CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON 2020 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

At 🎄 Christmastime, we are normally spoiled 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) with 🎄 villages & marchés de Noël and ⛸ seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks too . . . This year is a little different . . . in the shadow of the pandemic, many of us won’t be joined by or joining family for this festive season, and many of the holiday events that we have … Continue reading CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON 2020 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSE au TRESOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

This summer there are more 🔍 jeux de piste and 💰 chasses au trésor (treasure hunts) available for family fun than ever before 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond.  These 🗺 treasure hunts take all sorts of different forms: ☀️❄️ FREE ephemeral summer  trails; 🦌 trails to learn about the local patrimoine or nature & animals; 🔍 solving puzzles and following clues along the way … Continue reading 10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSE au TRESOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (autumn 2020)

It is officially nearly ☀️ SUMMERTIME, and despite many of 🚵‍♂️ the sporting events 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond having been cancelled over the springtime, we still have a rich calendar of 🚵‍♂️ sporting events to participate in, or be a spectator over ☀️ the summer and 🍁 autumn months! 🏃‍♂️ trail running, marathons and half-marathons; 🚵‍♂️ road-biking and VTT events (and details abou … Continue reading SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (autumn 2020)

Where to observe TADPOLES & FROGS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Yesterday MBFF went for 🍏 a picnic with friends (🌥 between sun and cloud!) up at 🎣 Lac de Javen in Megève. 🎣 Lac de Javen is a popular picnic spot for families in the summertime, as it is just a short hike to get there and there are plenty of activities on offer: ☕️ buvette and restaurant, 🌈 small playground, 🌈trampoline and other loisirs (later … Continue reading Where to observe TADPOLES & FROGS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Site Nordique La Livraz – cross-country skiing & winter walks (Megève)

MBFF has had some lovely family walks up at the ❄️ Site Nordique La Livraz in Megève. Not only is this one of 🎿 Megève’s cross-country skiing areas (there are a handful!), it is also a superb spot for ❄️ a family walk in wintertime, especially with young children or older relatives! You can pull little ones along in a 🛷 a luge and the terrain … Continue reading Site Nordique La Livraz – cross-country skiing & winter walks (Megève)

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

With a now nine year old and a six year old in tow, the MBFF family is beginning to find its 🏔 hiking mojo (we hope). Here, below, you will find some of MBFF’s favourite (and tried and tested!) family hikes 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, with suggestions for 🥤 buvettes and 🏚 refuges for a snack, lunch or overnight! For general tips on hiking with small children see MBFF … Continue reading MBFF’s recommended family hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc

10 of MBFF’s FAVOURITE PLAYGROUNDS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

MBFF has now spent 9 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!). At certain points on our journey of discovery, we had to avoid certain playgrounds, as with two energetic … Continue reading 10 of MBFF’s FAVOURITE PLAYGROUNDS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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

We are 🐯 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

[ note: please check Covid-19 restrictions for entrance (online reservations, face-masks, limited numbers, etc . . . ] 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 🇮🇸 Iceland!) . . . that may well be, but even the strongest of resolves can be broken … Continue reading RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

PRAZ-sur-ARLY Skiing

🏔 Praz-sur-Arly is another of our local ski resorts 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc that ticks all of the boxes for family skiing: a mixture of gentle and more difficult pistes (60% of the pistes are GREEN and BLUE!), the Opoualand & Waouland pistes reserved for children (adults are only permitted here if they accompany a child!), an outdoor softplay games area called the 🐉Dragon Tirecorde, 🛷 a sledging … Continue reading PRAZ-sur-ARLY Skiing

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

[ 2020 UPDATE – many of these will not be opening for the winter season 2020, due to Covid-19 regulations ] It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks begin to appear in town centres throughout 🏔 le Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille, or to let the youngsters play with their friends. Sometimes, next to … Continue reading (update) SEASONAL ICE-SKATING au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

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

It is now ☀️ official summertime, we’ve been having some really hot days, and 💦 paddling pools have become fixtures in gardens – so I thought this the opportune moment to update an article about the 💦 WATERSLIDES, WATER GAMES & WIBIT PARKS, PADDLING POOLS, SWIMMING POOLS & AQUATIC CENTRES 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond!  In the following article, you will find information about: 🌈 summer waterslides – over the … Continue reading SUMMER SPLASH! – waterslides, wibit games, paddling pools and parcs aquatiques au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

PUMPTRACKS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

I shall be honest, I had never even heard of a 🚵‍♀️ pumptrack before 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, once moving). Not just for cyclists (BMX, VTT), it is also … Continue reading PUMPTRACKS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

3D Nordic – husky sledding in Praz-sur-Arly

A couple of years ago for 🎄Christmas, I offered the MBFF family a 🐺 husky dog-sledding outing with 3D Nordic in Praz-sur-Arly. I had noticed that this was to be 3D Nordic‘s last ❄️ winter season in Praz-sur-Arly, before they headed off to new adventures in 🇸🇪  Lapland . . . so I seized the opportunity and booked us a baptême chiens de traîneau! What a treat … Continue reading 3D Nordic – husky sledding in Praz-sur-Arly

PISTES de LUGE au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

❄️ NOVEMBER SNOWFALL au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . 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) . . . and 🛷 SLEDGING FUN! With the first ❄️ snowfall of the season, the MBFF team regularly head up … 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 … Continue reading Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc

FAMILY HIKES – tips for hiking with small children

[ ⭐️ 2020 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 … 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 … Continue reading CINEMAS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Base de Loisirs des Belles (PRAZ-sur-ARLY)

We discovered this outdoor leisure space and playground in Praz-sur-Arly, on a 🍁 sunny autumn day a few years ago now . . . 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, … Continue reading Base de Loisirs des Belles (PRAZ-sur-ARLY)

Le Palais (Megève)

Newly renovated and opened in December 2017, Megève’s Le Palais is all at once a : 🏀 sports centre; 💦 spa & wellness centre; 🎭 conference & events centre; 📚 médiathèque and kids club; 🎨 cultual centre hosting temporary exhibitions and workshops & classes for children and adults alike; [ good to know: be sure to enquire about discounts available with the Formule Liberté and the Carte d’Hotes ] ➡️ for more information, Le Palais has … Continue reading Le Palais (Megève)

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 (the previous Aire de Jeux du Paddock playground was moved across the road, and was … Continue reading Megève 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