ANIMAL PARKS & AQUARIUMS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

We are HUGE 🦓🦎 HUGE ANIMAL LOVERS here at MBFF 🦎🦓 . . . and we are lucky to share our home with a couple of affectionate (and fairly tolerant!) 🐱🐱 felines. But perhaps some of you don’t have the home set-up to accommodate animal friends, or perhaps allergies are preventing you from doing so . . . Luckily – whether you live 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc or you are visiting – … Continue reading ANIMAL PARKS & AQUARIUMS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

You have perhaps heard that saying ☔️ “ there’s no such thing as bad weather; just badly dressed people “ (I heard this several times on a couple of work trips to Icleand!) . . . that may well be, but even the strongest of resolves can be broken by days and days of 🌧 rainy weather in the mountains (especially when you can no longer actually see those … Continue reading RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

LES HOUCHES – SAINT-GERVAIS Skiing

The ⛷ Domaine Skiable Les Houches – Saint-Gervais is one of MBFF’s favourite spots to ski in the Chamonix Valley. With plenty of gentle pistes to ski en famille, superb Beginner areas and authentic retaurants on the pistes, it’s a winner! Nestled in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, Les Houches – Saint-Gervais offers spectacular panoramic 360° views of 🏔 Mont-Blanc, Mont Joly, les Aravis, Les Fiz, and les Aiguilles Rouges . … Continue reading LES HOUCHES – SAINT-GERVAIS Skiing

WINTERTIME activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Whether you live 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc or you are visiting at this ❄️ WINTER WONDERLAND ❄️ time of year, then this is the post for you! We all need FRESH IDEAS for family days out over the holidays (and ideas that don’t only involve winter sports!) and – lucky for us – the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc is located at the crossroads with 🇩🇰 Switzerland and 🇮🇹 Italy and close to other parts of 🇫🇷 Haute-Savoie and … Continue reading WINTERTIME activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

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)

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!

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 2019 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 … Continue reading MBFF’s recommended family hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc

SPRINGTIME BLOSSOMS & FLOWERS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

According to the 🌳 Marronier de la Treille’s first blossom (Geneva), yesterday – Tuesday 12th March 2019 – was the first official day of 🌺 spring! (see below for more explanations). 🌷 Springtime – 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 Salève, to … Continue reading MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

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 white fluffy stuff, 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)

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 – sport, workshops & creative activities (and relaxation!) 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 … Continue reading LES MERCREDIS – sport, workshops & creative activities (and relaxation!) 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

2019 update – this appears to be a very popular article 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 the … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES – tips for hiking with small children

Cinemas au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there is one large cinema complex in Sallanches – the Ciné Mont-Blanc, and then a scattering of smaller screens, which have lots of personality!  During the summer months, many of the communes screen FREE outdoor films, so be sure to look at Tourist Office agendas for this lovely initiative. Chamonix Chamonix’s Cinéma VOX is a bit of an institution. There are VO … Continue reading Cinemas 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)

SPAS & MASSAGES (Chamonix Valley)

Several hotels in the Chamonix Valley offer 💦 access to their spa centre and pool to non-hotel guests. This post 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 eight years! In fact, the only spa I have managed to visit in the Chamonix Valley has been 💦 Deep Nature’s Les … Continue reading SPAS & MASSAGES (Chamonix Valley)

Le Musée Montagnard (Les Houches)

The Musée Montagnard is housed in one of the oldest 18th century houses in the centre of Les Houches and has been arranged to show three typical rooms of such a house: the pèle (bedroom/living room), the outa (kitchen) and the sarte (pantry).  The museum houses a rich collection of traditional furniture and objects, largely provided by M. Albert Laprade, the eminent architect-urbanist, who was keen to protect the heritage of … Continue reading Le Musée Montagnard (Les Houches)

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)