Summer Camps for Kids (EN & PT)

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(versão completa em Português mais abaixo)

Hi there! While you can already find some online lists of Summer Camps here and there, this post will show you my best pics.

Arts & Crafts, in Howald

What: Several art workshops, including painting, singing, mosaic, theatre and much more.

Who: 8 – 12yo

When: 13th to 17th July; 31st August to 4th September (9am to 5.30pm)

Price: €295

Address: Foyer des Arts, 15 rue des Scillas, Howald

Additional Info:http://www.foyerdesarts.lu/stage-vacances-artistiques

Dancing with Sophie, in Sandweiler

What: Dance workshop (from ballet to hip-hop)

Who: From 5yo

When: First 2 weeks of August (final show for parents on the second Saturday of August). From 5 to 7yo (9am to 12am); from 8 to 12yo (2pm to 5pm); 13yo+ (6pm to 9pm).

Price: N/A

Address: Topsquash Sandweiler, 25 r. de la Gare, Sandweiler

Additional Info: sophiewhitmore1@gmail.com

Entrepreneurship at the Future Lab

What: Workshop on entrepreneurship and excellence. It is aimed to help teenagers defining their future professional career.

Who: 16 – 18yo

When: 13th to 24th July (the registration was until 31st May, but you can always try your luck)

Price: N/A

Address: N/A

Additional Infohttp://www.luxfuturelab.lu/training/summer-school/

Horse ridding, in Merscheid

What: Introduction to horse ridding, carriage, games and cooking.

Who: 6 – 13yo

When: 20th to 24th July; 17th to 21st August, 31st August to 4th September

Price: €215

Address: Liewenshaff de la Päerd’s Atelier,32 Duerfstrooss, Merscheid

Additional Info:http://www.liewenshaff.lu/Colonie.html

Languages and other activities at Languages.lu, in Merl

What: Language training (English, French and German) usine interactive experiences and arts

Who:  6 to 18yo

When: 15th June to 11th September

Price: From €324 (per week, half-day)

Address: 6 Rue Marguerite de Brabant, Merl

Additional infohttp://www.languages.lu/language-camps/

Languages at the French Academy, in Lux city

What: French training for beginner and intermediate learners

Who: Children from all ages (it depends on the French level)

When: 10/08 – 14/08, 17/08 – 04/09, 24/08 – 28/08 (das 9h às 12h)

Price: €350 per week (including lessons, snack and drink)

Address: 42 Rue de Hollerich, Luxembourg

Additional Infohttp://www.french-academy.lu/411783172

Languages with Berlitz, in Luxembourg and cross border

What: Summer camps combining language training with inter-personal experiences (English, French, German and Dutch). Overnight included.

Who:  7 to 17yo

When: Several dates available (it depends on the language and local)

Price: Several prices (it depends on the date, language and local)

Address: Luxembourg and cross border

Additional Info: http://www.berlitz.lu/en/kids_teens/kids_teens_camps/current_dates/

Multi-activities at the Little Gym, in Bertrange

What: Holidays workshops with a duration of 3h each. Having in mind a pre-defined theme, there will be sports and art activities.

Who: 3 – 12yo

When: 6th July to 4th September

Price: N/A

Address: 5 Rue Pletzer, Bertrange

Additional Info:http://www.thelittlegym.eu/lu-en/luxembourg/camps-schedules-2015

Multi-activities at the Zenergy Kids, in Capellen

What: Summer camp that includes several sports activities (including karate, of course), psychomotricity and arts

Who: 4 – 12yo

When: 20th to 24th July, 27th to 31st July, 3rd to 7th August and 31st August to 4th September (8am to 5pm)

Price: N/A

Address: Zenergy Kids, 83 parc d’activités, in Capellen

Additional Infohttp://www.zenergykids.com/#!-stages/c380

Multi-activities, in Bambesch

What: Outdoor games, sports and much more, in Bambesch. (The registration ended last 26th May, but you can always try your luck)

Who: 5 – 12yo

When: 20th July to 12th August (1.30pm to 6pm)

Price: Free

Address: Specific buses will do the transportation of the participants to the local (detailed info will be provided to the parents)

Additional Infohttp://capel.lu/AKTIOUN+BAMB%C3%8BSCH-p-9.html

Multi-activities, in Luxembourg

What: Outdoor games, sports and culture.

Who: 13 to 17yo

When: 20th July to 12th August (2pm to 6pm)

Price: Free

Address: Specific buses will do the transportation of the participants to the local (detailed info will be provided to the parents)

Additional Infohttp://capel.lu/AKTIOUN+JUGEND+AKTIV-p-3.html

Multi-activities at the Top Squash, in Sandweiler

What: Several sport activities, as squash, soccer and other games (food and drinks will be available for the participants)

Who: 5 – 12yo

When: 13th July to 7th August (10am to 4pm)

Price: N/A

Address: TopSquash, Zone Sportive, 25 rue de la Gare, Sandweiler

Additional Info:http://www.topsquash.lu/Kids/KidsandCampsatTopSquash/tabid/341/Default.aspx

Multi-activities at the Zig Zag, in  Bertrange

What: Fun at the indoor playground Zig Zag, including treasure hunts, cooking classes, painting and much more (full day or half day)

Who: 4 – 10yo

When: All Summer

Price: N/A

Address: Zigzag, 7 rue Pletzer, Bertrange

Additional Info:http://zigzag.lu/web/myportfolio/ete/

Multi-activities, in Rodange

What: Summer stages with many activities, from sports to arts and games.

Who: 3 – 12yo

When: 20th July to 4th September, from 9am to 4.30pm (free to include extra hours from 8am to 9am and from 4.30pm to 6pm)

Price: €80 per week (€60 for residentes at the comune of Pétange)

Address: Sportshal, Rue Jos Moscardo, 9, Rodange

Additional Infohttp://www.bdkstages.be/bellux/semainesList/rod-5/vacances-d-ete/

Poney Ridding, in Findel

What: Summer stages to interact with poneys.

Who: Children (age not specified)

When: 7th july to 27th August (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Price: €100 per day (€60 per half-day)

Address: Rob’s Arena, Findel (behing Ferrero building and the Police Station)

Additional Infohttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1631302430425875/

Soccer with Klinik Academy, in Hamm and Merl

What: Soccer stages

Who: 4 – 18yo

When: 29th June to 21th August (9am to 4.30pm)

Price: From €185/week

Address: ISL, Merl and FC Benfica Hamm, Hamm

Additional Infohttp://www.octopus-link.com/#!camp/c10j3

Soccer with Soccer-Soccer, in Merl

What: Soccer stages

Who: 4 – 17yo

When: 29th June to 11th September (9am to 4pm, with the possibility to extend from 7.30am to 6pm)

Price: From €200/week

Address: ISL, Merl and Stade Prince Jean, Merl

Additional Infohttp://www.2xsoccer.lu/index.php/2015-camps-schedule.html

Tennis, in Bonnevoie

What: Tennis classes that can be combined with other activities.

Who: Children (age not specified)

When: 6th July to 13th September

Price: From €170/week (it depends on the package)

Address: Tennis-club Bonnevoie, 115 Rue Anatole France, Bonnevoie

Additional Infohttp://www.tcbonnevoie.com/presentation-des-stages/

Tennis, Languages and other Activities, in Bonnevoie

What: Tennis classes that can be combined with other activities and language training (French, English, German and Luxembourgish).

Who:  6 to 17yo

When: 29th July to 11th September (Languages); 6th July to 11th September (Laguanges, tennis and multi-activities)

Price: From €300/week (it depends on the package)

Address: Tennis-club Bonnevoie, 115 Rue Anatole France, Bonnevoie / Inlingua, Inligua 5 rue de Hesperange, Bonnevoie Additional Info: http://www.inlingua.lu/en/category/enfant/

Tennis, Languages and other Activities, in Steinfort

What: Language training combined with tennis lessons and other activities.

Who: 5 to 18yo

When: 20th to 24th July, 27th to 31st July, 3rd to 7th August, 10th to 14th August, 17th to 21st August

Price: From €90 (it depends on the package)

Address: Tennis Club Steinfort, 23 rue de Schwarzenhof, em Steinfort

Additional Info:http://www.tcsteinfort.lu/images/PDF/stages_%20ete%20_2015.pdf

Tennis and multi-activities, in Bambesch

What: Tennis stages that can be combined with other sport activities.

Who:  5yo+

When: 13th to 17th July, 20th to 24th July, 27th to 31st July, 3rd to 7th August, 10th to 14th August

Price: From €145

Address: Centre Sportif Luxembourg, Bambesch

Additional info: http://www.tennisspora.lu/stages-tennis-multi-activites-ete-2015/

Theatre, in Neudorf

What: Theatre workshops(French and Luxembourgish), for several levels, at the Private School of Theatre.

Who: 8 – 15yo

When: 6th July to 14th August

Price: €170 per week

Address: Salle Le 10, 595 Route de Neudorf, Neudorf

Additional Info: http://www.ecoletheatre.lu/news.php?ref=36

Other Summer Camps

Other Summer Camps are available throughout Luxembourg and in the neighboring countries, especially for older kids and teenagers. The website Colonies is the best source for that and it’s in constant update.

Have a Great Summer in Family!!

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Para conhecer a lista completa em Português, visita a página de internet do seu Contacto!

Arte, em Howald

O quê: Diversos ateliers de arte que incluem pintura, canto, mosaico, teatro e muito mais. Para quem: 8 aos 12 anos Quando: 13 a 17 de Julho e de 31 de Agosto a 4 de Setembro (9h às 17h30) Preço: €295 Endereço: Foyer des Arts, 15 rue des Scillas, em Howald Informações Adicionais: http://www.foyerdesarts.lu/stage-vacances-artistiques

Cavalos, em Merscheid

O quê: Introdução à equitação, passeios de carruagem, jogos, cozinha e muito mais. Para quem: 6 aos 13 anos Quando: 20 a 24 de Julho, 17 a 21 de Agosto, 31 Agosto a 4 de Setembro Preço: €215 Endereço: Liewenshaff de la Päerd’s Atelier,32 Duerfstrooss, em Merscheid Informações Adicionais: http://www.liewenshaff.lu/Colonie.html

Dança com Sophie, em Sandweiler

O quê: Estágio de danças (desde ballet a hip-hop) Para quem: A partir dos 5 anos Quando: Primeiras duas semanas de Agosto (e espectáculo no segundo Sábado de Agosto). Entre os 5 e os 7 anos (das 9h às 12h), entre os 8 e os 12 anos (das 14h às 17h), a partir dos 13 anos (18h às 21h). Preço: A pedido Endereço: Topsquash Sandweiler, 25 r. de la Gare, 5218 Sandweiler Informações Adicionais: sophiewhitmore1@gmail.com

Empreendedorismo no Laboratório do Futuro

O quê: Estágio que incide sobre empreendedorismo e procura da excelência, para ajudar adolescentes a planear a sua carreira profissional Para quem: Jovens entre os 16 e os 18 anos Quando: De 13 a 24 de Julho (registo deverá ser feito até ao dia 31 de Maio) Preço: Sob consulta Endereço: Sob consulta Informações Adicionais: http://www.luxfuturelab.lu/training/summer-school/

Futebol na Klinik Academy, em Hamm ou Merl

O quê: Estágios de futebol. Para quem: 4 aos 18 anos Quando: 29 Junho a 21 de Agosto (9h às 16h30) Preço: A partir de €185 por semana Endereço: ISL, em Merl e FC Benfica Hamm, em Hamm Informações Adicionais: http://www.octopus-link.com/#!camp/c10j3

Futebol no Soccer-Soccer, em Merl

O quê: Estágios de futebol. Para quem: 4 aos 17 anos Quando: 29 Junho a 11 de Setembro (9h às 16h, com possibilidade de estender das 7h30 às 18h) Preço: A partir de €200 por semana Endereço: ISL, em Merl e Stade Prince Jean, em Merl Informações Adicionais: http://www.2xsoccer.lu/index.php/2015-camps-schedule.html

Línguas e outras actividades na Languages.lu, em Merl

O quê: Cursos de línguas (inglês, francês e alemão) através de experiências interactivas e artes manuais Para quem: Dos 6 aos 18 anos Quando: Entre 15 de Junho e 11 de Setembro Preço: A partir de €324 (por semana, meio dia) Endereço: 6 Rue Marguerite de Brabant, em Merl Informações Adicionais: http://www.languages.lu/language-camps/

Línguas na Academia de francês, na capital

O quê: Aulas de francês para iniciantes e nível intermédio Para quem: Crianças de várias idades (depende do nível de francês) Quando: 10/08 – 14/08, 17/08 – 04/09, 24/08 – 28/08 (das 9h às 12h) Preço: €350 por semana (inclui aulas, snack e bebida) Endereço: 42 Rue de Hollerich, na Capital Informações Adicionais: http://www.french-academy.lu/411783172

Línguas no Berlitz, no Luxemburgo e arredores

O quê: Campos de férias que combinam a aprendizagem de línguas com o convívio entre jovens ao longo de vários dias (inglês, francês, alemão e holandês). Com estadia incluída. Para quem: Dos 7 aos 17 anos Quando: Várias datas disponíveis (depende da língua escolhida e do local) Preço: Vários preços (depende da data, língua escolhida e do local) Endereço: Várias datas disponíveis (depende das datas escolhidas) Informações Adicionais:http://www.berlitz.lu/en/kids_teens/kids_teens_camps/current_dates/

Multi-actividades no Little Gym, em Bertrange

O quê: Ateliers de férias com a duração de 3h cada. Com base num tema predefinido, as actividades incluem exercício físico e artes. Para quem: 3 aos 12 anos Quando: 6 de Julho a 4 de Setembro Preço: Sob consulta Endereço: 5 Rue Pletzer, em Bertrange Informações Adicionais: http://www.thelittlegym.eu/lu-en/luxembourg/camps-schedules-2015

Multi-actividades no Zenergy Kids, em Capellen

O quê: Estágio de verão que combina vários desportos (incluindo Karaté, claro), psicomotricidade e artes, como desenho, pintura e escultura Para quem: 4 aos 12 anos Quando: 20 a 24 Julho, 27 a 31 Julho, 3 a 7 Agosto e 31 Agosto a 4 Setembro (das 8h às 17h) Preço: Sob consulta Endereço: Zenergy Kids, 83 parc d’activités, em Capellen Informações Adicionais: http://www.zenergykids.com/#!-stages/c380

Multi-actividades, em Bambesch

O quê: Jogos ao ar livre, desporto e muito mais estão incluídos neste estágio de Verão em Bambesch. (Registo terminou a 26 de Maio, mas poderá ainda tentar a sua sorte junto da organização) Para quem: 5 aos 12 anos Quando: 20 de Julho a 12 de Agosto (13h30 às 18h) Preço: Gratuito Endereço: Autocarros especialmente designados para este efeito estarão à disposição dos participantes (lista das paragens exactas será divulgada aos pais, cerca de 2 semanas antes do início da actividade) Informações Adicionais: http://capel.lu/AKTIOUN+BAMB%C3%8BSCH-p-9.html

Multi-actividades, no Luxemburgo

O quê: Programa de actividades que incluem desporto, jogos interactivos e cultura. Para quem: 13 aos 17 anos Quando: 20 de Julho a 12 de Agosto (14h às 18h) Preço: Gratuito Endereço: Autocarros especialmente designados para este efeito estarão à disposição dos participantes (mais informações será disponibilizada aos pais) Informações Adicionais: http://capel.lu/AKTIOUN+JUGEND+AKTIV-p-3.html

Multi-actividades no Top Squash, em Sandweiler

O quê: Diversas actividades desportivas, como squash, futebol e outros jogos (comida e bebida será fornecida aos participantes) Para quem: 5 aos 12 anos Quando: 13 de Julho a 7 de Agosto (10h às 16h) Preço: Sob consulta Endereço: TopSquash, Zone Sportive, 25 rue de la Gare, em Sandweiler Informações Adicionais:http://www.topsquash.lu/Kids/KidsandCampsatTopSquash/tabid/341/Default.aspx

Multi-actividades no Zig Zag, em Bertrange

O quê: Diversão no espaço Zig Zag, que inclui jogos de caça ao tesouro, aulas de culinária, corridas, pintura e muito mais (dia inteiro ou meio dia) Para quem: 4 aos 10 anos Quando: Todo o Verão Preço: Sob consulta Endereço: Zigzag, 7 rue Pletzer, em Bertrange Informações Adicionais: http://zigzag.lu/web/myportfolio/ete/

Multi-actividades, em Rodange

O quê: Estágios de Verão com actividades muito variadas, que vão desde desportos a artes e jogos. Para quem: 3 aos 12 anos Quando: 20 de Julho a 4 de Setembro, das 9h às 16h30 (guarda das crianças será gratuita entre as 8h e as 9h e entre as 16h30 e as 18h) Preço: €80 por semana (€60 para os habitantes da comuna de Pétange) Endereço: Sportshal, Rue Jos Moscardo, 9, em Rodange Informações Adicionais: http://www.bdkstages.be/bellux/semainesList/rod-5/vacances-d-ete/

Póneis, em Findel

O quê: Estágios que incluem a interacção com póneis. Para Quem: Crianças (idade não especificada) Quando: 7 de Julho a 27 de Agosto (Terças e Quintas-feiras) Preço: €100 por dia (€60 por meio dia) Endereço: Rob’s Arena, em Findel (por detrás do edifício da Ferrero e da Polícia) Informações Adicionais: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1631302430425875/

Ténis, em Bonnevoie

O quê: Aulas de ténis que podem ser combinadas com outras actividades. A guarda da criança será gratuita a partir das 8h (até as aulas começarem) e entre as 16h30 e as 17h30. Para quem: Crianças (idade não especificada) Quando: 6 Julho a 13 de Setembro Preço: A partir de €170/semana (depende do pacote escolhido) Endereço: Tennis-club Bonnevoie, 115 Rue Anatole France, em Bonnevoie Informações Adicionais: http://www.tcbonnevoie.com/presentation-des-stages/

Ténis, línguas e outras actividades, em Bonnevoie

O quê: Cursos de línguas combinados com aulas de ténis ou outras actividades (francês, inglês, Alemão e Luxemburguês). Para quem: Entre os 6 e os 17 anos Quando: 29 de Julho a 11 de Setembro (línguas); 6 de Julho a 11 de Setembro (línguas, ténis e multi-actividades) Preço: A partir de €300/semana (depende do pacote escolhido) Endereço: Tennis-club Bonnevoie, 115 Rue Anatole France, em Bonnevoie / Inlingua, Inligua 5 rue de Hesperange, em Bonnevoie Informações Adicionais: http://www.inlingua.lu/en/category/enfant/

Ténis, línguas e outras actividades, em Steinfort

O quê: Cursos de línguas combinados com aulas de ténis ou outras actividades (francês, inglês, alemão e luxemburguês). Para quem: 5 aos 18 anos Quando: 20 a 24 de Julho, 27 a 31 de Julho, 3 a 7 de Agosto, 10 a 14 de Agosto, 17 a 21 de Agosto Preço: A partir de €90 (depende do pacote escolhido) Endereço: Tennis Club Steinfort, 23 rue de Schwarzenhof, em Steinfort Informações Adicionais:http://www.tcsteinfort.lu/images/PDF/stages_%20ete%20_2015.pdf

Ténis e multi-actividades, em Bambesch

O quê: Estágios de ténis que podem também ser combinados com outras actividades desportivas (dia inteiro ou meio dia). Para quem: A partir de 5 anos (diferentes níveis) Quando: 13 a 17 de Julho, 20 a 24 de Julho, 27 a 31 de Julho, 3 a 7 de Agosto, 10 a 14 de Agosto Preço: A partir de €145 Endereço: Centre Sportif Luxembourg, em Bambesch Informações Adicionais: http://www.tennisspora.lu/stages-tennis-multi-activites-ete-2015/

Teatro, em Neudorf

O quê: Estágios de teatro (francês e Luxemburguês), em vários níveis, pela Escola Privada de Teatro do Luxemburgo. Para quem: 8 aos 15 anos Quando: 6 de Julho a 14 de Agosto Preço: €170 por semana Endereço: Salle Le 10, 595 Route de Neudorf, em Neudorf Informações Adicionais: http://www.ecoletheatre.lu/news.php?ref=36 Outros campos de férias estão disponíveis um pouco por todo o Luxemburgo e arredores, principalmente para crianças mais crescidas e adolescentes. A página de internet Coloniesestá em constante actualização. Rute Vendeirinho

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Good to Know: Activities for Mommy&Kids on rainy days

Good to Know

{Updated article – 25/02/2015}

It’s true. We are almost in March and the cold and rainy days are still out there. Almost every single day… And for many of us, moms to little kids, that would mean… “Oh no! How am I going to entertain these little crazy (but oh so sweet) “? So, let’s face it. We definitely need to figure out some options rather than staying at home, right? Here is a compilation of some ideas gathered here and there, most of them already tried and proven by my self, obviously! 😉 This list is especially written for stay-at-home moms, but of course the ideas also apply to all working parents looking for some activities for the weekends. And please, I’d love to hear from you too! I’m sure there are plenty of other fun things to do out there during these rainy days!

1. Mom is in the mood for a coffee/tea…

Coffee

>>>> And your kiddos are still young babies, not crawling around… Then my favorite options would go to:

Konrad Cafe (7, rue du Nord, L-2229 Luxembourg). It is a very cosy cafe and the staff is very nice. Good coffee and cake! It is usually a quiet place during the morning. Best time to go there? Definitely between 10:00 and 11:30.

– Golden Bean (23, rue Chimay, L-1333 Luxembourg). This is the place for truly coffee lovers where you can have a decent coffee and a piece of delicious cake. Although the place is not that big, you can fit a stroller in out of the rush hours with no problem. Best time to go there? Week days and, definitely , between 9:00 and 11:30

– EXKi Grand Rue (72, Grand Rue, L-1160 Luxembourg). It is spacious enough to bring the stroller in and it is usually a quiet place during the morning. Best time to go there? Week days and, definitely , between 9:00 and 11:30. >>>> And your kiddos are already crawling around, running, jumping… Then my favourite options would go to:

– ZigZag Indoor Playground (7, rue Pletzer, L-8080 Bertrange). It is an indoor playground with 2 separate play areas. Upstairs for babies/toddlers up to 3yo and downstairs for older kids. There is a cafeteria in front of the bigger kids play area, but you can also ask to have your coffee next to the baby area (the staff will be happy to bring it to you). It is worth to subscribe the fidelity card as it can easily become expensive to go there very often. Best time to go there? Any day, except for Mondays (closed). Just be sure to check online the opening times as it varies, depending on the day.

Findel Airport. There is a Fischer coffee shop next to the big windows from where the kids can spot the airplanes. Also, plenty of space for the kids to run. The only thig down, I must say, is the price of the car parking.

– Cactus Coffee Shop next to the main Restaurant at Belle Etoile Shopping Centre (Route d’Arlon, L-8050 Bertrange). There is small play area next to the tables, so you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while the kids play. Then take the elevator to the 1st floor and visit the animal shop. If you are lucky, the staff can even let them cuddle a little rabbit! After, you can also let the kids play with the many electronic cars/trains/trucks in the aisles (actually, you don’t even need to spend any coins, as long as there are no other kids waiting…). Best time to go there? Definitely during the morning or between 3pm and 5pm. Otherwise it is usually crowded, especially during lunch time.

– IKEA (Rue de Grass 100, 6700 Arlon, Belgium). It has a spacious cafeteria with a nice little play corner. Plus, the coffee is free for early visitors (9:45 – 10:00). And, you know, we always need to check around for something useful for the house, right? 🙂 Best time to go there? Anytime really, for a coffee, for a lunch… But definitely less crowded during the morning.

MUDAM Cafe in Kirchberg (3, Park Dräi Eechelen, L-1499 Luxembourg. Although it doesn’t have a playroom, it provides plenty of room for the kids to run. The only thing down is the fact that you need to buy a museum entrance ticket to be able to visit the cafeteria…

Indyland Indoor Playground (11 Rue du Brill, 3898 Foetz, Luxembourg). This indoor playground is perfect for little ones. I would say the age range 2-6yo is the perfect one. Plus, the cafeteria is right in front of all the action, so it’s quite easy to keep an eye on the children.

Gold Rush by Fun City Indoor Playground (33, rue Robert Krieps – L-4702 Pétange, Luxembourg). The brand new indoor playground just opened its doors and it’s located just a few kilometers south of Luxembourg city and it also includes a bowling area for some extra fun. It has two separate areas by age (0 to 3yo and 4 to 14yo) but as they are next to each other, it’s also perfect for moms to more than 1 kiddo. Plus, everything is brand new 🙂

– Atomic Kids Indoor Playground (Rue de l’Hydrion 17, 6700 Arlon, Belgium). This indoor playground is just the right size for little ones to play and it is especially good when you have two little kiddos (or more) in different ages. There is also a small cafeteria just in front of the play area. Definitely less crowded than the other ones in Luxembourg. Best time to go there? Anytime, just make sure to check their opening times online.

– YoYo Indoor Playground (105, rue des Bruyères, L-1274 Howald). This place is perfect for moms with very energetic boys in age range 4 to 10 years old, as the play structure is huge and adventure-themed. However, it is almost impossible to have a constant eye on them, unless you do some ‘exercise’ climbing up and down all the time! The only thing down I must say is the price. Entrance and some food becomes quite expensive… Best time to go there? Anytime during the early morning and afternoons after 3pm. You should definitely avoid lunch hours as this place is also a restaurant serving people working in the many surrounding offices.

– Indyland Indoor Playground (11, Rue du Brill, 3898 Foetz). It’s a big indoor playground perfect for every age, but especially for kids older than 3yo. Definitely less crowded than the other ones in Luxembourg. Best time to go there? Anytime, just make sure to check their opening times online.

– X-Treme Bowling (11, Rue du Brill, 3898 Foetz). Different from the usual indoor playgrounds and good for kids to practice some gross-motor skills (4+). Best time to go there?  Anytime, just make sure to check their opening times online.

2. Mom is in the mood for a lunch…

lunch

Well, sometimes is also good to have a change in weekdays lunch, right? But really, going out with kids for a proper meal without hubby can be quite a challenge! So here are some ideas that can ease that task and make it actually possible and enjoyable! So, what exactly do I look for when I’m alone with the kids for a lunch out? The obvious kids-friendly atmosphere, preferably including a small kids corner and some kids-friendly meal options.

All Indoor Playgrounds (mentioned above) serve meals at lunch time and it also has some kids-friendly options. While waiting for the food, the kids can always spend some energy in the playground.

Little Britain (1C, Route d’Arlon, L-8310 Capellen, Luxembourg). It’s such a cosy place to have a simple and relaxed meal. Plus, you can always combine it with some British/American grocery shopping 🙂

Pizza Hut in Strassen (277, route d’Arlon)  has a renovated little indoor playground. Make sure you go early (by 11:30, preferably) and ask for a table next to the play area (“aire de jeux”). Pizza Hut in Beggen (154, rue de Beggen) is also a very good option.

McDonald’s in Bereldange (1A, rue du Pont, Bereldange) has a nice indoor playground next to the tables. McDonald’s in Strassen (168 Route d’Arlon) has an outdoor playground and also a small indoor playground upstairs. Plus, the staff is very nice and are happy to help you carry your items upstairs. I know, you should be now thinking: McDonald’s?? Fast food for young kids? Well, we all need some fast food every now and then, right? Plus the kids love it, especially when they know that’s a one time special treat.

Antica Trattoria in Belair (166 avenue du X Septembre) is a more fancy option, but quite nice for every now and then. Italian restaurants are always a success with little ones and this one even have a little play corner.

Cactus Restaurant in Howald has a little corner with some tables to have lunch, next to a small play area. As it is a self-service kind of restaurant, it is always easy to get some kids-friendly food.

Cactus Restaurant at the Belle Etoile Shopping Centre (Route d’Arlon, L-8050 Bertrange) also has a little play corner next to the tables, plus the self-service ‘add-on’.

Ikea (already mentioned above) is always an option. Who doesn’t like the Swedish meatballs?

3. Mom needs to meet other moms and be able to chat with someone older that 3yo

– Join the AWCL (American Women’s Club of Luxembourg) and the BLC (British Ladies Club). Both clubs have specific groups for moms and kids and organise several meetings and playgroups every now and then.

– Join some gym classes at LittleGym. – Join some music classes at KinderMusik. Offering a complete range of class options for different ages, Kindermusik program surely engages every child, providing a good quality time for the parent as well. – Join some Baby Swimming classes at Le Coque where you can have fun and learn together with your little one.

– Join the St Georges International School playgroup. This is a playgroup especially designed for mommies with babies 0-3 years old. Except for school holidays, it is held every Tuesday and Friday morning from 9.15-11.15 to allow for parents to pick up their children from school.

4. Mom doesn’t need a coffee or lunch, just an indoor place where the kids can spend some of their endless energy…

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– Have fun at one of the fantastic heated swimming pools in Luxembourg. Just pick one! My favourite ones are Syrdall Schwemm in Niederanven, Les Thermes in Strassen and the Krounebierg in Mersch.

Enjoy the Tramway and Bus museum is a great free playground, especially for boys. You check my complete article here.

– Pick one of the animal shops around here and go for a visit to the cute pets. Here are some ideas:

> Pet shop at the Hobbi Cactus, Howald (4, rue des Scillas, Howald)

> Pet Shop at the Belle Etoile Shopping Centre – “Josy Welter” (already mentioned above)

> Pet Shop at the Gamm Vert, Gasperich (1 rue Fw Raiffeisen, Gasperich)

> Pet Shop at Howald Comercial area – “Fressnapf” (22, rue des Scillas, Howald)

5. Mom just need to get out of the house…

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– Go to the library “Il etait une Fois” in Gasperich (6, rue Tony Bourg). There are resources in 16 different languages and many arranged activities for kids. You can check the detailed program here.

– Go to the Cinema. Just search for a film with the age restriction ‘EA’ (Every Age) so you won’t have any problem taking a young child to watch it. As it was explained to me a few months ago, as for EA films, it’s up to the parents to decide if the child should watch the film or not! (as long as they are at least 2yo)

– Go grocery shopping and play “groceries scavenger hunt” – and play around with the shopping cart when nobody is seeing you! 🙂

– Dress you and the kids up with some rainy clothes, put on some rubbery boots and go out and sing in the rain (and run all over the park and jump on the mud!). Seems like fun, doesn’t it? 🙂

6. When nothing else works… Simply have fun at home! 🙂

Invite other mum&baby to come over for an hour or two of playdate. Just like you, all other expat moms are secretly desperate to meet you too. Even if you just met them once or twice (after all, we are in the same ‘expat boat’!). Plus, it doesn’t require that much work. Simply do a quick clean to your living room (do remember that the other mom would probably have a messy house too!). Prepare some coffee/tea and offer some store-bought box of cookies (or cook some, if you’re fancy of that). Remember, if you keep it simple, the other mom won’t feel embarrassed to invite you back! 🙂

– Finally, if you’re just home with your kids, relax, enjoy and invent some fun. Here are some ideas: https://expatmuminluxembourg.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/kids-rainny-days-fun-at-home/ https://expatmuminluxembourg.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/fun-at-home-take-2/ https://expatmuminluxembourg.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/fun-at-home-take-3/ Plus, there are tons of other ideas online! Have Fun! 🙂

Sharing Some Fun – Decluttering Tips

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For today’s “Sharing Some Fun”, I’ve chosen to declutter!

Yes, that kind of thing we always, but always, say: “Yeah, well, I’ll do it tomorrow!” So here are some great tips to simplify and start doing it right now! 🙂

http://www.yourmodernfamily.com/10-things-throw-give-away-right-now/
Have some (organized) Fun!

Sharing Some Fun – Activities for Toddlers

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For today’s “Sharing Some Fun”, I’ve chosen something useful for all parents of little busy minds, aka, TODDLERS! 🙂

If you have little ones in the age range from 1 to 3 years old (not know the precise year-range to classify a “toddler”), you know what I mean:

– They are usually very active;

– They need 200% of your attention on a 24h*7 basis;

– They cannot even consider to be quietly sitted and  enjoying a good book…

Well, they are crazy little sweet toddlers, right? Our precious little ones! 🙂
So, for you, here is a very complete list of fun activities you can do with yor toddlers.

http://creativewithkids.com/toddler-years-must-do-list-activities/
Have Fun!

Are you fancy of Arts & Crafts?

Hi there! As some of you already know, I love everything about arts and crafts. From paper to painting, from sewing to cooking. Ok, I’ll be honest, I do not master everything, of course! 🙂 I usually try to get to know a little bit of everything and then I focus my attention on what I love the most.

So, on my quest to get some bargains and Christmas ideas, I went to the ExpoCreativ for the first time. This event occured last weekend at LuxExpo. I must say it is a great place to find some good deals as well as to get some contacts as some of the expositors ship to Luxembourg for free or for a small fee.

For the Arts and Crafts lovers, here is a list of some shops in Luxembourg where you can find Arts & Crafts supplies:

– Cactus Hobby. Personally I’ve bought a few things at the one at La Belle Étoile. It has a good variety of supplies, especially for paper crafts and painting.
– Ava, Blokker and Casa at the Howald commercial area.
– Hemma at Gare (45, avenue de la Gare). It doesn’t have many things, but the prices are good.
– Bastel Kiste at Gare (17-19 Rue du Fort Elisabeth).

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Olá! Tal como alguns de vós sabem, adoro tudo o que tem a ver com artesanato e manualidades. Desde papel a pintura, de costura a culinária. Claro que não domino todas as técnicas! Vou procurando saber um pouco de cada tipo de artesanato, depois investigo e tento aprender mais sobre as técnicas que mais vou gostando.

Assim, na minha constante procura pelos melhores negócios e ideias para novas actividades, fui até à ExpoCreativ no passado fim-de-semana, na LuxExpo. Devo dizer que foi uma excelente oportunidade para encontrar alguns materiais a um excelente preço e obter contactos de fornecedores da região que enviam os materiais sem custos ou a um custo reduzido.

Para quem gosta de manualidades, aqui ficam uma lista com alguns dos locais onde costumo comprar materiais:
– Cactus Hobby. Gosto particularmente do Hobby no centro comercial La Belle Étoile.
– Ava, Blokker and Casa na zona comercial de Howald.
– Hemma na Gare (45, avenue de la Gare). Não tem uma grande oferta, mas os preços são bons.
– Bastel Kiste na Gare (17-19 Rue du Fort Elisabeth).

Kids + Rainny Days = Fun At Home

Every parent knows how hard it is to keep kids entertained inside home. Especially when it is raining almost all weekend and just a few days ago the sun was right there…

This morning I noticed my 3 year old boy was a little sad, always looking at the big playgroung in front of our house… So, I decided today we would definitely have to find some fantastic activities and have a lot of fun at home!

I usually follow a lot of themes in Pinterest. ‘Fun Science With Kids’ and ‘Sensory Bins’ are two of them. So I took some ideas, then I introduced some little changes and the result was like this:

1. Homemade Water Fountain

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Activities: Experiment and observe cause & effect
Skills: Logic
How To DIY:

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-Start by gathering your supplies: a container, one bottle, one ballon, a straw, some pastafix (or something else that glue and isolates that hole made for the straw) and water.
-Make a small hole, just big enough for the straw and isolate with pastafix
-Pour water into the bottle, place it inside the container, blow the ballon and place it in the bottle entry. And watch your water fountain! Be prepared to repeat this process over and over again! 🙂

2. Colourful Volcano Eruption Experience

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Activities: Experiment and observe cause & effect
Skills: Logic
How To DIY:
-Start by gathering your supplies: a box, vinegar, corn starch, baking soda, food coloring, water and 2 containers for the colorful ‘magic’ liquid.
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-Pour the corn starch, baking soda and water into the box. Allow your kid to mix it with a spoon.
-Prepare your magic liquid by pouring the food coloring into 1 cup of vinegar in separate containers. I found some sauce containers at home, they worked very well.
-Give the containers to your kid hands and let the fun begins!
Note: You can add a little more fun by adding some drops of liquid dishwasher soap to the base mixture.

3. Lavender Sensory Bin

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Activities: Dig, Find and Match
Skills: eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills and letter/number recognition
How To DIY:
-Start by gathering your supplies. You will need: a box, about a kilo of rice, food coloring, vinegar and a ziploc bag. And some toys of your choice. I chose Gu favourite digger and some letters and numbers to match with the cards I’ve written.
-Pour the rice into the ziploc bag. In a small bowl, mix the color of your choice into about 1/2 cup of vinegar. Pour it into the rice bag. Shake it well. Or allow the kids to do it for you, they’ll love it!
-Place the rice in a big tray and allow it to dry overnight. If you are in a big hurry to use it (as I was today), put it in the oven (at 150’C) for about 30 minutes and give it a stir once or twice, unti dried.
-For an extra sensory touch, add a little pinchof lavender oil and mix with a fork. Lavender is relaxing and will add a lovely smell to your home.

4. Cat Mask
Activities: Acting
Skills: Social development, Story telling
How to DIY:
-Look for a mask template on the web or simply draw it yourself. Add an elastic wire and voilá! How simples is it?! 😉

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