As frequent visitors to Chamonix, I think we can lay claim to having tested most of its playgrounds!
Just across the road from Chamonix’s Saturday market, and next to the MJC, we have spent many hours in this playground! There is something for all age-groups, and being next to the Arve river walkway, older children can safely ride back and forth on their bikes or draisiennes, while little ones play. There isn’t much shade here, but there is plenty of surrounding grass for picnics!
Hotel Faucigny / Hotel Chamonix
Cushioned just between these two hotels (behind the Mairie) is a small climbing roundabout, a good little pause on a walk through the centre of town.
Centre Sportif Richard Bozon
Walk a little further out of town, following the Arve river walk, and you’ll come to a tiny playground just before the Sports Centre. Just for little ones.
Right next to the Hotel Lancher in Les Praz is a small playground for young children, where we have spent many a moment! A buggy walk or bike ride from Chamonix to Les Praz can link up 3 playgrounds: Chamonix Centre, Centre Sportif Richard Bozon and this Les Praz playground! *NB – no shade here*
Paradis des Praz
What a little treasure this natural playground is in the summertime! Nestled in the woods near to the golf course in Les Praz, right next to a gurgling stream, Le Paradis des Praz is a wonderful place for children to splash around in the shallow water. You can walk with buggies through the woods to get there, or even cycle. There is a small playground next to the stream, pony rides in summer and a small buvette for snacks (if you buy drinks, you are welcome to use the picnic tables, which I find a generous initiative!). It can get very busy in summer, but there is plenty of shade to escape to. For more information on Le Paradis des Praz, click here / *good to know – you can organise children’s birthday parties here*;
Le Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix (Domaine des Planards)
We discovered this little playground quite by accident one day, on a buggy walk from Les Gaillands!
La Petite Folie indoor softplay & café (SHUT)
This softplay café in Chamonix Sud has sadly SHUT its doors (autumn 2018).