Our Favourite Family Activities in Chamonix | Summer Fun for Kids

School holidays are here and there are enough exciting family activities in Chamonix to keep everyone happy! We’ve picked out a handful of our favourite Chamonix children’s activities, all of which are fun for the whole family.


Rafting & Canyoning

Cool off your over-excited youngsters with a splash in the river! The gentle rapids of the River Arve are perfect for younger children, providing just enough excitement as you bob and bounce along the valley from Chamonix to Les Houches. If you want a wilder ride then older teens and adults will love the white water rapids over in Italy, this is a real adrenaline buzz! Other adventures include canyoning and hydrospeed; canyoning involves wading through streams, jumping into plunge pools and sliding down waterfalls while hydrospeed is a hilarious ride along the river on a body board. There is something to suit everyone from 7 to 77 years old and everyone always has a fantastic time – this is one of our favourite activities!

Rafting & Canyoning in Chamonix

Rafting in Chamonix, family activities


Discovery Photo Walks

Unleash their inner David Bailey with a guided tour around Chamonix’s hidden nooks and crannies. You’ll discover charming gardens, quaint little footpaths – you might even find yourself milking a goat or picking herbs with a genuine French chef! Wherever you end up, you’ll have a story to tell afterwards and a memory card full of wonderful photos. Your guide is the lovely Theresa, who has lived in the valley for many years and knows all it’s secrets. Walks can be tailored to suit your family or you can join a group, so contact us to find out more.

Chamonix Discovery Walks

Alpine wildlife on the trails of the Tour du Mont Blanc trek


Climbing & Via Ferrata

Little “grimpeurs” can experience the thrill of nailing their first ascent from the age of 6 with one of our expert climbing guides. There are plenty of crags in the Chamonix valley that have a good choice of routes, ranging from very easy to rather challenging, meaning that everyone can find a route that suits them. This is a great adventure for the whole family, building teamwork as you learn to belay each other and give encouragement from the ground! Teens can test their nerves on a via ferrata route; a network of ropes and ladders suspended high above the ground. You are secured roped up and harnessed, allowing you to climb higher and further than you could otherwise venture.

Climbing in Chamonix

Chamonix rock climbing


Nature Hikes & Wildlife

Summer in the Alps is like something out of a children’s story book – drinking from mountain lakes, wild goats skipping across rocks, the sound of cow bells, picnics in remote meadows… Explore the very best spots of the Chamonix valley on a guided nature hike; you’ll discover and learn so much more with someone who knows all the secrets of the mountains! Our IML hiking guides are experts in local flora and fauna, as well as essential survival skills such as which mountain huts serve the best homemade fruit tart.

Hiking in Chamonix

Hiking in Chamonix


Mountain Biking

Mountain bike trails in Chamonix vary from steep gnarly descents to flat gentle paths, with plenty in between to suit everyone. There are lots of easy routes alongside the river and through the forest, with dedicated biking trails at Le Tour and Les Houches. You can hire a guide to show you round and give you a few tips, or just grab a trail map and head off on your own adventure. Mountain bikes and helmets can be hired for children and adults, starting from half a day.

Mountain Biking in Chamonix

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Mont Blanc Multipass

To really make the most of your family holiday in Chamonix we recommend that you invest in the Mont Blanc Multipass – not only will you have unlimited access to all of the mountain lifts in the valley but it also includes:

  • Montenvers Train – ride the old rack and pinion train up to the glacier at Mer de Glace, explore the ice caves and visit the glaciorium.
  • Tramway du Mont Blanc – chug up through the meadows of Les Houches to the Glacier de Bionnassay, you’ll find lots of nice picnic spots and easy hiking trails around the Col de Voza.
  • Aiguille du Midi – two cable cars will whisk you up to the summit at 3842m, where you’ll be surrounded by the towering peaks of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Bring your head for heights and “Step Into the Void”, a glass cube suspended thousands of metres above the icy crevasses of the Vallee Blanche.
  • Les Bossons Chairlift – this cute and colourful little chairlift takes you up to the Bossons Glacier. Peer into crevasses, learn the fascinating history of the area and enjoy a snack on the terrace of the pretty little café.
  • Tourist Train – take a guided tour of Chamonix on the little red train that loops around the town, tickets are discounted with your Mont Blanc Multipass.
  • Alpine Coaster – visit the adventure park at Les Planards and get buy-one-get-one-free on the mini roller coaster ride that whizzes down through the forest.
  • Megeve & Saint Gervais – take a day trip over to our neighbouring resort of Megeve and Saint Gervais; the Mont Blanc Multipass now includes their lift system, which opens up a huge new area of hiking trails, picnic spots and sightseeing.

Best of all, the Mont Blanc Multipass is great value for families as you only pay for 2 adults and 1 child – all other children are included free of charge! Please visit our summer lift pass page for more information on the Mont Blanc Multipass and our summer areas page to find out where you can go with your lift pass.


Childcare & Babysitting

If you fancy a night out or a day in the mountains then don’t worry about where to find a babysitter; we work with a great team of professional, fun and reliable child carers. They have all been thoroughly checked, have excellent references and speak a variety of languages. So, just contact us directly to enquire about anything from a few hours to full days. Your little ones will have a great time and you can rest assured that they are receiving the very best care.

Babysitting and childcare in Chamonix with Baby-Cham

Cosmojazz | Chamonix Jazz Festival

Summer is here and the mountains are calling… and singing! This week the Cosmojazz Music Festival brings music to the mountains from all over the world. Concerts take place in such spectacular locations as the sunny meadows of Le Tour and the natural rocky amphitheatre of Brevent. Jazz singers and musicians will be performing amongst the peaks, glaciers and forests of the Chamonix valley from 23rd to 31st July.

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Photo Credit Cosmojazzfestival.com

All of the concerts are completely free of charge, all you need to access them is a lift pass. The Mont Blanc Multipass covers all the lifts in the Chamonix valley, as well as the Mont Blanc Tramway from Saint-Gervais up to Les Houches, and the Montenvers train from Chamonix up to the glacier at Mer de Glace.

Cosmojazz music festival in Chamonix
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The Mont Blanc Multipass is great value for anyone wanting to experience everything that the Chamonix valley has to offer. It opens up a multitude of hiking paths, mountain bike trails, climbing routes and sightseeing opportunities. There are special offers for families and if you book more than 3 days in advance, you can benefit from an extra day for free.

Cosmojazz music festival in Chamonix
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The Cosmojazz Festival is a non-stop celebration of music with concerts taking place not only in the mountains but also in Chamonix town centre, in the bars and hotels, and in the gardens of Parc Couttet and the Maison des Artistes jazz club. Musicians and singers gather in Chamonix from all over the world bringing influences from such diverse places as Morocco, Albania and Japan.

Cosmojazz music festival in Chamonix
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In between concerts, there are endless opportunities for adventure and excitement in Chamonix from paragliding over the peaks, to rafting the rapids. Find your inspiration for summer activities in Chamonix for all ages.

Cosmojazz Music Festival in Chamonix
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Family Activities in Chamonix : Things to Do for Kids of All Ages

Now that summer is underway and the school holidays are not far off, we’ve been getting lots of enquiries for children’s activities. There are tons of things to keep kids of all ages entertained in summer, here are our favourite family activities in Chamonix:

Alpine Coaster ride at Les Planards in Chamonix

Chamonix Parc
Each summer Les Planards ski area is transformed into a mini-fairground with rides and games for children as young as one year old and upwards. The star attraction is the Alpine Coaster, a 1300m toboggan ride that twists and turns as it whizzes through the trees. Best of all, you can get a free ride on the Alpine Coaster with your Mont Blanc Multipass.

 

Rafting & Canyoning
The Chamonix rapids are perfect for families who are looking for thrills and adventure that they can enjoy together. Children from 10 years can go rafting from the centre of Chamonix, while the tamer waters of Passy are ideal for youngsters of 7 years and over. If you’ve never tried canyoning before, then you’ve missed a treat! Plunging into rock pools, splashing through waterfalls and abseiling across rivers will be the highlight of your holiday. In both activities you’ll get wet anyway, so they are great options for days when the weather isn’t great.
Watersports in Chamonix

Rafting in Chamonix, family activities

Trams & Trains
All kids love a train ride and Chamonix has two fantastic ones. The Montenvers train has been chugging up to the Mer de Glace since 1909 and is still a great day out. As well as France’s longest glacier, you’ll also be able to see the sculptures carved into the ice caves, the treasures of the crystal gallery, and find out more about the fascinating alpine fauna and geology at the museums up there. At the other end of the valley is the Tramway du Mont Blanc, which sets off from Saint-Gervais and trundles up through the meadows and pine forests of Les Houches to the foot of the Bionnassay glacier. Little explorers will find it very exciting to see all the mountaineers using the tram to start their ascent of Mont Blanc. There are various places en route where you can get off the tram to go for a hike, have a picnic or to visit the goats at La Charme. Both the Montenvers train and the Tramway du Mont Blanc are included in your Mont Blanc Multipass.

Tramway du Mont Blanc in Les Houches, Chamonix Mont Blanc

Climbing
There is lots of choice in the Chamonix valley with everything from rope bridges through the trees to bolted rock climbing routes on rugged crags. Our expert rock climbing guides will teach your children the essential skills to have them scampering about the mountains in safety and with confidence. You can also learn as a family, taking it in turns to belay each other and give encouragement from the ground. Little “grimpeurs” can experience the thrill of nailing their first ascent from the age of 6 with one of our expert climbing guides.
Chamonix Climbing

Chamonix rock climbing

Mountain Biking
With trails marked in the same way as ski pistes from green (easy) to black (hard), you’ll find something to suit everyone in the Chamonix valley. You can either hire bikes and helmets and set off on your own adventure, or book a mountain bike guide to show you the best trails and share a few tips on hammering down them like a pro. If you don’t fancy the thought of cycling uphill, then you’ll be pleased to hear that most of the trails can be accessed by the lift system and are included in your Mont Blanc Multipass, so you don’t even need to be super fit to enjoy them!
Chamonix Mountain Biking

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Teen Adventures
As well as all of the above there are plenty of options that older children will love – scrambling high above the valley on a via ferrata route, learning how to use ice axes and crampons on a glacier hike, paragliding over the mountains, hydrospeeding down the river… All these activities are great fun and a real adventure for anyone aged 12 years and over.

Paragliding in Chamonix

The Mont Blanc Multipass has a family option, which is worthwhile looking into for any families with two or more children. You only pay for two adults and one child, then all other children are included free of charge (with a maximum limit of 5 children in total). The pass includes all the lifts in the Chamonix valley including the Aiguille du Midi cable car, the Montenvers train and the Tramway du Mont Blanc as well as free entry and/or discounts on lots of other attractions. A family of 5 would save over 200€ on a 6 day pass, contact us now to find out more.