What you’ll find in this post, is a list of 🌈 baby & toddler playgroups au Pays du Mont-Blanc that you can just pop along to for FREE!
[ ⇒ for more information about 🌈 Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc, including FB groups to join, see separate MBFF articles:
- 🌈 Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc – see here;
- 🌈 WEEKLY PLANNER for babies & toddlers au Pays du Mont-Blanc– see here;
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-Montjoie & environs
🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷
« ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots » (Protestant Church, 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 was originally set up 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! (home-made cake and cookies gratefully consumed! 😉). 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;
🗺 address: ⛪️ Salle Paroissiale of the Presbytery of the Protestant Church, passage du Temple, 74400, Chamonix; tel: +33 (0)6 23 04 78 10 (Barbara Falkiner); website: see website of Protestant Church Chamonix / facebook group: join closed group « ChamCats » here for more details; 🚙 parking: nearest (paying) car parks at the Gare SNCF, next to the Mercure Hôtel / FREE at Planards;
Kitsch Kids Family Mornings (Kitschinn, Les Houches)
🗓 when? a new initiative for SUMMER 2019, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 9h until 11h . . .
“ we’re welcoming as many parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, family friends and of course the star attractions, your little ones, to come hang out at the Kitsch! We have a fabulous terrace and outdoor kids play area, and so as long as the weather is fine (let’s hope), Kitsch Kids can run and play outside to their heart’s content. We’ll also have special offers throughout the summer to thank you for coming. For our first week, you’ll be rewarded with a free home-made cookie and kids syrop with every tea or coffee ordered. And on Tuesday June 18 we’ll be having a book exchange where kids can bring and exchange a book with one from our collection or with another Kitsch Kid. And Wednesday June 19 will be Face Painting day with the lovely Alison, who can turn your cuties into tigers, cats, flowers or whatever else they choose. ”
PASSY, CHEDDE & PLATEAU d’ASSY
« Bulles de Jeux » (Chedde, Passy)
🌈 « 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. Soon-to-be parents are also very welcome.
🗓 when? every Friday morning (except during the school holidays and bank holidays) from 9h to 11h15;
🗺 address: 80, rue du Lac Vert, Chedde, Passy; tel: +33 (0)4 50 93 55 72 / facebook: see here for more details;
« Ateliers Montessori: Viens, vis et deviens » (Plateau d’Assy)
🌈 Montessori workshops workshops for children 3 to 9 years, from January 2019, in Plateau d’Assy.
🗓 when? every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning;
🌳 ideal location: fields, forest, garden, potager, chickens . . .
☕️ « Le Café des Parents » – different themes discussed at this parent group: schooling options, etc . . . and a goûter (you are asked to bring your own goodies to share) / also workshops on offer! / see website or FB page for more details / tel: +33 (0)6 44 08 61 96;
« Méli Mélo » (Sallanches)
🌈 « Méli Mélo » in Sallanches is a great place for parents / grandparents / family members to meet other parents / grandparents / family members . . . while letting their little ones play. It welcomes children up to the age of 4 years. The initiative was begun in 1999, and it now sits within the Maison de la Petite Enfance. There is a large indoor play area open (with playground features), lots of toys and colouring facilities. Excellent for a rainy Monday (no outdoor area available for now).
🗓 when? every Monday (except during the school holidays and bank holidays) from 8h45 to 11h15 and then again from 13h30 until 15h?
🗺 address: Maison de la Petite Enfance, 515 avenue de Saint-Martin, 74700, Sallanches; 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 » (Vouilloux, Sallanches)
☕️ « 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;
🗺 address: Espace Animation, 625 rue Cancellieri, 74700, Sallanches / tel: +33 (0)4 50 47 84 68; 🚙 parking: there is free parking just outside the Espace Animation;
[ 🌈 playground: there is a great outdoor playground on-site ]
Praz-sur-Arly & Megève
« A Petits Pas » (Praz-sur-Arly)
Praz-sur-Arly / Megève’s meeting place for parents and 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;
🗺 address: ground floor of the crèche « Les Pralinous », 195 route de Megève, Praz-sur-Arly; tel: +33 (0)4 50 58 77 84;
« Le Kids Club by Billy Bosteu » (Le Palais, Megève)
There is a NEW (winter 2019 / 2020) espace enfants 🌈 « Kids Club by Billy Bosteu» (playcentre) within Le Palais in Megève. It will be open during the Christmas holidays from 10h until 19h / families can make the most of activities within Le Palais, by leaving youngsters for 1 to 3 hours / for children 3 to 9 years / ☎️ 04 50 90 61 52;
price: 1h : 9,50€; 2h : 17€; 3h : 25€; carte de rechargement : 2€; carte de 10h : 75€; carte de 20h : 140€;
🇫🇷 FURTHER FRANCE 🇫🇷
🌈 Crèches Wild Child (Magland) – a crèche, rather than a playgroup open to all, but worth a mention as the ideology veers more towards forest schools than other crèches in the area;
🌈 NEW & EXPECTANT PARENT FB GROUPS 🌈
You might find in useful to join these FB groups:
🌈 « ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots » (Chamonix) – linked to the weekly meet-ups at the Protestant Church / mostly buy & sell and French lesson information;
🌈 « Être Parents à Chamonix » – a Chamonix FB group / meetings, stages, workshops;
🌈 « Mamans de Sallanches » – a FB group, set up by Andrea B-S, a Sallanches mama! – ” rencontrer, échanger, partager ” / meetings, stages, workshops, buy & sell;
🌈 « Le Carnet d’Alouette » – a FB page, with ideas for events au Pays du Mont-Blanc;
🌈 « Des Mamans et Papas qui bougent au Pays du Mont-Blanc et Vallée de l’Arve” » – another FB group, run by local Amélie S, with ideas for events and activities;