Toussaint Holidays au Pays du Mont-Blanc

If you are staying home au Pays du Mont-Blanc (or visiting us) during the (very long!) 🍂🍁🎃 Toussaint holidays 🎃🍁🍂, then you are in for a treat as there are plenty of family-friendly activities a-happening! Below, you will find some of the children’s festivals, activities, Halloween specials, workshops and films on offer au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond during the holidays . . . and if you scroll a bit … Continue reading Toussaint Holidays au Pays du Mont-Blanc

October Agenda au Pays du Mont-Blanc

October: 🍂🍁leaves on the trees, leaves on the ground 🍂🍁 – green, yellow, orange, golden, brown, bright red . . .  🍏apple-picking, shorter days, the Toussaint holidays with two local festivals for children («Les Petits Asticots» and «Les Petits Princes d’Automne Megève», 🎃pumpkins and 🎃Halloween . . . Do keep checking the listings, as I shall update them with any new information that comes my way over the month! … Continue reading October Agenda au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Family strolls with small children: lakes in autumn au Pays du Mont-Blanc

After a visit to Japan during the magical time of «autumn leaves», I never thought that autumn would inspire me in the same way again . . . But then I returned home to the Pays du Mont-Blanc, and was charmed all over again by the palette of red, ochre, gold and orange covering the trees, crunching under my feet and reflected in the lakes of … Continue reading Family strolls with small children: lakes in autumn au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Festival: «Les Petits Asticots 2017» (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

«Les Petits Asticots» – the yearly children’s festival au Pays du Mont-Blanc – will be back again for another amazing season from the 21st to 26th October 2017!  Six days of theatre, music, circus and workshops for little people! The MBFF team absolutely LOVE «Les Petits Asticots» – not only are the shows of high quality, the festival is local and its timing during the Toussaint holidays … Continue reading Festival: «Les Petits Asticots 2017» (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

Family Hikes – tips for hiking with small children

With the recent beautiful weather we’ve been having, after lots of RAIN, I thought it time to write a post about hiking with small children. 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 children to LOVE hiking in the mountains is … Continue reading Family Hikes – tips for hiking with small children

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature (Sallanches)

Every Wednesday afternoon during the French school holidays, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches organises worshops for children aged 6 to 12 years  called Les P’tits Experts de la Nature. Children are given a certificate booklet when they do their first workshop and they collect a stamp for each completed workshop.  During their 2-hour workshop, they become little “experts” in different fields of nature! My son … Continue reading Les P’tits Experts de la Nature (Sallanches)

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

The beautiful quais of Sallanches

I was walking along the quais in Sallanches last week and the chataignes (chestnut trees) were all in bloom and had formed a tapestry above my head . . . and I thought how I must write a post about how NOW is the time to experience Sallanches’s riverside at its most lush! A trip to Sallanches’s Saturday morning market (which is lovely; a post to come) … Continue reading The beautiful quais of Sallanches

Baby & Toddler Playgroups & Storytelling au Pays du Mont Blanc

When I had my first baby, I came across playgroup & storytelling information progressively, so hopefully it will be of use to some folk to have it all in one place . . . a list of some of the playgroup & storyteeling options au Pays du Mont-Blanc: Chamonix Chamonix «Mums n Tots» takes place in the Salle Paroissiale (Church Hall) of  the Presbytery of the … Continue reading Baby & Toddler Playgroups & Storytelling au Pays du Mont Blanc

Cinemas au Pays du Mont Blanc

Chamonix Chamonix’s Cinéma VOX is a bit of an institution, and I was once a regular visitor with a pass (in my footloose and fancy free days when I lived just down the road!). There are VO films to choose from and the venue is also used to host certain events: shows for children, mountain films, the adventure film festival, guest speakers . . . *Good … Continue reading Cinemas au Pays du Mont Blanc

Combloux’s Plan d’Eau Biotope

A visit to the Plan d’Eau Biotope in Combloux makes for a wonderful day of swimming and lazing, with a majestic view of the Mont Blanc Massif as a backdrop! Combloux boasts the first ecological mountain lake in France, in the most superb setting.  The lake has been created for swimming and has more than 10 000 aquatic plants filtering the water to make it pure, and it has … Continue reading Combloux’s Plan d’Eau Biotope

Bowling au Pays du Mont Blanc

There are two bowling alleys au Pays du Mont Blanc: one in Chamonix, and one in Sallanches. Chamonix Chamonix’s Bowling has 8 bowling alleys, as well as an indoor mini-golf, a pool room (“billards”) and a games room. The entrance includes obligatory bowling shoes and you must wear socks! Opening hours: High season: open every day from 17h to 2h in the morning, or from 14h in … Continue reading Bowling au Pays du Mont Blanc

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

Sallanches Skatepark

On some beautiful sunny afternoons this spring, we have found ourselves down at the Sallanches skatepark! I must admit to having been somewhat ignorant towards to our local skatepark, and so I was pleasantly surprised with the discovery!  It has been recently renovated, and there is lots of space for skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes.  I was also pleasantly surprised by the range of ages present – little ones on … Continue reading Sallanches Skatepark

Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)

Set in the historic 14th century Chateau des Rubins, just behind the Eglise St Jacques, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde is a museum dedicated to the Alps. Set across 5 floors, an interactive journey will take you from glaciology and geology, to some close encounters with the resident taxidermy (a wolf, a lynx and a bear among others!).  As well as panels explaining the … Continue reading Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)

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

Lacs des Ilettes (Sallanches)

Officially known as Base de Loisir des Ilettes, les Lacs des Ilettes actually consist of three lakes and this is a popular place year-round for locals to come for a stroll en famille, for a bike ride, a dog-walk (permitted around the 3rd lake) or a jog and workout.  In summertime, the middle lake is a popular choice for swimmers and the 3rd lake for windsurfers. Le … Continue reading Lacs des Ilettes (Sallanches)

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

Salle Léon Curral (Sallanches)

You don’t have to head as far as Geneva to get your fill of culture (though there is certainly much culture to be had there too!). Head to Sallanches’ Salle Léon Curral for some excellent (and very reasonably priced!) entertainment.  Here you will find concerts (recent concerts have included: Ayo, Irma, L.E.J), theatre, comedy, dance, circus acts . . .  Recently renovated, and with spectacular views of … Continue reading Salle Léon Curral (Sallanches)

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

Combloux Skiing

Combloux is definitely one of the most family-friendly ski areas in the Pays du Mont Blanc, and skiing here will reward you with some of the most beautiful views of Mont Blanc and the mountains of Les Aravis and Les Fiz! Beginner and Nursery skiing Little ones can join Piou Piou ski classes on the nursery slopes or play on the soft-play Igloo de Baloo at Le Cry (there are … Continue reading Combloux Skiing