Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Pumpkin carving workshop for kids on Saturday October 31st in Thoiry

This is a great activity for kids, it's open to any kid who will bring his/her own pumpkin; the workshop costs just 3Euro/kid which includes the pumpkin carving lesson and a snack.
The workshop starts at 2.30 p.m. in Thoiry, in nearby France about 30 minutes from Geneva city center.
More information below and in the following link

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How to enjoy Halloween with kids the TOP 5 HALLOWEEN PARTIES FOR KIDS in Geneva and/or close by

It's Halloween time ! My 10 years old son can't wait to wear his vampire costume and go screaming around to celebrate it with his friends!
Here below my  list of the best Halloween parties for kids that take place in Geneva or not too far from here:

  1.  Halloween  Night at the Adventure Park in Les Evaux (in Onex area, few km far from Geneva city center) on October 30th and  31st the park will be exceptionally open at night  from 6 p.m. till 11 p.m. for a special night with all the tree climbing activities and sports attractions. available to all little vampires, witches, phantoms and so on... Minimum age : 7 years old, reservation required. Cost is about 38 CHF per person
  2. Halloween Night at the Parc l'Adventure in Annemasse , just at the French border   on October 31st from 7.30 p.m. till 11p.m. for kids as of 1 year old with many animations  and scary snacks included . Price per person ranges between 10 Euro to 16 Euro/kid depending on the age 

3.  Halloween Festival at the Signal de Bougy , 40 minutes drive from Geneva , it starts on Saturday October 31st as of 12 p.m. and on Sunday November 1st as of 10 a.m. with several activities , costume shows and many entertainments for kids of any age. FREE entry

4.  Halloween celebration at the Maison Cailler , 1.5 hrs drive from Geneva , this worldwide famous chocolate factory is worth a visit any time of the year, however on October 31st there is an additional reason to visit it, in fact the Maison Cailler will celebrate Halloween and all visitors (adults and kids) who will enter the Factory dressing Halloween costumes will not pay the entry ticket and will be offered chocolate and many other special entertainments . Open from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

5  Halloween Party at Yatouland , in Vernier district, few km drive from Geneva , close to IKEA, on Saturday October 31st, from 2 p.m. till 8 p.m. ; all types of special attractions are available for kids as of 1 year old. The price is 15 CHF/child
from yatouland

Thursday, 22 October 2015

How discover the Aosta Valley 's most ancient traditions ; THE BLACK BREAD Festival on October 24th and 25th

This week end is a very special one for the Aosta Valley. It's the week end of the Black Bread Festival that celebrates one of the oldest traditions of the valley.
During this week end the public oven of 50 Villages will be open to the public to cook the black bread. This bread used to be prepared and baked once a year by the families living in the valley. Each family could use the communal oven and bake an amount of bread that would last many months and feed the family.
 Picture of an ancient oven  from Valle D'Aosta official website

The black bread is made with wheat and rye and enriched with nuts and other ingredients from the valley, it could be eaten fresh or dry and it lasted many months. At the moment of eating it was cut using a special equipment and put in milk or in the hot water together with meat.

During this week end in each of the 50 villages the ancient oven from the past centuries will be open and activated again and through the entire weekend many activities will be organized, all around the black bread.

In particular, for bike lovers, a mountain bike tour is organized to visit the most beautiful ovens by bike  . The tour costs 30 euro/person and it inlcudes the tasting of different products of the valley , it can be booked on the following website

The best way to plan your weekend is to consult the black bread festival website and select the villages that participate to this initiative to know the specific activities planner there.

Not to miss UNOG Open Day to celebrate the 70 anniversary on Saturday October 24th from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

This is a not to miss opportunity !
The United Nation Organizations celebrate their 70th anniversary and in this occasion they open the door  the public for a series of exceptional activities including concerts, exhibitions,  ballets , movies, choirs and many more events. During the day it will be also possible to visit the 80 stands with the representations of the permanent missions, specialized agencies and other partners who will explain their activities and programs.

The full program of the day is available in English in the UNOG website 
Here is a sample of the unique activities that can be done during the day
  • Inauguration of the Rebirth sculpture at noon
  • Free Guided Tours of the Palais de Nations and the Library
  • Simulation of the Large Hadron Collider by CERN 
Children activities include puppet shows , workshops and much more .

Worth mentioning that in the Ariana park ,the Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will demonstrate how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are used to obtain visuals in difficult  to reach areas during crisis situations

Friday, 9 October 2015

The BEE FESTIVAL in Lancy on Saturday October 17th - THE family event around nature and animals

The first Bee Festival is is a great way to spend the day with your kids and family.On Saturday the beautiful Parc Navazza in Petit Lancy hosts from 9a.m. till 4.30p.m. many food stalls  all around the bees, you can find many bio products , farm animals, pony tours for kids, musics, and many kids workshops focused on nature. Worth a stop!
More info on the Lancy website

How to feel like a star - Change your look/style ! Personalized 3 hrs seminar in GLOBUS Rue de Rhone on October October 27th and November 7th

Have you ever dreamed about going through a complete transformation of your look?
This is now possible in Globus where  you can have a personalized session with their best make up experts and personal shoppers working on your style and image for 2.5- 3 hours to shape the new you!

This session has to be booked online in the Globus website , and it costs 279 CHF , this includes hair styling, make up lesson, style advice by a personal shopper and also a professional photograph session at the end of your "transformation".
I think it's a great idea if you are would like to feel different and change your look/style and also if you want to make a gift to a good girl friend.
The sessions take place in Globus City center on October 27th and on November 7th , places are limited !!!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

DISCO ON ICE strikes back again at Vernets Ice Rink as of October 17th from 7.30 p.m. till midnight

It's again Disco time at the Vernets Ice Rink  in  Rue Hans Wilsdorf 4 , 1227 Les Acacia  in Geneva
Next dates are :
October 17th
November 21st
December 26th
January 23rd
February 6 2016

Entry ticket costs 6 CHF (3CHF until 25 years old) ; skates rental costs 2 CHF ; from 7.30 p.m. till midnight with DJ and disco lights
Image from the Vernets Disco night, from website

For food lovers : Festival Gourmandiv' on Saturday October 10th in DIVONNE LES BAIN - More than 20 activities for families

If you are looking for a nice and original way to spend the day , this is a great event that takes place in Divonne Les Bains this Saturday October 10th
The FESTIVAL GOURMANDIV'  will take place in the beautiful village of Divonne Les Bains, 30 minutes driving from Geneve in nearby France . The festival consists into more than 20 activities such as food tasting, cooking lessons, concerts, exhibitions , cinema that take place in different areas of the village through the whole day starting from 11a.m.
To access the activities just go to the tourist office and buy a bracelet that costs 4 Euro per adult and 3 Euro per child and then join the crowd !
The full program is in Divonne Les Bains website

FREE Italian Cooking lessons at SAIG on October 15th and on October 29th

As already talked in previous posts, the Italian  cooking  classes  organized by SAIG, the "Societa' delle Associazioni Italiane a Ginevra"  are free of charge and take place each month, in the evenings ; in October the lessons will be on October 15th  ( a typical dish from  Piemonte Region )  and on October 29th    (a typical dish from Friuli Venezia Giulia Region ) in the SAIG offices in Av Ernest Pictet 10 in  Charmilles .
Courses are given by people who have a passion for cooking and are in Italian .
If you would like to enroll , please call  Mr Vaccaro, at 078 8653500  , see  below for details.
Places are limited,so enroll soon!

How to be speleologist for one day SPELAION in Meyrin Shopping Center until Oct 17th -free entry

SPELAION is an unique travelling exhibition , sponsored by the Switzerland Association of Speleologists , that is  hosted at  the Meyrin Shopping Center  until Oct 17th .

This exhibition offers , among other things , the reproduction of a real size cave and several activities for kids, such as for example the rope descent , under the supervision of expert speleologists
All activities and exhibitions modules are free and available during the shopping center opening hours.

Friday, 2 October 2015

For Chocolate lovers : Chocolate Rallye Geneva on Saturday October 3rd FREE entry

This is the first edition of this feast that takes place in Geneva  this Saturday and it's  dedicated to chocolate lovers , to enroll in it it's free of charge.
The rules are the following: there are 12 chocolate producers based in Geneva,6 on the left and 6 on right bank; the list can be found in the  Chocolate Rallye website. To get started in the Rallye you just go to one of them and get an itinerary card ; you then follow the itinerary and visit the other producers.
You will get free chocolate tasting at each stop and you will get some hints to go to the next stop, like in a treasure hunt game . At the end of the itinerary you can apply for a ruffle with very nice prizes. The Rallye starts at 10.30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
I'm going to participate to this Rallye, will you join?