Activities for children

Chamonix is a great destination for families and offers a wide range of activities for children of all ages. Here are some of the activities available organized by age group:

For Infants/Toddlers (0-2 years):

  • Childcare Services: For the youngest visitors, there are several nanny services and crèches available in Chamonix, such as Chamonix Nanny Services and Bébés Montagnards.
  • Soft Play Areas:  Some restaurants and cafes in the area have soft play areas suitable for toddlers.

For Children (3-6 years):

  • Ski Lessons: Many ski schools, like ESF Chamonix, offer ski lessons for young children, starting around the age of three.
  • Panda Club: Run by ESF ski school, this club offers a combination of ski lessons and child care.
  • Ice Skating:The Chamonix Ice Rink offers sessions for young children, and some have equipment to help them stay balanced on the ice.

For Children (7-12 years):

  • Junior Ski Lessons: Ski schools offer lessons for this age group that focus on improving skiing skills and having fun on the slopes.
  • Husky Rides: Children can enjoy a dog-sledding experience with professional mushers in the Chamonix Valley.
  • Snowshoeing: A fun way to explore the winter landscape, guided snowshoe tours are available for families.
  • Paradis des Praz: In summer, this outdoor playground offers pony rides, paddling in the stream, and an adventure park among the trees.

For Teens (13-18 years):

  • Teen Ski Lessons: Ski schools often offer teen-specific lessons that cater to all levels, from beginners to those wanting to learn freestyle or off-piste skiing.
  • Mountaineering and Climbing: Chamonix is a world-renowned mountaineering hub, and older children can try mountaineering, rock climbing, or ice climbing courses.
  • Paragliding: With a professional guide, teenagers can experience the thrill of paragliding over the valley.
  • Adventure Parks: Parks like the Chamonix Adventure Park have a variety of high-rope courses, zip lines, and other challenges.
  • Mountain Biking: In the summer, the ski lifts also transport mountain bikes, and there are a variety of trails to suit different abilities.
  • Rafting and Canyoning: In the summer, older children can try white water rafting or canyoning.

Please note that age restrictions can vary, and children’s interests and abilities should also be considered. Always check with the activity provider for the most current information. It’s also important to keep in mind the potential risks and safety measures associated with each activity, especially those that are outdoors or involve physical exertion.

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