Running Events for Children and Families

My husband and son like running. They have been doing many races in the area in the last few years. My son has ran races since he was almost 4, first accompanied by his dad or me, but he could run by himself since he was 5. I love promoting running races as I believe running is the easiest and cheapest sport a healthy person can do.

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Summer Holiday Activities in Lausanne and Around (2017)

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Easter holiday has passed, kids are back to school, it’s time to think of school summer holiday! :)

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 problems 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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Musée du fer et du chemin de fer – in Vallorbe

We went to Musée du fer et du chemin de fer (Iron and Railway Museum) in Vallorbe in February. It was a beautiful day and we spent the morning bathing at the Centre Thermal Yverdon, then take a bus to Vallorbe.

As most specialized museums in Switzerland, the museum was on the small side, but very well kept. As the name already indicates, it host many iron-related items from the Roman Empire era, to the more current use of iron, railways, and the development of railways in Switzerland.

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What to do with Kids: Easter 2017

This is already the last week before Easter holiday for children in Vaud public schools! I have blogged about the available holiday camps here, and below you can find more Easter-related events and activities:

  • Easter egg hunt in Flon, Saturday 8 April 2017 – with make up artist, mini train and egg decorating workshop. Free and without registration (info)
  • Easter Bunny at Micasa Etoy Saturday 8 April 2017 – with make up artist and craft workshop. Free (info)
  • Marché de Pâques in Nyon, 8-9 April 2017 (info)
  • Pâkomuzé offers many programs during the Easter weekend. Registration for most activities started 28 March 2017 (info)
  • Easter egg hunt at Swiss Vapeur Parc in Le Bouveret (Canton Valais), all day during Easter holiday 14-23 April 2017 (info)
  • Coop offers a children workshop to decorate Easter Bunnies on 12 April 2017 (register asap as space is limited)

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Spring “Troc” – 2017

It’s Troc Season now. If you didn’t know what troc is, read this excellent post explaining what it is and how it works. To make it short, it’s some kind of second-hand market where you can sell, shop, or both.

I received some information about a couple of trocs coming up, as you can see below:

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More troc for Suisse-Romande area listed here.


Happy Troc!

Spring Cleaning: Donating and Selling Used Bikes

Updated post

This pots is the third one in the Spring Cleaning series – dedicated to used bikes. There are a number of ways you can donate or sell your used bikes in Lausanne area.

Donate your bike to Velafrica

If you had used bikes, in whatever conditions, you can donate them to Velafrica. I wholeheartedly recommend this organization. The projects reasoned well with reusing, recycling, repurposing, and they also engage unemployed people and people with disabilities in their workshops.

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Where to go with children on a Sunday

It’s probably safe to say that many of us who were used to shops open on Sunday were shocked to find “nothing is open on Sunday in Switzerland”. But now that I know so much more, I can prove that it is not true. Almost all shops and supermarkets are closed but there are a lot of things that one can do as a family. So many in fact that I spent 3 days compiling them into this post! We just have to adopt some Swiss-ness, by enjoying outdoor more. After all, we are living in such a beautiful country! But worry not, I included options for those rainy windy Sundays you’d rather be indoor.

OUTDOOR

Vallee de la Jeunesse

Vallee de la Jeunesse is a huge playground for all ages. There is a massive green area for picnic and running around. There are all kinds of slides, climbing and balancing structures, a skate park, and a huge water fountain among other things. The hilly landscape is popular for skateboarders.

The children’s science museum Espace des inventions is located here and open on Sundays. We are fans of this museum.

Ouchy

We all know Ouchy is strong magnet for locals as well as tourists. Beside the view and the abundance of restaurants, there are many green spots and playgrounds for families to relax and do a picnic. Our favorite spot is the grassy area close to the Thai Pagoda.

The playground and Thai pagoda in Ouchy

The park of the Olympic Museum is great to stroll with children. All area are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Mine could never resist to race on the 100m athletic track. They often have free temporary exhibition and their TOM’s café Sunday brunch is very popular.

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Winter with Kids – 2017

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This winter has been dry, then super cold, and now wet! But at least we had snow and can expect more to come! 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!

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Spring Cleaning: Donating Textile, Shoes and Baby Items

This is an updated post and was the second part of the Spring Cleaning series: Textile, clothes and shoes! Below you can find some ways to donate. As a general rule, all donated items must be clean, in good condition, without tear nor hole. Shoes must be packed in pairs.

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Local textile donation month

A few associations such as Texaid and Textura distribute plastic bags for textile donation in your area (photo above). You’ll find the bags in your mailbox a few times per year. Put your old clothes and other textile items (curtains, table cloths etc), tied the bag securely and leave it for pick up.

New this year: The Swiss Post will pick up the clothes donation within a month. This is how the collection works:

  • You’ll receive collection bag to households via PromoPost in the month prior to the collection
  • During the entire collection month, you can leave the bag next to the mailbox from Monday to Friday.
  • Leave the collection bags out only in dry weather, or make sure that they are protected against the elements – wet bags cannot be taken.
  • The mail carrier takes the collection bag with him/her. The bag is then taken by the Post Office to one of the Swiss Mail Centers.
  • Texaid collects the used textiles and transports them to Schattdorf for appropriate recycling.

When donating shoes please put them in separate smaller bag before pooling them inside the donation bag. If you need more than 1 bag, you can use other bags, but leave them directly next to the official bag.

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Happy Holidays!

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Hi everyone!

I planned to write this earlier this week but got so busy with a neighborhood party. And yesterday I was on recovery mode thanks to that party!

So I’ll keep this quick, as I’m sure you are all busy!

Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating, and Happy Holidays to all other who celebrate different holidays! Hope you all are enjoying a festive celebration, being surrounded by the ones who matter the most!

Thank you for following the blog, the facebook page, the Instagram… for all comments, thumbs-up, and emojis shared… for all PMs and info your sent. Thank you for always being so kind, tolerant, yet strong. I cannot wish for a better readership, really.

Take care and see you again next year.

Love,

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