🏔 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 . . . 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
La Petite Folie softplay (Chamonix)
This popular softplay café in Chamonix Sud has now sadly SHUT DOWN (autumn 2018).
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Le Parc en Folie softplay (Sallanches)
Sabrina opened Le Parc en Folie in time for the Toussaint holidays of 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, we can highly recommend the location! Sabrina organises everything so well, that 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 €;
🗺 address: 1431 avenue André Lasquin, 74700, Sallanches / tel: +33 (0)6 37 16 47 32 / FB page ; 🚙 parking: FREE, next to softplay;
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Le Parc en Folie éphémère (Le Palais, Megève)
An ephemeral softplay will be set up in Le Palais during the winter school holidays, from Sunday 16th until Sunday 23rd February 2020 / 10 bouncy castle structures, wooden games and face painting available;
address: Le Palais, 247 rue du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève;
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And a little further down the 🇫🇷 Arve Valley, near Annemasse, you will find . . .
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 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;
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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;
children (over 85cm height): 13€;
children (under 85cm height): 8€;
under 12 months: FREE!
adults: one free adult per child;
special Friday price: 10€, 6€;
special abonnements deals: see website;
🗺 address: L’Île de Tortuga, 10 allée des Chênes, 74100, Vétraz Monthoux / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 37 82 / website;
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;
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And near to Annecy, in Sillingy . . .
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;
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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;
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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 🤸♀️
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;
address: 9 rue des Esserts, 74100, Annemasse; website: www.rjumpleman.fr
🤸♀️ Elevation Indoor – indoor parcours (Neydens) 🤸♂️
Elevation Indoor is an indoor freestyle parcours !
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;
🗺 address: 13 rue du Jura, Neydens / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 02 83;
🌈 INDOOR PLAY CENTRES & INTERACTIVE SPACES 🌈
La Turbine – 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 exhibitions: 🧬 « T’es sûr-e » – learning about some pertinent science questions and understanding through experiments;
🗓 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;
🌍 Exploracentre (Geneva) 🌍
A new exhibition / playcentre in Geneva, where the only rule is that it is “ FORBIDDEN to NOT TOUCH ” ! / informative, “ludique”, for the whole family / to learn about the world, science, how things function . . . / website /
highly recommended by MBFF (article to come!);
🎨 Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva) 🎨
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 . . . / SHUT during summer holidays) / see MBFF post for more details / 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;
price: 3CHF for children 2+ years and adults, under 2s for free (take Swiss cash!) / website;
🗺 address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90; 🚙 parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring draisienne!);
⛷ INDOOR SKI CENTRES ⛷
There are ⛷ TWO NEW INDOOR SKI CENTRES in the Vallée de l’Arve: the first opened in Cluses, and Passy’s centre opens its door to the public in early November . . . not at all the same concept as those artificial ski slopes found in the UK to prepare British teens for their first ski trip abroad – these tapis are constantly moving and can be tilted to the steepness required and slowed down or the speed increased; you learn to perfect your technique!
- ⛷ Ski Indoor 4810 (Passy) – MBFF was invited to try out a session en famille over the Toussaint holidays – we had heaps of fun, though it was very clear that the boys had way better ski technique than their mama! / FB page / address: 545 route des Outards, Passy;
- ⛷ TDVC Indoor Ski Lab (Cluses) – with a lounge area and bar / FB page / address: 7 rue du dr Gallet, Cluses;
🏰 SEASONAL BOUNCY CASTLES 🏰
Mont-Blanc Kids (Lac de Passy)
For a few years now, from late spring until early autumn, our kids have been enjoying the occasional bounce on the inflatable structures of Mont-Blanc Kids down at the 🏖 beach end of Lac de Passy. There are different price packages on offer, and recently a water slide was added to the fun! See their website for opening hours and prices / 🚙 parking: beach end of Lac de Passy (paying during the summer months);
Aqua Park du Mont-Blanc (Lac de Passy)
A great addition to the Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy, the 💦 Aqua Parc du Mont-Blanc, has been making a splash these last couple of years, since its installation! This summer it has expanded, and they also rent out Stand up Paddle Boards (SUPs).
🗓 opening hours: from early June to mid-September, from 10h to 21h / 🗺 address: chemin de Mont-Blanc Plage, 74190, Passy / price: 8€ for 45 minutes (reserved for children 8+ years who CAN SWIM!) / 🚙 parking: Parking des Criques (paying during the summer months);
Le Parc en Folie at Lacs des Ilettes (Sallanches)
The bouncy castles at Lacs des Ilettes are up and running on fine weather days from springtime and throughout the summer holidays, from 10h to 19h (check FB page for cancellation &details);
La Tanière de Tilou in Combloux
This is both a ⛷ winter ski season and ☀️ summer outdoor softplay area . . . La Tanière de Tilou (the mascot of Combloux) is at La Cry (FREE!) during the ski season, next to the Piou Piou ski area . . . and in the summertime, it sits next to the 💦 Plan d’Eau Biotope, as an accompaniment to many of the summer concerts and events.
Les Contamines-Montjoie Bouncy Castles
In the ☀️ summertime, in the Parc de Loisirs du Pontet in Les Contamines, there are the 🏰 bouncy castles and trampolines run by Nash Mountain Games! Check website for more details, opening hours and current prices.
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Aquapark du Mont-Blanc (Lac de Passy)
Over the summer months, the wibit structures adorn our local lake!
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TNACable Park (near Annemasse)
🗓 opening hours & price: see here;
🗺 address: 110 chemin du Brachouet, Arenthon (near Bonneville) / tel: 06 01 06 08 40;
and, of course, 🏰 bouncy castles appear magically during lots of the 🌈 events & festivals scheduled over the summer months au Pays du Mont-Blanc: « Les Enfants d’Abords » & La Fête Foraine de Saint-Jacques in Sallanches, many of the local village fêtes . . . and many more!