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!Here is your list of free-of-charge kids activities in Geneva FOR FREE. Use it, save it, share it!
Toy libraries – Ludotheques Ludotheques in the City of Geneva and in the communes (ask at the mairie or google « ludotheque commune’s name ». Big communes, like Vernier, will have more than one). Ludotheque is a indoors playground, for a yearly fee you can become a member and rent toys (from bricks, through games cars to inflatable jumping castles). Ludotheques differ in size and quality from one quartier to another, visit few and choose your favorite. They are also available in France.
Accueils parents-enfants in Vernier. Vernier childcare guide, page 13 (or here if you don’t like pdfs). Takes place in a building dedicated to children, in a room suitable for crawling babies and running toddlers. Full of toys and incredibly helpful and nice staff. For the city of Geneva check Cerf-Volant in Plainpalais. I also found one for Onex and another in Versoix. I’m sure there are more, check with your local mairie.
Ikea Two ways of spending time here. First – go upstairs, take shortcuts to kids furniture area, sit down and let them play and jump on the beds. Alternatively go and discover little apartments, and many play corners placed all over the store. Second – the drop off play area is totally free. Maximum time a child can spend there is 1h. Not much, but certainly enough for a relaxing kids-free coffee.
Temporary exhibitions and events.
Many events and kids-oriented activities take place as accompanying events to exhibitions, and festivals. For up to date list check Kid’ing in Geneva Facebook Page, Les Bons Plans Familles, or Geneva Family Diaries blog’ monthly agenda.