Families in Lausanne – January and February 2023

Families in Lausanne – January and February 2023

This new bi-monthly column is a curated list of events and activities for families in Lausanne and the nearby region. The “Family Fun” includes events for the kids and/or the entire family and the “Mum having fun” includes events where you, beautiful mum, can attend to have fun and recharge on your own, with your girlfriends or with your partner. Your choice!

Read on to find interesting events and activities for you and your family for January and February 2023 in Lausanne.

FAMILY FUN

SNOW & ICE FUN

Chalet-à-Gobet: very close to Lausanne (about 30 minutes away by public transport) this is an ideal place to go for fun with the snow. Sledging, snowball fights or simply building an igloo with the snow.

Hermitage Park: closer to the city, you will find here a modest hill where kids can also have fun with a sledge (depending on weather conditions).

ICE-SKATING

Vaudoise Arena – 2 indoors and 1 open-air ice rink

Website

Lausanne Gare – Open Air Ice Rink

Website – https://www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/en/guide/ice-rinks/

When: open 7 days/week until March 2023

Montchoisi – Open-air ice rink

Website

La Pontaise – Open-air ice rink

Website

SWIMMING

Vaudoise Arena swimming pool

Website

Mon Repos swimming pool

Website

EVENTS

Saturday Brunch & Dance at La Grenette, 28th January at 11.00

This event takes place once every month (usually) at La Grenette, a favourite place for families with young kids.

Where: La Grenette, Riponne

 

Cirque du Soleil presents “Crystal”, the ice show in Lausanne

When: From 25.01.2023 to 29.01.2023

Where: Vaudoise aréna

Website & Tickets

 

Prix de Lausanne – an international competition for young dancers

When: From 29.01.2023 to 05.02.2023

Where: Théâtre de Beaulieu

Website & Tickets

 

Viva Frida Kahlo Immersive Experience

When: 17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023

Where: Beaulieu

Website & Tickets

 

Ice Hockey Match

Website

 

Play Weekend at Casino de Montbenon – Ludotheques

We have been to this event in previous years and it was great fun. There are many activities and also countless games to play with your little ones.

Where: Casino de Montebenon, Salle des fetes

When: Saturday, 11 February 2023 from 14.00 – 21.00 & Sunday, 12 February 2023 from 10.00 – 17.00

Free Entry

MUSEUMS

MCBA Cantonal museum of fine arts museum – Family activities

The MCBA (Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts – Cantonal museum of fine arts) in Plateforme 10, organises various activities for families and their kids: art workshops, discovery booklets and family tours (in french, from ages 6-7).

Also, every second Wednesday of the month, kids aged 3-5 years can join a guided tour of the collections of the MCBA and an atelier for free (from 10:30-11:15 am or 3:00-3:45 pm). (Kids must be accompanied by an adult who needs to buy an entry ticket)

Website

Fondation de l’Hermitage

There are workshops organised for various age groups around the theme of the current exhibition.

4-6 years old, Saturday 25.02 at 10h, Duration: 2 hours, Ticket: 15 CHF

6-12 years old, Saturday 25.02 at 14h, Duration: 2 hours, Ticket: 15 CHF

Kid & adult, Sunday 05.02 at 14h, Duration: 2 hours, Ticket: 15 CHF for kids & 27 CHF for adults

Website

THEATRE & CINEMA

Le Petit Theatre (french)

A great place to take your kids. Most of the spectacles are in french. Tickets tend to get sold out very quickly but I have found that it’s worth checking for last-minute availability either via email, phone or at the theatre before the show starts.

Upcoming shows:

OZ – 25 January to 12 February 2023, from 7 years old

Tout bêtement – 22 February to 05 March 2023, from 5 years old

Ticket: 15 CHF (kid or adult)

Website

Théâtre de marionnettes de Lausanne

Upcoming shows:

L’histoire fabuleuse de A de O et de E –  25 January to 8 February 2023, from 4 years old

Jeu – 25 February to 01 March 2023, from 3 years old

Ticket: 13 CHF (kid or adult)

Website

La Lanterne Magique & La Petite Lanterne – Cinema for kids

La Lanterne Magique is a cinema club for kids (6-12 years old) where they can watch 9 different movies every year along with their friends. For the younger kids (4-6 years old), La Petite Lanterne is a similar concept but the kids watch the movie with their parents (or an accompanying adult). Tickets tend to go quickly so it’s best to register in advance.

Ages: La Lanterne Magique: 6-12 years old, La Petite Lanterne: 4-6 years old

Where: Cinema Pathé Flon 3, Rue du Port-Franc 16, CH-1003 Lausanne

Ticket: 10 CHF

Websites – https://www.lanterne-magique.org/ &  https://www.petitelanterne.org/

Cinema for families at La Cinémathèque Suisse (Cine-Familles)

This curated movie programme invites families to discover once per month a movie at the cinema. In the end, the kids receive a kit with activities for further discussions based on the movies.

Next movie: Oseam, le temple des cinq ans (South Korea, 2003, duration 75’, in french) on Sunday, 5 February 2023 at 10:30

Where: La Cinémathèque Suisse, Casino de Montbenon, Allée Ernest-Ansermet 3, 1003 Lausanne

When: Once per month from September 2022 to May 2023

Organised by: La Cinémathèque Suisse  and the Festival Cinema Jeune Public  (https://festivalcinemajeunepublic.ch/)

Ticket: 5 CHF for kids under 12 years old, 10 CHF for adults

Website

For more ideas on what to do during winter with your kids in Lausanne read the article Family-Friendly Lausanne in Winter – https://www.mygreektravellingspoon.com/travel/family-friendly-lausanne/

 

MUM HAVING FUN

Monthly events at Nueva Luna Yoga

This new yoga studio in the centre of Lausanne organises interesting events every month, apart from the regular yoga and meditation schedule. P.S. They also have mindfulness & yoga courses for kids!

Website 

Breathwork by Grace Chinn – Online sessions

Online Breathwork Circles are organised monthly by Grace and every month there is a different theme to explore. Worth checking out.

Website 

Yoga Events by Clélia Vuille

Clélia Vuille is a dancer and yoga teacher currently based in Lausanne.

She often organises fun events like Sunday mornings with yoga & brunch and it’s worth checking her Instagram for her upcoming schedule.

Website

Instagram

Cinema – watch a movie at Cinematheque Suisse (Montbenon)

Check the schedule and go watch a movie on your own or with a good friend. After the movie, Brasserie de Montbenon is always a good idea for an apero or a dinner with a view.

Website

Did I miss any interesting events happening in Lausanne during this period? Let me know and I will make sure to add it!

 

Are you visiting Lausanne soon and want to know which are the best places to explore with your young kids? Are you new to the city and eager to discover its charms with your family? Check out my ebook – 48 hours in Lausanne, A Guide for Families with Young Kids which consists of a 2-day itinerary and practical tips on local life.

 

 

 

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