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 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)
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 small Christmas market! As well as … Continue reading Seasonal Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)
❄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
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
«Les Petits Asticots» – is an annual children’s festival au Pays du Mont-Blanc – it takes place during the Toussaint school holidays and provides families with six inspirational days of theatre, music, dance, circus and workshops! 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 Toussaint holidays is just so welcome … Continue reading Festival «Les Petits Asticots» (Pays du Mont-Blanc)
Have you heard that there is a new university au du Mont-Blanc? It’s called La Petite Université – Chamonix Mont-Blanc! If you weren’t able to attend the journée présentation back in July, then you will find some of the team this Saturday 9th September, from 10h to 16h, on the Promenade du Fori (along the Arve river, after the Place du Mont-Blanc), at the «Forum des Associations» … Continue reading La Petite Université – Chamonix Mont-Blanc
With the recent beautiful weather we’ve been having, after lots of RAIN, I thought it time to write a post about hiking with small children. 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 the mountains is … Continue reading Family Hikes – tips for hiking with small children
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 of … Continue reading Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont Blanc
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)
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 a list of some of the playgroup & storytelling options for babies and toddlers au Pays du Mont-Blanc: Playgroups and Music & Dance groups au Pays du Mont-Blanc Chamonix – «ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots» Chamonix «ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots» … Continue reading Baby & Toddler Playgroups & Storytelling au Pays du Mont Blanc
Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there is one large cinema in Sallanches – the Ciné Mont-Blanc, and then a scattering of small screens, which have lots of personality! Chamonix Chamonix’s Cinéma VOX is a bit of an institution. There are VO films to choose from and the venue is also used to host certain events: shows for children, mountain films, the Chamonix Adventure Festival and other film … Continue reading Cinemas au Pays du Mont-Blanc
There are two bowling alleys au Pays du Mont-Blanc: one in Chamonix, and one in Sallanches. Chamonix Chamonix’s Bowling has 8 bowling alleys, as well as an indoor mini-golf, a pool room (“billards”) and a games room. The entrance includes obligatory bowling shoes and you must wear socks! Opening hours: High season: open every day from 17h to 2h in the morning, or from 14h in the … Continue reading Bowling au Pays du Mont Blanc
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
Several hotels in the Chamonix Valley offer access to their spa centre and pool to non-hotel guests. What follows 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 six years, as the only spa I have managed to visit has been Deep Nature’s Les Granges d’en Haut in Les Houches. I have had … Continue reading Chamonix Valley Spas & Massages
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
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 (see below for … Continue reading Chamonix Museums
Another great attraction in Chamonix on many families’ list is the Montenvers train journey up to the Mer de Glace glacier. The famous little vintage red coggle train will take you on a relaxing 20 minute journey up the mountainside, through forests and tunnels cut through the rock, and up to the glacier at 1,913 m (an ascent of about 1000m). Children from the age of 12 … Continue reading Montenvers Mer de Glace & Train (Chamonix)
Chamonix’s sports centre, the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon, is located just off the 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, running track. . . With a carte d’hôte (available from your hotel, lodging or to buy from Office de Tourisme if lodging with family … Continue reading Centre Sportif Richard Bozon (Chamonix)
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 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 Médiathèque
A trip by cable-car up to the Aiguille du Midi is a highlight for most tourists on a trip to Chamonix, whether they are planning to ski the Vallée Blanche with a guide or simply want to head up to the dizzying height of 3842m (2 cable cars and a lift), for magnificent views of the majestic Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks! The experience keeps getting … Continue reading Aiguille du Midi (Chamonix)
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
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 addition, Les Planards ski area is located right next door.
While the Chamonix Luge-Alpine Coaster operates with a ticket system, the rest of the amusement park operates with a system of jetons (tokens) that can be purchased either from the machines or from the caisses. The slides are for 4 years upwards and a bracelet for unlimited access can be purchased.
There is a great and friendly self-service restaurant, as well as picnic spots.
See here for opening times and current prices.
351, chemin du Pied du Grépon
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 08 97
Though Chamonix isn’t the most obvious ski destination for families, due to extensive ski options for advanced skiers and the lack of ski-in/ski-out accommodation, there are still two main areas dedicated to beginners and small children near the centre of town, and the variety of ski stations and graded pistes available is huge: Beginner and Nursery Skiing Le Savoy – this slope is very centrally located and it links … Continue reading Chamonix Skiing