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Friday April 24th, 2015

Blue Butterfly – Science Theater Project

I’m probably very late with this post, as this play I’m going to talk about will premiere in only a few days. But I figured I should still post about it, as this is something that feels close to my heart.

And… there is a ticket giveaway!

The Catalyst, a theater group at the EPFL/UNIL, received a competitive grant last year from the Swiss National Science Foundation to create and perform a new play based on scientific research. This new play, called BLUE BUTTERFLY, will soon start in Geneva (29 April – 2 May) and then in Lausanne (8-10 May)


From the press release:

BLUE BUTTERFLY is the story of a young family grappling with demanding careers, an abnormal child, and fundamental forces of nature. Natalie and Simon are struggling scientists who have turned to TEDx talks and TV to thrust their research into the spotlight, while their brilliant but dangerous seven-year-old daughter gravitates towards her grandmother’s mystical beliefs. Their research into cancer, parasitism, and maternal-fetal immunology echoes the complex dynamics of a family blind to their own dysfunction. When life spirals into crisis, we must ask ourselves: what do we want to believe?

My husband is and I was* research scientists. Cancer? Parasitism? Yup, been there done that. I totally understand how demanding it can be, juggling bench work, research manuscripts, grant proposals, and family – why else would I quit?* But having an abnormal child, a dangerous daughter who has mystical beliefs? MYSTICAL BELIEFS! For scientist parents? Whoa! Betrayal at its best!

It gets better, as the actors are scientists themselves. My peers! I had probably met some of them in conferences (or when I come to pick up hubby at UNIL Génopode). I’m used to see scientists speaking on a stage, but in a play of this scale, this sounds awesome. And with the grant they received, they were able to hire theater professionals to up their game. Brilliant.

Just watch this teaser video on YouTube.

“I’ve never seen a piece like it”

Ailin Conant, Theater Director.

Interested to go? You should book your ticket ASAP as the performances in Lausanne are almost sold out. The ones in Geneva still have tickets as room capacity is larger. If you want to try your luck, you can win a pair of tickets (for the one in Lausanne on 10 May or one the shows in Geneva). As usual, you have to leave a comment, and let us know: “If you could be a scientist, what field of science would you choose? Or if you are a scientist, in what field do you work?” Don’t forget to let us know which venue you prefer (Lausanne or Geneva). Comments are accepted until Sunday 26 April 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner will be be picked randomly by on Monday 27 April 2015. Winner will be announced on this page and contacted by email.


29 April – 2 May at the Théâtre Pitoëff, Genève
8 – 10 May at La Grange de Dorigny, Lausanne
The piece is performed in English (with surtitles in French)
Recommended for ages 13+

For show information and to book tickets visit

For coverage and interviews by medias, click here

Event page on facebook



*I have a PhD in Molecular Cellular Biology and had worked with aging, cancer, and stem cell research. I decided to leave after baby #2 in November 2011.

Thursday April 23rd, 2015

This & That Week #17 – April 2015

Hi there! How was your Easter holiday?

We went to Disneyland in Paris and had a fab time. Sunny days and tons of fun. What a holiday should be! I think I will write a post about it, it seems like a good topic to cover even when it’s not directly about Lausanne or Switzerland. Do you agree?


For now I will leave you with some links:

Coming next month but worth mentioning now:

  • Food Truck Festival de Lausanne - 28 May in Riponne. Will you be there with 2000+ others?
  • And some other events coming in May already on Event page, including Dance Festival, Les Puces du Design in Morges for those loving vintage items, Unicréa, and Carnaval de Lausanne.

And in case you are spring cleaning, these posts may help you:


P.S. I’ve been trying to finish writing my post about our two first years of public school but it turns out a lot more difficult than I expected. I generally don’t like long post yet it’s quite a big theme to cover. So please be patient if you have been waiting for this. 

Thursday April 2nd, 2015

This & That Week #14 – March 2015

Hi there, how are you?

I hope you have been dry, warm, and healthy despite all the rain, storm, wind and hail(!) these last few days! I had been kept busy with some illnesses in the house but they were seasonal ones, so really nothing to worry about. You know, SAHM business like usual :)

Today is the last day of school and I hope by now you have made a good plan to occupy the kids. If it wasn’t the case, do take a look at this and this for ideas! As for ourselves, yes we have 2 weeks of awesome plans ahead of us, so please excuse me if there was no new post for the next 2 weeks.

On top of these, here are some more things I can’t wait to share with you!

For mini train lovers:

  • P’tit train de Vidy started earlier this month. Hours are Wed & Sat from 14:00, Sun 10-12:00 and from 14:00. During vacation they open everyday (except Fri) from 14:00 and on Sunday from 10:00. More info
  • Pully Mini Train starts tomorrow at 10:00. Hours are Sat 14-18:00, Sun and public holidays 10-12:00 and 14-18:00. More info

For the foodies:

  • Would you like to find specialties from different regions in CH in your mailbox? Get an “abo” from Helvetibox
  • It’s still rather cold now, but “they” promise sun starting Monday. Time for some open-air food! And Riponne is one the places to be! Worth to mention are La Granette that opens today, the food truck folies burger on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the terrace of The Great Escape.

Then, if you, like me, are trying to shed post-baby fat or just want to keep fit, I have a fantastic news. An indoor cycling studio called VELOBAR is coming to Lausanne soon! It’s a daddy business and this dad knows how difficult it can be for moms (and dads) to find time to workout. They are currently looking for feedback to create a fitness offering for parents. Take their 3 minute Supermoms Survey and they might even buy you a coffee and cupcake! You can also be one of the first riders to try their Pop-Up Pop-Up Spinning Studio by registering here.

Finally, still in line with keeping fit, there is a new web portal for sport, nutrition, and wellness in the area called One Step More. It’s free for regular users (while a small charge for professional listings).

Have a happy Easter! x

*VELOBAR is a Lausanne Mom’s sponsor

Friday March 27th, 2015

Tulip Festival in Morges – 2015

The Tulip Festival in Morges starts tomorrow, 28 March and will last until 17 May 2015. The festival is located at Parc de l’Indépendance, directly on the lake side. It’s approximately 800m from the train station Morges. Or, when the weather is good, why not take the boat there.

As a note, in the last few years I had heard from friends who went when the festival just started, that they found many tulips had not yet bloomed. If you could only come once, it’s better to come a bit later, perhaps from mid April so that you can enjoy more blooms.

Entrance to the park is free and there will be special programs including brunch, flower art, pottery market, music and theatre, and many more. And when the weather is good, it’s also a classic place to spend Mother’s Day (10 May this year in la Suisse). At the end of the festival, you can also buy the plucked tulip bulbs (on 20th May.)

Here’s a pic of hubby and daughter enjoying the park in 2011:

And the same daughter but 3 years older in 2014:


Can’t wait to be there again!

Thursday March 26th, 2015

This & That Week #13 – March 2015

  • Open house time for artisans in the area as part of Journées européennes des metiers d’art. Friday-Sunday 27-29 March 2015
  • Second-hand bike market this Saturday – Terrasse Jean-Monet (Bel-Air above Fnac) – info
  • Have you been planning to start running but don’t know how? Je cours pur ma forme has started their training sessions, but still have places in all their groups, and they run in many locations!
  • Will you be visiting Expo Milano 2015? We plan to! If you, too, will take the train, check this helpful infoblog
  • Have you tried uber? The Lausanne Guide has a code for a CHF20 credit
  • A new platform to give away and look for stuff: keepinuse (Thanks Marcella)
  • For single mamas with kids 3-8y, Pro Juventute Fribourg is offering a “Cours de vacances Maman et Enfants“, 19-25 July 2015 in Charmey. Cost CHF550.

On the news:

  • This week, a school in Payerne goes “no water” – except in restrooms.  It is an experience week for the youngest pupils (age 4-7) to learn about the difficulty of living without clean water in some parts of the world. These little ones have to march to a nearest fountain to get water every morning! – via 24heures
  • Facilitated naturalisation, may always as easy as it sounds – via SwissInfo
  • Libraries on Sundays? Love. – via 24heures
  • Woohoo! Significantly lower consumption of alcohol and cigarettes among 11-14yo – via 24heures
  • Another good news: Fewer crime offenses in 2014 vs 2013, especially in Lausanne (-18%) – via 24heures

And finally, and VERY importantly, European Summer Time starts this Sunday 29 March 2015 at 2am. The clock goes forward 1 hour, so don’t forget to hit the bed at least an hour earlier on Saturday night! ;)

Monday March 23rd, 2015

What to do with Kids: Easter 2015


  • Pâkomuzé offers many programs during the Easter weekend. Registration for most activities starts tomorrow – 24 March 2015 from 12:30pm!
  • Pâkochâto at Château de Chillon (part of Pâkomuzé) Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015 from 10am-4pm. Children can decorate eggs to be hung on the tree. Workshop cost: CHF10/child (entry included). Reservation required.
  • Easter Chocolate Workshops at Alimentarium (part of Pâkomuzé) on Easter weekend. See programs #84-85. Reservation required.
  • La mosaïque de Pâques 2015: place de la Navigation at Ouchy from 3-5 April 2015 10am-7pm. Entry is free. This year, 34’320 eggs (sold for CHF1 each) will be  used to create a fresco to mark their 130th anniversary. All benefits go to ARFEC (Association Romande des Familles d’Enfants atteints d’un Cancer)
  • Easter Cruise: Enjoy a delicious meal and breathtaking panorama on a ship cruise across Lake Leman with CGN. Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015. Reservation required.
  • l’Enigme du lapin de Pâques: Search for the missing Easter rabbit while discovering the old town of Estavayer-le-Lac. 3-6 April 2015, 10am-5pm. Walk last around 1h, starts at the Tourism Office where you also get the map and instructions. Free and for all ages.
  • Easter egg hunting at Signal de Bougy: Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015 from 9:30am. Free.

Do you know other events I should add? Leave a comment below!

Happy Easter!

Thursday March 19th, 2015

This & That Week #12 – March 2015

Morning parents!

I’m sorry that I couldn’t blog more often these last few weeks. I’ve been having too much on my plate and feel almost constantly tired. I think it’s a result of stopping my son’s one full day per week attendance at the creche at the end of January. I used to have 2 mornings and one full day child-free, but now I only have two mornings to do things that I can only do without my kids around, like doing taxes, exercise or blogging.

On the good side, I have started a blog draft on (our) first 2 years of public school. It’s going to be a “big” blog – I hope it won’t take too long to write and finish, but original post on such topics always takes a lot of time and energy… and caffeine ;)

In the meanwhile, a lot of interesting things happened lately or will happen shortly:

  • Aperti comes this weekend 21-22 March 2015. Over the course of this weekend, many many artists open their studio doors to bring together the public and the artists.
  • Fête de la forêt on Saturday 21 March at Sauvabelin. Free. Read my blog about Sauvabelin here. (Thanks Kat)
  • Jazz in Motion, an association to promote jazz in Lausanne, is having their first concert on Wednesday 25th March.
  • Open house of the Conservatoire Lausanne Saturday 28 March 2015 (pdf info). (Thanks Kat)
  • Junior Days on 28-29 March 2015 at Beaulieu Lausanne (tip for cheaper tickets: get 20% off with Coop Hello Family card)
  • Amazing, amazing Whitepods – via Hayley Hay

And there are local parent businesses in the area worth mentioning:

  • Little Bird Pilates is Lausanne Mom’s newest sponsor. Based in Gland, LBP offers many classes that are small in size, tailored to participant’s needs, and bilingual. You can read more about the classes, Johdi the instructor, the reviews, etc directly on the facebook page
  • Eleni just rebranded her eyebrows service. Meet Eleni Eyebrows!
  • Melissa just started another new venture: Once Upon a Time Parties. They specialise in real life Princess parties but also cater other interests to such as magic parties, football and zumba! (Psst, Melissa is also the same superlady behind Cake&Bake and Mia Tui Suisse)

Finally, a couple of blogs I need to share about:

  • Munchkin et moi is a new blog by the talented Lausanne mom Nicola Pravato. Sadly they will be leaving Lausanne for California in summer, but do check the blog as it’s full of the loveliest things for little kids.
  • The Kids Project - I’ve been following this blog for a couple of years and I found it full of ideas for kids activities. The blog is not so often updated (perhaps once a month, sometimes less often) but definitely worth an email subscription. It’s only in French, unfortunately.

Now enjoy the sunny days before the predicted rain comes on the weekend!


*Little Bird Pilates and Mia Tui Suisse are current sponsors of Lausanne Mom

Friday March 13th, 2015

Easter School Holiday Activities in Lausanne and Around (2015)


The Easter school holiday for this year starts in 3 weeks! Are you ready? :)

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.


Offered every year during Easter holiday by museums in Lausanne and around, Pâkomuzé is a very popular event for school age children. Read more about it here.

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

Note that these are usually reserved for children domiciled inside Lausanne

  • Check current offers for Easter in April here on the banner on the left hand side (click on Pâques).

Educational themes

  • Pop In’s – Full or half day, 3-12y (info)
  • L’écoline in St.Sulpice – Full or half day, 3-9y (info)

Language (English)

  • Key English School – Full or half day English camps, 3-15y. Vaud locations are: Lausanne, Lutry and Bussigny (info)

Creative and Artistic Expression

  • Bricks 4 Kidz – Half or Full day, 4-13y (info)
  • Art Classes by Naomi Middelmann in Lausanne – 5-12y, mornings only (info)
  • Têtard in Lausanne (or Leysin) – 6-17y (info)
  • Atelier poterie by Migros Ecole – 6y+ (info)
  • Théâtre de papier at Centre de quartier des Bossons-Plaines du Loup, afternoons (info)
  • Painting and Drawing by Atelier Ardersia in Pully – 6-15y, mornings only (info)

Dance and Theatre

  • Danse Evasion – 9am-4pm, 4-14y, in Cugy (info)
  • Corps et Masque in Lausanne – 8:30am-1pm, 6-12y (info)


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


  • Intersoccer – Soccer for 3-15years, mornings only (info)


  • KidsUp in Lausanne – Half or Full day, from 5y (info)

Even more activities

  • See this post for family-friendly places in Switzerland, including links to blog post about our visits
  • See this extensive list from
  • Check the current offers from RailAway

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

*This is not a sponsored post

Thursday March 12th, 2015

PâKOMUZé 2015


PâKOMUZé is definitely one the best things that can happen when you stay in Lausanne with your school-aged kid(s) during Easter break.

The 10th editiion will be coming soon. Thirty-three museums in Lausanne and around will join forces to offer almost a hundred different activities. You kids should be ready to enrich their taste buds for a rich cultural experience!

Many activities require registration, which most will start on 24 March 2015 at 12:30. Now download the program and choose with your kids!

Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Swiss Vapeur Parc in Le Bouveret

The Swiss Vapeur Parc will re-open for this year on 19th March 2015, so that I brought this post (originally published Aug 2012) back for those who haven’t been there. Both my kids looooove this park and I’m sure we’ll spend at least a day there this summer. Choo-choo!

I had been meaning to do this post for the last 2 months. Life’s surely busy with 2 kiddos around.

We (hubby, 3.5-y.o. daughter, 1-y.o son, and I) went to Swiss Vapeur Parc on a Saturday, in end of May 2012 (also the Saturday of the Pentecôte weekend). We “had” to go there as I bought a voucher from and it was to expire by end of the month.

We took the train (station: Bouveret, approx. 200m or 5 min walk to the park). From Lausanne it took 1 hour 12 minutes, including a change of train in St-Maurice. Very easy and relaxing, and the view from the train (the mountains and valleys of Valais) was breathtaking. FYI, during spring and summer, you can also take the CGN boat from Villeneuve.

We arrived at noon and expected a crowd. There were many people, but it was far from packed. There was an area to leave strollers, and we did so. Our 1-y.o. moved into the Ergo carrier. Stroller doesn’t really work there, as there were bridges, although you can keep it with you.

The queue to board those mini trains was not bad. The “stations” located more in front of the park were the most crowded, but even there we only had to wait for the next train. Some “stations” only had a few “passengers” waiting. There were many trains with different styles, really cute. The train rides were longer than I expected. The mini trains really went everywhere around the park, yet we saw something different each time. And to enjoy the view of mountains surrounding us, with the blue sky we had that day, was awesome.

As for food, no need to worry. There were many eating areas with little huts that sold food. We went to the one selling crêpe. There were also little shops selling toys and souvenir.

We had lots of fun, this park is really for all ages. We will definitely come back! The only problem that we had was that there was no train back to Lausanne (via St-Maurice) at 4pm on Saturdays! Can you believe it? We thought we checked the schedule and remembered that there was a train every hour. But apparently there was a tiny print on that yellow board saying that the train for that particular hour didn’t run on Saturday. So we hang out there at the train station for an hour, which was not bad with such beautiful scenery :)

Have you been there? What was your experience? Do tell in the comment!

Swiss Vapeur Parc
CH-1897 Le Bouveret
Tél: +41 24 481 44 10
Fax: +41 24 481 54 70
info (at)

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