Family-friendly ideas for Easter 2017 on the French Riviera

Easter, or Pâques, sees a whole host of April activities for the ‘vacances de printemps’ or Easter school holidays that start on the French Riviera after class on Friday 7 April with kids returning to school on Monday 24 April.

Family holiday activities for Easter on the French Riviera

There is plenty to do during the Easter school holidays with restaurants having Easter breakfasts, farms having egg hunts and many businesses hosting creative workshops for egg decorating or chocolate-making.

As well as themed Easter activities, kids of any age can enjoy playing on the beach as the weather is usually favorable or a trip to the Lérins Islands before the crowds arrive on the mainland in summer.

Take a family trip to a hilltop village and visit the local markets; stall holders often give polite children a sample of something tasty like a piece of cheese or gâteau, and many markets have buskers and street performers. There’s usually stalls selling things such as key rings, sweet pastries, hair ties or vintage die-cast cars for spending pocket money.

Easter Egg Hunts and Other Easter activities on the French Riviera

The French love chocolate, so expect everything and anything chocolate including supermarkets selling all the foil-wrapped eggs and chocolatiers with beautiful window displays!  However, there are lots of activities that don’t revolve around chocolate only.

Cannes

Wednesday 19 April: Musée de la Castre is hosting an Easter art workshop for kids aged 5-7 years.  Details at:  http://www.cannes.com/fr/culture/musee-de-la-castre/ateliers/annee-2017/avril/le-lapin-de-paques.html

Eze

Saturday 08 April:  Easter egg hunt at Parc de la revere

Grasse

Monday 04 to Friday 15 April:  At CandyPlay Choco in Plan de Grasse, there is 2 weeks of creative (morning) and gourmet (afternoon) workshops.

Sunday 16 April:  From 10am to midday, a free treasure hunt for kids with a chocolate gift at the end!  Held at the Museum of Art and History (MAHP), Les Jardins du MIP and the Musée International de la Parfumerie (MIP).

Easter 2017 treasure hunt at the museums of Grasse/Mouans Sartoux

La Colle-sur-Loup

Saturday 08 April and Saturday 15 April:  Gourmandises de Paques from 9 am to 1 pm.  Note: The egg hunt is €3 per child.

Easter 2017 in La Colle-sur-Loup

Levens

Monday 17 April:  Easter egg hunt at 3pm at the Hill

Monaco / Monte-Carlo

Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer have a whole programme of Easter delights from 15-17 April including Easter menus and family-friendly activities.  For the full list, go to ‘Easter 2017 with Monte-Carlo SBM.’

Mouans Sartoux

Sunday 16 April:  From 10am to midday, a free treasure hunt for kids with a chocolate gift at the end!  Held at the MIP Gardens (JMIP).

Nice

Saturday 15th to Monday 17 April:  At Parc Phoenix, there will be 2 egg hunts: 1 for children up to 6 years old, and one for 6-12 year olds. Toddlers are provided with a basket and must find eggs hidden under the straw which they exchange for chocolate eggs on the stand at the exit of the park.  Kids aged from 6 years, have a treasure hunt with animal and floral clues that lead to big numbered eggs where they can win chocolate eggs.  Park entrance fee unchanged.

Monday 17 April: Have a continental breakfast from 9am-11.30am with the Easter bunny at Hard Rock Café Nice with an Egg Hunt, a creative workshop, a puppet show and the chance to find a Golden Ticket to win a free birthday party.  Reservations essential, more details at this link ‘Easter 2017 at Hard Rock Café Nice’.

Breakfast with Bunny for Easter 2017

Parc Alpha Loup

Sunday 16 April:  Easter activities including egg hunt, L’Atelier de l’Apprenti Chocolatier for kids 5 years and older to make chocolate goodies with 3 workshops available from 11am to 12:30pm / 1.30pm to 3pm / 3pm to 4.30pm. More info:  http://www.alpha-loup.com/english/actu-eggs-hunt-amp-chocolat-workshop-actualites-46.html

Saint Blaise

Saturday 15 April:  Easter egg hunt at the old mill at 2pm

Easter 2017 in Saint Blaise

Saint Cézaire-sur-Siagne

Monday 17 April: From 10am to 6pm, discover the farm at the Chèvrerie du Bois d’Amon with an egg hunt starting at 11am and animal feeding throughout the day

Saint-Laurent-du-Var

Lou Pitchoun Parc has games and Easter workshops during school holidays; on the 15th April they have 2 egg hunts at 3pm and 5pm.

Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey

Saturday 15 April:  Easter egg hunt at the Chapelle St Luce at 2.30pm

Tourrette-Levens

Saturday 15 April:  Easter egg hunt at the Château at 4.30pm

Easter 2017 in Tourrette-Levens

Valbonne

Sunday 02 April:  From 10am-6pm, Urbaine and friends are hosting a Happy Easter Fair with goodies for sale including Easter eggs, prosecco, chocolate, cupcakes, tea, wine, jewellery, coffee, juices, wraps, homeware, fashion and stationery.   Event address:  Mas De Valbonne 357 Chemin du Parrou 06560 Valbonne

 

Valdeblore / Saint-Martin-Vésubie

Sunday 16 April:  2 Easter egg hunts in St-Martin-Vésubie

Villeneuve Loubet

16 and 17 April:  The Village des Fous will have egg catapults every hour at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm – catch the eggs in the air or find them when they land on the ground!  Egg hunt is included in admission price to the park.  Note:  This event is unconfirmed.

Easter activities elsewhere in France

If you’re visiting France at Easter there are regional events happening everywhere, check with the local Tourism Office for a schedule of what’s happening in the city or town you plan to visit.  Here are a few Easter 2017 events beyond the French Riviera:

Arles hosts an Easter Festival (Feria de Pâques) from 14-17 April 2017 with the opening of the French bullfighting season.  There are bullfights in the Arena and lots of activities.

The Feria de Pâques in Arles is an annual festival held at Easter

France’s biggest Easter egg hunt is held at the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy an hour’s drive from Paris, with 35,000 eggs hidden in André Le Nôtre’s garden, egg decorating workshops and a musketeers show. Visit on Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, 10am-6pm.   Watch the video below for what to expect (video courtesy of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte).

Provins, located 80km southeast of Paris is a UNESCO-listed town that will host an Easter egg hunt on 16th and 17th April 2017.  Families can enjoy the egg hunt, and afterwards explore the town which is remarkable for its 58 listed monuments and medieval architecture as well as falconry and knights shows.

Provins, a UNESCO-listed town will host Easter activities

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Pink Ribbon Monaco Charity Walk – Sunday 12 March

This weekend, the Principality of Monaco will be out in force to support the 6th Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk that is being held from 10am on Sunday 12 March.

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk : Sunday 12 March 2017

About Pink Ribbon Monaco

Pink Ribbon Monaco is a 100% non-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness on methods of early breast cancer detection and prevention through various campaigns and events.  Pink Ribbon Monaco works closely with medical professionals to provide assistance and support when and where it is needed.

With the backing and guidance of the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, they target the areas in need of assistance and their breast cancer awareness campaigns aims to educate the general public on prevention and early detection, support patients and celebrate life to the fullest while promoting well-being and a healthy lifestyle!

The Pink Ribbon Monaco walk

The walk circuit is 5 kilometres with the start on the esplanade of Port Hercule in central Monaco – look for the tent beside the podium truck.   The start line is easy to find and only 10 minutes from the Monaco-Monte Carlo train station and car parking is an easy distance at Place des Armes or the port.

Registrations will be accepted right up to the event start so you can either register online at http://www.pinkribbon.mc, or at the Running Expo at the Stade Louis II on Friday or Saturday from 1pm-7pm (the actual walk is Sunday though).  You can find the Pink Ribbon team at Stade Louis II at the rear entrance.

The entry fee of €30 includes a pink t-shirt as well as a bib to write a message of support to someone who has inspired you for this walk.

Each year the event is attended by walkers showing support for their grandmother, mother, sister, wife, friend – it is a worthy cause that touches many lives so skip your Sunday brunch and come along!

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk 2017 circuit

Lots of families take part; all children are welcome and kids under 13 years are free; the walk is easy and fun.  Everyone is encouraged to dress in pink – feather boas, crazy hats, pink sunglasses, the crazier the better I say!

What your €30 entry fee goes towards

This year, Pink Ribbon Monaco is raising funds to help a medical trial held between the Centre Lacasagne in Nice and the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monaco. They will be studying two particularly tough strains of breast cancer, HER2+ and TNBC.

Throughout the year, your 30€ contribution helps Pink Ribbon Monaco:

  • Work and assist the Centre de Dépistage du CHPG (Hopital Princesse Grace Screening Centre) led by Dr Daniel Rouison, part of the Ministry of Health and Social affairs

  • Organise informative Q&A conferences in Monaco

  • Organise further awareness campaigns and events

  • Illuminate various Monegasque landmarks in October, during international breast cancer awareness month.

 

 During the Walk, your 30€ also helps:

  • Contribute to the Federation Monegasque d’Athlètisme and Monaco Run, our hosts for the event. The FMA donates a great deal of material to us, but we still contribute to insurance and other costs attached to the Walk.

  • Our fabric bags, as this year we replaced the plastic bags for reusable, ecological fabric

  • Printing posters and displaying them across Monaco and neighbouring towns.

If you can’t attend the charity walk, you can simply give a donation of any amount.

When:  Sunday 12 March 2017 at 10.00am, Port Hercule in Monaco

For online registration or to make a donation, please go to www.pinkribbon.mc

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/PinkRibbonMC