map at the...

Musee du Leman – Lake Geneva, tsunami, and a submarine

Musee du Leman – Lake Geneva, tsunami, and a submarine

Here at Parentville, we love museums. We believe in their power to fascinate children, broaden their horizons and stimulate their imagination. But we also think that museums need to make some effort to have an impact on kids. Musee du Leman in Nyon is one of the...

Museums in Geneva reopen – what to expect.

Museums in Geneva reopen – what to expect.

The weather is beautiful, and the Federal Council allowed museums to reopen on March 1st. In the whole country. Let's celebrate by looking into what is actually going on in the museums - in Geneva. I'll soon prepare the same recap for all museums between Geneva and...

IIL responds to bullying the Finnish way

IIL responds to bullying the Finnish way

The International Institute of Lancy (IIL) has become the first school in Switzerland to implement the Finish anti-bullying program: KIVA. On top of being an excellent school, with a great educational program, sports and cultural activities, they are also attributing...

An adventurous walk from Choully to Choully

An adventurous walk from Choully to Choully

How about a stroll through the forest, by the river, with a vineyards finish line? Thanks to a friend, we discovered this 8km loop. This walk starts in Choully and finishes in Choully - a perfect loop with changing scenery and adventurous passages. It’s not pram...

Staycation Guide special edition – February 2021

Staycation Guide special edition – February 2021

Many of you contacted me frustrated about spending February holiday in the city with everything closed. It's true: no museums, no ice skating, no cinemas, theatres, or bowling. But I promise there are other options! I have vowed to never leave families in Geneva...

Let’s play Switzerland!

Let’s play Switzerland!

So, you've been living in Switzerland for a while. You've visited some mountains and a few lakes. You get to know the country more and more every weekend. You may have even learnt some French (yey!). But how much do you really know about it?Speaking the language and...

Stroll along the river Aire (animal farm included)

Stroll along the river Aire (animal farm included)

Ferme la Gavotte is one of the most popular places among families in Geneva. It's a petting farm with sheep, goats, poneys, rabbits, and more (more about it here). They also offer money rides on Wednesdays and on weekends. And guess what? It is very close to the river...

Geneva outdoor adventures – 3 propositions for families

Geneva outdoor adventures – 3 propositions for families

You're about to find out how to transform a simple outing into a fun Geneva outdoor adventure! Because let's face it, at some point strolling through the city gets boring even if we change places regularly. It's still just walking. But not anymore! Next time you...

Yummy snack for kids by kids

Yummy snack for kids by kids

One of the most frequent question parents hear is "can I have a snack?". Sometimes it gets asked so many times a day, it's difficult to have so many snacks prepared, not to mention healthy options. I mean.. how many times a day can I offer an apple to my kid? We...

Geneva Lux 2021

Geneva Lux 2021

Geneva lights up not only for Christmas. No, no, no. The end of January marks the start of the Geneva Lux Festival, it will last till 31.01.2021 Illuminated pieces of art in the streets of Geneva are a perfect reason to get dress warmly and make a good use of the...

Family: Christmas things to do in Geneva 2020

Family: Christmas things to do in Geneva 2020

This bizarre year is almost over, and with this ending comes Christmas. For obvious resons, most Christmas events have been cancelled, but it does not mean there is nothing to do! I mean, this is why you follow Parentville, right? Whatever the season, whatever the...

Kosmos magazine – for girls and the rest of the world

Kosmos magazine – for girls and the rest of the world

There’s a new magazine for girls (and the rest of the world)  in Switzerland - "Kosmos". I can’t wait to tell you all about it! It's fun, it's wise, it's silly, it's interesting, and more! It opens the door to new interests, passions, and self-confidence. (And no, I...

9 walks in Geneva’s nature

9 walks in Geneva’s nature

Warm clothes, boots, umbrellas - prepare the gear and enjoy the outdoors! Because in Geneva there are so many beautiful places. I even found three that are suitable for prams! Unfortunately, many fascinating places close to Geneva are in France, where we can't go at...

Perfect recipes for Halloween by Oksana (Nutrition Right)

Perfect recipes for Halloween by Oksana (Nutrition Right)

Halloween is all about candy, but is it? It's also about ghosts, zombies, dress up, and... pumpkins! We all now the sugar rash that accompanies the Halloween eveing, and I am not about to tell you to ban candy. I will myself get some candy from my daughter's bucket...

JE SUIS PARENT – FRENCH FOR PARENTS

JE SUIS PARENT – FRENCH FOR PARENTS

Somewhere along my parenting journey in Geneva, I went to buy scissors to cut my daughter's hair. To the utter confusion of the saleswoman, I asked for "scissors for horses". My daughter started laughing, the lady was still looking at me with her eyes wide open. You...

A weekend in Morzine with Emerald Stay

A weekend in Morzine with Emerald Stay

Holidays not far away from home? Hell, yeah! It’s especially great with kids, and especially practical in the times of travel-uncertainty. Luckily, Geneva’s location is a gem! Within 1h drive in every direction there are so many great holiday-destinations, one would...

Climbing in Geneva for kids

Climbing in Geneva for kids

Kids love to climb! From the moment they learn how to move around they try climbing the furniture around the house. It's a great sport that engages all the muscles, demands thinking, planning ahead, and provides tons of fun! Recently, in Geneva and around there are...

October for families in Geneva 2020

October for families in Geneva 2020

We're experiencing an especially cold and wet October but it doesn't mean there is nothing going on. Below, you'll find events and places that offer entertainment this month. As someone who regularly gives ideas for family outings, in these special times, I would like...

200 years of the Natural History Museum in Geneva

200 years of the Natural History Museum in Geneva

There is a museum in Geneva that all families love. In the past few years, it provided us with amazing exhibitions (eg. about dinosaurs, ants, predators, duck fleas, and more). The permanent exhibition is also incredible, with many gems hiding behind the glass. It is,...

October camps 2020 in Geneva

October camps 2020 in Geneva

Looking for an October camp for your kids? You're in the right place. Many parents have no other choice than to work and find a camp but this year there are also many who had to cancel their trips last minute due to this year's chaos. This list aims to help you find...

September 2020 for families in Geneva

September 2020 for families in Geneva

Despite the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, it looks like for now, many events are taking place in September. Some are well known, many are already beloved by Geneva families. Bear in mind, that due to Covid-19 restrictions, most events have participants...

The last taste of summer (by Oksana – Nutrition Right)

The last taste of summer (by Oksana – Nutrition Right)

From now on, once per season (let's see how many seasons will have this year), Oksana Petersen will share with you yummy and healthy recipes that the whole family can enjoy. She invites you all to cook with children using seasonal produce. For this last few weeks of...

Back to school – Geneva 2020

Back to school – Geneva 2020

It's back to school time! Are you ready? For many it will be the first day of school. In this article, there is something for everyone. You'll find an explanation about the first year in the Geneva public school, lists of extracurricular activities, information about...

Raising anti-racist kids. Building a better world

Raising anti-racist kids. Building a better world

Children hear more than we think. They have more question than we assume. We have already gone through events that triggered conversations about gender equality, climate change, or refugees and wars. Now is the time to explain to them what racism is all about, and...

Laustine Your Dreams pyjamas – a new brand in town

Laustine Your Dreams pyjamas – a new brand in town

Laustine Your Dreams pyjamas have a great story fueled by women on every step of the process. The designs are cute, the fabrics soft, the brand is as eco friendly as it can be (and has a plan to become even more eco!), and on top of that, their pyjamas are affordable....

Prêt à Parler: Making Geneva feel like home

Prêt à Parler: Making Geneva feel like home

Paid partnership with Prêt à Parler.There is one word that describes the process of getting comfy in a new city or country – integration. Yes, folks, I’m sure you hear this word now more frequently than ever before. It’s a journey that won’t look the same for everyone...

Summer camps – Geneva 2020

Summer camps – Geneva 2020

What a year! We've had two additional months to spend daily with kids. Two months! 2! I feel your pain! Another two months are coming, so whether you need them or just want them, I have prepared this list of what I think are the BEST summer camps in Geneva. I...

Geneva’s reopening schedule for families

Geneva’s reopening schedule for families

After 8 weeks of everything being closed, Geneva starts reopening shops, restaurants, museums, sports structures, and other fun places.  Below, you'll find a list of places that are already open, and those that will open soon. For those of you, who still prefer...

An adventure at home: DIY escape game for kids!

An adventure at home: DIY escape game for kids!

There are three things kids miss the most when they can’t go out: friends, sports, and adventures. While I can’t help you with the first two, I have an idea of how to turn your place into an adventure field! It’s called an „escape game”! Below you’ll find instruction...

Back to school: wash your hands experiment with bread

Back to school: wash your hands experiment with bread

Clean hands are the best protective weapon against most microbes. With this bread-experiment your kids will understand why! It takes 10 minutes to prepare but 5-7 days to get the best results. In case you don't want to wait, we prepared a video showing how it all...

Geneva online during Covid-19 crisis

Geneva online during Covid-19 crisis

Everything, or almost everything is closed, but is it? Thanks to the internet and human creativity we can still enjoy some of Geneva’s places! Coronavirus has pushed Geneva online and it’s looking good! Below you’ll find resources of Geneva online places for families,...