• British School of Geneva
  • KSI Morges
  • Raimbow Play Systems
  • Brillantmont
  • Signal de Bougy

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Photo courtesy of GEMS World Academy - Switzerland

When you’re working on a website like www.knowitall.ch, it makes good sense to check your site statistics regularly to see which articles are generating the most interest. That way we can be sure to offer the kind of information our readers are looking for.

When we checked the stats for this week, we noticed that two of our most popular articles were the ones we wrote on summer camps in 2015, and then again in 2016! So we thought it was about time we updated these articles to let you know what is on offer this year for your kids. We have tried to cover all the recommendations that we have received - everything from half-day workshops through to week-long camps – if we have missed any, please let us know!

Just click on the links for more detailed information on activities covered, age range, location, dates and price.

Robotics, programming and coding are proving to be big hits with our IT-savvy kids, and we currently have 3 camps listed on the website, with talk of another one being announced soon…watch this space for more information.

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Come stimulate your senses and have fun learning a new language too!

After 7 years’ experience of providing programmes and workshops oriented around the performing arts, Le Café Vivant has just announced the opening of a new, purpose-built academy center in Gingins for the sustainable development of the human being.

Scheduled to open on 1 July 2017, the academy’s mission is to propose programs for both adolescents and adults that promote the positive evolution of the human being through the practice of:

  • Artistic activities: singing, dancing, theatre, musical comedy, choir
  • Personal and professional development programs: yoga, pilates, …
  • Lifelong learning programs

Open Days / Portes Ouvertes

To inform the public about the center and its activities, Le Café Vivant is running a series of Open Days throughout the summer. You are invited to join them for drinks and nibbles on:

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Do you ever wonder what’s going on beneath the water’s surface on Lake Geneva?  Would you like to explore the hidden depths of the lake and make your very own discoveries?

If so, then you should think about getting in touch with Geneva’s local scuba diving specialists, GO Dive, who are offering knowitall.ch readers an impressive 10% discount on all PADI scuba diving lessons booked this summer. For younger fans of the water, GO Dive is also offering a Fr. 100.- discount on its new summer camp for teens aged 15 to 19.

PADI Diving Courses

GO Dive offers a comprehensive range of courses for all diver levels, including both private and group lessons for beginner and certified divers, as well as those who want to specialize in a particular area such as underwater photography.  You can see the full range of courses on offer here: http://www.go-dive.ch/courses/

GO Dive course offers are typically ‘all-inclusive’, so if you see other dive operators offering cheaper course rates, then you may still have to factor in certification fees, course material, and the renting of diving equipment. If you have your own equipment, then the GO Dive price will be reduced appropriately.  So, when you book with GO Dive you can expect to receive:

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Montreux Jazz Festival © 2016 FFJM - Emiliem Itim

From 30 June to 15 July, sensational youths and breakthrough bands of the moment will punctuate the free stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival. More than 250 concerts, DJ sets, and workshops await festivalgoers at 8 venues, from noon to 5am.

Click here to download the full programme of free events!

Look out this year for: Cigarettes After Sex, Daniel Avery, Flavia Coelho, Cosmo Pyke, Nicola Cruz, Hunee, Jessy Lanza, Gaby Moreno, Pandour, The Pirouettes, Polo & Pan, Roméo Elvis, Schlømo, Andy Stott, Junior Tshaka, Warhaus, Whitney, Yellow Teeth...

The free programming also showcases local artists including more than 80 from Switzerland this year. For the 51st edition of the Festival, Lisztomania takes over from the Rock Cave with an eclectic program steeped in discoveries and indie music.

The Festival's free programming also includes lakeside promenades, with colorful neon lights, bars, and food stands. A new 150-meter-long terrace, overhanging the lake, will make it easier to circulate on the lakefront. The total surface area built over the water has grown from 1500 to 2400m2.

geneva cultural trails

The official website of the City of Geneva has updated the English pages of its cultural section with a series of heritage trails that take in local museums and landmarks.

Ideal for both local residents and visiting tourists, the trails are published with printable illustrated maps and audio commentaries, which include special interviews with representatives from the museums.  The maps include a wealth of useful information on nearby restaurants, toilets, Wi Fi hotspots and transport, and can be followed on foot or bicycle. There is an audio commentary for each of the main attractions featured on the Cultural Trails, which can be downloaded free of charge via the website or via the iTunes store before you set out on your walk.

At the time of writing there are currently 4 Cultural Trails available on the website, covering separate districts within Geneva. Each of these has its own unique range of attractions ranging from museums and monuments through to public works of art and interesting historical anecdotes! These are:

Trail 1, Nations:
Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – Museum of Swiss People in the World – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum – Ariana Museum – The League of Nations Museum – History of Science Museum

Trail 2, Tranchées:
Museum of Art and History – Cabinet d’arts graphiques (prints and drawings) – Baur Foundation, the Museum of Far Eastern Art – Natural History Museum