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 explained more about the selection process at the bottom of the page.
Companies listed below organize the most inspiring, adventurous, and quality summer camps!
Ready? Let’s cut to the chaise.
Every year the Spell team goes the extra mile to design language camps in the form of unforgettable adventures! This year they have prepared some of their camp weeks in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in Geneva!
You can choose between 5 languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Russian) and 21 themes. Parentville is particularly excited about the ABC Geneva theme, that is based on « ABC Geneva » children’s book. During the summer camps with Spell, your child will play, learn, discover the region, spend time outdoors, and go on trips! During that time Spell’s devoted, energetic, and always-smiling teachers, will make sure every child is having a good time!
From 450 CHF
Browse through all their adventures and find out the details on Spell’s website.
Gymboree’s BILINGUAL SUMMER CAMP is non-parent participation classes for 3 to 6-year-olds. It is time for children to have fun and make new friends. It is also an opportunity to learn French and English. Activities include art projects, play and movement time on our specially designed equipment, music and songs, imaginary play, tactile time, story time and more. A healthy mid-morning snack is provided.
from 285 CHF for a week of half-days.
530 CHF for a full week of full-days (lunch not provided).
You’ll find all the details on Gymboree’s website.
BUBBLES KIDS CLUB
Bubbles Kids Club had a spot-on idea for this year’s summer camps! They will take kids on imaginery trips around the world! Each week has a different country as a theme, and all activities will help kids discover new cultures and new places on the map. These multi-activity camps offer a vast range of activities: outings, creative fun, and outings. Bubble seeks to promote the development of social and emotional skills: courage, respect, empathy, and forgetting self-confidence and guarantees a caring and positive atmosphere. Your child can join the camp on a full day or a half day basis.
590 CHF/full week of full days
80 CHF/half day
Visit Bubble’s website.
TotUp is one of the few places in Geneva that offers camps for kids below the school age (ages 3+). They take place in TotUp centre in Lancy, where they have not only playful areas equipped with everything needed to spend fun time, but also a full-on sports center for families! The camps go throughout all the weeks of summer holidays; the hours are adapted to busy parents’ schedules – a rare gem in the region! Using a code Parentville2020 you can get a 10% discount upon booking more than 2 weeks with TotUp.
500 CHF/week of full days (7h-19h)
350 CHF/week of half days (7h-14h30)
More info: here.
Eight weeks of high-quality camps designed by passionate professionals, who always assure kids’ emotional wellbeing and fun! This year Espace Colibri offers a unique program, with a different theme every week and yoga every day. All the great fun is provided by high-level education professionals. Small groups allow for engagement and meaningful connections. I am certain children will leave with full heads and hearts!
295 CHF for a week of half days.
490 CHF for a week of full days.
Find out more on Espace-Colibri.ch
KIDS TIME CLUB
Kids Time Club camps are the perfect mix of sport classes, creative activities and lots of fun! With easy access in Eaux-Vives they´ll make sure kids enjoy their time in a safe environment while making new friends.
Their program was designed seeking balance between exercise, play time and imagination to recreate children’s stories and making crafts. Some creative activities will help children identify their emotions. They´ll also learn about plants and fossils with fun science experiments and will create easy and delicious snacks. A weekly outdoor activity is also in the agenda! Join us in Kids Time Club for a summer full of adventures.
From 275 CHF for a week of half-days.
No full day option.
More details about this new fascinating place and about their summer camps here.
Ferney Voltaire & at home
AddictLab is organizing 3 weeks of half-day STEAM camps in its fascinating Lab in Ferney. All activities are evaluated and linked to the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGS) of the United Nations. Addictlab’s mission is to mix creative disciplines. Design, draw in 3D, 3D print, paint in virtual reality, learn about solar panels – and so much more. But that’s not all. There are also online camps, 1h courses, and fun kits to take home, with AddictLab staff always ready to help via Zoom if needed. If you follow Parentville on Instagram, you may already know that we are massive fans of AddictLab – a place where creativity meets technology and sustainibility.
75 CHF / half day.
from 295 CHF/ full week of half-days
25 CHF for 1h Lab Workshop
To get more details about these brilliant options, visit Addict Lab’s website.
PEP designed three different camps, for three different age groups, and they are looking great! Their Creative English camps for children 5-10, combine crafts and nature in a playful and educative way. Teenagers can boost their public speaking skills on another camp, where they will be debating, discussing current affairs.
To sign up and discover our complete programme for the summer: https://www.pepenglish.ch/stages-d-ete
From the beginning of July to the end of August – fun weekly camps to let your child explore and enjoy his/her natural attitude towards the verticality with a fun approach! Your kid will enjoy guided and fun activities from 08h30 to 17h00. Extra child-care hours on demand.
Fun climbing related activities at Planet Climbing will be followed by outdoor animation in collaboration with external partners (“acro-branche”, parkour introduction, fluo sport room and more).
Groups of 8 kids per week max.
136 CHF for a single day
590 CHF for a full week (Mon-Fri).
*Discount of 15% on the full week price for at least 4 bookings at the same time (family / friends).
Details, booking instructions and more on Planet Climbing website.
IT STEP ACADEMY
IT STEP Academy is devoted to prepare children for the future world, where robotics, digital skills, and IT knowledge will be (probably) essential. Their camps are fun, playful and at the same time filled with IT and Tech. You can choose between many themes: coding, robotics, YouTube, game design, 3D-printing, VR, AI and drone. They are always adapated to the age of participants, so don’t worry it could be too much. Even small kids can excel in tech!
More details here.
The Ecole Vivante invites you to discover the workshops that have been most successful with members of the school. During a week, in small groups of maximum 8 children, they will be able to participate in up to 4 workshops per day, supervised by the team of the Ecole Vivante. The workshops offered: Japanese calligraphy, painting, theatre, pastry, board games, wargame, folk dance, DIY, outdoor game, and more.
Children will also be able, for those who wish, to offer an activity or share their passion. The Ecole Vivante team will support them in order to organize the setting up of their workshop.
400 CHF for a week of full days.
You can find out more here.
KIDS ENGLISH WORLD
Kids English World partnered up with JujuHandcraft to bring one of the most summer-like camp in the city this year. Well, not in the city but in Cartigny, but still close. During the camps various attractions will surprise the kids: a visit to the local fire brigade, petting at the goat farm, police dog show, walk around the village farm, or making own pizza with an authentic pizzaiolo. All this accompanied by sports and games, pick-nicks, a treasure hunt, picture rally, visits to the nature reserve.
From 490 CHF
Check out the details and their website.
CampZone is an extension of Institut International de Lancy. Welcoming children from all schools, CampZone has a wide range of activities for children ages 3 to 12, including: horse-riding, indoor climbing, basketball, football as well as Theatre & Song, mountain adventures, and much more. For the younger ones , multi-activity camp and Bricks 4 Kidz are offered.
CampZone also offers unique ½ day language booster camps in English and French where children 8 – 12 can have a fun and feel more comfortable with the language.
Prices vary per activity for full day and ½ day camps (8h30 – 18h00)
You can find out more here.
ages 4-7 & 0-5
This summer, Music Together summer camps and parent-child classes. Whichever option you choose, you will have the opportunity to discover the magic of the harmony of sounds and movement, in total freedom.
For older children (4 to 7 years old), Music Together prepared a few weeks of music and dance. Various activities will await them and guarantee unforgettable moments!
Smaller children (0-5 yo) can come with their parents for a summer music course. Family dance and music classes are filled with singing, dancing, drums, and lots of other fun.
From 490 CHF
For summer camps click here, and for the summer family classes check here.
Lovell International Camps Gstaad
‘Back to Nature’ Lovell International Camps AG have been offering family run summer camp programs in Gstaad for children, since 1973. Four separate camp programs are offered, based upon the age of participants. They offer boarding and day camper options, combining language instruction, in English or French with a wide variety of sports, excursions and outdoor activities in order to provide a well-balanced holiday and learning experience for each child. Lovell Camps promotes programs through outdoor education, physical education, environmental education, water and mountain programs. There are a wide variety of sports and activities offered including, tennis, golf, horse riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, football, dance, arts and crafts, etc. Campers will also participate in a numbers of excursions and special events including; rafting or canyoning, scuba diving, high ropes courses, wake boarding, hiking, cookouts, carnival nights, crazy water days and discos.
For more information on our programs visit www.lovellcamps.ch.
The camps presented above were carefully selected by Parentville. They were all contacted and agreed to pay a little fee to appear in this article. Please, understand that Parentville needs starts generating some income – bloggers have bills to pay, too.
The camps listed below are good camps, too!
Bricks4kidz Geneva. All about Lego.
Ferme la Gavotte. All about animals.
Blackyland Bernex. All about poneys.
Ecolint. All about sports, crafts, and other activities.
College du Leman. All about multi-activities.
MusicTogether. All about music.
La Bull d’Aire. All about music.
Simply Theatre. All about performing arts.
Ask Bilingual INCLUSIVE camp. For kids with special needs and not only.
Ecole d’Opera. All about music and theatre.
MSM Camps. All about sports.
TechLabs. All about STEM.
Les Enfants Terribles. All about self-development.