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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Moléson Ski Resort (near Gruyère)

As we are nearing the school holiday, I bring this post back. I saw that the beginner ski classes still have places for those starting this weekend!

This is a guest post, kindly written by Sanna. Originally published on 12 Feb 2015.

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Photo courtesy of Office du Tourisme de la Gruyere

Skiing with kids of different ages and abilities can be tricky…but last weekend we revisited Moléson (near Gruyère) and made a great discovery. The resort has always been good for beginners….2 rope tows and 1 button lift at the bottom of the pistes, with ski school if needed. You can also buy a ‘pack’ of 16 trips on the button lift for chf 16* (the rope tow is free).

But now, the addition of the Pierre a Catillon restaurant makes it perfect for a days skiing with the family….They have an indoor play area, good coffee, nice staff and an excellent menu (choice of 4 kids dishes for chf 10* and burgers for Dad).

The more experienced skiers in your group can take the monorail up for some nice red and blue runs and for the hardcore skiers, there is a cable car that takes you right to the top of a gnarly black run.

For stargazers, there is also an observatory at the top, and you can even stay the night.

There’s a 4km sledge run (sledges cost chf 10* to hire) and there’s a mountain hut that serves food on the way down.

I highly recommend this resort if skiing with little ones.

Thanks Sanna for sharing this valuable info! x

*Prices may have changed since 2015

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Five Reasons Why Our 5 Year-Old Ran Many Races This Year

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– At the 1020Run in Renens

It perhaps seems strange that this post came in autumn, at the end of the running season. But I believe now is the time I could finally write about this topic, after our son (and daughter) participated in enough races to have a general view about our experience. And… there are still a few races coming in the area, so in case you want to know why we’ve been registering our son to so many races, read on…

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The Pink Challenge at the Lausanne Marathon – 2016

Lausanne Marathon is coming at the end of the month, and I am sure many of you runners already know and most likely will run there. However my post here is more directed to those who may want to join the fun even without running, and for a really good cause: To raise awareness of breast cancer!pinkWe know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and within the Lausanne Marathon’s many shorter races, there is the “Pink Challenge”, calling all who can walk for 15 minutes. Adult, teens, kids and babies, even in strollers, are welcome. All who participate officially (fee chf20) will receive perks such as official t-shirt, finisher medal, and small souvenir. The date is Saturday 29 October 2016, start at 2.30pm in Parc de Milan.

Daughter and I will be there (Son will run the 600m earlier that afternoon and husband will run 10K the next day so that they won’t join the girls as it would be too expensive for us). If you are interested to march there too, don’t forget to register asap, as the early registration closes on 10 October 2016. Prices go up (chf30) for registration between 10th and 17th (the closing date).

Hope to see you marching there!

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?

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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. 

Bernaqua and Westside Mall in Bern

It’s freezing cold out there, and the bise is here in the area. Staying warm indoor is definitely a good idea!

One of our favorite escape on super cold winter days is to go for a bath at Bernaqua. As the name indicates, it is located in Bern, and more specifically inside the commercial center Westside.


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Bernaqua is really amazing. It’s very family friendly, and they never disappointed us.

At the entrance queue can be quite long, but in my experience it took us only minutes until it was our turn. We were handed magnetic bracelets to be used to open and lock the lockers and to buy food and drinks at the cafeteria. There is a corner to park strollers and then there are family-sized lockers, large enough to stash all our stuff in.

There are a total of 18 different types of pools (temperature: 30-36°C), from one with salty water, another with movie projection, ones with all kinds of bubbling effects, to one with cold (18°) water. There is of course an area dedicated for the younger children, complete with a pirate ship and, perhaps most importantly, its own mini people restroom 🙂 And for the big kids, they can slide and slide!

The cafeteria has a good selection, at least for the 4 o’clock snack time that we could never skip. As mentioned, you have to pass the magnetic bracelet to buy the food and you pay when you finally leave.

We have been there four times and always took the 3-hour tickets. When both my kids were still under 6y, I only had to pay CHF35 for the three of us. A bargain! 🙂 To be honest 3 hours is a bit short, as it took me around 10 minutes to prep the 2 kids and myself until we were ready to plunge, and around 40 minutes to shower, dress, and hair-dry the three of us when we finished bathing. It was a bit quicker when their father was there too, however 3 times out of 4 I was the only adult. But no worries, overstay charge is low: chf5 for every 30 minutes. Or just buy the day tickets for even longer stay. More info about tickets and rates here.

As any thermal bath in Switzerland, Bernaqua also has other attractions, including spa-wellness and fitness areas. If you came with another adult, you could take turn watching the kids while the other get a massage 🙂

But don’t despair, even if you were the only adult, you still could get your massage 😉 As mentioned above, the pool complex is located inside a mall, the Westside Mall, and there is a great drop-in facility for kids called Kinderland. You may leave your kids up to 4h for only chf3/h, and I believe they take babies too (but call/email to make sure). My kids love this place. The Westside Mall by itself is awesome, with many good stores (I personally love the Globus there) and a food hall (my kids favs are the kids pizza from Spiga and the frozen yoghurt from YooMoo). When we go to Bernaqua and/or Westside we can really spend the whole day there – safe from the coldness of winter 😉

Berrnaqua and Westside Mall are easily reached either by car or train (Station name: Bern Brünnen Westside, directly in front of the commercial center). From Lausanne-Gare you only need one change at the Bern Central Station. The total journey by train is less than 1.5h (and if you choose the IC train, your kids can play in the family coach). When we go there for a day trip, we usually use the RailAway offer. There is almost always a discount (currently 10%) for the train as well as the pool entry tickets.

And finally, how about spending a weekend there? Check the offers from the Holiday Inn hotel there – I know some families who had enjoyed and highly recommended it.

Have a fab time!

*This post is not sponsored. I don’t get anything for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

**Image was screenshot from Bernaqua website

Snow Fun at Chalet-à-Gobet

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If you still don’t have any plan for this Wednesday school-free afternoon, consider heading to Chalet-à-Gobet. This is the most popular place for snow activities for Lausanne families. Its location at the altitude of 872m guarantees more and longer-lasting snow vs inside the city.

To make it even more fun, a few years ago Le service des sports de la Ville de Lausanne installed a ski lift for (beginner) skiers and snowboarders as well as sled fans. The ski lift operates on Wednesday afternoons, weekends and during the school holidays, when the snow condition is favorable.

Take a look at these photos readers had sent me from last weekend.

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As you can see from the photos, on a beautiful day, you can expect a lot of people there. On the snow there should be enough space for everyone. Parking, however, could be a problem. If you live in Lausanne, consider taking the métro m2 until Croisettes and then a short bus ride to Chalet-à-Gobet.

Warm clothes are a must. In my opinion children must be in snow suit and wear snow gloves/mittens, otherwise they will be too wet and cold too soon. I usually went with snow suit and gloves myself as I love sledding with the kids. Helmet is always a good idea, especially for those who can already ski, snowboard and sled at high speed. Don’t forget to pack some drinks and snacks!

Finally, I leave you with a funny video of a super hero on the ski lift here.

Have fun and stay active this winter!

 

*Many thanks to Kaori and Claire who provided the wonderful photos above

43rd Prix de Lausanne, 2-7 Feb 2015

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One of the most well-known annual events in Lausanne, the Prix de Lausanne, will take place from 1-8 February 2015 at the Théatre de Beaulieu. It will be open for public from 2-7 February 2015.

Created in 1973, the Prix de Lausanne is an international competition for young dancers, from 15 to 18 year-old. Its prime objective is to discover, promote, and support talents among the world’s finest young dancers.

If you’re interested to see it, the tickets for selection days are sold on the spot or at ticket booth of Opéra de Lausanne), and for the final CHF20-97 (info). Children (7-15 y.o.) enter for free (under 7s won’t be admitted).

This year, they also started a crowd funding campaign to finance a young dancer’s training. You can donate as low as US$10. Read more about it here. They don’t have much time left so donate ASAP to help them reach their US$50,000 goal and make a talented young dancer’s dream come true!

For more info, visit the official website.

Christmas Midnight Run – Saturday, Dec 13, 2014

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The annual Lausanne Christmas Midnight Run is coming on Saturday 13 Dec 2014!

As usual there will be many categories (1.5-7.2km), including Pères Noël (yes, short run with Santa costumes!), for the families, and for those who prefer to walk! There is also a junior category for 11-16yo, that will run earlier in the evening. Here is the website to register and find more info about this Christmas Run!

*Image courtesy of www.midnightrun.ch

The 34th Olympic Week – Ouchy, 12-16 Oct 2014

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If you have kids who love sport and were born between 1 July 1999 and 30 June 2006, this event may be of their interest. The event is organized by the Olympic Museum and their many partners. The activities (many different ones) will be supervised by (French-speaking) sports instructors and equipments will be provided. They will take place all around Ouchy during the October school holiday, from 12 to 16 Oct 2014.

The activities are free, you just have to enroll before 3 Oct! It’s also possible to register later, from 12 Oct, directly at “stand d’informations / inscriptions” near the Olympic fountain (just don’t forget that the legal representative of the child must sign the form). The pass will be valid for all activities on all days. On Oct 12, there will also be activities for adults who accompany the kids.

For list of programs, registration form, and other information, click here:

http://www.olympic.org/semaineolympique

*Image courtesy of the Olympic Museum

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