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...

Summer in Geneva with kids & the Staycation Guide

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 one week or eight, 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...

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,...

Baby-friendly Geneva: places, activities, and more!

Baby-friendly Geneva: places, activities, and more!

After receiving many messages with questions about baby-friendly places in Geneva, and seeing this topic coming up frequently in Parentville's Facebook group, I decided to put together a list for you. Below you will find: baby-friendly places, activities/courses for...

FAMILY SPORTS CENTER AND A BEAUTY SALON BY TOTUP

FAMILY SPORTS CENTER AND A BEAUTY SALON BY TOTUP

The founder of the TotUp Creche shows no signs of stopping developing new ideas for families in the region. She opened creches in canton Vaud, one in Geneva (more will come surely !), and now added a family sports center to the list. Oh ! And the beauty...

No needles with luxopuncture with Geraldine Asseline

No needles with luxopuncture with Geraldine Asseline

When I discovered the Instagram account of Geraldine, I was immediately intrigued and asked her for a rendez-vous to understand more about her unique offer - LUXOPUNCTURE. Because, lt’s face it – accupunsture without needles sounds wonderful and attractive –...

March 2020 for families in Geneva – What’s on?

March 2020 for families in Geneva – What’s on?

We had spring in February, maybe we'll have winter in March. Let's see. March will also be the month of coronavirus panic-mode for many. This, on top of climate change, makes planning ahead more and more difficult. But let's try and stay positive, let's find the good...

Jardin des dinosaurs in Gland

Jardin des dinosaurs in Gland

Schilliger Garden Center in Gland (VD) is hosting a dinosaurs exhibition as a part of the 75th-anniversary celebrations. The entre is free, and the expo is fun. Oh! And it’s indoors! Even more reasons And the parking is free (and big), and there’s Café Agnes with...

February holidays in Geneva

February holidays in Geneva

For all those of you staying in Geneva for February holidays, I prepared the list of places that offer some fun outside the house. There's also a little section with holiday camps (in Geneva, during the day). Are you ready to enjoy the February holidays in Geneva?...

EPAFINI

EPAFINI

 Cold, windy, or rainy. Winter is a difficult time to entertain kids in the city. Spending a lot of time outdoors is not possible every day, so what to do? There are several options for sure, but now you can add one more: Epafini in Plan-les-Ouates.NOT AN...

February in Geneva for families

February in Geneva for families

February for many people in the region is all about skiing. This is probably why the number of events in the city dropped a bit. But hey, I'm here for you! I managed to find some interesting bits here and there, so read on and choose whatever your family will like the...

Hameau du Pere Noel – not only in winter

Hameau du Pere Noel – not only in winter

A very honest review with surprising tips, not so great pics, and vocabulary too poor to truly present how unique is the Hameau du Père Noel. DESIGNER'S BRAIN Just 10 mins drive from the Swiss-French boarder of Bardonnex, lies the village of Santa, his siblings, and...

December 2019 in Geneva with kids

December 2019 in Geneva with kids

Well hello! It’s the end of the year already, but not at all the end of the fun! Because in Geneva we have fun all year round. Do you need proofs? Let’s do it! Sorry for the delay... NOEL AUX BASTIONS Parc des Bastions Till december 30 After a huge success of the...

Family fun in Geneva, November 2019

Family fun in Geneva, November 2019

Winter jacket? Already? With snow sitting on the top of the Jura mountains, November announces that winter is just one cable car trip away. But before all the slopes open, let's see what we can do with kids in this rainy month. There's a lot to choose from, buckle up!...

Bricklive Geneva for the October holidays

Bricklive Geneva for the October holidays

All kids like bricks, especially those classic plastic bricks that can create whatever sits in one's imagination. Some kids need a bit of encouragement, others jump into the world of LEGO® without hesitations. Certainly, all will adore the Bricklive event happening...

Halloween in Geneva, 2019

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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.

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...

Pentecote family time in Geneva

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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...