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.
Jucker Farm: Pumpkin Exhibition
Aug. until Nov. 4
This is the largest Pumpkin Exhibition in Switzerland. The theme this year is “Mythical Creatures” and there will be over 300 pumpkins on show of all shapes and sizes as well a great variety of pumpkins that you can buy and take home with you. More info. is available on the Jucker Farm website.
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
Filmpodium presents Kinderkino:
Sep. 19 and Oct. 31 at 14:00 and 16:00
For reservations please call 044/211-6666 or visit the Filmpodium website.
Kino Xenix presents:
Wallace und Gromit
Sep. 9 to Oct. 3 Sundays and Wednesdays
For reservations please visit the Kino Xenix website.
Theater Purpur presents:
Knapp e Familie
Sep. 15, 16 and 19A play for children 7+
Bruno aus Bovolino
Sep. 29, 30 and Oct. 3A play for children 5+
Paul allein zu HausOct. 31, Nov. 3 and 4A play for children 4+
For more info. please visit the Theater Purpur website.
Miller’s Studio: Krokodilfarm
Sep. 30 at 10:00
A theatrical surprise preceded by breakfast. For children 5+. For more info. please visit Miller’s Studio website.
Creative Storytelling for Kids in Küsnacht Zürich: The Highway Rat
Sep. 15 at 10:00Storytelling for children 3+ in English at Pip Squeak Book Shop.
For more info. and to register please visit the Academicus website.
Zürich Liest ‘18
October 24 until 28
The international literary festival is taking place in the cities of Zurich and Winterthur and their surroundings, with more than 200 writers from Switzerland, Germany, Europe and overseas.
For more info. please visit the Zurich Liest website.
Music, Concerts, & Opera
Zurich Opera House presents:
Kinderoper: Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse
Sep. 22, 23, 26, 30, Oct. 3, Dec. 1, 2, 5, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23 and Jan. 12, 13, 16
Family Workshop: La Bohème
Sept. 29 and 30A workshop for children 7-12 together with their family which promises an eventful afternoon at the Opera House and are the best way to prepare for your trip to the ballet or opera.
Autumn Holiday Workshop: Crunch, munch… who’s Eating?
Oct. 8 to 12, 9:00-16:00
The holiday workshop for children 9-12 will examine the question of how our diet has changed over time and what significance food has in our own time within the context of the story of Hansel and Gretel.
Autumn Holiday Workshop: Flocking and SwarmingOct. 15 to 18, 9:00-16:00A workshop for children 9-12 in cooperation with the Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich that looks at the cohabitation of insect populations, flocks of birds and herds of animals in preparation for the ballet ‘Emergence’.
For more info. please call 044/268-6666 or visit the Opera House website.
Zürcher Kammerorchester present:
Krabbel-Konzert: Mein Haus ist zu eng und zu klein
Sep. 16 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children 1-3
For info. please call 0848 848 844 or visit the ZKO website.
Museum Events & Exhibits
The Swiss National Museum (Landesmusem) presents:
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.
Jogelli, Pitschi, Globi
Until Oct. 14
These characters from Swiss picture books have captivated countless readers over many generations. The family exhibition at the National Museum Zurich lets children immerse themselves in picture-book worlds and experience them through play.
Kindertheater: Gschichte Chischte
Sep. 16, 30 and Oct. 28, 10:30-11:15A play for children 4+
For more info. please visit the Landesmuseum Zurich website.
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
Sep. 9 and Oct. 14
Exploring the learning process, whether we learn through practice or by making mistakes, consciously or by coincidence. For more details, click here.
Oct. 21 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
Sep. 30 at 14:30
Exploring the human body and the development of human life. For more details, click here.
Blick in die Urzeit
Oct. 28 at 14:30
An adventure exploring animals and dinosaurs from time immemorial. For children 4-8 years. For more details, click here.
Sep. 23 at 14:30
A surprise tour through the museum. For more details click here.
For more info. please visit the Kulturama website.
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
Sep. 23 and 30 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.
Kunsthaus Zug presents:
Nov. 18, 10:30-12:30
Parents and children explore the art works on exhibition and get creative in the Atelier.
The museum Atelier will be open for families to freely explore their creativity.
For more info. please visit the Kunsthaus Zug website.
The What’s On for Families was compiled by Dina El Halaby.
Photo by Tanya Deans.