SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2020 – workshops & stages for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

The long 🏖 SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS are soon to arrive here 🏔 au Pays du Mont Blanc . . . it feels odd this year to think of “holidays”, after our children have spent so many days at home during confinement! But as the deconfinement period continues, and we have been given the green light to travel, more and more activities and options will be opening for our youngsters.
Some of us may be going away over the summer months, some of us may be staying in the mountains, many of you may be visiting our majestic mountains, valleys and lakes!

So here is a round-up of 🎨 some of the activities on offer to children and families 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc over the ☀️summer months, to help with your summer planning:

[ DISCMAIMER: please check for regular updates! ]

  • 🎨 centre de loisirs (MJC, FJEP, etc . . .);
  • 🎨 workshops & stages (art & creativity, sport, outdoors & nature, music, languages);

I shall be updating this list with any new workshops and activities that I hear about, and please feel free to send me details of any children’s or family events that you may hear of, or are organising yourself, over the summer months!

☀️ other MBFF summer articles:

  • ☀️ SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) – a general list of activities on offer for families / see here (springtime activities still relevant for summertime!);
  • 💦 SUMMER SPLASH (waterslides, wibit zones on lakes, aquaparks and more water fun) – see here;
  • 💦 LAKES & WATERSPORTS – see here;
  • ☔️ RAINY DAYS – see article here for lots of indoor options and also options for outdoor fun during light summer drizzle;

COLOUR CODE FOR LISTINGS:

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

Passy (Plateau d’Assy, Plaine-Joux, Bay, Chedde and Marlioz)

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

St Gervais, Le Fayet, St Nicolas de Véroce & environs

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs

Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs

🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷

🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭

🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹


[ NOTE: you will have to check with each separate 🌈 accueils de loisirs, to see how the situation stands for this summer! (reservation method, number of children limits, etc . . . ) ]

The various 🌈 accueils de loisirs au Pays du Mont-Blanc all fill up quickly for the holidays, so you have to be prepared with the required documentation on the allocated inscriptions days (some require you to pay when you sign up; otherwise, you will have already filled in the required details at the beginning of the school year):

CAP Loisirs (Chamonix Valley)

In the Chamonix Valley, Cap Loisirs (MJC) offers activities over the summer months / activities and centres vary according to each age groups / see here for more details:

  • P’tits Boutch – PS of maternelle / location: Les Pélerins;
  • Argentière – PS to GS of maternelle / location: Argentière;
  • Planards – CE2 to CM2 of école primaire / location: Planards;
  • Balmat – MS of maternelle to CE1 / location: école Balmat;
  • Club Ados – 6ème to 13ème collège & lycée / location: Gare des Glaciers;
  • Séjours Jeunes (11 to 17 years);

inscriptions: residents of the Vallée de Chamonix get priority and can sign up IN PERSON from 18th June 2020 (from 29th June for all others) and priority given to those signing up for a full week / you need to pay in full on the day that you sign up and make sure you have ALL of the necessary documentation filled in;

© CAP Loisirs
Club Enfants des Chavants (Les Houches)

Lots of great summer activities to sign up for at Club Enfants des Chavants / website / FB page;

FJEP Passy (Parvis des Fiz, Passy)

Le FJEP Foyer des Jeunes et d’Education Populaire in Passy is an association offering workshops for children and adults throughout the year, the headquarters being le Parvis des Fiz. During the summer holidays, there are plenty of workshops on offer, as well as the Parvis des Fiz operating as a daily centre aéré for children 3 to 12 years/ see website or FB page for summer programme;

inscriptions 2020: from 15th June at 9h (telephone and email: enfance@fjeppassy.com)

address: Parvis des Fiz, 275 rue Arsène Poncet, Passy / contact: 04 50 93 67 11;
Le Parvis des Fiz Passy © FJEP Passy

As well as daily activities over the summer months, the FJEP Passy also offers summer camps for 6 to 17 year olds . . .

Espace Animations Sallanches

Daily activities, some themed days, excursions and summer camps for children 6+ years . . . / see website or FB page for more details / address: 625 rue Cancellieri, 74700, Sallanches / tel: 04 50 47 84 68;

© Espace Animation Sallanches
MJC Saint-Gervais 

The excellent MJC (Maison de Jeunesse et Culture) in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains offers plenty of summer workshops and stages / the summer plaquette will be available soon / see website & FB page for updates;

inscriptions: dates to come, usually beginning of June!

© MJC Saint-Gervais
MJC Saint-Gervais © montblancfamilyfun.com
La Planète des Mômes (Parc Thermal, Le Fayet)
MEG Loisirs (Megève)

Activities throughout the summer for children 3 to 12 years, at this centre loisirs / website / contact: 04 50 58 77 84 and service.enfance@megeve.fr

MEG Loisirs © Megève Tourisme
Le Programme Lou Croué à Flumet (Val d’Arly)

See here for more information.

© Vivre Val d’Arly

Most of the 🌈 playgroups au Pays du Mont-Blanc for babies and toddlers take a break over the school holidays . . . see separate MBFF baby and toddler articles:

☀️ Kitsch INN family mornings (Les Houches) – “ Kitsch Kids Family mornings are finally back !!! 🧘‍♀️This week we will be having a fun family friendly yoga session with our very own Agathe on the grassy slope of the Bellevue piste !!! ☕️ The sunny terrace with play area in the middle is the perfect place to grab a coffee, snack or lunch while the kids play.
🪁 Bring a ball or another outdoor game for added fun !!! ” / when? 4th August from 10h until midday;

© Kitsch Inn

La Compagnies des Guides (Chamonix)

La Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix offers various outings for children over the summer holidays, open to residents as well as holiday-makers! / activities: hiking, biking, canyoning, rafting, canirando, climbing, treasure hunts, art & nature and more / address: 190 place de l’Eglise, Chamonix;

  • Club Piou Piou (4 to 7 years) – from 25€ / website;
  • Kids (8 to 12 years) – from 30€ / website;
  • Ados (13 to 17 years) – website;
© La Compagnie des Guides Chamonix
🌳 Faire l’Ecole Buissonière (Chamonix Valley) 🌳

Several Chamonix Valley friends have talked to me about Charlie and her 🌳 Faire l’Ecole Buissonière forest school; she organises bilingual forest outings and activities for children 3 to 12 years / summer programme here / email;

🌳 EXPLORE Chamonix (Chamonix Valley) 🌳

A private group that you’ll need to join . . . for fun in 🌳 the woods, forest school-style (mainly arounc Lac des Chavants) / see FB group here;

© EXPLORE Chamonix
🌳 La Maison du Lieutenant (Servoz) 🌳

Exhibitions (permanent and temporary), balades animées pour les familles, workshops, farm visits with butter and cheese making, cooking classes, sorties découverte, virées du patrimoine – lots of animations over the summer at the Maison du Lieutenant in Servoz!

La Maison du Lieutenant, Servoz © La Maison du Lieutenant
La Maison du Lieutenant, Servoz © C Gilbert
🌳 Sorties Nature (Argentière) – Thursdays 🌳

🌳 RDVs Nature (Vallorcine) – Fridays 🌳

Chalet du Col des Montets, to learn about animals and flora and more! / FREE and specifically for families (not unaccompanied children!) / reserveations: 33(0)4 50 54 02 24;

© Vallorcine Tourisme
🌿 Saturday workshop: Les Enfants au Jardin at Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy) 🌿

You all know that MBFF is a huge fan of these 🌿 magical local alpine gardens, that bring us: a creative parcours, various workshops for adults and chidlren, well-being sessions and yoga, Friday evening concerts a lovely shop and café! / see agenda for acitivites on offer this summer . . . and every Saturday, from 15h until 17h is an atelier créatif: Les Enfants au Jardin – the 12th July: ” ATELIER (ré)creatif de SAMEDI de 15h à 17h : avec La lumière du jour, venez marquer les contours de la beauté des branchages, des arbres, des feuilles, des fleurs . . .🌿🌳 réutilisation des Sets de Table en Kraft du restaurant et fusain créer avec du saule brûlé. ” / reservations: 04 50 21 50 87;

Jardin des Cimes © montblancfamilyfun.com
Réserve Naturelle de Passy: programme été 🌳

During the school holidays, there are always lots of great activities offered in the nature reserve, in conjunction with ASTERS: binoculars and animal spotting, treasure hunts, stories, workshops and more . . . my boys have had a lot of fun taking part over the years / Tuesdays and Thursdays – activities at Lac Vert / see programme in pdf document here;

© Réserve Naturelle de Passy
🌳 Culture au Pays du Mont-Blanc: Balades Nature pour toute la famille (Sallanches) 🌳
© Culture au Pays du Mont-Blanc
🌳 Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches) 🌳

The Château des Rubins is still being renovated . . . but over the summer you can hopefully still head to the little annexe put in place in the old médiathèque in Sallanches, to learn about alpine animals. Also . . .

🐝 « Les P’tits Experts de la Nature » workshops – nature workshops for children aged 6 to 12 years (some with age requirement, so do check!) / some workshops take place indoors, but many head out into our great outdoors (a different theme each week!) / when? Wednesdays, from 14h to 16h a / parents are free to leave children for the workshop, or can join in / price per child: 7€ / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 32 13 (places are limited) / see website or MBFF article for more details;

🌳 summer programme July and August: 

🌳 Réserve Naturelle des Contamines-Montjoie: programme été 🌳

The only nature reserve in the Massif du Mont-Blanc! Lots of summer activities on offer:

🌳 Stage Nature Immersion (Mont-Saxonnex) 🌳

A nature workshop for children 7 to 12 years in nearby Mont-Saxonnex!

© Connaitre ma Montagne
🌳 Réserves Naturelles Bout du Lac & Roc de Chère Lac Annecy) 🌳

In total, 13 outings this summer at the Réserves naturelles du Bout du Lac and Roc de Chère.: Thuesday mornings 9h30 until 12h and Thursday evenings 19h30 until 22h / reservations: 06 17 54 21 68 (places limited!);


🗺 Chamonix Valley parcours orientation 🗺

See MBFF article here, to learn more about the supberb 🗺 parcours orientation on offer in the Chamonix Valley – orienteering really is so much fun and so instructive!

🔍 Rallye Selfie Objectif 7 lieux at the Musée Alpin (Chamonix) 🔍

1 carnet de route, 7 œuvres, 7 lieux à découvrir. Visitez le musée, achetez votre carnet et partez à l’aventure dans les rues de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Voyagez dans l’histoire de la ville, prenez-vous en photo et conservez votre carnet en souvenir. Découvrez la ville en autonomie, son évolution, et repartez avec un souvenir personnalisé ! ” / price: museum entrance + 6€ for the booklet / more information here;

Rallye selfie © Le Musée Alpin à Chamonix
🔍 Jeu de Piste Les Houches (Lac des Chavants) – Thursdays 🔍

oûter offered at the end / children must be accompanied by adults! / subject to weather!

© Les Houches Tourisme
🔍 Jeu de Piste: Au Fil du Rail (Argentière) 🔍

A parcours ludique to do in Argentière / you can pick this up from the Tourist Office!

Jeu de Piste Argentiere © Argentière Tourisme
🌳🔍 Réserve Naturelle de Passy 🔎🌳 

The Réserve naturelle de Passy is celebrating its 40 years is summer . . . lots of activities, and to start: a jeu de piste en autonomie in Plaine-Joux : https://forms.gle/PdhSc6bmAyR92Dhz6;

 

© Réserve Naturelle de Passy
🌳🔍 NEW: Le CNM vous promène (x2 parcours) 🔍🌳

Connect with nature, and also discover or rediscover le patrimoine naturel with 🔍 2 new parcours from the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde at Lacs des Ilettes and Burzier! A 1 hour boucle with explanatory pannels and games and challenges along the way! / download the booklets (or collect from OT Sallanches), and remember to take a pencil along with you to answer the questions and solve the puzzle! / prizes to be won!

🌳🔍 Parcours nature des lacs des Ilettes : departure at the beach, near the restaurant Le Transat (I saw this pannel just the other day!);

🌳🔍 Parcours nature Burzier : parking de Burzier, at the end of the car park, 150m de dénivelé positif;

© Centre de la Nature Montagnarde
🔍 Il était une fois: les explorateurs (Jardin du Musée de Megève, Megève) – 6th to 8th July 2020 🔍

Avec “les Explorateurs”, plongez dans un campement d’aventuriers et découvrez des mondes connus et inconnus, dans un univers très proche des classiques d’aventure tels que “Indiana Jones”. / for children 3 to 17 years / from Monday 6th ⇒ Wednesday 8th July, 10h to 17h / more information here / address: Jardin du Musée de Megève, 66 rue du Comte de Capré 74120 Megève;

© Megève Tourisme
Explor Games© Megève:  « À la recherche de la déesse perdue » (Megève)

Explor Games©: « À la recherche de la déesse perdue »  is an adventure game taking place in the Secteur du Calvaire and the Creux St-Jean (forest trail) / you’ll need to download the app for free, and you’ll learn about biodiversity and the history of Megève / open until October / more information here;

🔬 Labo-Rando (L’Ermitage, site du Calvaire, Megève) – all summer 🔬

🔬 « Labo-Rando » is a family activity, le laboratoire de la biodiversité . . . in the morning, discover mountain environment, local 🌸 flora and 🐝🐞 fauna . . . and afternoon, set off for a walk on your own, with a pack d’observation GPS / ” Un authentique « Labo-Rando » pour partir à la découverte de la nature et découvrir la facette inconnue de la faune et la flore locale. L’idée est de mettre en avant 🐝 les insectes et 🌿 plantes inconnues du grand public. A partir de 8 ans accompagné. Venez découvrir le Labo-rando à l’Ermitage sur le site historique du Calvaire, une découverte de la nature de façon ludique et innovante avec des nouvelles technologies : 📱 tablettes tactiles, visio-guides GPS, 🔎 loupes binoculaires. Randonnée avec 🗂 un pack d’observation : Le parcours naturaliste vous emmène en forêt à la découverte des indices de présence animale, 🌲 des forêts de conifères et 🌳 de feuillus, 🐦 des oiseaux, des milieux humides en lien avec l’origine du nom de Megève (mare pédagogique) “/ in your pack: parapluie japonais, livret sur la flore and camera / children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult / documentation: identity card / price: 6€ adult, 4€ child for morning Le Labo and 20€ for the pack loan for the afternoon La Rando / address: L’Ermitage (site du Calvaire), Megève;

© Labo-Rando Megève
🔍 Balade ludique et familiales: « Sur les Routes du Petit Patrimoine » (Praz-sur-Arly) 🔍

Get to know the hidden corners of Praz-sur-Arly, following clues to resolve a puzzle: le labyrinthe de Draz / 1h30 to 2h long / pick up details from tourist office;

© Praz-sur-Arly Toursime
🗺 Cluses Arve & Montagnes parcours orientation 🗺

Cluses Arve & Montagne has several fun 🗺 parcours orientation and adventure games (some virtual reality) aimed at different age groups . . . if you have a 3 to 5 year old and older children in the same group, then you could separate and do different trails / see here for the full selection of treasure hunts and other games on offer in the area / read about MBFF’s experience doing the parcours 🦅 L’Œuf de Plume La Gypaète in Le Reposoir here;

© Cluses Arve & Montagnes
🔎Cheminer dans Annecy en famille (Annecy) – every Wednesday 🔎

A 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 family visit, to find hidden animals in the espace urbain! Clues, riddles, and jeux d’observation to help you identify them, and to undersand their uses and symbolism / when? every Wednesday at 10h30 / more information here;

© Musées d’Annecy
🔎Jeu d’énigmes pour sortir de la prison ! (Palais de l’Île, Annecy) – every Saturday🔎

Venez avec votre tribu tromper la vigilance du gardien, joué par un guide-conférencier. La visite est l’occasion d’un moment convivial pendant lequel grands et petits s’amusent à parcourir les principaux espaces du monument ” / when? every Saturday at 10h30 / more information here;

Palais de l’Île, Annecy © Gilles Piel
🔎Jeu de Piste Ponts de la Caille (Cruseille) 🔎

🌉 Le Site des Ponts de la Caille is, in fact, two bridges, and one was the first suspension bridge to be built in Europe, in 1839! Discover the jeu de piste on offer here and, several others in nearby Balme de Sillingy too! / more information here;

Ponts de la Caille © Alter’Alpa Tourisme

[ update: for more information about jeux de piste, courses d’orientation and chasses au trésor, see NEW MBFF article here ]


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

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

Maison du Lieutenant (Servoz)

Bread-making, milk and cheese-making . . . see above for more information . . .

Les Petits Fermiers (La Ferme les Montagnards, Ormaret, Combloux)

Delphine at la Fermes les Montagnards is offering her popular farm visits on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons during the summer holidays: put on your wellies and discover the life of animals at the farm! Butter-making and other activities on offer! / address: 4 chemin des Poses, Ormaret, 74920, Combloux / reservations necessary: Delphine +33 (0)6 21 02 18 99 / FB page;

© La Ferme les Montagnards
🐑 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;


Cat Kartal « Art & Nature » workshops (Argentière)

Cat Kartal is an artist who lives in the Pays du Mont-Blanc and – as well as running an art studio and producing her own work – she runs the fabulous 🎨 « Art & Nature » workshops for children (6 to 12 year olds) over the summer holidays. This summer, she is again offering workshops in July and August from the bucolic Argentière location (daily or weekly options from 10h15 to 17h15).

The aim of these workshops is to complement 🎨 a walk in nature with creative activities – the perfect balance! (the children produce sketches in-situ, or back in the studio). My elder son has very much enjoyed his week of 🎨 « Art & Nature » over the last two summers, and his little brother is keen to join in (and this, despite one stage being during the rainiest week of the summer!) / see website and FB page: Cat Kartal – Art&Nature for more details and dates / NEW since 2019: mornings for 3 to 5 year olds!

inscriptions: from now / see website for more details;

« Art & Nature » creations © montblancfamilyfun.com
« Art & Nature » Argentière base © Cat Kartal
🎨 Concours de Dessin (Chamonix Valley) – until 31st July 2020 🎨

The theme is: La Faune et La Flore en Montagne / for children 3 to 17 years / leave pictures at any of the 5 Offices de Tourisme de la Vallée (Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière, Vallorcine) / free choice of style: watercolour, etc . . . / on back of each drawing, mention: name and surname, age, address, email address, telephone number – winners will be contacted / see here;

© Chamonix Valley
🎨 Le Kids Palace at La Folie-Douce (Chamonix) 🎨

As well as organising birthday parties and having a full programme of events across the summer and winter seasons, guests at this hotel complex in Chamonix can sign up their kids for Le Kids Palace – a whole host of activities, sport and creativity for children. There is the possiblity for non-guests to also sign up their kids for some of the activities (check that this is a possibility again this summer) / website;

© La Folie Douce 
🎨 Arts & Crafts at Le Robinson on Sundays (Chamonix) 🎨

Under new management, there is Sunday Arts & Crafts here!

© Le Robinson
🎨 La Petite Compagnie au Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy) – from 31st July 14th August 2020 🎨

A troupe familiale from Amiens, offering workshops and spectacles for children:

– atelier théâtre – voix, respiration et chant : vendredi 31 juillet et vendredi 14 août à 10h;
– spectacle l’allumeur de rêves : dimanche 2 août et lundi 10 août à 10h;
– atelier fabrication de fleurs du jardin en papier kraft : lundi 3 août à 10h;
– atelier théâtre – conter l’allumeur de rêves : mercredi 5 août à 10h;
– atelier musique – hapi drum et chochettes, les chansons de bulle : vendredi 7 août à 10h;
– atelier fabrication d’arbres et chapeaux en papier kraft : lundi 10 août à 16h;
– atelier théâtre – les machines poétiques du jardin : mercredi 12 août à 10h;

For children 3 to 11 years (3 to 6 years, with an adult) / reservations: 04 50 21 50 87 / more information here;

© Le Jardin des Cimes
🎨 Les Instants Tout-Petits: activités et ateliers (Sallanches) 🎨

L’INSTANT T has been thought up by la Ville de Sallanches for this summer! LES INSTANTS TOUT-PETITS is a programme for young ones, with the participation of lots of local shops and institutions! / full programme here;

© Sallanches Tourisme
🎨 Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🎨

🎨 Le Chalet des Createurs in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains often offers workshops for children over the summer holidays, and there is a NEW children’s zone called Le Village du Picc : ” un lieu de partage, de loisirs, d’imaginaire. Une magnifique mise en scène de lutins magiques, des jeux en bois, une buvette. Tout cela en accès libre ” / and on Wednesday 8th July, from 14h30: workshops, animations, a concert from @phatl1p.chx;

/ see FB page or website for updates / see here for MBFF article about this creative hub for local talent!

address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu- dit Le Robinson, 900 Route de Megève, Lieu- dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 91 46 69 or 06 02 33 11 75;
© Le Chalet des Créateurs
© Le Chalet des Créateurs
🎨 Les Ptits Curieux workshops (Saint-Gervais) 🎨 

Guided visits and varied workshops at La Maison Forte de Hautetour:

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme
🎨 Le Palais Megève stage 🎨 

The ☀️ brochure is ready and online here / inscriptions: lepalaismegeve.com or en caisse from 29th June from 8h30 to 12h30 and 14h30 to 18h / tel: 04 50 21 15 71 / email: lepalais@megeve.fr;

© Le Palais Megève

📷 Photo competition – (Pays du Mont-Blanc) ⇒ 1st August 2020 📷

The aim of this game is to take a photo of each trésor, 8 photos:

  • [ Sallanches, Trésor n° 1 ] : Venez vous rafraichir et vous relaxer à La Cascade d’Arpenaz, site remarquable de 270m de chute d’eau offrant de belles vasques;
  • [ Cordon, Trésor n° 2 : Le sentier de la Forêt ] a une âme et vous donne rendez-vous avec la générosité foisonnante de la nature. L’accès en est facile… Seul ou en famille, ce serait dommage de vous priver d’une telle expérience sensorielle;
  • [ Combloux, Trésor n° 3 : L’oratoire « la Pierre à la Ste Vierge» ] est un bloc de pierre imposant dans lequel est creusée une petite niche voûtée, couleur bleutée, qui abrite une Vierge de Lourdes;
  • [ Passy Trésor n° 4 : La Passerelle himalayenne de Passy ] construite sur l’ancienne route menant du Plateau d’Assy au Lac Vert;
  • [ Saint-Gervais, Trésor n° 5 : Le Mont-Joly ] avec ses 2525 mètres d’altitude et son panorama à 360° depuis son sommet accessible en randonnée;
  • [ Praz sur Arly, Trésor n° 6 : Le Sentier des Contrebandiers ] est une randonnée qui permet de lancer les adultes et les enfants dans une chasse au trésor en montagne. des panneaux ludiques permettent de trouver un code secret;
  • [ Megève, Trésor n° 7 ] : unique en France par son histoire et ses caractéristiques, le Chemin du Calvaire est une balade culturelle agréable, dans un cadre apaisant que l’on peut pratiquer en toute saison;
  • [ Les Contamines-Montjoie, Trésor n° 8 ] : Deux cents mètres en amont de l’adorable église de Notre-Dame de la Gorge, une petite chapelle bien singulière est accrochée au flanc de la paroi rocheuse : la Sainte Chapelle;

📷 ⇒ send photos to: promotion@sallanches.com or Sallanches Tourisme on Facebook, with your details! / to win: x5 cartes pass destination Mont Blanc (adulte) and x5 cartes pass destination Mont-Blanc (enfant);

© Communauté Pays du Mont-Blanc
© Sallanches Tourisme
🎙 Globule Radio (Chamonix) 🎙

🎙 Globule Radio’s radio workshops in July are de retour for age groups 6/10 or 11/14 years / tel: 07 63 62 92 69 / globule@atelier-radio.fr;

📷 Stages photo à Combloux – every Tuesday until August 📷

Come with your 📷 camera, smartphone or tablette and be taught photogaphy skills by Pascal Bachelet and David Machet / at La Ferme Isidore in Combloux / every Tuesday until August, 9h until 13h / price: 39€;

© Combloux Tourisme

Little STEMcells (Chamonix)
Cassie and her team’s STEM summer workshops are back, starting with (by popular demand):
Dens and Domes on Thursday 16th July, 10h until 16h / for age 7-11 / ” We will forage in the woods for materials to build tension, beam and balance structures and explore different techniques to make forest structures strong. We will also build a large geodesic dome and experiment with ropes and knots. There will be some new twists on last year’s Dens and Domes so it’s suitable for kids that came last year too. There are lots of options for the different age groups / skill level and plenty of space for kids to go off and do activities in smaller groups. ” / price: 60euros per child and 40euros for siblings / more information on FB page;
© Little Stemcells

SPECIAL SUMMER PASSES

Certain communes offer special summer passes, either to tourists on holiday and paying for accommodation in said commune, or – in some cases – to EVERYONE, for a price!

Village Vacances Grande Nature (Chamonix Valley) – a NEW initiative for this summer, to encourage tourisme! / 25 activities to chose from, upon reservation / see here for more information;

© Chamonix Tourisme
Chamonix Tourisme © Stefan Haag

Combloux Pass Été – for 20€ for children and 25€ for adults, a whole host of activities on offer across 7 days;

© Combloux Tourisme

Flaine – FREE activites to chose from and certain reductions on other activities, for tourists staying at accommodation in Flaine / also open to visitors not staying in Flaine at a daily price;


Hopefully, there will be more and more ⚽️ sports workshops and stages offered over the summer holidays . . . if your children already belong to a club, then check with them directly if they have any activities or stages organised over the summer months!

[ see article SPORTS EVENTS for families, to see a list of events to partake in or spectate! (mostly from autumn onwards, as summer events have largely been CANCELLED due to large numbers exptected!) ]

Le Palais Megève stages d’éte

The ☀️ brochure is ready and online here / inscriptions: lepalaismegeve.com or en caisse from 29th June from 8h30 to 12h30 and 14h30 to 18h / tel: 04 50 21 15 71 / email: lepalais@megeve.fr;

© Le Palais Megève
© Le Palais Megève

🧗‍♀️ 🧗‍♀️ 🧗‍♀️ 

If your child belongs to one of the 🧗‍♀️ climbing clubs in the Pays du Mont-Blanc, then it is worth checking if they are organising any stages over the summer holidays . . . otherwise, there are various other options:

🧗‍♀️ Coco Grimpe climbing (Chamonix Valley) 🧗‍♀️

🧗‍♀️ Coco Grimpe offers climbing workshops of four half-days (Monday to Thursday) for children (4+ years) over the summer holidays (recommendation from Chamonix resident Isobel R, whose son really enjoyed his climbing course last summer!). Christophe Darlot aims to get children to discover climbing by having fun at various sites around the Chamonix Valley: on crags, some cordless bouldering, indoor climbing walls, slack-line . . . / all equipment is provided by 🧗‍♀️ Coco Grimpe, except for climbing shoes (can be rented) / see website or FB page for more details;

Mont-Blanc Escalade (indoor climing wall in Les Houches)

There should be 🧗‍♀️climbing lessons and stages here over the summer / check FB page and website for more details;

Koala Grimpe (Chamonix Valley)

Magaly of 🧗‍♀️Koala Grimpe gets rave reviews and looks to have lots of fun with her little climbers!/ price for one week stage: 170€ / tel:06 88 96 78 73 or email: koalagrimpe@gmail.com / FB page & website / you can sign up for the summer already – here;

Granit Escalade (Chamonix Valley)
Stages enfants dans la vallée, 4 to 18 years, climbing, via ferrata and canyoning / ” Au cœur de la nature, dans la vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc, les stages enfants de Granit Escalade ont pour ambition de faire découvrir une discipline exigeante et passionnante :l’escalade. Rendre cette activité – qui représente encore pour beaucoup l’essence même de la montagne – accessible est le leitmotiv premier des stages de Granit Escalade. Il s’agit en effet de créer une connexion entre les enfants et le milieu montagnard dans lequel ils grandissent. ” / price for 4-day stage (9h until 16h): 150€ / address: Granit Escalade, 24 chemin de la Côte du Mont, 74400, Chamonix / tel:+33 6 76 48 90 90 / website and FB page;
© Granit Escalade
Le Palais Megève

Usually, there are some stages held here, and some days dedicated to very young climbers: Baby Grimp . . . / check FB page for updates;

Private climbing guides

If you are on holiday in the area, then try some of the 🧗‍♀️private climbing guides (you can get lists from the tourist offices): Bureaux de Guides, Evolution 2, Cham’Aventure . . .

🎾 🎾 🎾

Many of the🎾tennis clubs au Pays du Mont-Blanc will offer 🎾tennis workshops for children over the summer months . . . try these:

  • 🎾Le Tennis Club de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc– offers tennis workshops (and SQUASH too!) for 2 to 4 year olds (stages baby tennis), 4 to 6 year olds (stages mini tennis) and for 7 to 17 years olds/ duration:1h to 4h sessions in the morning or afternoon, 5 days a week / more information on FB page;
© Tennis Club Chamonix
  • 🎾 Tennis Club Les Houches – see information in flyer below:
© Tennis Club Les Houches
  • 🎾 Tennis Club de PassySaint Gervaiswebsite;
  • 🎾 Tennis Club Sallanches – there will be stages in July and August / price: 100€ week (mornings only) and 180€ week (full day) / beginners, intermediate, advanced / website;
  • 🎾 Stages de Tennis Combloux– the tennis courts in Combloux are next to the Plan d’Eau Biotope / see Combloux Tourisme for more information about summer tennis stages for children;
  • 🎾 Stages de Tennis de Jean-Lou Fabbro (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) – in July and August / from 2+ years / tel:06 38 71 55 43;
  • 🎾 Megève (Plaine d’Arly)Baby Tennis from 3+ years and summer stages and lessons / see pdf document here;
© Le Palais Megève
© Le Palais Megève
  • 🎾Parc de Loisirs du Pontet in Les Contaminesoffers tennis workshops over the summer: stage mini-tennis (4 to 7 year olds), 1 hour per day – 69€; stage enfants from 7 years, 1h30 par per day – 129€ / more information;
© Tennis Les Contamines-Montjoie
© Tennis Les Contamines-Montjoie

 💦 💦 💦

Our 💦 swimming pools here au Pays du Mont-Blanc are being to re-open (with number restrictions), but I have no information yet about 🏊‍♀️ stages or lessons (which were cancelled for so many of our children during confinement!).

🏊‍♀️ Chamonix private lessonsBubbles with Nicola Joy Taverner, for 6 months plus . . .

© Nicola Joy Taverner

TNA Cable Parc – cours spécial jeunes débutants – 8+ years can learn the basics of ” téléski nautique en cours privés avec notre BPJEPS Marin ” ! / when? every Wednesday of July and August, 9h until 10h / reservations: 09 53 13 46 01 or tna.cablepark@gmail.com / price: 28€;

© TNA Cable Park

⛳️ ⛳️ ⛳️

You can find ⛳️ golf lessons and workshops for children here:

  • ⛳️ Golf Club in Chamonix Jean-Claude Bonnazoffers weekly or daily golf stages for children (débutants and perfectionnement) in July and August / Jean-Claude comes highly recommended! / see hiswebsitefor dates and prices;
  • ⛳️ Balles de Golf at Lac des Chavants (Les Houches) – Tuesdays 21st July & 18th August at 14h;
© Les Houches Tourisme
  • ⛳️Mont d’Arbois Golf (Megève)– check their website to see if there are any stages available for children this summer;
  • ⛳️Parc de Loisirs du Pontet (Les Contamines-Montjoie) – check website . . . / there is also a mini-golf available at the leisure park;
  • ⛳️Apéro Golf (Parc de Loisirs du Pontet, Les Contamines-Montjoie) – 1h or golf initiation, followed by apéro! / every Tuesday at 18h15;
© Les Contamines-Monjoie

⛸ ⛸ ⛸

Club des Sports de Megève – patinage

Local resident Aurélie Callier has just informed me that there will be ⛸ stages de patinage open to all (3+ years up to competition level) this summer!

Le Palais Megève © montblancfamilyfun.com

⛷ ⛷ ⛷

⛷ Ski Indoor 4810 – summer stage (Passy) ⛷

MBFF had a great day last autumn trying out indoor skiing at Ski Indoor 4810; read about our experience here. This summer – in June, July and August, Ski Indoor 4810 is offering a summer stage, one week long (17 hours), for 10 to 18 year olds wanting to improve their ski performance! For more details, see pdf document here;

AU PROGRAMME:

  • des séances de ski sur nos deux pistes infinies MB et XXL
  • un retour vidéo sur tes performances;
  • une préparation physique complète;
  • une initiation à la vitesse;
  • un diplôme Ski Indoor 4810 à la clé;
© Ski Indoor 4810

🐙 🐙 🐙

🐙 Parcours Freestyle 🐙

🐙 R’Jump Léman (Ville-la-Grand, near Annemasse) stages freestyle d’été / see here for more information! (run by 🐙 Octoplus Coaching):

© R’Jump Léman

🐙 Elevation Indoor « Summer Days » (Neydens) – various stages on offer over the summer: kids, freestyle, parkour and more . . . / more information here;

💃 🕺 💃

💃🕺Stage Dance by ArtVallée (Sallanches) 🕺💃

💃 Creative dance workshop for children 6 to 10 years / when? Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th July, 10h until 15h / more information here;

© ArtVallée

🏹 🏹 🏹

🏹 Tir à l’Arc 🏹

🏹 Challenge de tir à l’arc famille et copains (Les Contamines-Montoie) – 8+ years, all summer long on Thursdays 17h30 to 19h30 / price: 10 / reservations: http://www.lescontamines-nordique.fr or tel: 04 50 47 10 00;

© Les Contamines-Monjoie

🚵‍♀️ 🎨 🚵‍♀️

Les Petits Princes de l’Eté (Megève)

A full FREE programme of sporting, nature and creative fun for youngsters:

  • VTT électrique (Lac de Javen, Col du Jaillet, marmottes . . .);
  • daytime hikes (fauna, forest, orientation, rando aquatique);
  • evening hikes (Cascade de la Belle au Bois, alpage);
  • initiation plantes médicinales et ateliers fleurissment;
  • visite à la Ferme du Maz;
  • juggling workshop
  • spectacle: « Insupportables !! » (Wednesday 22nd July, 15h, Place du Village);

reservations: megeve@megeve.com or tel: 04 50 21 27 28 / see here for more information;


There are so many ways to enjoy our majestic nature with an animal here au Pays du Mont-Blanc!

Do check with local 🐎horse-riding centres, for updates about summer stages:

  • 🐎Le Centre Equestre Mont-Blanc (Les Houches) – this popular horse-riding centre offers holiday stages / website;
  • La Petite Diligence (Vallorcine) – ponies, buvette, games for children, pétanque . . .
  • 🐎 Les Ecuries des Fiz (Le Fayet) – this summer, you can do multi-activity stages here, with Sessionraft as a partner! – see FB page for more information / Monday to Friday, 9h until 17h / website;
© Ecuries des Fiz / Session Raft
  • 🐎 Les Ecuries d’Antan (Passy)website;
  • 🐎 Les Ducs de Comblouxwebsite;
  • 🐎 Le Cheval de Feug (Demi-Quartier, Megève) – for children 4+ years / website;
  • 🐎Centre Equestre Les Contamines-Montjoie(in Le Parc de Loisirs du Pontet) – see here for more details / FB page;
Donkey Walks

This is a super activity to do en famille . . . especially great for reluctant walkers, as if they tire then they can have a ride on the donkey’s back! We had a superb time hiking with Les Anes et les Mômes (Le Parc de Loisirs du Pontet) in Les Contamines-Montjoie) with Ernest, our donkey / website;

For other options, see here;

Les Anes et Les Mômes © montblancfamilyfun.com
🐶 Canirando 🐶

Companies offering 🐶canirando (walking with a dog in a harness) excursions locally (weather dependent):

  • 🐶 Huskydalen(Chamonix) – website;
  • 🐶 Les Granges de Heidi (Passy & Cordon) – website;
  • 🐶Au Mont du Villard du Nord(Megève) – website;
  • 🐶Voyageurs d’Hiver(Les Contamines-Montjoie) – website;
  • 🐶3D Nordic(Flumet) –  website;
3D Nordic canirando © montblancfamilyfun.com

🧘‍♀️ La Maison du Bien-Être (Sallanches): Les Ateliers de Zebrus🧘‍♀️

On one or two Wednesdays per month, there are binome parent & child sessions, and private sessions can be booked . . .

© Les Ateliers de Zébrus
© Les Ateliers de Zébrus

 

© Les Ateliers de Zébrus
Les Thermes du Mont-Blanc – Wednesday afteroon and Saturday & Sunday morning (Parc Thermal, Le Fayet)

We have yet to try this out, by Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc have a slot reserved for 👪 families: Wednesday afternoon and Saturday and Sunday morning! / reservations: 04 50 47 54 57 or accueilspa.tsgmb@loreal.com;

© Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc
Moment Famille à la Balnéo (Le Palais, Megève) – Saturdays and Sundays 10h until 12h

Saturday and Sunday mornings  10h until midday, are reserved for 👪 families at the balnéo in Megève! / more information here;

© Le Palais Megève

LANGUAGE STAGES

Jeunes Diplomates Megève

Les Jeunes Diplomates in Megève offer summer camps from 6+ years: English classes, with sport and art /website;

address: 126 route de Rochebrune, 74120, Megève;
tel:04 50 90 23 61 / email: info@jeunes-diplomates.com;
© Jeunes Diplomates Megève

Chamonix guided visits – a guided tour of Chamonix town, to find out about its rich history and its hidden secrets; with a trained guide du patrimoine / when? every Thursday of the summer holidays at 10h / 10 pax maximum, 3 pax minimum / reservations at Offices de Tourisme de la vallée: +33(0)4 50 53 00 24

address: Office de Tourisme de Chamonix, 85 place du Triangle de l'Amitié, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;
© Chamonix Tourisme

Les Virées Culturelles de Christine – Christine leads several different themed walking tours in the Chamonix Valley. for example: Découvrir les anciens hôtels et palaces du centre de Chamonix / for full programme of tours see here / price: 13€;

Carnet de RDV Pays du Mont-Blanc
Get to know better le Pays du Mont-Blanc and the Chamonix Valley en famille this summer: guided visits all about history and culture and art! / see the whole summer programme here;
🎾 Open Tennis Tournament (Les Contamines-Montjoie) – Tuesday 27th ⇒ 29th July 2020 🎾
© Culture Pays du Mont-Blanc

Lorenzio granite-maker (Combloux) – discover the history of granite-making in the area and the métier of granite-maker (tailleur de granit): extraction of the granite up to the finished product – chimneys, worktables, fountains, tables / reservations at the OT: +33 4 50 58 60 49/ when? every Friday;

address: Lorenzio Entreprise - Graniteur du Mont-Blanc, 34 route de La Barme, 74920, Combloux;
Laurenzio Graniteur © combloux.com

The 🖼 museums in the Pays du Mont-Blanc have a rich programme of workshops and guided tours for families and children.

See separate article 🖼 MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) for a full list of the museums and temporary exhibitions both au Pays du Mont-Blanc and a bit further away.

Don’t forget that many of 🖼 Geneva’s museums and temporary exhibitions are FREE on the first Sunday of the month (a great idea to escape the canicule!) / see MBFF article for some ideas! (Sunday 5th July, Sunday 2nd August and Sunday 6th September).

Musée Alpin (Chamonix)

For a list of the guided visits and workshops over the holidays, see here / NEW for 2020Médiation en autonomie : Où sont les têtes de mules ?

© Musée Alpin
Musée Montagnard (Les Houches)

For a list of the family workshops on offer, see here;

© Le Musée Montagnard
Musée du Lieutenant (Servoz)

Information to come . . .

Ateliers Les Ptits Curieux (Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc & Saint-Nicolas)

A programme of workshops is offered over the holidays at the:

  • Maison Forte de Hautetour (Saint-Gervais;
  • Musée Sacré (Saint-Nicolas);

Over the summer months, there will be a whole host of animations, street performances, theatre, concerts and storytelling organised for children. Please head over to separate agendas for each commune to see what is on offer. I shall post a selection on the MBFF FB page too!

🎭 Contes Médiévaux avec Elaéra (Ruines du Château St Michel aux Houches) – Wednesday 22nd July 2020 🎭
© Association Dans l’Temps
🏔 Veillées Contées: légendes de Savoie (Sallanches) – Thursdsays 23rd July & 13th August 2020 🏔
© Sallanches Tourisme
🎭 En Visite Simone: Visites Théatralisées à Sallanches 🎭

Reservations required!

© Sallanches Tourisme
🎭 Les Légendes de Combloux: Le Mystère de l’Akelaloupis – every Wednesday in July and August 2020 🎭

Every Wednesday, there will be animations, spectacles, treasure hunts and more . . . / more information here;

© Combloux Tourisme
© Combloux Tourisme
✨ Alta Lumina: un parcours nocturne enchanté par delà les montagne (Les Gets) – from 31st July 2020 ✨

✨ Alta Lumina is the latest in the series of enchanted night walks created by Moment Factory. In the heart of the French Alps, in the village of Les Gets, you are invited to setoff along the path of a travelling music-maker and his hot air balloon, and follow his incredible journey beyond the mountains. All year long, you’ll have the chance to be immersed in this enchanting environment, and to embark along a one-kilometre pathway where the story is told through apoetics of light, music, imagery, set design and interactivity. Prepare yourself for a rich emotional experience, where music is seen and light can be heard! ” / more information and tickets on website;

© Alta Lumina
🎭  Theatre de l’Orangerie (Geneva) 🎭

Located in the Parc de la Grange / Eaux Vives, this little outdoor theatre is a hive of activitiy in the summertime! More information here;

address: Quai Gustave-Ador 66B, Geneva;
© Theatre de l’Orangerie (Geneva)

As well as our 📽 two big cinemas in the Pays du Mont-Blanc: Cine Vox in Chamonix and Cine Mont-Blanc in Sallanches (both now open again!), you will find lots of outdoor cinema options over the summer (weather dependent):

📽 Ciné Mont-Blanc (Sallanches) 📽

The 📽 Ciné Mont-Blanc is putting on lots of special films and events for children, including a film festival, Little Films Festival:

📽 Ciné plein air in Argentière, Servoz and Vallorcine 📽
📽 Le Grand Soir Cinébus (Espace Animation, Les Houches) 📽

Every other Wednesday at 17h, you will find a film for children screened at the Espace Animation in Les Houches / check schedule here;

© Les Houches Tourisme
📽 Ciné Drive (Parking du Pontet, Les Contamines-Montjoie) – Monday nights during the summer 📽

On every Monday night of the holidays, there will be a drive-in cinema in Les Contamines-Montjoie at 22h;


OUTDOOR GAMES

Check with your local tourist offices, as each commune organises some fun outdoor games for children over the summer, largely free: jeux en bois, jeux de piste, jeux de société, laser games . . . .

© Les Houches Tourisme

Antenne Jeunes Les Houches

Lots of great summer activities to sign up for at Antenne Jeunes Les Houches (11 to 18 year olds / address: Antenne Jeunes, Place de La Mairie,  74310, LES HOUCHES) / website / FB page;

© Antenne Jeunes Les Houches
© Antenne Jeunes Les Houches
© Antennes Jeunes des Houches
La Compagnies des Guides (Chamonix)

La Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix offers stagesmulti-activités for teenagers: Ados(13 to 17 years) – ” Le programme multi-activités ado permet à vos enfants de s’essayer à toutes les activités outdoor et de vivre des aventures sportives en pleine nature dans la montagne versant sauvage. Descente de l’Arve en rafting pour une première expérience de la navigation en rivière. Journée sportive associant escalade et VTT. Adrénaline garantie grâce à la grande tyrolienne face au Mont Blanc de l’accro’Park de Chamonix. Sensations fortes garanties en immersion en canyon avec des longues descentes aquatiques, des grands toboggans, des sauts et des superbes cascades. Ce programme inclut aussi une excursion en haute montagne sur les glaciers. Pour une expérience encore plus intense, la Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix organise également des séjours multi-activités avec nuit en refuge et sous tente. ” / activities: hiking and glaciers, VTT, canyoning, rafting, canirando, climbing, nights in a refuge and more / website;

address: 190 place de l'Eglise, Chamonix;
© La Compagnie des Guides Chamonix
📷 Photography mini-shoot – every Monday and Friday at 10h (Chamonix) 📷

Learn 📷 to photograph the beautiful scenery of Chamonix with a professional photographer: la Promenade Decouverte / come with camera or smartphone to photograph some secret spots with Teresa Kaufman / price: 60€ / see here;

© Theresa Kaufman
Sessionraftstage découverte eaux vives (Passy)

💦 Stage découverte for older children (11 to 17 years)! This looks so great! Also, NEW for this year a stage in conjunction with Les Ecuries du Fiz horseriding! (see above) / FB page;

address: 1871 chemin des peupliers, Passy;
© Sessionraft
Stages Ados pour les 13 à 17ans (Sallanches) – three different weeks available

5 days of sports and activities with the Le Bureau des Guides et Accompagnateurs :

lundi : escalade;
mardi : via ferrata et randonnée;
mercredi : canyon et spéléo;
jeudi : via corda;
vendredi : rando VTT assistance électrique;

from 9h until 17h / equipment provided and transport too / small groups of 4 to 8 max / see here for more information / price: 484€;

© Sessionraft
MJC Saint-Gervais ados
© MJC Saint-Gervais
Le Palais Megève stages d’éte ados

The ☀️ brochure is ready and online here / inscriptions: lepalaismegeve.com or en caisse from 29th June from 8h30 to 12h30 and 14h30 to 18h / tel: 04 50 21 15 71 / email: lepalais@megeve.fr;

© Le Palais Megève
Jeunes Diplomates Megève

Summer camps, with an onus on English language learning – see above!

© Jeunes Diplomates Megève
Parcours Freestyle

See above: R’Jump (Ville-la-Grand) and Elevation Indoor (Neydens) . . .

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