THINGS TO DO FOR FAMILIES – MAY 2019
Spend some quality time with your children at some of these fun family events in and around Geneva during May.
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OPEN MUSEUMS ON SUNDAY – MEG BAZAAR
Every first Sunday of the month – many of Geneva’s museums open their doors to the public for free. There are several interesting exhibitions on, including a predator exhibition at the Museum of Natural History.
On Sunday, the the 5th of May, the MEG also hosts their MEG Bazaar offering great activities for families, including children and toddler workshops.
NOTE that spaces are limited, so book your space.
Sunday, 5th of May
Museums across the city
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STORYTELLING FESTIVAL – FESTIVAL LA COUR DES CONTES
This annual festival celebrates storytelling and features modern and traditional stories from around the world. Mainly in French, the festival includes more than 60 interesting workshops, stories and performances for young and old.
La Julienne, Maison des Arts et de la Culture
Route de St-Julien 116
LA NUIT DES MUSÉES
This annual event is a highlight on the city’s cultural calendar and allows you to discover the museums’ treasures by nighttime. There will be free public transport between the venues.
Different venues across Geneva.
FÊTE DE LA DANSE
If you have keen little dancers in your family, don’t miss La Fête de la Danse which celebrates dancing in all its forms in theatres, community halls and public open spaces across Geneva. There will be workshops, shows, discos for children, parties and more… All levels of dancers welcome. Cost CHF15.
1st to 5th of May
Different venues across Geneva
For the full programme, visit this page.
THE CEREAL FACTORY
If you want to score brownie points with your children, consider popping into the colourful new cereal bar: The Cereal Factory at the Roches tram stop line 12. On weekdays it opens at 7:30am so you can get a delicious breakfast (the most important meal of the day) before school or work. On the weekends its open from 10 or 11am to 8pm. It opened on the 3rd of April. Read our review by 12-year-old Sylvie Wainwright here.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice In Wonderland comes to life on stage in the most hilarious-filled madcap fun! Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her adventures through Wonderland. Don’t miss your chance to tumble with the Tweedle twins, chase the White Rabbit, boo the boisterous Queen of Hearts, and have tea with the Hatter at the Maddest Tea Party of all!
Don’t be late… Book now for the best seats!
Friday, 17th of May at 19h30
Simply Theatre Studios, 23a Centre Choiseul, Avenue de Choiseul, 1290, Versoix
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TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL – HOPITAL DES NOUNOURS
Your child will love you for this – let him or her take one of their favourite fluffy toys with an ailment – broken arm, leg, headache or tummy ache. This event is organised by medical students who introduce children between the ages of 4 and 8 years to hospitals and the medical world. They will be seen by one of the Nounoursologists, work out a diagnosis together and will then be sent to a different department for treatment – anything from stitches to an MRI or bandages.
PLEASE NOTE: You have to register in advance for this event. Register here.
Palladium, Rue du Stand 3 Bis
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A DAY OUT IN BEAUTIFUL GARDENS – JARDINS EN FÊTE
This lovely open gardens day in the gardens of the beautiful Château de Coppet (a Swiss heritage site) takes place for the 14th time on this weekend. When we explored this event a couple of years ago on a wonderful sunny day, we loved the colourful displays. There was enough space to take a stroller around and there is a pond with chairs where you can hang out, play with the children and take in the scenery. Drinks and snacks are available and brunch will be served in Le Bistrot de Jardins en fête in the lovely, medieval courtyard of the Château on all three days (11:30-15:00) (two services at 11:00 and 13:00). Great idea for Mother’s Day.
Personal tip: If you go on Sunday, you might be able to pick up your favourite plant at a good price.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00-18:00
Entry fee for adults including a catalogue: CHF 12.00
Free of charge for children up to 16
3-day ticket . CHF 25.00
1o, 11 and 12th of May.
Château de Coppet
Rue de la Gare 2
CREATIVE DANCE SHOW – THE WATCHMAKERS
ON THE 11th OF MAY, a group of international dancers from Dublin will perform THE WATCHMAKERS – a fusion of ballet and street dance in one fairytale show. The show unites professional dancers of various styles (classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop, popping, break dance, contemporary and Krump), and nationalities (Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Brazilian, Argentinian, French, Australian, Japanese, Philippine, Indonesian, Moroccan, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, and South African).
Blending classical ballet and street dance in a modern metropolis, this story presents and existential struggle with the illusion of time. ‘The Watchmaker’ presents the reality of people living in a busy modern city.
The show is recommended for kids, as well as for adults. For families, dance or theatre lovers.
Tickets from CHF20.
11th of May, at 15h and at 19h.
2, Rue de la Servette
1201 Genève, Suisse
Tickets available on TICKETCORNER.CH
PATHÉ FAMILY MOVIE DAY
Going to the movies is always fun and it’s even better when it’s with your family. On the Pathé Family Day, take your son, cousin, niece, godfather and enjoy one or more films from their family-friendly program for only CHF 15.00 per ticket which also includes a drink and/or a small popcorn and a small gift for children.
- Film screenings for 2 + years: The sound volume is reduced and low lights are left on in the auditorium.
- Film screenings for kids between 4 and 13 years
Sunday, 12th of May