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

Dolder Ice Rink
Nov. 1 to Mar. 11
Enjoy skating in the largest open-air ice rink in Europe. For more info. please call 044/267-7080 or visit the Dolder Sports website.

Hotel Sonne Küsnacht Ice Rink
Nov. 12 to Feb. 4
A spectacular ice rink by the lake. For more info. please call 044/914-1818 or visit the Hotel Sonne website.

Kunsteisbahn Oerlikon
Oct. 7 to Mar. 11
For more info. please click here.

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


Feb. 16 to 19
3 days of Carnival celebrations in Zurich.

For more info. please visit the züriFasnacht website.

Filmpodium presents Kinderkino:  

Feb. 3 at 15:00

Ernest und Celestine
Mar. 10 and 17 at 15:00

Feb. 7 and Mar. 7 at 14:00 and 16:00

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

Kino Xenix: Momo
Feb. 4 to Feb. 28 Sundays and Wednesdays
For reservations please visit the Kino Xenix website.

Theater Purpur presents:

Die schlaue Mama Sambona

Feb. 13, 14 and 15
For children 5+.

Bruno Hasenkind
Feb. 24, 25 and 28
For children 4+.

D’ Annemarie und du

Mar. 7
For children 4+.

Hase und Bär
Mar. 10, 11 and 14
A play for children 4+.

Mar. 17, 18 and 21
A play for children 10+.

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

Theater Stadelhofen presents:

Silberbüx – Knall uf Fall
Feb. 3
For children 4+.

Komissar Gordon – Der Erste Fall
Feb. 7, 10 and 11
For children 5+.

Schtärneföifi im Taschenformat – Flohzirkus
Mar. 3
For children 4+.

Schubunkin – Der Fisch im Mond
Mar. 7, 10, 11 and 14
For children 6+.

Mar. 17, 18 and 21
For children 7+.

Fritz, Franz und Ferdinand
Mar. 24, 25 and 28
For children 6+.

For more info. please visit the Theater Stadelhofen website

Miller’s Studio: Krokodilfarm
Feb. 4 and Mar. 4 at 10:00
A theatrical surprise preceded by breakfast. For children 5+. For more info. please visit Miller’s Studio website.

Märli Theater: Dornrösli
Until Feb. 3
A play for children 4+. For more info. please visit the Märli Theater website.

Mar. 9 at 16:00
Playing in Kinderhaus Entlisberg. Fore more info. please visit the Kasperli website.

Music, Concerts, & Opera

Zurich Opera House presents:

Hexe Hillary geht in die Oper
Feb. 10, 25, Mar. 3, 4
Opera for children 6+.

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

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

Tonhalle Orchester Zürich presents:

Mar. 18 a 14:15
A concert for the whole family to enjoy.

Kammermusik für Kinder
Mar. 4, 11, 18 at 11:30
Children get to experience musicians and the musical instruments they play up close and personal.

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:

Feb. 3 at 14:00, 16:00
A concert for children up to 1 year of age.

ABC-Konzert: Der Josa mit der Zauberfiedel
Feb. 11 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children 5+.

Purzel-Konzert: Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz
Mar. 4 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children between 3 and 5 years

Krabbel-Konzert: Der kleine Dachs hilft seinen Freunden
Mar. 18 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

Landesmuseum Zurich presents:

Swiss bestiary: Cow, marmot, alpine ibex and St Bernhard dog
Until Mar. 11
Many countries have an official national animal – Finland has the brown bear, Greece the dolphin and Australia the kangaroo. Switzerland does not actually have one, but the cow, marmot, ibex and St. Bernard dog would be top candidates. The exhibition is equally suited to both children and adults and is dedicated to these four animals, which shape the Swiss countryside and culture. For details click here.

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.

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
Mar. 18
Exploring the learning process, whether we learn through practice or by making mistakes, consciously or by coincidence. For more details, click here.

Feb. 18 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
Mar. 25 at 14:30
Exploring the human body and the development of human life. For more details, click here.

Blick in die Urzeit
Feb. 25 at 14:30
An adventure exploring animals and dinosaurs from time immemorial. For children 4-8 years. For more details, click here.

Wie funktioniert Evolution?
Feb. 4 at 14:30An interview with Prof. Dr. Paul Schmid-Hempel to explore the world of evolution. For more details click here.

Feb. 7 and Mar. 11 (Grandparents’ Day) 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.

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
Mar. 4, 11, 18 and 25 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.



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