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Friday October 2nd, 2015

Halloween Events in and around Lausanne – 2015


Within the last few years Halloween has steadily became more and more popular in Switzerland. No wonder as it’s so much fun – and so sweet, literally!

Here are some Halloween events that I found around Lausanne:

  • Scary night at the Castle – Château de Chillon. Saturday 10 October 2015 from 17:00. CHF15 (no reservation needed). More info.
  • Pre-Halloween Party at Ballon Müller in Villars-Ste-Croix, Thursday 15 October 2015 10:00-16:00. Free. More info.
  • Children’s Costume Parade in Château-d’Oex. Saturday 24 October 2015, starts at 11:00. Pumpkin carving and costume making (each CHF5), storytelling and costume parade. Registration necessary. From 5y with presence of parent/adult. More info.
  • Pumpkin festival at CPO-Ouchy. Saturday 24 October 2015 from 16:00. Pumpkin carving, pumpkin soup and more. Free entry, open for public. More info here.
  • Children’s Halloween Party at Coop City St. François and Au Centre (St. Laurent), at the restaurants. At Coop Au Centre on Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 14:30-17:00 and at St. François on Saturday 31 October 2015 11:00-17:00. Face painting and pumpkin carving. Children younger than 7 years must be accompanied by an adult. More info.
  • Le CSCE fête Halloween – Ludothèque Le Dé Blanc in Ecublens. Friday and Saturday 30-31 October 2015. For children and teens in the area, registration/membership required. More info
  • Special Halloween English Club – l’écoline in St. Sulpice. Saturday 31 October 2015, from 9:00-10:30. Registration required. Chf25 for a family (max 3) – More info
  • Halloween à l’ArchéoLab – Villa romaine de Pully (for 7-12yo). Saturday, 31 October 2015 from 14:30-17:30pm. CHF10. I couldn’t yet find the info online, but I believe registration required: 021 721 38 00 or activitesmusees(AT) – Venue info
  • Halloween Party on a spooky mini train! Le mini train de Pully, 31 October and 1 November 2015. Kids wearing costumes ride for free! More info.
  • Halloween in Leysin. Saturday, 31 October 2015 18:00-22:00. Free, with sweets hunting (<12y) and walking a scary forest (<12y). More info.

Do you know other events I haven’t listed? Let me know!

If you love close to Geneva and neighboring France areas, see this post on Geneva Family Dairies. The post is from last year, but many links may still work for this year’s events. I bet they will soon publish an updated version too, so check their blog regularly.

And finally, about the “Trick or Treat” in the neighbourhood:

In case you wish to give treats to children, you can leave an obvious Halloween decoration in front of your house, or stick a note on your apartment bell/door that you participate. This way they won’t hesitate to trick-or-treat you. Note that the Swiss sometimes move the Halloween to a day more convenient to them (i.e. Saturday), however as this year it will fall on one, so that you will have the scary visitors only on the night.

And for those of you accompanying your little ones trick-or-treating, keep in mind that Halloween trick-or-treating is not much done here in CH, so don’t keep their expectation high. It is becoming increasingly popular though, I know that we always had kids ringing our door in when we lived in Epalinges (2003-2011) and then here in a small town (from 2011). And when we lived in Epalinges, we usually received a note in our mailbox that we could stick onto our mailbox on Halloween night, to let the kids know that they were welcome to ring our door. We usually started around 18:30 and finished in an hour. But teenagers still rung our door until 21:00.

Two years ago my kids were a little ghost and a witch (photo below). Last year a stegosaurus and a purple bat, and this year my son has asked for no other than Lightning McQueen! Let’s see how this mama will do…


For those of you looking for costumes, check your local ludothèque for cheap rental. La Paternelle in Bussigny also rents thousands of costumes.

If you decide to buy, simple costumes are always available in the larger Coop (City) and Migros. My personal favorite for online shops is Confettibox. But if you google “deguisement Vaud” you’ll find many hits. Or go a bit further to Ballon Muller. If you have something really specific, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to order even from abroad or DIY!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday September 29th, 2015

Autumn Holiday Activities in Lausanne and Around (2015)

Updated post!

This is not a sponsored post


We are touching the end of summer, and it’s somehow already September (can you believe it?!) – It’s about time to think about school autumn holiday coming this October! :)

For those not yet familiar with the school here, school kids in Switzerland have holidays often, approximately every 6 weeks (find the list here). This may create headaches to many parents, especially ones who are employed. Chatting around, I found that most employed couple rely on help from grandparents or families (who sometimes fly from another side of the planet). Or hire a temporary nanny when they can afford one. Or they take turns taking off days from their office. But considering the active life of kids, even the stay-at-home parents need programs to keep those little ones and teens happily occupied.

Below I complied different kinds of activities and camps that are offered during the school holidays in Lausanne and surrounding areas. Please click the links for more info.

As a general rule, the winter holiday after Christmas and the Relâches (February) are considered ski holiday thus most of the sport camps offered concentrated into this. For other holidays, activities are more varied.

Offers from the city of Lausanne and surrounding municipalities (Le SJL, le CVAJ and la FASL)

Note that these may be reserved for children domiciled inside the municipalities. Check current offers here on the banner on the left hand side

Educational, Wildlife and Nature themes

  • Pop In’s – Full or half day, 3-12y (info)
  • L’écoline in St.Sulpice – Full or half day, there is also one bilingual French-English week, 3-9y (info)
  • Kids Break – whole day trips for 4-12y, starts from Fribourg (info) – thanks Bottin de Famille
  • Club Vacances in Vevey and Promasens (Fribourg), 3-12y (info)


  • Key English School – Full or half day English camps, 3-15y. Vaud locations are: Lausanne-Riponne, Lausanne-Malley, Bussigny, Blonay, and Vevey (info)
  • Day Camps Switzerland in Chavannes-de-Bogis, with pick up by mini bus in Pully and Lausanne – 5-15y (info)

Creative and Artistic Expression

  • Art Classes by Naomi Middelmann in Lausanne – 5-12y, mornings only (info)
  • Têtard in Lausanne (or Leysin) – (info)
  • Children art workshops in Lausanne, 4-12y, 9:30-14:00 with picnic (info) – thanks Megan
  • “Adocriture” Atelier d’écriture, 13-18y (info)
  • Petite douceurs en pâte Fimo by Migros Ecole, 6-10y (info)
  • Atelier de poterie by Migros Ecole – from 6y (info)
  • Photographie pour adolescents by Migros Ecole, from 12y (info)
  • LEGO® bricks and Robotics by Bricks4Kidz in St.Sulpice – from 4y (info) NEW

Science and Technology

  • Science and Robotic workshops by EPFL, 8-13y (info)

Cooking and Baking

  • Biscuits décorés pour Halloween by Migros Ecole, from 6y (info)

Music, Dance and Theatre

  • Corps et Masque in Lausanne – 8:30am-1pm, 6-12y (info)
  • Theatre workshop by Théâtre de Vidy in Lausanne, 6-14y (info)
  • C-Walk by Migros Ecole – from 14y (info)
  • Danse Evasion in Cugy – 9am-4pm, 4-12y (info)


  • Maquillage pour adolescents by Migros Ecole, 13-16y (info)


  • 35th Olympic Week, different types of sports, 8-15y. Free and equipments are provided. Registration required, can be done also on the spot with parental consent (info)
  • Intersoccer – Soccer for 3-15years (info)
  • Swimming Camp by in Etoy, mornings (info) NEW
  • Horse/Pony Workshops by Ferme de Cery in Prilly, 6-10y (info)
  • Judo in Cugy – 9am-4pm, 4-12y – (info)
  • Day Camps Switzerland in Chavannes-de-Bogis, with pick up by mini bus in Pully and Lausanne – 5-15y (info)


  • KidsUp in Lausanne – Half or Full day, from 5y (info)
  • Ecole de Cirque in Lausanne, 6-16y (info)
  • Circus (with pony) by Ecole-Atélier Shanju in Ecublens – Half or Full day, 5-14y (info)

Even more activities

Do you know other activities and camps I should list here? Leave a comment!

*This is not a sponsored post

**Photo image is a calendar kindly received from le petit théâtre

Friday September 18th, 2015

This & That Week #38 – September 2015


Copyright : Wiktoria Bosc

Hi, how are you?

I’m still recovering from my daughter’s 7th birthday party. I still can’t believe how much preparation was needed for a 2-hour party! Thankfully it paid off, eleven screaming-and-sugar-loaded kids had a lot of fun. My husband and I, too, rather surprisingly. And of course, especially the birthday girl!

Don’t forget that this weekend is a long one… we’ll have Lundi du Jeûne fédéral on Monday! And there are tons of things going on! Comptoir Suisse and Creativa will be there in Beaulieu Lausanne (see event page for more info). If you prefer to shop, in Geneva, Fribourg and neighboring France will be business as usual.

Now, please find below some interesting links I would love to share with you:

  • The Black Dot campaign, also on the press
  • Do you Know the Glow?
  • “Belle comme vous êtes” (Beautiful as you are) – a photography exhibition of women after breast cancer surgery taken by Lausanne photographer Wiktoria Bosc (a photo from the exhibition above). Until 1 December 2015. – via
  • Have you wondered what different professions await your children in the future? This new guide list more than 380 different professions and to be distributed for free to all students of 10S VG.
  • Do you have problem with your kids that you don’t know what to do with? Remember that Pro Juventute also helps parents, give them a call at 058 261 61 61 or consult them online here
  • Love quinoa? Hopefully soon we’ll have them from local farm too! – via 24heures

Finally, have you planned activities for your children during the upcoming October school holiday? Some suggestions were posted a while ago here.

Have a fun long weekend! xx

Friday September 11th, 2015

Comptoir Suisse 2015, 12-21 Sept 2015


The annual fair Comptoir Suisse starts tomorrow, Saturday 12 Sept 2015 and will last until 21 Sept at the exhibition center Beaulieu. Yaaaayy!!!

If you have never been there, I believe you must. This is a huge fair (for Swiss standard) and there are so many things to do and see, for all ages. There are products to sell, information of business of all kinds, good food, music, and many play areas for kids.

I share below some photos from our visit last year when we…

hopped on the Ferris wheel and enjoyed the view of Lausanne from the air…


as well as the fairground below…


check out some cows…


and sheeps…


and tractor…


watch some people throwing flags…


admired mechanical ‘dinorigami’…


enjoyed Swiss music…


and fished some ducks, which was (fyi) my kids’ most favorite part of the fair :)


This year, their international guest is… Mexico! They will have piñata every afternoon, and on 15 September those who hold Mexican passports enter for free! There are other Mexican-related thing of course, and I’m pretty sure it means good food!!!

Like last year, this time they will also team up with Creativa Suisse for a few days, between 18-21 September 2015, so all the crafting/sewing/baking/scrapbooking parents should put these dates on their agenda.

Reduced entry fees are offered for some conditions – there is a coupon for chf7 reduction that you can print out for buying tickets at the booth. There is also a combined rail transport and fair entrance from RailAway. Children 12-16y pay half-price and younger than 12s get in for free.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit their website.

*Top image courtesy of Comptoir Suisse

Thursday September 10th, 2015

Handymen in Lausanne

Autumn is just around the corner and I know this may bring many projects for the house and garden. In case you are looking for handymen, especially ones who speak English, please find their details below

LM Multiservices
Luc Masson
Ch. de Verney 15
1009 Pully
Tel. 078 698 68 28

Note: Luc built this extensive wooden deck in our garden in 2011 (photo below). He was also the one who suggested the deck material, which was not known to us when we first planned the project. We are still happy with our choice.


Mr Fix-It
Andrew ‘Drew’ Diggs

Tel. 079 615 37 48

Offers a wide range of service from carpentry to light installation and gardening. They operate around the greater Swiss Romande area, Geneva, Nyon, Rolle, Morges, Lausanne, Vevey areas.

Renovations & Maintenance Services
Jay 077 745 19 98, 077 745 19 98
Colin 078 664 46 30

Based in Morges, they cover Vaud, Geneva and border regions. They take any kind of handy jobs, big or small.

Let me know if you have other name(s) to add! Or leave a comment below!

*This is not a sponsored post

Friday September 4th, 2015

This & That Week #36 – September 2015

It’s the end of second week of school and in our house we have finally started to get used to the new routines. Yay! Hope things are going well with you, too!

So here are some things I found and would love to share with you…


  • Can’t love this cause more: 900 Valaisans have decided to stop smoking, with the aid from… facebook – via 20min
  • Starry starry nights… The sky observation nights for the amateur public have re-started: in Morges and in Vevey, and of course in Lausanne. Free entry on those special nights.
  • Sweets and chocolate to “disappear” from cashier lines at the supermarkets… Will they? – via 24heures
  • The Magic Lantern, cinema club for children aged 6-12, is accepting registration for their new season. They have many locations. FYI in Lausanne screenings on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Partial interruption on train lines between Morges–Lausanne–Renens VD–Vevey on Sunday 6 Sept 2015 between 6:00-17:00 – info

Have a lovely weekend! x

*Image courtesy of Cipret-Valais

Friday August 28th, 2015

This & That Week #35 – Aug 2015


I hope everyone is doing well and especially those who just re-started their routines after a long summer holiday.


Both my kids have a good school week, and my 4-yo who is starting 1P this year seems to like it. As for me rather unexpectedly, I still have a busy week – I thought I would nap all mornings this first week, but alas, I couldn’t. I realized that I just couldn’t fall asleep in the morning!

But it meant that I could write a new blog post. Although after posting the link on facebook I discovered that even after 11h facebook only shared it to 78 followers, while I’m supposed to have more than 1,100! So frustrating. And I heard from a few readers that they had to go back to the Lausanne Mom facebook page and under “like” click on “Get notifications” again. If you are following me on facebook, please check. Here. Otherwise you may never see new updates on your feed!

Then, I also updated the Event page. There are loads of interesting events that I found, including running and biking, and as we are approaching the colder months many story times and indoor shows. In September only there are already so many… we’ll have not-to-be-missed events such as the Comptoir Suisse and Creativa, and for comic lover the popular comic festival BD-FIL. So be sure to note them on your calendar. I’m sure there are many more that haven’t been listed so do let me know of any!

And finally, some interesting things to share:

  • Happening on public school front this rentrée – via 24heures
  • Yes, please! 89% of Suisse-Romande would like to have paid paternity leave – via 24heures
  • Baby-sitters’ fees in CH – via 24heures
  • Be on the cover of your personalized IKEA catalog, you have the chance until tomorrow (Saturday 29th) – info
  • FNAC Kids is offering free workshops again. Register asap as places are limited – link

Have a great weekend!

Thursday August 27th, 2015

Get Active! – at the Olympic Museum, until 29 Nov 2015


“Get Active!” is a temporary hands-and-feet-on exhibition currently running at the Olympic Museum in Ouchy. This post is based on what Caroline, a friend and a local mom of two, sent me over WhatsApp on Sunday.

The family had been there for a brunch party at the museum’s TOM café, and as this exhibition was just next to the café, their girls literally jumped onto it.


They also did a little bathroom gymnastics…


and went through the laundry lines without touching the string that could *gasp* ring the little bells!


How adorable is this exhibition! I had thought of going but since I read it was mostly for 9y+, we didn’t go during the school holidays (my kids are 6 and 4). Thank goodness it will still run until end of November so that we should be able to go. This mama surely won’t mind that her kids get busy while she sips a cup of delicious renversé while enjoying the view of the Alps and lake Léman from the café.

Finally, some words from Caroline:

“Most of the things are better for 9y+ but little kids can still do them. The bed makes music when you jump, the string course has little bells so you know if you touched one, etc…”

And about the brunch:

“There was a great selection of food. The dishes changed often and the desserts were great! Service was friendly and prompt. Definitely recommend for  a special occasion type brunch or a big splurge. Reservations highly recommended. Go hungry, leave full!”

More info here.


*Huge thanks Caro for the info and lovely pics! xoxo

Wednesday August 19th, 2015

Street Artist Festival in Vevey, 21- 23 Aug 2015

This is one of our most favorite events of the year: the Street Artist Festival in Vevey! A must go!


We have put this one in our agenda again! We just love, love, love, street artists. There is always something magical about them. It will be held in the old town of the beautiful Vevey, and better, the weather is forecast fantastic with sun the whole day! Below is a pic that I took from the same festival a few years ago.

For more info about the performers and programs, click this link. The event is free.

*Poster image courtesy of

Thursday June 25th, 2015

Plans for This Blog


Hey there,

Summer is officially here, school will be over by next week, and day-cares will close for summer break soon… holiday time finally arrives!

As next week is already the last week of school and jardin d’enfants for us, we will be super busy in this house and thus I don’t think I will be able to write new post anymore… until school starts again at the end of August. So it will be a good long break for us, but I have some plans for this blog. Good plans, I promise.

To update old post

I currently have 600+ posts on this blog. Some deserve to be re-publish (as now I have many more new readers) and other posts could use an update. So during this summer months, you will see old posts being re-published.

To create a mobile-responsive site

Many of us use our smart phones and tablets to browse, so it is about time this blog gets a make-over so that it will appear better on your mobile screens. I will probably change the look of the site as well, so please bear with me if one day you see a big mess on the site.

To blog more

My son will start school this year, so I will finally have 5 children-free half-days per week. I hope this means 3-4 posts/week. Let’s see!

To bring back sponsored posts

I have been rejecting sponsored posts for the last one year as I haven’t even had enough time to write original posts. Hopefully I could bring them back starting in September. Sponsored post is important for the blog as it’s a source of income that I need to maintain the blog. And it could help the business owners (mostly local parents) and small start-up companies, something that I’d be really happy to lend a hand on. And, many sponsored posts come with giveaways! So, something for the readers too!

So there they are, my plans for the coming months. I’m so looking forward to doing them! I dream that one day this blog could generate some revenue for me, and I hope I could figure out how to grow it to that level soon.

In the meanwhile, I wish you a lovely summer, and a fun and relaxing holiday!

bises, meta.

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