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)

Combloux Playgrounds

On a short family hike in Combloux last summer, we found ourselves playground-hopping before we’d even begun walking (quite difficult, hence, to get our boys walking!). First of all, we headed to the playground we already knew and loved . . . Adventure Playground This playground is by far one of our favourites in the Pays du Mont-Blanc.  Perched just above the Lac Biotope, and … Continue reading Combloux Playgrounds

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

«Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges (31st March to 13th May 2018)

La «Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges kicked off this year on Easter weekend . . . and those first buds are expected to be in full bloom by mid-April. You don’t have to travel too far from the Pays du Mont-Blanc to experience total dépaysement, to distance yourself from the mountain valleys and high snowy peaks; just the other side of Lac Léman takes you to a … Continue reading «Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges (31st March to 13th May 2018)

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

Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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 2016 … Continue reading Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Passy Playgrounds

Jardin des Cimes in Plateau d’Assy This is not a conventional playground – and neither is it free (as you have to pay an entrance fee to enter the gardens) . . . but I’ve included it in this Passy Playgrounds post, as you can’t find many playgrounds with such an incredible view of the Mont-Blanc massif . . . These wooden structures at Le … Continue reading Passy Playgrounds

Sallanches – Springtime Family Stroll

Springtime has arrived . . . and while I dream of one day being in Japan for its famous springtime cherry blossoms, for now I am excited to share this little Sallanches town walk with you. While there is still snow on the higher altitude walks, why not take a leisurely amble through the streets of Sallanches, enjoy the spring blossoms and discover a little history as you … Continue reading Sallanches – Springtime Family Stroll

Base de Loisirs des Belles (Praz-sur-Arly)

We only recently discovered this outdoor leisure space in Praz-sur-Arly, on a sunny autumn day . . . 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, so head along well-equipped with … Continue reading Base de Loisirs des Belles (Praz-sur-Arly)

Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

The Lac des Chavants in Les Houches is a relaxating destination for families in both summer and winter (and spring and autumn!). *NB –please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!* During the warmer months, there is a playground here, a climbing rock, an area to play pétanque, fishing in the lake, and a relaxing buggy/dog-walking path around the lake and into the woods. This is … Continue reading Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

Le Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet is by far one our favourite haunts in the spring and summertime, where we go to escape the heat of the valley, to find shade and to appreciate the refreshing breeze from the Bonnant river! Le Parc Thermal has an elegant entrance, with a pretty fountain. There is a main path through the park that is ideal for walking with a … Continue reading Le Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

MBFF’s Favourite Playgrounds au Pays du Mont-Blanc

MBFF has spent seven years discovering and testing playgrounds in the 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 . . . and I’ll admit that at certain points on our journey of discovery, we had to avoid … Continue reading MBFF’s Favourite Playgrounds au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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 . . . Le Paddock du Palais des Sports *NB – this playground is set to move across the road later in 2018, as there is a new hotel project … Continue reading Megève Playgrounds

Domancy Playground

Domancy has a small playground for young children, nestled in between the Tour Carrée and the Mairie/Bibliothèque.  It is very handy when there are events being held around the Tour Carrée, or as a little stop-off after a visit to Lac de Passy or Grand Frais supermarket! Address:  419 route de Létraz 74700 Domancy Parking: there is FREE parking just next to the playground. Continue reading Domancy Playground

Vallorcine Playgrounds

Vallorcine has a small playground near the train station and there is plenty of free parking on site.  There is also a basketball/football terrain just next to the playground. *2018 SUMMER UPDATE – sadly the bouncy castles in Vallorcine are no longer in operation! / over the summer months, the green space behind the playground and next to the river becomes a small paradise for children … Continue reading Vallorcine Playgrounds

Les Contamines-Montjoie Playgrounds

Les Contamines-Montjoie has a great selection of playgrounds, all in the most beautiful setting! Le Parc Patrice Dominguez (Parc de Loisirs des Pontets) Le Parc Patrice Dominguez (formerly known as Parc de Loisirs des Pontets) is the largest leisure park in the Mont Blanc area.  I shall write in more detail about the whole leisure park in a later post, but for now let’s concentrate on the … Continue reading Les Contamines-Montjoie Playgrounds

Sallanches Playgrounds

Sallanches has four fantastic playgrounds and we visit them regularly!  There is also a softplay centre in the industrial zone of Sallanches, called Le Parc en Folie. There are two playgrounds in the centre of town: Aire de Jeux des Quais This playground is next to the river (near the Mairie) and boasts a climbing frame/web for older children and, for the little ones, a fire … Continue reading Sallanches Playgrounds

Chamonix Playgrounds

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

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Playgrounds

There are several playgrounds in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and its environs to keep your little ones entertained. In Saint-Gervais-les-Bains: Jardin du Mont-Blanc Saint-Gervais-les-Bains town centre has a delightful, newly renovated playground to keep your little ones active and happy.  Located in the Jardin du Mont-Blanc, the landscaping around the playground is itself lovely, with lots of grassy slopes, an old well and bandstand and some well-positioned benches to admire the … Continue reading Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Playgrounds