Christmastime au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Your update of what is on over this🎄Christmas season au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)🎄 from 12th December onwards . . . Christmas villages & Marchés de Noël that are still up and running, ⛸️ seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks, and story-telling, spectacles, creative workshops,🎄sparkling Christmas trees, 🎅 visits from Santa . . . there is much festive fun to be had au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond over the next two weeks and into … Continue reading Christmastime au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

December Agenda au Pays du Mont-Blanc

December is: the ❄️opening of ski stations and 🎿 the first ski days of the season; ⛄building snowmen; snow-suits to school (and a scrabble in the morning to find hats, gloves and scarves!); Advent Calendars and 🎄putting up the Christmas tree and decorations at home; 🎅 letters to Santa; ⛸️ice-skating on the seasonal ice skating rinks and heading up the hill for some sledging; villages and towns sparkling with Christmas lights; mulled wine … Continue reading December Agenda au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Plaine-Joux Skiing (Passy)

While the children are young and learning how to ski, or if you have beginner skiers in your group, then Plaine-Joux is the ideal ski station au Pays du Mont-Blanc for multiple reasons: it’s a small, family-oriented ski resort; there are 12km of wide, gentle, sunny pistes (green, blue and red) with stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif; this is an affordable ski resort, with different … Continue reading Plaine-Joux Skiing (Passy)

Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc

❄️November snowfall au Pays du Mont-Blanc!❄️ . . . walking knee-deep (or shoulder-deep for the little ones!) in the snow, snowball fights, making a snowman (or perhaps a snowcat or other snow animal) . . . and sledging fun!  When the first November snowfall arrived last year, the MBFF team headed up to Plaine-Joux in Passy for some fun on a luge . . . except that … Continue reading Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Le Pays du Mont-Blanc has three indoor ice-skating rinks that are open all year round, and so are good places to head to escape the heat or rain during the summer months, as well as to visit in the wintertime!  In addition, during the winter holiday season, there are severa seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks (usually set up right in the centre of town), that open  for a limited period; … Continue reading Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc

La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)

The MBFF family visited La Maison de la Créativité in Conches on the outskirts of Geneva, on a crisp, sunny day last autumn . . . what a magical discovery, for children and adults alike! A house (Villa Calandrini) set in copious grounds and surrounded by woodland, with views of the Salève mountain, and it even has its very own Faraway Tree ®.  The house and … Continue reading La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)

Family strolls with small children: lakes in autumn au Pays du Mont-Blanc

After a visit to Japan during the magical time of «autumn leaves», I never thought that autumn would inspire me in the same way again . . . But then I returned home to the Pays du Mont-Blanc, and was charmed all over again by the palette of red, ochre, gold and orange covering the trees, crunching under my feet and reflected in the lakes of … Continue reading Family strolls with small children: lakes in autumn 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 & Storytelling au Pays du Mont Blanc

When I had my first baby, I came across playgroup & storytelling information progressively, so hopefully it will be of use to some folk to have it all in one place . . . a list of some of the playgroup & storyteeling options au Pays du Mont-Blanc: Chamonix Chamonix «ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots» takes place in the Salle Paroissiale (Church Hall) of  the Presbytery … Continue reading Baby & Toddler Playgroups & Storytelling 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)

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

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