LES VACANCES de FÉVRIER – workshops, spectacles, film, animations & family events

No sooner are the🎄Christmas holidays over . . . and the ❄️ SNOW has finally arrived in huge and fluffy quantities . . . that it is the ⛄️ VACANCES de FEVRIER au Pays du Mont-Blanc (in Zone A these holidays are from 16th February until 4th March 2019).

If you reside (or are holidaying) 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, these holidays are often the opportunity to sign the young ones up to ⛷ skiing or snowboarding lessons over the course of a full week . . . but that is an expensive business, and not on everyone’s radar, so in this article you will find some other ideas (many FREE!) to occupy your youngsters over the February holidays!

Below, you will find outlined some of the 🎨 workshops, 🌈 special events, 🗺 guided visits, 🎬 films and 🎭 spectacles . . .

to peruse more ideas for ❄️ WINTERTIME activities en famille, see separate post Wintertime en famille au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . .


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

🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷

🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭


With fresh ❄️ SNOW covering our mountains and pastures . . . the conditions are perfect for ❄️ winter sports and leisure: ⛷ skiing & 🏂 snowboarding, 🏒 ice-hockey, ⛸ ice-skating, 🛷 sledging, 🥌 curling, ⛄️ making a snowman or snow animal:

⛷ 🏂 SKI & SNOWBOARD classes & clubs 🏂 ⛷ 

From 🏂 ski and snowboarding clubs, to group or private lessons, there is plenty to choose from to perfect one’s technique (and above all have FUN!) 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . the first point of call is often the ⛷ ESF (Ecole de Ski Français) and the discounted classes offered through the CAF (Club Alpin Français).

⛷🏂 Ski Surf Loisirs (MJC Saint-Gervais):

Enjoy the snow, without the competition . . . see website for MJC Saint-Gervais for more details / Saint-Gervais’ amazing MJC is fighting for its survival, so we need to support it!

© MJC Saint-Gervais
© MJC Saint-Gervais

And don’t forget some of the fun events on the pistes during the school holidays 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . .

  • Soirées Ski Nocturnes (Domaine des Planards, Chamonix) – « Venez skier en nocturne au centre-ville de Chamonix ! » / Wednesdays from 17h30 until 21h / ski festif, with animations , son et lumière, & music / address: 🚡 Télésiège des Planards, 351 chemin du Pied du Grépon, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;
© Domaine des Planards
  • ⛷ Tourchet Night Fever (Domaine de Ski du Tourchet, Les Houches) – on Thursdays, from 20h30 until 22h / FREE to ski and hot drinks available;
© Les Houches Animations

© Guides Haute Montagne Chamonix

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🛷 Sledging 🛷

For ideas of where to head with a 🛷 luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see separate post ❄️ Wintertime activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . there, you’ll also find suggestions for strolls with a sledge, with very small children and babies.

🗻 Au Pays du Mont-Blanc over the holidays, there is also some organised sledging fun:

🛷 Descente en Paret (🚡Télécabine du Prarion) – every Friday at 16h15, from 15th February until 8th March (subject to weather conditions) / last descent of the day on a paret (an ancestral sledge) / about 45 minutes descent / minimum age 10 years / RDV Télécabine du Prarion at 16h / inscriptions: Office de Tourisme / price: adults 10€ + forfait remontées mécaniques;

Descente en paret, Les Houches © Animations Les Houches

🛷 Rochebrune & Mont d’Arbois (Megève) after hours sledging :

  • 🛷 Rochebrune – Tuesdays 9th, 16th, 25th Feb and 3rd & 10th March, between 17h45 and 18h45 / FREE access to the “Petit Rochebrune” skilift / 🛷 sledges not supplied!
  • 🛷 Mont d’Arbois – Thursdays between 17h30 and 18h30, with free use of Jardineige / 🛷 sledges not supplied!
Rochebrune after hours sledging © Megève Tourisme

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⛸ ICE-SKATING sessions during the holidays ⛸ 

⛸ Spectacle de Patinage Artistique (Patinoire, Les Houches) 

⛸ Nocturne Givrée (Patinoire, Les Houches) 

⛸ Gala de Patinage in Saint-Gervais – on Tuesdays at 19h;

© Saint-Gervais patinage

⛸ Les Soirées Givrées (Patinoire Olympique, Megève) – every Wednesday evening, 7h30 until 23h, from 13th February until 6th March / price: 4€;

Les Soirées Givrées Megève © Le Palais

and for younger skaters . . .

  • ⛸ Jardin des Glaces avec Charlotte la Marmotte (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) – on Tuesdays from 10h until midday / for children 3 to 10 years;
  • ⛸ Jardin de la Glisse (Le Palais, Megève) – at the indoor Olympic patinoire in Megève / when? Sunday 17th February, from 10h to midday / for children under 10 years / price: 4€;
  • ⛸ Jardin des Glaces (outdoor Patinoire des Loyers, Les Contamines-Montjoie) – Wednesdays and Sundays, 10h until midday;

⛸ Patinoire des Loyers (Les Contamines-Montjoie) – plenty of animations during the holidays!

 ⛸ Patinoire de Cluses (animations vacances de février):

© Patinoire de Cluses

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🏒 Ice-Hockey 🏒

Some children might already be booked up with 🏒 club practice over the holidays . . . and there is also a chance to practise with 🏒 Les Pionniers de Chamonix:

Wednesday 20th February at 18h45  « Match exhibition & initiation au hockey avec les Pionniers de Chamonix » – (18h45 until 19h15: Exhibition Pro and Mineur AND from 19h15 until 20h : séance test with public / introducing the professionals from Les Pionniers to youngsters for about 30 minutes / parcours with cones, photos and more equipment supplied by HCH and buvette on-site too / address: Patinoire des Houches, 25 avenue des Alpages, 74310,  Les Houches / more information: here / cancelled in the event of bad weather;

© HCH

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⛷ Praz Adrenaline Days 

Every Wednesday of the holidays, until 16h on the Front de Neige: vol en parapente (RDV base of télésiège Crêt du Midi, 8+ years, 50€), wingjump (reduce weight by 30%, FREE!), glisse en folie (snowtubes, snowskates, yooners, FREE!), fatbikes (from 14h, FREE);

© Praz sur Arly

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⛷ Conta’ Cup Kids (Les Contamines-Montjoie) 

The 3rd edition, this year, of this ⛷ ski alpin competition / when? 18th February, from 10h / where? Stade François Bonlieu;

© Les Contamines-Montjoie

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🏂 LHKC – Les Houches Kids Contest (Le Parion, Les Houches) 🏂 

On 🏂 Saturday 2nd March, from  15th edition of this event for children 7 to 14 years / Cross, Freeride and Big Air for skiers and snowboarders / address: Front de neige du Prarion, Place du Prarion, 74310, Les Houches;

© Animations Les Houches

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💃 Altimove (Les Houches) stages 💃

stages: Streetdance with Tiphaine, street art, graffiti with Sow . . .

© Altimove

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🐺 Les mercredis des P’tits Loups (Passy Plaine-Joux) 🐺

A different activity for little ones every Wednesday afternoon from 14h on the front de neige;

Plaine-Joux igloo making © montblancfamilyfun.com

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🤸‍♀️ Mont-Blanc Gym (Sallanches) 🤸‍♀️ 

2 sessions of Zumba for children Wednesday 20th February:
> from 14h until 15h, from 6 to 11 years / > from 15h30 until 16h0 (12+ years) / price: 5€ le cours / réservations: 04 50 55 24 83 or 06 86 95 76 12;

© Zumba M’ont-Blanc Gym

🦌 Argentière sortie nature: « à la découverte des adaptions de la faune face à l’hiver » – on Wednesday afternoons (13th, 20th, 27th February AND 6th March) from 14h until 16h / for children and families / bouquetins, chamois, deer, marmottes and more share the mountain with us; learn about their life and their behaviour with Alex, animateur nature / observe, respect and ask questions! / reservations: 04 50 54 03 06;

© Argentière / Vallée de Chamonix

🦌 La Réserve Naturelle de Passy – up at the Réserve Naturelle de Passy, there are holiday activities organised for children and families! / see FB page for more details;

© Réserve Naturelle Passy

🦌 « Les P’tits Experts de la Nature » workshops (Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde, Sallanches) – these superb outdoor workshops are taking place over the February holidays, even if the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde is currently SHUT for renovations / from 14h until 16h / from 7+ years / co-voiturage encouraged! / price: 7€;

  • Wednesday 13th February – « Le P’tit Inuit » – discover the world of the Inuits, make and understand an IGLOO!
  • Wednesday 20th February – « Le P’tit Tétras Lyre » – learn about this local bird!
  • Wednesday 27th February – « Le P’tit Naturaliste en Hiver » – learn all about animals and their winter lives!
  • Wednesday 6th March – « Le P’tit Herpétologue » – learn all about SNAKES!

🦌 Réserve Naturelle des Contamines-Montjoie – organises nature-inspired activities for children over the holidays / see FB page for more details;

© Les Contamines-Montjoie
© Les Contamines-Montjoie

🦌 La Maison du Salève – organises nature workshops over the holidays, and is also a great place to visit en famille! / for workshop details, see here / preferably visit on a fair weather day, as the gardens are lovely and there are walks to enjoy en famille nearby . . . originally an 18th century farm from the Chartreuse de Pomier, La Ferme de Mikerne has been renovated to host a cultural centre recounting the history of the Salève mountain and its environs / MBFF post here / address: 775 route de Mikerne, 74160, Présilly;

© maisondusaleve.com

🦇 Les Grottes de la Balme (Isère) 🦇 – re-opening for the school holidays, these caves are located a 40mins drive to the east of Lyon, 2 hours from Chamonix / the temperature in the caves is between 12° et 15°C all year-round (so warmer than outdoors during the winter months!) / no dogs allowed, no camera flash / picnic spot at entrance to village, with rain shelter, WC and playground / opening days: from 16th February until 3rd March, every day 13h30 until 18h / on 20th & 27th February: animation « La Balme aux 40 Voleurs » (treasure hunt), see here (reservations: 04 74 96 95 00) / website tel: +33 (0)4 74 96 95 00! / address: rue des Grottes, 38390, La Balme-les-Grottes;

© Grottes de La Balme des Ours 

🐻 Musée de l’Ours des Cavernes 🐻 – open over the school holidays from 14h (shut Saturdays!) / website / address: Musée de l’Ours des Cavernes, Epernay, 73670, Entremont-le-Vieu)x (near Chambéry;

© Musée de l’Ours des Cavernes

There are 🐄 several farms to visit en famille au Pays du Mont Blanc (for a more extensive list, see separate MBFF post ❄️ WINTERTIME activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond). Here are some ideas for visits and workshops:

🐄🥛« Visite à la ferme »🥛🐄 (Servoz)

Visit the dairy farm of Monsieur CROZ in Servoz, learn about his work with the 🐄 cows and participate in 🥛evening milking (you can even buy fresh milk on-site!) / reservations with Office de Tourisme de Servoz: 04 50 47 21 68 / 2231, Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

Visite à la Ferme © Servoz Tourisme

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🐰 « Les Petits Fermiers » farmyard workshops and family visits at Ferme Les Montagnards GAEC (Ormaret, Combloux) 🐰

The 🐰 Ferme les Montagnards, in Ormaret in Combloux, often offers farm workshops and visits for children and families during the holidays / ❤️ highly recommended by MBFF! / see FB page for more details;

Collecting eggs at Ferme Les Montagnards © montblancfamilyfun.com

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🐑 La Ferme des Roches-Fleuris (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🐑

See FB page for the opening hours of this 🐑 chèvre farm in Saint-Gervais-les-Bainsaddress: 1510 route D’Orsin, 74170, Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains;


❄️ Little STEMcells (Chamonix) ❄️

❄️ WINTER WONDERLAND workshops from Little STEMcells over the February holidays: 18th & 19th February (14h until 17h) and 25th or 26th February, 9h until midday / workshops for 6 year old (from Grande Section +) to 11 year olds / outdoor (and indoor) activities ( ” exploring winter weather, ❄️  growing crystals and building ice towers, bridges and 🌋 volcanoes, ice fishing, and exploring melting & freezing points ” / price: 25€ / FB page information;

© Little STEMcells
🇨🇭⚙️ Musée d’Histoire des Sciences (Geneva) ⚙️🇨🇭

⚙️ « Mercredis des Sciences » ⚙️ – Wednesday science workshops over the February holidays: 13th (⚙️ Lois mécaniques en toute simplicité), 20th (Des instruments optiques fantastiques,
des images animées plein la cervelle!
) & 27th (🎼 Acoustique et musique plein les oreilles!) / at 15h, RDV at entrance to the museum / FREE and no need to reserve! / more information / address: Parc de la Perle du Lac, 128 rue de Lausanne / good to know: visit the lovely Parc de la Perle and ask for the map of a family parcours at reception . . . and take the opportunity to visit the lovely, lovely Botanical Gardens opposite!

© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences
© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences

When it ☔️ RAINS or ❄️ SNOWS for days on end, one can often be at a loss of what to do with little ones . . . for a full list of ideas, head over to MBFF post ❄️ WINTERTIME activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . and here, below, are some special activities organised over these Vacances de Février . . .

🌈 Le Parc en Folie softplay in Sallanches will be open EVERY DAY over the February holidays, and will have plenty of 🎨 creative workshops on offer too! / see FB page for more details / address: 1431 avenue André Lasquin, 74700, Sallanches (industrial zone, near Aldi) / ❤️ recommended by MBFF for 🎁 organised birthday parties for under 6s (Sabrina & her team deal with everything, taking away all stress for the adults!);

© Le Parc en Folie

📚 Médiathèque de Chamonix 📚 

🖼 exhibition: « Japonisme: tradition et transmission » 🖼 – 🎨🐱 atelier dessin avec SOW 🎨🐱 when? Saturdays 16th & 23rd February at 16h / reservations: +33(0)4 50 53 34 82 / address: La Médiathèque de Chamonix, 99 route de la Patinoire, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Japonisme © Médiathèque de Chamonix

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🎨 Cat Kartal – winter art workshops 🎨

🎨 Creative workshops during the February holidays from Monday 18th February until Friday 22nd February (NOT Wednesday) with Cat, from 10h15 until 17h / price: 40€ per day, per child / bring picnic and goûter / English & French spoken / ❤️ highly recommended by MBFF! / more details FB page;

© Cat Kartal
🗻🎨 Musée Alpin (Chamonix) & Musée Montagnard (Les Houches) 🎨🗻

See below – in MUSEUMS SECTION – for details about 🎨 creative workshops and guided tours at these two fabulous museums.

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📚 Bibliothèque aux Houches 📚

🎨 « Ateliers POP-UP »  on Wednesdays 20th & 27th February AND 6th March, 14h until 15h30 / FREE, for 7+ years / reservations: +33(0)4 50 54 65 08 / address: Bibliothèque aux Houches, rue du Mont Blanc, 74310, Les Houches;

© Les Houches Animations

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🎨 Ateliers Créatifs « Couleurs & Sens » 🎨 

Lots of exciting art activities over the February holidays in Sallanches . . . / for children 6 to 17 years / price:  journée 18€ and half day 11€, full week 75€ / address: Atelier Couleurs & Sens, 732 rue Général de Gaulle, 74700, Sallanches (industrial zone) / reservations: 06 13 64 34 47;

© Couleurs & Sens

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🍰 Patisserie courses & cupcakes 🍰

🍰 Lydie’s Cake (Sallanches) 🍰 – new for these February holidays, atelier ado 12 / 15 ans / when? Wednesdays 20th and 27th February, from 12h30 until 17h30 / make and decorate 10-part cake / reservations: 07 85 12 87 90;

© Lydie’s Cake, Sallanches

🍰 La Maison Zanin (Sallanches) 🍰 – “ plusieurs créations gourmandes “, for child + adult bînomeswhen? Wednesday 20th February, from 14h until 17h30 / price: 60€ pour 1 enfant + 1 adulte / reservations: zaninchocolatier@orange.fr / address: Laboratoire ZANIN, 540 avenue du G Jacques de Montfot, 74700, Sallanches;

© Zanin

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🎨 « Ateliers Les P’tits Créateurs » (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🎨

Over the school holidays, there are several 🎨 creative workshops organised in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains: « Ateliers Les P’tits Créateurs » / see AGENDA for more details;

🎨 Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🎨

The 🎨 Chalet des Créateurs in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (a boutique and atelier housed in an old scierie) offers workshops over the holidays / see website for current details / MBFF post about le Chalet des Créateurs;

© Chalet des Créateurs

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🇨🇭🎨 La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva, Switzerland) 🎨🇨🇭

The MBFF family are huge fans of this 🎨 centre of creativity for families in 🇨🇭 Conches, Geneva . . . a house and grounds full of treasures for children, incredible (and always changing) workshops, an 🍴 outdoor “kitchen”, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . / February opening: Wednesdays 20th and 27th February and Saturday 23rd February (morning and afternoon) AND every day (14h30 until 17h30) from Monday 18th until Friday 22nd February / 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 / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or bring draisienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years (remember to bring small Swiss cash if possible!) / more information: website and MBFF post;

special grandparent and grandchildren days: Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st February / 9h30 until midday / for children up to 8 years;

« L’HEURE BLEUE » – an area dedicated to nuances of BLUE, and where you can add your touch of blue too! (you can bring a blue object to add to the installation!);

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🎨 Château de Ripaille (near Thonon-les-Bains and Evian) 🎨

🎨 workshops and guided visits – ❄️ « Hiver au Château » ❄️ – from Saturday 9th February until Sunday 10th March, 11h until 17h / programme below / address: 83 avenue de Ripaille, 74200, Thonon-les-Bains;

© Château de Ripaille

We are lucky, 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, to have some superb museums . . . and then, further afield, are more options too:

🏔 🖼 Musée Alpin (Chamonix) 🖼 🏔 

The wonderful 🏔 Musée Alpin in Chamonix has some 🎨 creative activities, workshops and guided visits planned for children and families over the February holidays:

👨👩 animation famille : « Qui est qui dans Chamonix? » – Balmat, Whymper, Vallot . . . who are these heroic figures ? Discover these important characters, who have touched the history of our mountain valley, within the museum and also in the 🗺 streets of Chamonix /15th Febrary at 15h and 8th March at 10h / address: La Résidence, 89 avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / 

➡️ see full programme here . . .

© Musée Alpin, Chamonix
© Musée Alpin, Chamonix

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🗻 Espace TairrazMusée des Cristaux et de l’Alpinisme (Chamonix) 🗻

There are guided visits organised during the holidays: 💎 « à la découverte du monde minéral » at this super museum in Chamonix / when? Thursdays at 14h30 (from 9th February until 10th March / guided visits with a member of the Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix, du Mont-Blanc et des Alpes du Nord / free for under 18s / more information hereaddress: Musée des Cristaux – Espace Tairraz, Parvis du parking Saint-Michel, 615 allée du Recteur Payot, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

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🏔🖼 Le Musée Montagnard (Les Houches) 🖼🏔 

This lovely little museum in the centre of Les Houches, offers some fabulous workshops for children and families over the school holidays / check FB page for more information / price: 4€ / reservations: 04 50 54 54 74 / address: Musée Montagnard, 2 place de l’Eglise, 74310, Les Houches;

🎨 atelier créatif : « Cré’animaux » – learn about local wildlife and then let your creativity express itself through paint, colouring, collage . . . /  

🎨 atelier créatif : « Tricoti, Tricota, Tricotons » – discover le pèle (la chambre) and the household objects to do with wool production, and then have a go! / from 6+ years / 

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🕰 Musée de l’Horlogerie et du Décolletage (Cluses) 🕰

Open every day over the February holidays, from 14h until 18h / 🖼 a new temporary exhibition lent by Galerie Euréka in Chambéry : « Les Génies de la Science »;

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🏰 Château d’Annecy 🏰 

Family visits and workshops over the school holidays / when? family visits: Wednesdays 13th, 20th and 27th February at 14h30 / more information & reservations: here;

🎨 workshops for children:

  • workshop for 6 to 10 years : « La Fée des Dents » on Monday 18th February;
  • workshop for 8 to 10 years : « Les commerces d’antan » on Thursday 21st February;
  • workshop for 8 to 12 years : « Au fil de la mythologie » on Monday 25th Feb / https://bit.ly/2Qxktyx / reservations required;
Château d’Annecy © montblancfamilyfun.com

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🇨🇭🖼 Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (MAH,Geneva) 🖼🇨🇭 

A few workshops & guided visits are organised for little ones and older ones at this fabulous museum in Geneva over the February holidays: 27th February, 6th March / see museum website AGENDA for more details;

© MAH Geneva

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🇨🇭🐧 Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (MHN, Geneva) 🐧🇨🇭 

This is a FABULOUS museum for little ones, and there are some workshops planned over the February holidays!

  • « Nos histoires d’évasion » – on 19th, 21st AND 22nd Feburary, 13h30, 14h30 AND 15h30 / by Renata Martino (artistic mediator) / ” L’homme, une espèce évasive? Histoires personnelles, voyages, émerveillements et dioramas. Depuis l’apparition d’Homo Sapiens, notre espèce s’est aventurée sur de nombreux chemins à la recherche de nouveaux horizons et d’espoirs. A l’instar de l’exposition « L’évasion des espèces » de J. Gindre, nous fabriquerons des dioramas où nous retracerons nos histoires personnelles d’évasion avec des boîtes en carton, feutres, pâte à modeler, créativité et plaisir de partager nos récits en famille ” / FREE, no need to reserve / for families (limited to 15 families);
© Musée d’Histoire Naturelle Genève (MHN)                                                     
  • 🦉 « Allez la Nuit! » – a new interactive parcours all about nocturnal animals and their lives, in conjunction with temporary exhibition: « La nuit est belle » / when? on Sundays 24th February, 10th & 24th March AND 7th April, 14h-16h (continuous) / by association AniMuse / FREE, sign up on-site;
Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle à Genève workshop Allez la Nuit! © Ville de Genève / Muséum Genève

🗓 to peruse the full AGENDA for the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, see here;

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Somewhere in-between a 🖼 🏺 MUSEUM and a 🎨 CREATIVE CENTRE, a whole new breed of INTERACTIVE MUSEUM has taken off in recent years, where children can explore, understand and then create through doing . . . here are some suggestions not too far from the Pays du Mont-Blanc: 

🇫🇷 La Turbine (Cran-Gévrier, near 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 / opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 14h to 18h / FREE entry on first SUNDAY of month! / address: La Turbine, place Chorus, Cran-Gevrier, 74960, Annecy / tel: 04 50 08 17 00 / website;

current exhibitions: 

  • 🕰 « Tic Tac Temps » – learning about the importance of time and the passing of time in our environment / for children 3 to 6 years;
  • 🕰 « CLOCK: les horloges du vivant » – Does a sunflower really follow the sun? Why do we sleep? A koala sleeps 20h per day; is it lazy or is this a necessity? How fast do the wings of a hummingbird flap? – an exhibition looking at time in relation to animals, humans, plants, clocks and sleep / for children 8+ years;
Illusions d’Optique © Exploracentre

➡️ for more ideas for exhibitions and museum visits, see MBFF post Museums & Exhibitions au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . .


Stages d’ANGLAIS

RécréAnglais (Vallorcine) – in Vallorcine over the holidays, Stages RécréAnglais with Mandy (children 3 to 11 years) . . .

 

© RécréAnglais

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Jeunes Diplomates (Megève)

Theatre and role play courses, for children 4 to 16 years, to learn English / tel:  04 79 37 19 78 or email  info@jeunes-diplomates.com;

© Jeunes Diplomates

Over these February holidays, there is:

  • 🎥 a children’s film festival – « Festival Cinémino » in Plateau d’Assy and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;
  • 🎥 an adventure film festival – « Festival du Film Aventure Nature Autrement» (FFANA) in Plateau d’Assy;
  • 🎥 Wednesday’s Cinébus Les Houches;
  • 🎥 Vallorcine film session;
  • 🎥 Le Palais Megève special film sessions for children and families;
  • 🎥 and plenty of films on offer at the cinemas the Vox (Chamonix), the Ciné Mont-Blanc (Sallanches)Panoramic (Megève);

🎥 family films “à l’affiche  over the February holidays :

🎥 Festival Cinémino (family film festival) 🎥

The 🎥 Festival Cinémino is a film festival for children and families, mainly centred around Annecy & environs, but with a few screenings here au Pays du Mont-Blanc  in Plateau d’Assy and in Saint-Gervais / website / 4€ a ticket;

© Festival Cinémino

🎥 Saint Gervais (Théâtre Montjoie) – see here for more details / address: Théâtre Montjoie 190, rue de la Vignette, 74170, SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS / tel: 0450523003 / MJC cinema ;

🗓 film schedule:

Thursday 21st February – 10h: Le rat scélerat / 15h: Mia et le lion blanc / 18h: Astérix – le secret de la potion magique;

Thursday 28th February – 10h: Le Quatuor à cornes / 15h: Dilili à Paris / 18h: Rémi sans famille;

Cinémino MJC Saint-Gervais

🎥 Plateau d’Assy (Cinéma du Plateau d’Assy) – see here for more details / address: 34 rue de l’Eglise, 74480 PASSY / website Cinéma du Plateau d’Assy

🗓 film schedule:

Monday 18th February – 17h30: Mia et le lion blanc;

Monday 25th February – 17h30: Pachamama;

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🎥 Cinéma enfants avec Le Grand Soir Cinébus Les Houches 🎥

« Oscar et le monde des chats » by Gary Wang (China) / address: Espace Animation, 27 place de la Mairie,,74310, Les Houches;

© Allo Ciné

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🎥 Vallorcine (Bibliothèque) 🎥

 / FREE! / address: Bibliothèque de Vallorcine, Le beau séjour, Chef lieu, 74660, Vallorcine;

© Vallorcine / Vallée de Chamonix

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🎥 Festival du Film Aventure Nature Autrement (FFANA) in Plateau d’Assy 🎥

🏔 Adventure films about: skiing, climbing, deep-sea diving, exploration . . . / from Lasso du Plato / full programme here;

© FFANA / Passy Mairie

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🎥 Megève 🎥

As well as the films on offer at the small Panoramic cinema, there is:

🎥 Balnéo Ciné (Le Palais, Megève) – a film in the espace aquatique, with water heated to 32° / 34°C ! / 22nd February – « Peter Pan » and 1st March – « Maman ou Papa » / 20h until 22h (with doors opening at 19h30);

© Le Palais Megève

🎥 Ciné Famille (Le Palais, Megève) – Tuesday 26th February at 16h30;

© Le Palais
© Panoramic Megève

CHAMONIX VALLEY

Les Houches 

  • 🎲 Les Jeudis Jeu de Piste & Animations sur les Pistes – treasure hunt on Thursdays, from 11h / at the top of the Télécabine du Prarion;

Servoz

Servoz Tourisme
  • 🎲 Après-Midis Jeux en Bois – on Wednesdays during the school holidays, 14h until 17h / where? Salle Jean Morel, Servoz;
© Mairie de Servoz / Terre de Jeux
Servoz Tourisme

Argentière 

  • 🎭 « Mercredis Festif »  – on Wednesdays during the school holidays at 18h;
Mercredis Festifs © Argentière Tourisme / Mairie

Vallorcine 

A wide range spectacles on offer during the school holidays / see VALLORCINE AGENDA for more details . . .

© Vallorcine Tourisme / Mairie

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Sallanches, Domancy, Combloux & Cordon

Sallanches

🦌 « Les P’tits Experts de la Nature » workshops (Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde) – see above in NATURE & OUTDOORS section.

© Centre de la Nature Montagnarde

Combloux 

🎲 « Les Vacances de Tilou » – Tilou is the furry wolf mascot of Combloux ( ” Le Comble aux Loups “) / a week of workshops (draw a wolf!), spectacles (Monday & Tuesday evenings) music and animations / see full programme on Combloux Tourisme agenda;

🎭 spectacle: 🐺 « Les Légendes de Combloux » on Thursday 21st February / more information here;

© Combloux Tourisme

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Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet & Saint Nicolas de Véroce

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

🎲🎭 « Mercredis des Enfants » – workshops and animations for children, in different place each Wednesday afternoon: igloo-making and more! / see Saint-Gervais agenda;

📚 « L’Heure du Conte » – on Mondays at 16h30 (from 11th February) for children 5 to 11 years (parents welcome) / FREE!

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

🗺 guided visits & 🎨 workshops:

Saint-Gervais Tourisme

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Megève & Praz-sur-Arly

Megève

📚 L’Heure du Conte (Le Palais, Megève) – every Wednesday at 17h, from 13th February until 6th March / for children 3+ years / where? Le Palais, Megève / FREE and no need to sign up;

🎲 Après-midi jeux en famille – 5th March, from 15h until 18h / GIANT board games! / FREE and no need to sign up! / address: Le Palais, Megève;

© Megève Tourisme / Le Palais

Praz-sur-Arly

📚 🎨 Animation Biblio Praline – on Mondays, 14h until 18h30, a time to cut out, draw and be creative, at the bibliothèque! / from 11th February until 4th March;

⛄️ « Tournée Hiver Pitch » – an espace d’animation with: trampoline, softplay, slalom en raquettes, snowman-building and igloos / from 9h until 17h / brioches Pitch and hot drinks offered;

© Pitch / Praz-sur-Arly

⛷ « Praz Adrenaline Days » – Wednesdays 14th, 21st & 28th February and 7th March, 9h until 16h30 / try out new adrenaline snow sports: wingjump, fat bike, snowtubes, luge à volant, snowskates, yooners and more! / where? Front de Neige, Praz-sur-Arly / more information here;

Les RDV de l’Hiver © Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme

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Les Contamines-Montjoie

🎭 spectacle: « Il était une fois . . . la forêt » by Planète Mômes, on Tuesday 12th February at 18h / address: Espace Animation, 74 chemin des Ecoles, 74170, Les Contamines-Montjoie;

© Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourisme

In chronological order:

« Intervall’ées » # 3

Des épreuves diverses et burlesques / une compétition mont-blantesque “ – after a good ski day, support your local commune! / last year’s winners: Servoz & Les Houches / when? Sundays, from 10th February until 10th March, from 18h30, in different locations in the Chamonix Valley!

© Vallée de Chamonix

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« Losar 2146 – Nouvel An Tibetan » (Espace Olca, Les Houches)

Three days of celebration for the Nouvel An Tibétain / films and discussions, workshops, concerts, talks, Tibetan food . . . / where? Espace Olca, 267 rue du Mont Blanc, 74310, Les Houches; 

Losar – Nouvel An Tibétain © Les Houches

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animations, hot chocolate and mulled wine, snacks, tombola;

© Les Houches / Chamonix Mont-Blanc

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🎬 Festival Cinémino (family film festival) 🎬 

The 🎬 Festival Cinémino is a film festival for children and families, mainly centred around Annecy & environs, but with a few screenings here au Pays du Mont-Blanc  in Plateau d’Assy and in Saint-Gervais / when? from 21st to 28th February au Pays du Mont-Blancwebsite / see above in CINEMA & FILM section . . .

© Festival Cinémino

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