Easter for Families on the French Riviera

Easter school holidays are getting closer so here’s Access Riviera’s round up of things to do at Easter (Pâques) including free community Easter Egg hunts, chocolate workshops and themed brunches on the French Riviera:

Easter Activities

ANTIBES

Saturday 26, Sunday 27 & Monday 28 March at 10.30am: Egg hunt at Kids Island (the ex-La Ferme du Far West) – entry fee applies.

Saturday 26 March at Fort Carré: Different egg hunts by age (reservation necessary Tél. : 04 93 34 65 6504 93 34 65 65; Email : marine.lesptitsconfettis@gmail.com : For 3-5 years, egg hunt is 1pm and for 6-12 years egg hunt is from 3pm.

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AURON

Sunday 27 March: Easter Egg Hunt at 9am, egg decorating at 10.30am at the Mediatheque, Easter Concert at place centrale at 2pm and chocolate fondue at 5pm

BEAULIEU SUR MER

Monday 28 March at 3pm: Free Easter Egg hunt and games at Jardin de l’Olivaie

BIOT

To be advised

CAGNES SUR MER

To be advised

CANNES LA BOCCA

Monday 28 March at 10.30am: Egg hunt at Fun City (entry fee applies)

CAP D’AIL

Sunday 27 March at 11.30am: Easter egg hunt at Jardin des Douaniers

CASTAGNIERS

Saturday 26 & Monday 28 March at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm: Easter Egg Hunt at Ferme Brin de Laine à Castagniers (290 chemin de la Garde, Castagniers). Reservation necessary; : 06.51.09.07.2606.51.09.07.26 ou info@grainesdefermiers.org   Kids €10 ; adults are free.

EZE

Saturday 19 March at 10.30am – Easter Egg Hunt at Parc de la Revère

FREJUS

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GRASSE

Sunday 27 March at 10.30am: Treasure Hunt at Musée International de la Parfumérie and the Jardins de Musée in Mouans-Sartoux. Kids are free; adults entry fee as per normal.

ISOLA 2000

Monday 28 March: Easter Egg Hunt at 9am, egg decorating at 10.30am, chocolate fondue with marshmellows and fruit at 4pm

LA COLLE-SUR-LOUP

Sunday 20 March from 10am-6pm:   Easter festival with an Easter Egg hunt, animal petting farm, Easter crafts workshops, chocolate stalls and free chocolate fountain.

All animations are free except the kids workshops are €3 a session, or €5 including one session and the Egg hunt.

For further information, visit the La Colle tourism site:  http://www.lacollesurloup.fr/fr/actualites/gourmandises-de-p%C3%A2ques

LA TURBIE

Monday 28 March at 2pm: Easter Egg hunt

LEVENS

Monday 28 March at 3pm: Easter Egg Hunt at la Colline

MONACO

Sunday 05 April and Monday 06 April at the Monaco Oceanarium: Easter Egg Hunt from 10am-midday and 3.15pm-4.15pm (entry fee applies)

NICE

Wednesday 23 March at Parc Carol de Roumanie from 2.30pm: Free afternoon with Easter Egg Hunt for 5-10 years at 2.30pm and Easter Egg Hunt for 3-4 years at 3pm. Face painting, bouncy castle and peche aux canards.

26, 27 and 28 March at Parc Phoenix:   Toddlers can hunt for the eggs in the straw; older kids have an Egg Hunt with numbered eggs that correspond to chocolate prizes. There will also be a petit train, trampoline, bouncy castle, free marionette show at 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Adults €3 entry; kids are free.

Sunday 27 March from 11.30am-4pm:  Easter Brunch at the Negresco Hotel including a brunch buffet, magician, face painting, chocolate workshop, music and a puppet show.  Reservations essential via http://www.hotel-negresco-nice.com/les-restaurants/brunch-de-paques/

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Monday 28 March from 9am-midday at Hard Rock Café: Easter Egg Hunt plus Golden Ticket to win a prize. Kids under 10 years €15; free for under 2 years.

Wednesday 30 March from 1pm at Parc de Cimiez: Bouncy castle, face painting, egg hunt at 2.30pm for 5-10 years and 3pm for 3-4 years.

Wednesday 06 April at Parc Vigier from 1pm-5pm: Free Easter Egg Hunt plus games

Wednesday 06 April at Jardin Comte de Falicon from 1pm-5pm: Free Easter Egg Hunt plus games

SAINT BLAISE

Saturday 26 March at 2.30pm: Easter Egg Hunt at the Château

SAINT CEZAIRE SUR SIAGNE

Monday 28 March from 10am onwards : Easter activities at La Chèvrerie du Bois d’Amon – free Easter egg hunt, free farm animal feeding in the morning, pony rides (fee applies). More info at http://chevrerieduboisdamon.fr/news.html

SAINT-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT

Sunday 03 April from 10am-6pm : Free Easter Day with mini farm and Easter workshops. Free egg hunts by age:

7/12 ans – Terrasses du port from 2pm 4/6 ans – Théâtre sur la Mer from 3pm

0/3 ans – Théâtre sur la Mer from 4pm

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SAINT LAURENT DU VAR

Wednesday 06 April : Lots of activities on this free Easter day at Esplanade des Goélands. Pony rides, face painting, circus performers – lots of different egg hunts to join in on:

  • 3 egg hunts for 4 to 9 years at 11h, 14h30 et 16h30.
  • 4 egg hunts for 1 à 3 years at 10h30, 15h, 16h et 17h.
  • 4 courses d’orientation for kids 6 to 11 years at 14h30, 15h30, 16h30 et 17h30
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SAINT PAUL DE VENCE

Monday 28 March from 10am-3pm : From 10am-1pm, Easter workshops (cost €2 to €5 each with pre-registration required). From 11am-midday, free Egg Hunt for 2-6 years (in the straw) and 7-11 years in the streets – children participating in the Egg Hunts must be registered. Information and registration at the l’Office de Tourisme : 04 93 32 86 9504 93 32 86 95

SAINT MARTIN VÉSUBIE

Monday 28 March from 10am: 2 separate groups – Free egg hunt for under 6 years and free egg hunt for kids 6-11 years at Parc de la Châtaigneraie. Register onsite the hour beforehand.

SAINT VALLIER DE THIEY

Sunday 27 March at 3pm: Easter Egg Hunt at Chapelle Ste Luce. Information: 04 92 60 32 00

THÉOULE

Monday 28 March at 2pm: Free Easter Egg Hunt from the Salle des Fêtes

TOURRETTE LEVENS

Sunday 27 March at 4pm: Free Easter Egg Hunt at the Château

VALDEBLORE – SAINT DALMAS

Monday 28 March : Easter Egg hunt in the village of St Dalmas

VENCE

Saturday 26 to Mon 28 Mar : Various activities including a Battle of the Flowers parade at 2.30pm on Monday

VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER

Wednesday 06 April at 10am: Egg hunt at Jardin Binon

VILLENEUVE LOUBET

Until 03 April: Easter exhibition ‘Villen’Oeuf’ at Pôle Culturel Auguste Escoffier and Musée d’art culinaire with decorated eggs on the theme ‘Pâques patriote’ by local pâtissiers, chocolatiers and glaciers.

 

8 Boredom Busters for the rest of March

Is it just me or does anyone else feel a slight lull after Festival February that saw some major events here on the French Riviera – Nice Carnival, Fête du Citron, Fête du Mimosa etc??   Personally, I enjoy that each month there is always so much to see and do from food and wine fairs to cultural festivals to family-friendly events.

While February certainly set the bar high in terms of events, there’s still plenty of things to do for the remainder of March:

1. Saturday 19 March in Mougins from 10am-5pm:  A free family day ‘Fête du Jeu’ at Complexe sportif Roger Duhalde with video games, giant wooden games, sports, pedal cars, face painting, bouncy castles and dedicated play areas for babies through to 6 years of age.  There is a free shuttle from parking at the Cabrières school.

2. Sunday 19 March in Eze Village at 10.30am:  Easter Egg Hunt from Parc de la Revère.

3. Saturday 19 March in Antibes from 8.30pm:  The Antibes Sharks basketball team play Strasbourg at AzurArena.

4. Saturday 19 March in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat from 8.30pm:  One for the adults (if you manage to get a babysitter), you can experience ‘Fête Bavaroise’ at the Espace Neptune at the port where German-themed entertainment will have you Oompahing all evening.  Reservations in advance via the Comité des Fêtes (in French) on phone 06 37 06 74 35. Tickets are €25 which includes choucroute (sauerkraut), dessert and a beer or glass of wine.

5. Sunday 20 March in Cagnes-sur-Mer from 10am-2.30pm:  Very popular, the ‘Dimanche Malin’ family days take place on the seafront road and are free of charge.  The road is blocked from 9am-3.30pm but you can park anywhere near the Hippodrome or take the train to Cros-de-Cagnes and it is merely a 5-minute walk to the seafront.

Dimanche Malins, Cagnes-sur-Mer (www.accessriviera.wordpress.com)

Dimanche Malins, Cagnes-sur-Mer (www.accessriviera.wordpress.com)

The days feature lots of fun activities such as pony rides, bouncy castles, baby gym, face painting, trampolines, mini golf.  They also have quad bikes though last year the queues for the quad bikes were extremely busy, and if you have under 4 year old kids they unfortunately had to queue with the older kids so bear in mind patience may be necessary!

The next editions are on 24 April and 22 May so diarise those if you can’t make the 20 March date.

For the map and programme, please download here:  http://www.cagnes-tourisme.com/upload/wysiwyg/plan%20des%20animation%20dimanches%20malins%202016_1.pdf

6. Sunday 20 March in La Colle-sur-Loup from 10am-6pm:   Easter festival with an Easter Egg hunt, animal petting farm, Easter crafts workshops, chocolate stalls and free chocolate fountain.

All animations are free except the kids workshops are €3 a session, or €5 including one session and the Egg hunt.

For further information, visit the La Colle tourism site:  http://www.lacollesurloup.fr/fr/actualites/gourmandises-de-p%C3%A2ques

Marché de Paques, La Colle-sur-Loup

Marché de Paques, La Colle-sur-Loup

7. Until 21 March in Nice:  Head to the Musée des Arts Asiatiques for the last remaining week of the ‘Du No à Mata Hari’ exhibition which showcases around 300 objects from theatre in Asia including kimonos, masks, puppets, paintings, and tapestries.  The exhibition includes work from famous artist Itchiku Kubota and costumes from the Beijing Opera.

It is a beautiful and unique exhibition with pieces that have survived the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Kids may find it too in-depth  (though the masks and puppets are interesting), though entry is free to the Mata Hari displays and then you can visit the adjoining Parc Phoenix too for just €3.

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8.  Wednesday 30 March in Cannes from 8pm: There is a concert ‘Les Quatres saisons de Vivaldi’ at the Église Notre-Dame des Pins with 10 Cannois Conservatoire students and 5 other students from music Conservatoires in Nice, Toulon and Marseille.

The concert is organised by the Lions Club of Cannes and the Cannes Appassionata Association who fund international travel for exceptional students who finish their studies at the Conservatoire de Cannes.

It is a great opportunity to support promising young musicians.  Tickets can be purchased 1.5 hours before the concert on the night – Adults are €10 each, €5 for children and under 10 years are free when accompanied by parents.

For more information about the Conservatoire events, you can see here: http://www.cannes.com/fr/culture/conservatoire-de-musique-et-theatre.html

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