📆 WEDNESDAYS are once again – au Pays du Mont-Blanc – a day free from scholastic duties (for young children, at least!). A day to perhaps explore a new sport or leisure activity, to relax at home or to head to garderie.
To join local sports clubs, or to sign up for activities at the MJC Chamonix, FJEP Passy, MJC Saint-Gervais or Le Palais in Megève, you will largely need to sign up on a termly or yearly basis (see post C’est la Rentrée).
For children not signed up to a club or leisure centre, then here is a list of some of the activities they (generally the 4+ or 6+ age groups) can sign up to on Wednesdays on an ad-hoc basis, rather than on a termly / yearly basis . . . (for babies & toddlers, see separate post Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc).
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any other activities you may be organising / that your children have enjoyed, that are missing from the list!
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 🇫🇷
🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭
Cat Kartal Art School in Chamonix and Le Fayet
As well as Cat’s wonderful summer workshop Art & Nature, she offers art classes for children & adults in two locations in the Pays du Mont-Blanc during term-time: at the école Jeanne d’Arc in Chamonix (promenade Marie Paradis) and at her studio in Le Fayet (avenue de Genève, 74190, Le Fayet.
On Wednesdays, at the Ecole Jeanne d’Arc, she offers:
Bandes Dessinés – 13h30 for 10 to 15 year old;
prices: children’s art classes – card for 10 sessions 135€ (to use over one trimester); one-off class: 14€ / for more information, see website.
« Atelier Jeunesse Créatif » at Atelier Couleurs & Sens in Sallanches
Wednesday morning or afternoon art classes at Atelier Couleurs & Sens in Sallanches from 9h30 to 11h OR from 13h30 to 15h / price: 15€ per parent or grandparent/enfant couple for each session or 22€ for three people or 32€ for four / all equipment supplied / painting, collage and lots more techniques/ reservations: 06 13 64 34 47 / address: (new, more spacious location near Satoriz): 732 rue Général de Gaulle, 74700, Sallanches (1st floor of Buzzolini Publicité) / website;
Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
The Chalet des Créateurs in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains sometimes offers workshops on Wednesdays and during the holidays: photography, watercolour painting, sculpture . . . see website for current details / MBFF post about le Chalet des Créateurs;
🇨🇭 Wednesdays at La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva, Switzerland)🇨🇭
The MBFF family are huge fans of this centre for creativity for families in Conches, Geneva . . . we discovered the house and grounds of La Maison de la Créativité one sunny Saturday of autumn 2016! A house and gardens full of treasures for children, wonderful workshops, an outdoor “kitchen”, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . see here for more details / no need to reserve! / aimed at children up to the age of 6 years / address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90 / website / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or take draisienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / open Wednesdays 14h30 to 17h30, and one Saturday per month 9h to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30;
Académie Musicale du Mont-Blanc (Sallanches)
A new initiative for Wednesdays, the Académie Musicale du Mont-Blanc is run by Kaori / éveil musical for little ones, instruments and more! / trial sessions on Wednesday 12th September / see FB Page for more details;
Alp’Show Dance (Sallanches)
Alp’Show Dance has several dance classes on offer for children and adults, and an interesting new Wednesday option – parents get to do BodyJam Fitness, while children get to learn streetdance! / see website for more details;
Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshops at the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)
NB – the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde will be shutting for renovation on 15th September 2018, so you will be unable to visit the museum until further notice.
On Wednesday afternoons, during the French school holidays, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches organises workshops (indoor & outdoor, depending on the workshop) for children aged 6 to 12 years called Les P’tits Experts de la Nature. Children are given a certificate booklet when they do their first workshop and they collect a stamp for each completed workshop. During their 2-hour workshop, they become little “experts” in different fields of nature! / timings: 14h to 16h / price: 6€ per child (parents are welcome, free of charge, but their presence is not required!) / reservations: places are limited, so you must book directly with the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde: tel: + 33 (0)4 50 58 32 13 / address: Château des Rubins, 105 montée des Rubins, 74700, Sallanches / parking: there is free parking in the Parking du Lévant/Chateau des Rubins just opposite;
Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi at Le Jardin des Cimes in Plateau d’Assy (Passy)
Still on at Le Jardin des Cimes this autumn (these workshops run from June until September), this is popular workshop for children (6 to 12 years now), with a different theme each week (past workshops have included LandArt, scarecrow-making, in search of butterflies, giant Mikado sticks from wood foraged . . . ) / price: entrance + 5euros (accompanying adults get a reduced entrance, but their presence is not required) / from 14h30 to 16h30 / reservations required: +33 (0)4 50 21 50 87 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;
Botanical Gardens (Geneva)
The Botanical Gardens in Geneva are absolutely wonderful to visit en famille, throughout the year . . . and there are sometimes workshops for children during the warmer months – Les Ateliers Verts / website;
USEP (Union Sportive de l’Enseignement du Premier Degrés) in Sallanches
Through my sons’ school, I discovered this wonderful initiative . . . primary school children can discover a whole host of different sports through the USEP on a Wednesday morning or afternoon for a small fee . . . as my son was not skiing on Wednesday afternoons last year, this was a great way to discover different sports (on a rotating schedule of cycles of sports). Does a scheme like this exist elsewhere au Pays du Mont-Blanc?
Récrées Sportives at Lac de Passy
A new sport circuit initiative at Lac de Passy!
Ski Clubs and Biathlon
So many options: ⛷ ski alpin, ski de fond, biathlon, 🏂 snowboarding . . . group lessons, individual lessons, CAF-subsidised lessons and outings, ski clubs, ⛷ competition level skiing and slalom, skiing just for FUN! Here are some of the organisers of group sessions, with the onus on FUN, and not simply competition:
- Multiglisse (Les Houches) – lots of different options to choose from / Weds, Sat and school holidays;
- Ski Passion (ESF Combloux) – Weds, Sat and school holidays;
- Ski Surf Loisirs (MJC Saint-Gervais & ESF) – Wednesday and Saturday outings . . .
Espace Famille (l’Espace Animation Sallanches)
There are some special days reserved for families and parents at the Espace Animation in Sallanches: Café des Parents and Activités Parents-Enfants . . . * good to know: there is a good playground outside and this centre is near the industrial zone, for shopping requirements! *
Storytime at the Médiathèque Ange Abrate in Sallanches
Storytime for children takes place on Wednesdays (alternative ones for different age groups), except during the holidays, and on one Saturday per month (for the little ones) in the dedicated Salle de l’Heure du Conte / website / address: Médiathèque Ange Abrate, 81 place du Commissaire Chesney, 74700, Sallanches;
- Wednesday at 10h15 – for 3 to 4 year olds;
- Wednesday at 16h – for children 5+ years;
- Saturday at 10h30 – for tiny ones (18 months to 3 years);
There are also sometimes spectacles organised.
The Espasse Jeunesse, furnished with beanbags and rugs, and the Salle de l’Heure du Conte are located upstairs (with WC located nearby, very practical!).
L’Heure du Conte at the Médiathèque Le Palais Megève
There is a regular storytelling session organised at the Médiathèque in Megève (located within the Palais) every Wednesday (or alternate Wednesday out of season) for children 3+ years (as well as a session one Saturday per month for bébés lecteurs, for little ones from 0 to 3 years) / for children 3+ years – 17h – FREE! – no reservations required / also, L’Heure du Conte (bébés lecteurs) one Saturday per month at 10h30 – for children 0 to 3 years – FREE! – no reservations needed / address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève / tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70;
*good to know – the médiathèques throughout the Pays du Mont-Blanc have regular spectacles, ateliers, films for children throughout the year! / check their websites and FB pages to keep up-to- date*
Librairie Les Carnets d’Albert (Sallanches)
For little ones, it is worth checking out the events calendar at the bookshop Librairie Les Carnets d’Albert on the Place Charles Albert in Sallanches . . . there are sometimes readings of books for small children or workshops / address: 220 place Charles Albert, 74700, Sallanches;
Globule Radio (Chamonix)
With Globule Radio, children (8 to 15 years) can learn about radio broadcasting! / there are special holiday workshops and also Wednesday and Saturday sessions / see website for more details;
« Le Petit Photographe » by Byzance Photo Reportages (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
Contact Catherine at Byzance Photos Reportages directly to confirm availability for the digital photography workshops for children throughout the week.
Musée Alpin (Chamonix)
Muséum Genève (Musée d’Histoire Naturelle) in Geneva
The Natural History Museum in Geneva is always a winner with children who love nature and animals, and its main collection is always FREE (only the temporary exhibition is payant, except for the first Sunday of each month, when this also is FREE). In addition, on Wednesdays there are sometimes workshops on offer, see here for more details.
Musée d’Histoire des Sciences (Geneva)
The Musée d’Histoire des Sciences in Geneva also has a Wednesday programme / see here for more details;
Wednesdays at the MAMCO (Geneva)
The MAMCO in Geneva offers fabulous guided tours for children on one Wednesday and one Sunday per month (highly recommended by the MBFF team!) . . . located in the Plainpalais area of Geneva, there is lots to do before or after a visit . . . there is a great playground at the MEG museum around the corner, and also a playground and skatepark in the Plainpalais square! / address: 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH-1205, Genève; tel: +41 22 320 61 22; website: www.mamco.ch;
«Les Mercredis de l’Animation» at the Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva)
Short films on the first Wednesday of the month (except holidays) / 15h / duration: 40mins / for children 4+ years / FREE! / address: Cinéma Dynamo, 4th floor of Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, 1205, Genève / in collaboration with Animatou, Festival International du Film d’Animation de Genève;
MAH (Le Musée d’Art et d’Histoire) in Geneva
The MAH in Geneva is housed in a magnificent building, has a great play area for children next to the café/restaurant, and offers guided family visits on Wednesdays:
«Visites à tout petits pas »: each month, a new theme to discover the museum and its works with little ones 3 to 5 years (accompanied by an adult) / supported by the Fondation Genevoise de Bienfaisance Valeria Rossi di Montelera / FREE! / duration: about 30mins / more information: http://www.mah-geneve.ch:
« Mercredis Family » at 15h / for children 6 to 10 years (accompanied by an adult) / FREE! / no reservations required;
Le Grand Soir Cinébus (screening for children) in Les Houches
On two Wednesdays every month, at 17h30, Cinébus shows children’s films at the Salle d’Animation in the centre of Les Houches / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;
For more ideas for cinema outings, see MBFF post «Cinemas au Pays du Mont-Blanc»;
La Ferme «Les Montagnards» in Ormaret (Combloux)
Family farm visit at La Ferme «Les Montagnards» – not a Wednesday thing, but on many Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can have a guided visit of La Ferme « Les Montagnards » in Ormaret, Combloux (Tuesdays at 10h and Thursdays at 14h30) / Delphine will show you how a bovine farm works and what daily life is like on a farm: 65 cows for milking, 40 pigs, rabbits . . . / address: 4 chemin des Poses, Ormaret, 74920, Combloux / reservations necessary: Delphine +33 (0)6 21 02 18 99 / price: adults 8€; children (3-12 years) 6€; FREE for under 3s / this wonderful farm also organises lots of children’s workshops during the school holidays / *both mini MBFF members loved their crèche/garderie visits here!*; FB page;
For more ideas for farm visits or other animal antics au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond see post «Summer Activities for Families au Pays du Mont-Blanc» (*NB – check opening hours, as these change over the year!)
La Maison du Bien-Être (Sallanches)
For more ideas for Wednesday activities with children au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see MBFF FB page, where you will find regular Wednesday activity updates!