Festival « Les Enfants d’Abord » (Sallanches)

As residents of Sallanches, we have watched the 🎭 children’s festival « Les Enfants d’Abord » get bigger and better each year! (the festival has now been running for 24 years!).

Over 4 days – this year from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th August 2019 – every afternoon and evening (15h30 until 18h30) the pedestrian streets of Sallanches, as well as the quais, the Pré de Foire, the Place de la Grenette, the Place Saint-Jacques, and 📚 the Médiathèque Ange Abrate play host to FREE games, activities, 🎨 workshops, déambulations and spectacles for CHILDREN! In effect, Sallanches becomes a giant playground!

To peruse the full schedule of workshops & events and 🗺 a map of where all the activities are taking place, see here.

© Les Enfants d’Abord
« Les Enfants d’Abord » in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
« Les Enfants d’Abord » in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com

Workshops & Activities 

The festival offers 🎨 diverse workshops, some that you must sign up for beforehand ( at the OT de Sallanches: 32 quai de l’Hotel-de-Ville / tel: 04 50 58 04 25 ), and some which you can try out en accès libre.

Some workshops return every year by popular demand ( 🐹 Amidoux animal care, 📚 book illustration, 🎨 porcelaine painting, pottery, calligraphy . . .) and there are also new additions (this year string art, Chinese ink and more . . . ).

Amidoux bunnies at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2018 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Amidoux bunnies at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2018 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Galérie Miage « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2019 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com

And even if you don’t manage to get a place at the workshops requiring an inscription, there are also lots of other 🎨 workshops and activities on offer that you don’t need to sign up for, so it is still really worthwhile to wander around and see what takes your fancy! A few years back, when I had a baby in a buggy and a toddler, we just enjoyed a 🐺 colouring & mask-making workshop and the games set up along the quais.

« Les Enfants d’Abord » 2014 colouring in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Mask-making at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2014 © montblancfamilyfun.com

Here are some of the workshops and games available for children, en accès libre:

  • Le Parcours Aventure (6+ years) with the Bureau des Guides de Sallanches – tyrolienne, pont népalais, filet de pirates . . . all over the Sallanche river!
  • Ludik Aventure (3+ years) – balance skills and adventure for wee ones!
  • 🎲 Les Jeux Géants (for all ages!) from Terre de Jeux – along the Quai Alexandre Curral;
  • 🏓 Crazy Pong (4+ years) – in the Pré de Foire;
  • 🎪 Les Arts de Cirque (3+ years) from L’Oiseau de Passage – in La Grenette;
  • Origami (8+ years) – from Sayaka Hodoshima and Studio Origami;
  • 🐺 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde – creative and nature workshops!

. . . and 🎆 light-painting with Pierre Hassenboehler, 🍭 sweetie brochettes with Les Petits Invités, 🎨 face-painting from the fabulous Mam’Zelle Pastel & Compagnie Rouge Paillette, 🧬 fun science workshops with Les Savants Fous and Le Moulin à Étincelles . . .

📚 and NEW for this year: “ Il était une fois . . .  “ at the 📖 Médiathèque Ange Abrate – meet with the authors and illustrators of children’s literature and create your own stories and pictures! (in partnership with the lovely local bookshops Les Carnets d’Albert and Livres en Tête).

« Les Enfants d’Abord » Parcours Aventure in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
« Les Enfants d’Abord » Parcours Aventure in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Terre de Jeux in the shade at « Les Enfants d’Abord » in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Terre de Jeux at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2015 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Terre de Jeux at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2015 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Terre de Jeux at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2016 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Terre de Jeux at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2016 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Terre de Jeux at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2017 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Terre de Jeux at « Les Enfants d’Abord » in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun
Face-painting by Mam’Zelle Pastel © Mam’Zelle Pastel

Les Déambulations & Spectacles

« Les Enfants d’Abord » is a children’s festival rich in 🎭 the performance arts!

There are entertaining 🎭 déambulations every day from 15h30 – bubbles, puppets, humour . . .

This year, for the first time, there will be 🎪 circus performances from Cirque Autour in a huge tent set up in the Pré de Foire every day at 15h30, 16h30 and 17h30!

And in addition, 🎪 every evening at 19h in the same tent, there will be a different spectacle for the children!

🏙 La Nocturne des Enfants d’Abord – another first for this year, on Wednesday 7th August, the entertainment will continue into the night, until 21h30: storytelling, spectacles, parade, lantern tour . . .

Déambulations at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2017 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Déambulation at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2018 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com

Tac’Inette, la chouette mascotte!

Look out for 🦉 Tac’Inette, the cute mascot of « Les Enfants d’Abord », always happy to give you a cuddle or pose for a photo!

« Les Enfants d’Abord » mascot in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com
Tac’Inette with Amidoux hamster 🐹 at « Les Enfants d’Abord » 2018 in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun.com

Where to grab a snack during the festival

There are plenty of spots up and down the quais to grab 🥤 a drink or snack during the festival:

  • there will be a Coin Sucré set up on the Pré de Foire and on Wednesday 7th August a Coin Gourmand on the Place Saint-Jacques (with participating food trucks and restaurants);
  • 🍦La Cabane à Glaces (on the Quai Alexandre Curral);
  • 🍰 Chocola’thé for fresh juices and cake;
  • 🍰 Délicat Délice for cake!
  • a friendly Carrefour Express;

And it is lovely to head down to the 💦 water’s edge of the Sallanche river for a wade and cool down (disclaimer: be careful with young children!) . . .

And don’t forget that you also have 🌈 two fabulous playgrounds in the centre of Sallanches!

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