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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!...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Sports courses for kids in Geneva

In a city that has its Quidditch team, every sports activity should be possible to find! Well, yes, but some are easier to find than others. For example, artistic gymnastics or athletic activities quickly fill up or are hard to locate. Whereas others, like swimming or...

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Language schools for kids in Geneva

Pick any language there is, and I bet you there is a place or a person in Geneva that can provide you with lessons in that tongue. It applies to kids as well. There are many language schools for kids in Geneva. This article will only cover ones I know or found. There...

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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...

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Swimming in Geneva for kids

Are you looking for swimming classes in Geneva for kids? Search no more. Parentville to the rescue! In terms of sports activities, swimming is one of the most popular ones. Some families enrol their children already at the baby age, some later. Free choice. Keep in...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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)...

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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.  ...

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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...

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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...

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This weekend in Geneva

When you guys tell me this website could serve you better, I always do everything I can to meet your needs. This is why Parentville is now equipped with an events calendar - perfect for planning weekends, Wednesdays, and all other days of the week. You can search via...

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February holidays

Schools off, jardins d’enfants off, tpg on the holiday schedule. For those of you not going away, I prepared some ideas for the week of 18th February. It includes camps, activities, and day trips.LAST-MINUTE CAMPS IDEAS Spell Languages - adventurous language camps!...

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Ariana Museum trusting your kids with porcelaine.

What is one of the most common things we keep away from young kids? All things fragile, including glass and porcelain, of course!This is one of the reasons many children love Ariana Museum - the Geneva museum of ceramics. Located in a lovely park, just next to the...

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February agenda for families in Geneva

The mountains are currently the main direction for many people, but if you need suggestions to what to do when you stay in Geneva, voila! Here I am with plenty of ideas.   I know that this super long article is not very easy to read, but rest assured a solution...

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Gymboree Geneva

Photo credits: Gymboree Geneva. (all pictures in this article). A few weeks ago I was invited with Z to visit a familiar place that we had not been to in a while, a place beloved by us both; Gymboree Geneva. As soon as we entered, the familiar smell of babies and...

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FEBRUARY CAMP WITH MUSEOMIX AND AMUSEN

This one is for all of you looking for a February camp and those who wish a kids museum existed in Geneva!Wouldn’t it be nice if kids were more involved in the creation of places destined for them? If we let them talk, be part of the decision process, not only will...

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Christmas gifts from Geneva

Is there any better period of the year to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses? For the past few months, I have discovered many great projects started by women from our region. I can't keep them to myself anymore! This Christmas list includes presents...

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Christmas in Geneva and around

You can find plenty of Christmas shows, workshops and other events in Parentville’s December 2018 agenda. In this article, I will share some other Christmas attractions worth your time.IN GENEVA Noël aux Bastions The first edition of an adorable Christmas market in...

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My Little Room for Christmas

It starts to feel a lot like Christmas! Recently, Z. has received a cute gift from MyLittleRoom.ch (precisely, this advent calendar). It's an online shop with kids' room decorations, thoughtful toys, and useful yet beautifully designed everyday objects for you and...

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Letters to Santa the Swiss way

Who wouldn't want to receive an answer to their letters to Santa? Every year thousands of children on both hemispheres write letters of wishes to Santa in hope, not only to get the gifts but also to hear back from the old man. Then, the parents already...

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Escalade family activities 2018

Escalade is full of fun! It's a very festive period that puts Christmas on the side for a bit. Thank you, Geneva, for this diversified last month of the year. Even though December is cold and can be windy, people will go out to run, to watch parades, and...

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L’Escalade for beginners

Escalade deserves a special place on Parentville! That is why it is not mentioned in the December agenda. Escalade for beginners will explain this holiday to you, and Escalade family activities 2018 will guide you through some Escalade family fun in...

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December in Geneva with kids

Once again Parentville is here to prove that there is no such thing as a dull period in Geneva. Never. December is almost all about Christmas, but I am sure you will find other themes if Christmas is not your holiday. Grab a cuppa or a glass of wine before...

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STEM in Geneva for kids

STEM for kids in Geneva? Where to go? Where to enrol? So far on Parentville, we covered theatres, playgroups, dance classes, language course, and even sledging. We talked about museums (here and here). Now is the time for science, technology, engineering, and maths -...

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November in Geneva with kids (2018)

Once again Parentville is here to prove that there is no such thing as a dull period in this region! Never. Make yourself a cuppa of something warm before you start reading about this year’s extremely family friendly November in Geneva. When I say Geneva,...

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Halloween activities for kids in Geneva

Good news! There are so many Halloween activities for kids and families this year that it was impossible to put them all in one time, on one page. The initial list by Parentville has been posted already on Things To Do in Geneva. Don't you know that...

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Halloween costumes and Escalade dress-ups in Geneva!

The dress-up season in Geneva starts soon! While many parents worldwide are busy preparing for Halloween, folks in Geneva prepare their outfits ALSO for Escalade (and for the marathon of course). Some are already hands deep into sewing. Others search online, some go...

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October school break in Geneva 2018

Did you know that the commonly used name for the October school break is "vacances de patates"? In the past, October school break was needed, so that families could all work in the field to gather the potatoes and other veggies of the season. Now, that...

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Salève for kids

Old and mysterious from the outside, very modern yet keeping the countryside style inside. Maison du Salève is absolutely charming, engaging, and has a very wide offer for families. Don’t be us We have passed the road signs leading to Maison du Salève many...

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Espace des Mondes Polaires

Espaces des Mondes Polaires Like every child, Z has her passions. It feels amazing to follow her dreams and hobbies, as they lead us to wonderful places. To hear the sound of an ice berg moving, to touch the polar bear’s fur, to ice skate in the middle of...

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Kid friendly October in Geneva, 2018

I am happy to announce the tenth month of 2018 at a "kid friendly October"! Lots of Lego®, theater shows, movies, and other fun for the whole family. Save this link to your home screen now, and have info on the go wherever you go. Easy, right? Oh! And...

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Batmaid – superheroes with brooms

Sometimes I look around our place and think only a superhero could deal with the mess. But which one do I choose? A Spiderman could only make things worse, a Superwoman has different tasks on her hands, and Batman is needed elsewhere. How about a Batmaid...

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Bibi Café: a dream come true in Geneva

Back in the day when Z was little, I was desperately looking for a kids friendly café in Geneva. A place where I could meet my mom-friends, have a cake, while my daughter plays. I had no luck. No such place existed. Thanks to Jennifer Barben-Mirisola things have...

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MAH with small steps

This text was inspired by my conversations with Aline Smyth, and a her written document on the subject. Aline is a mother of 2, and an experienced early childhood educator, who would take Geneva creche groups to the The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire aka MAH....

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Geneva 1P without secrets

1P aka 1 primaire, or else 1st grade. /scroll down for the back-to-school vocab cheat sheet for parents/ Your child enters Geneva public school this year in 1P? We got you covered. Just remember: like everything in Switzerland depends on the canton, the school is even...

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Geneva is not boring

Time and time again I’ve heard people describe the city of Geneva, Switzerland as “boring.” Take any city of the size of Geneva and think if you can find a special place, important person, or iconic feature for each letter of the alphabet (you can forget...

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Interviewing a nanny by Tatadam

How to interview a nanny? Most expat parents, sooner or later find themselves in need of a nanny. As soon as they need one, many questions appear in their heads: how to find a nanny, how much to pay, how to make the contract legal. Sounds familiar? All...

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Geocaching – game on!

I have finally found it! My first cache, and with it, my new favourite thing to do! Drum roll! Ladies and Gentlemen, geocaching in Geneva is a must activity whole year round! Geocaching is a mind blowing worldwide treasure hunt available 24/7. Remember...

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TotUp – a private crèche that has it all

A private creche that costs less than a nanny, that provides food, formula, and nappies. A creche that is opened long enough to let you not worry about that last minute meeting at work, or traffic jams. It is not a dream. It is a reality in Grand Lancy,...

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Think Out Of The Box at least once per month

I have met many parents looking for new, creative ways to spend time with their kids. Almost everybody agrees days with kids are easier when we go outside: to the park, to a museum, by the lake. It’s the time when for some reason we have to, or want to stay at home,...

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Geneva Child Care System

No matter if you’re new to Geneva or have lived here for several years, when you start looking at childcare system it can give you a headache. It certainly gave me one or two while preparing to write this guide. With a help of glass of wine here and there,...

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A dummy tree in Signal de Bougy

The dummy tree is kind of a pacifier paradise, where all dummies meet up to celebrate not being in anyone’s mouth anymore while soaking up the sun and enjoying the fresh air. It’s also a place that offers a possibility of a smooth transition into...

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2 Badass Women in the Desert

Let me introduce you to Les Chtites Suisses, 2 badass women from the neighborhood: Isaline and Maité. Two friends, two mothers, two countries, 6 children in total, and a common passion for adventure. In search for a challenge, a boost in their everyday...

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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! To find out about all fun...

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InfoKids – pediatric help online

InfoKids is THE app every parent should have and ask their nanny to download it too. The Geneva Cantonal Hospital (HUG) went digital and they’re rocking it! We’ve all had those moments of doubt: is it nothing or life threatening? Should I go to ER now or call my doc...

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Pediatric emergency in Geneva

Annoyingly, most of the times children get sick, is at night, or during the school holidays. Do you know where to go when it happens? Which pediatric emergency in Geneva can take you in? What qualifies as an emergency anyway? When it comes to night-time/evening and...

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WiGiGo Kids – the gift giving revolution

Have you ever summed up how much time you spend searching for birthday gifts? Have you ever summed up how many unsuitable, unwanted, or not needed presents your kid received? It is estimated that every year around 40 billion gifts are bought globally, worth around 1.6...

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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...

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5 Creepy French Songs For Kids

Do you know what your children sing in French? The tune is very joyful, the words sound sweet, but what are some of these songs really about? Read more about 5 creepy French songs for kids and find out. Most of them are absolutely sweet and adorable. But there are...

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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...

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Self-defense for children Swiss style

Self-defence for children the Swiss way When my daughter started telling some horrifying stories from the crèche, and later from the school, I always told her to scream for help, ask adults for help, and if nothing works - bite, slap, kick, and basically do anything...

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Moi, Aussi

Geneva is proud to nurture diversity in public schools, but it’s often linked to social backgrounds and nationalities. Not many people know about the struggles of disabled children’s parents.

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Halloween for kids Geneva 2017

Spooky weekend ahead! You'll be positively surprised by how many places in Geneva have planned spooky treats for the kids, Some of them are new, some happen every year. Have you already been to any of these places? Halloween for kids in Geneva! Parc Pré Vert, Signal...

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October vacation in Geneva 2017

It feels like the school has only just started, yet here we are again on vacation. Vacances des patates, as they are commonly called in Geneva are not as easy to plan with the crazy changing autumn weather. Luckily there are still many options to occupy little and...

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The best balloons in the city

I don't how about you, but I think every special occasion deserves balloons, especially when it comes to kids. Do you know a kid who doesn't like balloons? Well then, remember to save this article, because today I'm serving the best balloons in Geneva! Sylvia came to...

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Kids birthday parties in Geneva (0-3 yo)

If you are looking for a venue to organize your kid's birthday party in Geneva, you're in the right place. Here's a quick review of the most convenient options. GYMBOREE - probably the most popular place among expats. Two options to choose: you can either just rent...

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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. There are a few farms and...

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Pregnant in Geneva

Pregnant in Geneva, and now what? This guide is filled with information for all of you who found themselves pregnant in Geneva and are unsure of what needs to be done, when, or where. So, you peed on the stick and saw the two lines. Assuming you're not experiencing...

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Geneva Parents on Instagram

Apart from using Parentville, Facebook, and Google, what are your online resources for finding places to go, brands to check out, and events to attend? You might be surprise but following certain parents on Instagram might give your more insight on the city, than any...

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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...

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What is a ludotheque?

What is a ludotehque? Who is it for? Where can I find one? A ludotheque is a concept not known all around the globe, and so the idea is not so easy to grasp at first for all. Here's the first hint: the name comes from the french word "ludique" - playful. What? A...

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Family friendly restaurants in Geneva

The question about family friendly restaurants in Geneva came up so frequently on Facebook, that it would be a shame not to make a list of what's out there. Let's not lie to each other - it could be better, but luckily, the amount of kids friendly restaurants...

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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! Here is your list of...

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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...

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Multilingual Fears

[bws_featured_post]I'm a monolingual parent of a multilingual child. This is a post without tips and solutions. It is for me to check if I'm alone and nuts with my fears and at the same time, to let others know they’re not alone with their fears and nuttiness. I spent...

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Catching up with a multilingual child

Once, there was a girl praised for her writing skills, praised for her rich vocabulary in primary school. She later went through phases of being better and worse using her native language, but surely she was not bad at all. And then she moved abroad. Her friends spoke...

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Parenting away from home

Are you laughing already? Are there any advantages of bringing up kids away from home, away from our families? As emigrants/expats we tend to complain how hard our lives are, so let's cheer up for a moment and find some advantages of expat parenting! Let's...

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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. You don't need a...

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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 &...

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Vegan in Geneva

Weather for fashion, because of allergies, or other health-related issues, many families are switching for vegan, or close to vegan, diets. People go vegan all the way, or start to avoid everything cow's milk related, or find other combinations. For all these reasons,...

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Kids’ theatres in Geneva

It took me way too long to discover places that offer spectacles for small children. At first I thought there isn't much to discover. Then, slowly, we started taking our daughter whenever an age-suitable show appeared. And now, I have a full list of places with shows...

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Dance classes in Geneva

For all those parenting tutu obsessed girls, music loving boys, and dancing amateurs. The list includes ballet classes, as well as other dance styles. ♥ = tested AND loved by Parentville µ – classes for smallest kids µ Dance Area Studios (Jonction), Studio des bains...

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