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Re: What to do with the kids (before and during school holidays)

Thanks. We're in Zurich and they're 11. They'd be fine on their own out and about - except for the issue of language - not being able to read signs etc or additional hurdles in asking as stranger for help is quite an obstacle. I myself am routinely getting the trams in the wrong direction, just cos I'm so strongly assuming traffic travels on the left! (I know, I know).
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Re: What to do with the kids (before and during school holidays)

"Enrol them in full time, intensive summer language course - I'm sure there will be something available last minute."

this is precisely the kind of thing I'm looking for - if anyone knows of one.
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"Enrol them in full time, intensive summer language course - I'm sure there will be something available last minute."

this is precisely the kind of thing I'm looking for - if anyone knows of one.
A place to start: google Migros Klubschule + your proposed area.
Can't guarantee that they have exactly what you're looking for over the summer, but it's one of the biggest and vfm in CH.
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"Enrol them in full time, intensive summer language course - I'm sure there will be something available last minute."

this is precisely the kind of thing I'm looking for - if anyone knows of one.
I would look at the Migros schule first as the run summer courses aimed at kids certainly in this area.

Also Berlitz might be another solution.

http://www.berlitz.ch/en/kids_teens/...mps/locations/

I don't know Zurich so don't know what exists there but Inligua do summer languages courses here so maybe they have something in Zurich too.
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Re: What to do with the kids (before and during school holidays)

Here are a couple of links for camps - they suit different age groups. My experience has been that even if the camps are 'german' speaking, there are often a lot of bilingual kids, and often the group leaders can speak some english as well. (but may be worth asking when you register.)

http://www.tzh.ch/images/events/Camp...cation2015.pdf

http://www.milandia.ch/sport-und-erl...eriencamp.html

http://www.mssports.ch/?gclid=CIS6xe...Fc_HtAodqR4AWQ

http://www.feriencamps.ch/

http://www.wwf.ch/de/aktiv/handelnjugend/ferienlager/
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Re: What to do with the kids during school holidays

An update:

We sent them to one of the Stiftung Zurcher Schulerferien holiday camps arranged by Stadt Zurich for local children. We picked the least adventurous activity (dance) as I figured rock climbing, kayaking and the like could be chancey without having enough German to know whether or not you were being told to release or lock the D-clip.

The kids really enjoyed the activities and loved the young camp leaders, who were excellent about including them with some English, as well as pushing them to learn some German, and being there for advice and assistance.

They got on well with some kids (though no enduring friendships) and weren't wild about some of the others, though this wasn't too much of an issue for them.

It was good value considering it was a two-week sleepaway. There were subsidies for lower incomes. At the time I booked (less than 4 weeks till start date) there were still plenty of vacancies at lots of the camp options.

So all in all, a reasonable supervised getaway for primary aged kids with some German, or those going with a friend or sibling.

Thanks all for your help.
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Re: What to do with the kids during school holidays

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An update:

We sent them to one of the Stiftung Zurcher Schulerferien holiday camps arranged by Stadt Zurich for local children. We picked the least adventurous activity (dance) as I figured rock climbing, kayaking and the like could be chancey without having enough German to know whether or not you were being told to release or lock the D-clip.

The kids really enjoyed the activities and loved the young camp leaders, who were excellent about including them with some English, as well as pushing them to learn some German, and being there for advice and assistance.

They got on well with some kids (though no enduring friendships) and weren't wild about some of the others, though this wasn't too much of an issue for them.

It was good value considering it was a two-week sleepaway. There were subsidies for lower incomes. At the time I booked (less than 4 weeks till start date) there were still plenty of vacancies at lots of the camp options.

So all in all, a reasonable supervised getaway for primary aged kids with some German, or those going with a friend or sibling.

Thanks all for your help.
Excellent! And I'll definitely keep the Stiftung in mind. This summer the Troll is in Canada with my parents at his own request, but the time may come when they are unable to take him (he still wakes up at 5 a week after arrival), the plane tickets may be too expensive or he may want to stay here instead of travelling; it's always good to have local alternatives.
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