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A local mother, Marine Sinclair, saw a need for a children's museum in the Geneva area. With the grand opening looming, knowitall.ch thought an article would drum up just the right amount of interest.

Accessible for children as young as age 3, this new museum with an unprecedented concept in the region, will offer two exhibition spaces dedicated to scientific and digital fields, as well as environmental awareness.
Their motto? Forbidden not to touch!

A museum to make the world of science accessible to all
The Exploracentre intends to meet the expectations of the inhabitants of the region by offering the first museum of playful and interactive learning dedicated to children. The idea is to propose a new offer to the Lake Geneva area of creative, innovative, and technical activities for the whole family, and thus easily relay scientific, digital, and environmental concepts.

A new exhibition and workshop space in the heart of Geneva
After several months of preparation and work, the Exploracentre is preparing to receive the explorers of all ages in the heart of the Bains neighborhood in Geneva. With a space of more than 400m2 spread over two floors, the museum offers about thirty interactive experiments. While the first level hosts a renewed thematic exhibition each year, the second offers independent evolving experiments each month. In addition, three rooms are dedicated to workshops, to school groups, to leisure centers, and to the organization of birthday parties.

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With the summer holidays almost upon us, many of you will be starting to think about how best to keep your children entertained over the vacation period.  As usual at this time of the year, we have received lots of emails from camp organizers sending us details of their latest activities for kids.

In this article, 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. If you want to see the camps listed by date, then the best place to look is the monthly view of our Activities Calendar - Kids! You can also see camps listed on our Pinterest Board for Kids Activities.

Technology camps are hugely popular this year, with many new companies offering activities for kids in this region.

Photography and film making continues to be a popular topic for teens this summer, with 4 organizations offering courses in English this summer. Check out the following links for more information.

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Special rate for our readers on diving courses, including kids, at GO Dive!

Given the popularity of last year's discount to our readers, GO Dive scuba-diving specialists have come up with a package of exclusive offers that is sure to attract the more adventurous holiday-makers amongst you!

a) PADI Open Water Diver qualification

If you're heading off to somewhere exotic this summer and don't want to waste your time learning how to scuba dive when you're there, then you now have the opportunity to get your PADI Open Water Diver qualification before you leave. GO Dive have put aside 3 weeks in July for any knowitall.ch reader wishing to sign up for a 4-day course in a small group of 3 to 4 people for just Fr. 777.- per adult (instead of the standard price of Fr. 878.-) and Fr. 700.- per student aged 12+ years.  The following dates are being proposed: 9 - 12 July, 16 - 19 July, or 23 - 26 July 2018. Full course description here: http://www.go-dive.ch/courses/dive-beginners/

To encourage more families with kids to try out scuba diving, GO Dive are also running two special diving options throughout the summer.

b) Discover Diving in Family mornings

Every Wednesday morning throughout August and September (from 9h30 until 13h) a family with 1 to 2 adults and 1 to 3 children aged 12+ (max 4 people) can dive together for the fixed price of Fr. 150.- This is a special offer for our readers - the special family dive price would normally be Fr. 180.- (or Fr. 312.- if paying the standard individual prices). Full course description here: http://www.go-dive.ch/courses/dive-beginners/

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Special discount for our readers on this year’s summer camps!

With all the kids clubs and summer camp activities that are now on offer in this region, it can be really difficult for parents to choose between them all. That’s why our guidebook, Know-it-all passport®, can be so helpful in highlighting those organizations that stand out from the crowd, listing businesses that have been recommended to us because of the high level of service that they offer their clients.

For the upcoming edition of Know-it-all passport® due to be published in August, we have received lots of recommendations for many new organizations to be included in the book, so if you want to make sure that your child doesn’t miss out then you should head to one of our local suppliers before the new season of club activities begins in September.

However, you don’t need to wait until August to find out what Gymboree Play and Music Nyon has to offer their kids.  Set up in Spring 2017, this new franchise has recently been in touch with knowitall.ch to offer our readers a special discount on this year’s summer camps.

Gymboree Play and Music Nyon

Run by business manager, Claudia Stoppiello, Gymboree Play and Music Nyon provides classes and equipment that have been specially designed to nurture the development of young children aged 2 months to 5 years.  With over 40 years’ experience serving 700 locations in 50 countries, the Gymboree concept is based on the development of the ‘whole child’ by integrating the very best of physical, cognitive, and social activities.  

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25% discount for our readers on full-day summer camps in Geneva!

2018 is definitely the year of technology camps! With summer approaching we’ve had lots of requests to post tech camps on our website, but what’s great is that they all have something special to offer.

And TechLabs is no exception!  Launched 3 years ago in Basel by American entrepreneur, Joel Radvanyi, this rapidly growing business is now expanding into the Lake Geneva region with a series of exciting summer camps for kids.  One of the few English-speaking organizations in Switzerland to offer weekly after-school classes as well as holiday camp programs, TechLabs provides students aged 8 to 16 years old the opportunity to get hands-on experience of state-of-the-art technology like 3D printers, Robot Kits, Raspberry Pi's, Apple iOS, mBlocks, Arduino, and Lego, not to mention airplane and rocket parts!

So what makes TechLabs special?

According to Joel, TechLabs offers a unique approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) education and holiday camps.  Their modular approach focuses on real world skills so that kids experience problem solving, prototyping, and design thinking.  TechLabs intructors demonstrate through their modules how the concepts that students learn can complement disciplines like math, engineering and arts as well.