C’est La Rentrée!

The kids are heading back to school and each year, during the period just before and after La Rentrée – up and down the valley – there are plentiful events for children and parents to find out more about possible activities/sports clubs to sign-up for, either on Wednesdays or on other days of the week.

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 & environs

MJC Chamonix, FJEP Passy & MJC Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

«la MJC Ouvre ses Portes!» (Chamonix) – on Saturday 8th September, 10h to 17, discover all of the creative and sports activities that the MJC Chamonix has on offer / address: 94, promenade du Fori, 74400, Chamonix;

© MJC Chamonix

FJEP Passy – sign up for activities from 3rd to 7th September (from 13h30) at the time of the activity you’d like to sign up for / plaquette;

Parvis des Fiz Passy © FJEP Passy
© FJEP Passy

MJC Saint-Gervais – more information on website or plaquette / the MJC building is currently being renovated;

MJC Saint-Gervais © montblancfamilyfun.com

Le Palais, Megève – see here;

Fêtes des Sports

There will be several Fêtes des Sports in early September, to learn about the different sports clubs available (football, ice-hockey, biathlon, roller-blading, dance and more . . .):

  • Forum des Sports in Chamonix Saturday 8th September, 10h to 17h, in the Salle Coubertin in the Centre Sportif);
  • Espace Évasion, Les Houches – Semaine Porte Ouverte – 17th to 21st September . . .

  • Forum des Associations (Servoz) – for sports activities / on Thursday 6th September at 18h / in the Salle Jean Morel;
© Et si on Bougeait
  • Fête des Sports de Passy – on Sunday 9th September at Lac de Passy;
  • Fête des Sports de Sallanches – the annual event along the quais, La Grenette and Pré de la Foire in Sallanches, on Sunday 9th September / from 10h to 17h / FREE to park in Parking du Pré de Foire / children can try out various different sports and win a T-shirt for their effort;
© Sallanches Mairie

In addition, various sports clubs au Pays du Mont-Blanc will be offering open days (portes ouvertes) to have a taster before signing up: ice-hockey clubs in Megève and Saint-Gervais, Curling Club, climbing, football and more . . .):

© Saint-Gervais Hockey Club
© Chamonix Escalade

There are various music and dance schools up and down the valley, some run by the Mairie, some independent . . . here are a selection:

EMDI – Ecole de Musique et Danse (Chamonix)

Pre-inscriptions for 2018/2019 are already being taken (until Saturday 1st September) / brochure;

© EMDI Chamonix


Association Alti’Move (Les Houches)

See FB page for more details about this dance association . . .

© Association Alti’Move


MADhouse Theatre (Chamonix)

A bilingual theatre group for children living in Chamonix, starting in September 2018 / for children 3+ to teenagers / dance, drama, theatre, singing . . . / Saturday morning classes for little ones / more information: Alice.gregr@gmail.com or FB group;


Association ArtChoum – Danse Africaine (Plateau d’Assy)

This African dance workshop is for adults and children 13+ years / it will start in January (due to congé maternité), with some day workshops before that / Wednesdays from January, 18h30 (beginners) and 19h30 / see website for more details;

Danse Africaine © Artchoum


Ecole de Musique et Danse (EMD) de Sallanches

Inscriptions for the 2018/2019 season at the Ecole de Musique et de Danse de Sallanches (EMD) will be taking place from Wednesday 29th until Friday 31st August from 16h to 19h / see here for more details / address: 66 rue du Docteur Bonnefoy (1er étage);

© EMD Sallanches


Académie Musicale du Mont-Blanc (Sallanches)

A new initiative for this Rentrée, 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;

© Alp’Show Dance
Attitude Dance Studio (Sallanches/Passy)

Dance classes for children and adults on Thursdays and Fridays / see website for more details;

© Attitude Danse Studio
Ecole de Musique Val Montjoie (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)

You can try out the instruments on Wednesday 5th September from 14h at the Maison Forte de Hautetour in Saint-Gervais / inscriptions from 3rd to 7th September / address: 67 rue de la Comtesse, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

Cat Kartal Art School in Chamonix and Le Fayet

As well as Cat’s wonderful summer workshops 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) / see website for more details and inscriptions for La Rentrée;


Circus & Magic at Le Parc en Folie (Sallanches)

New for this Rentrée 2018, there will be circus and magic workshops (with l’Oiseau de Passage and Magic’LOLO) on offer on Thursday evenings at Le Parc en Folie softplay in Sallanches (from September until December) / trial and inscriptions on Wednesday 5th September at 10h / see here for more details;

© Le Parc en Folie
© Le Parc en Folie


«Atelier Jeunesse Créatif» at Atelier Couleurs & Sens in Sallanches 

Wednesday morning or afternoon art classes will recommence 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 (you can sign up on an ad-hoc basis) / address: (new, more spacious location near Satoriz): 732 rue Général de Gaulle, 74700, Sallanches (1st floor of Buzzolini Publicité) / website;

© Atelier Couleurs & Sens (old flyer)


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;


MADhouse Theatre (Chamonix)

A bilingual theatre group for children living in Chamonix, starting in September 2018 / for children 3+ to teenagers / dance, drama, theatre, singing . . . / Saturday morning classes for little ones / more information: Alice.gregr@gmail.com or FB group;

Christelle Reiki
Initiation à la méditation pour les enfants (Plateau d’Assy)

A meditation course for little ones from 26th September 2018 / mindfulness for children is a method created by therapist Eline Snel, author of bestseller «Calme et attentif come une grenouille» – to be attentif and in the present and to calm emotions, centering on breathing, sensations . . . / organised by l’association Être et Grandir and run by Caroline Wijnkoop De Carné (instructrice MBSR) / dates: Wednesdays 26th September, 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th October and 7th, 14th & 21st November / time: 5 to 7 year olds – 16h30 to 17h15 and 8 to 12 year olds 17h30-18h30 / price: 4 to 7 year olds: 115 € and 8 to 12 year olds : 135 € pre-inscriptions and inscriptions: 06 32 97 87 02 or caroline@reflexologic.com / www.reflexologic.com;


© Association Etre et Grandir

Globule Radio (Chamonix)

Globule Radio offers radio-broadcasting workshops for children during the holidays, and also during term-time / for children 8 to 15 years / see website for more details;

© Globule Radio

Little STEMcells (Chamonix)

This new initiative in Chamonix, to stimulate children’s brains with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), in a fun and interactive way, kick-started with workshops this summer / in term-time, there will be some Sunday workshops and then also some workshops for pre-schoolers too / *NB – all workshops will be run in English (for the time being) / more information: littlestemcells@gmail.com or FB Page;

La Petite Université (Chamonix Valley)

Don’t forget that La Rentrée is also for adults . . . plenty of sports clubs offer taster sessions in September, and there’s is also La Petite Université in Chamonix, offering a selection of different courses: science, languages, art, photography and more / also on offer, children’s courses and conferences throughout the year / sign up at the CAF in Chamonix or online

© La Petite Université Chamonix

Les Mercredis au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Be sure to peruse soon-to-be updated post «Les Mercredis au Pays du Mont-Blanc», to find workshops and activities on a more ad-hoc basis for your children on Wednesdays . . .

Bonne Rentrée!

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