Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park

Le Parc de Merlet animal park is opening today, Saturday 29th April! Perched at 1563m, about 600m above the village of Les Houches, Le Parc de Merlet is home to around 80 animals that roam freely within the boundaries of the park: chamois, ibex, deer, mouflons, marmottes . . . and even the odd llama (see here for more information about the animals that live here)! A little history . . … Continue reading Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park

Geneva’s Botanical Gardens

We made our first visit en famille to Geneva’s Botanical Gardens (CJBG – Les Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève) on a crisp and sunny autumn’s day last year . . . and we loved it so much that we couldn’t wait to head back there in early spring this year!  Just how had this magical garden eluded us for so long? If you … Continue reading Geneva’s Botanical Gardens

Spring & Easter Holidays Agenda au Pays du Mont Blanc

If you live in the area and need some fresh ideas to keep your family entertained during the Spring & Easter holidays/or you are visiting the Pays du Mont Blanc and need some ideas for rainy days or “oh dear, there’s not much snow left on these pistes” days, then perhaps the following list will give you some inspiration . . . Keep checking the listings, as I … Continue reading Spring & Easter Holidays Agenda au Pays du Mont Blanc

Sallanches – Springtime Family Stroll

Springtime has arrived . . . and while I dream of one day being in Japan for its famous springtime cherry blossoms, for now I am excited to share this little Sallanches town walk with you.  While there is still snow on the higher altitude walks, why not take a leisurely amble through the streets of Sallanches, enjoy the spring blossoms and discover a little history as you … Continue reading Sallanches – Springtime Family Stroll

Forte di Bard

The MBFF team are big fans of Italy for holidays!  As a destination from the Arve Valley, it is easy to get there through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and we can also book hotels and apartments last minute!  Italians LOVE children (and not just well-behaving children; ALL children!), the food is very family-friendly (and delicious!), and there is endless nature and culture to explore. We … Continue reading Forte di Bard

La Fondation Pierre Gianadda

La Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny is one of my all time favourite museums!  There are some fantastic temporary exhibitions organised here (every 6 months the main exhibition is changed, and past exhibtions have included: Klee, Goya, Rodin, Giacometti, Moore, Modigliani, Claudel, Chagall, Braque, Dégas, Manet, Dufy, Miró, Gauguin, Bonnard, Van Gogh, Picasso, Morisot . . . ), the building itself is an architectural gem (to … Continue reading La Fondation Pierre Gianadda

Thank you for stopping by and visiting montblancfamilyfun! The aim of this blog/website is to help steer you towards some great family fun and adventures in the Mont Blanc area (in the communes of the Pays du Mont Blanc) and even further afield. I really hope that you enjoy reading the posts . . . I shall be adding updates regularly, so do keep visiting and drop me a … Continue reading

Swimming in Chamonix

If you’d like to go swimming in Chamonix, there are various options.  You might be lucky enough to be staying at a hotel or chalet with a pool, otherwise you can head to the public swimming pools on offer at the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon.  Alternatively, some hotels in the valley let you use their pool if you eat lunch at their restaurant or use their spa … Continue reading Swimming in Chamonix

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature

During the French school holidays, every Wednesday afternoon, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches organises worshops for children aged 6+ years (some for 7/8+ years) called Les P’tits Experts de la Nature. Children are given a certificate booklet when they do their first workshop and they collect a stamp for each completed workshop.  During their 2-hour workshop, they become little “experts” in different fields of nature! … Continue reading Les P’tits Experts de la Nature

Chamonix Valley Spas & Massages

Several hotels in the Chamonix Valley offer access to their spa centre and pool to non-hotel guests.  What follows is not a full list of tried and tested spas and massages; I have clearly not done enough of my own “parent pampering” in the last six years, as the only spa I have managed to visit has been Deep Nature’s Les Granges d’en Haut in Les Houches.  I have had … Continue reading Chamonix Valley Spas & Massages

Sallanches Skatepark

On some beautiful sunny afternoons this spring, we have found ourselves down at the Sallanches skatepark! I must admit to having been somewhat ignorant towards to our local skatepark, and so I was pleasantly surprised with the discovery!  It has been recently renovated, and there is lots of space for skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes.  I was also pleasantly surprised by the range of ages present – little ones on … Continue reading Sallanches Skatepark

Base de Loisirs des Belles

We only recently discovered this outdoor leisure space in Praz-sur-Arly, on a sunny autumn day . . . our boys were delighted to be able to play in the vast open space surrounding the playgrounds, and we were able to lift our faces to the sun and relax (for a short period!). The leisure space is much more than just playgrounds, however, and it offers: Playgrounds – two … Continue reading Base de Loisirs des Belles

Le Musée Montagnard

The Musée Montagnard is housed in one of the oldest 18th century houses in the centre of Les Houches and has been arranged to show three typical rooms of such a house: the pèle  (bedroom/living room), the outa (kitchen) and the sarte (pantry).  The museum houses a rich collection of traditional furniture and objects, largely provided by M. Albert Laprade, the eminent architect-urbanist, who was keen to protect the heritage … Continue reading Le Musée Montagnard

Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard

We first visited Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard with a dog-loving and inquisitive 3 year old and a sleeping (mostly!) newborn baby in a pram . . . this visit coincided with the arrival of St-Bernard puppies! Last year we visited again and this visit coincided with another litter of cute puppies, but also with the most wonderful Easter Egg Hunt in the … Continue reading Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard

Chamonix Parks, Woods & Gardens

Chamonix, while boasting many terrific hiking routes and skiing opportunities, can also lay claim to some beautiful parks, gardens and woodland.  This can be of particular interest if you have small children or babies in buggies!  Here is our list: Parc Couttet – a relative newcomer to Chamonix, inaugurated in the summer of 2015, the Parc Couttet is a little gem of a find, right in … Continue reading Chamonix Parks, Woods & Gardens

Centre de la Nature Montagnarde

Set in the historic 14th century Chateau des Rubins, just behind the Eglise St Jacques, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde is a museum dedicated to the Alps. Set across 5 floors, an interactive journey will take you from glaciology and geology, to some close encounters with the resident taxidermy (a wolf, a lynx and a bear among others!).  As well as panels explaining the … Continue reading Centre de la Nature Montagnarde

Le Lac des Chavants

The Lac des Chavants in Les Houches is a relaxating destination for families in both summer and winter. *Please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!* In the warmer months, there is a playground here, an accrobranche, an outdoor climbing wall, fishing in the lake, and a relaxing buggy/dog-walking path around the lake and into the woods. This is the perfect spot for a picnic or … Continue reading Le Lac des Chavants

Le Parc Thermal

Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet is by far one our favourite haunts in the springtime and summertime, where we go to escape the heat of the valley and find shade and to appreciate the refreshing breeze from the Bonnant river! The park has an elegant entrance, with a pretty fountain. There is a main path through the park that is ideal for walking with a buggy. … Continue reading Le Parc Thermal

Lac de Passy

Lac de Passy, officially referred to these days as a “Base de Loisirs” (due to the numerous leisure activities on offer), is the largest lake in the Pays du Mont Blanc.  Ideal for a swim and a splash during the summer months, it is also frequented by cyclists, joggers, buggy-walkers, fishing enthusiasts, windsurfers, paddle-boarders and dog-walkers (NB dogs are not permitted at the beach/criques ends of … Continue reading Lac de Passy

MBFF’s Favourite Playgrounds au Pays du Mont Blanc

montblancfamilyfun has spent six years discovering and testing playgrounds in the Pays du Mont Blanc.  We are fairly confident that we have tested most of them (please let us know of any treasures we may have missed along the way!).  The following list highlights our personal favourites; this is clearly subjective . . . and I’ll admit that at certain points on our journey of discovery, we had to avoid … Continue reading MBFF’s Favourite Playgrounds au Pays du Mont Blanc

Chamonix Museums

Chamonix has a great selection of museums, and these museums often offer creative workshops or guided tours for children during the school holidays (the Tourist Office will have a list of those scheduled during your stay). In Chamonix town itself you will find; the Musée Alpin; the Espace Tairraz (Musée d’Alpinisme et des Cristaux); the Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine Janny Couttet (see below for … Continue reading Chamonix Museums

MEG – Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève

One of our favourite museums in Geneva is the MEG . . . we watched as it was being built and we were excited when it opened its shiny new doors! The adventure starts before you even enter the doors to the museum – the architecture is impressive and there is a pretty landscaped garden just in front of the museum, that changes with the seasons. … Continue reading MEG – Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève

Lacs des Ilettes

Officially known as Base de Loisir des Ilettes, les Lacs des Ilettes actually consist of three lakes and this is a popular place year-round for locals to come for a stroll en famille, for a bike ride, a dog-walk (permitted around the 3rd lake) or a jog or workout.  In summertime, the middle lake is a popular choice for swimmers and the 3rd lake for windsurfers. The … Continue reading Lacs des Ilettes

Montenvers Mer de Glace

Another great attraction in Chamonix on many families’ list is the Montenvers train journey up to the Mer de Glace glacier.  The famous little vintage red coggle train will take you on a relaxing 20 minute journey up the mountainside, through forests and tunnels cut through the rock, and up to the glacier at 1,913 m (an ascent of about 1000m).  Children from the age of 12 … Continue reading Montenvers Mer de Glace

Palais des Sports et des Congrès

Newly renovated and opened in December 2017, Megève’s Palais des Sports et des Congrès is a Sports Centre, a Spa & Wellness Centre, a Conference & Events Centre and a Médiatèque all in one!  The Sports Centre hosts plenty of classes for children and adults alike. Espace Forme (Fitness) Here, there are plenty of activities/classes to choose from, as well as a fully-equipped gym: yoga, pilates, circuit training, cross training … Continue reading Palais des Sports et des Congrès