Creativity for Parents, Teens & Tots
Please note that at various intervals some links may be out of date/service while websites are being updated to reflect seasonal changes.
Courses and workshops for children, teens and adults
Life of Art in Geneva offers painting and drawing classes for adults, including beginners, and also for children. Parents and children can share their artistic experience with each other in parent-child workshops.
Les Cré-ateliers – Arts and Crafts workshops for teenagers and adults
Les Ateliers Verts – “Green workshops” for children at Geneva’s Botanical Gardens (during the school year)
OSR workshops – Orchestre de la Suisse Romande provides discovery workshops, classroom activities, youth concerts and vouchers for children and teens
Theatre productions and theatrical training for children and teens
Am Stram Gram Center – Geneva public theatre offering theatre productions and courses for children and teens
Theatre du Loup – Theatre school for children and teens offering twelve productions per season.
ASTEJ-Swiss Theatre Association for Children and Teens – National association supporting theatre education and productions for young people
Centre of Contemporary Art – Firmenich Children’s Workshop at Geneva’s Contemporary Art Museum
Le Theater Töpffer – Geneva theatre offering productions for children, teens and families
Théâter Forum Meyrin – Theatrical events and exhibitions for young people
Théâtre des Marionnettes de Geneve – Offering childrens puppet shows, workshops and special events
Cinema directory and children’s film club
Cinemaromandie – Directory of cinemas in the Swiss Romandy playing films for adults and children
La Lanterne Magique – Movie club for children aged 6 to 11 including festivals, special screenings and events
The Geneva Welcome Center – Family Information – A helpful family resource page with links to information on events, child care, schools, sports & recreation for children and teens, universities, language courses and pets.
Meeting Places for mom’s and kids
At 76 Grand Rue in Dionne-les-Bains, France, Crocodealcoffee offers a dêpot-vente clothing shop, café, baby gym for 1-to-3 years), sewing classes for mums, and cooking classes for 8 to 12-year-olds. For info, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel +33.(0)188.8.131.52.89. Also on Facebook.
Directories of events and activities for families
Geneva Family Diaries – Popular website devoted to family life in the Geneva area.
Know-it-All – Community guidebook for Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France
Croque Loisirs – Listing of activities & events for families in Geneva, Gex & Annemasse
20 years/20 francs
Card 20/years-20/francs – for a one-time CHF20 purchase, this card offers reduced-price entries, for cardholders up to the age of 20, to a wide-range of activities and locales, including concerts, festivals, theatre, museums, exhibitions and sports events.
Librairies for adults and children
Geneva Public Librairies – Directory of Geneva’s municipal librairies. A helpful article about how to register to borrow books and about Geneva’s “bibliobuses” is: Geneva Libraries: Quality books in many European languages.
The Library in English – Children’s books and story hours (as well as adult books) the Library also holds second-hand book sales twice a year.
Bookshops for children and teens
Au Chien Bleu – French children’s bookstore with an excellent selection of French books, CDs, toys as well as special events and workshops.
“The Reading Duck” (Librairie Gaspard le Canard) – a French and English bookstore in Nyon (their web page – http://www.readingduck.com – is under construction as of Oct/2016 but do check back). Visit them at Grand Rue 26, 1260 Nyon. Email: email@example.com and phone: +41.22.362 1514.
Payot Bookstores – French bookstore with a good selection of English books, also for children.
Vacation and school-break camps and activities for children and teenagers
ASK – “All Special Kids” camps for children aged 5-19 with special needs
Mouvement Jeunesse Suisse Romande – Spring and summer camps for children in the Swiss Romandy
Monster Camp (bilingual French/English) summer fun for children aged 4 to 12 at Confignon’s primary school and Puplinge’s primary school. Skills will be taught through play with emphasis on using youngsters’ love of the activity to maximize learning opportunities, develop self-confidence, fair-play and self-reliance. Places are limited in each camp maximum of 30 Children and will be granted on a first-inscribe first-served basis.
Leisure activities for young people – Vacation camps and activities for 3 to 18 year olds (French listing)
Ecolint – Ecolint Camps and activities for children
Day Camps Switzerland – Day camps for children in Geneva, Lausanne and Interlaken
Geneva Family – Vacation camps in Vaud, Geneva, Valais, Neuchâtel and German-speaking Switzerland
Key English School – Language and theme camps in Geneva at Corsier and Genthod and Vaud at Lutry, Chesaux and Monts-de-Corsier for children 4 to 12
International Camp Suisse – A private centre for 140 campers above Lake Geneva at Torgon, offering outdoor events, cultural excursions and language courses
Altitude Summer Camps – Offers mountain adventure camps, language and day camps at Verbier
Village Camps/Summer Camp Leysin – The Swiss Alpine Centre is the home of Village Camps Leysin, which welcomes up to 180 campers, aged 7-17, from all over the world for language, adventure, sport, dance, and junior camps
Le Rosey Summer Camps – Campuses at Rolle, Vaud, and Gstaad offer sports and arts activities while the Mountain Camp gets kids up close to the Alps. Also offers an Excellence Camp for adventurous and fit young people and a SAT Prep Camp.
Pianoforte Productions – A summer music program for children aged 4 to 16
Swiss Language Club – Intensive morning language classes and outdoor afternoon recreation at the Leysin and Neuchâtel campuses.
Museums and outdoor play areas
Geneva’s Museé d’Art et d’Histoire offers wonderful events for children and families, including Family Wednesdays, Family Moments, and Tales and Workshops, most of them free. Visit the museum’s website to find out about upcoming activities and to download their Programme Jeune Public et Famille (an events agenda for young visitors and families).
Château de Prangins – (near Nyon) A Swiss National Museum filled with historical rooms, a lovely park and kitchen garden and restaurant/balcony with many special events and activities for families and children
Swiss Museum of Transport (Lucerne) – A wide range of special attractions (a boat and railway) and events for children.
Vivarium (Lausanne) – A zoo housing frogs, spiders, crocodiles, scorpions, serpents and tortoises to amaze children (and grown-ups, too)
Alimentarium (Vevey) – Cookery workshops (in French) for kids aged 6 to 12, birthday parties, and a 3-D film journey through the intestine!
Planete Jeux (Lutry) – Huge outdoor play area with a trampoline, mini-golf and a heated swimming pool; an indoor play area and restaurant as well.
Signal de Bougy (Bougy Villars) – Large outdoor play and picnic area with a spectacular view over Lake Geneva.