This & That Week #39 – Sept 2013

I’m too busy enjoying the sun, so let’s just go straight to the list, ok? 😉


  • Kamishibai storytelling (in French) : “Le pinceau magique”, written by Sabine Girardet and illustrated by Denis Kormann. Saturday, 28 Sept 2013. Opening at 11:30am. Readings at 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm and 3:30pm. At the Children’s Library Lausanne (BMJ) Avenue d’Echallens 2A. More info here.
  • SHEzone is launching their Little Leg Walk in Lausanne. The first event – “Hug a Tree” – will be on Wednesday, 2 Oct 3:00-4:30pm. As an extra, there will be Michelle Petersen, a professional photographer, to give tips on how to take great children pics. More info and register here.
  • FREE yoga class by Rania. Every Thursday from 5pm until 6:15 pm at: “Espace yoga pour tous” Place de la Gare 10. More info and registration to fakih.rania (AT) , 076 203 32 31
  • 24 hours of swimming (24 Heures de natation) on Saturday-Sunday, 5-6 Oct 2013 at Mon-Repos indoor pool. Open to anyone who can swim unaided for a minimal of 50m course, no limit on age and speed.
  • Stageworks Academy, a new English-speaking musical theatre academy for young adults from 12 years of age, will start their classes on 1 November 2013. The classes will be on Fridays 4:30-6:30pm building towards a production in the Spring. For more info: Théâtre du Château, Rue du Château 7, La Tour De Peilz, stageworks-academy (AT), 079 814 0979 or 079 908 9414
  • Key English School offers English camps during the October school holiday. More info here.

Have a lovely start of autumn/fall, parents!

Winner of CHF50 Voucher from Boutique Signorelli

I just returned last night from our Easter trip to Copenhagen, so that I hope you understand why this announcement comes so late.

Here it is — picked by… the winner of CHF50 voucher giveaway from Boutique Signorelli is… *drum roll*

commenter#2: Heidi!

Congrats, Heidi! I guess now you can get that “Striped Shirt Body White And Navy Mirtillo” for your little man! I will send you a personal email regarding the voucher.

I thank you all for participating and Tracy Signorelli for the possibility to run this giveaway.


The New Kindermusik Classes will start in September!

I received the following info today. I have enrolled my daughter (almost 2) to this program as I have heard good feedback from parents who had brought their children there. I think she will have a great time!

I have Kindermusik courses staring in September. Kindermusik classes are full of musically inspired activities and are for children to attend with a parent or other caregiver. I hope to start with four classes, details below, and would love to hear from anyone interested in enrolling. I am happy to offer a free trial class to any interested families.

KidSpace, Lausanne, Wednesdays or Fridays
9.30, Our Time, for children 18 months – three years
10.30, Village, for children up to 18 months
Courses starting throughout September.

The classes are conducted in English but use all types of music and children do
not need to speak English to enjoy the programme.
All classes are 45 minutes long and the programmes vary in length depending on
which class it is.

If you would like further details please contact me.

Clare Joyner
021 711 0316/078 928 70812
clarejoyner (AT)

*Photograph courtesy of shankar, shiv

Green Toys from Kidsonroof

I stumbled upon this website and just had to share it. Kidsonroof is a Dutch company that makes green toys, and their products are absolutely adorable. I’m smitten by their playhouses and the Trojan horse. See them for yourself here. They ship their products to many European countries, unfortunately not including Switzerland. But I know that many of you are from those countries and perhaps can just ship it to an address there and get them when you go there next time. I know I’ll do it for our September trip to Germany!

*Images courtesy of Kidsonroof, and this is the original post where I found the link.

Mommy Meet-ups in Lausanne

One of the hottest FAQs in many mommy networks is about the meet-ups for mothers and playgroups for the younger children (toddlers and preschoolers). In this post I’d like to mention again the Starbucks Mum and Mum-to-be Group that meet every other Tuesday at Starbucks on Rue St. Laurent (not the one on St. François). This group was initiated by Raksha and has been going on for almost 2 years. (See this post for related info). This group is excellent for pregnant mothers and mothers with young babies. It still also works for toddlers, but I know that some mothers with very active tots find that Starbucks’ lay-out is far from ideal, as there are many corners that could be dangerous for those little people.

Then another mother, Elizabeth, found a great place that everyone loved, only to find later that the management was not happy and the group was no longer welcomed. 🙁

At the Coop City Restaurant Children Corner

Later, Marie-Laure suggested to meet-up at the Coop City Restaurant at St. François (av. du Théâtre 4). This small group has been meeting now for a few months on (almost) every Monday afternoons from 3-5PM, consisting mostly (but not exclusively) of mothers with 20-something month-old toddlers. I now also list the meet-up in Lausanne Mom Facebook page (under Event), so in case you’re also in Facebook and interested to come, just RSVP there. I will also put the next meet-up detail on this website’s Event page. Note that it is not compulsory to RSVP, you can just pop in there. Btw, now that it’s getting warmer, we may meet-up outdoor, so check either the Facebook page or the Event page for possible change of venue.

Do you know of any other mother groups? Or do you plan to create one and want to spread the word? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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