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

If you like this post, please share it on Twitter and Facebook.  Thank you!

Advertisements

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.

easter-320206_960_720

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

http://www.closdesroses.com/fr/manifestations-clos-des-roses-frejus/chasse-aux-z-oeufs-paques

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/

negresco

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

eggs

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
  • Registrations with the Office de Tourisme due to limited place 04 93 31 31 2104 93 31 31 21, unti 05 avril 2016

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.