🏔 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
Le Parc en Folie softplay (Sallanches)
Sabrina opened 🌈 Le Parc en Folie in autumn 2016. It is located in Sallanches’ industrial zone (right next 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 over the school holidays.
🌈 Le Parc en Folie now sets up bouncy castles at 💦 Lacs des Ilettes on ☀️ fine weather days, in spring, over the summertime and on warm autumn weekends.
🎁 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;
FB page address: 1431 avenue André Lasquin, 74700, Sallanches / tel: +33 (0)6 37 16 47 32;
Le Parc en Folie éphémère (Le Palais, Megève)
An 🌈 ephemeral softplay sometimes sets up in Le Palais during the winter school holidays, with 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;
in the ARVE VALLEY . . .
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 was 💖 a FIRM FAVOURITE with the MBFF boys and their school buddies when they were younger !
- 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;
price & opening hours : see website;
website & FB page address: L’Île de Tortuga, 10 allée des Chênes, 74100, Vétraz Monthoux / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 37 82;
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 . . .
💶 price & opening hours : see website;
website & FB page address: 2-8 rue des Chasseurs, 74100, Ville-la-Grand / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 37 82;
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;
💶 price & opening hours: see website;
website address: 500 route des Envignes, 74160, Neydens / tel: +33 (0)4 50 84 66 66;
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 . . . abd 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 . . .
price & opening hours : see website;
website & FB page address:516 route des Prés Rollier, 74330, Sillingy (next to BUT) / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 37 82;
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 children up to 12 years, and with a designated area for under 2s ! You’ll also find a garderie-minute for 2 to 8 year olds, workshops and special events, a 🥤 snack bar . . .
price & opening hours : see website;
good to know – Thursday morning half-price!
website address: rue des Finettes 55, Martigny, Switzerland / tel: +41 27 722 56 56:
🧗♂️ Vertic-Halle (Monthey, Valais, Switzerland)
500m2 of bloc on one side of the paroi phonique, and a zone loisirs & softplay for children on the other side! / trampolines and a café too!
website & FB page address: Vertic-Halle, route du Triboulet 10, 1870, Monthey, Switzerland;
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!
Just Jump (Marnaz)
NEW for autumn 2022 : 🤸♀️ Just Jump (Marnaz) opened last autumn, and it is a super place for youngsters and ados to jump off steam, and it is also an ideal spot to organise a birthday party !
There are several trampolines, activities and a parcours ninja. Some mornings are reserved for little jumpers !
MBFF highly recommends a visit !
opening hours: see website;
price: 14€ for one hour;
website & FB page address: 369 rue des Abeilles, Marnaz / tel : +33 6 31 02 97 28
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 ]
website & FB page address: 13 rue du Jura, Neydens / tel: +33 (0)4 50 74 02 83;
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: see website;
🗓 opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 18h / FREE entry on first Sunday of month!
website address: place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier, 74960, Annecy / tel: 04 50 08 17 00;
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 . . . / 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!);
🅿 parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring draisienne!);
website 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;
💶 price: from 15€ (see here);
website & FB page address: 1065 route des Tattes de Borly, 74380, Cranves-Sales (near Annemasse);
Ecole Robots Algora (Annemasse)
Learn to programme and build robots!
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
- 🏎 indoor karting;
- 🔫 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 ]
10 thoughts on “SOFTPLAY & INDOOR PLAY au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)”
So much useful information come rain or shine. But grandparents may leave the bouncy castles activities for the grandchildren!
Really? Not tempted to bounce?