What’s On for Families: Zurich

Here are a variety of upcoming events and activities in and around Zurich. We also have a list of indoor play centres and other family places to go on our Things to Do in Zurich page.

Outdoor Activities

Zurich’s Botanical Gardens 

Mon – Fri open 7:00 – 19:00, Sat – Sun 8:00-18:00. The gardens are looking beautiful in spring and the glasshouses are also open. Free entry. Botanical Gardens website.

Knies Kinderzoo in Rapperswil
Mar. 3 until Oct. 31
A small fun zoo to visit where children can feed the animals, enjoy pony and elephant rides and play in the adventure playground. More info. available on the
Knies Kinderzoo website.

Park im Grüene, Rüeschlikon
Summer season: End of March until End of October
The Migros park is open all year round and offers various summer attractions (weather permitting) featuring puppet shows every Wed. and Sun. at 15:00, pony rides and train rides every Wed. and Sun. at 14:00-15:00 and 15:30-16:30, and different performances as well as plays for kids. These attractions are open daily and during summer vacation as well. For more info. please see the
Park im Grüene website.

Events, Theater & Performances

Apr. 15 and 16
Traditional spring festival beginning with the children’s parade on Sunday at 14:30. On Monday the “Zünfte” Parade (Guild’s Parade) takes place at 15:00 and ends at the Sechseläutenwiese in Bellevue at 18:00 with the burning of the “Böög” (snowman). For more info. please visit the Sechseläuten website.

Zurich Marathon
Apr. 22
For more information on the 15th marathon please visit the Zurich Marathon website.

Filmpodium presents Kinderkino:  

Auf dem Weg zur Schule
Apr. 7 and 14 at 15:00

Apr. 4 at 14:00 and 16:00

For reservations please call 044/211-6666 or visit the Filmpodium website. 

Kino Xenix:

Tim und Struppi – Der Fall Bienlein
Apr. 4 to 25 Sundays and Wednesdays

For reservations please visit the Kino Xenix website.

Theater Purpur:

Die zweite Prinzessin
Apr. 7, 8 and 11

For children 4+.

For more info. please call 044/201-3151 or visit the Theater Purpur website

Theater Stadelhofen:

Aller Anfang
Apr. 7 and 8
For children 4+.

April. 14, 15 and 18
For children 5+.

Der Gipfel der Frechheit
May 5

For more info. please visit the Theater Stadelhofen website

Miller’s Studio: Krokodilfarm
Apr. 8 and May 27 at 10:00
A theatrical surprise preceded by breakfast. For children 5+. For more info. please visit Miller’s Studio website.


Music, Concerts, & Opera

Zurich Opera House presents:

Ronja Räubertochter
Apr. 22, 25
Opera for children 8+

Märchen auf dem Klangteppich – Eulenglück
Apr. 7 and 8
For children 4-6

Märchen auf dem Klangteppich – Die chinesische Nachtigall
Jun. 23 and 24
For children 4-6

Die Rätsel der Prinzessin
Jun. 2 and 3
For children 6-9

For more info. please call 044/268-6666 or visit the Opera House website.

Tonhalle Orchester Zürich presents:

Apr. 8 and May 27 at 14:15
A concert for the whole family to enjoy.

For more info. please visit the Tonhalle für Familien page.

For reservations please call 044/206-3434 or go to  www.tonhalle-orchester.ch.

Zürcher Kammerorchester present:

Kinderkonzert: Globi und wie das Glück in die Schokolade kommt
Apr. 8 at 11:00
A condert for children 5+.

Apr. 15 at 14:00, 16:00
A concert for children up to 1 year of age.

Purzel-Konzert: Der Grüffelo
May 6 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children between 3 and 5 years

Krabbel-Konzert: Findus zieht um
Jun. 3 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children 3+

For info. please call 0848 848 844 or visit the ZKO website.

Museum Events & Exhibits

The Swiss National Museum (Landesmusem) presents:

Montreux Jazz since 1967
Until May 21
The happenings that normally unfold on the shoreline of Lake Geneva are now coming to Zurich in the form of an exhibition. The National Museum will look back on 50 years of festival history, celebrating the legendary Claude Nobs and filling the exhibition rooms with music and unique glimpses behind the scenes. For details click here.

In search of Style
Until Jul. 15
A journey through time exploring Europe and Switzerland in the second half of the 19th century illustrates the search for innovation and style for new interiors, everyday products, paintings and buildings. For details click here.

What does Switzerland Eat?
Until Sept. 23
The exhibition takes a look at Switzerland’s pots and pans and sheds light on the many facets of Swiss food culture. It shows that our daily bread is more than simple nutrition. Food is art, culture, social history and futurology all at once. For details click here.

Swiss Press Photo
May 4 to Jul. 1
Swiss Press Photo 18 looks back on the best Swiss press photographs of 2017.

World Press Photo
Jun. 7 to Jul. 8
This international exhibition is visiting over 100 of the world’s cities and summarises the events of the past year in a total of eight categories.

For more info. please visit the Landesmuseum Zurich website.

Kulturama presents:

Wie viel Urzeit steckt in dir?
Exhibition continues until Aug. 2018
The exhibition travels back in time to explore the primeval times and how they influence our lives today. Through the exhibition one sees the present through different eyes and poses questions about the future. An interdisciplinary and interactive exhibition that is suitable for all ages.

Wie wir lernen
Apr. 22 and Jun. 10
Exploring the learning process, whether we learn through practice or by making mistakes, consciously or by coincidence. For more details, click here.

Jun. 17 at 13:00
A fun family activity to answer tricky questions and unravel the mystery. For more details, click here.

Einblicke in den Menschlichen Körper
May 27 at 14:30
Exploring the human body and the development of human life. For more details, click here.

Blick in die Urzeit
Apr. 29 at 14:30
An adventure exploring animals and dinosaurs from time immemorial. For children 4-8 years. For more details, click here.

Apr. 25 at 14:00
A workshop exploring different eras and looking at themes like what our grandparents knew that we now don’t and what we would leave behind for future generations. For more details click here.

Apr. 15 at 14:30
A surprise tour through the museum. For more details click here.

Erzähl – Urzeit
May 23 and 30
An adventure exploring animals and dinosaurs from time immemorial. For children 4-8 years. For more details, click here.

For more info. please visit the Kulturama website.

focusTerra presents:

Earthquake Simulator
The Earth Science exhibition focusTerra hosts an earthquake simulator. The facility, weighing a massive 3 tonnes, can simulate the ground motion of earthquakes up to intensity 8. The simulator is open to children 5 – 11 years only if accompanied by adults. For more info. please visit the Earthquake Simulator website.

Zurich Kunsthaus: Treffpunkt Kunst
Painting lessons for kids at the Zurich Art Museum. The Kunsthaus Zürich has several art classes for children ages 3 and up, teenagers, and adults. Please check the Kunsthaus website or call 044/253-8484 for more information.

Haus Konstruktiv: SonntagsAtelier
Apr. 8 and 15 and Jun. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 11:15 – 13:15
Children ages 5 – 10 experiment with art while at the same time the parents may join the museum’s public tour. For further details visit the Haus Konstruktiv website. To register call 044 /217 70 80.

The What’s On for Families  was compiled by Dina El Halaby.

Photo by Tanya Deans.



One thought on “What’s On for Families: Zurich

  • February 23, 2018 at 11:44 pm

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