📚 La Rentrée is often an exciting time for children, sometimes daunting too: a new school, a new class and teacher(s), new subjects, seeing friends again after the long summer holidays . . .
The 📚 Rentrée these last couple of years – of course – has been a bit more full of apprehension and uncertainty than usual, with government regulations and advice in constant flux with the Covid pandemic. Hopefully this 📚 Rentrée will be smoother !
In this article, you’ll find information about :
- ⚽️ Fêtes du Sport and 🎼 culture forums being held over the next week of La Rentrée;
- ⚽️🎨 some suggestions for sports & culture clubs and associations;
- 🎭 autumn cultural season catalogues 2022 – 2023;
[ I shall soon update the article Les MERCREDIS au Pays du Mont-Blanc, with a list of ad-hoc activities children can sign up to! (as opposed to committing to a termly or yearly course!) ]
Colour code for listings
Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Les Houches, Servoz, Arentière and environs) and Vallorcine
Passy (Plateau d’Assy, Plaine-Joux, Marlioz, Chedde, Bay)
Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy
Saint-Gervais, Le Fayet, Saint Nicolas de Véroce, Bionnassay and environs
Megeve & Praz-sur-Arly and environs
Les Contamines-Montjoie and environs
Pays du Mont-Blanc
You’ll find a handful of institutions, spread across the 🗻 Pays du Mont-Blanc, offering Wednesday activities and evening classes (both for children and adults). Priority for signing up goes to locals and those already signed up for classes the previous year . . . then the inscriptions usually open to all . . .
There are some interesting programmes available from our local cultural institutions (you’ll also find some sports classes, which tend to be less formal than the sports clubs, and with less commitment – usually one session per week – and with less onus on “competition”).
Here are some of those institutions :
MJC Chamonix (La Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture) – an association with a rich programme of cultural and sports classes (with a Wednesday loisirs section) and spectacles too:
Here is the 2022 – 2023 plaquette . . .
And don’t forget about the Forum des Associations, on Saturday 3rd September 2022, to learn about all of the activities on offer at the MJC and beyond!
La Petite Université 2021-22 agenda (Chamonix Valley) – I did a photography stage a few years ago with La Petite Université, which I enjoyed immensely, and the agenda is again rich this year, with new courses, talks and conferences! / see website for more information and MBFF article about the association here.
You’ll find on offer:
- literature, art history, photography and othercreative classes;
- geology, botany, œnologie, meteorology, alpine ecology and science-orientated classes;
- conferences and outings;
- and much MORE!
Antenne Jeunes les Houches – for 11 to 18 year olds / see here;
” A l’Antenne Jeunes, tu pourras :
- discuter avec tes potes;
- avoir un accès Internet;
- découvrir ou redécouvrir des jeux de société;
- pratiquer des activités sportives;
- jouer à la console;
- mettre à profit tes talents de dessinateur;
- et bien d’autres choses encore . . . “
Forum des Associations (Salle Jean Morel, Servoz) – there is usually a day to find out more about more about sports and leisure activities on offer in the commune (and to sign up), but I have no information or dates yet;
L’Etape (Argentière) – a ” laboratoire citoyen regroupant espace de co-working, salle d’activités et projets de village ” / see FB page for more information / address: 329 rue Charlet Straton, à Argentière;
FJEP Passy (Parvis des Fiz) – a rich programme here for kids, ados and adults alike, with lots of Wednesday options! / more information on website;
plaquette 2022 – 2023 : here
. . . and the Week-end des Associations de Passy : on the 3rd & 4th September 2022 . . .
MJC Saint-Gervais – a rich programme for children and adults here too! There is also the film and cinema programme! / more information here;
plaquette 2022 – 2023 : here
Le Palais Megève – for more information about sports and cultural classes, see here;
Meg’Ados – this section was created by Jeunesse de la Mairie de Megève, for youngsters 11 to 17 years! / see FB page for updates;
Forum des Associations (Cluses) – on Sunday 4th September 2022;
Vivre en Val d’Arly – with the headquarters in Flumet (and serving Praz-sur-Arly as well as other Val d’Arly communes), and with a centre loisirs, Mercredis Découverte and much more on offer for youngsters! / ⇒ see here for more information / my son joined a canirando stage with this association last summer and abosolutely LOVED it!
As well as the larger associations mentioned above, we are also lucky to have many more independent options for leisure pursuits here au Pays du Mont-Blanc! Many are only able to function because of the bénévoles working so hard to keep them afloat!
Here, below, I’ll outline some options for 🎨 ART & CREATIVITY, then 🎭 THEATRE, DANCE & 🎼 MUSIC and then ⚽️ SPORT . . .
Perhaps your children (or you?) are interested in pursuing 🎨 a creative pursuit, and you haven’t quite found what you need at one of the institutions mentioned above? Here is another option, often combining art with nature:
🎨 Cat Kartal Chamonix Art School – Cat offers summer sessions for 4+ children at her bucolic retreat in Argentière, and private groups are sometimes hosted until autumn / ⇒ see FB page for more information;
And at 🎨 Studio rūsc in Chamonix, a co-working and creative workspace for artists, you’ll find lots of stages for adults / ⇒ see here;
MUSIC, THEATRE, CIRCUS & DANCE CLASSES
You’ll find a selection of music, dance and theatre courses on offer at the MJC Chamonix and MJC Saint-Gervais, FJEP Passy, Le Palais Megève, and also . . .
Chamonix Ecole de Musique et Danse (EMDI) – for more information, see here / address: 381 rue du Lyret, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc ;
🎭 MADhouse Theatre Chamonix – ” a theatre group for children living in Chamonix. Predominantly in English, however shows are bilingual and we have a mixture of children at the group in Morzine. We accommodate all languages as a lot is copy and repeat dancing, fitness and exercise! Location of classes and times tbc but this page is to show you what we do and how preparations are coming along! We take children from aged 3 up to late teens . . . and are open to suggestions. Dance classes will also be on offer in the future. MADhouse Chamonix will perform up to 3 shows a year and will give your child a thorough understanding and introduction into Dance, Drama, Theatre, Singing and acting through lessons, workshops and rehearsals. Most importantly these sessions are fun and allow your child to release their inner creativity… MADhouse started out as MORZINE Amateur Dramatics (MAD) but somehow lives up to its name! We look forward to meeting you in September! ” / ⇒ see private FB group here;
🤹♀️ Association Tanc’il y aura des Poètes – circus, accro-yoga and more . . . / FB page;
🎼 L’Echo des Glaciers Harmonie Junior (Les Houches) – FB page;
💃 Alti’move (Les Houches) – hip-hop, street dance, street jazz, baby move / planning and more information here;
🤸♀️ Et si on Bougeait (Servoz) – more information here;
💃 Association JOY Studio (Argentière) – pom pom dance and meltin’dance (children and adults!) / see FB page;
🩰 Ecole de Musique et Danse (Sallanches) – with solfège, ballet and more / for more information, see here;
🎼 Harmonie Municipale de Passy – l’Echo de Warens (Passy)
🎼 Académie Musicale du Mont-Blanc (Ecole Saint-Jacques, 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 14th September 2022, from 16h to 18h at the old Ecole Saint-Jacques, next to the church / price per trimester: 100€ / see FB Page for more details;
💃 Attitude Danse Studio (Salle Paroissiale, Sallanches) – funk dance classes on Thursdays and Fridays / from 4+ years / more information here;
💃 Alp’Show Dance (Sallanches) – all types of dance offered here: Latin (Salsa, Bachata), rock, ballrom, adults and seniors too! / more infomation here / address: 341 quai des Warens, 74700, Sallanches;
🎭 Ecole de Théâtre Les Hêtres de Domancy (La Tour Carrée, Domancy) – theatre classes in Domancy, for children and adults! / FB page here;
🎼 Ecole de Musique Combloux (Combloux) – a portes ouvertes on Saturday 10th September;
🎼 Ecole de Musique Cordon (Cordon) – FB page here;
🎼 Ecole de Musique Val-Montjoie (Saint-Gervais & Les Contamines-Montjoie) – a selection of classes for children and adults, including choir! / see here;
🩰 Le Palais (Megève) – new art class . . .
🩰 Studio Danse Cluses – many different dance classes here! / FB page;
Cluses Scionzier Twirling – with a Mini-Twirl section this year / present at the Forum des Associations at the Parvis des Esserts in Cluses on Sunday 4th September;
To join ⚽️ local sports clubs, you will largely need to sign up on a yearly basis, and this either happens before the summer holidays or during La Rentrée period . . . the choice is endless: climbing, football, volleyball, karate, judo, tennis, dance, gymnastics, roller-blading, skate-boarding, mountain biking, skiing, biathlon . . .
There are a few BIG DAYS to find out about (and try out!) ⚽️ sports clubs and associations au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . .
You can also sign up to some of ⚽️ the multi-sports offerings from the Mairie on a Wednesday :
[ ⇒ see separate MBFF article Les Mercredis au Pays du Mont-Blanc for more information about these multi-sport Wednesday offerings )
⚽️ Pass SPORT – see below if you are eligible for this!
🎾 Forum des Sports in Chamonix (Club des Sports Chamonix) – on Saturday 3rd September (10h ⇒ 14h) at the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon / if kids are already signed up to clubs, réinscription this year is mainly via internet / and for a FULL list of all of the sports on offer at the club, see here;
🧘♀️ Espace Évasion (Espace Olca, Les Houches) – classes for kids (including Baby Baila) and adults / for more information, see here;
🎾 Fête du Sport de Passy – the weekend of 3rd & 4th September 2022 at Lac de Passy;
🚵 Fête du Sport de Sallanches – on Sunday 4th September 2022, along the quais, La Grenette and Pré de la Foire – kids can try out different sports, there are lots of workshops;
⛷ Combloux – see Combloux Mairie website for a description of some of the sports & cultural activities on offer for the 2022-2023 season (Ski Passion, football, tennis, yoga, karate, NEW skate, Ecole de Musique (including éveil musical) . . . ) / see brochure here;
🎾 Club des Sports Megève – for inscriptions (swimming, ice-skating, VTT, and more), see here / there is normally a Bourse & Forum des Sports Megève (Palais des Sports, Megève), but I have not information on this yet!
Here are some lists of sports clubs available locally, and you’ll find a host of options at each :
- Chamonix’s Club des Sports – here;
- Sallanches – annuaire associations sportives here;
- Combloux – annuaire associations here;
- Megève’s Club des Sports – here;
Here are some of your 🤸♂️ specific SPORTS associations and clubs . . .
[ note: I’ve note been able to mention every sports club here – I’ve highlighted some of the more searched for ones, those that I’ve come across, those I’ve heard great things about, those offering options for little ones, those with open days . . . If you search on some of the bigger communes’ pages, you’ll find all sorts of sports are offered here (and have clubs!): badminton, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, golf, canirando, plongée, biathlon, ski nordique, snowboarding, saut de ski, curling . . .) – you’re sure to find something for the whole family! ]
RUNNING & TRAIL
🏃♂️ SPAC (Sallanches-Passy Athletics Club) – this club is always present at the Sallanches Fête du Sport, and I’ve heard great things about it ! / you can (pre) sign up for the club on the day, and there is a great section for kids, including baby athlé!
You’ll find more relaxed gym options offered at some of the institutions mentioned above – try MJC Chamonix and Saint-Gervais, FJEP Passy or Le Palais, Megève – including some classes for 3 & 4 year olds!) . . . for those wanting a bit more structure and competition, then you have:
🤸♂️ Les Etoiles de Chamonix (Club de Sports Chamonix) – see here;
🤸♂️ USMB Passy – DO be prepared for hard graft and competition level! / more information on website;
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; depending on where your kids are at school, lessons offered vary tremendously, so do NOT depend on your children becoming competent swimmers during these classes for 20+ kids!), then all of the Pays du Mont-Blanc local pools have maîtres nageur and lessons on offer, including classes for babies and toddlers.
If you are looking for competition level swimming, then you have the clubs:
- 🏊 Chamonix: Chamonix Natation Les Papillons;
- 🏊 Sallanches, Passy & Le Fayet: Mont-Blanc Natation – NEW for this year, water polo !
- 🏊 Megève Club de Sport;
⚽️ Football clubs are a popular option for youngsters! You have various options au Pays du Mont-Blanc:
- ⚽️ CS Chamonix Football – see here;
- ⚽️ ASC Sallanches – see here / and with a section for girls’ football / summer and holiday stages too!
- ⚽️ USMB Football Passy – Saint-Gervais – ses here;
- ⚽️ Football Club de Combloux – FB page here;
- ⚽️ CS Megève – from 5+ years / see here;
Football clubs are superbly run, but be warned that the commitment is huge: from 6 years, training is often x2 times a week, and with matches on Saturday mornings (early!) too!
There are several 🎾 tennis clubs au Pays du Mont-Blanc:
- 🎾 Tennis Club de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc – more information on FB page;
- 🎾 Tennis Club Les Houches – located next to Lac des Chavants;
- 🎾 Ecole de Tennis de Servoz – located next to Lac des Chavants;
- 🎾 Tennis Club de Passy / Saint Gervais – website;
- 🎾 Saint-Gervais sporting club – Saturdays mornings (3 to 9 years) and Monday evenings (10 to 14 years) / tel: 07 61 30 07 02;
- 🎾 Tennis Club Sallanches – website / lessons run all year, but many kids take time out for the ski season;
- 🎾 Megève (Le Palais) – from 7+ years;
- 🎾 Parc de Loisirs du Pontet in Les Contamines – more information;
HANDBALL & VOLLEYBALL
You have several options for 🏐 handball & volleyball . . .
You’ll find 🏐 babyHand in Chamonix, for 3 to 5 year olds AND their parents . . . as well as many other options ! / FB page;
I have heard GREAT things about the 🏐 Handball Sallanches (very inclusive) . . . / more information here;
🏐 Passy-Sallanches Volley – FB page here;
ICE-SKATING & ICE-HOCKEY
These 🏒⛸ clubs like to offer taster days (journées découverte) . . . this gives children the chance to try out a few sessions of the new sport, before signing up for the year! Commitment is huge !
⛸ Chamonix Patinage Artistique – FB page here;
⛸ Chamonix Hockey Club – portes ouvertes on Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th September! / more information here;
⛸ Sporting Hockey Club Saint-Gervais – from 5+ years / more information here;
🏒 Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc Patinage – this club will be at the Passy AND Sallanches Fêtes des Sport, and some taster days will be on offer ! / website;
🏒 Megève Hockey Club – FB page / portes ouvertes on 7th, 10th, 14th and 16th September, de 13h à 15h;
SKATEBOARDING & ROLLERBLADING
🛹 Mo Skate Club (Chamonix) – I’ve heard only great things about this NEW(ish) skate-boarding club in Chamonix! / for 4+ years / with classes in at the skatepark de Chamonix (Bois du Bouchet), le pumptrack de Servoz and sometimes in Sallanches / NEW for 2022-2023, a waiting list ! / website and FB page;
🛹 Club des Sports Megève – from 6+ years / from May until October / see here;
🛼 Les Roulettes Givrées (Pays du Mont-Blanc) – a roller-blading and skating club (run by Carole Crosa), with classes in Les Houches, Passy and Les Contamines – you’ll find a stand at the Fête des Sports in Chamonix and in Passy / for 4+ years (and possibility to organise birthday parties too!) / see here;
There are several 🧗♂️ climbing clubs au Pays du Mont-Blanc, where children can learn the discipline at competition level if they so desire:
- 🧗♂️ Chamonix Escalade – from 5+ years / FB page;
- 🧗♂️ En Passant par la Montagne (base in Servoz) – an association aiming to open up mountain sports to ALL (a lot of work is done in low income areas and with refugees)! / website here;
NEW last year . . .
- 🧗♂️ Passy Escalade – from 4+ years / very popular! / website & FB page / après-midi porte ouverte on 05/09/2021;
- 🧗♂️ CAF Sallanches – these guys will be at the Fête du Sport in Sallanches on Sunday / from 7+ years / with adhesion to the climbing classes, children automatically become members of CAF, with outings offered and reduced price ski lessons too! / FB page;
- 🧗♂️ Ecole Escalade de Saint-Gervais (Parc Thermal, Le Fayet) – club bambin from 4+ years;
There are also some 🧗♂️ independent climbing options, offering stages and lessons at the weekend, on a weekday and during the holidays (where the onus is not at all on competition!):
- 🧗♂️ Koala Grimpe (Chamonix Valley) – highly recommended by MBFF, Magali and her team are LOVELY! / FB page & website;
- 🧗♂️ Coco Grimpe (Chamonix Valley) – see website or FB page for more details;
- 🧗♂️ Granit Escalade (Chamonix Valley) – website and FB page;
- 🧗♂️ Mont-Blanc Escalade (Les Houches) – indoor climbing wall / FB page and website;
- 🧗♂️ Evasion Climbing & Canyoning – ad-hoc lessons and stages;
- 🧗♂️ MJC Saint-Gervais – my elder son did lessons here when he was little and really enjoyed them! / location: climbing wall in one of the pile of the viaduct bridge!
- 🧗♂️ Le Palais (Megève) – lessons available here, including Baby Grimpe!
AND – if you join the CAF (Club Alpin Français), then there are lots of activities and outings planned!
Cycling & VTT CLUBS
You have several options for 🚵♂️ VTT / mountain biking clubs for chidlren here au Pays du Mont-Blanc:
- 🚵♂️ CS Chamonix VTT – part of the Club des Sports de Chamonix / see here;
- 🚵♂️ UC Passy Mont-Blanc – website;
- 🚵♂️ Club des Sports Megève – also road biking : website;
- 🚵♂️ VTT Club Praz-sur-Arly – website & FB page ;
HORSE-RIDING STABLES & CLASSES
You have a few options for 🐴 horse-riding stables here au Pays du Mont-Blanc, some offering regular lessons and stages, some private lessons:
- 🐴 Centre Équestre du Mont-Blanc (Les Houches) – website;
- 🐴 Les Ecuries du Duc (Combloux) – see website;
- 🐴 Les Ecuries des Fiz (Le Fayet) – FB page;
- 🐴 Centre Equestre Les Contamines-Montjoie – during the school holidays / see here;
The martical arts ( karate, judo, taekwando, jujitso, aikido, defense boxing, etc . . . ) clubs are often open to 4+ years . . . there are now several in the Chamonix Valley and in the Pays du Mont-Blanc; I can’t list them all, but here are some taster days . . .
🥋 Judo Club Chamonix – in Chamonix, Servoz and Vallorcine / for 4+ years / more information here;
🥋 Shotokan karate club Passy (Gymnase des Fiz) – more information here;
🥋 Jujutso Passy (Gymnase des Fiz) – more information here;
🥋 Judo Club Sallanches – from 4+ years (mini poussins) / this club will be at the Fête du Sport;
🥋 Sallanches Arts Martiaux – karate for from 5+ years / FB page;
🥋 L’Aïkikaï du Mont Blanc (Sallanches) – website;
🥋 Initiation Arts Martiaux (La Bulle de Qi, Sallanches) – Patrice Florian leads this class for adults and children! / Saturdays from 11h30 to 12h30;
🥋 Taekwondo Megève – you can have a free taster trial / FB page;
🤺 Escrime Club de la Vallée de l’Arve (Cluses) – FB page;
PARKOURS & TRAMPOLINES
The FJEP, Combloux and the Palais in Megève offer parkour and acrobatic classes . . .
Further down the Arve Valley, near Annemasse, you’ll find Elevation Indoor . . .
Our local cross-fit centres or gyms now offer sessions for children – these are a lot of fun, with varied excercises! They offer sessions on an ad-hoc or more regular basis: You have:
- CrossFit Mont-Blanc (Passy) – with a new Kids by Crossfit (kids and teens) page on Instagram / portes ouvertes until 26th September! / see here;
- CrossFit de la Vallée (Sallanches) – see here;
SKI CLUBS (nordique, biathlon, alpin)
If your kids belong to ⛷🏂 a ski club (or pre-club), or are wanting to join one, then it is likely that their training will carry on all year round (not just on the pistes during the winter season!). There are too many clubs t mention here, but check with your local communes! There are also clubs that accommodate kids solely during the winter season.
YOGA CLASSES & WELLNESS
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) . . .
🧘♀️ Metta Kula (Sallanches) – has new yoga classes for kids;
La Maison du Bien-Etre (Sallanches) – has all sorts of different ateliers for children and adults alike;
🧘♀️ Sanskriti Yoga (Scionzier) – there are sometimes children’s and teenager yoga classes offered here, and the centre is delightful, with a garden, café and restaurant / more information on website;
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. Here are the ones known to me:
- 🌲 Faire l’Ecole Buissonière (Chamonix Valley) – bilingual groups / FB page;
- 🌲 EXPLORE (Chamonix Valley) – private group on FB, sporadic forest outings;
- 🌲 dehOrs (Chamonix Valley) – led by two accompagnatrices de montagne / FB page;
- 🌲 NEW in Combloux – Racines et Papillons – every other Wednesday afternoon along the Sentier des Graniteurs! / website;
For children wanting to take English or other language classes, there are several options: the MJC Chamonix and MJC Saint-Gervais, FJEP Passy, Le Palais Megève, after school clubs, private tutors and also (both for English as a foreign language and improvement classes for native speakers) . . .
Les Jeunes Diplomates (Megève) ⇒ see website here;
Autumn Cultural Season Catalogues 2022 – 2023
The summer holidays are over, but have left a spot open for the autumn catalogues :
Saison Culturelle Chamonix 2022- 2023 (CHAMONIX)
Find the cultural agenda (theatre, circus, dance, music, street art, for children) for 2022 – 2023 here / you’ll find a presentation at the Forum on 4th September!
Do check, also, the respective pages of each commune within the Chamonix Valley, to see what is on offer at the local salles and theatres: Salle Olca (Les Houches), etc . . . / see here for events;
Saison Culturelle 2022-2023 (FJEP, PASSY)
Find the cultural agenda (theatre, circus, dance, music, street art, for children) for 2022 – 2023 here;
Cultur(r)al agenda 2021-2022 (Salle Léon Curral, SALLANCHES)
The Salle Léon Curral offers a wonderful programme each year of theatre, music, and dance events for the whole family. With an abonnement, you’ll get reduced price tickets! / see here for the 22-23 programme;
There is a rich monthly cinema agenda here, as well as music, theatre, children’s spectacles, events (including the Festival Mont Blanc d’Humour), and conferences throughout the year;
New Saison Culturelle Les Allos Théâtre de Cluses (Théâtre des Allobroges, Cluses) & L’Atelier Cluses 22 /23 (CLUSES)
For more information about Les Allos, see here / and to see what is on at l’Atelier in Cluses, see here / note: a couple of years ago, friends and I went to see Russian ballet at the Théâtre des Allobroges !
New Saison Culturelle 22 / 23 Château Rouge (Annemasse)
For more information about the new season, see here;
Bonlieu Scène Nationale (Annecy)
Created in 1981, Bonlieu Scène Nationale – a theatre company creating arts vivants – is located in the heart of Annecy, next to the lake / after a huge renovation, the company now has 3 salles / see here for information about the new season;
La Grange au Lac (Évian)
Located in a beautiful auditorium located above Lac Léman, there are some wonderful music concerts on offer here / see here for more information;
[ further programmes: I can’t list all of the programmes here, but don’t forget to check the theatre, dance (including ballet) and music (choir, orchestras, singers) agendas from other theatres in: Bonneville, Annecy, Albertville, Evian, Lyon and Geneva & Lausanne, etc . . . – you’ll find a very rich selection! If you manage to get hold of a copy of Moka Mag (or see here online), then you’ll find a great list ]