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 now 10 CHF per person, much more affordable – and as you’re about to find out, the new expo is also much better than the first one!

FABRIQ’EXPO

The brand new expo of Exploracentre, Fabriq’Expo, unites science and technology, resulting in a mix of a laboratory and DIY space.

When you enter, you’ll instantly see a giant black circle thingy (that I forgot the name for). It’s a bowl shape thing with a hole in a centre. Your job here is to throw in some wooden marbles and see how their speed changes depending on how far they are from the hole. It’s simply a recreation of a solar system, marbles being the planets, and the hole representing the sun. It’s hypnotizing!

MODULES

The whole expo is made of several modules – working stations. Each one has a different theme, for example:

  • Chain reaction (super playful),
  • Robotics,
  • Objects under the magnifying glass (repair, assemble, disassemble, and design your own!),
  • Engineers in question (this stand works against discrimination in the world of science),
  • Design (imagine, draw, invent)

TECH EVOLUTION

Has your child ever seen a cassette? Or the old-school computer disk? One of the stands offers children to meet these bizarre objects and figure out their purpose. On the other side there are models of the telephones from different times. Kids can try and use an old phone with a ring-dial to see, how in the past, ringing someone ment using a ring dial, not only causing the phone to make the ringing sound. They can also match the phones with wallpaper designs from different decades.

SHOP

Exploracentre also opened a gift shop with a vast variety of science-themed toys. Be sure to check it out!

It’s a really fun and highly interactive (in an almost screen-free way) play area! It is designed in a way to also make the parents into a playful mood! #parentvillerecommended

USEFUL INFO

Exploracentre (website)
Rue des Bains 33
1205 Geneva

Accessible with prams and wheelchairs (including an adapted toilet). Changing table in the restroom.

In summer open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am till 6 pm.

Entry: 10 CHF (free for kids under 3)

Home in Balance – Geneva’s smartest organizer

Home in Balance – Geneva’s smartest organizer

or about how finally I can dance in my basement

Things 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, I finally found my business cards (in a random bag filled with stuff from my old car). How’s your basement?

No matter how hard I try, sooner or later the clutter is accumulating. I got good at hiding it though – especially in the garage and in the basement. It is quite simple: gather all the random useless objects, put them in a bag/box and off to the « cave ». Close the door, and forget. It seemed perfect, until I had to get the suitcases out of the basement… It took time and bruises to get them out.

COLLAB EXPLAINED

Then I remembered about a friend, who started an uncluttering service called Home in Balance and we made a deal – she would help me unclutter the basement and garage, and if I am happy with the process and the result, I will use Parentville to promote her. And here we are.

SWISS ORGANIZERS

Inga, a member of Swiss-Apo (Swiss Association of Professional Organizers – yes! It is a thing!). A few years ago, she launched her business called Home in Balance. She helps people unclutter and organise their space in a practical way. Check Inga’s Instagram profile!

Her ability to know which box should go where, and which cabinet should stand in the corner and which shouldn’t, is impressive. She is full of positive energy, fresh perspective, and ideas!

ORGANISED UNCLUTTERING

Inga came in the morning, full of positive energy. She was very fast to get things out of the basement, give me tasks, and setting the rules: things for charity on the left, items for the decheterie on the right, give me back what stays etc.

The process was super fast, super smooth. The speed of it didn’t give me much time ponder on every single item. The question was simple: leave it or get rid off it? No sentiments, practicality. Well, with several exceptions.

GET IT DONE

Of course, for everyone, this will be a different process, and Inga knows it. She did not influence or question my decisions. She knows it is a very personal subject.

At the same time I was grateful it was not a Marie Kondo style uncluttering. I don’t want to say hello, goodbye, or thank you to my belongings. I don’t want to create a massive pile of clothes that would just overwhelm me. It was about getting it done. This is why Inga was just perfect for the job.

BYE BYE CLUTTER

She packed all the things for the charity into the car (it filled the whole car, every corner, every hole), and drove it to CSP in Meyrin. I hope many of these items, in perfect condition, will find new homes.

ROCK’N’ROLL

And now, I cannot only go into my basement but I even also dance inside!

KIDS ROOM

Next on my list is Zofia’s room. We declutter her room at least once a year. She needs to be involved in the process, so it takes a full day of playtime…

I asked Inga for some advice on how to limit the creation of the clutter in her room – you can find it at the bottom of the post, click on the images to enlarge/download.

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 safely attached to the trail. Then they can enjoy the trail up above the ground filled with zip lines and obstacles. Depending on the parc and the age of your child the trails are on different heights. It really is safe, so nothing to be afraid of, except if you’re like me and the idea of being anywhere above the ground scares the life out of you.

Some parcs with children trails only allow kids to enjoy it with an accompanying adult beside them. For me, that’s a no go, but fortunately I learnt that it’s worth calling the place before hand and reserve the staff member to accompany my daughter. In many parcs kids 6+ (or taller than X) can enjoy even more trails – with an accompanying adult.

There are also 2 parc in the area with treetop fun without obstacle trails, but with giant trampolines!

They are all listed below. Choose a place and go!

PARC AVENTURE (EVAUX, GENEVA)

This is the only parc located in Geneva – in the great parc of Evaux (Onex). There are two trails for kids aged 3-6, and one other for 4-6 year olds. They are low enough to let you accompany your child from the ground, standing next to them and helping out if needed. It’s really perfect for the tree top initiation! Four more are availble to those after 6th birthday with an accompanying adult, or alone if they’re at least 7 years old. There are even more optopns for those ge 10+.

Parc Aventure (Signal de Bougy, VD)

Here you can choose between 16 courses! 5 of them are destined for kids aged 4-7, all equipped with zip lines. These trails are higher above the ground than in Geneva, but kids can go alone no problem. When in trouble, just call the staff and they will help or even climb up if needed!

JURAVENTURE (Col de la Faucille, France)

Juraventure is more than just a tree top parc. There’s mini golf, paintball, and donkeys, but for the sake of this list I’ll focus only on accrobranche. According to their website, the “The Kids, juniors and adult courses are unlimited!”. The parc is designed in a way that all too difficult steps can be avoided to enjoy the rest of the course. For the Mini trail the minimum height is 100 cm, and for the junior trail it’s 120 cm. I wrote about other activities on La Faucille in summer here.

Forestland (Divonne, France)

Forestland in Divonne is another place that offers not only Accrobranche but much more. Yet again, in this list I will focus on accrobranche only. There are 6 courses in Forestland: one for 3+ (max heigh 120 cm), two for 7+ (min height 120 cm), and three more for those taller than 140 cm. A great excuse to visit Divonne with kids!

TACTIQ AVENTURE (Cruseilles, France)

Parcours Decouverte “Enfant” – for kids of the minimum age of 4 and minimum height of 1.m. Parcours Decouverte “Junior” – minimum age 7, minimum height 120 cm.

Other accrobranche parcs to try:

  • Accro’Aventures in Reigner (France): for kids as small as 1m  but kids younger than 5 and below 11cm of height needs a parent to accompany them up in the trees.
  • Parcours Aventure in Sciez (France): min age is 5 here, and minimum height 110cm, adult must climb too.

TRAMPOLINE PARCS

In the tree-top trampoline parcs  (fr. parcabout) you’ll need no harrness , and will not be challenged by obstacles. Instead, you’ll enjoy something that I would describe as a walk (or jumping) on the clouds! It’s absolutely marvelous, fun, amusing, relaxing, and extraordinary!

Two principal places to enjoy this activity are:

  • Filenvol (close to Saleve), no minimum age. Kids under 5 can enjoy a separate section. All kids can go to the main one with an accompanying adult. As of the age of  8 they can enjoy the place on their own. No sandals, bear feet allowed.
  • Gaia Loisirs (in the French Jura). I found no information about minimum age, but it is strictly advised to wear long trousers, and long-sleeve tops, as well as full shoes (no sandals).
Will you try a tree adventure? Which one?
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 Juraventure! This obstacle trail is adapted to kids as little as 1 metre of height. The trails for kids are really great, while those for adults seem to be awesomely challenging! Juraventure also has mini golf, donkey rides, carriage rides, and paintball. It is conveniently located just next to the parking (well enough separated to be safe). You can check out their whole offer on this website.

Luge d’été

Eng. summer sledge aka rail toboggan. It is a combination of a roller coaster and sledging. Each sledge goes separately on special rails. They are very simple to use – one stick serves to both break and accelerate. All the way down you can control the speed and go really slowly, really fast, or something in between. You cannot stop though, as it is dangerous for others and yourself. You have to keep the distance of 25 metres from the cart in front. Ignore the grumps who will criticize you for going too slow but don’t be ashamed to yell at those who come too close to your cart. Kids under 5 are not allowed to join the fun. From the age of 5 they can enjoy the sledge with an adult, from the age of 11 they can go down alone. Both me and Z were deadly scared on the first run, had fun on the second go, and pure joy on every next ride!

The top

Get to the top with the telecabine (gondola lift) – accessible with strollers, bikes, and wheelchairs. The trip is short, with a taste of spectacular view waiting for you at the top – beautiful Jura mountain chain on one side, and amazing alpine panorama on the other side with the lake, Geneva, and Jet d’Eau underneath. For many kids, the trip with telecabine will be an adventure on its own! There’s a restaurant on the top, so grab an ice cream and walk back down (20-30 minutes walk). For opening hours and prices check here.

HIKING

If you’d like to prepare your kids for some serious alpine hiking, or simply get them started, Jura is perfect: hikes are rather easy, with great views and sometimes even animal guests, or raspberry tasting. You can, for example, go up with telecabine and walk down choosing from 3 different routes (20 mins, 40 mins, 60 mins). Check this website for more details.

Qimmiq Aventure

How about summer with sled dogs? CanniRando is walking the dog in the mountains (for around 2h), but it is the dog guiding you, not the other way around. CaniCross (around 1h) is the same but much faster, for more sporty folks. Or maybe you’d rather try a CanniTrotinettee (a scooter pulled by a dog)? All this to find in Mijoux (a village down from the Faucille)!

 

More in the neighbourhood

A 20 minutes drive without leaving the mountains, and you’re in Lemoura, where Gaia Loisir offers a bare feet trail, pony rides, trees-trampoline park, and more. Also relatively close: Espaces des Mondes Polaires (a museum and an all year ice rink). There is also a great firemen museum in Gex, as well as the famous Belle Ferme (poneys, horses).

 

 

A SLEEPOVER

If you fancy staying in Jura overnight (great solution to hot Geneva nights), there is what to choose from: campsites, hotels, (la Couronne, La Mainaz, and more) chalets, giant balloon-like tents, and more! And I’m serious about the balloon-like tents. For all kinds of accommodation in this Jura station, check out their website.

Now that you know the la Faucille mountain top a little bit better, will you make it there this summer?

For more ideas of fun summer activities with kids, why not trying the Staycation Guide by Parentville?

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 to survive with kids?

Parentville to the rescue! – yet again with a list of places that can offer both fun and fresh temperatures.

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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 know every Swiss parent in Geneva and have seen people coming with flowers or small gift to jardin d’enfants, creche, and the school.

It simply means that if you or your child would like to reward or thank their teacher, the possibility is coming soon!  With the heat that is in the forecast for the next week, nobody will be offended if your child’s gift for the teacher is bought rather than home-made.

This brings us to the selection of locally made/locally designed products, perfect for the end of the school year.

 

Click on the picture to find out more about each idea.

 

At Zhandumaya.com, we offer 100% natural Geneva cosmetics and zero waste accessories.

At Les Batoilles we offer sustainable and social solutions like pretty reusable fruit and vegetable bags or solid soap bags!

The perfect nod to offer teachers before leaving to bask in the sun!

Flower notebooks with matching mirrors by Groseille.

Groen Labo solid shampoo, including Monoi for the summer.

The balm to love by Gaïndness, A care for the lips with enveloping fragrance.

I am an illustrator and I have created my brand for several years: you can find notebooks, greeting cards, tote bags, kits, kitchen towels as well as clothes and framed illustrations.

A zero waste shop with several products that could fit the end-of-the-year theme.

The Ykar Project  socks in a nice zero plastic packaging. The teachers and the extracurricular educators have loved the bike model, surf division — free delivery at the Artemix Design shop in Eaux-Vives.

The too beautiful candles at L’Atelier de Yaël.

Notebooks A4, A6 and sets of pencils!  -50% (on the whole site besides jewelry and accessories) with the code BYEBYE.

Reusable packaging made of organic cotton and beeswax. All handmade in Gruyère.
Reusable and washable.

Sport gourds in stainless steel (brand Pura). The best for small and big.

Before packing, there are still the last homework, the end of the year shows and of course the little attention to thank mistress / nanny / tennis teacher this beautiful year with Royaume Melazic!

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 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 families, and those who come here for holidays. Questions about the new editions start arriving in early May!

What is the Staycation Guide

Staycation Guide is simply a downloadable PDF in which each page is devoted to one day of 57 summer days (Geneva summer school holidays to be precise). On each page, you will find: an outing idea (mostly in the city, but it can also be a day trip in the region). This idea is accompanied by all useful info, including an interactive map. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find alternative propositions and a link to this exact day’s events on Parentville’s events calendar.

It all started in 2017, and despite the common myth of Geneva being boring, each year enough of new places are found and introduced to the guide, so that they can genuinely be called new editions. This is how version 2018 came to be. The 2019 edition has even more new stuff than the previous one!

How to use the Staycation Guide

There are two ways to use the Guide. Some families follow the propositions day by day (as an author of the guide I have to salute them as I would never have the energy to do everything from the guide in one summer). Others use it mostly as an inspiration and will visit the place proposed on July 5th, on August 17th. In case a place recommended in the guide is open only on specific dates, it is marked in the guide – no worries of going somewhere to face the closed doors.

The only part of the guide valid only for the date it is placed in is the link to Parentville’s calendar – the page on August 4th will send you to August 4th events in the calendar.

The guide starts with a brief “how to use” it part, that explains three icons used in the guide. Easy-peasy.

Also, everything you think should be a link – is linked, so you can always easily access more information about the outing.

Where to get the Staycation Guide

The Guide is available here, to everyone for a modest price of 5 CHF.

Only those who subscribed to Parentville’s newsletter till July 1st, received the guide for free. Even if you missed that chance, subscribe now anyway, to never miss it again!

I will be very grateful to everyone who receives or purchases the Guide for not forwarding it to friends, but rather directing them to this website. I hope you’ll understand (loyalty, copyrights, and all that in play).

 

TESTIMONIALS

Here’s what has been told about the previous editions of the Staycation Guide (2017, 2018):

 

Thank you very much for all these research you are doing and gently sharing for the kiddos!

I love to test new places and try to talk about it a little bit in a far less efficient way you are! Just wanted to say that it is really appreciated! Congrats!

Julie

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!! I would like to nominate you for the Nobel Peace Prize because of the anxiety you have resolved in my household for this summer. This is clearly a contribution towards world peace. Congratulations!!!

PP

Your Staycation guide is so lovely! Have been reading and writing down some of the tips this morning. Such a great work!

S.

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 specials, scroll down.

RAINY PENTECOTE OPTIONS

IN GENEVA

1. Vivarium in Meyrin (confirmed personally by yours truly).

2. Musee d’Histoire des Sciences with their super fun, interactive and bilingual exhibition “Roulez les Mecaniques”. (nothing on the website suggests it could be closed on Whit Monday).

3. Yatouland in Accassias awaits you from noon till 5pm (confirmed personally by yours truly).

4. Other indoor playgrounds:

– L’Ile de Tortuga (Annemasse),

– Vitam Ludic’C L’Aventure Annemasse,

– JayLand (Gland,).

5. WIth umbrellas and boots only: DinoWorld in Versoix.

6. Swimming Pools: Bain de Cressy (warm water), Bain Bleu (warm water), Vitam Parc (normal and warm water).

7. Bowling at Balexert or LaPraille (even small kids can enjoy by pushing a ball off the slide, assure the barriers are up). We tested bowling at Balexert – the kid’s menu is nice and includes veggies, the service is good/nice, and everything is new and fresh (including the shoes).

8. Cinema! Currently many children’s or family movies on the big screens in the cinemas. Some in Pathe Balexert, even more in Arena La Praille, and also in other smaller cinemas in the city.

 

 

RAINY PENTECOTE OPTIONS

AROUND GENEVA

1. Indoor playgrounds: L’Ile de Tortuga (Annemasse), Vitam Ludic’C L’Aventure Annemasse, JayLand (Gland).

2. With umbrellas and boots only: DinoWorld in Versoix.

3. Taste the insects at the “A Table exhibition” in the Chateau du Pringins (exceptional Monday opening if I understand their website correctly).

4. Aquatis (details here).

5. Papiliorama (more about it in this article or book tickets directly here).

6. Mines de Sel de Bex (a truly fantastic place, check and book here).

7. Maison Cailler (chocolate factory in Gruyere, details here).

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 world.

The DinoWorld park is divided into 3 main parts. The first one is the entry under a big tent. Inside you’ll find mini golf, a snack bar, and a souvenirs shop.

Then you’ll go outside. Careful, cause that part is in the sun with no shade. By taking a marked path, you’ll meet many species of dinosaurs, some of them moving a little, some of them set up in scenes (attack, babies hatching, etc.). Here’s also where you can see real chickens and ostriches. To find out why these animals are there, be sure to read the info board. I had no idea about the link between chickens and dinosaurs! Closer to the forest part and bouncy castles, there are also tortoises happily chewing the grass (real ones, not sculptured).

The path will then take you inside the forest to see the dinosaurs in a more jungle-like setting. Be sure also to look above, and spot some flying beasts!

The last part is back in the sun. This one includes a small cinema, a shaded snack bar (also a place for bday parties), and a sand pit with dinosaurs bones – all little palaeontologists will have a blast. There are also bouncy castles and a small obstacle trail.

Z really loved to visit the place, though she admitted more fun elements could have been added, more shade, and she wished it was bigger. From my side, I think it’s a really fun place. My only disappointment was the souvenirs shop that had no books, or educational games on the topic.

We do recommend the place! Just remember about sunscreen and hats. It can be a challenge to visit the DinoWorld Expo with a stroller, not to mention a wheelchair. Toilets are on the site of course, but none of them is adapted, and I am sorry for not checking if they have changing tables.

Overall, it is a #parentvillerecommended place in Geneva for this summer!

DINO WORLD INFO

 

WHERE?

 

Other places in Versoix: Parc Challandes, Simply Theatre, and the lakeside.

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 having a brand new big sandy beach in Geneva! Like in the title – Family-friendly June in Geneva, 2019!

 

FYI: many events don’t get announced enough in advance to inform you before the month comes, some might simply be discovered by me a bit too late, but nothing will be missed – every day Parentville’s events calendar for families in Geneva is updated with new fun things to do, events to participate, and activities to do!

Another announcement before we had over to the summer holidays! Every year, I publish a super duper summer guide in the form of a downloadable pdf. What’s in it? A proposition of an outing, or a small trip for every single day of summer holidays. How to get it? Subscribe to the newsletter – the guide will be sent at the end of June.

AGAPE FESTIVAL

May 29th – June 1st

A Carouge, à Carouge, sure mon petit cheval rouge…! Isn’t Carouge just the best when it comes to events? They organise so many of them, and they are all fabulous. This is also the case for the International Festival of Baroque Music and Sacred Art – AGAPE. This year a completely separate program has been prepared for children, under the name of “Le Festival des Enfants”. In the program: shows, concerts, workshops, and what not.

GRAND BAZAR, MEG

JUNE 2

Every first Sunday of the month, the Ethnography Museum of Geneva transforms into a kids activity centre! There will be activities for babies, art workshops, guided tours, and so much more! Check the program on the Museum’s website – some activities need to be booked in advance, some are free, others require a modest payment.

LA RUE AUX ENFANTS

JUNE 2

This festival fully devoted to children and families is organised every two years in Bernex. Completely free, it offers a vast range of activities, games, workshops, shows for children and adults! This year “La Rue aux Enfants” will take place in the Sport Zone Signal de Bernex. It will be an entire day for children and families with games, entertainment and shows around the theme of movement! The full program is here.

TRAM TOURUSTIQUE

JUNE 2 & 12

One Sunday per month, June 2, from April to October, historic trams are put on the rails between Place des Nations, Cornavin station and Carouge, via the city centre. It’s a different, an exciting way for kids to discover the city and the past.

On June 12 a special event will be organised: a tram ride to discover the worst criminals in the city! Adapted from Corinne Jaquet’s bestseller “Meurtres à Genève” by Jacques Sallin, the Tram’Drames show will be presented in the historic tram.

LA VILLE EST A VOUS

June 1,2,8,9, 10, 15,16
La Ville Est A Vous is a series of weekend festivals, each in a different neighbourhood of the City of Geneva. In June, three districts will have their “The City is Yours” festivities: Saint-Gervais, Jonction, and Saint-Jean. Check out at least one of them. The streets of the neighbourhood are closed to traffic, people get out on the streets to buy/sell, there is a tone of food, and even more on the stands and in the trucks! Oh, and of course lots of activities for children!

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Till June 16

The extraordinary Cirque du Soleil is here! It is not only a circus without any animals involved in the show, but it is also the best circus you can imagine. It’s magic without magic tricks! They will make you laugh hard and also make your jaw drop low. Some of Parentville’s readers took kids as young as 3 to the show, and they all loved it. The cheapest tickets for adults are for 70 CHF, and I promise it will be the best invested 70 CHF this year!

GREVE DES FEMMES

JUNE 14

As Beyonce said during her Coachella performance, we’ve had enough of the bullsh*t! Depending on where you’re from, you might have notice bigger or smaller changes needed to be adapted in Switzerland to improve the situation of women: working women, stay at home moms, girls at the school level. All women. This is why this massive strike will happen in all Switzerland. If you can’t participate in the manifestation, you can still go on strike – go to work but make longer breaks, work slower, do nothing at home (yey to wine and Netflix), force dads to take over the kids on that day. Let them all see how we are needed, what would happen if we all stopped performing our daily tasks! You can consult the detailed program for Geneva here.

BOL D’OR MIRABAUD

June 14-16

The world’s most important inland lake regatta is happening right here! Around 500 boat sale from Geneva to Boveret and back, which makes for 123 km! It’s a wonderful occasion for a picnic by the lake or a lunch in a lakeside restaurant. Just check on the regatta’s website at what time the boats are expected to be where.

DIABOLO FESTIVAL

JUNE 15-16, Morges

Diabolo is probably the most kid-friendly event in the region each year. It will take place at the Théâtre de Beausobre, and will offer a possibility for kids to experience an artistic adventure. Puppet shows, music, magic and circus – the whole family will find happiness in the program of the Festival. You will come across artists like Henri De, the sponsor of our festival, or Les Petits Chanteurs à la Gueule de Bois, winners of the “Swiss Scene Award 2018”, who will unveil their new show for the young audience. Diabolo would not be the festival he has become without his creative, playful and sporty workshops. Browse the site  to discover the many nuggets and surprises that await for your family in Morges.

RESCUE DAY

JUNE 15

Rescue Day 2019 is an event that will highlight the rescue, personal assistance and security trades. The admission is free of charge. During the event, you will be able to discover uniformed personnel, their vehicles, their equipment, and participate in the many activities.
Among the present services, you will find Airport Fire Rescue Service (SSLIA) and the Fire and Rescue Service (SIS), Police, Samaritans. Also, various service dogs and their masters will be at the site, as well as many associations, and other organizations that work daily for our safety. Animations for all ages will be offered too!

This day is organised by the Association Eyes Color Planet (ASYCP) to help children and families affected by a rare disease. All benefits and donations will go to this recognised Public Utility Association.

 

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

June 21-23

One of the most awaited weekend every year is the one with Fête de la Musique! 2 days of concerts, dancing, shows, and activities, including ones for families and kids. You can check the whole program here soon  (it has not been announced when this article was being prepared).

GENEVA STREET FOD FESTIVAL

June 27-30

This year, at least in June, it will take place in Jardin Anglais! And will start already on Thursday with an after-work party accompanied by some best DJs from the region. A great occasion to try street food not only from Geneva but from other Swiss cities too. As always kids corner will be organised with fun activities, this year with the support of the Swiss Food Academy. The kids corner will be open: Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri 12pm-9pm, Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-7pm.

EXPOSITIONS

DINO WORLD EXPO

MAY 24 – AUGUST 25, VERSOIX

A magnificent exhibition of dinosaurs, to visit for young and old is opening this summer in Versoix – a Dino World Expo! From the excavation area to the adventure park, everything is designed for a pedagogical purpose pedagogical, but also and especially so that everyone has fun. Children are invited to explore, play and roar like any self-respecting young T-Rex. Many attractions on the site including a labyrinth, mini-golf, inflatable castles, museum, activities!

ROULEZ LES MECANIQUES

till September 15, 2019; Musee d’Histoire des Sciences

The History of Science Museum offers a very fun, incredibly interactive (but no screens) exhibition to explore the world of machines that move things. Kids can try different machines and explore how they work. It’s a great playful expo, absolutely recommended! Since ancient times, even before, humans have developed a series of technical devices and tips to move, carry or block important loads. They were given the name of “machines”. We live daily, sometimes without recognizing them. They simplify our life through many familiar objects, alone or combined.

 

LA FABRIQUE DES CONTES

till January 5, Musée d’Ethnographie de la Ville de Genève

This exposition is not to be missed by no means! The Fairy Tales Factory is a beautiful exposition, with many “wow” elements. It explores eight tales, mostly not very well known, in a fantastic way. Your children, no matter the age, will fall in love with it. Don’t miss the dress-up room with a scene! You can also read my thoughts on the exhibition after visiting it with Z. here.

PREDATIONS

Till January 19, 2020; Natural History Museum in Geneva

Kill and eat to live, to survive! This is the essence of the act of predation. Predators have been present since the beginnings of life on Earth and in all ecosystems. Far from the big bad wolf and the teeth of the sea, the exhibition reveals a natural phenomenon essential to the development and maintenance of life, from the world of bacteria to that of large vertebrates. The expo is highly educative for small kids and adults alike. It is beautifully designed, and offers a lot of surprising discoveries!

Faites comme chez nous

Till September 1, 2019

Do you know those tiny little bastards in the lake that cause a yucky rush on the skin? They are called “Puces de canard”, and now you can learn all about them at this entertaining exhibition. It has an old school computer game, a photo printer, a quiz, a lab, and pictures of these yucky creatures. Have fun and learn how to avoid the itchy skin

 

Tous sous le même toit

till October 31, 2019; VESSY

By this eclectic, educational and inevitably incomplete exhibition, immersively associating images, drawings and models, the Association of Berges de Vessy and its partners invite the public to explore through Geneva, Switzerland and the world the formidable adventure of the Roofs. Not to miss, the walk around Berges de Vessy before or after the expo!

MUR | MURS

till November 10, within and around the Ariana Museum

Take a walk around the Ariana Park (near the UN), where an internationally-renowned artist and ceramist Jacques Kaufmann, has installed his projects. His installations will create new paths, an ephemeral wall between the museum and the UN, a house made of clay, and even a bridge that symbolically passes through the museum’s architecture. After the park, the artist-builder will further develop his works within the museum

CINEMA

FAMILY DAY AT PATHE CINEMA

June 2, Balexert

Going to the movies as a family is always fun. On the Pathé Family Day, you can enjoy one or more films from Pathe’s family-friendly program for only CHF 15.00 per ticket (it also include a drink and a small popcorn and a small gift for children). The Pathé Family Day takes places every first Sunday of the month except in September. There are special screenings for kids age 2+, with sound volume reduced and low lights left lit.

On June 2 in the program are: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, Aladdin, La Bande à Picsou au cinéma, The Queen’s Corgi, Dumbo, Wonder Park, Avengers: Endgame, Venise n’est pas en Italie.