SEASONAL ICE-SKATING au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks ⛸ begin to appear in town centres throughout le Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille, or to let the youngsters play with their friends.  Sometimes, next to the ice-skating rink, you might find yourself rewarded with a mulled wine stand or a small🎄Christmas market! As well as the ⛸ice-skating rinks … Continue reading SEASONAL ICE-SKATING au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

CHRISTMASTIME au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

At🎄Christmastime🎄, we are spoiled au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) with🎄Villages & Marchés de Noël🎄and ⛸ seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks⛸ too . . .  For information about 🎄CHRISTMAS MARKETS🎄, see separate post: For information about ⛸SEASONAL ICE-SKATING RINKS⛸, see separate post; In this post, you will find information about: 🎄the lighting of town and village CHRISTMAS TREES in early December; 🎆 dazzling light shows & installations; 🎅 visits from Santa; 🎄🎅 BIG Christmas events for families … Continue reading CHRISTMASTIME au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

CHRISTMAS MARKETS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It’s official . . . the🎄CHRISTMAS SEASON🎄is truly kicking off this week . . . Not too far from 🏔️ le Pays du Mont-Blanc, Villages de Noël & Marchés de Noël are beginning to appear in the centre of bigger towns and villages (Annecy, Lyon, Montreux, Lausanne, Château de Coppet, Aosta . . .), bringing warming winter magic: mulled wine and pretzels, beautiful illuminations, sometimes a chance to do … Continue reading CHRISTMAS MARKETS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

AUTUMN LEAVES orienteering (Chamonix Valley)

Over the summer holidays, MBFF asked Baby-Cham (a babysitting service in the Chamonix Valley) to head out on one of the new Chamonix Valley orienteering circuits and to report back on the experience. Its team braved the summer heat and did a superb job testing out the Bois du Bouchet and the Lac des Chavants parcours. Read about Baby-Cham’s experience here. Just this weekend, the … Continue reading AUTUMN LEAVES orienteering (Chamonix Valley)

Baby-Cham goes orienteering in the Chamonix Valley!

Over the summer holidays, Baby-Cham (the owner of the company and her little helpers) went to test out a couple of the new parcours d’orientation (orienteering routes) in the Chamonix Valley. You may have seen some of the maps in your local tourist offices or on large panels on-site?  The Chamonix Valley has developed 6 orienteering routes for you to enjoy, many of them in … Continue reading Baby-Cham goes orienteering in the Chamonix Valley!

SUMMER ACTIVITIES for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

I thought it might be useful to have at hand on one general list some of the activities available for families & children au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) this summertime . . . so, if you reside au Pays du Mont-Blanc, or if you are visiting the Pays du Mont-Blanc this July & August, here are perhaps some fresh ideas for summer activities for families, come rain or shine . … Continue reading SUMMER ACTIVITIES for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

SUMMER SPLASH! – waterslides, paddling pools & parcs aquatiques au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It is now officially summertime, scorching hot, and we have just bought a new paddling pool for the terrace – so I thought this the opportune moment to present a post about the WATERSLIDES & WIBIT PARKS, PADDLING POOLS, SWIMMING POOLS & AQUATIC CENTRES au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond!  In the following post, you will find information about: summer waterslides – over the last few … Continue reading SUMMER SPLASH! – waterslides, paddling pools & parcs aquatiques au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

MBFF’s recommended family hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc

With a now seven year old and a four year old in tow, the MBFF family is beginning to find its hiking mojo (we hope).  The snow levels at altitude are still quite impressive this spring/summer season 2018 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, and our local refuges have had their work cut out to open in time to accommodate hikers, but we hope to get out in … Continue reading MBFF’s recommended family hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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 is a FREE playground, great slides, motorbikes and cars to ride, diggers to operate, trampolines, and various water-themed rides. In addition, during the winter season, Domaine des Planards ski area is located right … Continue reading Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix

Pumptracks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

I shall be honest; I had never even heard of a pumptrack before last summer, when we discovered the pumptrack in Combloux!!! So, what is a pumptrack?  It is a circuit, with ups and downs and turns, on which the cyclist/skater/scooter can keep moving simply through “pumping” (no need for pedal action!). Not just for cyclists (BMX, VTT), it is also open to skateboards, rollerblades, … Continue reading Pumptracks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Springtime Blossoms & Flowers au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

With the plentiful snowfall of this winter season au Pays du Mont-Blanc, it is hard to imagine that we have now officially entered a new season . . .🌷🌹🌺🌱SPRING🌹🌺🌷🌱 !!! When crocuses first timidly reach out to the sun from their bed of grass, when the first almond and cherry blossoms appear in their splendid hues of pink, when magnolia trees blossom in splendid glory, when spring flower … Continue reading Springtime Blossoms & Flowers au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Museums & Exhibitions au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

We are lucky to have some wonderful museums au Pays du Mont-Blanc, many housed in architectural gems (old, new and renovated) . . . and as well as their permanent collections, they also offer temporary exhibitions and workshops for children and families over the school holidays! And if we venture further than the Pays du Mont-Blanc – to Cluses, to Annemasse, to la Maison du … Continue reading Museums & Exhibitions au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

BABY & TODDLER activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc

When I had my first baby seven years ago, I had just moved to a new town in the Pays du Mont-Blanc, away from a network of friends . . . I rather short-sightedly thought that this would be the opportunity to make new discoveries, and to have new adventures.  In effect, it was . . . but at times I was also incredibly lonely, … Continue reading BABY & TODDLER activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Domaine des Planards (Chamonix Centre)

Domaine Skiable des Planards, a two minute walk from the centre of town, and with its own FREE parking, is one of Chamonix’s two Beginner ski areas (the other being at the Savoy slopes, connected to Domaine Skiable de Brévent). In addition, it is the site of the year-round Chamonix-Luge Alpine Coaster, set within the Parc des Attractions de Chamonix (re-opens in April). The ski area is comprised of: … Continue reading Domaine des Planards (Chamonix Centre)

La Poya Ski Area (Le Buet, Vallorcine)

*NB La Poya will shut for the 2017/2018 season on 15th April 2018* La Poya is a small family-run ski area in the hamlet of Le Buet (not far from the train station), near to Vallorcine. It comprises: two drag lifts, a rope tow for Beginners and a pulley lift for small children, with 2km of pistes, including green, blue, red and even a black … Continue reading La Poya Ski Area (Le Buet, Vallorcine)

La Vormaine Beginner/Nursery Skiing (Le Tour)

La Vormaine, “the biggest of the small ski slopes“, is the splendid Beginner/Nursery ski area, nestled in the village of Le Tour (1432m), next to the Charamillon bubble lift. Ski pass options at La Vormaine La Vormaine is a good value ski area, as it allows families to opt for 2h30, 4 hours (often enough with toddlers to entertain!), a day or more, at a … Continue reading La Vormaine Beginner/Nursery Skiing (Le Tour)

Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

❄️ DECEMBER snowfall au Pays du Mont-Blanc ❄ . . . often we have a snow flurry in October or November, but the snow of autumn 2018 is teasing us! When the first snow arrives, the delight and excitement is catching: walks 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) . . … Continue reading Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

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 several seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks (usually set up right in the centre of towns au Pays du Mont-Blanc), that open  for … Continue reading Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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)

Les mercredis – workshops, sport & creative activities for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

📆 WEDNESDAYS are once again – au Pays du Mont-Blanc – a day free from scholastic duties (for young children, at least!). A day to perhaps explore a new sport or leisure activity, to relax at home or to head to garderie. To join local sports clubs, or to sign up for activities at the MJC Chamonix, FJEP Passy, MJC Saint-Gervais or Le Palais in Megève, you will largely need to sign … Continue reading Les mercredis – workshops, sport & creative activities for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

La Petite Université – Chamonix Mont-Blanc

La Petite Université is ready for the 2018/2019 season, and you can sign up already for one of its many courses (at the CAF in Chamonix or online); see website for more details. ORIGINAL POST FROM 2017: Have you heard that there is a new university au du Mont-Blanc?  It’s called La Petite Université – Chamonix Mont-Blanc!  Subjects on offer include: glaciology, permaculture, photography, life drawing, … Continue reading La Petite Université – Chamonix Mont-Blanc

FAMILY HIKES – tips for hiking with small children

*2018 update – this appears to be a very popular post on the MBFF website, so I have updated it with a few new suggestions for family walks!* Family hiking with small children is not a simple task! Well, perhaps it is for some families . . . perhaps your children were born hikers!  But for many of us, getting our children to LOVE hiking in … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES – tips for hiking with small children

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 . . . … 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. Activities at Le Paradis des Praz Nestled in the woods in Les Praz, a short walk from the golf-course car park (or … Continue reading Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz, Chamonix)