Kids Activities in the French Alps
The activities presented in the various other sections can be undertaken by children although some of the more adventurous pursuits have a minimum age. Tuition and guidance is always suited to the particular age group and prices reflect this. For information on the lakes and mountains activities and local kids clubs please see the contact information on the resort pages, or the Tourist Offices who have detailed information for their area.
Kids Clubs in the French Alps
Each resort has at least one kids club although the formulas offered vary. Some offer whole day sessions, some just half days. The activities generally depend on what’s available in the area but mountain climbing initiation, mountain biking and outdoor games are pretty standard. Each club is required to meet strict safety regulations and employ qualified staff.
Adventure parks/Accrobranches in the French Alps
Acrobatic forest itineraries take place in the tree canopy and can be enjoyed by all. Strapped into your safety harness and suspended 15 metres above the ground you move between trees hurtling along the 1/2 inch steel cable or simply balancing over wooden trunks, you'll love every minute. No fitness/tree climbing required. Try in Samoens, Les Houches, Les 2 Alpes (Venosc), Serre Chevalier, Valloire, Champagny, Val Cenis, Les Gets, Grand Bornand, Termignon.
Via Ferrata in the French Alps
A challenging and demanding combination of scrambling and climbing rockfaces with man-made courses of pegs and cables, fixed ropes, ladders and hand rails. They vary in length and difficulty to suit most people’s appetites for adventure, and some sites have special courses for children. Helmets and harnesses are provided for safety. Try the recommended Via Ferrata in Les Saisies or Aussois.
Friendly Animals in the French Alps
From pony walks and donkey rides to wild Marmotte or wild goat spotting there are many ways for children to enjoy the contact with nature. The Merlet Animal Park in Les Houches is magnificent 50 hectares park where mountain ibex, chamois, marmots and deer roam in freedom.