Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)

🎨 Le Chalet des Créateurs in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is a fabulous venture, bringing together: 🖼 a gallery showcasing local creative talent (45+ créateurs, with collections changing with each season); a boutique with unique hand-made, local goods and gifts to buy; 🎨 a centre providing workshops for children and adults throughout the year (and especially during the school holidays); a workshop for local artists; A little history Charlotte Paget is the protagonist in this artistic … Continue reading Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)

Lac de Passy

💦 Lac de Passy, officially referred to these days as a Base de Loisirs (due to the numerous leisure activities on offer), is the largest lake in the Pays du Mont-Blanc. Ideal for a 🏊‍♂️ swim and a splash during the summer months, it is also frequented by 🚵‍♀️ cyclists,🏃‍♀️joggers, buggy-walkers, 🎣 fishing enthusiasts, windsurfers, paddle-boarders and dog-walkers (NB 🐶 dogs are not permitted at the beach or criques ends of the lake during … Continue reading Lac de Passy

2KM3 – when a car park becomes ARTWORK! (Saint-Gervais)

A contingent of the MBFF (the youngest member and myself) headed off last week on a voyage of art exploration and discovery . . . to the newly painted multi-storey 🚙 car park in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains: 2KM3. This new art project really is a masterpiece: an alternative museum of street art, a FREE museum, a museum open every day of the year! Parking one’s car has never been … Continue reading 2KM3 – when a car park becomes ARTWORK! (Saint-Gervais)

The beautiful quais of the Sallanche river

A walk along the 💦 quais in Sallanches makes for a perfect buggy walk or stroll with a toddler on a draisienne (see MBFF post Sallanches springtime family stroll for a possible route). All is very compact in the centre of Sallanches – so you can take in two playgrounds, 🦌 Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (currently shut for renovation; re-opening 2020), 📚 la Médiathèque Ange Abrate, a … Continue reading The beautiful quais of the Sallanche river

Les Gorges de la Diosaz (Servoz)

A visit to 💦 Les Gorges de la Diosaz natural site makes for a wonderful visit en famille, come 🌧 rain or ☀️ shine (we have visited during both weather scenarios here at MBFF!). You are in the shade for most of the walk, so this is a great option during a summer heatwave, as well as on a slightly drizzly day! It is quite the experience to walk along the … Continue reading Les Gorges de la Diosaz (Servoz)

BABY & TODDLER PLAYGROUPS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

What you’ll find in this post, is a list of baby & toddler playgroups au Pays du Mont-Blanc that you can just pop along to for FREE! For a much more detailed list of 🌈 Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc, see separate post. Colour code for listings: Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & Vallorcine) Passy & environs Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy St Gervais, Le … Continue reading BABY & TODDLER PLAYGROUPS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Cinemas au Pays du Mont-Blanc

🏔 Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there is one large cinema complex in Sallanches – the 🎥 Ciné Mont-Blanc, and then a scattering of smaller screens, which have lots of personality!  During the summer months, many of the communes screen FREE outdoor films, so be sure to look at Tourist Office agendas for this lovely initiative. Chamonix Chamonix’s 🎥 Cinéma VOX is a bit of an institution. There are VO films … Continue reading Cinemas au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Plan d’Eau Biotope (Combloux)

A visit to the 💦 Plan d’Eau Biotope in Combloux makes for a wonderful day of swimming and lazing, with a majestic view of the 🏔 Mont Blanc Massif as a backdrop! Combloux boasts the 💦 first ecological mountain lake in France, in the most superb setting. The lake has been created for swimming and has more than 🌱 10 000 aquatic plants filtering the water in order to purify it, and … Continue reading Plan d’Eau Biotope (Combloux)

🎳 Bowling au Pays du Mont-Blanc

There is now just 🎳 ONE bowling alley au Pays du Mont-Blanc: in Sallanches. Chamonix The 🎳 bowling alley in Chamonix recently SHUT . . . to leave place for – you guessed it – a NEW hotel! Sallanches In Sallanches you will find the 🎳 Bowling du Mont-Blanc, located near the 🎥 Ciné Mont-Blanc. This bowling alley is a favourite for birthday parties and our son had a great time … Continue reading 🎳 Bowling au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

🦌 Le Parc de Merlet animal park is perched at 1563m, about 600m above the village of Les Houches. It is home to around 80 animals that roam freely within the boundaries of the park: chamois, ibex, deer, mouflons, marmottes . . . and even the odd llama (see here for more information about the animals that live here)! A little history . . . The animal park was opened in 1968, … Continue reading Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

Passy Playgrounds

Jardin des Cimes in Plateau d’Assy This is not a conventional playground – and neither is it free (as you have to pay an entrance fee to enter the gardens) . . . but I’ve included it in this Passy Playgrounds post, as you can’t find many playgrounds with such an incredible view of 🏔 the Mont-Blanc massif . . . These wooden structures at 🌷 Le … Continue reading Passy Playgrounds

BUGGY WALKS – a springtime stroll in Sallanches

🌸 Springtime has arrived . . . and while I dream of one day being in Japan for its famous 🌸 springtime cherry blossoms, for now I am excited to share this little Sallanches town walk with you. While there is still snow on the higher altitude walks, why not take a leisurely amble through the streets of Sallanches, enjoy the spring blossoms and discover a little history as you go … Continue reading BUGGY WALKS – a springtime stroll in Sallanches

Forte di Bard (Italy)

The MBFF team are 🇮🇹 big fans of Italy for holidays! As a destination from the Arve Valley, it is easy to get there through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and we can also book hotels and apartments last minute! Italians LOVE children (and not just well-behaving children; ALL children!), the food is very family-friendly (and delicious!), and there is endless nature, history and culture to explore. We … Continue reading Forte di Bard (Italy)

La Fondation Pierre Gianadda (Martigny)

🖼 La Fondation Pierre Gianadda in 🇨🇭 Martigny, Switzerland is one of my all time favourite museums! There are some fantastic temporary exhibitions organised here (every 6 months the main exhibition is changed, and past exhibtions have included: Klee, Goya, Rodin, Giacometti, Moore, Modigliani, Claudel, Chagall, Braque, Dégas, Manet, Dufy, Miró, Gauguin, Bonnard, Van Gogh, Picasso, Morisot . . . ), the building itself is an architectural gem … Continue reading La Fondation Pierre Gianadda (Martigny)

SWIMMING in Chamonix

If you’d like to go 🏊‍♀️ swimming in Chamonix, there are various options: 💦 you might be lucky enough to be staying at a hotel or chalet with a pool; 💦 otherwise you can head to the public swimming pools on offer at the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon; 💦 alternatively, some hotels in the valley let you use their pool if you eat lunch at their restaurant or use their spa … Continue reading SWIMMING in Chamonix

SPAS & MASSAGES (Chamonix Valley)

Several hotels in the Chamonix Valley offer 💦 access to their spa centre and pool to non-hotel guests. This post is not a full list of tried and tested spas and massages; I have clearly not done enough of my own ” parent pampering “ in the last eight years! In fact, the only spa I have managed to visit in the Chamonix Valley has been 💦 Deep Nature’s Les … Continue reading SPAS & MASSAGES (Chamonix Valley)

Sallanches Skatepark

On some beautiful ☀️ sunny days (and even on some not-so-sunny ones), we find ourselves down at the 🛹 🛴 Sallanches skatepark! It was fairly recently renovated, and it is constantly re-painted with fabulous designs, and there is lots of space for skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes. I’m always pleasantly surprised by the range of ages present – little ones on small bikes and scooters, teenagers, young adults . . … Continue reading Sallanches Skatepark

Base de Loisirs des Belles (Praz-sur-Arly)

We discovered this outdoor leisure space and playground in Praz-sur-Arly, on a 🍁 sunny autumn day . . . our boys were delighted to be able to play in the vast open space surrounding the playgrounds, and we were able to lift our faces to the sun and relax (for a short period!). The leisure space is much more than just playgrounds, however, so head along well-equipped with … Continue reading Base de Loisirs des Belles (Praz-sur-Arly)

Le Musée Montagnard (Les Houches)

The 🏔 Musée Montagnard is housed in one of the oldest 18th century houses in the centre of Les Houches and has been arranged to show three typical rooms of such a house: the pèle (bedroom & living room), the outa (kitchen) and the sarte (pantry). The museum houses a rich collection of traditional furniture and objects, largely provided by M. Albert Laprade, the eminent architect-urbanist, who was keen to protect the … Continue reading Le Musée Montagnard (Les Houches)

Chamonix Parks, Woods & Gardens

🏔 Chamonix, while boasting many terrific hiking routes and skiing opportunities, can also lay claim to some 🌲 beautiful parks, gardens and woodland. This could be of particular interest if you have small children or babies in buggies! Le Parc Couttet  A relative newcomer to Chamonix, inaugurated in the summer of 2015, the 🌳 Parc Couttet is a little gem of a park, right in the centre of Chamonix! … Continue reading Chamonix Parks, Woods & Gardens

Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)

[ NOTE – the 🐻 Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches is undergoing a huge renovation project, and is set to re-open in 2020. While it is shut to the public during the works, you can visit the affiliate site (rue de Doran, old médiathèque site) / guided tours only summer 2019 ] Set in the historic 14th century 🏰 Château des Rubins, just behind the Eglise … Continue reading Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)

Le Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

🌳 Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet is by far one our favourite haunts 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc in the spring and summertime, where we go to escape the ☀️ heat of the valley, to find shade and to appreciate the refreshing breeze from the 💦 Bonnant river! 🌳 Le Parc Thermal has an elegant entrance, with a pretty fountain, and there is a main path through the park that is … Continue reading Le Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

Chamonix Museums

Chamonix has a great selection of 🖼 museums, and these museums often offer 🎨 creative workshops or guided tours for children during the school holidays (the Tourist Office will have a list of those scheduled during your stay). In Chamonix town itself you will find; 🏔 the Musée Alpin; 💎 the Espace Tairraz (Musée d’Alpinisme et des Cristaux); 📷 the Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine Janny Couttet; In addition … Continue reading Chamonix Museums

MEG – Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève

One of MBFF’s 🖼 favourite museums in Geneva is the MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève) . . . we watched as it was being built and we were excited when it opened its shiny new doors to the public! The adventure starts before you even enter the museum – the architecture is modern and audacious (designed by Graber Pulver Architekten AG) and there is a 🌷 pretty landscaped garden (Hager … Continue reading MEG – Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève

Le Palais (Megève)

Newly renovated and opened in December 2017, Megève’s Le Palais is all at once a : 🏀 sports centre; 💦 spa & wellness centre; 🎭 conference & events centre; 📚 médiathèque; 🎨 cultual centre hosting workshops & classes for children and adults alike; good to know: be sure to enquire about discounts available with the Formule Liberté and the Carte d’Hotes; For more information, Le Palais has its own website and FB page . . … Continue reading Le Palais (Megève)