Amusing Children

Here are some venues that allow parents to chill a bit while the fun is taken care of. The activities will be able to enjoyed at a pace chosen by each child. Bored and tired children are not at all Amusing!

The Chamonix valley is very lucky to have some really sweet play areas in natural settings offering a cool place for youngsters to tear about, splash and explore. But this is not enough. To make it onto this list the places must also be suitable for us big people to be happy to hangout in too.

The Mare á Têtard (Tadpole Pond) Argentière.

This forest clearing allows children to create their own fun. It’s genius is it’s simplicity.

1 forest clearing + 1 stream + 2 ponds + some lawns = almost anything.

Bring a picnic, let the youngsters run around for a bit, you find a bench or a patch of grass and soak up some rays and gaze at the Aiguilles Rouges above Argentiere or the extensive and tranquil Meleze forest.

There are a few playground items like slides and climbing frames to make kids think they want to go there but soon they will be building dams or roly-polying down a grass slope. Despite the name we have never spotted any tadpoles.

Access can be from the Grands Montets car park. Walk up the track towards the Crèmerie du Glacier then turn left on the Petit Balcon in the Le Tour direction. After crossing the river (bridge) you will see the play area on your left through the trees. 10 minutes.

Alternatively from the Argentière village square follow the road over the river, past the church through the old village. Near the end of the road park by the passage under the railway line. Take the track going through the arch and turn right in another 20m. Follow this path to a 5-way junction and the play area is just infront of you. 4 minutes.

Paradise des Praz, Les Praz.

This place is similar to Mare a Têtard only bigger and with a snack hut.

A magical setting in a mature forest of conifers with a few open lawns. There are plenty of things set up to play on, a little tyrolean, scramble nets, sand pits with digging toys, tethered canoe etc. There are rocks to scramble over and a little stable. Pony rides are available. Despite being popular on a hot day there are plenty tables and deckchairs. It is ok to bring along your own snacks.

And it would not be Paradise without a hut selling crêpes, ice cream and drinks. We have only one problem: getting the children to leave.

Leave your car in the golf course parking. Follow the river upstream, on the netting protected (from golf balls) path. It is about 4 minutes to the play area.

In touch with the inner chimp.

Up and down the valley you can find 5 tree adventure centres. Some can offer routes for some children but there is one standout site for little and medium sized kids: Kid Aventure. The safety system is fool proof, meaning that children as young as 2, if they meet the minimum height, can be simian heros too. With wires and bridges are just high enough to let the participants feel like they are the bravest people in the world without you needing a telephoto lens to take pictures.

It is right next to the Chavants lake, themed botanical trail and a sunny lawn. A bread and sandwich shop and cafe are just around the corner. The price is €16 per person.

And if Nico’s airstream pizza wagon is open we recommend his pizzas.

To get to the car park head to Les Houches, then follow signs to the Prarion Telecabine (ski lift.) The car park is well signposted. The start is from the wooden hut at the head of the lake.

Art Courses

Check out our in-house  art courses for Children here too.

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