9 Cool Ideas for Zone B School Holidays

First day of school holidays!  Here are some suggestions for things to see and do to keep your kids entertained for the next few weeks.

  1.  Take them to Top Marques Monaco held the second week of school holidays. Any child into supercars, cool gadgets or hover boards will love it. Saturday and Sunday have the cheaper tickets and kids under 6 years of age are free every day.
Top Marques Monaco - supercars and more

Top Marques Monaco – supercars and more

2. Head to Gonfaron and see the tortoises at the Village des Tortues.  The best way to get there from Cannes/Nice is to go on the A8 until Le Luc en Provence (exit 57) and follow the road to Toulon until you get to the Village.  There is a playground onsite and picnic areas.

Village des Tortues at Gonfaron

Village des Tortues at Gonfaron

3. Discover some playgrounds in other towns on the French Riviera that you don’t always go to.

One of our favourite playgrounds - Parc des Loisirs in Opio has playground equipment plus cycling tracks

One of our favourite playgrounds – Parc des Loisirs in Opio has playground equipment plus cycling tracks

4. Visit some art museums on the French Riviera – many are free entry for kids so if your kids get bored you haven’t wasted your money.

5. Parc Phoenix is one of our favourites because it has a good mix of everything and covers a range of ages from toddler age upwards.  There is a playground, musical fountain, greenhouse with flamingos, beautiful tropical plants, mini aquarium and alligators, small animal enclosures with birds, meerkats, otters, snack kiosk for ice creams etc and you also get free entry to the adjacent Musée des Arts Asiatiques.

Car parking is free for up to 2 hours at the underground facility next to the park; entry is a bargain at €3 per adults and kids under 12 years are free of charge.

Parc Phoenix, highly recommended for families

Parc Phoenix, highly recommended for families

6. Go cycling – the promenade from Villeneuve Loubet all the way to Nice is perfect for some time on the bike, the pathway is flat and paved all the way and there are enough cafés along the way especially at St Laurent du Var and Cagnes-sur-Mer to stop for a drink.  Or visit the bike park at Mougins for some off-road dirt track action.

7. Act like sleuths and follow one of the many family-friendly treasure hunts across the French Riviera and Var, some of them have prizes to win from the Tourist Offices year round.

8. The adventure parks at Villeneuve Loubet are all excellent and reopen for the year from Easter school holidays – try Bois des Lutins for toddler age, Pitchoun Forest for over 3 years, Le Village des Fous for 4 years upwards and Canyon Forest for 8 years upwards.

9. Take a trip to the Alpha Parc des Loups.  A ‘Pass Famille’ is great value for 2 adults and 2 kids (€30); kids under 4 years are free year round.  Situated at 1500 metres there’s still snow in the park so dress appropriately; it’s a pretty cool experience for kids to see the wolves in the snow.  Nearby, the Lac du Boréon is a pretty spot for a photo or two and adventurists types can visit the Centre Nordique to climb the 15-metre high cascade de glace, an artificial ice-climbing waterfall (from 10 years old).

Alpha Parc des Loups

Alpha Parc des Loups

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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


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.



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


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


To be advised


To be advised


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


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


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; : ou info@grainesdefermiers.org   Kids €10 ; adults are free.


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




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.

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


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


Monday 28 March at 2pm: Easter Egg hunt


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


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)


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/


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


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


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


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



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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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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.