LES VACANCES de PRINTEMPS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (family events, workshops, film & animations)

For the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc, the 🌷 SPRING HOLIDAYS fall late this year – from13th until 28th April– and this year incorporate 🐰 Easter weekend (20th until 22nd April).

If you are visiting the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc and need some ideas, or if you live in the area and need some thoughts for workshops for your children during the spring holidays, then perhaps the following agenda will give you some inspiration . . .

➡️ for more ideas, both outdoor and indoor, see separate articles:

  • ☔️ RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc – see here;
  • 🌷 SPRINGTIME activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) – see here;
  • 🐰 EASTER WEEKEND (🐣 Easter Egg hunts and more) – see here;

Colour code for listings:

Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz and environs) and Vallorcine

Passy & environs

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

St Gervais, Le Fayet & environs

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs

Les Contamines & environs

🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷

🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭

🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹


During the spring holidays, in chronological order :

🐰 « Magic Mont-Blanc Festival » (Chamonix) 🐰

Back for a second year, is the « Magic MontBlanc Festival » in Chamonix  / magic spectacles and workshops for children / see chamonix.com and Service Culturel for more details and bookings;

when? from Wednesday 10th until Sunday 14th April 2019;

where? Le Majestic in Chamonix;

who? see poster below;

© Magic Mont-Blanc Festival / graphics by Pepper studio

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🇨🇭🐰 « Pâkomuzé » 🐰🇨🇭

« Pâkomuzé » (14e édition) is an initiative for children and families during the Easter holidays in Vaud, Switzerland / 39 museums and other locations put on creative activities and workshops, many FREE! / see website for booking details & programme;

when? from 13th until 28th April 2019;

where? in 39 museums in Vaud, Switzerland!

© Pakomuzé

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🇨🇭 Chaplin’s World: « Au Cirque avec Charlot ! » (Vevey) 🇨🇭

Chaplin’s World – located above Vevey and with 3000m2 of grounds, this unique centre was Charlie Chaplin’s home and gardens / today, it is an interactive museum that tells the life of the cinematic icon Charles Spencer Chaplin . . . a temple to one of the great 20th century artists! Over the spring holidays: « Au Cirque avec Charlot » – a circus, to commemorate Charlie Chaplin (130 years since his birth!) at Chaplin’s World! / in collaboration with l’École de cirque l’Alchimie, a circus tent will be set up in the grounds, ambience 1920s . . . / shows: 30mins long at 11h, 14h and 16h (no shows Thursdays 18th and 25th April!); programme here / for little ones, Chasse au Trésor de Pâques = Cailler chocolates to be found in the museum! (for chilren 5 to 12 years) / see website for more details and prices;

when? from 13th until 28th April 2019;

where? address: route de Fenil 2, 1804, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland;

© Charlie’s World

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🎨 « Les Petits Princes du Printemps » (Megève) 🎨

when? from 15th until 28th April 2019;

where? Place du Village, Megève;

price: FREE!

© Megève Tourisme

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🇫🇷🏰 « Les Légendes de Menthon » – Fête Médiévale & Fantastique (Château Menthon-Saint-Bernard) 🏰 🇫🇷 

The association Il était une fête introduce you to knights, princesses, troubadours and fantasy . . . with legends and music too! / medieval costumes and horse shows and night spectacle / more information here;

when? 20th, 21st & 22nd AND 27th & 28th April 2019;

where? Château de Menthon;

© Château de Menthon

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🎼 « Musilac Mont-Blanc » (Chamonix) 🎼

Its first year in 2018 was a resounding success, and Musilac Mont-Blanc is back again this year!

when? from 26th until 28th April 2019;

where? Chamonix;

musical acts? among others, Eagle Eye Cherry, Rodrigo & Gabriela, Charlie Winston . . . / website, programme ane tickets;

© Musilac Mont-Blanc

If you are working over the holidays, and the children are heading to their crèche, a garderie or espace animation, then you will have booked already, as places fill quickly! (I didn’t get my skates on quickly enough this time round for my elder son, so I have booked some alternative activities, and he is looking forward to those!). Here are some of the centres to choose from for older children au Pays du Mont-Blanc:

  • Cap Loisirs Chamonix;
  • Antenne Jeunes Les Houches;
  • FJEP Passy;
  • Espace Animation Sallanches;
  • MJC Saint-Gervais;
© Espace Animation Sallanches

Here 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we have beautiful nature and all of the sports and activities that go with it! Here are some of the options and workshops for children and families over the spring holidays:

⛷ Skiing ⛷

The ⛷ lower ski stations like Passy Plaine-Joux, Cordon and Combloux will have shut by the end of March, but you might still have some opportunities for spring skiing during the holidays at some of the higher altitude resorts . . .

Here is a list of the ⛷ ski resorts that will be shutting around mid-April, and their predicted fermetures (depending on snow cover, so subject to change):

  • ⛷ Les Planards – until mid-April;
  • ⛷ Grands-Montets – closing date 1st May 2019;
  • ⛷ Le Balme / le Tour-Vallorcine – closing date 14th April 2019;
  • ⛷ Brévent – closing date 22nd April 2019;
  • ⛷ Flégère – closing date 14th April 2019;
  • ⛷ Les Houches / Saint-Gervais – closing date 14th April 2019;
  • ⛷ La Poya – closing date 7th April 2019 (depending on snow);
  • ⛷ Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – closing date 14th April 2019;
  • ⛷ Megève – closing date 14th April 2019 (except La Princesse, which is already shut!);
  • ⛷ Les Contamines-Montjoie / Hauteluce – closing date 22nd April 2019;
  • ⛷ Flaine & Grand Massif, Le Grand-Bornand, Châtel, Avoriaz, Les Saisies, Courchevel, Méribel – closing date 22nd April 2019;
  • ⛷ La Clusaz – Sunday 28th April 2019;
  • Val d’Isère – 1st May 2019;
  • Tignes & Val Thorens – Sunday 5th May;
  • ⛷ Courmayeur, Italy – closing date 22nd April 2019;

good to know: you can find discounted forfaits and promotions for ⛷ spring skiing at various ski resorts on website Le Printemps du Ski;

Playing in the snow on a spring day at the Kouzna, Les Contamines-Montjoie

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🧗‍♂️ Climbing stages 🧗‍♂️

Salle Mont-Blanc Escalade (Les Houches) – still some places available for stage enfant 22nd until 26th April / reservations: 04 50 54 76 48;

Koala Grimpe (Saint-Gervais) – still some places left for the climbing stages from 15th until 19th April / tel: 06 88 96 78 73 or email: koalagrimpe@gmail.com / FB page & website;

Baby Grimpe at Le Palais in Megève – on Friday 19th April or 26th April, from 9h to 10h OR 11h to midday / for children 4 to 5 years with adult / price: 15€ le tandem / reservations: 04 50 21 15 71;

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Tennis: Chamonix Sports Club

Stages during the holidays:

© Chamonix Tennis Club

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🐴 Horse-Riding: Centre Equestre du Mont-Blanc 🐴

During the Vacances de Pâques, horse riding stages for beginners Monday 15th until 19th April (minimum 5 participants) / price: 40€ for the half-day / for children 5+ years / licence FFE obligatory / also, pony rides and private lessons / address: 130 chemin du Paradis, 74310, Les Houches / tel: 06 13 08 33 58 / email: christophe.and@hotmail.fr / website ;

© Centre Equestre du Mont-Blanc

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🚵‍♀️ VTT & Mountain Trott‘ (Alpes Aventures) 🚵‍♀️

Combloux – 91km of descent en famille over the Easter holidays, every Wednesday over the holidays! / from sommet de Combloux, down to Sallanches (1h30) / for children 9+ years

Mountain’Trott © Alpes Aventures
Alpes Aventures

Megève – every Wednesday of the spring holidays, Alpes Aventures moniteurs will take children on a chasse aux œufs (with electric bikes) / 10+ years / reservations: contact@alpesaventures.com or 04 79 37 30 56;

© Alpes Aventures

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Yoga en famille

Chamonix – acroyoga with children at the MJC on Saturday 27th April at 9h (3 to 5 years) or 11h (6 to 10 years) / price: 10€ for members, otherwise 15€ / reservations: tancilyauradespoetes@gmail.com / annual membership: 20€

Association Tanc’ il y aura des poètes
© Association Tanc’il y aura des poètes

Yoga Famille at Le Palais in Megève – on Saturday 27th April, from 10h30 until midday / from 3+ years and adult / price: 15€ le tandem / reservations: 04 50 21 15 71;

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⛸ Ice-Skating: patinoire de Saint-Gervais

⛸Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – as always during the school holidays, Charlotte la Marmotte will come out to play at the Jardin des Glaces, every Tuesday in April 10h until midday / for under 10s / see here;

Charlotte la Marmotte © Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

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🏊‍♀️ Le Palais workshops in Megève 🧗‍♂️

Le Palais in Megève puts on lots of great workshops – both sport & creative – for children ane families over the holidays . . . 

  • 🏊‍♀️ swimming – from 8th until 12th April ANE 23rd until 26th April;
  • 🧗‍♂️ climbingTout en équilibre ») – from 16th until 18th April AND 23rd until 25th April;

reservations Caisses du Palais+33 (0)4 50 21 15 71;

© Le Palais Megève

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Session Raft – water adventures

Open from April / from 10+ years / see website for more details / tel: +33 (0) 4 50 93 63 63 / address: 1871 chemin des Peupliers, 74190, Passy;

© Session Raft
© Session Raft

Maison du Lieutenant (Servoz) Hautes Herbes « ateliers teinture végetale » – workshops on 20th and 27th April and 4th May, 15h until 17h30 / for children 4+ years;

© Hautes Herbes

🦌 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 de Passy

🐣 Balade Gourmande de Pâques – on Monday 22nd April, 14h30 until 16h / with Terre 2 Savoie / ” Et pourquoi pas une CHASSE AUX OEUFS lors d’une BALADE GUIDEE et . . .  forcément GOURMANDE !!?? Le lundi de Pâques est dédié cette année aux petits et grands curieux, qui auront envie de débusquer quelques gourmandises cachées au coeur des coteaux de Sallanches ! Nous les trouverons, bien camouflées parmi les différents éléments de notre patrimoine traditionnel de Savoie que nous rencontrerons en chemin … et que j’expliquerai aux parents et aux enfants bien sûr ! ” / price: adults 11€, children up to 14 years 8,50 € / reservations: 06 44 00 84 71 / website;

© Terre 2 Savoie / Sallanches Tourisme

🦌 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches) – the fabulous workshops Les P’tits Experts de la Nature will be running over the holidays, on Wednesdays 14h until 16h / RDV at CNM (temporary premises during renovation: 9 route de Doran):

  • Wednesday 10th AprilLe p’tit forestier – outdoor workshop / 8+ years / ” envie de connaître la vie des arbres, le fonctionnement d’une forêt et sa gestion ? Rejoins Felix le forestier pour une animation ludique dans la forêt qui éveillera tous tes sens !
  • Wednesday 17th AprilLe p’tit sorcier – outdoor workshop / 8+ years / ” viens découvrir les plantes qui poussent dans les sous-bois printaniers. Certains sont même comestibles ! Apprends à les reconnaître, crée ton mémo… et viens les goûter ! “;
  • Wednesday 124th AprilLe p’tit piaf – outdoor workshop / 5+ years / ” D’où viennent tous ces oiseaux et où vont-ils? Découvre leur mode de vie, tu verras que certains se déplacent très loin et que beaucoup cherchent à manger pour nourrir leurs petits ! “;
© Centre de la Nature Montagnarde

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

Réserve Naturelle des Contamines

🏔 Le Parc de Loisirs du Pontet (Les Contamines-Montjoie) – will be partially open, with sport and leisure activities eg Nash Games karts, trampolines . . .

🐺 3D Nordic chiens de traineau –  « Journée petit musher » (Flumet) – discover the life of a musher / morning: visit of the kennels and the 33 snow champpions, with explanations about the breeds, training, car for the dogs / picnic at midday (not supplies) / afternoon: canirando and feeding of dogs / for children 8+ years / price: 35€ per child for the day / from 10h until 16h30 / reservations (limited places): FB page;

© Petit Musher 3D Nordic
© Petit Musher 3D Nordic

🦌 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

🌲L’ Ecomusée du Bois et de la Forêt (Thônes) – ⚒️ ateliers d’initiation à la menuiserie on Wednesdays 17th and 24th April, from 9h45 until midday / for children 6 to 12 years (accompanied by an adult) / reservations: 04 50 32 18 10 / address: Les Etouvières, 74230, Thônes;

🏔 Pass’Sport Montagne (Bureau de la Montagne du Salève) – outdoor workshops from 15th until 19th April 2019 / two different programmes – Découverte and Aventure, with plenty of different activivites;

 🦇 Les Grottes de la Balme (Isère) 🦇 – open 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: every day 13h30 until 18h and weekends from 10h30 / Easter egg hunt Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April, see here (reservations necessary: 04 74 96 95 00) / website tel: +33 (0)4 74 96 95 00! / address: rue des Grottes, 38390, La Balme-les-Grottes;

🐻 Musée de l’Ours des Cavernes 🐻 – open over the school holidays from 14h (shut Saturdays!) / Chasse à l’Ours de Pâques from 21st to 26th April (find the bears hidden in the cave, and exchange them for chocolate!) / website / address: Musée de l’Ours des Cavernes, Epernay, 73670, Entremont-le-Vieux (near Chambéry);

🇨🇭 « La Fête de Printemps » (Arboretum Vallon d’Aubonne) – on Sunday 14th April, from 10h until 17h30 / special springtime animations in the magnolia section of this STUNNING arboretum near Lac Léman;

🇨🇭🦖 Parc Dino-Zoo 🦖 « Jurassique Pâques » from 13th until 28th April, every day, from 11h until 18h, with lots of animations! / La chasse aux œufs géante Coquy  and new film 4D « Le Monde Perdu »  . . . and new installation T-Rex!


© Servoz Tourisme

There are 🐄 several farms to visit en famille au Pays du Mont Blanc (for a more extensive list, see separate MBFF post  SPRINGTIME activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond).

Here are some ideas for visits and workshops during the spring holidays :

🥖🧀 Maison du Lieutenant (Servoz) 🧀🍞

🍞 bread-making workshop – on Thursday 18th April (and 2nd May) fom 15h until 17h30 / with chef Basile, learn to how to make and bake bread in a traditional four à bois / price: adults 8€ and children 4€ / reservations: +33(0)7 78 24 96 77 / website / address: Maison du Lieutenant, 2231, Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

🧀 Reblochon-making workshop – on Thursdays 11th and 25th April from 15h until 17h30 / the secrets of how to make Reblochon cheese / price: adults 8€ and children 4€ / reservations: +33(0)7 78 24 96 77 / website / address: Maison du Lieutenant, 2231, Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

and more . . .

© Servoz Tourisme

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🐰 « Pain et z’Animaux » farmyard workshops and family visits at Ferme Les Montagnards GAEC (Ormaret, Combloux) 🐰

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

Ferme Les Montagnards – on Tuesdays 9th & 23rd April, 9h until midday or 13h30 until 16h30 / workshop for children Pain et z’Animaux: fabrication d’un petit pain et câlins aux animaux / reservations recommended;

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

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


Many of our local accrobranches will re-open during the spring holidays . . . a great way to connect with nature, get some exercise and have FUN! Please check directly with each establishment for opening hours!

If you are planning a visit to Talloires, on Lac d’Annecy, then  Acro-Aventures Talloires will be open every day 12h until 17h30 (weekends from 10h), with a special Easter chasse au trésor (until 28th April) / lots of chocolate! / website;

© Acro-Aventures Talloires

🌎 Little STEMcells (Chamonix) 🌍

Little STEMcells‘ workshop for the spring holidays will be Climate Clinic – understanding the health of our planet / on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April, 10h until 16h / for 6 to 11 year olds (Grande Section up to CM2) / learn about ” the earth’s vital health signs – air quality, air temperature, sea levels and ice melt. The workshop is packed with experiments and construction activities covering the whole range of STEM disciplines. The workshop is offered twice to allow more kids to learn about this important subject. We will build geodesic domes to study the greenhouse effect. We will learn how to analyse and interpret data by building 3D models and using these models to tell data ‘stories’. We will do some experiments to study the impact of land and sea ice melt and its impact on global sea levels. We will explore the science around air quality and how changes impact plants and animals. We will finish by exploring renewable energy and (if we have time) build some simple renewable energy machines. Finally we will discuss some of the actions we can take as individuals to protect our precious planet / email littleSTEMcells@gmail.com or PM to book / in English, but plenty of translators at hand / sunhats recommended! / price: 50€ / FB page information;

© Little STEMcells

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

No workshops here over the holidays, but the temporary exhibition « Roulez les mécaniques » ⚙️ is still running (until September); more information / parcours découverte for museum / good to know: visit the Parc de la Perle and ask for the maps of the parcours d’orientation at reception (see here) . . . and take the opportunity to visit the lovely Botanical Gardens opposite! / address: Parc de la Perle du Lac, 128 rue de Lausanne /

© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences

Balade Photographique (Megève) – on Sunday 28th April from 10h30 until 12h30 / learn how to take beautiful photos, with François from Megève Forever / two hours walking in the village, to learn the 5 keys to photo-taking / price: 10€ and FREE for under 12s! / reservations: 07 56 86 / RDV in front of Mairie and come with camera!

© Megève Forever

When it ☔️ RAINS 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 article RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . here, below, are some special activities organised over these Vacances de Printemps that would suit a rainy day!

🌈 Le Parc en Folie softplay in Sallanches will be open over the spring holidays, perfect for a rainy day (with a very civilised parents’ area!) / 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!); Sabrina also has bouncy castles for hire;


🎨 Atelier Cartes Pop-Up (Médiathèque Chamonix) 🎨

On Thursdays 18th April and 2nd May, at 14h30 / for children 7+ years / reservations: see flyer belox;

© Médiathèque Chamonix
Méiathèque Les Pélerins

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🎨 Cat Kartal holiday workshops 🎨

Sadly, NO 🎨 creative workshops during the spring holidays with Cat, but she’ll be organising some workshops again this summer in ARGENTIÈRE / 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 over the holidays at these two fabulous museums.

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🎨 Ateliers Créatifs Couleurs & Sens: « Les jeunes voient toutes les couleurs »

🎨 Art workshops with Isabelle over the Easter holidays in Sallanches . . . with a colour and famous artist theme! / 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 et Sens

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🍰 Patisserie courses & cupcakes 🍰

🍰 Lydie’s Cake (Sallanches) 🍰 – Easter-themed cupcake workshops taking place:

  • for 7 to 9 year olds on Wednesday 10th April, 10h until 11h45;
  • for 5 to 6 year olds (with an accompanying adult!) on Wednesday 10th April, 14h until 15h45;
  • for 10 to 13 year olds (with an accompanying adult!) on Wednesday 17th April, 10h until 11h45;
  • for 7 to 9 year olds on Wednesday 17th April, 14h until 15h45;

reservations: 07 85 12 87 90;

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Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

🎨 « Ateliers Les P’tits Créateurs » (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🎨 – over the school holidays, these multi-generational 🎨 creative workshops are organised at the Maison Forte de Hautetour and the Musée d’Art Sacré de Saint Nicolas de Véroce / Presbytère de Saint Nicolas Saint-Nicolas de Véroce (aimed at children, adults and families): 

  • 🎨 « Ateliers Les P’tits Créateurs: fabrique ton cyanomètre » (Maison Forte de Hautetour) on Friday 12th April and Wednesday 24th April at 10h30 – as they did in the 18th century, make your own cyanomètre, in order to measure the blue of the sky! Discover the works created by resident artists Pauline Delwaulle and Sébastien Cabour, they it will be your turn to find different blue nuances for your instrument / price: 3€ / reservations: 04 50 47 79 80 / more information here;
  • 🎨 « Ateliers Les P’tits Créateurs: l’affichiste » (Musée d’Art Sacré de Saint Nicolas de Véroce ) – on 19th April at 10h30 – after studying the posters from the exhibition ” Tous en piste. Les sports d’hiver vus par les affichistes du PLM “, have a go making your own poster! / price: 3€ / reservations: 04 50 47 79 80 / more information here;

🎨🎲🎭 « Mercredis des Enfants » – workshops and animations for children, in different place each Wednesday afternoon, from 10th until 24th April, 15h30 until 16h30 AND 16h30 until 17h30 / see Saint-Gervais agenda;

🎨 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;

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Le Palais workshops in Megève

Above, in the SPORTS section, you will find the swimming and climbing workshops, and here:   stylisme & création –  from 17th until 19th AND 23rd until 25th April / reservations Caisses du Palais+33 (0)4 50 21 15 71;

On Monday 15th April, a pottery session duo parent enfant in the Atelier (Batiment du Panoramic, Megève) / children from 6+ years / price: 15€ the duo / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 21 15 71;

Le Palais Megève

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🇨🇭🎨 MAMCO (Geneva, Switzerland) 🎨🇨🇭

A visit of the Sarkis workshop, followed by a watercolour workshop 23rd until 26th April, 10h until 11h30 / for children 4+ years / FREE! / reservations: visites@mamco.ch / more information on website;

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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 ever-changing) workshops, an 🍴 outdoor kitchen, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . / 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 s🇨🇭 mall Swiss cash if possible!) / more information: website and MBFF post;

spring holiday opening: Saturday 13th and Wednesdays 10th & 17th April AND 14h30 until 17h30 / 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!) / see other current spaces here;


We are lucky, 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, to have some superb museums . . . and then, further afield, are many 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 spring holidays / see full programme here (no flyer yet) 

© Musée Alpin

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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 (until 5th May) / 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 : « 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 / price: 4€;

© Musée Montagnard Les Houches

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Maison Forte de Hautetour (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)  and Musée d’Art Sacrée (Saint-Nicolas de Véroce)

Exhibitions, guided visits and workshops over the holidays . . .

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

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

This museum, dedicated to the history of clock and watch-making and décolletage in the valley, will be open every day over the spring holidays, from 14h until 18h / 🖼 for family visits, see here / see events and workshops here / website / address: Espace Carpano & Pons, 100 Place du 11 Novembre, 74300, Cluses ;

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🏰 Château d’Annecy (Annecy) 🏰 

At this wonderful castle in Annecy, there will be family visits over the school holidays: Wednesdays 10th, 17th and 24th April at 14h30 / there are often workshops for children, so do check the website for more details / more information & reservations: here;

Château d’Annecy © montblancfamilyfun.com

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

A Wednesday guided visit, « Mercredi Family: Faces à Face » on Wednesday 17th April / for children 6 to 10 years, with an adult / FREE and no reservations necessary / see museum website AGENDA for more details / address: rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206, Geneva;

© 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 spring holidays, to coincide with the new temporary exhitition « Prédations »:

« Les Saucisses, un aliment pour les super-prédateurs » – on 25th and 26th April, 10h30 until 13h AND 14h until 16h30 / by Nathalie Abella, with support of L’Alimentarium de Vevey / all about sausages – a food that has been around for a long, long time, already appreciated in Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages – sausages reflect savoir-faire, the land, history / FREE and no reservations necessary!

© Musée d’Histoire Naturelle Genève (MHN)

🦉 temporary exhibition: « La nuit est belle » . . .

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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Akademinis workshop at Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva

Wednesday 14th & 17th April from 15h30 to 17h / for 4 to 7 year olds / discover en famille the temporary exhibition, followed by a 🎨 creative workshop / reservations: + 41 22 329 18 42 / publics@centre.ch;

© Centre d’Art Contemporain

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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: 

🏔 L’ECOMUSEE PAYSALP – Musée Paysan (Viuz-en-Sallaz) & Croq’Alp (La Fruitière de Mieussy) 🏔 

🧀 Croq-Alp: « Fabriquez votre fromage SPECIAL FAMILLE » – from 10th until 26th April / see details here;

🐣 Musée PAYSAN: « Qui de la poule ou de l’oeuf ? SPECIAL FAMILLE » – Wednesday 17th April – from 15h30 until 17h / will the chicken or the egg be made of chocolate? Learn about chickens and make your own egg / price: 6€50 / reservations: 04 50 36 89 18 / address: 628 avenue de Savoie, 74250, Viuz-en-Sallaz;

© Ecomusée Paysalp
🇫🇷 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 MUSEUM & EXHIBITION visits, see MBFF article Museums & Exhibitions au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . .


Chamonix

Chamonix town guided visit: « Découvrez la fabuleuse histoire de Chamonix »  when? very Thursday, from 10h until midday / what? learn about the history of Chamonix – from shy beginnings to notoriety and world fame . . . from muletiers, to internationally-known guides . . . / address: 85 place du Triangle de l’Amitié, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / reservations: +33(0)4 50 53 00 24;

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Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

visite guidée: « Au fil des ponts » (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) – walk dedicated to Saint-Gervais’ bridges . . . uniting two sides of the Bonnant, a link between populations, the history of these bridges – secrets of their construction, engineering prowess . . . / when? Wednesdays 10th and 17th April, at 16h30 / RDV: Pont du Diable, in front of the Boulangerie Lesève / reservations:  04 50 47 79 80;

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

visite guidée: « Etre guide hier et aujourd’hui » (La Maison Forte de Hautetour, Saint-Gervais) – on Thursday 18th April at 16h30, learn about the history of the Compagnie des Guides de Saint-Gervais (founded in 1864), the job of a mountain guide, and delve into the world of alpinism – the first ascents of Mont-Blanc, the evolution of mountain equipment . . .  / La Maison Forte de Hautetour dates from the 13th century and was renovated in 2012; today it is an important cultural hub, with a permanent exhibition dedicated to the mountains and the guiding profession, and a temporary space which acts as a place for resident artists / price: 5€ and children 3,50 € / address: 114 passage Montjoux, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 47 79 80;

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

atelier: « Quel Sac de Nœud » (Maison Forte de Hautetour) – learn about the main knots used in the mountains in order to become a real alpinist! / price: 3€ / reservations: 04 50 47 79 80 / more information here;

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme


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 the spring holidays, there is:

  • 🎥 Wednesday’s Cinébus Les Houches – 17h for children’s film / Cinébus programmeaddress: Espace Animation, 27 place de la Mairie,,74310, Les Houches;
  • 🎥 and plenty of films on offer at the cinemas the Vox (Chamonix), the Ciné Mont-Blanc (Sallanches)Panoramic (Megève);
  • 🎥 Cinéma de Plateau d’Assy (Mondays) and Cinémino at Théatre Montjoie in Saint-Gervais;

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


Domancy

Raconte Tapis Rouge MatouSaturday 13th April at 17h30 in the Salle des Mariages / organised by the bibliothèque / reservations: domancybiblio@gmail.com or 06 16 22 19 25;

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Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

📚 « L’Heure du Conte » ( – on Thursdays at 11h for children 5 to 11 years (parents welcome) during the school holidays / FREE! / address: Bibliothèque Fernand Braudel, 450 avenue du Mont d’Arbois, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme
Saint-Gervais Tourisme

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Megève 

📚 L’Heure du Conte (Le Palais, Megève) – every Wednesday at 17h, until 24th April / for children 3+ years (Bébés Lecteurs Saturdays 6th April, 18th May, 15th June) / where? Le Palais, Megève / FREE and no need to sign up;

For other activities in Megève over the spring holidays, see online magazine here:

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