Tried and Tested Ideas for Children
We both first moved to the mountains due to our love of winter sports – Morzine seemed like the perfect place for a winter season with easy transfers to Geneva and quick flights to the UK. After spending summer in the Alps we also learned to love the mountain town year around but when we had our son suddenly life took on a new perspective. Often we had told our guests of the list of wonderful activities available for children in the area but it was not until we actually had a kid we fully appreciated how good life in Morzine is for children. We have been having so much fun already this summer we thought we should let people know our top activities - our son is only 3 so these ideas are all great for younger children:
- Pool: The outdoor pool in Morzine is fantastic with a paddling area with slides and water jets, a small pool with sloped access so children can get themselves in and out the water and then an Olympic size pool for bigger ids and adults along with a bouncy castle and slide.
- Lakes: Lake Montriond offer hours of entertainment with kayaks, paddle boards, swimming, walks, restaurants, ice cream, take a fishing net and see what you can catch. The Seytroux lake with stream, rock banks, restaurant and mini golf makes for a fun afternoon stopping off at La Bouche a Oreille in St Jean D'Aulps for a delicious pizza on the way home. The Les Gets lake is also beautiful and very child friendly with a restaurant on site.
- Town activities: these are fun and easy options with rides on the petit train around Morzine, the carousel, walks over the wobbly bridge, rides on the gondolas followed by mini golf and lunch at the Aubergarde.
- Bikes: there is something from everyone with flat tracks around the river Dranse starting up by the Palais Du Sport with paths suitable for balance bikes and the chance to stop off at the playground. For older kids and adults then it is great fun to take advantage of the lifts to go up so you can enjoy the downhill. There are a range of mountain tracks from cross country to world cup downhill courses.
- Lindaret: Visiting the goat village to feed the animals followed by a trip to the Lindaret bowl to play in the stream, watch the bikers and have a picnic followed by a ride on the chairlift up to Avoriaz
- Horse riding: The Ranch Portes Du Soleil offers a number of options for children with horse rides, poney rides, donkey rides. Their new base in St Jean D'Aulps has a wigwam and the owners have a huge amount of experience introducing children to the animals making the whole experience fun and relaxed for everyone.
These are just some of the child friendly activities we have been up to so far but there are many more child friendly activities still on the list that we will report back on including walks to the Nyon waterfall, Indiana park for tree top climbs, skate park once it’s finished this summer. What's more is the fact that these activities are all in the immediate vicinity if you would like to travel further afield then the list of things to do is endless: Parc Vapeur for the mini steam trains, the water parc, Thonon plage, Excenevex, day trips to Annecy going out on the pedalos on the lake,
Despite our action packed kidtastic summer so far we have also still found time to indulge our own hobbies with Dug getting time out on his downhill bike and me on my road bike, swimming , netball and running – busy times!
We will follow up with a post on all the adult friendly activities too from canyoning to overnight stays in refuges.