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 in 2016 . . . 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 ® (reference to Enid … Continue reading La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)

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

YAfter 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

Festival «Les Petits Asticots» (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

The 18th edition of Les Petits Asticots – the annual children’s festival au Pays du Mont-Blanc, taking place during the Toussaint school holidays – will be yet again offering families six inspirational days of theatre, music, dance, circus and workshops from 20th to 26th October! The MBFF team absolutely LOVE Les Petits Asticots – not only are the shows of high quality, the festival is local and its timing during the … Continue reading Festival «Les Petits Asticots» (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

SOFTPLAY, INDOOR PLAY & BOUNCY CASTLES au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Au 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc, we are lucky to have a 🌈 softplay option in the industrial zone of Sallanches for those ☔️ RAINY DAYS all year round . . . and in the summer months, plenty of bouncy castles spring up in lovely locations too . . . and further afield in the 🇫🇷 Arve Valley and beyond, there are some larger softplay and indoor play areas . . . 🌈 INDOOR … Continue reading SOFTPLAY, INDOOR PLAY & BOUNCY CASTLES au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

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. As well as being a popular spot in the summertime, over the winter season the buvette is also often open – so … Continue reading Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz, Chamonix)

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

Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

🦌 Le Parc de Merlet is set to re-open for the season on Wednesday 1st May 2019! (and will remain open until the end of September). 🦌 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 … 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

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, so head along well-equipped with … Continue reading Base de Loisirs des Belles (Praz-sur-Arly)

Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard (Martigny)

We first visited 🐶 Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard with a dog-loving and inquisitive 3 year old and a sleeping (mostly!) newborn baby in a pram . . . this visit coincided with the arrival of St-Bernard puppies! Last year we visited again and this visit coincided with another litter of cute puppies, but also with the most wonderful 🐣 Easter egg hunt in the grounds … Continue reading Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard (Martigny)

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 throughout the year. As well as the lake itself, where you can fish, (*NB –please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!*), you will find: picnic tables and BBQ facilities, walking paths through the woods (suitable for buggies and bikes) & a parcours orientation, a playground & climbing net, tennis courts, … Continue reading Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

MBFF’s FAVOURITE PLAYGROUNDS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

MBFF has now spent nearly 8 years discovering and testing playgrounds 🏔 au 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 avoid … Continue reading MBFF’s FAVOURITE PLAYGROUNDS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Lacs des Ilettes (Sallanches)

Officially known as Base de Loisir des Ilettes, the 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), fishing, 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 centre 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 . . . Aire d’Activités du Petit Arly This is a NEW playground in Megève , as the previous Aire de Jeux du Paddock playground was moved across the road … Continue reading Megève Playgrounds

Domancy Playground

Domancy has a small playground for young children, nestled in between the Tour Carrée and the Mairie  & Bibliothèque.  It is very handy when there are events being held around the Tour Carrée, (Dré dans le Darbon bike event, the summer fête . . . ) or as a little stop-off after a visit to Lac de Passy or Grand Frais supermarket or Les Fruitières du Mont-Blanc! … Continue reading Domancy Playground

Centre Sportif Richard Bozon (Chamonix)

Chamonix’s sports centre, the 🧗‍♂️ Centre Sportif Richard Bozon, is located just off the main road heading out to Argentière and its facilities include: 💦 swimming pools (a 25m indoor pool, a baby pool and outdoor swimming pool); sauna and hammam; ⛸ ice-skating rink; 🧗‍♀️  climbing wall; 🎾  tennis courts; 🏃‍♀️ running track; good to know: with a carte d’hôte (available from your hotel, lodging or to buy from the Office de … Continue reading Centre Sportif Richard Bozon (Chamonix)

Les Contamines-Montjoie Playgrounds

Les Contamines-Montjoie has a great selection of playgrounds, all in the most beautiful mountain setting! Espace de Loisirs des Loyers Both a summer and winter destination (an outdoor ice-skating rink is constructed for the winter ski season here), the recently renovated Espace de Loisirs des Loyers (1600 m2) is located close to the centre of town in Les Contamines-Montjoie. In addition to the playground in the … Continue reading Les Contamines-Montjoie Playgrounds

Sallanches Playgrounds

Sallanches has four fantastic playgrounds, and we visit them regularly! There is also a softplay centre in the industrial zone of Sallanches, called Le Parc en Folie. There are two playgrounds in the centre of town: Aire de Jeux des Quais This playground is next to the river (near the Mairie) and boasts a climbing frame for older children and, for the little ones, a fire … Continue reading Sallanches Playgrounds

Megève Médiathèque

📚 Megève’s Médiathèque is found within the Le Palais, which makes it a fabulous ☔️ RAINY DAY destination, as you can hop from 📚 books, 🎲 games, 🎨 workshops and 📖 storytelling, to the 🧗‍♀️ sports centre (swimming, climbing, ice-skating and more). 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 … Continue reading Megève Médiathèque

Chamonix Médiathèque

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

Chamonix Playgrounds

As frequent visitors to Chamonix, I think we can lay claim to having tested most of its playgrounds! 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 to the Arve river walkway, older children can safely ride back and forth on their … Continue reading Chamonix Playgrounds

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Geneva)

🐧 Geneva’s Natural History Museum (Muséum Genève) has been our go-to museum on ☔️ rainy days for the last 7 years! We have, over the years, pushed a 💤 sleeping baby around the exhibits here, watched our toddlers crawl / run / topple over, and we have spent plenty of time running after them too! What a wonderful museum this is!  Set across 4 floors, the permanent exhibitions include: … Continue reading Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle (Geneva)