easterhols

I usually posted this after the February school holiday, but many popular workshops get easily full so I hope publishing this earlier will help with your planning! :) I will update this post when I have new info to add!

For those not yet familiar with this subject, public schools in Switzerland have holidays often, approximately every 6 weeks (find the list here), to the total of 14 weeks per year. This may create complications 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.


Pâkomuzé

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 programs for 11th edition (8-23 April 2017) is not yet available online, most likely will go out only in March 2017. But last year, 36 museums in Lausanne and around joined forces to offer hundreds different activities, and many have listed their programs directly on their websites. So if you have a specific museum or activity center in mind, go check their website. You kids should be ready to enrich their taste buds for a rich cultural experience!

Many activities require registration, which most will start on Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 12:30. So do mark it on your calendar to download the program in early March and reserve the spots on 28th!

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 the two Easter holiday weeks here

Nature and Educational themes

  • L’écoline in St.Sulpice – Full or half day, 3-9y (info)
  • Centre aéré by CPV in Vieusseux (GE) – Full day, 4-12y (info)
  • Mini camp by CPV – Full day (with a couple of nights lodging) 7-10y (info)
  • Les Graines de Curieux in Ecublens – Full day (info)

Informatics and Robotic Science

  • Several tech-oriented themes by TechSpark Academy in Lausanne and Geneva – 9-18y (info)
  • Futurekids – from 5y (info)
  • Drone Attack with lodging by CPV, 10-14y – in St Luc (VS), journey starts and ends in Geneva (info)

Language (English)

  • Key English School – Full or half day English camps, 4-10y. In Riponne-Lausanne (info)

Creative and Artistic Expression

  • Bricks 4 Kidz – Half or Full day, 4-13y (info)
  • Comic Illustration or Visual Arts by Ecole Ceruleum – from 12y (info)
  • Intensive Art Camps by Naomi Middelmann – from 5y (info)

Dance and Theatre

  • Artistic Expression by Open Acte – from 7y (info)
  • Théâtre “Un monde meilleur” by Les Art en Scènes in Lully – 6-12y (info)
  •  Théâtre, Contes et Nature! – 7-9y. Attention: Only for children of EPFL or UNIL personnel. Due to high demand, placement is done by lottery (info)

Sports

  • Swimming by Lausanne Natation – (info)
  • Soccer by LS Academy Camps – 7-14y (info)
  • Soccer by MS Sports, Vaud locations are Lausanne and Payerne, birth years 2002-2011- (info)
  • Several sport camps suitable for kids with disabilities by PluSport – (info)
  • Soccer by Intersoccer – 3-13y (info)
  • Poney “Approche du Cheval” by Ferme de Cery in Prilly – 6-10 (info)
  • Climbing by Gecko Escalade in Sottens, 10y+ (info)
  • Multi-sports with lodging, by CPV – 8-12y (info)
  • Equitation, by CPV – 9-18y (info)

Circus

  • KidsUp in Lausanne – Half or Full day, for school-aged children (info)
  • Circus Art by Ecole de Cirque de Lausanne – from 6-16y (info)
  • Circus Art by Coquino in Morges – from 5y (info)

Even more activities

  • See this post for family-friendly places in Switzerland, including links to blog post about our visits. (Note that this post hasn’t been updated for a few years. Some new places need to be added and some links may be broken. I’ll look into it in a few weeks).
  • Check the current offers from RailAway

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

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