KIDS’ ACTIVITIES IN ANNECY SUMMER 2017 – SUMMER CAMPS & ACTIVITIES
Yes SUMMER is approaching FAST (even if the weather is being slightly erratic)… and as I’m in the process of trying to organise my kid’s activities this summer, I decided it was time I updated the compilation of activities that are on offer in the Annecy/ Annecy le Vieux / Veyrier-du-lac area for those of you who are interested! It has only taken me 4 years to update 😉
This list is non-comprehensive, and hopefully will evolve with your help. I have tried to gather as much information as possible, but I am sure I have missed lots…I will update as and when 😉
PURE SPORTS CAMPS
ROLLERBLADING classes & combined multi-activity camps for kids starting from 4 years of age (aptly named Baby roller) with or without another activity. Classes are held in Annecy, Seynod, Annecy-le-Vieux, St Jorioz… The courses are either half day or full day subject to the choice chosen. They have grown their options of summer courses vastly since 2013 and now offer a HUGE range of different activities with the roller blading – tennis, rowing, sailing, yoga, dance, biathlon, mountaineering, circus, climbing, archery. My kids have done the roller-blading several times from baby roller level and have also combined it with tennis & sailing and thoroughly enjoyed it …. this will be on the planning again this year 😉
Skate boarding classes for kids from age 7. They do summer camps (10 hours).
Children’s dance camp – hip hop, street dance, breakdance, flash mob …& beach fun. Two weeks available in July. Based in Annecy near the Imperial. The camps are run by Housseine Khald – who runs hip hop lessons for adults and kids in Annecy year-round. My eldest does classes with him and loves them. He seems to be great with kids.
Ecuries du Rampignon. Weekly, half- day pony/horse riding courses for kids from 4 years old at the stables in Annecy-le-Vieux. My daughters go here & really enjoy it. They haven’t put their summer programme online yet.
Tennis & multisport courses for kids from 3 years old in Annecy-le-Vieux. They do half day sessions in the morning for 3-6 years old. Half day or full day session from 7-15 years old and a full range of multisport activities from 7 years of age…including tennis with football, sailing, roller blading, wake boarding, rowing, climbing, biathlon. Check the website for the different weeks, availability etc. My daughter did the mini tennis when she was 4 and it seemed well organized but alas she wasn’t a huge fan of tennis. She is the one on the mini tennis photo not smiling & in the wrong t-shirt 😉!
Block Trotters : Climbing sessions. Website not up to date but they organize sessions in the summer from 4 years of age. Great team, very friendly. Based at Argonay.
Golf courses at the Golf course in between Menthon & Talloires
CIRCUS Camps: The CIRCUS SCHOOL summer camps organized in Annecy (Parmelan)
The main info = Three age groups for children from 3-4 years, 5 to 7 years and 8 to 14 years old.
HOW TO BOOK:
For 3/4 years: from Monday 15 May, 2 pm.
For 5/7 years: from Monday 15 May, 10.00.
For 8/14 year olds: from Tuesday 16 May, 10.00.
– Either by going directly to the circus school – Ecole de cirque du Parmelan – 6 Allée des Salomons, 74000 Annecy
– Or by reserving your place by phone at 04.50.66.03.47
WAKE BOARDING for kids.
Le SPOT – Veyrier du lac Courses for kids from 7 years of age. Three, Four or Five-day morning sessions.
Les Frères Coin-Coin – Annecy le Vieux Weekly courses, max group of 6. 5 x 2 hours. Advice / coaching / debriefing. Two different groups: Teenagers from 12 to 16 years old & Children from 7 to 11 years old.
CLUB NAUTIQUE – Veyrier du Lac Offers a range of sailing courses and multi-activity water sports courses for kids from 4 years of age (Moussaillons for little ones). The multisport camps offer options including sailing, SUP, wake boarding, tennis and diving.
Kids rowing & multi-sport camps from 10 – 17 years of age. Possibility of rowing on its own or mixed activity camps with sailing, roller blading, tennis or climbing. Based in Annecy le Vieux, near the beach in Albigny.
Swimming & multi activity camps in the first three weeks of July for kids from 8 years old who know how to swim at least 50m. Mornings: swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, diving…afternoons: sailing, climbing, canoe-kayak, paint ball, mini golf). Based at the Marquisats pool in Annecy. Info not online yet.
Kids & Us Language immersion camps for kids from 3-10 (split into three different age groups) Fun weeks based on different themes from 9h-13h. Little Chef & Mad Scientist courses
Les Petits Bilingues: A variety of options on offer for kids from 1-18 years of age, with the emphasis on “Learning English” (obviously not in the same groups age wise ;-)) Based in Annecy.
Ecole Bilingue : Holiday Club – Sports, Arts, nature, songs…for bilingual kids school age. Based in Annecy-le-Vieux
Au Pays des Miniz – Creative craft/art groups (2 separate weeks on offer over the Holiday period doing sewing around summer themes…towels, bandanas etc.) 6 – 12 years old. Based in Annecy. My daughters have done some of their sessions & really enjoyed them!
Les P’tits Montagn’arts 3 different multi-activity camps for kidds from age 6…including dance (african, jazz, hip-hop, theatre…, art, music (djembé), sailing, skateboarding…Check out their website for further details. Friends have done their art based one in Parmelan and rave about it…
Creative Summer sessions. DATES: 29th & 30th June – (College aged kids 11 – 15 years old). 3rd – 7th July & 10th – 13th July (from 7 years old) from 9 -12 & 2 -5.
On the program, 3D floral painting, weaving with wool &ribbons, badges with messages & initials, flower bouquets, embroidered postcards, creation of stamps …
“A small factory of ideas to get the creativity flowing…and have fun!” Rates & reservations can be made directly via the Facebook page. My girls did a sessions with Corrine at Peaberry & Co. this spring and enjoyed it…Corrine is extremely patient and full of lots of good ideas.
La Ferme du Chosal Three different options available on a Wednesday afternoon for kids from 5 years old. “Mini Farmers”, “Mini Gardeners” or “Mini Artists in the Nature”. We went here recently on a sortie scolaire and did the Mini gardeners & mini artists in the nature and I have to say they were brilliant and a refreshing change.
www.mjc-annecylevieux.com : Multi activity sports, craft etc. summer camps all summer long. Salary indexed. Based in Annecy-le-Vieux. Programme not on line yet.
http://www.mjcarchipelsud.com : The MJC Archipel Sud in the center of Annecy have a “Centre de Loisirs” and an halte-garderie and activities over the summer for kids from 3 – 12 years of age.
http://www.mjc-forum-des-romains.fr : The MJC Romains near the Annecy stadium also hosts a “Centre de Loisirs” that meets at L’ecole de Carnot near Courier.
http://www.mjcteppes.org: The MJC Teppes hosts “Le Patio” which is an indoor play area that meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 16h to 18h as well as 9h and 11h30 on Friday mornings.
www.annecylevieux.com: “Jardin des Loisirs” (3-6 year olds) & “Espace Loisirs” (6-17 year olds – spilt by age group) Summer camps all summer apart from August! Annecy-le-Vieux.
http://www.fol74.org/annecy-les-puisots2: Options of day care with/without transport from Annecy or a full week camp “colonie de vacances” style with accommodation. Based at the leisure centre on the way up to the Semnoz. Activities include pony rides, mini farm, climbing, discovery of the forest & surroundings, reading, songs etc; etc. They are however already fully booked for July. They have other centres dotted around the lake too.
They are doing porte ouvertes soon and even a free night to test sleeping over for thoses who are tentative! Check out their website for details.
PLACES TO GO:
Fish farm in Thônes. Kids can fish for trout and there is a wonderful restaurant there to eat afterwards. Wonderful place, we have spent many happy days there. Be warned though the killing of the fish is slightly barbaric 😉 and more sensitive souls may not like this. My girls rather worryingly seem to enjoy it 😉 For further details check my blog post on it here .
FUNNY PARK : Trampolines, inflatable structures, mini golf, carting…Based next to the Imperial Palace Hotel in Annecy. Prices vary per activity.
PLAGE IMPERIAL Swimming/beach/ restaurant complex. Entrance is paid but there are various infrastructures that make the place nice: supervision of the swimming area, nice clean paddling pool, flat grassy beach area, bar & restaurant, small park, beach volley ball area. Imperial Beach, Annecy.
Adventure Park in Talloires. Children’s adventure course, for children from 1m tall accompanied by an adult. The location is to die for and it’s very family friendly with a little café anda parapente take off zone next to it.
Adventure Park in Thônes. Children’s course, for children from 3 years of age accompanied by an adult. Nice spot next to the horse riding stables with a mini animal area to look at. For my review click here.
La Fôret Enchantée Indoor amusement park…inflatable structures, slides, “piscine à balles”…Great for rainy days. My daughters love it there. Based in Epagny.
Full Land is an indoor amusement park in Argonay. Similar to “La Foret Enchantee” in Epagny. Bring an extra pair of socks.
Parc de Loisirs in St. Jorioz is an outdoor amusement park with trampolines, inflatable structures, and a pool of balls.
Equipassion : Pony rides in Seynod. For kids under 6 years old.
Summer luge in the Semnoz. For 3 years old and up.
Parc de Merlet in Chamonix. Absolutely fabulous. Click here for a review.
Activities just over or near the border of Switzerland
SWISS Vapeur Parc. If you feel like venturing across the border into Switzerland, check out Swiss Vapeur Parc. It’s located right over the border past Evian. It’s a miniature train park. Emily’s son loved it. The park attendants will provide you with Swiss Francs for parking if you don’t have any.
Vitam’Parc near Geneva is a fun place to swim with your kiddos. There are several slides and a kiddie pool.
NICE WALKS WITH YOUNGISH CHILDREN
Cascades d’Angon – For a more detailled review click here.
Roc de Chère. Aticle to come.
Bout du Lac – réserve naturel
For more walks that I’ve tried and tested with little ones click here
JULY: HORSE JUMPING IN MEGEVE http://www.jumping-megeve.com/ Horse show jumping event in Megeve, that brings together over 500 horses and 350 riders of twenty or so different nationalities, from promising young amateurs to the most renowned professional title holders. Free event. We went last year and it was a really great event for horse lovers.
http://www.bonlieu-annecy.com/fiche_evenement.php?id_spectacle=231 3 day Festival in the centre of Annecy with street artists, theatre, dance, music …15th-18th July
Au Bonheur des Momes is a week-long children’s festival in Le Grand Bornand. This year it will be held from August 20-25th. Be sure to purchase tickets to the spectacles in advance as they do tend to sell out quickly.
FOR FURTHER INFO & TOP TIPS on things to do in and around Annecy don’t forget to consult RécréAmômes either online or pop by the Annecy Tourist office to pick up your FREE copy of their magazine. The summer edition will be ready soon and I hear the magazine is jam packed with lots of fabulous things to do!