Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

Our First 2 Years in Public School: Some Things I Learned

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In this post I share some things I learned during the first 2 years of obligatory school in our local public school – that is during the 1P and 2P (HarmoS) or more or less equivalent to kindergarten and enfantine. Some of the experiences were rather unexpected to me when my daughter just started, although nothing was actually bad!

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Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

Nuage – Concept Store for Children

This is not a sponsored post*

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While this cute little children’s boutique Nuage has opened since almost a year ago, I only had the chance to step inside last week.

I could see immediately what I had been missing.

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Thursday January 21st, 2016

Histoire en Briques – in Penthes (Geneva)

penthes-histoireenbriques-legoThis “Histories en briques” (stories in bricks) exhibition has been going since November but only on Sunday we finally managed to come. We took a train to Geneva main station followed by bus V to Penthes in Pregny (Canton Geneva). It snowed heavily before we arrived so we were greeted by a magnificent winter view of the “domaine” and Château de Penthes. Inside this castle is now the “Musée des Suisses dans le Monde” (Museum of the Swiss Abroad)

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Tuesday January 19th, 2016

Winter with Kids – 2016

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This winter had been wet and warm, but now we finally have snow! Woohoo! I know that as with everything, some people like winter and some don’t. I happen to be the one who love it, and I think the key is by having quality winter outfit for everyone in the family, so that everyone stays warm and dry. No one will like winter when they feel cold and wet!

When you are ready for some winter fun, here are some ideas to do with the little ones:

  • A list of ice skating rinks in Lausanne (click on left-hand side bar for more info on individual rinks)
  • How about sledding? Coop has great offers for Supercard holders
  • When there is snow, ski beginners or sled lovers can now enjoy “the magic carpet” at Chalet-à-Gobet to go up the hill. For those new in Lausanne, Chalet-à-Gobet is just above Lausanne. Easily reached by métro m2 to Croisettes then a few stops by bus.
  • Going to the Alps with the kids? Many free offers for kids under 9y. Check GoKids Family Club for more info and offers.
  • Ski day deals offered by Migros here.
  • Skioo offers 1 skipass for 55 resorts, and they currently offer 50% off with code: Hello2016 (valid until 31 January 2016)
  • Even more awesome ideas on winter activities all around Switzerland on this portal, including horse-drawn sleighs, fondue trolley, lantern trail and Eskimo adventure!
  • And finally, tips on cheaper winter activities for the whole family!

However it is also important to note that avalanche is always a risk in the mountains. There are campaigns (including an online platform and new smart phone app called White Risk) aimed to help mountain trekkers prepare their activities and avoid dangerous areas.

Stay safe, warm and active this winter!

xx

Tuesday January 12th, 2016

Activities for Little Children on Rainy or Cold Days

I linked to this post on my post yesterday, so I re-publishing it now. I think it should fit the current weather we are having! The original post was published on May 2013. I now included more places from outside Lausanne as suggested by readers (read comments). I would love to hear more ideas, especially the ones inside Lausanne. Please leave a comment below or send an email to info(AT)lausannemom(DOT)com. Thanks!


FOR FREE OR CHEAP – IN LAUSANNE

Go to La Maison Ouverte. It’s an open playhouse. Free entry and you can come anonymously (no registration or such). The children should be accompanied by the parents at all time. They provide toys etc.

Similar to La Maison Ouverte is the Vallée de la Jeunesse (also free)

Most quartiers in Lausanne have a center for activities: http://www.fasl.ch/centres (Thanks, Kate)

See the (dead) animals at Musée Zoologie (Cantonal Museum of Zoology) inside Palais de Rumine in Rippone. Free for permanent exhibition, small fee for temporary ones. There is an old post about it here, but since then the museum has undergone renovations and is looking even better now.

For dinosaur fossils (not so many though), go to Musée cantonal d’archéologie et d’histoire (Cantonal Museum of Archeology and History). It’s in the same complex as the Musée Zoologie above.

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Be a member of Ludotheque (toy library) and rent toys from them so that your little ones can be busy even at home

Be a member of the Children’s Library BMJ, hang around there and borrow books to bring home. This is a special one for the kids, incl. babies.

MOVIE THEATER / CINEMA

If you don’t mind watching movies in French, you can go watch a children movie at Pathé Flon. But check the age limits as they usually start at 3-4y.

INDOOR PLAY AREAS / SOFT PLAY – OUTSIDE LAUSANNE

Jay Land in Crissier

Urba Kids in Orbe (0-12y)

Laura Park in Payerne

Aux Quatre Coins in Renens (0-5y). Free

Bricks 4 Kidz in St-Sulpice

IKEA in Aubonne offers a free 1h of play in their drop-in play area (3-6y). Free

Monday January 11th, 2016

Relâches School Holiday Activities and Camps in Lausanne and Around (2016)

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Yes I know we just re-started school, but the best activities and camps are easily sold out so better plan the February holiday early than be sorry!

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 bring 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.

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Thursday January 7th, 2016

Ten Reasons We Love Our First Two Years in the Public School

Re-post from last year: If your children are or will turn four by 31st July this year, then you will receive a letter for school registration from your local public school soon. If you have been unsure about sending your child into the public system, perhaps this post could help you make the decision.


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One thing that I quickly learned when my daughter starts going to public school was that schooling options could lead to a lengthy arguments among parents. Even one of my friends, who sends her child to a private school, rolled her eyes when I mentioned that I loved our public school. But I think it’s just how parenting always is. There is not one option that will suit every single child, and as parents believe in their choice it could be a discomfort to accept that other parents love a different choice.

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Wednesday January 6th, 2016

The Hot-air Balloon Festival in Château-d’Oex, 23 -31 Jan 2016

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The annual Hot-air Balloon Festival in Château-d’Oex is scheduled to begin on 23 January and will last until 31 January 2016. As always, the program looks very exciting, there will be many shows. Ballons Pirates sounds especially wonderful.

You can also ride on the passenger balloons (chf390/adult, chf195/child with min. 130cm of height and max. 14y of age). There is also special programs for kids on Wednesday afternoon and the week-ends, including flying in an attached balloon (chf10, 5-12y). The Night Glow will also return to the program this year!

For more info and complete programs, please check their website. You can also follow them on facebook.

FYI, before going, better check the weather and update on their website or call the answering machine (026 924 25 24 from 8am everyday) as the balloons won’t take off during bad weather.

Wednesday December 23rd, 2015

Holiday Greetings!

noel2015-lmDear readers,

These last weeks I’ve been in front of my computer very rarely, as my son, and then I, had a nasty flu. It has been three hard weeks for me, and now I’m recovering and finally enjoying holiday time. I certainly hope everyone else had better weeks and ready for the final couple of days leading to Christmas!

I would like to use this post to thank you all, my wonderful readers, for all love and support you have shown me this year (and the years before) as without those, I’m sure I would have stop blogging. Earlier this year I asked you to help finance the blog hosting as I couldn’t pay for it and sixteen of you were so kind to donate a total of chf340. Thank you, you know who you are!

I also thank the ones following on facebook. Your “likes” and comments are always very important – they act as feedback for me, as well as helping spread the updates or links to more followers on facebook.

I think I had been blogging more during the second half of the year compared to the previous years thanks to my son starting school. I certainly hope that I will keep it up!

I know that this is the busiest time of the year so that I keep this short. Wherever you are, in Switzerland or back in home countries, we are sending you our warmest wishes for this holiday season. I’m already looking forward to be back here in the new year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

xoxo,

Meta.

Friday December 18th, 2015

“2x Christmas” Campaign

2x Christmas is a campaign asking people who has an excess of material goods to share their good fortune with people in need, in Switzerland and abroad. Last year’s campaign inspired donors to send in around 73,000 gift parcels by post.

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In general idea is that if you received something that you already had or didn’t like, you should pass it to other people who may need it more than you do. In particular, the organizer of this campaign welcomes:

  • Non-perishable foodstuffs such as pasta, rice, oil and tinned goods with a shelf life of at least six months
  • Toiletries such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste
  • School equipment such as stationery, crayons and exercise books for children
  • New children’s shoes

Please DO NOT donate clothes nor plush toys.

If you are interested to donate, you can pack your parcel and hand it in any post office inside Switzerland. You can also order a pick-up. It will be transported for free to SRC logistics centre in Wabern (Berne), where they are sorted and forwarded to those in need. Otherwise you can also donate money, which will be used by the Swiss Red Cross to buy food, toiletries, school equipment, etc. This year they also introduce donation by SMS.

These donations will be distributed inside Switzerland as well as abroad (this year’s destinations include Armenia, Moldova, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina). As for the ones distributed inside Switzerland, I read that these donations to safe houses in Switzerland help the staff to reduce grocery spending and allow them to use the money to treat the children in their care a rare visit to a circus or such. Bless them!

The «2 x Christmas» campaign starts on Thursday 24 December 2015 and will run until Saturday 9 January 2016.

More information here.

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