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What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

I'm looking after 6 and 9yo boys and on Mondays from 12-15.15 I have free time with the 6yo. The problem is that all the museums are closed on Mondays. And we are using public transport. (Can't make it to farms etc that are out from Zürich.)

Any ideas what to do with this time besides going to the playground or to the lakeside?
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Old 01.10.2012, 14:52
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

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I'm looking after 6 and 9yo boys and on Mondays from 12-15.15 I have free time with the 6yo. The problem is that all the museums are closed on Mondays. And we are using public transport. (Can't make it to farms etc that are out from Zürich.)

Any ideas what to do with this time besides going to the playground or to the lakeside?
If s/he can swim (or enjoys splashing in a wading pool) and the parents agree, you might get some worthy time in at an indoor pool (hallenbad).

Another thing to do, if you've both got gear for about any weather is to pick up some books on local wildlife and head out along the local paths, to see how many of the plants and animals you can find.
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Old 01.10.2012, 14:59
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

the churches are lovely (and free of charge!) to visit with children, who usually enjoy
- the Fraumünster with Chagall's colourful stained glass windows
- the Grossmünster with darker but also beautiful windows by Sigmar Polke and the funny statue of Charlemagne in the crypta
- the Wasserkirche with the archeological excavations and the gruesome but also humorous story of Zurichs patron Saints Felix and Regula (those who walked up the hill carrying their own head under their arms)
- the Prediger Kirche in Niederdorf, with a cosy reading lounge by the central aisle featuring high quality children's publications (also in the vicinity the Pestalozzi Bibliothek in Zähringerstrasse with the children's reading area)
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

Go to the library (Pestalozzi). They have branches throughout the city, and one right in the middle. There is a children's section downstairs that also has some English books.

http://www.pbz.ch/standorte/standort...ffnungszeiten/

Or go for a walk in the forest. You can access forest from several places, but, for example, get a tram to Römerhof and then the Dolderbahn up into the forest. If you look on map.search.ch you will see all the paths and you can even walk to a restaurant for a hot chocolate. This is great to do no matter what the weather!
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

What about the zoo?
You can get there by tram..

http://www.zoo.ch/xml_1/internet/en/.../d404/f405.cfm

Or the Wildnis Park

http://www.wildnispark.ch/
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Old 01.10.2012, 15:23
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

the zoo is great but so immense and tiring that considering time to get there she would only have about 2 hours left for the visit, with my kids it wouldn' have worked. besides, it's pretty expensive, so better to make the most of it and spend the whole day (unless you have a year pass, then it's a nother matter and it might be worthwhile even just to visit a single part of the zoo)

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You can get there by tram..

http://www.zoo.ch/xml_1/internet/en/.../d404/f405.cfm

Or the Wildnis Park

http://www.wildnispark.ch/
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

Hi,

How about going to the airport? They opened this year a new area for viewing planes that includes a great kid's playground... it is really worth going...
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

Knie's Kinderzoo at Rapperswil might be an idea. Not so big and I think you can get there by either rail or boat down the lake. Not sure if it's shut for the season now though. You'd need to check the website www.knie.ch to make sure.
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

You might find something here:
http://www.zuerich.com/en/Visitor/In...Brochures.html
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Go to the library (Pestalozzi). They have branches throughout the city, and one right in the middle. There is a children's section downstairs that also has some English books.
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Thank you so much for the library tip. The one close to our place is closed on Mondays, so I thought they all are... Checked out that the one in old town is opened on Mondays, what a relief!


Thank you also others for useful tips. Zoo won`t work out with such a short time, but it is indeed a great place if we have longer time to spend together.

Need to see how he likes churches (if we could make candles there, then I`m sure he would like ), but a great idea!

Also asked his mom if it`s ok to go swimming during this little break and she is luckily very reasonable and didn`t mind (he has swimming class also the next day, so wasn`t sure if we are "allowed" to go to the pool two days in a row.)

Nature is great, but he needs a big time motivation to go out as his feet get tired but I haven`t given up on him

I need to take him once to the airport to see how he likes it there!


As for next week`s holidays when I have more time with him. Has anybody been to the Kindercity? http://www.kindercity.ch/
Is it worth taking a 6yo there?
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Re: What to do with kid(s) on Mondays? (Zürich city)

Our kids (6 & 8 ) enjoyed Kindercity. For me, once is enough - but they would go there anytime again.

Did you have a look at the Gemeinschaftszentrum? Choose the one in your area on www.gz-zh.ch . They often offer Candle making starting in November or you could make a "Räbeliechtli" or so.
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We enjoy taking a short boat trip (round, 1.5. hours from Bürkliplatz) with my 5.5 year old... when he gets bored pointing out the boats/harbours etc. we read a book inside, have hot chocolate or just talk. Good for cold/rainy weather as well. The all zones ZVV pass covers the fare. For departure schedules check:
http://www.zsg.ch/short-round-trips.html

And the toy museum in Zurich is also opened on Mondays:
http://www.zuercher-spielzeugmuseum.ch/index_en.html
We have never been as I am scared minichick will be all over the exposition - but we sometimes go to FranzCarlWeber's shop just to play with the cars in the second floor and admire toys.

Hope this helps :-)
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Our kids (6 & 8 ) enjoyed Kindercity. For me, once is enough - but they would go there anytime again.

Did you have a look at the Gemeinschaftszentrum? Choose the one in your area on www.gz-zh.ch . They often offer Candle making starting in November or you could make a "Räbeliechtli" or so.
Thank you! We will try it out next week

Actually last year it was possible to make very colourful candles at Balgrist church waiting for it to start again! (I really recommend it as there were so many different colours!)
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We enjoy taking a short boat trip (round, 1.5. hours from Bürkliplatz) with my 5.5 year old... when he gets bored pointing out the boats/harbours etc. we read a book inside, have hot chocolate or just talk. Good for cold/rainy weather as well. The all zones ZVV pass covers the fare. For departure schedules check:
http://www.zsg.ch/short-round-trips.html

And the toy museum in Zurich is also opened on Mondays:
http://www.zuercher-spielzeugmuseum.ch/index_en.html
We have never been as I am scared minichick will be all over the exposition - but we sometimes go to FranzCarlWeber's shop just to play with the cars in the second floor and admire toys.

Hope this helps :-)
Thank you! We have taken the little Limmat ship, but never the big one (we didn`t have so much spare time before.)

Toy museum is a good tip! I have seen it before, but never been in and didn`t know that it`s opened on Mondays! Weber shop is good also, but only once in a while as his mom is not very happy with this option... (the little guy of course would be more than happy ) but for a rainy day have you been to Qualipet at Sihlcity? (Petshop). Both boys are always more than happy to go there
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