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, and it offers: Playgrounds  There … 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. *Please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!* In the warmer months, there is a playground here, an accrobranche, an outdoor climbing wall, fishing in the lake, and a relaxing buggy/dog-walking path around the lake and into the woods. This is the perfect spot for a picnic or … 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 springtime and summertime, where we go to escape the heat of the valley and find shade and to appreciate the refreshing breeze from the Bonnant river! The park has an elegant entrance, with a pretty fountain. There is a main path through the park that is ideal for walking with a buggy. … Continue reading Le Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

MBFF’s Favourite Playgrounds au Pays du Mont Blanc

MBFF has spent six 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 … Continue reading MBFF’s Favourite Playgrounds au Pays du Mont Blanc

Megève Playgrounds

Megève town 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 The playground near Megève’s Palais des Sports is ample, caters for all ages (from 1-14 years) and has great views of the mountains … Continue reading Megève Playgrounds

Domancy Playground

Domancy has a small playground for young children, nestled in between the Tour Carrée and the Mairie/Bibliotèque.  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 area just next to the playground. In the summer months, the green space behind the playground and next to the river becomes a small paradise for children (and their tired parents), as a bouncy castle appears, a small playhouse, a ping-pong table … Continue reading Vallorcine Playgrounds

Les Contamines Playgrounds

Les Contamines has a great selection of playgrounds, all in the most beautiful setting! Le Parc Patrice Dominguez 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 playground area!  Right next to … Continue reading Les Contamines Playgrounds

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 the 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 area.  Perched just above the Lac Biotope, and with commanding … Continue reading Combloux 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

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 are a couple of FREE playgrounds in the 1-3 years and 3-12 years age brackets, great slides, motorbikes and cars to ride, diggers to operate, trampolines, and various water-themed rides.  In … Continue reading Parc d’Attractions de Chamonix

St Gervais Playgrounds

There are several playgrounds in St Gervais and its environs to keep your little ones entertained. In St Gervais: Jardin du Mont Blanc St Gervais 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-located … Continue reading St Gervais Playgrounds