Oh what a gloomy weather! 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

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