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 babies,
  • outdoors pram-friendly places (including forests),
  • breastfeeding friendly spots.

If you know a place I should add, let me know!

Baby-friendly places in Geneva

Kids Time

A great kids club with a play area downstairs. It’s a lovely space with wonderful wooden toys, a play structure (2 small huts with a bridge and a slide). The play area also has a fenced space for the smallest guests, and a coffee corner for parents (tables, beverages, snacks). The entry costs 15chf and you can stay as long as you want!
Adresse: Ruelle du Couchant 11, Geneva. More info on Kids Time Instagram profile.

Herstreet

A mom-friendly cafe with a playful corner, and enough space to parc prams. Herstreet also hosts workshops, courses, yoga, and various pop-ups.
Address: 6, Rue des Pierres-du-Niton, Geneva. More info here.

Maison de la Creativite

The creativity paradise for kids of ages 0-8. Most of the things are best for toddlers and older kids, but there is always something for babies too! They even sometimes host special mornings for kids and their grandparents.
Address: 7 chemin Calandrini, 1231 Conches. Here’s their website.

Elisa Gassert

Elisa Gassert is renown for her wonderful kids’ furniture designs and products. Some time ago she has decided to use her atelier as a space for parents. The whole space is divided into separate little houses with sofas. In the middle there is a lovely, wooden play area with a soft carpet on the floor. Open from Tuesday till Sunday (9-18). Paid entry (includes a snack and a beverage). Adults: 16 chf/90 minutes, kids 0-24 months enter for free.
Adress: Rue du Roveray 16-18. Here’s their Facebook page.

Ludotheques and Accueil Parents-Enfants

Ludotheques are toy libraries but many also have play areas, and some provide some areas for babies to play too (I would need your help to find out which Ludotheques provide that option currently). Accueil Parents-Enfants are places designed for kids to play and fr parents to meet, exchange experiences and to discuss their questions with the early-childhood professionals. One of the most popular ones is the Cerf-Volant in Plainpalais. There are similar places in the Ville de Vernier. These are really nice places, with kind and warm educators, nice activities, and generally a lovely atmosphere.

Ecole des Parents at Espace “99”

This wonderful association with a rich offer of various activities for kids (and support for parents), also put in place a completely free playgroup once a week in Charmille (Tuesdays 9h30-11h30). It is destined for all kids under the school age. There is always a “pedagogue” and an educator at the site. It’s a great place to meet with other parents (mostly French speakers, but English speakers drop by as well). There is also coffee, tea, sirop, and occasional snacks.
Address: 99, Rue de Lyon. You can find more details in this program.

Swimming pools

Warm water and some lovely splash time with a baby is always great! All pools are calmer during the week during the day, and it is the best time for a visit with a baby. Bains de Cressy is a nice warm pool (with fun structures for kids on weekends) in Bernex. Another option is Bain Bleu, though it is quite dark and full of waterfall noises, which may annoy some babies. Last option is Vitam Park with only one small warm pool (those for kids are not warm).

Baby-friendly restaurants and cafes

Criteria: enough space for the pram, changing table, breastfeeding-friendly. Please let me know what should be added here.

Courses and activities

Gymboree in Grand Saconnex

The best place for English-speaking parents of babies and toddlers. I wrote about it here. Also! If you’re an active member, you can also come severaltimes a week during freeplay slots.
Address: 23 Rue Sonnex, Grand-Saconnex. Here’s their website.

Espace Colibri

You definitely have to check them out. They have pre and post natal yoga, babywearing workshops, and baby massage classes. The older your baby will be, the more Espace Colibri can offer you – their offer is a gold mine.
Address: 17 Boulevard des Philosophes, Geneva. You can find out more here.

Spell Languages

To my knowledge it is the only language school in Geneva that offers not only language immersion for babies, but also courses for moms where babies are welcome too!
Address: 20, Rue du Conseil General, Geneva. More info here.

Tiny Talk

Baby signing classes by Alenka are so popular because they are so good and enjoyable! 12 weeks-long courses in various locations are a great opportunity to communicate with babies before they can speak, and in general to have fun with them. Find out more about it on TinyTalk website.

Music Together

Singing and dancing in a playful atmosphere is what you can expect at Music Together. They have a special class for babies to up to 8 months old. Classes take place in various locations. You can find more details here.

Balade avec bebe – parents in the parc

Catherine Watt launched this initiative a few years ago. She is a LaLecheLeague consultant and a lovely, understanding person – a perfect companion for a walk with a baby, followed by a chat over tea/coffee. Catherine organises these outings once a month. You can find more details and future dates here.

Espace Musical

This music school offers musical instruments classes for older kids, and a wonderful music discovery program for the little ones (0-3 years). They usually also have week-long courses in summer. I recommend it with all my heart. More info on this website.

Gym Poussette

In Geneva and Onex it is exactly what the name suggets – outdoors gym classes for mums and their babies. You can find the schedule and prices here.

Pram-friendly walks in nature

The best solution for a walk in nature is babywearing, but as it is not an option for everyone, and not always possible for various reasons (carrying a baby and a diaper bag for a few hours…), I tried to find some options for pram-friendly nature.

Of course, there are many beautiful parks in Geneva that already partially fill the need of silence and oxygene, but how about something more?

Bernex – Nant de Borbaz et des Picolattes

This beautiful nature reserve has one of the trails ready for wheelchair users, which means it is also perfect for prams! It is not very long but adorable. You can find the full description, and the map of all trails here (look for the “accessible a tous” route).

Versoix – Les Douves

Another nature reserve, this time located in Collex-Bossy and Versoix. The pram friendly trail is yet again the wheelchair adapted route. It’s quite short but includes a part over a pond a part in the forest. You can always try to start other trails with a pram (and all terrain-pram preferably). Here’s a link to a pdf with a detailed description, and a map.

Mategnin les Crêts (Meyrin)

This nature reserve is entirely accessible with wheelchairs and prams! It is taken care of by ProNatura Geneve. The walk should take around 1 hour. The Mategnin marsh is one of the few wetlands in the canton, located along the Jura chain. For more detailed information including address, click here.

Breastfeeding places/spots/corners

Good news and even more good news! There are more and more places in Geneva that offer privacy and comfort to breastfeeding mothers. They are in shopping malls, in Geneva University buildings, in Arcade Sages-Femmes, and many more. places. You can find them all on the Mamamap website. The content is provided by the Breastfeeding Promotion Switzerland with help of some sponsors. It also exists in a form of an app (available in Apple app store)

There are also many events for babies and their parents: in the libraries, more yoga activities, parenting workshops, and more. You can find them easily in Parentville’s calendar.

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 salon with prices that should revolutionise Geneva.

I wrote about TotUp creche before (you can find it here).

THE SPORTS CENTER

The sports center has a great gym with all the equipment one should need, and also a room for kids classes. The great trick here is how the membership works. For an adult-only, it’s 75 CHF per month with unlimited access to the gym and all the classes without the need for prior registration. A child-only membership is 100 CHF/month. But if you’d like it both for a your child and yourself, it would be 150 CHF/month. Each membership means unlimited access to all classes, the equipment, without any need of prior registration.

The cherry on top? Many adults and kids classes are happening at the same time. It means that all of you can have some separate time for physical activities, and you don’t have to worry about childcare anymore!

BEAUTY SALON

TotUp offered me and Z a free hair cut and skin care at the salon. The hairdresser did a fab job with both of us, and we will surely go back there for our next hair cut. Not only the quality of the service was great but also the prices.

The interioir is not luxorious, some of the staff don’t speak French nor English, but there is always a friendly face to do all the translations and it goes smoothly.

Other services available: manicure, pedicure, skin care, epilation, permanent make-up, and more. You can find the list of services and prices here.  

And what to do with your child during your pampering ? On Wednesdy your child can join the class in te sports center (next door) for free. On Saturdays it costs 10 chf/hour and is only available between 10h and 12h. On other days the child needs a gym membership.

PRACTICAL INFO

TotUp Geneva: Avenue des Morgines 12, 1213 Lancy
Parking in front of the building for visitors.
Accessible with wheelchairs (an adapted toile tat the venue).

Website: TotUp.

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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 – especially for kids ! I’ve also heard about her from some friends, who used her method to quit smoking or lose weight (yesss !).

GERALDINE

We met in her minimalistic yet very warm and comfy office, and now I can finally tell you what’s it all about. Geraldine is a lovely woman, with a voice so soft it may already have a therapeutic impact on many. She is patient, kind, and gentle. At first she asks some questions, and a conversation about problems that brought the person to her door. There is no judgment – understanding, empathy and compassion. This conversation is needed for Geraldine to adapt the therapy to each person. She’s the kind of person that you’ll wish ould become your best friend and get a coffee with you every week.

Beams and photons

I can’t stress that enough – there are no needles involved in luxopuncture but it works like acupuncture. Geraldine uses a special pen that sends out beams of infrared light instead of pricking the skin with needles. It is a pleasant, painless, and stressless experience.

By following a diagram on the screen, she manipulates this special pen by positioning it on different precise points on her client’s body. The pen releases photons that carry the energy and stimulate the reflex points.

For kids and adults

Geraldine is very clear and honest about the applications of this method. She will openly tell you whether it can help with your problems or not. 

In general, this method helps to fight: anxiety, overweight, smoking. It can ease menopause symptoms. It is also used as a facial rejuvenation technic. Of course, for each, a different number of sessions is needed, and various points on the body will be stimulated. How can it make people lose weight? Well, not directly, it does not burn the fat, but it gets rid of the feeling of excessive appetite and compulsive behavior. The weight loss program cannot be used by pregnant women in the first trimester.

During the stress release sessions, it is common for people to cry or laugh. It results in the ability to see our problems from the perspective of a stranger.

Children can also use this method, especially to ease their stress or to help with their weight. There is nothing scary about this session, there are no needles, and the lady who will treat them is as gentle and kind as a person can be.

PRACTICAL INFO

Open on Monday and Thursday from 10h till 20h in Geneva. On other days open in Annecy (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday) and Lausanne (Friday);

100 CHF/ session (not reimbursed by insurance);

Address: Rue de la Servette 48, Geneva.

Website: Luxopuncture Asseline.

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Ville Fertile in Meyrin – the best indoor play area for kids!

Ville Fertile in Meyrin – the best indoor play area for kids!

Have you already discovered that when it comes to family-friendly events, a lot of times the free events and those not in the city centre are especially fun? This is surely the case with the new exhibition in the Theatre Forum Meyrin!

It is divided into “Ville Fertille expo” and “Jardiner la Ville” construction paradise.

Part 1

“Ville Fertile” is the exhibition part of this event. It explains the importance of nature within the urban architecture and shows inspiring examples! Spending a bit of time in this area is important. It will help children understand their task in the next room.

Part 2

“Jardiner la Ville” is the construction site and a small exhibition of rocks and different types of soil. There is also a compost-making toilet example (exactly same as in several eco-buildings in the canton).
In this lovely, big room, you’ll need to be strong to not to yell “WOW” (like I did), or to run like a maniac to the bricks (like Z did). It’s a creative paradise with one task: create buildings, cities, whatever you like but don’t forget about nature.

The fun

Wooden panels on the floor mark the borders of the construction site, and many many and more boxes by the walls contain a rich variety of building materials. When we entered, I yelled “WOW”. Z, being more adjusted to cultural places than her mom, stayed calm, controlled her emotions but failed with stopping her legs from running to the bricks! And not only bricks! There are elements mimmicking grass, water, or moss. Bricks come in various shapes, colours. We only left, after 1,5 hours, because we were hungry.

PRACTICAL TIPS

The Theater is easily accessible by trams/buses, there is big parking just in front of it, a commercial centre and a good Italian next door. It’s accessible with prams and for wheelchairs. I haven’t found an official recommended age range, but I would suggest it for kids 3+.

You can find out more about the event here and here.

 

ADRESS:
Galeries du Forum Meyrin
Place des Cinq-Continents 5, 1217 Meyrin, Suisse

OPENING HOURS
Till April 4th.
From Wednesday till Saturday
14h00 – 18h00

 

FREE ENTRY

FIND MORE EXHIBITIONS AND OTHER EVENTS CURRENTLY GOING ON IN GENEVA IN PARENTVILLE’S CALENDAR.

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 vibes. Below you’ll find fun events going on in Geneva in March 2020 for the whole family to enjoy, I hope it will help us all feel more joy! Ready?

Many more events, exhibitions, theater shows are going on! For all ages and all tastes. You can find them all in Parentville’s calendar.

Jardiner la Ville & Ville Fertile
till April 4th, Meyrin

Open to the public from Wednesday till Sunday (14h-18h), Ville Fertile is the best exhibition currently on display in Geneva. The expo itself is small, interesting and inspiring. It’s accompanied by “Jardiner la Ville” – a fun space with tons of building materials to create whatever sits in kids’ imaginations. I wrote about it here.

Les comptines
March 10, Plan-les-Ouates

A fun and creative way to develop language, relationships and socialization. Toddlers aged 1 to 4 meet at La julienne’s library for “Nursery Rhymes and Finger Games”, an animation by La Bulle d’Air. Accompanied by an adult, the little ones share the pleasure of singing and playing with their body, accompanied by small instruments. More info here.

Annecy Venetian Carnival
March 8, Annecy

Annecy is known as the Venice of Alps, and so like Venice the city organises a carnival! You can admire the costumed and masked characters strolling and walking freely in the emblematic places of the city of Annecy! More info here. /the event may be cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak/.

Storytime at Payot
March 14, 10h30-11h30, Payot Rive Gauche

Every month, Payot offers a free storytime in English. Books are read by Lisa from the English Department, and a theme is different every month. This time it’s “Earth Day: Save the Climate”. Before or after you can enjoy a snack at the Cafe at Payot. You can find out more about this event here.

Theater: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
March 13-15, Geneva

Our favorite theater in the area, Simply Theater, will have their big annual show in Geneva in March! Here’s how Simply Theater describes the show: “With sensational sets, stunning special effects and brimming with unforgettable songs, watch as Chitty magically soars above the Casino Theatre stage in this high-flying, Fantasmagorical, fun-filled adventure for the entire family”. More info here.

Open day: Academie de l’Opera
March 18, 14h-16h

During an open day children will try out the joy of singing, dancing, theater, improvisation and stage fencing. Also: solfeggio and sight reading, models and drawings, opera history and stories, languages in opera, show workshop. You can register now for a trial class. More info here.

Open day: Éco-crèche en forêt
March 20, Plan-les-Ouates

Eco-creche invites all the families already enrolled and those who would like to discover the concept, to a little party. It will also be an opportunity to celebrate EQUINOX together in our forest sofa around a Canadian meal. Read more about the event here.

RAMDAMJAM
21-22 March, MEG Geneve

Numerous shows, initiations, stories, guided tours, cartoons, creative workshops and a breakfast with music are offered for two days to children from 2 to 10 years old and their companions. A rich and festive 4th edition, with the participation of more than 30 artists! Find out more and boko here.

Disco for Kids: La boum des enfants
March 28, 17h-22h; Bypass Club

The long-awaited Boom des Enfants is finally back in Geneva! For all ages, DJs, dance floors, incredible entertainment, shows, cocktails for young and old, catering, major competitions. Always under the care of an adult. Read more about it here.

Storytime: Les samedis des p’tits lecteurs
March 28, 10h30-11h30; Payot Rive Gauche

Every month, find Laetitia in the youth section (French) for Les samedis des p’tits readers! From 10:30 am, children will be able to attend a storytime (in French) themed around seasonal subjects. This month: “La planète et moi”. ENtry is free, no registration needed. More info here.

Dance: Stage Danse Senegalaise enfants-parents
March 28; 15h-16h

Special Senegalese dance course for parents and children with Ndongo Beye and Mbar Ndiaye. For all the children who like to dance, move to the rhythms of percussion, Ndongo and Mbar will take you to the village where the false lion dance is practiced. Each child and each parent will warm up to the rhythms of the sabar drum then learn the steps of the sabar while making sure to coordinate their arms and legs to finish all together on a beautiful choreography. More details here.

Many more events, exhibitions, theater shows are going on! For all ages and all tastes. You can find them all in Parentville’s calendar.

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 snacks and beverages. And a pet shop. It’s also fully wheelchair adapted (including the restroom). If the weather is good, you can also help the kids burn some energy at the playground in the garden.
It all makes Schilliger Garden Centre a perfect destination for an outing with kids. At least, till March 28th 2020, when dinosaurs will be packed and move somewhere else.

Back to dinosaurs

Schilliger’s idea is to help us travel back time all the way to the Mesozoic era of giants (and some smaller reptiles). Some are hidden behind bushes, between the plants, or under leaves.
You’ll probably first see those smaller animals.
Somewhere there is a big egg, for kids to get into for a photo souvenir (taken by you). The giants are in the last room. That guy that looks like tyrannosaurus is not in fact. It’ an allosaurus. There’s also a cool one looking like a gigantic crocodile. He is by the little pond, eating fish – very realistic scene!

Outside

There is just one dinosaur outside: the king – Tyrannosaurus Rex. You’ll spot him easily. The playground is located right there too. Another thing outside? Birds! A huge cage with plants, parrots and other species.

Inside

For us the go to place each time is the pet shop filled with rabbits, hamsters, and all kind of animals I find a bit yyy but Z loves them. A bit further you’ll find the fish section with aquariums filled with beautifulness, and accessories. And then of course, there’s Café Agnes, to fuel up with deliciousness and keep the energy up for later!

 

As I said, definitely #parentvillerecommended for this winter in (well, around) Geneva!

PRACTICAL INFO

Adress:
Schilliger Garden Centre
Route Suisse 40
1196 Gland (VD)

Fully wheelchair adapted (including the restroom and caddies).

Link: schilliger.com

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Theatre des Experiences in the History of Science Museum (Geneva)

Theatre des Experiences in the History of Science Museum (Geneva)

The photo courtesy of Philippe Wagneur/Muséum Genève

Oh, how I could have used the Theatre des Experiences during my school years! It’s not a theatre show, nor an app, or an after-school class. It’s even better as it’s an exhibition currently taking place in the Musee d’Histoire des Sciences in Geneva.

Particles and unicorns

I know not everyone will relate, but all my struggles with physics at school started when we got to things quite abstract or “invisible” – like electricity. Still, the concept of some tiny particles flying in a wire to transform into an image in my TV is quite confusing. In my head it’s in the same box as unicorns and the platform 9 3/4. But maybe… if the school offered more hands-on science, my brain would be willing to cooperate.

Hence my joy when I discovered the “Theatre des experiences” in the History of Science Museum in Geneva. There is hope for the growing-up generation.

Marc-Auguste Pictet and women

This new exhibition (till 2021) displays part of the collection left by a very distinctive scholar (for his era) – Marc-Auguste Pictet. He was teaching physics for over 40 years at the Academy in late 18th and early 19th century. He was also given courses to adults, where… women were allowed!

Anyway, he believed that physics should be taught through demonstrations and experimentation. Such a brilliant guy, don’t you think?

The right way to teach

To facilitate his believes he started collecting various tools and instruments that would serve his teaching method. 40 years of patient collecting/shopping from the best European makers. (A real Swiss!). He gathered around 500 “teaching tools”! 500!

 

The exhibition

The exhibition shows 130 of them. Some replicas have been prepared for the public (yes, us!) to play with and learn on the way. Each experiment has a manual and an explanation. Traditionally now, the texts are in both French AND English. Yey!

Z’s favorite was the one with a cloth and a transparent box with small pieces of paper that would move inside in reaction to energetic polishing. Ladies and Gentlemen – static electricity.

 

WHO IS IT FOR

The exhibition is recommended for everybody of ages 7 and up. It is not as playful/interactive as the last one “Roulez les mécaniques”. It demands a bit of patience (reading the the instructions) and for many kids of early-primary years, the science behind the tricks may be too complex. Physics geniuses of my kind (oh gosh, I hope there are some!) can find some instructions complex, but maybe just don’t visit it on a busy day like we did (Wednesdays, rainy weekends).

My advice is to go on not so busy days, as the rooms are not big and when crowded, kids can get impatient or lose focus.  It is a great place for kids who are interested in physics, and those who already started to learn it at school. Still, I think it’s worth visiting. And remember, it’s open on Mondays!
PRACTICAL INFO

Musee d’Histoire des Sciences
Parc de La Perle du Lac
128 rue de Lausanne
CH-1202 Genève

Opening hours:
Every day except for Tuesdays: 10h-17h

English version of the information about the expo can be found here.  

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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? Let’s go!

You can find even more events, workshops, theater shows, concerts, sports events, or exhibition by opening Parentville’s events calendar:

FEBRUARY HOLIDAY CAMPS IN GENEVA

For the little ones check out TOTup Science camp (Lancy) and Gymboree Geneva offer in Grand-Saconnex.

For school-age children I strongly recommend:

PLACES AND EVENTS

MAISON DE LA CREATIVITE
February 10, 11, 13, 14; 14h30-17h30

This amazing place will open its doors for 4 days during the February school break! A great opportunity for those of you who can’t go there on Wednesdays or Saturday mornings. It’s a truly magical villa, in which every room is devoted to a different activity. There’s also always one room for babies (for example with soft cushions in all possible shapes and colours). Other rooms can be about painting, sticky tape art, creating with yarn etc. It’s a wholeheartedly #parentvillerecommended.

EXPLORACENTRE
Monday-Sunday, 10h-18h/13h-18h

On the scientific-experimental front, we have Exploracentre that is now traditionally open daily during all school-holidays. Not only that but they have planned many fun workshops throughout the week! The recommended (by me) age for this place is 5+. You can find out all the details here.

LE JARDIN DES DINOSAURES
Monday-Saturday 9h-18h/18h30

Some of the dinosaures from the Dino Expo in Versoix moved to the Schilliger Garden Centre in Gland. Thy will stay there till March 28th and who knows where they will go next… Till then, take the opportunity to visit this beautiful garden shop to find the dinosaures. Some dinosaures move, some make sounds. There’s an egg kids can get into, and Agnes Cafe to grab a warm cuppa and a snack. More details here.

EPAFINI – for kids under 5 yo
Monday-Friday; 14h-18h

Epafini is an interactive space for children, temporarily located in La Julienne (Plan-les-Ouates). It’s where parents (or other caregivers) are also invited to play and create. I wrote about it in this article on the blog. February holiday is the last week of this event, be sure to visit it!

LE THEATRE DES EXPERIENCES
Open all week except for Tuesdays

Theatre of experiences is a title of the new interactive exhibition in the Musee d’Histoire des Sciences (till February 2021). I would recommend it for older kids (let’s say 10+) or those interested in science. There are many things to do, touch, and observe. Several seem more like magical tricks, which makes science fun! More about it here.

CATHEDRAL ST. PIERRE
Open daily

There are no special event but I just think it’s such a cool place to visit. The inside of the Cathedral is mainly raw, but the chapel is so colourful. You can climb up to the top of the tower, which can be hard but not undoable for little children, and then go out to the archeological site underneath the Cathedral – a labyrinth through the past. After making the visit check out the creperie just around the corner (it’s just here). There is a fee for entering the tower and the underground archeological tower. You can check all the info on this website.

SIMPLE FUN

Childhood needs to be not only about widening one’s horizons or education. It needs to also be filled with moments of pure and simple fun. So how about skating in one of many ice rinks in Geneva (best ice is in Vernets and Vergers), or bowling in La Praille or Balexert (we tested the one in Balexert and liked it a lot, even the food).

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 EXHIBITION

It’s not an exhibition, it’s an interactive play area for kids under 5 (with an accompanying adult). Don’t fret, interactive here does not mean screens and technology. On the contrary, it’s filled with fabrics, cardboards, forts, cushions, and books!

It’s absolutely wonderful!

You can spend a lovely time there with your little one. Take off your shoes, find your inner child, and enjoy.

Enjoy what?

Sky is the limit! Build forts, hide, decorate, read, relax, have a pillow fight. Whatever you feel like doing! Use this space to have some fun, without fearing tidying up. Be silly, forget your phone, and play. Even if at first you’ll have no idea what to do, let your child guide you – yep, kids are the best guides in this places, as on many occasions we are too grown up to remember how to loosen up in a kiddy way.

Practical info:

It’s free.
There’s a cafe at the venue.
Put your nice socks on – no shoes allowed.
Fully wheelchair accessible.
Till February 20, on Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat.

Where? In La Julienne: 116, Route de Saint-Julien; 1228 Plan-les-Ouates.

All the details can be found here in Parentville’s events calendar and on this website.

You can find even more events, workshops, theatre shows, and exhibitions in Parentville’s events calendar.
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 most. Have fun!

Le Jardin des Dinosaures
till March 28th at Schilliger in Gland

Do you remember the Dino Expo in Versoix? Some of the dinosaurs are now living in the Schilliger Garden Center! Dinosaurs are hidden between the plants, some of them move or make sounds. It’s a free exhibition in a very nice setting. Recommendd for all dino lovers! Tip: combine it with a goute at Agnes Cafe at the Schilliger Garden Center. You can read about it more here, and see some photos here.

 

EPAFINI – INTERACTIVE SPACE FOR 0-5 yo
La Julienne, till February 14th

An interactive space for kids under 5 has been created in La Julienne (Plan-les-Ouates). It’s a spacious and pretty area, where kids can freely play and create! It is also where adults can free their inner child by playing silly with cushions or building forts! There are also „cabanes” to relax and play in and lots of books to read. For children under 5. Free of charge. I posted about it here, but you can even more info here.

ART GENEVE
Palexpo, till February 2nd

The annual Art Geneve expo in Palexpo is simply a massive art exhibition. Various galleries (local and not only), museums, and artists present their pieces. Most of tehm are for sale, but coming simply to watch absolutely makes sense. Also! The International School will be there providing a space for children with arts and crafts. You can find out more at artgeneve.ch.

 

ACTIVITIES AT MEG
February 2nd

The Etnography Museum of Geneva (MEG) has two propositions for the day: Voyage Sonore Autour du Monde and Danse des Collections. Both are designed for kids & families and aim to help them get to know the permanent exhibition better. MEG has other events for families/children this month on 16th, 19th, and 27th February. You can find them all on the brand new website of MEG.

BEAUTY CENTER FOR  THE WHOLE FAMILY
February 5th & 8th, Lancy

TotUp is a quickly growing center for families. There is creche, there is sports center, and now a Beauty Center will be added to the list! Finally a place with hair salon for kids and parents, manicures, pedicures, estetician as well. The best part? Free childcare during beauty treatments! The big opening is on Wednesday 5th, and Saturday 8th February,

MAH MUSEUM FUN FOR KIDS
February 5h, 19th, 21st, 26th

Musee d’Arts et d’Histoire has the biggest offer for children of various ages. There are 5 activities planned for the month of February. 19th and 21st of February “Les Z’Animaux” for kids of ages 3-5.
For those 6+ there are different themes on different days: 5th, 19th, 26th. Be sure to check well the location – some events are held at the main MAH buildings, some in Maison Tavel.

PAYOT STORYTIME IN ENGLISH
Payot Rive Gauche, February 8th

A monthly storytime in the English section of the Payot in Geneva is a great way to take a break from Saturday shopping. This month’s theme is “Hugs and Kisses”. Lisa form the English section of Payot, will read 3 books: Lola Dutch: I Love You So Much, Kiss the Crocodile, The Hug. Before or after the storytime you can order a warm drink and a snack at the cafe of Payot. The bookshop is fully accessible with prams and wheelchairs (including the restroom). You can find out more about this event here on Parentville.

A SHOW: “Smashed”  Gandini Juggling. (9+)
Le Lignon, February 21st

From the rich cultural offer of Ville de Vernier, this show stands out. It’s a performance by jugglers who dance, and dancers who juggle. It is a series of lively paintings that ends in an apotheosis of crushed apples and broken dishes. You can read more about it here and book your tickets here.

 

 

Salon de thé ambulant Aux mille pins by Musee Ariana
February 22nd – March 1st

In the framework of the Tea Shows Exhibition – Birth and Evolution of an Art of Living, Emiko Okamotos will set up at Ariana for tea tastings. Fun for the whole family.

BLISS FESTIVAL
February 29th, Eaux-Vives

This is a festival for young and old, come and discover with the family, our workshops, activities, and stands around maternity and children. A lot of discussions, conferences, selling stalls, workshops, etc. A great event for pregnant women and families with small kids. You can read more and purchase tickets here.

You can find even more events, including exhibitions, and theater shows in Parentville’s events calendar.

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