What you’ll find in this post is a list of baby & toddler playgroups, including music and dance groups for pre-schoolers, au Pays du Mont-Blanc. I have also compiled a list of some of the regular storytelling sessions that take place au Pays du Mont-Blanc.
For a much more detailed list of Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see post.
Colour code for listings:
Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & Vallorcine)
Passy & environs
Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy
St Gervais, Le Fayet & environs
Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs
Les Contamines & environs
Switzerland (a new colour!)
Playgroups and Music & Dance groups au Pays du Mont-Blanc
Chamonix – «ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots»
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.
Argentière – Le Magicien Diapason
At l’Association l’Etape in Argentière, music classes for babies and children (6 months to 7 years) on Fridays, with Claudia Giraldez and the Magicien Diapason . . .
Fridays at 14h30: 6 to 18 months;
Fridays at 15h30: 18 months to 3 years;
Fridays at 16h15: 3 to 5 years;
Fridays at 17h: 5 to 7 years;
More information here;
Passy – «Bulles de Jeux»
«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!*
Sallanches – «Méli Mélo»
«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
Sallanches – «La Pause Café Parents»
«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
Sallanches – Eveil & Compagnie workshops
Run by Muriel Jurado, Eveil & Compagnie is a new initiative in Sallanches, offering Montessori workshops and Spanish classes on Wednesdays for children from 18 months / for more information, see website;
Praz-sur-Arly/Megève – «A Petits Pas»
Praz-sur-Arly/Megève’s meeting place for parents/carers with small children (under 6 years) is called «A Petits Pas» (Lieu Accueil Enfants Parents – LAEP) / more information here;
When? it is open on Tuesdays from 9h to 11h (*currently SHUT for winter hibernation, it will re-open in spring 2018).
ground floor of the crèche «Les Pralinous»
195 route de Megève,
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 58 77 84
Storytelling au Pays du Mont-Blanc
Megève Storytelling (Heure du Conte) for babies & toddlers
There is a storytelling session organised at the Médiathèque in Megève (located within the Palais) every Wednesday (or alternate Wednesday out of season) for children 3+ years and a session one Saturday per month for bébés lecteurs (from 0 to 3 years):
L’Heure du Conte (3+ years) – Médiathèque – Megève – Wednesdays at 17h – FREE! / no reservations needed / dates: Wednesday 28th February, Wednesdays 7th & 21st March, Wednesdays 4th, 11th & 18th April, Wednesdays 2nd, 16th and 30th May and Wednesdays 13th & 27th June;
L’Heure du Conte (bébés lecteurs) – Médiathèque – Megève – Saturdays at 10h30 – for children 0 to 3 years / FREE! / no reservations needed / dates: Saturday 17th March, Saturday 7th April, Saturday 19th April, Saturday 9th June;
Address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève;
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70;
School holiday Storytelling au Pays du Mont-Blanc
During the school holidays there are storytelling sessions/spectacles/puppet shows organised across the network of many of the bibliothèques/médiathèques and Tourist Offices au Pays du Mont-Blanc: Chamonix Valley, Sallanches (watch this space, as the new médiathèque is due to open on 17th March 2018!), Combloux (above Tourist Office), Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (L’Heure du Conte at the library on Thursdays at 11h – for 4+ years) . . . check the tourist office agendas to keep informed: