MBFF’s recommended family hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc

With a now seven year old and a four year old in tow, the MBFF family is beginning to find its hiking mojo (we hope).  The snow levels at altitude are still quite impressive this spring/summer season 2018 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, and our local refuges have had their work cut out to open in time to accommodate hikers, but we hope to get out in … Continue reading MBFF’s recommended family hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Geneva – FREE museums on first Sunday of the month!

Throughout the year in Geneva (and also from October until May in Cluses & Annecy) many of the museums and their temporary exhibitions are FREE on the FIRST Sunday of the month!  In addition, the museums often put on some wonderful workshops/guided tours for children and families (also FREE) on this day.  See here for more details about this fantastic initiative! *NB – this initiative does not apply … Continue reading Geneva – FREE museums on first Sunday of the month!

Summer Holidays – workshops & stages for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

It will soon be the summer holidays for many of us au Pays du Mont Blanc (what? didn’t the children have most of the month of May off school? I’m personally still recovering from that onslaught!) . . . some of us may be going away, some of us may be staying in the mountains, many of you may be visiting our majestic mountains, valleys and … Continue reading Summer Holidays – workshops & stages for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Le Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Le Jardin des Cimes is a truly magical garden at altitude, with breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc Massif. Le Jardin des Cimes (“Garden of the Summits”) has revitalised the area of Plateau d’Assy; not only are the garden and café a delight for locals and tourists alike, but jobs have been created and there are plenty of activities and workshops on offer for families and schools, as well … Continue reading Le Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Family Strolls (with buggies): «Sentier thématique des roselières» (by Randos en Famille)

Here at MBFF, we have been on some lovely hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond . . . but certainly we have not tried and tested them all! So, today, I would like to share with you a hike (perfect for families, buggies and draisiennes), tried and tested by Marine from the excellent website Randos en Famille: the «sentier thématique des Roselières» in Saint-Jorioz, on Lac d’Annecy. … Continue reading Family Strolls (with buggies): «Sentier thématique des roselières» (by Randos en Famille)

Combloux Playgrounds

On a short family hike in Combloux last summer, we found ourselves playground-hopping before we’d even begun walking (quite difficult, hence, to get our boys walking!). First of all, we headed to the playground we already knew and loved . . . Adventure Playground This playground is by far one of our favourites in the Pays du Mont-Blanc.  Perched just above the Lac Biotope, and … Continue reading Combloux Playgrounds

Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix

The Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix, Chamonix’s very own amusement park with views of Mont Blanc, makes for a great family day out! As well as the Chamonix Luge-Alpine Coaster, which is open year-round, there is a FREE playground, great slides, motorbikes and cars to ride, diggers to operate, trampolines, and various water-themed rides. In addition, during the winter season, Domaine des Planards ski area is located right … Continue reading Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix

Springtime Activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

We have one more bank holiday this May 2018: Pentecôte . . . and then it is full steam ahead with school and work . . . until the summer holidays! Until the summer activities post, I thought it might be useful to have a general list of activities available for families & children au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) at hand in one list . … Continue reading Springtime Activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Sports Events for Families au Pays du Mont-Blanc

The season for trail running, triathlons, half-marathons, marathons, bike races, ultra races is now upon us . . . and if you like taking part IN (or being a spectator AT) sports events, then there are plenty of options au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond . . . Many of the upcoming sporting events have options for families and children, big and small . . . … Continue reading Sports Events for Families au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Pumptracks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

I shall be honest; I had never even heard of a pumptrack before last summer, when I discovered the pumptrack in Combloux!!! So, what is a pumptrack?  It is a circuit, with ups and downs and turns, on which the cyclist/skater/scooter can keep moving simply through “pumping” (no need for pedal action!).  Not just for cyclists (BMX, VTT), it is also open to skateboards, rollerblades, … Continue reading Pumptracks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Springtime Blossoms & Flowers au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

With the plentiful snowfall of this winter season au Pays du Mont-Blanc, it is hard to imagine that we have now officially entered a new season . . .🌷🌹🌺🌱SPRING🌹🌺🌷🌱 !!! When crocuses first timidly reach out to the sun from their bed of grass, when the first almond and cherry blossoms appear in their splendid hues of pink, when magnolia trees blossom in splendid glory, when spring flower … Continue reading Springtime Blossoms & Flowers au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

«Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges (31st March to 13th May 2018)

La «Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges kicked off this year on Easter weekend . . . and those first buds are expected to be in full bloom by mid-April. You don’t have to travel too far from the Pays du Mont-Blanc to experience total dépaysement, to distance yourself from the mountain valleys and high snowy peaks; just the other side of Lac Léman takes you to a … Continue reading «Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges (31st March to 13th May 2018)

Médiathèque «Ange Abrate» in Sallanches

It has teased us with its opening date for quite some months . . . and finally the Pays du Mont-Blanc has a new médiathèque to add to its list! The Médiathèque «Ange Abrate» in Sallanches finally opened its doors to the public on a rainy morning – Saturday 17th March 2018 – with a day of animations for the whole family . . . The … Continue reading Médiathèque «Ange Abrate» in Sallanches

Museums & Exhibitions au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

We are lucky to have some wonderful museums au Pays du Mont-Blanc, many housed in architectural gems (old, new and renovated) . . . and as well as their permanent collections, they also offer temporary exhibitions and workshops for children and families over the school holidays! And if we venture further than the Pays du Mont-Blanc – to Cluses, to Annemasse, to la Maison du … Continue reading Museums & Exhibitions au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

«Wildlife Photographer of the Year» (Forte di Bard)

It was quite by chance in the spring of 2014 that we discovered that we could enjoy the «Wildlife Photographer of the Year» exhibition fairly close to home, right near the Pays du Mont-Blanc!  I had always enjoyed visiting the London-based exhibition at the Natural History Museum (*NB «Wildlife Photographer of the Year» competition/exhibition is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London*), and was excited to find … Continue reading «Wildlife Photographer of the Year» (Forte di Bard)

Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc

When I had my first baby seven years ago, I had just moved to a new town in the Pays du Mont-Blanc, away from a network of friends . . . I rather short-sightedly thought that this would be the opportunity to make new discoveries, and to have new adventures.  In effect, it was . . . but at times I was also incredibly lonely, … Continue reading Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc

3D Nordic – husky sledding in Praz-sur-Arly

This year for Christmas, I offered the MBFF family a husky dog-sledding outing with 3D Nordic in Praz-sur-Arly. I had noticed that this was to be 3D Nordic‘s last winter season in Praz-sur-Arly, before they head off to new adventures in Lapland next winter season . . . so I seized the opportunity and booked us a baptême chiens de traîneaux! What a treat for … Continue reading 3D Nordic – husky sledding in Praz-sur-Arly

Domaine des Planards (Chamonix Centre)

Domaine Skiable des Planards, a two minute walk from the centre of town, and with its own FREE parking, is one of Chamonix’s two Beginner ski areas (the other being at the Savoy slopes, connected to Domaine Skiable de Brévent). In addition, it is the site of the year-round Chamonix-Luge Alpine Coaster, set within the Parc des Attractions de Chamonix (re-opens in April). The ski area is comprised of: … Continue reading Domaine des Planards (Chamonix Centre)

La Poya Ski Area (Le Buet, Vallorcine)

*NB La Poya will shut for the 2017/2018 season on 15th April 2018* La Poya is a small family-run ski area in the hamlet of Le Buet (not far from the train station), near to Vallorcine. It comprises: two drag lifts, a rope tow for Beginners and a pulley lift for small children, with 2km of pistes, including green, blue, red and even a black … Continue reading La Poya Ski Area (Le Buet, Vallorcine)

La Vormaine Beginner/Nursery Skiing (Le Tour)

La Vormaine, “the biggest of the small ski slopes“, is the splendid Beginner/Nursery ski area, nestled in the village of Le Tour (1432m), next to the Charamillon bubble lift. Ski pass options at La Vormaine La Vormaine is a good value ski area, as it allows families to opt for 2h30, 4 hours (often enough with toddlers to entertain!), a day or more, at a … Continue reading La Vormaine Beginner/Nursery Skiing (Le Tour)

Les Contamines-Montjoie/Hauteluce Skiing

Les Contamines-Montjoie/Hauteluce is one of our family’s favourite ski areas – some broad, sunny pistes, excellent snow, panoramic views of the Mont-Blanc Massif and Beaufortin, lovely restaurants on the slopes  . . . just great! Snow machines also ensure good snow at the start and end of the season. The ski station straddles over both sides of the Col du Mont Joly, linking Haute Savoie and … Continue reading Les Contamines-Montjoie/Hauteluce Skiing

Combloux Skiing

Combloux is definitely one of the most family-friendly ski areas in the Pays du Mont-Blanc, and skiing here will reward you with some of the most beautiful views of Mont Blanc and the mountains of Les Aravis and Les Fiz! Ski Pass Options You have different ski pass options to suit your family’s needs at Combloux: Les Portes du Mont-Blanc – 100km of pistes link … Continue reading Combloux Skiing

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshops (Sallanches)

Every Wednesday afternoon during the French school holidays, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches organises worshops for children aged 6 to 12 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! My son … Continue reading Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshops (Sallanches)

Cordon Skiing

*NB Cordon ski station is now shut for the 2017/2018 ski season* The village of Cordon is known as Le Balcon du Mont-Blanc because of its magnificent views of Mont-Blanc, and it has a small, family-friendly ski station with 11km of ski pistes.  A favourite ski station for the locals, it is perfect for tiny skiers and Beginners, as well as having a good selection of pistes … Continue reading Cordon Skiing

Seasonal Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks ⛸ begin to appear in town centres throughout le Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille, or to let the youngsters play with their friends.  Sometimes, next to the ice-skating rink, you might find yourself rewarded with a mulled wine stand or small Christmas market! As well as … Continue reading Seasonal Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)