Sallanches has four fantastic playgrounds, and we visit them regularly! There is also a softplay centre in the industrial zone of Sallanches, called Le Parc en Folie.
There are two playgrounds in the centre of town:
Aire de Jeux des Quais
This playground is next to the river (near the Mairie) and boasts a climbing frame for older children and, for the little ones, a fire engine (particularly popular; here you learn to wait your turn!), a climbing frame with slide, a see-saw and two mini bouncers. Do keep an eye on little ones, as one of the entrance gates leads out directly onto the main road, and the other onto a road with many parked cars.
address: quai de Warens, 74700, Sallanches;
parking: paid parking along the riverside;
*good to know – L’M restaurant/café is just opposite, as is Vietnamese restaurant Khue Dhan*
Aire de Jeux de l’Eglise
Located in between the church and the recently-opened Médiathèque Ange Abrate, this playground has the added advantage of plenty of afternoon shade during the summer months. There is a long slide, a big spiderweb climbing frame, a roundabout, swings (for older children), a large see-saw and climbing frame for littlies (with smaller slides) and bouncers. Its close proximity to the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in the Château des Rubins, makes it an ideal stop after a museum visit.
address: Place du Commissaire Chesney, 74700, Sallanches;
parking: there are some free parking spots just opposite in a small car park (also public WC), or around the corner in the Parking Levant;
Out of the centre are two more playgrounds:
Aire de Jeux de Saint-Martin
This playground is a firm favourite of ours and it has an excellent location right by the Arve river, and next to the historic Pont St Martin. The main attraction here is the tall climbing frame with the “tunnel slide”, and there are also swings and other climbing options for older children and a train for little ones. An added bonus is the plentiful FREE parking on-site, and plenty of space by the river to ride a bike or drésienne!
address: Esplanade de St Martin, 74700, Sallanches;
parking: free, right next to playground;
Aire de Jeux de Vouilloux
There is a playground in Vouilloux, next to the Espace Animation. It has a huge spider web climbing frame and an area for little ones! This is a great summer playground as there is plenty of shade. Being close to Sallanches’ industrial zone, it is a good stop-off playground for shopping sessions.
address: rue Cancellieri, 74700, Sallanches
parking: FREE, right next to playground!
Le Parc en Folie (indoor softplay)
Finally, the softplay centre we had all been waiting for, on our doorstep! Located in Sallanches’ industrial zone (right next to Aldi supermarket!), Le Parc en Folie opened during the Toussaint holidays of 2016 and has now celebrate de two birthdays! Birthday parties can be organised here and there are lots of events listed for the holidays . . . see the Facebook page for more details.
address: 1431 avenue André Lasquin, 74700, Sallanches
tel: +33 (0)6 37 16 47 32
parking: FREE, next to softplay
opening hours: Weds, Sat, Sun & school holidays: 10h to 19h /
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 15h to19h;
*good to know – Le Parc en Folie sets up outdoor bouncy castles at the Lacs des Ilettes at the weekend from spring until early autumn*