GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s quaint outdoor ice skating rink at Bastions Park (city center) is hosting a fun weekend outdoors.
On 25 January, Swiss Christophe Geissler, one of the world’s top eight lumberjack sports athletes will be facing a massive piece of ice to create an ice sculpture. Show begins at 18:00.
Then on 27 January, from 14:00 to 17:00 it is disco time. Get your fun on the ice (almost) for free. Skate rentals are only CHF2.
The ice skating rink is open until 24 February including Sundays.
For more information on activities, renting the rink and schedules, click here.
Find all other ice skating rinks in Geneva and Lausanne in one of my previous posts here.
Also visit our Events page to find out about the latest details of the second edition of the Geneva Ski Cup which begins on 26 January.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva becomes a giant golf course until 16 September. Urban golf course that is.
Head to Bastions Park, get a free set of clubs and balls and follow the two-hour, nine-hole 4km route around the city.
The course includes the Jet d’Eau, the English Gardens and the Brunswick mausoleum.
When? Everyday (including Sundays) from 12:30 to 18:30 and Thursdays until 22:00.
Click here for more information.
How does it work? See how urban golf is played in canton Fribourg
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Here’s a resource for those of you with kids in town this summer. Take them for a free tour of the mini-hydroelectric power station in Vessy, canton Geneva.
Inaugurated in May 2007, the “micro-hydro,” as is known in French, is powered by two turbines that coupled with a few generators produce 1.7 GWh per year, enough to power about 500 households in the canton.
Nestled at the entrance of the Arve River, the power station was first born as a water pumping mill in 1865. It supplied water to Bessinge and Chêne-Bougerie for over 100 years.
Visit free of charge the last Thursday of the month until September (28 June, 26 July, 30 August, 27 September). The tour, which is given entirely in French, begins at 17:00 and lasts 1:30.
Recommended for those 10 years old and up but not accessible for people with reduced mobility. Flat shoes are advised.
For more information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +41 (0) 22 420 75 75.
VERSOIX, SWITZERLAND – The Place du Bourg in the community of Versoix, canton Geneva, turns into a mini-golf course this summer.
From Thursday to Sunday from 17:00 to 22:00 enjoy a mini-golf course with 12 holes for only CHF4 for adults and CHF2 for children 5 and older. The price includes a club and ball.
For more information click here.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Triathlon Internationale de Genève now in its 25th year, gathers hundreds of ITU-ranked sportsmen and women, as well as amateur athletes who swim, run and bike to the finish line.
The 2012 edition includes a Kidsathlon on Saturday 21 July; adults compete on Sunday 22 July starting at 8:30.
You can register online until 19 July or on site on Saturday, 21 July 2012 from 14:00 to 18:00 – depending on availability.
Professional athletes are entered into the ITU race directly by their national leagues.
Remember to avoid the city center that weekend as streets are closed from Friday 20 July until 18:00 on 22 July. Take the TPG or bike there and enjoy a fun day of sports.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Spend an evening of hands-on science activities at the Perle-du-Lac Park in Geneva on 7 and 8 July.
The Nuit de la science, is a bi-annual popular event organized by the Museum of History of Science since 2000.
Visitors speak directly with scientists and learn in the simplest, and funnest, of terms about the latest research at the University of Geneva and Lausanne’s EPFL.
There are so many fun activities for kids and grown ups alike that it is well worth a visit.
Saturday until midnight, and Sunday 8 July from 13:00 to 21:00.
And as usual on these events, take your bike or the TPG as parking is extremely limited.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of my weekend pastimes in Geneva has been discovering museums in the city, and while there is much debate on whether or not Geneva has world-quality museums, I find there is plenty of room for discussion and plenty to see.
Here’s the deal, entry to permanent collections in all of the municipal museums (14 in total) is free of charge, all year round.
Entry to temporary exhibitions is free of charge on the first Sunday of the month in all 14 municipal museums, or about CHF5-CHF10 other days.
List of the free, public museums in Geneva
ANNECY, FRANCE – Kayaking, sailing, rowing, climbing, orienteering, mountain biking and exploring the beautiful outdoors are some of the summer sports activities offered for free by the city of Annecy in neighboring France.
450 spots are offered, primarily for Annecy kids, and to other children willing to engage in fitness activities this summer.
Outings are offered to children aged 5 to 14.
Find all the information for a fun, outdoor summer here.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Finding something to do on Sundays in Geneva and surrounding areas seems to be the perennial conundrum for many expats (and a few locals too) who find the area a bit tame on the weekends. Allow me the pleasure then, to bring you a selection of some of the most fun and interesting activities in the Lake Geneva region, and beyond.
Just visit the Events page of GenevaLunch where I have posted an eclectic collection of what-to-do-on-Sundays, from antique fairs and flea markets to hiking and Nordic walking.
I hope you enjoy the list and happy Sunday everyone!
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you’re looking for some fun science activities for kids check out the Wednesday afternoons workshops sponsored by the city of Geneva.
Help your kids discover how to measure time without a watch or a clock, in two afternoons.
The first afternoon, activities will take place at the Rath Museum as part of the Geneva Watchmaking exhibition. The second, at the Science History Museum, where kids will try to measure time.
Workshop is for children aged 8 to 11.
Price: CHF20 for the two afternoons.
Registration required: +41 (0) 22 418 25 00 (9:00-12:00) or email@example.com.
Two sessions: 7 & 14 March or 18 & 25 April.
In addition on 28 March, 9 May and 13 June, the museum holds special science sessions for kids and families, free of charge.