Skiing Fun for Families near Luxembourg

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Ok, first of all, if you are a real skiing addict, I must be honest: this article won’t be the right one for you! Please don’t be angry with me! ūüôā

My secret tips about skiing include those smaller ski resorts where you can spend some hours (or even a few days) having some skiing fun in family. All of them offer ski lessons and the possibility to rent all equipment onsite.

 

 


 

Belgium РBaraque de Fraiture  Р120km (1h)

Where to ski: http://www.ski-baraquedefraiture.be/index_hiver.html

Good to know:

– Renting of ski equipment and ski lessons available on site (need to book in advance)

– Perfect location for a one-day ski fun

– There is a specific ski slope just for sledges!


 

Germany ‚Äď Eifel ‚Äď 120km (1h30)

Where to ski: http://www.eifel.info/skifahren-skigebiet.htm

Good to know:

– Perfect location for a one-day ski fun

– Renting of ski equipment and ski lessons available on site


 

 

Belgium – Mont des Brumes ‚Äď 150km (1h30)

Where to ski: Mont des Brumes Ski Resort (www.montdesbrumes.be/en/index.html)

Good to know:

РRenting of ski equipment and ski lessons available on site (need to book in advance)

– Perfect location for a one-day ski fun


 

France – Ventron ‚Äď 240km (2h30)

Where to Ski: Frère Joseph Ski Resort(http://www.ermitage-resort.com/)

Good to know: Ski lessons and equipment available to rent onsite

Where to Stay:

Hotel Les Buttes (http://www.hotel-les-buttes.com/en/)

Insider Tips:¬†A charming chalet hotel (4*) – They have triple rooms where you can comfortably fit a family of 2 adults and 2 young kids;¬†Walking distance to the ski slopes of the family friendly Ski Resort “Fr√®re Joseph”

Hotel de l’Ermitage Fr√®re Joseph (http://www.ermitage-vosges.com/)

Insider Tips: In front of the ski slopes; A ski pass vendor, ski school and ski equipment hire are available on site.


 

 

France ‚Äď La Bresse ‚Äď 240km (2h30)

Where to Ski: La Bresse Ski resort (http://labresse.labellemontagne.com/en/winter-2/ski-area/)

Good to know: ski lessons and equipment available to rent onsite

Where to Stay:

Résidence Les Grandes Feignes (http://reservations.labellemontagne.com/produit.aspx?lieu3=19&prest_id=778&lihe_id=37&table=lieu_hebergement)

Insider tips: Nice family friendly apartments right in front of the ski slopes (usually only available for week-long bookings, but it’s possible to get last minute 1 night spots);¬†Excellent option for price/quality

Auberge du Brabant (http://auberge-du-brabant.fr/)

Insider Tips: Located just across the street from the ski pistes (La Bresse Bramant); All ski related services are available to book onsite


 

Germany ‚Äď Winterberg ‚Äď 360km (4h)

Where to ski: Winterberg Ski Resort (http://www.skiliftkarussell.de/aktuell.html)

Where to Stay:

Vakantiehotel Der Brabander

Insider Tips: Very family friendly with indoor playroom and outdoor playground; Right in front of the ski slopes

 

Have Fun!!

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Agenda for the weekend ‚Äď 27th & 28th June (EN & PT)

(Versão completa em Português mais abaixo)

Hi there! So, my picks for this weekend would definitely include¬†the visit to Medieval Festival in Rodemack, the Night of the Legends in Esch-sur-S√Ľre and the Recontre sans Frontiers in Cessange.

Here is some additional info:

‚Äď Medieval Festival in Rodemack¬†(27th and 28th June). Very popular Medieval Festival with tons of fun for all family. Address: Rodemack, France (about 30km from Lux city).

‚Äď Night of the Legends, in Esch-sur-S√Ľre (27th June, from 6pm on). The castle dresses up with a magical set, full of musical shows, dances, theatre and much more. Address: Esch-sur-S√Ľre.

Recontre sans Frontiers (28th June, from 8am to 8pm). Sports and fun for all ages, including a water slide!! Address: Complex Boy Konen, in Cessange.

Have Fun!!

‚ÄĒ

{Português}

Para conhecer a agenda completa, visite a p√°gina web do seu Contacto, aqui.

Tesouros Vintange, em Differdange

Durante todo o fim-de-semana irá ocorrer a primeira edição de uma venda e artigos vintage e de novos criados, ao estilo de uma loja pop-up, em Differdange. Para as crianças, haverá um pequeno espaço para brincadeiras e ateliers de arte. A entrada é gratuita. Para saber mais, deverá consultar a página de internet do evento (https://www.facebook.com/events/757711271011967/). Endereço: 1535 Creativity Hub, 115a Rue Emile Mark, em Differdange.

Festival Medieval, em Rodemack

Durante todo o fim-de-semana irá ocorrer mais uma edição do já conhecido festival medieval de Rodemack, em França (cerca de 30km de Luxemburgo). Para saber mais, deverá consultar a página de internet do evento (http://www.avp-rodemack.fr/site/index.php/cite-medievale-en-fete).

Desfile de Crianças, na Capital

No s√°bado, dia 27 de Junho, entre as 14h30 e as 16h30, a Capital recebe o grande desfile infantil multicolor que terminar√° √†s 16h30 no parque Kinnekswiss onde haver√° uma cerim√≥nia de encerramento. A participa√ß√£o √© gratuita. Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet do evento (http://www.capel.lu/Parade+2015.html).

Noite das Lendas, em Esch-sur-S√Ľre

No s√°bado, a partir das 18h, Esch-sur-S√Ľre recebe mais uma edi√ß√£o da Noite das Lendas. O Castelo transforma-se para dar lugar a espect√°culos de dan√ßas, contos de hist√≥rias, teatros, magias e muito mais. A participa√ß√£o √© gratuita para crian√ßas at√© aos 12 anos (12 euros para adultos). Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet do evento (http://www.nuitdeslegendes.lu/). Endere√ßo: Esch-sur-S√Ľre.

Descobrir as Ervas, em Troisvierges

No s√°bado, entre as 14h30 e as 17h, crian√ßas entre os 8 e os 12 anos s√£o convidadas a participar num atelier de descoberta das ervas que a natureza nos oferece e perceber como utiliza-las na √°rea da sa√ļde. A participa√ß√£o tem um custo de 4 euros por actividade. Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet do evento (http://agenda.naturpark.lu/). Endere√ßo: Troisvierges Maison Relais.

Maratona, em Mensdorf

No s√°bado, entre as 17h e as 19h, adultos e crian√ßas s√£o convidados a participar numa maratona em Mensdorf (“Widdebierglaf 2015”). A participa√ß√£o √© gratuita. Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet do evento (http://my3.raceresult.com/35638/registration?&lang=en). Endere√ßo: Centre culturel ,rue de l¬ī√©glise, em Mensdorf.

10 anos da Philharmonie

No sábado, a partir das 11h, a Philharmonie abre as suas portas a todas as crianças entre os 7 e os 12 anos, por ocasião da celebração do seu aniversário. A participação é gratuita. Para conhecer o programa detalhado, deverá consultar a página de internet do evento (http://www.philharmonie.lu/en/programm/10-portes-ouvertes-festival-jeune-public-3-103-ans/980). Endereço: Philharmonie Luxembourg, 1 Place de l’Europe, em Kirchberg.

Corrida de carrinhos, em Remich

Ainda no s√°bado, entre as 15h e as 18h, Remich convida todas as crian√ßas a participarem numa divertida corrida de carrinhos (“Bobby car parcours”). A participa√ß√£o √© gratuita. Para saber mais, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet do evento (http://www.remich.lu/agenda-animation-pour-enfants-kinderanimation-2647510093). Endere√ßo: ESPLANADE, Place Dr. Fernand Kons, em Remich.

Encontro sem Fronteiras, em Cessange

No domingo, entre as 8h e as 20h, Cessange recebe o torneio “Rencontres sans Fronti√®res”. Trata-se de um festival multicultural e multinacional com muitas actividades e anima√ß√£o para todas as idades, incluindo um escorrega aqu√°tico. A participa√ß√£o √© gratuita. Para saber mais, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet do evento (http://www.rsf-vdl.lu/). Endere√ßo: Complexo Boy Konen, em Cessange.

Festa de Artes, em Gasperich

No domingo, entre as 14h30 e as 18h, a biblioteca Il √Čtait une Fois organiza uma festa para angaria√ß√£o de fundos, com o objectivo de melhorar as condi√ß√Ķes do espa√ßo. Haver√° muitas actividades no local, incluindo pintura nas paredes, rifas e outras surpresas. A participa√ß√£o √© gratuita. Para saber mais, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet da organiza√ß√£o (http://www.iletaitunefois.lu/base?base=3&record=1484450771601&cacheid=Zz897137814&com=0I7I0I0I). Endere√ßo: 6, rue Tony Bourg, em Gasperich.

Festa dos Museus, em Peppange

No domingo, entre as 10h e as 18h, os tr√™s museus de Peppange (Museu Rural, Museu das Carruagens e Museu da Metalurgia) organizam um festival que inclui n√£o apenas a entrada nos museus, mas tamb√©m um espect√°culo com tractores, carruagens com cavalos, muita m√ļsica e stands com produtos locais. A participa√ß√£o tem um custo de 5 euros e inclui as entradas nos museus. Para saber mais, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet da organiza√ß√£o (http://www.musee-rural.lu/cgi-bin/apps/base?base=1&record=9780068122265&cacheid=Bz66747607&com=0I0I0I2I). Endere√ßo: 38, rue de Crauthem, em Peppange.

Carros antigos, em Steinsel

No Domingo, entre as 9h e as 18h, Steinsel recebe mais uma festa dedicada a carros antigos. A entrada √© gratuita. Para saber mais, dever√° consultar a p√°gina de internet da organiza√ß√£o (http://www.steinsel.lu/oldtimer/). Endere√ßo: Centre de Loisirs ‚ÄúNorbert Melcher‚ÄĚ, 62 rue de l‚ÄôAlzette, em Steinsel.

História de Luxemburgo, na Capital

No Domingo, às 15h, o Museu de História da Cidade do Luxemburgo organiza mais uma visita guiada para crianças e liderada pela famosa personagem Sigefroid, o primeiro conde do Luxemburgo. A entrada é gratuita para as crianças (os pais pagam entrada normal no museu). Para saber mais, deverá consultar a página de internet do museu (http://mhvl.lu/Nouveau/Visite+th%C3%A9%C3%A2trale.html). Endereço: MHVL, 14 Rue Du St. Esprit, na Capital.

Festa da Amizade, em Hesperange

No Domingo, durante toda a tarde, Hesperange receberá a Festa da Amizade, onde poderá não apenas assistir a muitos espectáculos de várias nacionalidades mas também provar algumas especialidades culinárias. A entrada será gratuita. Para saber mais, deverá consultar a página de internet do evento (http://www.hesperange.lu/Fete%20Amitie%202015.pdf?FileID=publications%2ffete%2520amitie%25202015.pdf&height=500&width=500). Endereço: Parque Comunal de Hesperange.

Visita guiada em Português, na Capital

O¬†Museu Nacional de Hist√≥ria e Arte do Luxemburgo¬†prossegue este m√™s a s√©rie de visitas guiadas em portugu√™s, durante as quais √© poss√≠vel ficar a saber mais sobre uma obra escolhida mensalmente pelo museu.¬†Na pr√≥xima ter√ßa-feira, dia 30 de Junho, √† hora de almo√ßo (12h15) e durante 30 minutos, poder√° usufruir de uma visita guiada gratuita e descobrir o quadro “Eliezer e Rebeca”, do pintor flamengo Jan Swart van Groningen, do s√©c. XVI.¬†Endere√ßo: Mus√©e National d’Histoire et d’Art, March√©-aux-Poissons, na Capital.

Eventos j√° divulgados em edi√ß√Ķes anteriores:

Semanas das Abelhas: Passado o tempo das ovelhas, √© chegada agora a hora das abelhas no Centro Robbesscheier. De 20 de Junho a 5 de Julho, entre as 10h e as 17h, pais e crian√ßas de todas as idades s√£o convidados a participar em v√°rios ateliers alusivos ao tema das Abelhas. A participa√ß√£o tem um custo de 15 euros por pessoa. Para saber mais, consulte a p√°gina de internet do evento. Endere√ßo: Tourist Center ‚ÄěRobbesscheier‚Äú, 1 Frummeschgaass, em Munshausen.¬†

Mala M√°gica:¬†A Villa Vauban convida a uma visita diferente. Um livrete (dispon√≠vel em franc√™s ou alem√£o) √© entregue no in√≠cio da visita para ajudar a explorar os diversos objectos escondidos na caixa m√°gica que acompanha o visitante ao longo do passeio. A participa√ß√£o para as crian√ßas √© gratuita (os pais pagam entrada normal no museu – 5 euros). Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, consulte o site do museu. Endere√ßo: Villa Vauban, 18 avenue Emile Reuter, na capital.¬†

Rute Vendeirinho

Agenda for the weekend – 4th, 5th and 6th of April, 2015

Happy easter

Source: http://www.easterquotesimages.com/

[vers√£o portuguesa abaixo]

Agenda for the weekend – 4th, 5th and 6th of April, 2015

It’s Easter weekend and that also means we’ll have a long weekend ahead! ūüôā

As usually, there’s loads of funny things to do with all family, so here are my special pics:

Saturday morning is usually my shopping day, so I’d pic the Easter Egg hunt at Auchan, combined with a family session at Utopolis cinemas, where the Easter bunny will be waiting to surprise the little ones, between 3pm and 5pm. Balloons and Oreo cookies will be also offered.

For Sunday, if the sun is out there as predicted, Parc Merveilleux has already opened its doors to the public and all the lovely animals are waiting for your visit. And don’t forget that you can also buy some little bags of food to feed a selected group of very friendly animals!

On Monday, if you’re in Luxembourg, then you should definitely head to the city centre, where you’ll find the crowds visiting the Easter Market (“Emaichen“) all over the old streets, famous for the little whistle birds (also called “peckvillercher”).

Have fun!! And Happy Easter my friends!! ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

Agenda para o fim-de-semana de 4, 5 e 6 de Abril de 2015

Para ver a versão completa da Agenda de Fim-de-Semana para toda a família, consulte a página do Contacto.

P√°scoa nos cinemas Utopolis

O Coelhinho da P√°scoa vai andar pelos cinemas Utopolis no s√°bado, dia 4 de Abril (em Kirchberg, entre as 15h e as 17h, e em Belval, entre as 13h e as 14h30) e no domingo, dia 5 de Abril (em Kirchberg, entre as 13h e as 17h, e em Belval, entre as 13h e as 17h).

Haver√° muitos bal√Ķes e bolachas Oreo para as crian√ßas (at√© esgotar o stock existente). Para al√©m disso, v√°rias sess√Ķes de cinema especialmente dirigidas a crian√ßas estar√£o dispon√≠veis. Para conhecer o programa detalhado, consulte a p√°gina de internet do Utopolis (http://www.utopolis.lu/uploads/wysiwyg/150311_flyer_egg_EN_Lux.pdf?).

Caça aos Ovos na Villa Vauban

No sábado, dia 4 de Abril, entre as 15h e as 17h, a Villa Vauban convida crianças entre os 6 e os 12 anos a participar numa divertida caça aos ovos da Páscoa pelo parque da propriedade.

A participação tem um custo de 10 euros e está limitada a um máximo de 20 crianças (as reservas deverão ser efectuadas através do email: visites@2musees.vdl.lu).

Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, consulte a p√°gina de internet da Villa Vauban (http://www.villavauban.lu/Nouveau/Chasse+aux+oeufs%21.html). Endere√ßo: Villa Vauban, 18 avenue Emile Reuter, na capital.

Caça aos Ovos no Auchan

No sábado e no domingo, dias 4 e 5 de Abril, entre as 11h e as 18h, as crianças são convidadas ir à caça dos ovos de Páscoa que serão escondidos um pouco por todo o espaço aberto do centro comercial e descobrir os presentes que se encontram lá dentro.

Hoje, sexta-feira, 3 de Abril, entre as 11h e as 19h, junto ao elevador central do piso 0, um chefe da Pastelaria Oberweiss far√° demonstra√ß√Ķes com chocolate. A participa√ß√£o ser√° gratuita. Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, consulte a p√°gina de internet do evento (www.auchan.lu/fr/page/0/extras/204). Endere√ßo: Centro Comercial Auchan, 5, rue Alphonse Weicker, em Kirchberg.

Festa da P√°scoa em Ettelbr√ľck

No s√°bado, entre as 10h e as 17h, a cidade de Ettelbr√ľck organiza um grande evento com muito entretenimento para toda a fam√≠lia, incluindo distribui√ß√£o de ovos de P√°scoa e uma quintinha com animais. A entrada ser√° gratuita.

Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, consulte a p√°gina de internet do evento (http://ettelbruck.lu/events/ouschtersamsden/). Endere√ßo: Zona pedonal do centro da cidade de Ettelbr√ľck.

Parque Maravilhoso j√° reabriu

No fim-de-semana passado, o mais conhecido parque de animais do Gr√£o-Ducado reabriu as suas portas ao p√ļblico. Com v√°rias √°reas renovadas, incluindo os aqu√°rios e os parques infantis, os muitos animais da floresta anseiam pela sua visita.

O Parque Maravilhoso está aberto todos os dias da semana, das 9h30 às 18h, e a entrada custa 9 euros por adulto e 6 euros por criança (3 aos 14 anos), entre os 3 e os 14 anos.

O Parque Maravilhoso de Bettembourg está aberto de 28 de Março a 11 de Outubro. Endereço: Route de Mondorf, em Bettembourg.

Visita guiada à exposição Salzburgo-Luxembourg III

Se os seus filhos se interessam por história e arte, nada melhor que uma visita guiada à Exposição Salzburgo-Luxemburgo III, na Biblioteca Municipal da capital, no próximo dia 4 de Abril, às 15h. A entrada é gratuita e o evento é especialmente dirigido a crianças entre os 5 e os 12 anos.

Para fazer a sua reserva, dever√° contactar Vanessa Cum, atrav√©s do tel. 47965134 ou do e-mail vanessa.cum@cerclecite.lu. Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, consulte a p√°gina de internet da organiza√ß√£o (http://cerclecite.lu/agenda/salzburg-luxemburg-iii/#axzz3UC6KB6rJ). Endere√ßo: Biblioteca Municipal – Cercle Cit√©, rue Genistre, na capital.

Mercado da P√°scoa “Emaischen” na cidade do Luxemburgo e em Nospelt

No feriado da Segunda-feira da P√°scoa, 6 de Abril, durante todo o dia, haver√° lugar para mais um mercado da P√°scoa (“Emaischen”), bem conhecido pelos pequenos apitos em forma de passarocos, em cer√Ęmica ou em madeira (tamb√©m conhecidos por “peckvillercher”).

Para além da cidade do Luxemburgo, esta festa também se estende à aldeia de Nospelt (http://www.emaischen.lu/).

Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, consulte a p√°gina de internet do evento (https://www.facebook.com/events/1559553714313383/). Endere√ßo: rue du March√© aux Poissons, rue du March√© aux Herbes, rue de la Boucherie, rue du Rost, rue Sigefroid, rue de la Reine e place Guillaume II, na capital.

Mercado da P√°scoa em Clervaux

Na segunda-feira, dia 6 de Abril, entre as 11h e as 18h, a cidade de Clervaux recebe uma grande festa que inclui o mercado da Páscoa e um cortejo com carruagens, onde o Coelho da Páscoa e os seus amiguinhos irão distribuir ovos. A entrada é gratuita.

Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, consulte a p√°gina de internet do evento (http://www.destination-clervaux.lu/events/). Endere√ßo: Place do March√©, em Clervaux.

Ateliers no Museu de História Natural

O Museu de História Natural organiza diversos ateliers durante as férias da Páscoa e para várias idades. Para participar, apenas terá de pagar a entrada normal no museu.

Para conhecer em detalhe as muitas op√ß√Ķes e hor√°rios, dever√° consulta a p√°gina de internet do Museu (http://www.mnhn.lu/agenda/). Endere√ßo: Museu de Hist√≥ria Natural, 25, rue M√ľnster, na capital.

Ateliers na Luxlait, em Roost/Bissen

Entre os dias 6 e 17 de Abril, entre as 8h30 e as 17h, o Vitarium organiza mais uma série de ateliers para entreter a criançada durante as férias da Páscoa. A participação tem um custo de 25 euros por dia, para crianças a partir dos 5 anos.

Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, consulte a p√°gina de internet do espa√ßo (http://www.vitarium.lu/event/activit%C3%A9s-vacances-p%C3%A2ques). Endere√ßo: L-Luxlait Association Agricole, em Roost/Bissen.

Ateliers de badmington

Entre os dias 6 e 15 de Abril (excepto 11 e 12 de Abril), o club Aller Badmington organiza sess√Ķes de treino de badmington (em Ingl√™s). Especialmente dirigido a crian√ßas entre os dois anos e meio e os 16 anos, a participa√ß√£o neste evento tem um custo ajustado √† idade e ao n√ļmero de sess√Ķes pretendidas.

Para conhecer em detalhe a programação, deverá consultar a página oficial da organização (https://www.facebook.com/allerbadminton) ou enviar um e-mail paraaller.sports@gmail.com. Endereço: CK Sports Centre Kockelscheuer, 20 Route de Bettembourg, em Kockelscheuer.

Ateliers no Centro Robbesscheier em Munshausen

Entre os dias 4 e 19 de Abril, entre as 10h e as 17h, o Centro de Turismo Robbesscheier organiza diversos ateliers alusivos à Páscoa e abertos a todas as idades (incluindo adultos). A participação tem um custo de 15 euros (dia inteiro), 10 euros (meio dia) ou 22 euros (dia inteiro com almoço incluído).

Para mais informa√ß√Ķes, poder√° consultar a p√°gina de internet do espa√ßo (http://www.destination-clervaux.lu/robbesscheier-offer/what-on/). Endere√ßo: Centro de Turismo “Robbesscheier”, 1 Frummeschgaass, em Munshausen.

Aulas de Natação

O espaço aquático Les Thermes ainda tem vagas para os cursos especiais de natação durante as férias da Páscoa, para crianças entre os 4 e os 7 anos. Os cursos irão ocorrer entre os dias 7 e 17 de Abril.

Para saber mais informação sobre horários e preços, deverá consultar a página de internet do espaço (www.lesthermes.net/en/details/c2/p14/aqua-classes/kids-holiday-classes.html). Endereço: LES THERMES, Rue des Thermes, em Strassen.

Ateliers no ZigZag em Bertrange

Entre os dias 7 e 17 de Abril, o parque infantil interior ZigZag, tem à disposição um atelier especial de férias dedicado a crianças entre os 4 e os 10 anos.

Para conhecer em detalhe a oferta, deverá consultar a página de internet do espaço (http://zigzag.lu/web/myportfolio/paques/). Endereço: Zigzag 7 rue Pletzer, em Bertrange.

Eventos j√° divulgados em edi√ß√Ķes anteriores: ¬†

Curso de Escalada em Echternach

Entre os próximos dias 23 de Abril e 9 de Julho, a pousada da juventude de Echternach organiza um curso de escalada para jovens entre 8 e os 12 anos.

O curso ter√° um total de oito sess√Ķes realizadas a cada quinta-feira, entre as 14h e as 15h30. N√£o perca a sua oportunidade e inscreva o seu filho at√© ao pr√≥ximo dia 9 de Abril.

Para mais informa√ß√Ķes e reservas, utilize o n√ļmero 262 76 62 00 ou o emailanimations@youthhostels.lu

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! ūüėČ 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? ūüôā 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 Dr√§i 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 P√©tange, 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 ūüôā

–¬†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 Bruy√®res, 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‚ÄôArlon, 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 ūüôā

Pizza Hut in Strassen (277, route d‚ÄôArlon)¬†¬†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.

РJoin some gym classes at LittleGym. РJoin 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. РJoin 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…

swimming

– 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 ‚ÄėEA‚Äô (Every Age) so you won‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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! ūüôā

– 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? ūüôā

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

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! ūüôā

– 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! ūüôā

Good to Know: Hiring a Nanny in Luxembourg (Printables)

Good to Know

A few days ago, I shared with you some information on how to hire a babysitter in Luxembourg (https://expatmuminluxembourg.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/good-to-know-hiring-a-nanny-in-luxembourg/)

As a complement for that, I’m happy to share with you all some printables I personally use to make my life easier every time I need to hire a nanny either for a couple of hours or for a more regular type of contract:

1. Babysitter Checklist

This template is good to list all important information about you and your child. It is like a reference guide to the babysitter and includes some info on existing routines/home rules, plus very important health details (to be used in case of an emergency).

 

2. Babysitting Log

This template is very easy to be quickly filled in by the babysitter and it will provide you a detailed report about what happened to your child during the time you were away. Instead of trying to get as much information as you can right after you’re back home, you can just read it afterwards.

 

Hope it will be as useful for you as it is for me!!

Kids-Friendly Vanilla Cupcake (Gluten-Free)

Hi there! One of my favourite kids-friendly recipe is Vanilla Cupcakes: they are simple to cook, a healthy treat¬†(if you don’t add too much sweetness on it!)¬†and yummy –¬†one of those granma’s recipes! ūüôā

As my original recipe contains wheat flour, I’ve been trying to refine it and substitute for more healthy substitutes. After some trial and error, I’m glad to present you my brand-new Gluten-Free and Kids-Friendly Vanilla Cupcakes!

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Kids-Friendly Vanilla Cupcake (Gluten-Free)

Ingredients:
1 cup GF Flour Mix (see recipe here)
2/3 cup sucanat or raw cane sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
200ml almond milk (or cow milk, if you’re not dairy free)
Zest of half a lemon

Instructions:
– In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients
– In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients
– Pour the wet mixture in to the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir gently (just enough to combine all ingredients)
РPlace the dough in a cupcake loaf, pre-lined.
РLeave it the oven at 180 degrees celcius, for about 30 min.

Note: If your kids are less than 2yo, I would reduce the sucanat to 1/3 cup or substitute it entirely for 1/2 ripe banana (mashed).

Good to Know: Hiring a Nanny in Luxembourg

Good to Know

One of the tiny little details that we never truly realise when moving to a new country is that the absence of some local family support really makes a difference. Especially when you have young kids. Even though I’m pretty sure that you’ve already figured it out, let me share with you some very common questions that usually pop-up in friends meetings, expat groups…
– I need a babysitter. How/Where can I find one?
– I’m felling very sick. My husband is working/travelling. How am I going to take care of my baby/toddler who is full-time with me?
– Both my husband and I are working full-time. Our kid is sick. Who is going to stay home?
– I need a night-out with hubby. Where can I find a last-minute babysitter?
– I need to hire a nanny to come home regularly. How do I find one and what’s the legal procedure?

To answer this and other questions, I’ve decided to do some research here and there. Please add any additional thoughts, information… in the comments box below. I’m sure it will be very useful for all of the other expat parents out there.

1. Where to find an occasional babysitter?
This is a hard one. Although it can ended up being easy to find someone, it is always difficult to trust our loved kiddos to someone else’s care, right? For me, it really is, as I’m kind of a “chicken mum” – always around the kids! ūüôā

So, here are some tips:
– Ask your local friends, school/daycare, church…
– Ask your commune of residency or search on their website. Many communes have public lists of local teenagers/young adults available for babysitting.
– Ask in local expat facebook pages/groups (“Luxembourg Parents”, “Mums, Bumps and Babies Luxembourg”, “AWCL Moms, Kids & Families” (you’d need join AWCL), “British Ladies Club of Luxembourg” (you’d need to join http://www.blc.lu).
– There are also some other online resources: http://www.babysitting.lu/ or http://www.homeserviceslux.lu/accueil/garde-d-enfants/
– Depending on the age and experience of the babysitter, the average price per hour for an occasional babysitting service could be from ‚ā¨8 to ‚ā¨13 (values gathered from a random research amongst local friends).

2. How to hire a nanny (aka “live-out auPair”) or an auPair (aka “live-in auPair”) for some more regular babysitting?
If you’re looking for a part-time/full-time nanny, you should also get started by using the previous tips on where to find one. Then, you should consider the involved legal procedures and the amount you are willing to pay (don’t forget that there are minimum legal values!).

Recently, the CCSS (Centre Commun de la Securite Sociale) implemented a ‘simplified procedure’ to help you hiring a babysitter (“personne pour garder un enfant”). The only thing you need to do is to print the contract, sign it and send it back by mail. Then they’ll charge you the social security and tax contributions. Besides that, every 6 months they will send a receipt for you and for the nanny and they even provide the annual tax declaration. All information is available in their website.

If your choice goes for an auPair, then you also have all the information and legal procedures available online. There’s no need to explain the procedure here as the website is also available in english! ūüôā

3. If both parents work, how does it work when a child is sick?
Although I’ve always heard that Luxembourg is a great country to raise a family… well, there are some little details you should be aware of. You know, it seems like one of the parents is supposed to be at home… Yes, true! Just take the school schedules as an example: ending up by noon or 3pm and sometimes with a lunch break in the middle? Plus, if you’re a working parent, you are entitled to 2 days, per child, per kid? Yes, exactly 2 days, with the proper declaration from the doctor.

So, forget about that parenting rule of ‘waiting 3 days before going to the doctor’, as you’ll need the paper exactly on the first day of sickness. Secondly, since when 2 days are enough??? I mean, I understand that this rule might be good for the employer, but it’s ridiculous as it doesn’t make any sense, especially if you are a parent to young kids…

Anyway, there is also a public service named “Krank Kanner Doheem” that you can use when both parents are working and a child gets sick. You just need to be registered and then when you need, just call them and they will send a babysitter (if available). Single parents have priority. The amount to be paid is based on the family income. For more information, just check the website.

4. Important final notes
Please note that there should be also other possibilities. These were the ones that I’ve looked for and got some feedback from some other experienced parents.

Well, I think that’s it! As stated before, please feel free to add any comments or thoughts. I’d love to learn more as well! ūüôā