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Raising anti-racist kids. Building a better world

Raising anti-racist kids. Building a better world

Children hear more than we think. They have more question than we assume. We have already gone through events that triggered conversations about gender equality, climate change, or refugees and wars. Now is the time to explain to them what racism is all about, and...

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Laustine Your Dreams pyjamas – a new brand in town

Laustine Your Dreams pyjamas – a new brand in town

Laustine Your Dreams pyjamas have a great story fueled by women on every step of the process. The designs are cute, the fabrics soft, the brand is as eco friendly as it can be (and has a plan to become even more eco!), and on top of that, their pyjamas are affordable....

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Prêt à Parler: Making Geneva feel like home

Prêt à Parler: Making Geneva feel like home

Paid partnership with Prêt à Parler.There is one word that describes the process of getting comfy in a new city or country – integration. Yes, folks, I’m sure you hear this word now more frequently than ever before. It’s a journey that won’t look the same for everyone...

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Summer camps – Geneva 2020

Summer camps – Geneva 2020

What a year! We've had two additional months to spend daily with kids. Two months! 2! I feel your pain! Another two months are coming, so whether you need them or just want them, I have prepared this list of what I think are the BEST summer camps in Geneva. I...

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Geneva’s reopening schedule for families

Geneva’s reopening schedule for families

After 8 weeks of everything being closed, Geneva starts reopening shops, restaurants, museums, sports structures, and other fun places.  Below, you'll find a list of places that are already open, and those that will open soon. For those of you, who still prefer...

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An adventure at home: DIY escape game for kids!

An adventure at home: DIY escape game for kids!

There are three things kids miss the most when they can’t go out: friends, sports, and adventures. While I can’t help you with the first two, I have an idea of how to turn your place into an adventure field! It’s called an „escape game”! Below you’ll find instruction...

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Geneva online during Covid-19 crisis

Geneva online during Covid-19 crisis

Everything, or almost everything is closed, but is it? Thanks to the internet and human creativity we can still enjoy some of Geneva’s places! Coronavirus has pushed Geneva online and it’s looking good! Below you’ll find resources of Geneva online places for families,...

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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...

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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 –...

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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...

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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...

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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?...

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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...

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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...

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Hameau du Pere Noel – not only in winter

Hameau du Pere Noel – not only in winter

A very honest review with surprising tips, not so great pics, and vocabulary too poor to truly present how unique is the Hameau du Père Noel. DESIGNER'S BRAIN Just 10 mins drive from the Swiss-French boarder of Bardonnex, lies the village of Santa, his siblings, and...

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December 2019 in Geneva with kids

December 2019 in Geneva with kids

Well hello! It’s the end of the year already, but not at all the end of the fun! Because in Geneva we have fun all year round. Do you need proofs? Let’s do it! Sorry for the delay... NOEL AUX BASTIONS Parc des Bastions Till december 30 After a huge success of the...

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Family fun in Geneva, November 2019

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 Geneva. Ready?...

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December in Geneva with kids

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 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)

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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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MAH with small steps

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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-defense for children Swiss style

TATOUT is a great school of a peaceful defence for children and adults. They work on helping people to find the right techniques, the strength, and self-confidence that will scare bullies away without the need for physical violence. It's a rather peaceful and...

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Moi, Aussi

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

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

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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