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Old 23.05.2011, 22:33
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Summer activities for young children

Hello.

Despite a long time searching on this forum and the web in general, I have not been able to find appropriate activities (e.g., art classes, sports, swimming, etc.) for our young sons (3 and 5) in/around Zug this summer. (We're in the process of moving from Africa to Zug, so I am not yet familiar with the landscape).

Would appreciate any guidance on where we might place our boys for some summer activities (and, ideally, give them a (fun) taste of Swiss German). Thanks in advance...

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Re: Summer activities for young children

I'm not from Zug, but I'm quite sure, that -
- swimming lessons
- Gymnastics intergrated with exercise / games - 3yearold would be MuKi Turnen, and there is Sport (Turnen) available for the 5 year old.
Every town has a few associations (vereins) which offer activites for Kids.
Art Classes, will be quite difficult, and expensive to find.

will be offered, when you arrive, a trip to the local municipality ( Gemeinde) where you find tons of leaflets, about what is available.

here is a PDF file with some info,
www.zug.ch/behoerden/org-mit-leistungsauftrag/.../at.../file_pdf
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Re: Summer activities for young children

You may well find that alot of the groups shut down for the summer holidays (only 5 weeks) as so many people go away for the holidays or have family visit.
For art classes try and find a local atelier - we have a lady in our village who organises ad hoc days for kids to do various art projects in her basement workroom for a very reasonable price. http://www.silvia.bertschingers.ch/angebot.html
There are football courses through the summer
http://www.intersoccer.ch/
Also try the local sports halls and tennis clubs because they quite often have holidays schemes - for instance the Thalwil Tennis club did a multi sport week

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Re: Summer activities for young children

try this one: http://www1.zuger-ferienpass.ch/index-fs.html

Holiday-activities for schoolkids are called "Ferienpass", it's organised by the community. On the homepage it says that the program 2011 should be available starting june 14. So check again then.
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Re: Summer activities for young children

Thanks, everyone. Excellent suggestions.

(For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to officially "thank" each of you... so please consider yourself officially thanked with this message!)

All the best... LA
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Re: Summer activities for young children

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the best thing we did for swiss german was to send my son to creche/kinderkrippe - he went in may and started kindergarten in august - and was able to help himself...
group things to do in the holidays only become available from around 7 or 8...
another thing you can consider is looking for a waldgruppe/cevi/boy scouts in your area - basically the kids go play in the woods for a sunday afternoon - but that is only from about 5.
good luck and enjoy the sunshine!!!
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