FILENVOL – capers high up in the trees (near Annemasse)

During the Toussaint holidays last year, on a sunny autumn afternoon, the MBFF tribe (+ one friend) visited Filenvol. I was personally won over by the location – before the fun in the trees even began – as the afternoon light filtering through the golden leaves was magical. And then I heard the laughter of children and adults alike, as they capered through the trees . … Continue reading FILENVOL – capers high up in the trees (near Annemasse)

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, INDOOR PLAY & BOUNCY CASTLES au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we are lucky to have a softplay option in the industrial zone of Sallanches for those RAINY DAYS all year round . . . and in the summer months, plenty of bouncy castles spring up in lovely locations too . . . and further afield in the Arve Valley and beyond, there are some larger softplay and indoor play areas . . . … Continue reading SOFTPLAY, INDOOR PLAY & BOUNCY CASTLES au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

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 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)

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 . . . Aire d’Activités du Petit Arly This is a NEW playground in Megève , as the previous Aire de Jeux du Paddock playground was moved across the road … 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, (Dré dans le Darbon bike event, the summer fête . . . ) or as a little stop-off after a visit to Lac de Passy or Grand Frais supermarket or Les Fruitières du Mont-Blanc! … Continue reading Domancy Playground

Les Contamines-Montjoie Playgrounds

Les Contamines-Montjoie has a great selection of playgrounds, all in the most beautiful mountain setting! Espace de Loisirs des Loyers Both a summer and winter destination (an outdoor ice-skating rink is constructed for the winter ski season here), the recently renovated Espace de Loisirs des Loyers (1600 m2) is located close to the centre of town in Les Contamines-Montjoie. In addition to the playground in 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 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! 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

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 Le 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 in itself lovely, with lots of grassy slopes, an old well and bandstand and some well-positioned benches to admire … Continue reading Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Playgrounds