When I had my first baby, I came across playgroup & storytelling information progressively, so hopefully it will be of use to some folk to have it all in one place . . . a list of some of the playgroup & storytelling options au Pays du Mont-Blanc:
Chamonix «ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots» takes place in the Salle Paroissiale (Church Hall) of the Presbytery of the Protestant Church near the train station, in the centre of Chamonix. The playgroup is run by the lovely Barbara and is open to all babies and toddlers (and parents, grand-parents, minders . . .) until they reach a school-going age. There are plenty of toys and books to keep little ones busy while the grown-ups chat, drink coffee and tea and eat cake and biscuits! This Chamonix playgroup is especially lovely in the spring and summer, when all adults and children tend to spill out onto the lawn.
When? every Thursday morning (except during the school holidays) from 10h to midday;
Salle Paroissiale of the Presbytery of the Protestant Church,
passage du Temple,
Chamonix – la Petite Folie Softplay
There is a regular (do check!) Friday morning of painting, dancing and singing aimed at pre-schoolers at this softplay café in Cham Sud.
«Bulles de Jeux» in Chedde (Passy) is a playgroup for children up to 4 years of age. There are lots of games and activities on offer here and children can meet other children and parents and child-minders can chat with other parents and child-minders. Expecting parents are also very welcome.
When? every Friday morning (except during the school holidays and bank holidays) from 9h to 11h15
80, rue du Lac Vert
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 93 55 72
Facebook: see here for more details
*Starting again Friday 15th September 2017!*
«Méli Mélo» in Sallanches is a great place for parents/grandparents/family members keen to meet other parents/grandparents/family members, while letting their little ones (up to the age of 4 years) play happily. The initiative was begun in 1999, and it now sits within the Maison de la Petite Enfance; a large play area is open, with playground features, lots of toys and colouring facilities. Excellent for a rainy Monday morning!
When? every Monday morning (except during the school holidays and bank holidays) from 8h45 to 11h15;
Maison de la Petite Enfance
515 avenue de Saint-Martin
Tel:+33 (0)4 50 90 63 10
Parking: there is free parking just outside la Maison de la Petite Enfance
«La Pause Café Parents» (“le lien parents/enfants“) at the Espace Animation in Vouilloux (Sallanches) is not aimed specifically at parents with toddlers; it is, instead, a group for parents to meet and discuss family issues, and children are welcome to come along – a play area is set up for them. One Wednesday every month there is an Espace Ludo (games) set up for parents with children;
When? on Wednesdays (except during the school holidays and bank holidays) from 14h30 to 16h;
625 rue Cancellieri
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 47 84 68
Parking: there is free parking just outside the Espace Animation
Playground: there is a great playground on-site
Eveil & Compagnie (Sallanches)
Run by Muriel Jurado, Eveil & Compagnie is a new initiative in Sallanches, offering Montessori workshops and Spanish classes on Wednesdays for children from 18months / for more information, see website;
Praz-sur-Arly/Megève’s meeting place for parents/carers with small children is called «à petits pas».
When? it is open on Tuesdays from 9h to 11h:
- Tuesday 19th & 26th September;
- Tuesday 3rd, 10th & 17th October;
- Tuesday 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th November;
- Tuesday 5th & 12th December.
ground floor of the crèche «Les Pralinous»
195 route de Megève,
Megève Storytelling (Heure du Conte) for babies & toddlers
There is a storytelling session organised at the Médiathèque in Megève (located within ghe Palais) – one every 2nd Wednesday for children 3+ years and one on a Saturday per month for bébés lecteurs (from 0 to 3 years):
L’Heure du Conte (3+ years) – Médiatèque – Megève – 17h – FREE! / no reservations needed / dates: Wednesdays 11th & 25th October, Wednesdays 1st, 15th & 29th November, Wednesdays 13th & 27th December and Wednesday 3rd January;
L’Heure du Conte (bébés lecteurs) – Médiatèque – Megève – 10h30 – for children 0 to 3 years / FREE! / no reservations needed / dates: Saturday 7th October, Saturday 4th November, Saturday 9th December, Saturday 13th January;
Address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève;
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70;
During the school holidays there are storytelling sessions/spectacles organised across the network of many of the bibliothèques/médiathèques au Pays du Mont-Blanc: Sallanches, Combloux, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Chamonix, Vallorcine, Les Houches . . . check the MBFF Agendas to keep informed, or check directly with the libraries.