Family Sunday brunch

Family Sunday brunch

Family Sunday brunch is finally becoming a thing in Geneva! Finally restaurant owners saw the opportunity in providing families with not only great food but also with entertainment for the kids. In other words: let’s eat out this Sunday!

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Winter warm up places in the Geneva region

Winter warm up places in the Geneva region

Tired of the cold nasty bise, grey skies, and winter jackets? There are places in and around Geneva where you can enjoy the warmth and forget about the nasty icy winds!

HOT POOLS:

  • Bains de Cressy – the swimming pool of the cantonal hospital (HUG). It’s a nice indoor pool filled with warm water (34 degrees!) perfect for the little ones. They also have prenatal swimming activities (details here), and prenatal massage (link here), as well as swimming classes for babies (all about it here). There’s a jacuzzi, saunas, hammams, and odorium (saunas and hammams are reserved for those aged 16+). The pool is also adapted to the needs of disabled. For the virtual tour of the pool click here. For opening hours click here, and for the prices click here. Reachable with TPG.
  • Bain Bleu – a bit more luxurious Hammam & Spa place just next to Geneve Plage. Children are welcomed until 6 pm, after that the space is restricted to adults only (details here). The water is warm, but if your kids don’t fancy a bit of darkness, and needs water toys and slides, it’s probably not the best place for them, though it’s the one you can get to fastest with TPG (though surely it depends on where you live).
  • Aquaparc le Boveret. The closest Swiss Aquaparc to Geneva, around 1h30 away from Geneva. They have tons of attractions for little ones, the water temperature is 29 degrees. It’s an amazing fun place with beautiful views over the Swiss Alps. Check out all the details here.

ANIMALS & NATURE

  • Vivarium in Meyrin. As the reptiles need warmth, the building is all warm and tropical. It’s a real hidden gem with amazing animals! Easily accessible with tram no 14 and 18, as well with the bus no 57. Check all the details here (in French).

winter warm up in the Geneva region

  • Jardin Botanique. One of the most wonderful parks in Geneva. When you get too cold you can quickly head over to the 3 greenhouses (2 of them host tropical plants, so they are absolutely warm). It makes for a great adventure: a walk in the park with tropical shelters every now and then, playground, and a hot chocolate in the park’s restaurant. More about the greenhouses here.

winter warm up in the Geneva region

  • Tropiquarium de Servion. Around 1h drive from Geneva, in a picturesque Servion, there’s a zoo, and next to that zoo, voilà, a Tropiquarium. It is a home to penguins, flamingos, Komodo dragon, crocodiles, giant tortoises, lizards, and more. You can either visit Tropiquarium only, or use it as a warm up place after a walk in the zoo! You’ll find all the needed details upon clicking -> here.
  • Papiliorama. An amazing place filled with butterflies, bats, and tropical birds. Each group is placed in a separate dome, so no worries if you don’t fancy a visit to the nocturnal kingdom of bats. Their hall imitates the night during the day, so the visitors can see the bats not sleeping but flying around. The part with butterflies is absolutely breathtaking thanks to the amount of colourful flowers, and of course, the incredible amount of butterflies flying all over the place. To top that there’s an outdoors zoo. heck their schedules, as their kids activities are really fun (available in French and German). It’s easily accessible by train (check out the link to special offers here). All the info is easy to find on their website (in English too!): link here.

winter warm up in the Geneva region

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Sledging around Geneva

Sledging around Geneva

Sledging around Geneva – close and a bit further away, simple and a bit more crazy.

Winter is fully here. Not in the city thankfully (or sadly?) but if anyone misses the snow, it’s just 30 minutes away! While most parents with kids aged 3+ will use winter free-time to ski in the Alps and Jura, there’s so much more to winter than that.

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Fruit picking in Geneva

Fruit picking in Geneva

Fruit picking in Geneva

Fruit picking in Geneva is one of the most fun and nature-in-the-city kind of activities you can offer your kids. From Spring to early autumn you can pick up different kinds of fruits, veggies, and even flowers all around Geneva and Vaud.

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Second hand shopping Geneva

Second hand shopping Geneva

Buying second hand, you can save money, save the planet, help people in need, and change your kids toys often. Sounds attractive enough? Well, to top that let me also tel you there is nothing you can’t buy second hand, so, here’s a guide to second hand shopping places in Geneva (and online).

And there’s something very special in second-hand market in Geneva – it’s international, multicultural, and very diverse, so just be patient, dig well, and you’ll find pearls for a penny. But be careful: it’s addictive.

Facebook groups: Baby&Child (over 8k members), New&Never UsedBuy and Sell in the Greater Geneva RegionBuy & sell Items for kids Switzerland, and many more. (English spoken)

 

ricardo.ch – think of it as a trilingual e-bay (French, Italian, German). On Ricardo you can shop both second hand and brand new, and there’s probably nothing you can’t find there.

anibis.ch – using this site will surely one day be one of the musts to check to obtain the red passport, it’s THAT local.

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ONLINE ADDRESSES

videdressing.ch – good brands, secure selling process, no pick up – all straight to your inbox. Also check out the equivalent in France, and have it deliver to any Point Relais close to the border.

Mon Vide Dressing – have just found it now while googling for something else, but it looks good!

Tradono – a very shopping and selling friendly app. (English spoken)

Glocals – a useful platform for all the expats, and not only for buying/selling. (English spoken)

CSP – Le Centre Social Protestante. They have 2 big shops with furniture, toys, carpets, china, appliances, and more in Plan les Ouates, and in Meyrin (this one is the biggest in the canton). There also 4 CSP boutiques in the city offering clothes, and porcelaine but at a higher price than the “brocantes”. And when you’re finally get to uncluttering your house, they will happily come and collect, or with smaller items, drove over and donate.

Caritas: 9 second hand boutiques in Geneva, and a big shop with furniture etc. in Plan les Ouates.

Emmaus – like CSP, Emmaus is a charity shop. Located in Carouge it usually has a very nice selection of antique (and modern) furniture, pianos, carpets, porcelain, appliances, toys, clothes, and art.

Vet’Shop – these are Red Cross’ shops in Geneva. This list explains what you can find in every one of them.

Vide Grenier – this local flea markets are a mine gold. Check this website for an vide grenier agenda in Geneva, Vaud, the rest of Switzerland, and the neighboring France.

Plainpalais flea market on Wednesdays, and Sundays. It’s big and rich, and a must to visit every now and then.

OFFLINE ADDRESSES

Emmaus – like CSP, Emmaus is a charity shop. Located in Carouge it usually has a very nice selection of antique (and modern) furniture, pianos, carpets, porcelain, appliances, toys, clothes, and art.

Vet’Shop – these are Red Cross’ shops in Geneva. This list explains what you can find in every one of them.

International Children’s Clothing and Toys Sale – happens two times a year and is a must place if you’re up for second hand.

Salvation Army (Arme de Salut) – a very good brocante in Eaux Vives.

Carte Blanche – another charity with a brocante in Meyrin. They have everything, including a restaurant 2 streets away from the brocante.

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Kids activities for free in Geneva

Kids activities for free in Geneva

One of the first realizations of new parents in Geneva is the pricing of activities for kids. From softplay to baby swimming everything seems expensive. But if you dig deep enough, you’ll also find kids activities for free in Geneva! (more…)

What to do on a rainy Sunday in Geneva with kids?

What to do on a rainy Sunday in Geneva with kids?

You planned a walk by the lake but it’s raining cats and dogs? Parentville to the rescue! Here’s some simple propositions to ensure you have fun on a rainy Sunday in Geneva with kids! If you’d like us to add a place to that list, so we could share it with other parents, let us know! (more…)

Kids’ hair cuts in Geneva

Kids’ hair cuts in Geneva

After seeing questions about where to cut kids hair in Geneva, come up so frequently in so many parenting groups, I decided it’s time for a list. I’m glad I am not the only one not being able/having guts to cut my child’s hair with my own hands.

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Summer: Geneva for kids

Summer: Geneva for kids

You’ve visited all the parks and playgrounds and paddling pools already? You need a new place, an adventure? This list should is meant to be an inspiration. I hope you’ll discover more than I came up with. Here’s your list for great kids’ summer in Geneva (tots & preschoolers). (more…)