August Agenda au Pays du Mont Blanc

August has arrived au Pays du Mont Blanc . . . and after a July filled with family/children’s events, festivals and exciting workshops & guided tours, here is the listings for the summer month ahead! I’ve included lots of ideas for us adults over the month (evening film screenings, talks, guided walks); as we’ll all be needing some R & R and brain stimulation after all the activity-filled … Continue reading August Agenda au Pays du Mont Blanc

Children’s activities this August au Pays du Mont Blanc

Here is the updated list of children’s/family activities this August au Pays du Mont Blanc . . . please feel free to let MBFF know of any workshops/events missing from the list! Longer workshops & stages Cat Kartal «Art & Nature» (Chamonix) Cat Kartal is an artist who lives in the Pays du Mont Blanc and, as well as running an art studio and producing her … Continue reading Children’s activities this August au Pays du Mont Blanc

Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont Blanc

Au Pays du Mont Blanc, we are now lucky enough to have two softplay options – one in Chamonix and one in Sallanches – for those RAINY DAYS all year long . . . and in the summer months, plenty of bouncy castles spring up in lovely locations: Indoor Softplay Centres La Petite Folie Softplay (Chamonix) This softplay café in Chamonix Sud opened its doors in the summer … Continue reading Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont Blanc

Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz, Chamonix)

My MBFF boys headed off for some fun at Paradis des Praz at the weekend and it reminded me what a wonderful little hidden jewel it is.  This natural playground is well-known to families living in the region, but perhaps not to those visiting. Nestled in the woods in Les Praz, a short walk from the golf-course car park (or from Les Tines, in the opposite … Continue reading Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz, Chamonix)

«Le petit atelier’jardin du mercredi» at the Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Over the summer months, the wonderful Jardin des Cimes will be offering weekly workshops for children every Wednesday afternoon, from 14h30 to 16h30 (from Wednesday 7th June to Wednesday 30th August 2017). These will be themed workshops pertaining to nature and gardens, with a different theme for each week.  You will need to reserve a place for the workshop, at 8,50€ per child, with a … Continue reading «Le petit atelier’jardin du mercredi» at the Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Baby & Toddler Playgroups au Pays du Mont Blanc

Here is a list of some of the playgroup options au Pays du Mont Blanc: Chamonix Chamonix «Mums n Tots» takes place in the Salle Paroissiale (Church Hall) of  the Presbytery of the Protestant Church near the train station in the centre of Chamonix.  The playgroup is run by the lovely Barbara and is open to all babies and toddlers (and parents, grand-parents, minders . . … Continue reading Baby & Toddler Playgroups au Pays du Mont Blanc

Le Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

MBFF was thrilled to discover Le Jardin des Cimes in Plateau d’Assy a few years ago.  It is a truly magical garden, with breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc Massif. Le Jardin des Cimes (“Garden of the Summits”) has revitalised the area of Plateau d’Assy; not only are the garden and café a delight for locals and tourists alike, but jobs have been created and there are plenty of activities and … Continue reading Le Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

Le Parc de Merlet animal park is opening today, Saturday 29th April! Perched at 1563m, about 600m above the village of Les Houches, Le Parc de Merlet 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 . . … Continue reading Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

Sallanches – Springtime Family Stroll

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 … Continue reading Sallanches – Springtime Family Stroll

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

We only recently discovered this outdoor leisure space 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, and it offers: Playgrounds  There … Continue reading Base de Loisirs des Belles (Praz-sur-Arly)

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!  Here is our list: 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 … Continue reading Chamonix Parks, Woods & Gardens

Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

The Lac des Chavants in Les Houches is a relaxating destination for families in both summer and winter (and spring and autumn!). *Please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!* In the warmer months, there is a playground here, a climbing rock, an area to play pétanque, fishing in the lake, and a relaxing buggy/dog-walking path around the lake and into the woods. This is the … Continue reading Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

MBFF’s Favourite Playgrounds au Pays du Mont Blanc

MBFF has spent six years discovering and testing playgrounds in the Pays du Mont Blanc.  We are fairly confident that we have tested most of them (please let us know of any treasures we may have missed along the way!).  The following list highlights our personal favourites; this is clearly subjective . . . and I’ll admit that at certain points on our journey of discovery, we had to … Continue reading MBFF’s Favourite Playgrounds au Pays du Mont Blanc

Lacs des Ilettes (Sallanches)

Officially known as Base de Loisir des Ilettes, les Lacs des Ilettes actually consist of three lakes and this is a popular place year-round for locals to come for a stroll en famille, for a bike ride, a dog-walk (permitted around the 3rd lake) or a jog and workout.  In summertime, the middle lake is a popular choice for swimmers and the 3rd lake for windsurfers. Le … Continue reading Lacs des Ilettes (Sallanches)

Megève Playgrounds

Megève town has a couple of playgrounds to keep your little ones entertained, and a short walk during the summer months will take you take you to another play area located in the middle of nature . . . Le Paddock du Palais des Sports The playground near Megève’s Palais des Sports is ample, caters for all ages (from 1-14 years) and has great views of the mountains … Continue reading Megève Playgrounds

Domancy Playground

Domancy has a small playground for young children, nestled in between the Tour Carrée and the Mairie/Bibliotèque.  It is very handy when there are events being held around the Tour Carrée, or as a little stop-off after a visit to Lac de Passy or Grand Frais supermarket! Address:  419 Route de Létraz 74700 Domancy Parking: there is FREE parking just next to the playground. Continue reading Domancy Playground

Vallorcine Playgrounds

Vallorcine has a small playground near the train station and there is plenty of free parking on site.  There is also a basketball/football area just next to the playground. In the summer months, the green space behind the playground and next to the river becomes a small paradise for children (and their tired parents), as a bouncy castle appears, a small playhouse, a ping-pong table … Continue reading Vallorcine Playgrounds

Les Contamines Playgrounds

Les Contamines has a great selection of playgrounds, all in the most beautiful setting! Le Parc Patrice Dominguez Le Parc Patrice Dominguez (formerly known as Parc de Loisirs des Pontets) is the largest leisure park in the Mont Blanc area.  I shall write in more detail about the whole leisure park in a later post, but for now let’s concentrate on the playground area!  Right next to … Continue reading Les Contamines Playgrounds

Megève Médiatèque

Megève’s Médiatèque is found within the Palais des Sports et des Congrès.  It comprises: L’Espace Jeunesse (Children’s Section) Located up on the first floor, this is a great place for children (from babies to teenagers) to enjoy: books, comic strips and mangas, documentaries, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs.  There is also a collection of foreign language titles. There is comfortable furniture in the area dedicated to babies and small children. Ludothèque … Continue reading Megève Médiatèque

Combloux Playgrounds

On a short family hike in Combloux last summer, we found ourselves playground-hopping before we’d even begun walking (quite difficult, hence, to get the boys walking!). First of all, we headed to the playground we already knew and loved . . . Adventure Playground This playground is by far one of our favourites in the area.  Perched just above the Lac Biotope, and with commanding … Continue reading Combloux Playgrounds

Chamonix Médiatèque

As well as housing many works pertaining to the Chamonix Valley, Haute-Savoie, the Alps, skiing and mountaineering, the Médiatèque de Chamonix makes for a great rainy afternoon visit for families.  There is a large children’s section (with comfortable chairs), and a fantastic Ludotèque (toy library), with toys that you can play with on-site and also toys to borrow (you need to be registered for this service). The library … Continue reading Chamonix Médiatèque

Chamonix Playgrounds

As frequent visitors to Chamonix, I think we can lay claim to having tested most of its playgrounds!  Please let us know about any small treasures that may be missing from our list! Chamonix Centre Just across the road from Chamonix’s Saturday market, and next to the MJC, we have spent many hours in this playground!  There is something for all age-groups, and being next … Continue reading Chamonix Playgrounds

Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix

The Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix, Chamonix’s very own amusement park with views of Mont Blanc, makes for a great family day out! As well as the Chamonix Luge-Alpine Coaster, which is open year-round, there are a couple of FREE playgrounds in the 1-3 years and 3-12 years age brackets, great slides, motorbikes and cars to ride, diggers to operate, trampolines, and various water-themed rides.  In … Continue reading Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix

St Gervais Playgrounds

There are several playgrounds in St Gervais and its environs to keep your little ones entertained. In St Gervais: Jardin du Mont Blanc St Gervais town centre has a delightful, newly renovated playground to keep your little ones active and happy.  Located in the Jardin du Mont Blanc, the landscaping around the playground is itself lovely, with lots of grassy slopes, an old well and bandstand and some well-located … Continue reading St Gervais Playgrounds