Children’s activities this summer au Pays du Mont Blanc

That’s it . . . school is out for many of us au Pays du Mont Blanc . . . some of us may be going away, some of us may be staying in the mountains, many of you may be visiting our majestic mountains, valleys and lakes!

So here are some of the MBFF highlights for family/children’s activities au Pays du Mont Blanc over the summer months: longer workshops, shorter weekly workshops, storytimes, festivals & concerts, funfairs, open-air cinemas, guided walks and events for the diary . . .


Longer workshops & stages
Cat Kartal «Art & Nature» (Chamonix)

Cat Kartal is an artist who lives in the Pays du Mont Blanc and, as well as running an art studio and producing her own work, she runs the «Art & Nature» workshops for children (6 to 12 year olds) over the summer. This summer, she is offering 3 separate weeks in August: from the 7th to the 25th (daily or weekly options from 10h15 to 17h15).

The aim of these workshops is to complement a walk in nature with creative activities; this sounds like the perfect balance!

See website and FB page: Cat Kartal – Art&Nature for more details and to check for availability.  Cat is very responsive to all questions!

Cat Kartal’s «Art & Nature» workshops © Cat Kartal
Artistes en Herbe (Argentière)
«Artistes en Herbe» © l’Etape

The Étape association in Argentière is organising a creative workshop for children (from 7 to 12 years) called «Artistes en Herbe» from the 10th to 13th July, from 14h to 17h30.  The theme of the workshop will be Nature & Environment, and the cost of the workshop is 10€ per day, including a snack.  There will be a show organised at the end.  Contact l’Étape for more details: 06 78 53 59 06; Facebook Page l’Etape;

Vallogrimp (Chamonix Valley)

Vallogrimp is a popular climbing school offering various climbing workshops (including canyoning and alpinism) for children (4+ years) over the summer up in the Chamonix Valley.  They fill their places very quickly for the summer courses, but there may be some cancellations, so do check!  If you’re not lucky enough to get a place this year, there are plenty of companies offering climbing lessons to children au Pays du Mont Blanc.

Altimove (Chamonix)

Alti’Move dance school in Chamonix is offering street dance workshops from Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th July and from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th July from 17h to 18h15 for 7 to 10 year olds and from 18h15 to 19h30 for 11 to 14 year olds.  The price is 30€ for 3 days or 25€ for Alti’Move members. Facebook Page Alti’move.

Stages de danse © Alti’Move
CAP Loisirs (Chamonix Valley)

In the Chamonix Valley, Cap Loisirs (MJC) offers activities over the summer months . . . it is worth checking to see if there is any availbility left.

© http://www.chamonix.com
Globule Radio Workshops (Chamonix)
Les ateliers radio © globule-radio.fr

The Globule Radio workshops in Chamonix allow children to discover the different aspects of radio and to put together their own radio programme.  See website for more details about summer stages. These workshops come highly recommended by a friend!

Secteur Jeunesse at the FJEP (Passy) 

For older children this summer (11 to 15 years) in Passy, there are various workshops & outings being offered by the FJEP at the Parvis des Fiz:

  • a film-making course from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th July from 10h to 17h, with a presentation of the film on Friday 15th July, at Cinéma Plateau d’Assy (Assy Award);
  • Tour des Fiz outing from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th July;
  • Le Tour des Lacs de la «Yaute» outing  from Monday 17th to Friday 21st July (10h to 17h30);
  • a theatre course from Monday 24th to Friday 28th July from 9h to 16h30, with Françoise Lagrange; open to all, even beginners! 
  • a Hip-Hop workshop from Monday 31st July to 4th August;
  • several camping trips (Lac de Paladru, Lyon & surroundings) . . .

See website programme for more details, booking and prices / contact: 04 50 93 67 11 / address: Parvis des Fiz, 275 rue Arsène Poncet, Passy;

MJC Saint- Gervais-les-Bains

The excellent MJC (Maison de Jeunesse et Culture) in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains may still have some availability for its summer workshops.

MJC Saint-Gervais © montblancfamilyfun
Palais in Megève 

The Palais in Megève is offering lots of really interesting workshops of 3 to 5 days over the summer months, for children aged 4+/5+ years up to 12/13 years . . . for example: acrobatics, yoga, team sports, judo, balance, English, fashion design, circus, ice-skating, theatre, dance, creative fun,  . . . Then there are stages for teenagers (13 to 17 years): white-water rafting, paintball, outdoor laser games, fitness, fashion design, comic strip creation, parkour, dance . . . as well as swimming, tennis . . see here for more details or give them a call on 04 50 58 77 58;

Le Palais, Megève  © montblancfamilyfun.com
Barryland Pottery (Martigny, Switzerland)

Pottery workshops at Barryland, Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard in Martigny from 20th to 27th July, 14h to 17h (6 to 12 years).

© http://www.argile-vivante.ch

Weekly Workshops
Peinture dans la Nature
© Peinture dans la Nature

Every Wednesday afternoon during the summer holidays, from 14h to 17h, Peinture dans la Nature is offering outdoor painting classes and creative walks around the Moraine of Argentière . . . there will be painting on stone, field and stone creations.  Art supplies and snacks will be provided and the classes are open to everyone, from 6+ years! The cost of each workshop will be 50€ per person: min 2 pers, max 8 pers, package for 3 worshops for 130€. The meeting point is at the Pharmacie des Artistes, 208 rue Charlet Straton, the old pharmacie of Argentière. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held in the studio / reservations:  Sow on + 33(0)6 60 57 94 93;

Musée Alpin (Chamonix)
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The Musée Alpin (address: 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix) in Chamonix has lots of guided visits and workshops on in July and August, for families and children:

Wednesday 5th, 12th & 19th July and Wednesday 23rd & 30th August Guided visit: «Histoire(s) d’une vallée» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 14h30 – discover how Chamonix has changed over the centuries; from rural land, through to the first summit successes of Mont Blanc, to the development of mountain tourism / reservations: 04 50 53 25 93 / guided visit included in price of entry / for all public from 6 years;

Monday 10th July & 28th August – Children’s Workshop: «Grave ta carte» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix  16h – draw, engrave, colour . . . then send! /reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / for children from 4+ years / price: 4€;

Wednesday 12th July – Guided visit: «Histoire(s) d’une vallée» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 14h30 – discover how Chamonix has changed over the centuries; from rural land, through to the first summits of Mont Blanc to the development of mountain tourism / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / guided visit included in price of entry / for all public from 6 years;

Thursday 13th July & 3rd August – Children’s Workshop: «La Mer de Glace c’est pas la mer à boire!» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix 16h – after a visit, create your own beautiful glacier! / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / for children from 4+ years / price: 4€;

Monday 17th July & 31st August – Children’s Game: «Ton voyage au sommet du Mont-Blanc» Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 14h30 and 16h30 – play the Jeu de l’Oie of Albert Smith to get to the summit of Mont-Blanc (careful of the crevasses!) / reservations: 04 50 53 25 93 / for children from 4+ years / FREE for children and museum entry for accompanying adults!

Thursday 20th July & 25th August – Family Fun: «Qui est qui dans Chamonix?» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 10h30 – Balmat, Whymper, Vallot . . . who are these heroes? A guided visit at the Musée Alpin and a walk throught Chamonix’s streets, to discover the characters who have marked Chamonix’s history / reservations: 04 50 53 25 93 / for children 7+ years / FREE for children and museum entry for adults!

Sunday 23rd July & 6th AugustGuided visit: «La Mer de Glace dans tous ses états» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 11h – discover the Mer de Glace through a selection of museum works, be it an imaginary, a romantic, a realist or an impressionist interpretation / reservations: 04 50 53 25 93 / guided visit included in price of entry / for ADULTS only;

Maison de la Mémoire et Patrimoine Janny Couttet – 8th July, 11th & 18th and 26th August (Chamonix)
© Maison de la Mémoire et Patrimoine Janny Couttet / Image Temps

The Maison de la Mémoire et Patrimoine Janny Couttet in Chamonix is putting on photography workshops for children in July and August. The first one is this Saturday 8th July: «l’Atelier Photographie: Special Kids» and will run from 14h to 18h – children will make a camera, take pictures and create a little book and the workshop has been organised by the association Image Temps / price for children: 5,90€ (+ 15€ adhésion) and adults: 15€  / reservations needed: 04 50 54 78 55 or accueilmmp@chamonix.fr / address: Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine, 90 rue des Moulins, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Musée Montagnard & Bibliothèque (Les Houches) 
© Le Musée Montagnard

Tuesday 11th July & 8th Augst  Creative Workshop: «Tricoti, Tricota, Tricotons»  Musée Montagnard  Les Houches  16h to 18h – after discovering the rooms of the museum, and the objects linked to wool and spinning, have a go at knitting! / for adults and children 6+ years / price: 2,50€ / reservations: 07 60 04 14 26;

Tuesday 18th July – Randonnée & «Plantes Comestibles»  Musée Montagnard Les Houches – 9h / walk to and picnic at the alpage of Charousse, and a hunt for edible plants / arrival at Musée Montagnard at 15h for workshop and visit / food tasting 16h30/17h00 / with mountain guide Emilie Paquien / places limited to 12 / for all, 7+ years;

Wednesday 19th July and 2nd & 9th August – «2017 Alpages en Fête»: Drawing workshop La Vache qui Lit la BibliothèqueLes Houches from 14h to 15h30 / draw the montée aux alpages des troupeaux, in black and white / for children 6+ years / reservations necessary: 04 50 54 39 83 / FREE! 

Wednesday 19th July and 2nd & 9th August – Guided Visit: «Raconte-moi la montagnee» Musée Montagnard Les Houches16h / visit the museum and learn about life in the olden days through the museum’s collection/ for children 5+ years / free for children / reservations as places limited: 07 60 04 14 26;

Wednesday 19th July and 2nd & 9th August – Family Fun: «Jeu de la Vache» Musée MontagnardLes Houchesfrom 10h to 11h30 / visit the museum and learn about cows / for adults and children 6+ years / price: 2,50€ / reservations: 07 60 04 14 26;

Wednesday 26th July and 2nd & 9th August Family workshop «Pots de Vaches» Musée Montagnard – Les Houches – 10h to 11h30 / guided visit to get to know the various recipients used for making butter & cheese; followed by painting workshop / address: 2 place de l’Eglise, 74310, Les Houches; reservations: +33 (0)7 60 04 14 26; cecile.lapouge@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr;

Maison de l’Alpage & the Maison du Lieutenant (Servoz) 
© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Tuesday 11th & 18th July and 15th August  Children’s workshop: «Secrets des Plantes, pour les enfants»  Musée du Lieutenant  Servoz  9h to 12h – head out to discover the plants of the alpine fields! / for children 8+ years / price: 4€ (parents welcome for free) / limited places / reservations with: 04 50 47 21 68;

Thursday 13th July and 3rd & 24th August Workshop: cooking with local produce Maison du Lieutenant – Servoz14h to 16h – cooking with Basile! / price: adults 8€ and children 4€ / for adults  & children 8+ years limited places, reservations: 04 50 47 21 68;

Thursday 20th July and 1st & 29th August – Children’s workshop: «Peuple de l’herbe» Maison du Lieutenant  Servoz 9h to midday – finding the little colourful insects that hide in the grass: dragonflies, spiders, butterlies  . . . / price: 4€ (accompaning adults are welcome for free!) / organised by the Maison du Lieutenant and the Communauté de communes de la Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc / limited places / reservations: 04 50 47 21 68;

Tuesday 25th July and 8th & 22nd AugustChildren’s workshop: «Jouets des Champs» – Maison du Lieutenant – Servoz – 9h to midday – learn how to make toys as our grandparents knew how; using elements found in nature! / price: 4€ (adults welcome) / for children 10+ years/ remember sun protection (hats, sunglasses, suncream) and water / reservations: 04 50 47 21 68;

«Jouets des Champs» © chamonix.com
Other workshops in the Chamonix Valley

Thursdays – Drawing workshop with Laurent Tardy – Bibliothèque de Vallorcine  Vallorcine 14h to 17h – Laurent Tardy is an author and illustrator of children’s books / the workshop is for both children and adults / book signing after the workshop and visit of his workshop in Vallorcine, where he is creating his new book! / FREE! / reservations: 04 50 34 44 08;

Réserve Naturelle de Passy

The Réserve Naturelle de Passy has lots of events listed for the summer months . . .

© Réserve Naturelle de Passy / ASTERS
Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Wednesdays at the Jardin des CimesWorkshop: «Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi» – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 14h30 to 16h30 – workshops for children and families / a different theme each week pertaining to gardens and nature / price: 8,50€ per child and discounted entrance for accompanying adult (though adult presence not required) / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature at Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)

Wednesdays at the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde «Les P’tits Experts de la Nature» workshop – Centre de la Nature MontagnardeSallanches 14h to 16hprice: 6€ per child / nature workshops for children (6 to 12 years) with a different theme each week! / highly recommended by MBFF / this summer’s workshops:

Wednesday 12th July: Le p’tit éclaireur
Wednesday 19th July: Le p’tit expert de la nuit
Wednesday 26th July: Le p’tit prédateur de la foret
Wednesday 2nd August: Le p’tit musée
Wednesday 9th August: Le p’tit forestier
Wednesday 16th August: Le p’tit glaciologue
Wednesday 23rd August: Le p’tit zoologiste
Wednesday 3Oth August: Le p’tit artiste

Les Petits Fermiers (Combloux)
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Mondays  Les P’tits Fermiers – Combloux 17h – put on your boots and go discover the world of goats on the farm! Delphine will show you the dwarf goats, who love cuddles; you can have a go at milking too and taste the goats’ cheese! / wear boots or shoes that can get mucky! / FREE! / address: 74, chemin des Poses, Ormaret, 74920, Combloux;

Les P’tits Pêcheurs (Combloux)

Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 to 12 years)  Combloux  Wednesdays 8h30 to 12h30  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear (fishing rod, boots), children will head to Lac de Javen!  / for children 8 to 12 years / price: 40€ (including fishing permit) / see here for more details;

Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 to 7 years)  Combloux  Wednesdays 15h to 17h  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear, children will head to the Torrent d’Arbon in search of its funny inhabitants! / for children 4 to 7 years / price: 20 € / see here for more details;

Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)

I had the pleasure of visiting the Chalet des Créateurs this week, and I can testify that it is an inspiring place – bringing together artists from the region and showcasing their work . . . we came away with a present for my son’s teacher!  And, as well as being a gallery, the Chalet des Créateurs also hosts lots of workshops over the summer for children. Here is their website and programme for details and timings about the workshops / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Palais de Megève

Some more workshops at the Palais de Megève . . .

© megeve.com

Creative Workshop: «Loisirs Créatifs au bord de l’eau» – creative workshops for 3 to 5 year olds on Thursday 13th, Friday 21st & Friday 28th July and 4th, 11th & 18th August reservations: at the Palais Megève  / price: 3,50€;

© Le Palais Megève
And a little further afield (August listings to come . . .):

Tuesday 11th July – Visit & Workshop for children at Château d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine: mon petit théâtre» – Annecy – 14h to 16h30 – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the work of the Chinese artist Ye Linghan, and will then create figures to animate in a miniature theatre / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€/ address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Wednesday 12th July – Family Visit at Château-Musée d’Annecy – Annecy 14h to 16h30 – discover the castle and museum en famille – its history, its architecture and life in the Middle Ages; an interactive visit! / for children 6+ years / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 33 87 34  or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr / price: 6,50€ / address: Musée-Château, Place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Tuesday 18th JulyVisit & Workshop for children at Chateau d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine: Ma famille imaginaire» – Annecy14h to 16h30 – children will discover the work of artists Lei Lei and Thomas Sauvin, who play with ageing photos from family albums – they will invent an imaginary family and create a family album! / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Tuesday 25th July – Visit & Workshop for children at Château d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine: Croque et voyage» – Annecy 14h to 16h30 – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the work of the Chinese artist Ye Linghan, and will then creante figures to animate in a miniature theatre / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50 €/ address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;


Events & Festivals for Children
Festival Baroque: Children’s Workshops – Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th July (Les Houches)

© Festival Baroque du Pays du Mont Blanc / sallanches.com

These children’s workshops (durations 1h to 1h30) will be taking place in the Centre Loisirs in Les Houches:

  • Monday 10th July: musical games Baroque style;
  • Tuesday 11th July: little musical springboard  “et toi c’est quoi ta musique?”;
  • Wednesday 12th July: the ensemble Vedado Musica in Chamonix Church;
Semaine Famille Plus – Monday 10th to Sunday 16th July (Thonon-les-Bains) 
Semaine Famille Plus in Thonon-les-Bains © thononlesbains.com

A week dedicated to children and families, not too far from the Pays du Mont-Blanc – lots of entertainment next to the lake.  See here for the whole programme.

 «Il était une fois: Le Far West» (12ème édition) – from Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th July (Megève)
«Il était un fois: Le Far West» © megeve.com

For the 12th edition of this event, cowboys are setting up camp in Megève, in the Jardin du Musée de Megève (address: 66 rue du Comte de Capré, 74120, Megève).  Some of the workshops: «La tente du yankee» – a talk about the Far West, its history; «Arcs et tomahawks» – learn about the Amerindian bow and arrow (for 7 to 14 year olds); «Les jeux sur table» – board games for all! «Les jeux d’adresse»: cornhole, chamboultou, jeu de quilles; «Les jeux amérindiens» – games played by certain Amerindian tribes; «Les petits indien» – make and Indian headress with coloured feathers! And lots of shows! See here for the full programme.

Les Chavantures – Wednesday 26th July (Lac des Chavants, Les Houches)
© leshouches.com

«Les Chavantures» (12ème édition)  this adventure games day for children 8 to 12 years will run from 8h30 to 17h and the price is 7€ (with meal and snack included). «Les Chavantures» is based on a popular TV adventure game . . .  six games are planned over the course of the day, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon and there will be a BBQ at midday with entertainment. The prize-giving will be at the end of the day, with show from Acro Bike.

Soirée Estivale au Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard: «Alice au Pays des Merveilles» – Tuesday 25th & Thursday 27th July (near Annecy)
© http://www.les-etincelles-ballet-theatre.com

The show starts at 21h30 / reservations required: http://www.les-etincelles-ballet-theatre.com or 06 33 17 41 46 / price: adults 15€, children (6 to 15 years) 8€ and under 5s FREE!/ from 19h30, you can wander freely around the castle (thank you to Mummy in the Mountains for this one, as this is one of her family summer highlights in Annecy!).

La Semaine des Enfants «Les Petits Loups s’amusent avec la nature» – Saturday 29th July to Friday 4th August (Combloux)
© combloux.com
A week – based around the theme of nature – in Combloux, with activities dedicated to children: shows, outdoor fun . . . details to come.  See combloux.com for more details.
Les Enfants d’Abord – 8th to 11th August (Sallanches)
© sallanches.com

During 4 days, the quais and the centre of town in Sallanches are dedicated to the fun of children!  This really is a fantastic initiative from Sallanches and all of the shop-owners and volunteers involved!  There are workshops galore, adventure games, dance, circus acts, magic, music, bouncy castles and shows each evening. The fun is from 15h30 each afternoon from Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th August.

Festival «Au Bonheur des Mômes» – 2oth to 25th August (Grand-Bornand)
Au Bonheur des Momes © www.aubonheurdesmomes.com/
A 6-day festival in Grand-Bornand, the 26th edition this year, dedicated to the “bonheur des mômes”! – theatre, circus, dance, music, puppets . . . and even shows just for tiny tots! See website for more details, the full programme and ticket prices (you can buy day passes, weekly passes, etc . . . ).

Festivals & Events for the whole family
Les F’estivales de Sallanches
Les F’estivales de Sallanches © sallanches.fr

Sallanches has a whole host of dates for family fun for the diary:

8th July«Soirée Mousse» at La Grenette (foam party) – from 20h;
14th July14 juillet festivities at La Grenette and Pré de Foire;
22nd July«Journée Fitness» – from 9h at Base de Loisirs des Ilettes;
from 25th July to 1st August – la Saint-Jacques festivities – funfair in the centre of town, set around the quais;
from 27th to 29th July – La Braderie des commerçants – centre of town – entertainment;
6th August – Concours des Bûcherons – from 9h30 at La Grenette;
from 8th to 11th August – Festival Les Enfants d’Abord from 15h each day in the centre of town;
18th August – «Le Monde de Dory» open air cinema from 21h30 – Pré de Foire;         . . .  and much more . . . see here for full programme!

Mont-Blanc Festilac – Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July (Lac de Passy)
Mont-Blanc Festilac © montblancfestilac.com

Organised by the Comité des Fêtes de Passy, this event will take place at the Base de Loisirs des Îles (Lac de Passy!): Friday from 18h15 and Saturday from 10h30. There will be concerts, entertainment for children, food and fireworks. More information: tel: 06 38 03 51 30 and www.montblancfestilac.com;

FestiVallée  –  13th, 14th and 15th July (Chamonix Valley)
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Three days of fireworks and fun for the 14 juillet in the Chamonix Valley . . .

  • Thursday 13th JulyPlace du Mont-Blanc Chamonix – firework show at 22h30 – bringing to a close the Coupe du Monde d’Escalade;
  • Friday 14th JulyLa RucheVallorcine19h – entertainment & food and at 22h fireworks & dance;
  • Friday 14th JulyLac des Chavants Les Houches19h food; 20h concert from l’Echo des Glaciers; around 22h firework show and dance;
  • Saturday 15th JulyCentre du VillageArgentière22h fireworks, followed by a dance with Diezel (buvette on-site);
  • Saturday 15th JulyPré de l’Eglise Servoz 22h fireworks, food & dance Chez Max;

and don’t forget that there will also be plenty of fun for the 14 juillet throughout the Pays du Mont Blanc: Megève, Sallanches, Cordon, Combloux, Les Contamines . . .

Jumping International de Megève – Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd July (Megève)
© megève.com

See here for more details and FB page.

CosmoJazz  –  Saturday 22nd to Friday 30th July (Chamonix Valley)
Cosmo Jazz © CosmoJazz

This is the 8th edition of this ever popular music festival which takes place in the Chamonix Valley and its environs.  We are treated to a whole host of amazing musicians playing for us in majestic locations, many of them at altitude . . . so we can either walk or take a cable-car to get there!  This year, the Parc Couttet in Chamonix will be the headquarters of the festival, with a large stage set up for concerts and next to the Maison des Artistes . . . here you will find food stalls and merchandising. And the festival will be back at the Mer de Glace this year too.

See here for more details about the festival and the whole programme.

Les Chavantures Famille – Saturday 12th August (Lac des Chavants, Les Houches)
© leshouches.com

«Les Chavantures Famille» – outdoor fun for the whole family! Sign-up from 10h to 10h30, followed by 2 activities from 11h to 12h30, lunch from 12h30 to 14h and 3 afternoon activities from 14h30 to 16h30 . . . and a goûter at 16h30. See here for more details.

Fête des Guides – from Saturday 12th to Tuesday 15th August
© Quentin Iglésias

The Fête des Guides was set up in 1924, with the aim of giving a financial boost to the Caisse de Secours . . . it is now one of the unmissable events on the social calendar of the Chamonix Valley! This is the opportunity for the guides of the Compagnie des Guides to show their loyal clients that they are linked to them by more than a simple length of rope! Programme to come. See chamonix.com;

UTMB – from 28th August to 3rd September (Chamonix Valley & environs)
© Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc

As well as being a great event for the whole family due to the entertainment around town, the Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc is also putting on a host of events for little ones on Wednesday 24th August from 15h to 16h30 in the Champs du Savoy in Chamonix. The races are free for children 3 to 13 years, and you can sign-up on-site! You can pick up race bibs from 11h to 14h30 and there will be a little snack at the end of the races. The races will not be timed and there will be no “classement“!  For older yougsters, the 14/15 year olds, there is the Foulées des Minimes on Tuesday 23rd August at 17h30 at the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié in Chamonix, a race of about 3,5km (sign-up on-site and get bibs from 14h).

 

© Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc

Storytime for Children

 

Over the summer months, the Pays du Mont Blanc is hosting lots of storytime sessions for children . . . there are plenty of fantastic initiatives to be found throughout the week! Here are the listings for July (August to come!):

Mondays – «Histoires avec Kamishabimi» in Vallorcine at 17h / RDV Bibliothèque de Vallorcine (from 17th July to 21st August);

Monday 24th July – «Partir en Livre»  Passy Plaine-Joux (near parapente take-off)  16h to 18h – story-time for children / an initiative from CNL;

Wednesday 19th July – «Contes à Rire, à fremir» La Maison du Village – Argentière – 16h – storytelling with Alix de Finance (from Contes et Rencontres) / duration: 45 minutes / for children 3 to 6 years; with accompanying adult / contributions welcome / snack offered;

Thursday 20th July – «Contes à Savourer»La Maison du Village – Argentière – 16h – storytelling with Alix de Finance (from Contes et Rencontres) / duration: 45 minutes / for adults and children 7+ years; with accompanying adult / contributions welcome / snack offered;

Wednesdays – «Contes Alpins sous le Sapin» in Combloux at 17h30 (12th, 19th July; 2nd, 9th, 22nd August) / RDV under the sapin of the church, 83 route de la Mairie, Combloux!

Wednesdays – «Histoires pour petites oreilles» in Combloux at 17h (26th July, 16th August) / with the Compagnie La Voie contée

Wednesdays«l‘Heure du conte» in Megève at 17h / RDV Médiathèque in Megève

Thursday 20th July«Partir en Livre» Lac de Passy (côté plage) 11h30 to 13h30 – story-time / an initiative from CNL;

Thursday 27th July«Partir en Livre» Jardin des Cimes Plateau d’Assy  10h30 to 12h30 – story-time / an initiative from CNL;

Thursdays«l’Heure du conte» in St Gervais at 11h / RDV Bibilothèque

Friday 21st July Contes & MagieContes: «Du Côté des Indiens» – Parc MontessuitAnnemasse17h, 18h and 19h – for children 3 to 10 years / free entertaiment for little ones during the summer months!

Friday 28th July Contes & Magie Contes: «Savoureuses Histoires» – Parc MontessuitAnnemasse 17h, 18h and 19h – for children 3 to 10 years / free entertaiment for little ones during the summer months!

Saturday 22nd JulyBibliothèque Effet Mer «Partir en Livre» Lac Les Chavants Les Houches from 15h to 18h – FREE! / for children 3+ years / cancelled in the event of rain!


Concerts & Spectacles

Tuesdays – Spectacle pour les enfants – Plan Perret  Combloux18h to 19h – family entertainment every Tuesday during the summer holidays: clowns, children’s concerts, puppet shows / different show each week / outdoors, but in the event of rain the event will be transfered to the 2nd floor of the Combloux Tourist Office / duration: 45mins to 1 hour / FREE! / address: Plan-Perret, 74920, Combloux (next to Plan d’Eau Biotope);

Tuesday 18th July – Concert for little ones: «Tous en nœud pap’pour mon anniv’» by Xavier Stubbe Lac de Chavant Les Houches – workshop Noeud Pap at 16h and concert at 18h  audience participation encouraged! / in the event of rain, this concert will be moved to the Espace Olca;

Wednesdays«Les mercredis des enfants à Saint-Gervais»  children’s activities every Wednesday afternoon in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and a spectacle in the evening / different locations / see June Agenda for more details;

Friday & Saturday nights in Annemasse –«Musical’Eté» – Parc Fantasia & Place J-Rousseau  Annemasse – 17h30 & 19h – FREE concerts and activities for children like cabanes-making;


Cinemas 

Summer is the time for outdoor cinemas!  As long as it’s not raining, that is!  But don’t forget all the films for children/families being screened by Cinébus in Les Houches on Wednesdays, at the Cinéma de la Caméra in Plateau d’Assy on Mondays, by the MJC Saint-Gervais on Thursdays (and, of course, the VOX in Chamonix and Cinéma Mont-Blanc in Sallanches)!  Here are some dates for your diary au Pays du Mont-Blanc!

Wednesday 12th July – Cinéma with Cinébus: «Les schtroumpfs et le village perdu», animated film by Kelly Asbury (USA; 2017)  Les Houches  18h duration: 1h30 / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 12th JulyOutdoor Cinema: «Zootopie» Place de la Libération – Annemasse – snacks available on site / postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather;

Monday 17th JulyAnimated Film: «La Cabane à Histoires» (2017; France) by Célia RivièreCinéma du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 17h30duration: 50mins;

Tuesday 18th July – Cinéma Plein Air Vallorcine (open-air cinema): «L’aigle et l’enfant» by Gerardo Olivares  Place de la Gare Vallorcine – 21h30 / in the event of rain, the film will be shown in La Ruche;

Wednesday 19th JulyOutdoor Cinema: «Demain» Parc Montessuit – Annemasse – snacks available on site / postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather;

Friday 21st July – Cinéma Plein Air: «Tout en haut du monde» (animated film) by de Rémi Chayé Pré de l’Eglise  Servoz 21h30 – FREE screening, offered by OT / in the event of rain, the film will move to the Salle Jean Morel;

Monday 24th JulyOutdoor Cinema: «Belle et Sébastien» by Christian Duguay Lac des Chavants  Les Houches  21h30 –  in the event of rain, the film will be screened in the Espace Olca / FREE!

Monday 24th JulyFilm: «Une jeune fille et son aigle» (2017; Mongolia, UK, USA) by Otto Bell – Cinéma du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 20h – duration: 1h27;

Wednesday 26th July – Cinéma with Cinébus: «Pirates des Caraïbes: la vengeance de Salazar» (USA, 2017) adventure film by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg – Les Houches18h – duration: 2h09 / in VF / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 26th JulyOutdoor Cinema: «Le bon gros géant» Parc du Pralère au Perrier – Annemasse – snacks available on site / postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather;

Monday 31st JulyAnimated Film: «Le grand méchant renard et autres contes» (2017; France) by Benjamin Renner and Patrick ImbertCinéma du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 17h30duration: 1h20;

18th August – «Le Monde de Dory» open air cinema in Sallanches from 21h30 – Pré de Foire / FREE!

More cinema listings for August to come . . .


Guided Walks & Jeux de Piste

Tuesday 18th JulyGuided walk and kayak: «Les Mystères du Lac» – Montriand – 9h30 to 16h – a walk and kayak trip on the Montriand lake . . . the mysteries of the lake / for older children and adults (you must be able to swim!) / RDV: in front of entrance of Baron Domaine next to lake / reservations required: OT Vallée d’Aulps 04 50 79 12 81;

WednesdaysRandonnée Famille à Sallanches – see sallanches.com agenda for more details;

Wednesday 12th July – Walk: «Les trésors cachés de Sallanches» – 10h to midday – every Wednesday until 16th August – price: 6€ and free for under 12s;

Wednesday 19th JulyFamily Guided Visit of the Vieil Annecy 14h30 – a guided visit of the old Annecy, “the Savoyard Venice“: the lake, the Thiou, the monuments / an interactive visit / price: 6,50 € / reservations: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr / address: Centre Bonlieu, 1 rue Jean Jaurès 74000 Annecy reservations: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr;

Wednesday 26th JulyFamily Guided Visit of the Vieil Annecy  Annecy 14h30 – a guided visit of the old Annecy, “the Savoyard Venice“: the lake, the Thiou, the monuments / an interactive visit / price: 6,50 € / duration: 1h30/ reservations: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr / address: Centre Bonlieu, 1 rue Jean Jaurès, 74000, Annecy;

Thursdays «Jeudi Jeu de Pistes» Place du Village Les Houches 10h to 17h – photo treasure hunt; a great way to discover Les Houches! / sign-up on-site / 17h: prize giving and snack offered;

Les Jeudis Jeux de Pistes Les Houches © leshouches.com

Thursday 27th JulyGuided Walk: «Allons chercher la p’tite bête» Doussard (Lac d’Annecy) – 9h to 12h – birds, beavers, foxes, squirrels, lizards . . . come and learn how to better observe these little creatures / for adults and children 6+ years / RDV: car park of the nature reserve, route de la Vieille Eglise / reservations: ASTERS on 04 50 66 47 59 or 06 17 54 21 68;

© sallanches.com

FridaysGuided Walks for Families: «réserve ton vendredi» different family walks offered in Vallorcine from 14h to 17h / see July Agenda or vallorcine.com for more details / address: Chalet d’Accueil de la Réserve Naturelle Col des Montets, 74660, Vallorcine;

Fridays – «Jeu de Piste avec L’inspecteur Rando» in SallanchesL’Inspecteur Rando takes children from 6 to 12 years on a treasure hunt to discover the town in a fun and interactive way (without parents!) / price: 4€ / sign up at the Office de Tourisme de Sallanches: +33 (0)4 50 58 04 25;

Saturday 22nd JulyWalk: «Sur les Traces de la Loutre» – Chamonix – 14h to 16h30 – guided by a nature guide, a family walk to discover the rare and timid otter along the Arve River! Interactive, with games / RDV: car-park of Serres Communales, Chamonix (chemin de la Tannerie) / reservations: www.riviere-arve.org/contact.htm;

© rivierearve.org / chamonix.com

Many of the walks offered this summer for families au Pays du Mont Blanc & beyond come from Asters, Conservatoire des espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie, which promotes our local patrimoine through walks and activities. To download all of the walks on offer (many of them are already listed in the July Agenda), see here.

© Asters Conservatoire d’espaces naturels Haute-Savoie

The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix also offers plenty of guided walks & activities for small and bigger children.  See here for more details.


Fêtes Foraines

A huge funfair is set up in Sallanches for five days, up and down the quais from 27th July to 1st August!  Fun for the whole family and a really beautiful and refreshing spot for a fête foraine!

La Fête Foraine de la Saint-Jacques à Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun

More activities

Combloux has so many FREE events set up for children over the summer that it makes me dizzy just reading through the list!  Here are a few of them . . .

Mondays: «Découverte glisses sur le pumptrack» – Pumptrack Combloux14h to 18h – come and discover the new pumptrack in Combloux, a track made of tarmac, with bumps, hills and bends / all equipment can be borrowed: scooters, BMX . . .  / partner: Intersport Combloux – in the event of rain, the activities will be cancelled and games offered instead at the Tourist Office / adults must remain responsible for their children! / address: 132, route de la mairie, 74920, Combloux;

© OT St Gervais

Also in Combloux: boardgames for the family at the Plan d’Eau Biotope on some Mondays, creative workshops, family BBQs & concerts and much more . . .  (see June Agenda or combloux.com for the full list!).

Tuesdays: Saint-Gervais has Charlotte la Marmotte at the Patinoire Municipale (77 impasse de la Cascade, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) from 17h to 19h;

Thursdays: Praz-sur-Arly is offering Ateliers Créatifs every Thursday (and plenty more activities like throughout the week: face-painting, meeting Draz the Dragon . . . )


Be sure to check the July Agenda, and August Agenda (when published!) for fresh ideas, as I shall update the listings regularly . . . and don’t forget our softplay options, parksfarms and museums & exhibitions (the details can be found on the Agendas).

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