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Kids in Lausanne - what can we do?

Hi,
I ve moved to Montreux recently.
I have 3 kids, 8, 10 and 13 and I d like to know what choices we have to spend our afternoons.

Is there anything special for kids in Montreux or Lausanne? Something to keep them interested and happy?

any suggestions are more than welcome
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Hi,
I ve moved to Montreux recently.
I have 3 kids, 8, 10 and 13 and I d like to know what choices we have to spend our afternoons.

Is there anything special for kids in Montreux or Lausanne? Something to keep them interested and happy?

any suggestions are more than welcome
Your kids at age 8/10/13 no longer are little children and so for sure have their personal interests, hobbies, likings and preferences. First of all you have to work this out for each of them, and then consider what may be around. The "beach-season" is more or less over (maybe another beach-weekend coming) even if I was swimming in the Lake of Zurich last Saturday and Sunday . If one of your kids is into books, Lausanne may rather be the place with more bookshops than Montreux. If one of them is into cycling why not cycle along the lake either to/towards Lausanne or towards the eastern end of the lake.

I mean, geographically, the Lavaux-region for sure is one of the most beautiful ones in Central Europe

Sports anyone ? Then check up per internet and newspapers about what the various towns and villages of the region have on offer.

Be aware that there between age 8 and 13 are ages so that the programs will have to be split

Add to this the boys/girls issues. The young "men" of 8/10/13 do not want to have to do anything with "girls business" and the young "women" have their quite particularily female interests and might regard the boys as a bit retared and bit out-of-touch
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Re: Kids in Lausanne - what can we do?

Welcome to the Forum!

All depends on their tastes... videogames maybe? More seriously, if they like sports there are clubs of all kinds they can join. They usually hold practices in the evening during the week and mornings on Saturday. The cinemas in Lausanne offer a 37CHF/month ticket that allows you illimited film viewing, which might be handy. Not sure what the deal is with children, check http://www.pathe.ch .
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Your kids at age 8/10/13 no longer are little children and so for sure have their personal interests, hobbies, likings and preferences. First of all you have to work this out for each of them, and then consider what may be around. The "beach-season" is more or less over (maybe another beach-weekend coming) even if I was swimming in the Lake of Zurich last Saturday and Sunday . If one of your kids is into books, Lausanne may rather be the place with more bookshops than Montreux. If one of them is into cycling why not cycle along the lake either to/towards Lausanne or towards the eastern end of the lake.

I mean, geographically, the Lavaux-region for sure is one of the most beautiful ones in Central Europe

Sports anyone ? Then check up per internet and newspapers about what the various towns and villages of the region have on offer.

Be aware that there between age 8 and 13 are ages so that the programs will have to be split

Add to this the boys/girls issues. The young "men" of 8/10/13 do not want to have to do anything with "girls business" and the young "women" have their quite particularily female interests and might regard the boys as a bit retared and bit out-of-touch
You are so right with the above mentioned problems, but I am trying to see what the possibilities are, so as to start from somewhere...thank you very much for your answer
gina
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Welcome to the Forum!

All depends on their tastes... videogames maybe? More seriously, if they like sports there are clubs of all kinds they can join. They usually hold practices in the evening during the week and mornings on Saturday. The cinemas in Lausanne offer a 37CHF/month ticket that allows you illimited film viewing, which might be handy. Not sure what the deal is with children, check http://www.pathe.ch .
Will check it out the soonest.
thank you very very much

gina
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Re: Kids in Lausanne - what can we do?

Circus Knie in Lausanne until mid October!
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Circus Knie in Lausanne until mid October!
thanks for the tip
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Re: Kids in Lausanne - what can we do?

1. Bowling and Karting at Funplanet in Villeneuve. I think it's due to reopen in December after a fire:
http://www.funplanetvilleneuve.ch

2. Aquaparc at Le Bouveret
http://www.swiss-riviera.com/aquaparc/

3. Labyrinth Adventure Park Evionnaz:
http://www.labyrinthe.ch/

4. Bike rides along the lakeshore to Villeneuve and then up the Rhone Valley towards Monthey and Aigle. There's loads of traffic free paths where you can cyle, rollerblade or just walk.
http://www.veloland.ch/en/routen_etappen.cfm?id=20883

5. Sailing lessons at La Tour de Peilz:
http://www.cvvt.ch/

6. Judo lessons at Ecole Club Migros Vevey:
http://www.ecole-club.ch/fr/sparten/...KursListe.aspx

7. Visit Lavey Les Bains (open year round):
http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/

8. Ski Club in Villars:
http://www.scvillars.ch/
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Re: Kids in Lausanne - what can we do?

Signal de Bougy www.signaldebougy.ch

Musee Olympic www.olympic.org/museum

Game Museum www.museedujeu.com

Boat ride on the Lake www.cgn.ch

Chateau de Chillion www.chillon.ch

Zoo Servion www.zoo-servion.ch

Just to name a few, of course depends on age, interest, etc.

Go to the bookstore, like Payot, there is a book, in French, of all the things to do for Kids in the area and greater CH, plus neighboring France.
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1. Bowling and Karting at Funplanet in Villeneuve. I think it's due to reopen in December after a fire:
http://www.funplanetvilleneuve.ch

2. Aquaparc at Le Bouveret
http://www.swiss-riviera.com/aquaparc/

3. Labyrinth Adventure Park Evionnaz:
http://www.labyrinthe.ch/

4. Bike rides along the lakeshore to Villeneuve and then up the Rhone Valley towards Monthey and Aigle. There's loads of traffic free paths where you can cyle, rollerblade or just walk.
http://www.veloland.ch/en/routen_etappen.cfm?id=20883

5. Sailing lessons at La Tour de Peilz:
http://www.cvvt.ch/

6. Judo lessons at Ecole Club Migros Vevey:
http://www.ecole-club.ch/fr/sparten/...KursListe.aspx

7. Visit Lavey Les Bains (open year round):
http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/

8. Ski Club in Villars:
http://www.scvillars.ch/


Thank you so much.
It is a great help.

gina
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Re: Kids in Lausanne - what can we do?

Gina,

I have two boys age 8 and 6, so we're just a little younger than you, and we have been very, very busy here in the Lausanne area!

We did an Intersoccer camp recently, and it was great. My kids came home exhausted and happy, and enjoyed having English-speaking coaches and meeting other English-speaking kids. You can find other sporting activities on websites like
http://www.guidesportif.ch

There are plenty of skiing opportunities nearby--you can head out from Montreux and be at a resort in less than an hour.

We're also been impressed by the museums in the Lausanne area. We bought a Swiss museum pass and it's been worth the money, because every rainy weekend we visit a different museum.

Enjoy your time here!
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