LES MERCREDIS – sport, nature, creative activities and relaxation for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

[ La Rentrée 2021 – 2022 update ]

WEDNESDAYS are, in many of the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc communes, a day free from scholastic duties (for children in maternelle and primaire, at least!). A day to perhaps explore a new ⚽️ sport or 🎨 leisure activity, 🏡 to relax at home or to head to garderie (where kids will discover lots of fabulous activities!) . . .

[ see article 📚 La Rentrée for more details about clubs and associations to sign up to on a termly or yearly basis! ] 


Colour code for listings:

Pays du Mont-Blanc

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

Passy & environs

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

St Gervais, Le Fayet & environs

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs

Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs

🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷

🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭 


For working parents, you will find an accueil de loisirs or garderie near to you, where your child or children will enjoy a full programme of cultural and sporting events on Wednesdays (and after school). These normally operate on a regular or ad-hoc basis; you’ll need to check the stipulations for booking!

  • school garderies;
  • MJC Chamonix – see here;
  • FJEP Passy – see here for up to 11 years for ados;
  • MJC Saint-Gervais – for Mercredis Loisirs see here;
  • Espace Animation de Vouilloux (Sallanches) you’ll find a Wednesday programme and family programme;
  • Le Palais Megève – see here;
  • Vivre en Val d’Arly – for Mercredis Découvertes, see here;
  • and plenty more!

[ ⇒ check with your local mairie or school for the options closest to you! ]


For children not signed up to a club or leisure centre, then here is a list of some of the activities they (generally for the 4+ or 6+ age groups) can sign up to 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc on Wednesdays on an ad-hoc basis, rather than on a termly or yearly basis . . . (for babies & toddlers, see separate article 👪 Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc).

[ ⇒ do check with MJC Chamonix, FJEP Passy, MJC Saint-Gervais and Le Palais Megève for sporting activities available for youngsters on a Wednesday on a termly or yearly basis! ]

 Sport Loisir (Chamonix)

La ville de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc souhaite favoriser la pratique des activités physiques et sportives POUR TOUS. Dispositif récurrent, le SPORT LOISIR a pour objectif de sensibiliser, toute l’année (les mercredis, hors vacances scolaires), un maximum d’enfants scolarisés ou domiciliés à Chamonix-Mont-Blanc à différents sports (ESCALADE, VTT, JUDO, PATIN, TENNIS, NATURE-RANDO…) en proposant une initiation à des prix attractifs. Le SPORT LOISIR est une alternative aux activités « compétition » pratiquées dans les sections sportives des Clubs des sports. Il peut aussi être considéré comme un tremplin pour l’inscription future dans l’un de ces clubs. Les initiations sportives proposées sont encadrées par des professionnels des disciplines concernées. La coordination est assurée par le personnel de la mairie de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.”

Sport Loisir is open to children from M/S up to CM2, scolarisés dans l’une des écoles de Chamonix / reservations at the Mairie,
and you’ll need to provide (if not already signed up on portail famille) / more information here:
  • une attestation d’assurance scolaire, périscolaire, extra scolaire;
  • le carnet de santé, pages des vaccinations;
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© Mairie de Chamonix
Les Mercredis Sportifs – Multisport du Plateau au Plateau d’Assy

On Wednesday afternoons!

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© Mairie de Passy
USEP (Union Sportive de l’Enseignement du Premier Degrés) in Sallanches

Through my sons’ school, I discovered this wonderful initiative . . . primary school children can discover a whole host of different ⚽️ sports through the USEP on a Wednesday morning or afternoon, for a very small fee . . . this is a great way to discover different sports (on a rotating schedule of cycles of sports) and to meet kids from different schools / USEP website;

CrossFit Mont-Blanc (Passy)

In Chedde (Passy), your youngsters can now practise 🤸‍♂️ crossfit on Wednesdays and Saturdays! / with a new Kids by Crossfit (kids and teens) page on Instagram / portes ouvertes until 26th September! / see here;

address: CrossFit Mont-Blanc, 332 avenue des Râches, 74190, Passy / tel: 09 86 57 73 85 / website;
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© CrossFit Mont-Blanc
© CrossFit Mont-Blanc
CrossFit de la Vallée (Sallanches)

Wednesday crossfit (a combination of gymnastic and endurance activities) for kids!

 

Check Le Palais in Megève’s FB page, for ad-hoc theatre, activities and sports available on a Wednesday!

© Le Palais Megève
Mercredis’ Tractions (Club des Sports, Cluses)

Different districts of Cluses offer morning activities for children scolarisés in Cluses!

Vertic-Halle (Monthey, Valais, Switzerland)

At 🧗‍♂️ Vertic-Halle, you have 500m2 of bloc on one side of the paroi phonique, and a zone loisirs for children on the other side! / café too! / good to know: 9h opening on Wednesdays! / website and FB page / address: Vertic-Halle, route du Triboulet 10, 1870, Monthey, Switzerland;

© Vertic-Halle Monthey

[ ⇒ for other indoor climbing activities, see separate MBFF articles Rainy Days au Pays du Mont-Blanc or Softplay au Pays du Mont-Blanc ]

If you are looking for 💦 swimming lessons for your wee ones (for me swimming is the number one sport that the kids MUST learn to a certain standard!), then all of the Pays du Mont-Blanc local pools have maitre nageurs and lessons on offer, including classes for babies and toddlers. Schools will also offer swimming lessons, but don’t depend on many of these for rapid progress!

If you are looking for competition level swimming, then you have the clubs (see separate article La Rentrée).


Forest Schools au Pays du Mont-Blanc

There are a few 🌳 forest school options now 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, and you can sign up for these either on a termly, holiday or ad-hoc basis (depending on each organisation). Here are the ones known to me:

  • 🌳 Faire l’Ecole Buissonière (Chamonix Valley) – bilingual groups with Marie Janin on Wednesdays during the month of September / booking page / FB page;
  • 🌳 EXPLORE (Chamonix Valley)private group on FB, sporadic forest outings;
  • 🌳 dehOrs (Chamonix Valley) – sessions on a Wednesday from this forest school, led by two accompagnatrices de montagne / FB page / website;
  • 🌳 Ide-ô / Le Lien Naturel (Chamonix Valley) see FB page;
  • 🌳 Viens, Vis et Deviens (Montessori in Plateau d’Assy) – for little ones up to 12 year olds, some sessions on Wednesday afternoons / more information on website;
  • 🌲 NEW in Combloux – Racines et Papillons – every other Wednesday afternoon along the Sentier des Graniteurs! / see information in flyer below;
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© Racines et Papillons

Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy) – don’t forget that this lovely alpine garden will be open from Wednesday ⇒ Sunday, every week until its closure on 3rd October 2021 / a perfect Wednesday visit in autumn! / there are sometimes children’s workshops / website and MBFF article;

[ SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ] Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshops (Sallanches) 

On Wednesday afternoons during the French school holidays, the 🦇 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (CNM) organises workshops (indoor & outdoor, depending on the workshop) for children aged 6 to 12 years (check age requirement for each individual workshops, as this varies!) called 🦇 Les P’tits Experts de la Nature. Children are given a certificate booklet when they do their first workshop and they collect a stamp for each completed workshop. During their 2-hour workshop, they become little “experts” in different fields of nature! / timings: 14h to 16h / price: 8€ per child (parents are welcome, free of charge, but their presence is not required!) / reservations: places are limited, so you must book directly with the CNMtel: + 33 (0)4 50 58 32 13; 

address: Centre de la Nature Montagnarde, 9 route de Doran, 74700, Sallanches / tel: 33 (0)4 50 58 32 13;

past summer workshops:


Cat Kartal Art School (Argentière)

As well as Cat’s wonderful summer workshop Art & Nature, she can offer art classes for children in the old chalet of the 🐼 Panda club in Argentière – if you can organise a group of 4+ kids this autumn, then she can arrange a class for you / check FB page for updates! / don’t forget : ☔️ rain jacket, proper hiking shoes, dry clothes, pants & socks, polar fleece, indoor shoes AND ☀️ sunhat suncream, sun glasses, water, 🎒 backpack and goûter!

📱 contact: 06 33 02 17 61 / 📧 catkartal@hotmail.fr / chamonix-artschool.com / website;

Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais)

This creative hub sometimes has workshops on a Wednesday! / check programme here;

⇒ a bit further away . . .

Les Mercredis de l’Archi (CAUE Haute-Savoie, Annecy)

For aspiring architects, from 🏛  the Conseil d’Architecture, d’ Urbanisme et de l’ Environnement de Haute-Savoie! / Wednesday afternoons for 10 to 14 year olds / inscriptions open! / more information here;

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© CAUE
Wednesdays at La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva, Switzerland) 

MBFF is a HUGE fan of this centre for creativity for families in Conches, Geneva . . . we discovered the house and grounds of 🎨 La Maison de la Créativité one sunny Saturday of autumn 2016! A house and gardens full of treasures for children, wonderful workshops, an outdoor “kitchen”, a playground, incredibly welcoming staff . . . see MBFF article for more details / aimed at children up to the age of 8 years / opening hours on website / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / 🗓 opening hours: Wednesdays 9h30 to midday AND 14h30 to 17h30, and one Saturday per month 9h to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30 / 🅿️ parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or take draisienne!);

🎨 2021 information:

  • limited places (you must reserve on on the website here);
  • mask obligatory for adults;
  • disinfection for hands available in each room of house;
address: 7 chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90;

There are the official Mairie-run music and dance schools, where you can sign up for group or individual lessons on a yearly basis (éveil musical, solfège, musical instruments, choirs, orchestras, dance, ballet). You’ll also find Wednesday classes with MJC Chamonix and Saint-Gervais, FJEP Passy, Le Palais Megève, but all of these will require a regular presence . . . or there are some independent tutors and schools available for some ad-hoc lessons, drop-ins and stages:


Theatre 

There are quite often spectacles at the médiathèques, theatres, and salles polyvalente scheduled on Wednesdays! I try to post these to the MBFF FB page! In addition, you have these options at the moment:

Cinema

Both the Vox cinema in Chamonix, and the Cine Mont-Blanc in Sallanches have Wednesday family films on offer!

🎥  Le Grand Soir Cinébus in Les Houches on two Wednesdays every month at 17h30🎥 Cinébus shows children’s films at the Salle d’Animation in the centre of Les Houches / see current programme here / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

[ for more ideas for cinema outings, see MBFF article 🎥 Cinemas au Pays du Mont-Blanc ]

© Le Grand Soir Cinébus

Lectures pour petites oreilles at the Médiathèque des Houches 

Every first Wednesday of the month, 9h30 to 10h / or 2 to 3 year olds;

© Les Houches Médiathèque
L’HEURE du CONTE at the Médiathèque Ange Abrate in Sallanches 

📚 Storytime for children takes place on certain Wednesdays in the Salle de l’Heure du Conte / website / there are also sometimes spectacles organised / see current programme here;

  • Wednesday 8th & 22nd September AND 20th October 2021 at 10h30 – for 3 to 4 year olds;
  • Saturday 11th September AND 9th October 2021 at 10h30 – for tiny ones (18 months to 3 years);
  • Wednesdays 29th September AND 23rd October 2021 at 15h30 – for children 5+ years;

The Espace Jeunesse, furnished with beanbags and rugs, and the Salle de l’Heure du Conte are located upstairs (with WC located nearby, very practical!).

Children’s Section in the médiathèque © montblancfamilyfun.com
address: Médiathèque Ange Abrate, 81 place du Commissaire Chesney, 74700, Sallanches;
Médiathèque Ange Abrate © sallanches.fr
Médiathèque Ange Abrate © sallanches.fr
Les Histoires de Charlotte (Bibliothèque Fernand Braudel, Saint-Gervais) 

Every FIRST Wednesday of the month (except school holidays) at 15h or 16h (please check) / for 4+ years / FREE! / see here for more information / upcoming dates: Wednesday 6th October, from 15h;

address: Bibliothèque Fernand Braudel, 450 avenue du Mont d'Arbois, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;
Les Histoires de Charlotte © Saint-Gervais Tourisme

For little ones, you have a Saturday option:

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Les Histoires de Bébé Charlotte © Saint-Gervais Tourisme
 
L’Heure du Conte at the Médiathèque Le Palais Megève 

[ note: see agenda for updates ]

There is a regular 📚  storytelling session organised at the médiathèque in Megève (located within Le Palais) every Wednesday (or alternate Wednesday out of season) for children 3+ years (FREE and no reservation required):

  • Wednesday 18th September 2021, from 11h to 11h45 – Heure du conte pour la Journée du Patrimoine : La peinture . . . tout un Art !
  • Wednesday 29th September 2021, from 11h to 11h45 – thématique développement durable : des histoires pour petites et grandes oreilles thématique pauvreté, solidarité, droit des enfants . . .
  • Wednesday 6th October 2021, from 11h to 11h45 – thématique développement durable autour de l’alimentation, la production . . .
  • from 27/10 to 03/11/2021, every Wednesday from 11h to 11h45;
  • Wednesday 17th November 2021, from 11h to 11h45;
  • Wednesday 1st December 2021, from 11h to 11h45;
  • Wednesday 15th December 2021, from 11h to 11h45;

There is also a session one Saturday per month for bébés lecteurs, for little ones from 0 to 3 years:

  • Saturday 11th September 2021, from 11h to 11h45;
  • Saturday 9th October 2021, from 11h to 11h45;
  • Saturday 13th November 2021, from 11h to 11h45;
  • Saturday 11th December 2021, from 11h to 11h45;
address: Espace Jeunesse à la Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève / tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70;
l’Heure du Conte à Megève © megeve.com
 

[ good to know – the 📚 médiathèques throughout the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc have regular spectacles, ateliers, films for children throughout the year! / check their websites and FB pages to keep up-to-date ]

📚 Librairie Les Carnets d’Albert (Sallanches) 📚 

For little ones, it is worth checking out the events calendar at the bookshop 📚 Librairie Les Carnets d’Albert on the Place Charles Albert in Sallanches . . . there are sometimes readings of books for small children or workshops / address: 220 place Charles Albert, 74700, Sallanches / FB page to follow for information;

© Librairie Carnets d’Albert

Are your children in need of a pause to relax and breathe deeply? There are now several options for 🧘‍♀️ breathing, meditation and yoga exercises 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc!

Meditation & Relaxation classes – La Maison du Bien-Être (Sallanches) and Les Ateliers de Zébrus 

Private classes, group classes, binôme classes with parents . . . there are regular Wednesday sessions, so check the FB page;

address: La Maison du Bien-Être, Place Saint-Jacques, 74700, Sallanches;
© Les Ateliers de Zebrus
© Les Ateliers de Zebrus
Yoga pour enfants au Pays du Mont-Blanc

You now have quite a few options for children’s yoga here au Pays du Mont-Blanc!

Both Shaula Yoga (throughout Pays du Mont-Blanc) and Alpiness Yoga (Combloux and Sallanches) . . . and some of these classes are conveniently on a Wednesday!

Try also: 🧘‍♀️ MJC Chamonix, 🧘‍♀️ association Tanc’il y aura des Poètes (accro-yoga), 🧘‍♀️ FJEP Passy, 🧘‍♀️ MJC Saint-Gervais, 🧘‍♀️ Sallanches Cercle du Yoga (Wednesdays from 17h until 17h45 in the Salle de Karaté du Gymnase du Rosay; can sign up on termly basis, as well as yearly!), Yoga Enfants (Sallanches) and 🧘‍♀️ Le Palais Megève . . .

Sanskriti – yoga pour les enfants (Scionzier)

The lovely Prachi & Benoit (a Franco-Indian couple who met on 🧘‍♀️an ashram in India) now have their own beautiful yoga studio in ScionzierYoga Sanskriti – and they offer yoga for children on Wednesdays! / 7 to 11 years at 10h30, and for teenagers at 16h – incorrect current time on poster below! / good to know: there is also a café and restaurant on-site called the Hungry Yogi, with Indian and vegetarian dishes! / website and FB page;

address: 31 rue du Bourg Dehors, 74950, Scionzier / tel: 06 21 56 07 46;
© Sanskriti Yoga


Ski Clubs and Biathlon

It seems far ahead in the year, but ski season will soon be upon us! And for those already in certain ski clubs, activities and training continue all year-round!

There are various options on a Wednesday for ⛷ ski alpin, ski de fond, biathlon, and 🏂 snowboarding:

  • sign up for group ESF lessons at the different ski stations;
  • sign up for individual ESF lessons;
  • CAF-subsidised lessons and outings;
  • ski clubs and ⛷ competition level skiing and slalom;
  • some schools (especially collège and lycée) offer outings!

My boys have never shown an interest in competition skiing or on being at the next Olympics, so here are some of the organisers of group sessions, with the onus on FUN, and not simply competition:

  • Multiglisse (Les Houches) lots of different options to choose from / Weds, Sat and school holidays;
  • Ski Passion (ESF Combloux) – (Weds), Saturdays and school holidays;
  • SkiSurfLoisirs (MJC Saint-Gervais & ESF) – Wednesday and Saturday outings . . .

good to know: as of 2019, ESF Combloux allows you to book one-off lessons for Wednesdays or the weekend (you can book until 18h the evening before!), which is a brilliant option for those who do not seek a weekly commitment! ]

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Skiing at Combloux – ESF Combloux © montblancfamilyfun.com

TEENAGERS . . .

There are plenty of activities offered from the cultural organisations: MJC Chamonix and Saint-Gervais, FJEP Passy and Le Palais Megève . . .

Gare des Glaciers (MJC Chamonix) – open to everyone (not just teenagers!) on Wednesdays 15h until 19h, Fridays 17h until 19h and Saturdays 14h to 18h / see here for more information (under 11s must be accompanied by an adult) / address: route des Pélerins, Chamonix;

Gare des Glaciers © MJC Chamonix

Antenne Jeune des Houches – see here;

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© Antenne Jeunes des Houches

FJEP Jeunesse Passy (11 to 17 year olds) – open on Wednesday afternoons (and other days too!) / see here for more information;

NEW! Espace Loisirs JeunesseELJ (for 11 to 16 year olds / collègiens) is open on Wednesday afternoons, 13h30 until 18h30, and during the school holidays! / the welcome is un accueil libre, with: babyfoot, snooker, board games, sports and cultural activities, outings / the animateurs present can also help youngsters organise their own project! / address: 66 rue du Dr Bonnefoy / complete dossier required!

© Ville de Sallanches

Meg’Ados FB page;


to see a full list of 🖼 museum and exhibition options here au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and further afield too!), head over to separate MBFF articles (I update these every season):

You’ll find that our 🖼 local museums are rich in content, small and accessible to families and children / you’ll also find great workshops on offer during the holidays;

[ good to know: the rather fabulous Château des Rubin – Observatoire des Alpes (Sallanches) re-opened this summer after a long regeneration programme – kids will love it, and you too! / more information in MBFF article ]

Muséum Genève (Musée d’Histoire Naturelle) in Geneva 

The 🐻 Natural History Museum in Geneva is always a winner with children who love nature and animals, and its main collection is always FREE (only the temporary exhibition is payant, except for the first Sunday of each month, when this also is FREE). In addition, on Wednesdays there are sometimes 🎨 🦖 workshops on offer, see website for more details and MBFF article here;

address: route de Malagnou 1, 1208 Genève, Switzerland;
 
Natural History Museum, Geneva © montblancfamilyfun.com
Musée d’Histoire des Sciences (Geneva)

The 🧬 Musée d’Histoire des Sciences in Geneva also sometimes has a Wednesday programme – les mercredis des sciences; see here for more details;

address: rue de Lausanne 128, 1202 Genève, Switzerland;
© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences

 

© Musée d’Histoire des Sciences
Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (Geneva) 

This 🎨 contemporary art museum normally offers 🎥 short films for children on the first Wednesday of the month (except holidays) at 15h / duration: 40mins / for children 4+ years / FREE! / check for updates, as this does not appear to be operating right now! / in collaboration with Animatou, Festival International du Film d’Animation de Genève / website and FB page;

address: Cinéma Dynamo, 4th floor of Centre d'Art Contemporain de Genève, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, 1205, Genève /
MAH (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire), Musée Rath & La Maison Tavel in Geneva 

The 🏛 MAH in Geneva is housed in a magnificent building, has a great play area for children next to the café and restaurant, and offers guided family visits on Wednesdays: Moments Famille, Visites à Tout Petits Pas . . . see September to December programme here / website and MBFF article;

address: rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206, Geneva, Switzerland;
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© Musée Rath / MAH Genève


For more information about BABY & TODDLER PLAYGROUPS & ACITIVITES on a Wednesday au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see separate article here . . . (note: I am still updating this article!);


FOR PARENTS . . .
Espace Famille (l’Espace Animation Sallanches) 

There are some special days reserved for families and parents at the Espace Animation in Vouilloux, Sallanches: Pause Café des Parents (one Wednesday a month) and Activités Parents-Enfants . . . / good to know: there is a good playground outside and this centre is near the industrial zone, for shopping requirements! / see Sallanches Mairie website for more information;

[ for more parent meet-ups on other days of the week, see separate article BABY & TODDLER ACTIVITIES au Pays du Mont-Blanc ]

© Espace Animation Sallanches

 

© Espace Animation Sallanches

💡 MORE IDEAS 💡 

For 💡 more ideas for Wednesday activities with children 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see MBFF FB page (regular suggestions!) or you can also scroll through the seasonal lists of activities on offer au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . .

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