🗓 WEDNESDAYS are in many of the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc communes, a day free from scholastic duties (for young children, at least!). A day to perhaps explore a new ⚽️ sport or 🎨 leisure activity, to relax at home or to head to garderie . . .
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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 🇨🇭
To join ⚽️ local sports clubs, or to sign up for activities at the MJC Chamonix, FJEP Passy, MJC Saint-Gervais or Le Palais in Megève, you will largely need to sign up on a termly or yearly basis, and this either happens before the summer holidays or during La Rentrée period . . .
There are 3 big days to find out about ⚽️ sports clubs and associations au Pays du Mont-Blanc:
Forum des Sports in Chamonix – on Saturday 7th September 2019, from 10h until 17h, in the Salle Coubertin du Centre Sportif Richard Bozon (entrance via Salle Madoeuf);
Fête du Sport de Passy – on Sunday 8th September, from 10h until 18h, at Lac de Passy;
Fête du Sport de Sallanches – the annual event along the quais, La Grenette and Pré de la Foire in Sallanches, on Sunday 8th September, from 10h to 17h / FREE to park in Parking du Pré de Foire / children can try out various different sports and win a T-shirt for their effort! / more details here;
Combloux – see Sport Section on the Mairie website for a description of some of the sports on offer for the 2019 / 2020 season (football, tennis, yoga, karate . . . );
. . . and there are some taster days (portes ouvertes) offered by some of the specific clubs . . . so you can go and try out and see if you enjoy a new sport!
Less formal than the sports clubs, and with less commitment (usually one session per week) and less onus on “competition”, are the sports offered by the various 🧗♀️ leisure associations au Pays du Mont-Blanc:
MJC Chamonix – « Journée Portes Ouvertes » & Forum des Associations et Structures Culturelles on Saturday 7th September, from 10h until 17h, discover all of the creative and sports activities that the MJC Chamonix has on offer! / plaquette here / address: 94, promenade du Fori, 74400, Chamonix;
Espace Évasion (Espace Olca, Les Houches) – Semaine Portes Ouvertes from 17th until 21st September 2019 – learn about the association and the sports and leisure activities offeèred: badminton, street dance, zumba, baby gym . . . / tel (Laurence): 06 74 41 43 16 / online brochure 2019 / 2020;
Forum des Associations (Servoz) – to find out more about sports activities on offer in the commune (and to sign up), head to the Forum des Association on Thursday 12th September at 18h, in the Salle Jean Morel;
FJEP Passy – sign up for sports and creative activities from 9th until 13th September 2019 (from 13h30) at the time of the activity you’d like to sign up for! / lots of Wednesday options! / plaquette;
MJC Saint-Gervais – réinscriptions are always open first to people having practised a specific activity at the MJC the prior year, and the week from 9th to 15th September 2019, inscriptions will be open for a new activity and for new members / the MJC is being renovated, so check the opening hours in the temporary location behind La Poste! / my son enjoyed very fun and laid-back climbing lessons here for a couple of years / some Wednesday options! / plaquette 2019 / 2020;
Le Palais Megève – réinscriptions and inscriptions took place over the summer, but you could see if there is any availability / online brochure 2019 / 2020;
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 post 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 for youngsters on a Wednesday!
🧗♂️ Le 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.”
inscriptions: service scolaire de la Mairie de Chamonix du mercredi 11 au vendredi 13 septembre 2019 de 8h30 à 12h30 et de 13h30 à 15h / plus d’infos: RIKIKI: Maternelles moyennes et grandes sections cliquez ici / MINI: Primaires CP et CE1 cliquez ici / MAXI: Primaires CE2 au CM2 cliquez ici;
🥋 NEW – Judo in Vallorcine 🥋
🗓 Wednesdays from 14h30 until 15h30 in la Ruche / for children 4+ years / 2 FREE sessions to discover this martial art/ more information: Christophe 0652967374;
🥅 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 small fee . . . as my son was not skiing on Wednesday afternoons last year, this was a great way to discover different sports (on a rotating schedule of cycles of sports). Does a scheme like this exist elsewhere 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc? / USEP wesite;
⚽️ Récrées Sportives at Lac de Passy ⚽️
A new sport circuit initiative at 💦 Lac de Passy!
Many of our local swimming pools offer swimming lessons on Wednesdays, independent of the swimming clubs. Contact them directly for availability: Chamonix, Passy, Sallanches, Saint-Gervais, Megève . . .
⛷ Ski Clubs and Biathlon ⛷
So many options for the winter season: ⛷ ski alpin, ski de fond & biathlon, 🏂 snowboarding . . . group lessons, individual lessons, CAF-subsidised lessons and outings, ski clubs, ⛷ competition level skiing and slalom, skiing just for FUN! 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! ]
🦌 Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshops at the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches) 🦌
NB – the 🦌 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in the Château des Rubin is currently SHUT for renovation UNTIL 2020, so you will be unable to visit the museum until further notice. However, the museum has set up a temporary small display area in the old médiathèque, during the renovation works. In addition . . .
On Wednesday afternoons, during the French school holidays, the 🦌 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches organises workshops (indoor & outdoor, depending on the workshop) for children aged 6 to 12 years 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: 6€ 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 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde: tel: + 33 (0)4 50 58 32 13 / address: Château des Rubins, 105 montée des Rubins, 74700, Sallanches / parking: there is free parking in the Parking du Lévant / Château au des Rubins just opposite;
🍃 Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi at Le Jardin des Cimes in Plateau d’Assy (Passy) 🍃
🌳 Le Jardin des Cimes organises workshops from June until September (for children 6 to 12 years), with a different theme each week (past workshops have included LandArt, scarecrow-making, in search of butterflies, giant Mikado sticks from wood foraged . . . ) / price: entrance + 5€ (accompanying adults get a reduced entrance, but their presence is not required) / from 14h30 to 16h30 / reservations required: +33 (0)4 50 21 50 87 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;
🇨🇭🌳 Botanical Gardens (Geneva) 🌳🇨🇭
The 🌷 Botanical Gardens in Geneva are absolutely wonderful to visit en famille throughout the year . . . and there are sometimes workshops for children during the warmer months – 🌱 Les Ateliers Verts / website;
🎨 Cat Kartal Art School in Chamonix and Le Fayet 🎨
As well as Cat’s wonderful 🎨 summer workshop Art & Nature, she offers art classes for children & adults in two locations in the Pays du Mont-Blanc during term-time: at the école Jeanne d’Arc in Chamonix (promenade Marie Paradis) and at her studio in Le Fayet (avenue de Genève, 74190, Le Fayet). She used to offer some classes on a Wednesday, but now this is what is on offer:
- Mondays and Fridays, at the Ecole Jeanne d’Arc, she offers art workshop for children (6 to 9 years) at 16h30;
- Thursdays, in Le Fayet, there is an art workshop for children (6 to 9 years) at 16h45;
for more information, see website / price: children’s art classes – card for 10 sessions 150€ (to use over 10 months); one-off class: 16€;
🎨 NEW for autumn 2019 – La Pharmacie des Artistes (Argentière) 🎨
New drop-in art session in this little art hub in Argentière!
🎨 Les Ateliers 🍎 Pom’Canelle (Sallanches) 🎨
✂🖍 New creative workshops for little ones 3+ years at this concept store in Sallanches, on Wednesdays from 15h until 18h / portes ouvertes on 25th September, to discover! / with Davina from Dreams KIDS;
🗓 l’agenda OCTOBRE:
- > Atelier Mini Coffre – 2 octobre 2019 – http://bit.ly/2lkW41G
- > Atelier Thermomètre – 9 octobre 2019 – http://bit.ly/2lUG1HV
- > Atelier Sabre de Pirate – 16 octobre 2019 http://bit.ly/2lJTL8D
Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 🎨
The 🎨 Chalet des Créateurs in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains sometimes offers workshops on Wednesdays and during the holidays: photography, watercolour and porcelain painting, sculpture . . . see website for current details / MBFF post about le Chalet des Créateurs;
🇫🇷 Les Mercredis de l’Archi (CAUE Haute-Savoie, ANNECY) 🇫🇷
The CAUE Haute-Savoie (Conseil d’Architecture d’Urbanisme et de l’Environnement) is offereing a new initiative for this Rentrée : Les Mercredis de l’Archi / architecture workshops to discover architecture, paysage and urbanism / for children 8 to 12 years / from 18th September until 16th October 14h30 until 16h30 / more information and inscriptions on website / address: l’îlot-S, CAUE74, 7 esplanade Paul Grimault, Annecy;
🇨🇭 🎨 Wednesdays at La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva, Switzerland) 🎨 🇨🇭
The MBFF family are huge fans 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 here for more details / no need to reserve! / aimed at children up to the age of 6 years / address: 7, chemin Calandrini, 1231, Conches, Switzerland / tel: +41(0)22 810 18 90 / website / parking: on route de Florissant, and then a short walk (or take draisienne!) / price: 3CHF for children and adults 2+ years (bring Swiss change; no cards!) / open Wednesdays 9h30 to midday AND 14h30 to 17h30, and one Saturday per month 9h to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30;
💃 Altimove dance classes (Les Houches) 💃
Association Altimove website here . . .
💃 Street dance avec Tiphaine (Salle Jean Morel, Servoz) 💃
New in Servoz . . .
🎶 La Folie Douce Wednesday Party (Chamonix) 🎶
Come the ❄️ ski season, La Folie Douce in Chamonix has a Wednesday party from 16h until 22h, perfect for children and adults alike!
🎶 Académie Musicale du Mont-Blanc (Sallanches) 🎶
A new initiative for Wednesdays since La Rentrée 2018, the 🎵 Académie Musicale du Mont-Blanc is run by Kaori / éveil musical for little ones, instruments and more! / portes ouvertes on Wednesday 11th September (16h until 16h45 for 4 to 5 year olds and 16h45 until 17h30 for 2 to 3 year olds / price per trimester: 100 euros / see FB Page for more details;
💃 Alp’Show Dance & Attitude Dance Studio (Sallanches) 💃
💃 Alp’Show Dance has several dance classes on offer for children and adults on a Wednesday ! / see website for more details;
📚 Storytime at the Médiathèque Ange Abrate in Sallanches 📚
📚 Storytime for children takes place on Wednesdays (alternate ones for different age groups), except during the holidays, and on one Saturday per month (for the little ones) in the dedicated Salle de l’Heure du Conte / website / address: Médiathèque Ange Abrate, 81 place du Commissaire Chesney, 74700, Sallanches;
- Wednesday at 10h15 – for 3 to 4 year olds;
- Wednesday at 16h – for children 5+ years;
- Saturday at 10h30 – for tiny ones (18 months to 3 years);
There are also sometimes spectacles organised.
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!).
📚 L’Heure du Conte at the Médiathèque Le Palais Megève 📚
There is a regular storytelling session organised at the Médiathèque in Megève (located within the Palais) every Wednesday (or alternate Wednesday out of season) for children 3+ years (as well as a session one Saturday per month for bébés lecteurs, for little ones from 0 to 3 years) / for children 3+ years – 17h – FREE! – no reservations required / also, 📚 L’Heure du Conte (bébés lecteurs) one Saturday per month at 10h30 – for children 0 to 3 years – FREE! – no reservations needed / address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève / tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70;
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;
🧬 Little StemCells Science sessions (Chamonix) 🧬
Cassie is offering two new weekly classes for 5 to 11 year olds, and one of these is on a MERCREDI!
Tuesday – 16h30 until 18h ;
Wednesday – 9h15 until 10h45 ;
price: classes are 80€ for a 4 week block, which includes materials for the various projects the children take home / classes will be run in Chamonix, exact venue TBA / 🗓 commencing week of 16th or 23rd September / reservations: littleSTEMcells@gmail.com for more info;
📻 Globule Radio (Chamonix) 📻
With Globule Radio, children (8 to 15 years) can learn about radio broadcasting! / there are special holiday workshops and also some Wednesday and Saturday sessions / see website for more details;
📷 « Le Petit Photographe » by Byzance Photo Reportages (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) 📷
Contact Catherine at 📷 Byzance Photos Reportages directly to confirm availability for the digital photography workshops for children throughout the week.
🎿 Musée Alpin (Chamonix) 🎿
🐯 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 here for more details;
current September Wednesday workshops: Super Prédator from 14h until 16h30 – animated by Manuel Ruedi, mammalogist / predators are often at the top of the ecological pyramid, but did you know that they are not sheltered from other predators? These are called super predators! Learn about these super-heros of the pyramid! / 6+ years / FREE, no reservation required!
Musée d’Histoire des Sciences (Geneva)
The Musée d’Histoire des Sciences in Geneva also has a Wednesday programme; see here for more details;
🎨 Wednesdays at the MAMCO (Geneva) 🎨
The 🎨 MAMCO in Geneva offers fabulous guided tours for children on one Wednesday and one Sunday per month (highly recommended by the MBFF team!) . . . located in the Plainpalais area of Geneva, there is lots to do before or after a visit . . . there is a great playground at the MEG museum around the corner, and also a playground and skatepark in the Plainpalais square! / address: 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH-1205, Genève / tel: +41 22 320 61 22 / website: www.mamco.ch;
🎥 « Les Mercredis de l’Animation » at the Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva) 🎥
🎥 Short films on the first Wednesday of the month (except holidays) at 15h / duration: 40mins / for children 4+ years / FREE! / address: Cinéma Dynamo, 4th floor of Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, 1205, Genève / in collaboration with Animatou, Festival International du Film d’Animation de Genève;
🖼 MAH (Le Musée d’Art et d’Histoire) 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:
🖼 « Visites à tout petits pas »: each month, a new theme to discover the museum and its works with little ones 3 to 5 years (accompanied by an adult) / supported by the Fondation Genevoise de Bienfaisance Valeria Rossi di Montelera / FREE! / duration: about 30mins;
🖼 « Mercredis Family » at 15h / for children 6 to 10 years (accompanied by an adult) / FREE! / no reservations required;
› more information: http://www.mah-geneve.ch:
🎥 Le Grand Soir Cinébus (screening for children) 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 / 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 »;
🐑 La Ferme « Les Montagnards » in Ormaret (Combloux) 🐑
🐰 Family farm visit at La Ferme « Les Montagnards » – not a Wednesday thing, but on many Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can have a guided visit of La Ferme Les Montagnards in Ormaret, Combloux (Tuesdays at 10h and Thursdays at 14h30) / Delphine will show you how a bovine farm works and what daily life is like on a farm: 65 cows for milking, 40 pigs, rabbits . . . / address: 4 chemin des Poses, Ormaret, 74920, Combloux / reservations necessary: Delphine +33 (0)6 21 02 18 99 / price: adults 8€; children (3-12 years) 6€; FREE for under 3s / this wonderful farm also organises lots of children’s workshops during the school holidays / both mini MBFF members loved their crèche and garderie visits here! / FB page;
For more ideas for 🐰 farm visits or other animal antics au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond see post « AUTUMN ACTIVITIES au Pays du Mont-Blanc » (NB – check opening hours, as these change seasonally over the year!).
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) 🧘♀️
Private classes, group classes, binôme classes with parents . . . / address: La Maison du Bien-Être, Place Saint-Jacques, 74700, Sallanches;
Yoga pour enfants Pays du Mont-Blanc
Try MJC Chamonix, association Tanc’il y aura des Poètes, 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!) 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 yoga studio in Scionzier – Yoga Sanskriti – and they offer yoga for children on Wednesdays! / 7 to 11 years at 10h30, and for teenagers at 18h / website and FB page / address: 31 rue du Bourg Dehors, 74950, Scionzier / tel: 06 21 56 07 46;
FOR TEENAGERS . . .
NEW! Espace Jeunes Sallanches (for 11 to 15 yeard olds / collègiens) will be opening on Wednesday afternoons! / address: 66 rue du Dr Bonnefoy / complete dossier required!
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! / follow FB page to keep updated!
For more information about BABY & TODDLER PLAYGROUPS au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see separate article here . . .
The KitschInn in Les Houches had a morning meet-up for parents on a Wednesday morning (and Tuesday too), 9h until 11h, during the summer season and is hoping to do this again in the winter season: « Kitschinn Kids » family mornings / “ we’re welcoming as many parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, family friends and of course the star attractions, your little ones, to come hang out at the Kitsch! We have a fabulous terrace and outdoor kids play area, and so as long as the weather is fine (let’s hope), Kitsch Kids can run and play outside to their heart’s content. We’ll also have special offers throughout the summer to thank you for coming. For our first week, you’ll be rewarded with a free home-made cookie and kids syrop with every tea or coffee ordered. And on Tuesday June 18 we’ll be having a book exchange where kids can bring and exchange a book with one from our collection or with another Kitsch Kid. And Wednesday June 19 will be Face Painting day with the lovely Alison, who can turn your cuties into tigers, cats, flowers or whatever else they choose. ”
💡 MORE IDEAS 💡
For 💡 more ideas for Wednesday activities with children 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see MBFF FB page, or you can also scroll through the seasonal lists of activities on offer au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . .