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Chamonix Mt Blanc
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So you’re taking the plunge and bringing your brilliant little people with you to the beautiful town of Chamonix. With Chamonix’s main tourist attraction, Aiguille du midi and other very high altitude activities (above 2000m) off limits for the next couple of years the team at Peak Transfer have come up with our top 10 things to do in and around Chamonix valley for families with little ones.
Merlet Animal Park is not only a great viewpoint of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Chamonix valley at 1,563m but also the home of more than 80 different mountain animals, including indigenous species such as ibex, deer and marmots. The park is fenceless allowing the animals to move freely over 21 hectares of pasture, rock and alpine forest. This also allows animals to be approached (respectfully) in their natural habitat.
Access by car is recommended for little ones and you may also want to consider a kiddie back or an off-roading style buggy due to rough terrain. Backpacks that will hold babies or small children can be hired from Snell Sports in Chamonix. Entrance is approximately €7 for Adults, €4 for Children (4 to 14 years), and free for Under 4’s.
For more information about the park, opening times and directions visit their Website.
Has everything you need for a perfect day out at the foot of Mont Blanc. The biggest natural leisure park in the region has over 20 activities to offer from mountain biking, bungee trampolines and mini golf to rock and tree climbing. Under 3’s love splashing in the shallow swimming lake, playing in the playground, fishing in the small stream and hitching a ride on the pedal boats. There is plenty of parking at the la gorge cable car and a restaurant/ café to get any essentials.
Kids love the magical red mountain train that climbs and winds up to Montenvers Mer de Glace glacier. Montenvers is situated at an altitude of 1,913m so is great for even the youngest of adventurers. It takes about 20 minutes to ascend on the train and when at the top you will have the opportunity to get the Mer de Glace cable car to the ice caves. If you decide to brave the ice cave there are 430 (not exactly child friendly) steps to date, you may want to carry little ones. Not to worry if you don’t fancy the steps at the top there is a café, shop, restaurant and plenty of space to roam around and take in the view.
For more information including prices and timetables visit the Compagnie du Mont Blanc website.
If your unfortunate enough to have a rainy day or just simply want to cool off out of the sun The Richard Bozon Sports Centre in Chamonix centre has four pools (50m outdoor pool, 25m indoor pool, a kids playing pool and a paddling pool). Open most afternoons the pools are nice and warm with a big slide if kids are feeling brave. If you take your Carte d’Hôtes (provided by your accommodation) adults get a discount, under 6’s are free.
If you ask any parent in Chamonix where to take children to play all would recommend Paradis de Praz. Located in the forest between Les Praz and Argentiere (behind the golf course) you can park or catch the mont blanc express to Les Praz from Chamonix. It is a wooden wonderland adventure playground beside a small stream and little paddling pond. Under supervision the playground and surrounding woods will keep little ones entertained for hours, picking up stones, playing pooh sticks, and general splashing around. WARNING: Children WILL get messy/wet so a change of clothes (or two!!) is a must. Wellies and buckets also come highly recommended.
You can picnic or there is a little café to buy refreshments. Poney rides are available if the aerial slides, dinghy boats and swings are not enough for you! Best of all its free (well except perhaps the odd ice-cream and poney ride).
This is probably the most ‘out there’ and ‘marmite’ type recommendation but if your kids love big cute fluffy hounds as much as us at Peak Transfer then this is an obvious choice. Come rain or shine Jean Pierre and Renée Dumont will take you on a guided tour lasting about an hour, telling you all about this noble breed. Between Servoz and Les Houches there is parking and a souvenir shop. For more information on opening times and directions click here
Just outside of the Chamonix Valley between Passy and Sallanche, Lac de Passy is a must in the sun. With a beach, lots of green space and full of life why not take some sausages’ and BBQ on the communal grills provided, make sandcastles on the beach, go for a dip or join any of the locals slack-lining enthusiasts in the trees. The beach has a very shallow gradient into the water and surrounding tress providing shadey spots if needed, making it ideal for youngsters. There is plenty of parking and a couple of café’s onsite. As well as watersports, karting and mountain bike trails for older kids and adults. Bucket and spade definitely recommended for this one!
There are a number of crèches and supervised craft sessions should you need a rest day, or a mum and tots session on a Thursday morning at the church near the railway station in Chamonix. You can find more details of crèches and babysitters from the Chamonix Tourist Office.
Open all year round the amusement park in Chamonix is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon as a family. There are plenty of games and activities for children and adults of all ages just a short walk from the town centre. There is a Luge Alpine Coaster, slides, trampolines, and the boat splash. As well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds. Toddlers love to play with the mechanical diggers and watch the Mer de Glace train pass by. There is plenty of parking (if you need it) and space for a picnic, or a self-service restaurant if you prefer.
Anyone that’s been to Chamonix in summer will have seen the iconic red and white ‘Petit’ train making its way around town. A 35-minute discovery tour of the city center providing information of the sites, history and monuments of Chamonix (aimed predominately at the adults on board). It’s quite an exciting novelty for younger children, especially those with a fondness of trains! You can board at the Aiguille du Midi, Montenvers station or Place Balmat (in front of the post office) and pay when you get on (€6 Adults, €4 Children). A nice memorable ride to fill a hour or so between 10am to 7pm in the summer.
Hopefully, this has provided a few fun filled ideas for you and your family whilst holidaying in the Chamonix Valley. This list is not exhaustive, if you are willing to be creative the possibilities are endless in the beautiful Mont Blanc Region to entertain your under 3’s and provide them with lasting memories.
N.B. Chamonix is a low altitude mountain town. When exploring with unders 3’s its recommended not to climb above 2000m, and the Aigiulle du Midi (3842m) is not advised for under-fours.