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

Filmpodium presents Kinderkino:  

Ein Königreich für ein Lama
Jun. 9 at 15:00

Jun. 13 and Sep. 9 at 14:00 and 16:00

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

Kino Xenix presents:

Das grosse Rennen
Jun. 6 to 27 Sundays and Wednesdays

For reservations please visit the Kino Xenix website.

Theater Stadelhofen presents:

Alice im Wunderland
Jun. 9

For more info. please visit the Theater Stadelhofen website

Music, Concerts, & Opera

Zurich Opera House presents:

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

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

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

Museum Events & Exhibits

The Swiss National Museum (Landesmusem) presents:

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
Jun. 10, Jul. 22 and Aug. 12
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
Jul. 29 at 14:30
Exploring the human body and the development of human life. For more details, click here.

Blick in die Urzeit
Jun. 24 and Aug. 26 at 14:30
An adventure exploring animals and dinosaurs from time immemorial. For children 4-8 years. For more details, click here.

Jul. 18 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.

Sep. 23 at 14:30
A surprise tour through the museum. For more details click here.

Erzähl – Urzeit
Aug 15 at 17:00
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
Jun. 10, 17, 24 and Jul. 1, 8 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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