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

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;
  • 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! ]


Some communes offer a sports pack Wednesday option for children, so they can try out lots of different sports – this you’ll need to sign up to 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 ) :

  • une attestation d’assurance scolaire, périscolaire, extra scolaire;
  • le carnet de santé, pages des vaccinations;

more information here

And on a more ad-hoc basis . . .

Les Mercredis Sportifs – Multisport du Plateau au Plateau d’Assy

[ September 2022 : please check if this is running again this year ]

On Wednesday afternoons!

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© Mairie de Passy
USEP Mont-Blanc (Union Sportive de l’Enseignement du Premier Degrés)

Through my sons’ school, I discovered this wonderful initiatives . . . 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 – various sporting events are held over the year / USEP website;

AS (Association Sportive)

Various collèges and lycées have an association sportive, which, like the USEP offers different sports on a Wednesday (including reduced price skiing and snowboarding in winter) for a nominal fee. Kids will get together with other schools for the various events that are organised over the year;

Sports & Cultures en Vacances (Office Municipale des Sports de Passy)

This is a brilliant initiative offered by the Office Municipale des Sports de Passy – I wish it were offered in some further communes here au Pays du Mont-Blanc ! The initiative puts together a week of activities over the holidays for youngsters, both sports and cultural activities, using local associations.

 
© OMS Passy
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!

website& FB page

address:
CrossFit Mont-Blanc, 332 avenue des Râches, 74190, Passy

tel:
09 86 57 73 85
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© 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!

© Mairie de Cluses
NEW ! 🤸🧗‍♂️ Just Jump trampoline park (Marnaz)

A great new 🤸‍♂️ indoor trampoline centre, with a parcours ninja, next to Cluses !

FB page & website

For 🧗‍♂️🤸‍♂️ more ideas for indoor climbing and jumping, see separate articles ☔️ RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc or SOFTPLAY & INDOOR PLAY  au Pays du Mont-Blanc :

  • 🧗‍♂️ Arkose (Annemasse)– indoor bloc climbing;
  • 🧗‍♂️ R’Jump (Zone Commerciale de l’Aérodrome, Annemasse) – indoor trampolines;
  • 🧗‍♂️ Elevation Indoor (Neydens) – indoor trampolines
  • 🧗‍♂️ Vertic-Halle (Monthey, Valais, Switzerland) – indoor softplay, climbing, blocs & trampolines;

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 maitres 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!

Our personal favourite team of maitres nageurs here au Pays du Mont-Blanc ? The team at La Piscine de Marlioz in Passy – brilliant (with years of experience, committed, friendly . . . Didier, José and Alain, we love you ! )

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

If you just want to go for a swim on a Wednesday, do check opening hours of the various pools, due to lessons !


Forest Schools au Pays du Mont-Blanc

There are a few 🌳 forest school optionsnow 🗻 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;
  • 🌳 Ide-ô / Le Lien Naturel (Chamonix Valley)see FB page / and a date for your diary :
@ Ide-ô / Le Lien Naturel
  • 🌲 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 25th September 2022 / 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:10€ 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;

Cat Kartal Art School (Argentière)

As well as Cat’s wonderful summer workshopArt & Nature, she sometimes offer privateart classes for children, and Toussaint classes too, in the old chalet of the 🐼 Panda club in Argentière –  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;

© Cat Kartal
Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais)

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

September programme :

mercredi 21 – 14h / 15h – + 6 ans – BOIS – matériel fourni – 30€

vendredi 23 – 17h / 18h – tout âge – initiation AQUARELLE

samedi 24 – Atelier ( FILS ou BOIS ou PERLES ou MOSAÏQUE ou GRAVURE, etc ) :

11h / 12h- atelier  3/6 ans ;

13h / 14h – atelier 6/10 ans ;

15h /16h – atelier 10/14 ans ;

17h / 18h – atelier adulte ;

Journée famille avec à disposition les jeux en bois, jeux de société / Salon de thé=> 5€ la formule goûter (boisson + gâteau) ;

mercredi 28 – 14h / 15h – + 6 ans – GRAVURE – matériel fourni – 30€ ;

vendredi 30 – 17h / 18h – tout âge – initiation AQUARELLE – matériel fourni – 30€ ;

⇒ a bit further away . . .

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 / aimed at children up to the age of 8 years / price:3CHF for children and adults 2+ years / 🗓 opening hours:Wednesdays 9h to midday AND 14h to 17h, and one Saturday per month 9h to 12h and 14h to 17h / you are best to RESERVE ! / 🅿️ parking:on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or take draisienne!);

[ see MBFF article for more details ]

website

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 termly or 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 . . .

Any ad-hoc stages, éveils musicals sessions or Wednesday lessons that I hear about, I shall endeavour to share on the MBFF FB page !


Theatre 

There are quite often spectacles at the médiathèques, theatres, and salles polyvalentes scheduled on Wednesdays! I try to post these to the MBFF FB page

© Médiathèques Vallée de Chamonix
Cinema

Both the Cinéma Vox in Chamonix ( note September 2022 : currently shut for works ) and the Cine Mont-Blanc in Sallanches have Wednesday family films on offer! (there are also Sunday sessions for little ones in Sallanches !);

© Ciné Mont-Blanc

🎥  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

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 / there are also sometimes spectacles organised ! / website / see current programme here;

© Médiathèque de Sallanches

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;

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 the first Saturday of the month 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):

see here for dates;

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

see here for dates;

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 / FB page to follow for information; 

address: 220 place Charles Albert, 74700, Sallanches;
© 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!

Wellbeing & 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 Zébrus
© Ateliers de Zébrus
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 . . . and some of these classes are conveniently on a Wednesday!

You also have a few options for 🧘‍♀️ yoga classes for little ones: Bulles de Qi (Sallanches), Cercle de Yoga (Sallanches), Yoga un Chemin de Vie (Combloux) . . . and try MJC Chamonix & MJC Saint-Gervais or FJEP Passy !

And these independent classes (hard to keep track, always changing !) . . .

🧘‍♀️ Yoga Kids (Les Bossons) . . .

🧘‍♀️ Sanskriti Yoga (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! / good to know: there is also a café and restaurant on-site called the Hungry Yogi, with Indian and vegetarian dishes! 

website & FB page

address:
 31 rue du Bourg Dehors, 74950, Scionzier / tel: 06 21 56 07 46;
© Sanskriti 2022
© Sanskriti
© 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!

Many of the sports clubs in the area take into account the winter season, and take a pause, or allow kids to sign up to an option with a winter pause !

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;
  • 🏂 Ski Surf Loisirs (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 by the cultural organisations: MJC Chamonix and Saint-Gervais, FJEP Passy and Le Palais Megève . . .

And for some pop-in sessions . . .

Gare des Glaciers (MJC Chamonix) – open to everyone (not just teenagers, and under 11s must be accompanied by an adult !) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 17h until 19h and Saturdays 14h to 18h / internet, games, including ping-pong, bab-foot and board games and animateurs ! / see here for more information;

address: route des Pélerins, Chamonix;
Gare des Glaciers © MJC Chamonix

FJEP Jeunesse Passy (11 to 17 year olds) Maxime & Chloé welcome you on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 15h30 to 17h30, on Wednesdays from 12h30 to 17h30 (free access) . . . and with a programme for Saturdays and holiday outings (this you need to sign up for! / see here for more information;

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 out of holidays, 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 last 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 🐻 Muséum GenèveNatural 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;

[ see MBFF article here for more information about the Muséum Genève ]

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
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;

[ see MBFF article for more information about the MAH ]

website

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


[ for more information about BABY & TODDLER PLAYGROUPS & ACTIVITIES on a Wednesday au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see separate article here ]


FOR PARENTS . . .

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

© Espace Animation Sallanches

💡 MORE IDEAS 

For 💡 more ideas for Wednesday activities with children 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see the MBFF FB page (regular suggestions!) . . . and check out this article too :

 

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