[ during these Covid days, please check opening hours and regulations for these establishments (reservations, restricted numbers, mask-wearing, pass sanitaire ]
🏔 Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we are lucky to have 🌈 a softplay option in the industrial zone of Sallanches for those ☔️ RAINY DAYS all year round . . . and in the ☀️ summer months, plenty of bouncy castles spring up in lovely locations too (separate article to come!) . . .
And further afield in the 🇫🇷 Arve Valley and beyond, there are some 🌈 larger softplay and 🤸 indoor play areas . . .
INDOOR SOFTPLAY CENTRES
AU PAYS du MONT-BLANC
Le Parc en Folie softplay (Sallanches)
Sabrina opened 🌈 Le Parc en Folie in autumn 2016. It is located in Sallanches’ industrial zone (right next to Aldi supermarket, the Asian buffet and the fancy dress shop Quilting), and it is a firm favourite with locals for 🎁 birthday parties! There is a little ☕️ café at the entrance, where parents can relax and watch their little ones play in the area designated for younger children. Additionally, there are lots of events and 🎨 activities organised during the holidays. 🌈 Le Parc en Folie now sets up bouncy castles at 💦 Lacs des Ilettes on ☀️ fine weather days, in spring and summertime (see below).
🎁 birthday parties – having organised a 4th and 5th birthday party here (and a 6th birthday party outdoors!), we can highly recommend the location! Sabrina organises everything so well, and the time flies!
🗓 opening hours: Weds, Sat, Sun & school holidays: 10h until 19h / Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 15h until 19h;
💶 price: children: (3 to 12 years): 10,50 € / children under 3 years: 5,50 €;
🅿 parking: FREE, next to softplay;
address: 1431 avenue André Lasquin, 74700, Sallanches / tel: +33 (0)6 37 16 47 32; FB page;
Le Parc en Folie éphémère (Le Palais, Megève)
An 🌈 ephemeral softplay sometimes sets up in Le Palais during the winter school holidays / 10 bouncy castle structures, wooden games and face painting available;
address: Le Palais, 247 rue du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève;
Kids Club (Le Palais, Megève)
If wanting to enjoy the many activities of Le Palais, you can send your kids (3 to 9 years) to the Kids Club (also located within Le Palais!). This is the universe of Megève mascot Billy Bosteu, and children will have fun with: softplay, cabanes, jeux connectés, instants de détente, loisirs créatifs . . .
🗓 opening hours (summer holidays): Tuesday to Saturday (shut Sunday and Monday), 10h until 13h AND 14h to 18h;
💶 price: 1h = 9.50€ / 2h = 17€ / 3h = 25€ / carte de 10h = 75€;
🅿 parking: paying car park for Le Palais;
address: Le Palais, Megève / tel: 04 50 90 61 52;
And a little further down the 🇫🇷 Arve Valley, near Annemasse, you will find . . .
L’Île de Tortuga (Vétraz-Monthoux, next to Annemasse)
🌈 L’Île de Tortuga is a softplay centre in Vétraz-Monthoux (near Annemasse), with a 🏴☠️ pirate theme, for children up to 12 years. It measures a colossal 2500 m2 and it opened in May 2016 / 💖 a FIRM FAVOURITE with the MBFF boys and their school buddies! / (thank you to Charlotte E, Chamonix resident, for bringing this one to our attention!);
- a baby softplay for children under 1 year of age;
- an area specifically for children 1 to 4 years;
- a giant labyrinth for children 4 to 12 years, with slides, monkey bridges, ball pools, a volcano and plenty more surprises;
- a trampoline area (16 trampolines);
- a helicopter with pedals, allowing you to “fly” (extra cost);
- an indoor accrobranche (extra cost);
- 🎁 birthday party zones;
- 🥤 snack bar;
- internet area;
🗓 opening hours:
all year-round: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday from 10h to 19h and Friday 16h to 19h;
school holidays & bank holidays in France and Switzerland: every day from 10h to 19h;
💶 price: see website;
address: L’Île de Tortuga, 10 allée des Chênes, 74100, Vétraz Monthoux / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 37 82; website and FB page for updates;
C-L’Aventure softplay (Ville-la-Grand, next to Annemasse)
One of Annemasse’s softplay centres, which is next to Leroy Merlin, is 🌈 C-L’Aventure. It covers an expanse of 1000m² and it caters for children from little ones up to 12 years. There is a « mega labyrinth » for little explorers, two huge slides, an area with 🏍 motorised motorbikes and 🚗 cars, huge LEGO blocks for building and creativity, trampolines, a climbing tower . . . There is also a ⚽️ multi-sport zone (football, basketball) and an area for tiny ones (under 3s).
You can also organise 🎁 birthday parties here.
And – added bonus – there is also an area for the accompanying adults, with FREE WIFI access, ☕️ a snack bar, an area with magazines, newspapers, playing cards, Scrabble . . .
🗓 opening hours:
all year-round: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10h to 19h; Friday: 16h to 19h;
school holidays and bank holidays: every day 10h to 19h;
July & August 2017: open every day 10h to 19h, except Mondays (unless it is raining, in which case the centre opens!);
SHUT on 25th December and 1st January;
children under 1 year of age: FREE!
children 1 to 3 years: 7€;
children from 3 to 12 years: 10€;
accompanying adults: FREE for two; any extra adult, 2€ supplement;
address: 2-8 rue des Chasseurs, 74100, Ville-la-Grand / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 37 82; website and FB page for updates;
FURTHER AFIELD FRANCE
And near to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, in Neydens . . .
Many of us know well 💦 Vitam Aquatique, but there is also an indoor games centre, with softplay and laser games, called 🌈Vitam’Ludic! This indoor play area is set within a shopping centre and there is also a 🧗♂️ climbing wall!
There is much to choose from here:
- L’Espace Grands Jeux – a labyrinth with slides, ball waterfalls, tunnels, monkey bridges;
- a Labyrinthe Laser (where you can be secret agents and try to get to a target without setting off the alarm!);
- a Parcours Acrobatique – where you can try out some real acrobatics (for children 1m20 and above)!
- an area designated to 1 to 3 year olds;
- the new Espace Construction – a place to be creative and make castles, doll houses, whatever you imagine, with the giant building blocks;
- a games arcade;
- 🥤 a snack bar – La Marina;
🗓 opening hours: Monday to Friday – 10h to 20h30; Saturday & Sunday – 10h to 20h;
💶 price: see website for current price list for all of the different activities.
address: 500 route des Envignes, 74160, Neydens / tel: +33 (0)4 50 84 66 66; website;
And near to Annecy . . .
La Forêt Enchantée (Sillingy)
This softplay centre in Sillingy, which covers 1200m², is the home to the elves Séraphin and Mélusine . . . it is for children up to 12 years of age. You will find a huge labyrinth, a long slide, a monkey bridge, ball park, climbing wall, mini-karting, trampoline, a magic mountain and many more surprises!
There is a ☕️ snackbar, La Taverne Enchantée, serving crêpes, cakes, drinks . . .
NEW activity: laser game for children 4+ years, with a 🏴☠️ pirate theme . . .
🗓 opening hours:
all year-round: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10h to 19h; Friday: 16h to 19h; school holidays and bank holidays: every day 10h to 19h during Zone A holidays and bank holidays; July and August 2017: open every day 10h to 19h, except Mondays (unless it is raining, in which case the centre opens!); SHUT on 25th December and 1st January;
children up to 2 years: 5,50€ (after 17h on Friday: 3€);
children 3+ years: 7,70€ (after 17h on Friday: 6€);
accompanying adults: FREE for two adults; any extra adult, 2€ supplement;
🗺 address: 516 route des Prés Rollier, 74330, Sillingy (next to BUT) / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 37 82; website;
IKEA‘s Småland (Vernier, Geneva)
Our nearest IKEA to us 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc is in Vernier, Geneva, and it has a play area for children – Småland – (you need ID to leave children 3+ years here, while you shop), located near the entrance. There are also lots of games to keep little ones entertained as you walk around the shop (as well as the ultra family-friendly ☕️ restaurant / café!);
address: 156 route de Vernier, 1214, Geneva / opening hours of IKEA: Monday to Saturday;
Halte-Jeux de Balexert (Geneva)
The play centre at Balexert (the big shopping centre near the airport!), for children 2 to 9 years, has had a face-lift . . . and it now has the theme of . . . Airport!
address: 27 avenue Louis Casaï 1211, Geneva, Switzerland;
An indoor play area in Martigny (a perfect stop after a museum visit!) for up to 12 year olds / an designated area for under 2s / garderie-minute for 2 to 8 year olds / workshops and special events / 🥤 snack bar / see here for more details about the attractions;
🗓 opening hours:
Tuesday: 13h30 to 18h30;
Wednesday to Sunday: 9h30 to 18h30;
children under 2 years: FREE!
children 2 to 12 years: CHF12;
good to know – Thursday morning half-price!
address: rue des Finettes 55, Martigny, Switzerland / tel: +41 27 722 56 56 / website;
INDOOR TRAMPOLINES & PARCOURS FREESTYLE
There are some energetic indoor freestyle parcours & trampoline centres not too far from 🏔 le Pays du Mont-Blanc for a ☔️ rainy day!
R’Jump Léman – trampoline centre (Zone Commerciale de l’Aérodrome, Annemasse)
A 1300m² trampoline park (40 trampolines of all types: slanted, flat, with a slack line) and also a foam pool for jumps! Also a lounge space and ☕️ snack bar;
good to know: for children over 6 years (except on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings, which are reserved for families!) / documents to print and hand in on arrival (see website)! / NO jeans and anti-slip socks required (2€);
🗓 opening hours: see website;
💶 price: 14€ for one hour;
Elevation Indoor – indoor parcours (Neydens)
Elevation Indoor is an indoor freestyle parcours centre!
🗓 opening hours: see general opening hours here;
[ NB – if you go for the first time, under 18s must supply: copy of identity card or passport of PARENT; adults must provide copy of of identity card or passport ]
Vertic-Halle (Monthey, Valais, Switzerland)
500m2 of bloc on one side of the paroi phonique, and a zone loisirs for children on the other side! / café too! / good to know: 9h opening on Wednesdays;
INDOOR PLAY CENTRES & INTERACTIVE SPACES
La Turbine (Cran-Gévrier, Annecy)
Le Centre de Culture Scientifique Technique et Industrielle de Haute-Savoie is an innovative pedagogic centre equipped for families to learn about science in an interactive way;
🖼 current exhibition: « Mission: le corps humain »;
🗓 opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 18h / FREE entry on first Sunday of month!
address: place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier, 74960, Annecy; tel: 04 50 08 17 00 / website;
[ note: this new centre was seriously affected by the Covid pandemic, and it now only offers private visits ]
An 🌍 exhibition & playcentre in Geneva, where the only rule is that it is “ FORBIDDEN to NOT TOUCH ” !
It is informative and ludique for the whole family. Kids will learn about the world, science, how things function . . . / website / highly recommended by MBFF;
Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)
[ SHUT over the summer holidays ]
This 🎨 magical creative centre for children & families is a FIRM FAVOURITE chez MBFF! I would actually recommend it more for a fine weather day, rather than a ☔️ rainy day, as the grounds are so lovely . . . but it also serves well as a rainy Wednesday option (and one Saturday per month) for little ones as there is plenty of indoor fun to be had: a house full of treasures, wonderful creative workshops, incredibly welcoming staff . . . / no need to reserve! / aimed at babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 6 years / there is a salle hors sacs and there are baby changing facilities;
[ ⇒ see MBFF article for more details ]
💶 price: 3CHF for children 2+ years and adults, under 2s for free (take Swiss cash!) / website;
🅿 parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring draisienne!);
address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90;
. . . and something entirely different:
🧑🏫🌈 CrazySchool (Cranves-Sales) – CrazySchool is a unique concept for a salle de jeux: a school of illusion, with parcours full of original games: lasers, climbing, puzzles . . . / read more about the games here / website and FB page;
💶 price: from 15€ (see here);
address: 1065 route des Tattes de Borly, 74380, Cranves-Sales (near Annemasse);
Ecole Robots Algora (Annemasse) – learn to programme and build robots! / FB page;
For more information about other INDOOR ACTIVITIES :
- 🎲🧩 hotels with play areas for kids;
- 🧗♂️ indoor climbing & bouldering;
- ⛷ indoor ski centres;
- ⛸ indoor patinoires;
- 🏋️♂️ crossfit centres;
- 🏀 indoor sports centres: 🎾 tennis, ping-pong . . .
- 💦 indoor swimming pools, waterslides & spas;
- 🎳 bowling;
- 🔫 laser games, virtual reality games, escape games and more;
- ☔ and further indoor ideas for rainy days;
[ ⇒ see separate article ☔ RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc ]