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Christmas gifts from Geneva

Christmas gifts from Geneva

It's time to think about the gifts. With kids room overflowing with toys, what can we get them? In this article you'll see propositions of locally made gifts that make sense. The list will focus on gifts that last, that bring value, and those that are not material...

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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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Christmas season 2021 in Geneva for families

Christmas season 2021 in Geneva for families

Ho Ho Ho! There are so many Christmas events this year, so much wonderfulness, it seems that we will be rewarded for the dryness of the previous year. Christmas 2021 here we come! Without any further ado, Let's do it!MAIN EVENTS NOEL AU JARDIN November 18 - December...

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L’Escalade for beginners

L’Escalade for beginners

In this article, you'll learn why in Geneva, it is more important to have a costume ready in December than in October, why you can expect people to knock on your door and sing in a strange language, and how a chocolate cauldron is connected to the most important...

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November 2021 events in Geneva for families

November 2021 events in Geneva for families

We survived Halloween, now is the time to brace ourselves for November. Why? We now have one month to Thanksgiving, Escalade, and just a few weeks till Christmas! Days are short and time flies faster, hence the bracing need. Luckily, it's also the month of Automnales...

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Autumn family recipes by Oksana – Nutrition Right

Autumn family recipes by Oksana – Nutrition Right

Oksana from Nutrition Right is back on Parentville with her lovely recipes. Her idea is to provide you with easy, healthy and yummy recipes to prepare with kids. Enjoy! To help you ensure your kids eat healthy products and avoid getting sick, I am sharing two tasty...

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Recrecrea camps of fun

Recrecrea camps of fun

A beautiful, and visibly filled with lots of positive energy lady, Dany, gathers kids around to welcome them at the camp. "My job is going through all kinds of bins", she says to explain her job. Some kids laugh, some are baffled. Mommy said to never get stuff out of...

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Halloween 2021 in Geneva – for kids and families

Halloween 2021 in Geneva – for kids and families

Boo! It's Halloween season and I bet you're up for some spookingly fun time. Well, as every year, I put together a list of some of the events happening on the occasion of Halloween in Geneva. Ready? Let's do it!Swiss Vapeur Parc October 14th - 30th; Le Bouveret; all...

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October camps – potato holidays 2021

October camps – potato holidays 2021

Say what? What holidays? The school has just started! Potato holidays are a surprise to many. It depends on where you're from. The argument behind having the October holidays is in the past, and it is a simple one. In October, kids had to help harvest potatoes (and...

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Family events in Geneva – October 2021

Family events in Geneva – October 2021

Summer is officially over but family-friendly events in Geneva are not. Grab your coat and let's go (umbrella can become handy, too). You'll see that the menu is wide enough to please everyone every weekend and beyond. Halloween-themed events included. And one brand...

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The three best Swiss magazines for kids

The three best Swiss magazines for kids

In the times of online news and online everything, do you still like to snuggle under a warm blanket holding an excellent magazine? How about passing this pleasure down to your kids? There are indeed, Swiss magazines for kids. If they are French-speakers or even...

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Knock On Wood – wood crafting for kids and families

Knock On Wood – wood crafting for kids and families

What kinds of activities do you choose for your kids? Have you ever thought of creative courses? What I am going to talk about now is not bricolage, painting, or drama. We will talk about a badass version of creative activity. The one that involves cool machines and...

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September 2021 – family friendly events in Geneva

September 2021 – family friendly events in Geneva

Summer holidays are over but fun for families is in Geneva the whole year. September is the start of new programs in theatres,  outdoors festivals that want to benefit from nice weather till it lasts, and weekend events to give us a breath from all the same weekdays....

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ICE CREAMS HUNT IN CAROUGE

ICE CREAMS HUNT IN CAROUGE

Urban Events Geneva prepared a treasure hunt that makes for a perfect summer activity with kids! If you have kids 4 years old or more that like ice creams, this is an adventure for you (well, for them)! It's all about solving puzzles, looking for a lost treasure while...

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Summer recipes by Oksana

Summer recipes by Oksana

Oksana is back on Parentville with her lovely recipes. Her idea is to provide you with easy, healthy and yummy recipes to prepare with kids. Enjoy! Summertime is berries time! Whether you purchase them in a supermarket, at a farmer's market or go pick them yourself -...

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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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Global Happiness in Geneva

Global Happiness in Geneva

Quartier Libre by SIG has become a crucial place on Geneva’s map. Each exhibition they organize is fantastic, but the current one, Global Happiness, is incredibly brilliant, heart touching and thought-provoking. Global Happiness is a very family-friendly exhibition!...

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Merre et Terre is coming to Geneva! Finally.

Merre et Terre is coming to Geneva! Finally.

Merre et Terre is a shop but also so much more than a shop. You can go there to buy lots of  baby-related articles, all organic and planet-friendly. But you can also go for advice, go there to meet other moms. Walk in to be listened, not judged, to join a community,...

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May 2021 in Geneva for families

May 2021 in Geneva for families

Spring is here, and as every year (well, second year in a row) places have reopened. There's more to do outdoors, indoors, and some small festivals, events, and workshops are popping up. A May 2021 round up for families in Geneva is here! You can always find more...

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Places and support for moms & babies in Geneva

Places and support for moms & babies in Geneva

Congratulations on your baby! You have become a parent. Now what? I mean, the excitement will ease down, the hormones storm will end up but you're still stuck with a baby and all you dream about is some adults conversation. But not any conversation right? During the...

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Easter 2021 for families in Geneva

Easter 2021 for families in Geneva

Here we are again: Easter many of us will, yet one more time, spend far away from families. It's been a hard, stressful year. But let's not forgotten about positive things that happened along, eg. the contactless payment limit went up from 30 CHF to 80 CHF ). I could...

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THE BEST SUMMER CAMPS IN GENEVA 2021

THE BEST SUMMER CAMPS IN GENEVA 2021

Time to plan the summer! And by planning the summer, I mean finding the right summer camp in Geneva for your child. Like every year, also in 2021, Parentville carefully selected the best summer camps in Geneva! You will find camps for little munchkins, school-age...

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Body and mind workout for kids at Planet Climbing

Body and mind workout for kids at Planet Climbing

Climbing is fascinating, and the majority of the kids do it anyway at home. So, why not let them meet the need to go up high at a place built precisely for that purpose! We tried and tested Planet Climbing in Lancy for you, and here’s what we have to say. This is a...

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A loop by the Rhone with perks

A loop by the Rhone with perks

Another day, another stroll. Or a hike. What’s the difference? In this case, there is none. It’s a perfect (long) loop, so you can start at various points. You can also adapt the length if this hike to your liking, but then it won’t be a loop. You’ll find a map at the...

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Museums in Geneva reopen – what to expect.

Museums in Geneva reopen – what to expect.

The weather is beautiful, and the Federal Council allowed museums to reopen on March 1st. In the whole country. Let's celebrate by looking into what is actually going on in the museums - in Geneva. I'll soon prepare the same recap for all museums between Geneva and...

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IIL responds to bullying the Finnish way

IIL responds to bullying the Finnish way

The International Institute of Lancy (IIL) has become the first school in Switzerland to implement the Finish anti-bullying program: KIVA. On top of being an excellent school, with a great educational program, sports and cultural activities, they are also attributing...

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An adventurous walk from Choully to Choully

An adventurous walk from Choully to Choully

How about a stroll through the forest, by the river, with a vineyards finish line? Thanks to a friend, we discovered this 8km loop. This walk starts in Choully and finishes in Choully - a perfect loop with changing scenery and adventurous passages. It’s not pram...

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Staycation Guide special edition – February 2021

Staycation Guide special edition – February 2021

Many of you contacted me frustrated about spending February holiday in the city with everything closed. It's true: no museums, no ice skating, no cinemas, theatres, or bowling. But I promise there are other options! I have vowed to never leave families in Geneva...

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Let’s play Switzerland!

Let’s play Switzerland!

So, you've been living in Switzerland for a while. You've visited some mountains and a few lakes. You get to know the country more and more every weekend. You may have even learnt some French (yey!). But how much do you really know about it?Speaking the language and...

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Stroll along the river Aire (animal farm included)

Stroll along the river Aire (animal farm included)

Ferme la Gavotte is one of the most popular places among families in Geneva. It's a petting farm with sheep, goats, poneys, rabbits, and more (more about it here). They also offer money rides on Wednesdays and on weekends. And guess what? It is very close to the river...

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Yummy snack for kids by kids

Yummy snack for kids by kids

One of the most frequent question parents hear is "can I have a snack?". Sometimes it gets asked so many times a day, it's difficult to have so many snacks prepared, not to mention healthy options. I mean.. how many times a day can I offer an apple to my kid? We...

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Geneva Lux 2021

Geneva Lux 2021

Geneva lights up not only for Christmas. No, no, no. The end of January marks the start of the Geneva Lux Festival, it will last till 31.01.2021 Illuminated pieces of art in the streets of Geneva are a perfect reason to get dress warmly and make a good use of the...

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Family: Christmas things to do in Geneva 2020

Family: Christmas things to do in Geneva 2020

This bizarre year is almost over, and with this ending comes Christmas. For obvious resons, most Christmas events have been cancelled, but it does not mean there is nothing to do! I mean, this is why you follow Parentville, right? Whatever the season, whatever the...

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9 walks in Geneva’s nature

9 walks in Geneva’s nature

Warm clothes, boots, umbrellas - prepare the gear and enjoy the outdoors! Because in Geneva there are so many beautiful places. I even found three that are suitable for prams! Unfortunately, many fascinating places close to Geneva are in France, where we can't go at...

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JE SUIS PARENT – FRENCH FOR PARENTS

JE SUIS PARENT – FRENCH FOR PARENTS

Somewhere along my parenting journey in Geneva, I went to buy scissors to cut my daughter's hair. To the utter confusion of the saleswoman, I asked for "scissors for horses". My daughter started laughing, the lady was still looking at me with her eyes wide open. You...

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A weekend in Morzine with Emerald Stay

A weekend in Morzine with Emerald Stay

Holidays not far away from home? Hell, yeah! It’s especially great with kids, and especially practical in the times of travel-uncertainty. Luckily, Geneva’s location is a gem! Within 1h drive in every direction there are so many great holiday-destinations, one would...

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Climbing in Geneva for kids

Climbing in Geneva for kids

Kids love to climb! From the moment they learn how to move around they try climbing the furniture around the house. It's a great sport that engages all the muscles, demands thinking, planning ahead, and provides tons of fun! Recently, in Geneva and around there are...

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October for families in Geneva 2020

October for families in Geneva 2020

We're experiencing an especially cold and wet October but it doesn't mean there is nothing going on. Below, you'll find events and places that offer entertainment this month. As someone who regularly gives ideas for family outings, in these special times, I would like...

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200 years of the Natural History Museum in Geneva

200 years of the Natural History Museum in Geneva

There is a museum in Geneva that all families love. In the past few years, it provided us with amazing exhibitions (eg. about dinosaurs, ants, predators, duck fleas, and more). The permanent exhibition is also incredible, with many gems hiding behind the glass. It is,...

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October camps 2020 in Geneva

October camps 2020 in Geneva

Looking for an October camp for your kids? You're in the right place. Many parents have no other choice than to work and find a camp but this year there are also many who had to cancel their trips last minute due to this year's chaos. This list aims to help you find...

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September 2020 for families in Geneva

September 2020 for families in Geneva

Despite the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, it looks like for now, many events are taking place in September. Some are well known, many are already beloved by Geneva families. Bear in mind, that due to Covid-19 restrictions, most events have participants...

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Back to school – Geneva 2020

Back to school – Geneva 2020

It's back to school time! Are you ready? For many it will be the first day of school. In this article, there is something for everyone. You'll find an explanation about the first year in the Geneva public school, lists of extracurricular activities, information about...

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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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5 Fun Activities To Keep Your Children Busy

5 Fun Activities To Keep Your Children Busy

This article is written by TechLabs for Parentville. It is not a paid collaboration, just people helping each other out in exceptional times. I hope you will like what they propose, and I promise to bring you more propositions, soon. In the meantime, stay safe, stay...

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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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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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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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