Les Gorges de la Diosaz (Servoz)

A visit to Les Gorges de la Diosaz natural site makes for a wonderful visit en famille, come rain or shine (we have visited during both weather forecasts here at MBFF!).  You are in the shade for most of the walk, so this is a great option during a summer heatwave, as well as on a slightly drizzly day!  It is quite the experience to walk along the footpath, … Continue reading Les Gorges de la Diosaz (Servoz)

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

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

🎳 Bowling au Pays du Mont-Blanc

There is now just 🎳 ONE bowling alley au Pays du Mont-Blanc: in Sallanches. Chamonix The 🎳 bowling alley in Chamonix recently SHUT . . . to leave place for – you guessed it – a NEW hotel! Sallanches In Sallanches you will find the 🎳 Bowling du Mont-Blanc, located near the 🎥 Ciné Mont-Blanc. This bowling alley is a favourite for birthday parties and our son had a great time … Continue reading 🎳 Bowling au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

🦌 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 (see here for more information about the animals that live here)! A little history . . . The animal park was opened in 1968, … Continue reading Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

SWIMMING in Chamonix

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

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)

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)

Chamonix Museums

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

Montenvers Mer de Glace & Train (Chamonix)

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)

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)

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

Aiguille du Midi (Chamonix)

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)

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

Vallorcine Skiing

In Vallorcine, you have access to fabulous skiing (via the bubble lifts) at Le Domaine Balme-Vallorcine/Le Tour and at the small family-run ski area of La Poya in the hamlet of Le Buet. Beginner & Nursery Skiing at La Poya La Poya is a family-run ski area in the small hamlet of Le Buet, near to Vallorcine. It comprises: 2 drag lifts; 2 rope lifts; two green, … Continue reading Vallorcine Skiing

Chamonix Skiing

Though Chamonix isn’t the most obvious ski destination for families with small children, 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 … Continue reading Chamonix Skiing

Argentière & Le Tour Skiing

Close to Argentière village are two popular and excellent ski stations: Balme-Vallorcine / Le Tour; Grands Montets . . .  Balme-Vallorcine / Le Tour Balme-Vallorcine / Le Tour is especially family-friendly, with wide, open pistes and a great number of blue runs, and La Vormaine is the splendid Beginner’s area, nestled in the village of Le Tour. Beginner & Nursery Skiing at La Vormaine La Vormaine is “the biggest … Continue reading Argentière & Le Tour Skiing